The Garden State joins the ranks of New York and California on Monday, now that the state Supreme Court declined to delay a lower court's order granting marriage equality in New Jersey. Often the butt of jokes, Jersey actually has several bucolic spots and historic destinations. Here are some ideas for a quick Jersey getaway (or marriage):
Atlantic City: The boardwalk, taffy, and casinos are legendary for good reason (the city could use your dollars too). The Borgata Casino is definitely a gay favorite and will likely be the sight of many same-sex weddings to come.
Lambertville: This charming city on the Delaware River is home to numerous art galleries, antique shops, coffee places, and Victorian homes. A restored train station from the 1800s now houses an inn that could be the perfect place for nuptials. Also, check out the Marshall House Museum.
Cape May/Wildwood: This charming seaside resort in south Jersey has jazz festivals, much-loved restaurants, and trolley tours. The entire city is a National Historic District with hundreds of classic homes. Just a bit north is the popular resort town of Wildwood, with an amusement park and popular boardwalk.
New Brunswick: This classic East Coast city houses Rutgers University and its walkable downtown contains buildings from the 1730s and more than 50 restaurants.
Asbury Park: This beach-adjacent city is famous because of Bruce Springsteen's association with it — he wrote songs about the city and was born nearby — but it's also home to one of the East Coast's wildest gay beach parties.
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