Summer is one of the best times to explore Hunterdon County, with its lush greenery, scenic waterways and acres of parkland far away from the crowds. The charming, quaint streets are filled with eclectic shops, local artisan goods and intimate dining in gorgeous settings. You won’t find a better place to soak up the sun and relax than in Hunterdon County. Our 2021 Summer Guide will steer you in the right direction when it comes to where to go, what to eat and what to do.
Hammer and Stain Flemington LLC/The Paint Party Studio
The Paint Party Studio is excited to host summer camps to help children build confidence, enhance creativity and have a blast. Starting July 1, the studio will be open for corporate events, girls night out, summer camp, birthday parties, specialty classes and more. Visit their site or call for full details and offerings.
Music Under the Stars Concert Series
When: Thursdays June 17-Aug. 5 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Deer Path Park, 120 W Woodschurch Road, Flemington
The concert series, “Music Under the Stars” is returning to Deer Path Park starting on June 17th and will be held every Thursday until August 5th. The park offers incredible views, especially at sunset. Spread out with a blanket with the entire family, bring a picnic dinner, toss a ball and enjoy the playgrounds.
Flemington Car, Truck and Motorcycle show
When: Every-other Saturday, June 5th – August 14th, 5:30-8:30 pm
Where: Main Street, Flemington
This popular summer series typically features Mustangs, Fords, Firebirds, Mopars and more. Held every other Saturday, enjoy fun and free family entertainment. Live performances are given by local talented musicians. Kid activities like face painting, games and balloon sculptures will also be taking place.
BDesign’D began in 2016 with a mission to create unique and beautiful homes that compliment your lifestyle. Homes need to be able to function on the level we are at, whether it’s a family with kids or empty nesters. BDesign’D provides clients with a personal, boutique style experience and every custom design is thoughtfully curated to reflect what is most important to you – your home. Services include residential home design, kitchen and bath design, virtual design, interior furnishing selection, construction finish selections, project management and more.
Train with PupScouts of Hunterdon
Summer is here and that means many of you are adding a new puppy to your family. PupScouts of Hunterdon are the area’s puppy experts – 2021 Happenings List Winner for Dog Training. With raising 24 Seeing Eye Puppies plus their own personal puppies, they’ve done the trial and error and have taken the guesswork out of puppy raising for you with their proven puppy program.
Did you know?…
• Socializing puppies is more than just meeting various dogs and strangers
• A puppy’s critical socialization period takes place before 16 weeks of age (don’t worry if your puppy is older, we can help guide you on ongoing socialization)
• Puppies are always learning, even if you aren’t actively training them
• There is a difference between a puppy tolerating something and liking something
(crates, being handled for nail trims/vet care/grooming, being home alone).
• Puppies don’t do things to please us
• There are several key factors that make the puppy biting phase worse
PupScouts of Hunterdon helps with all the things you want to know and all the things you didn’t know you needed to know.
Don’t have your new puppy yet? Perfect! Get ahead of the chaos by starting training before you bring home your new four-legged family member—they’ll show you how.
Hunterdon County is home to wide variety of ice cream shops and parlors. Below you’ll find options for frozen yogurt, sundaes, hand-dipped and soft serve. There’s a sweet treat for everyone in Hunterdon County.
Jimmy’s Ice Cream
525 Milford Warren Glen Road, Milford, NJ
A Hunterdon Happening Finalist for Best Ice Cream, this popular stand offers take out food and drive up service. Lines get long, particularly after local sporting events, but it’s worth the wait.
Scoops on Wheels
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Forget the days of the ice cream truck driving down your street. This venture will deliver your order right to your door, and can also be found at local events. Text “ICECREAM” to (833) 921-0631 for updates on events and ice cream news. Scoops on Wheels is the 2021 Happenings List Winner for Best Ice Cream!
Gronsky’s Milk House
125 W. Main Street, High Bridge, NJ
Gronsky’s Milk House is currently open for dine-in and takeout. This Hunterdon Happening Finalist for Best Ice Cream serves breakfast and lunch during the week and breakfast only on weekends.
237 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ
Owowcow Creamery is one of this year’s Hunterdon Happening List Finalists for Best Ice Cream and is made from scratch using local organic and natural ingredients.
Thee Ice Cream Parlor
463 Route 202, Flemington, NJ
Step back in time to the 1950s with a twist on an old fashioned ice cream parlor, which offers more than 80 flavors of homemade, hand-dipped ice cream and soft serve. Thee Ice Cream Parlor is family owned and operated and has been Hunterdon County’s best kept secret for over 14 years.
Red Barn Milk Company
392 State Route 31, Ringoes, NJ
Red Barn Milk Company is open Thursdays – Sundays, 12 – 9 pm. In addition to ice cream, you’ll also find burgers, fries and so much more.Stop in for lunch, a snack, dinner or a cone. Red Barn Milk Co. is a partnership between Hun-Val Dairy Farm of Ringoes and Double Brook Farm of Hopewell.
Just Chill Frozen Desserts and Creperie
47 Main Street, Clinton, NJ
This 2021 Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Frozen Yogurt also offers Hershey’s premium ice cream, homemade Gelato, crazy shakes, smoothie bowls and protein smoothies.
With the beautiful summer weather upon us, outdoor dining is open across Hunterdon County. Here are just some of the local restaurants that are welcoming guests to dine al fresco.
11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ
Lambertville Station, Hunterdon Happening List Finalist for Best Outdoor Dining, is open with indoor and outdoor seating available. Enjoy lunch or dinner on the terrace or relax with a cocktail in the American-style pub. You won’t want to miss their award-winning Sunday brunch.
62 Trenton Ave # A, Frenchtown, NJ
Lovin’ Oven offers brunch service Thursdays through Mondays, 9am-3pm during the week and 8am-3pm on the weekends. Indoor and Outdoor Seating is available. Take away is available during normal business hours for our in-house brunch menu. The bakery is full of delicious cookies, baked goods and desserts!
The Clean Plate Kitchen
49 Main Street, Clinton, NJ
The Clean Plate Kitchen is opening for patio, covered porch, and curbside pickup Friday – Sunday, 11am-8pm. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations cannot be made. Visit www.cleanplateclinton.com for online orders and restaurant updates. The Clean Plate Kitchen is continuing to offer the prepared meal service, Feel Good Food at Home throughout the summer.
1316 Route 31 N, Annandale, NJ
This Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Outdoor Dining is a family business that offers simple, quality American cuisine along with a full bar. For the most up-to-date offerings, check out their Facebook page.
Hamilton Grill Room
8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, NJ
This Hunterdon Happening List Finalist for Best Outdoor Dining has an ever-changing Mediteranean menu with outdoor dining in a quaint, canal-side locale. The chef prepares seasonal selections for our menus based on availability and freshness. A selection of oysters on the half shell available fresh daily.
And here are some more area restaurants open with outdoor seating:
Juniper Hill Restaurant and Bar, Annandale
Mountain View Chalet, Asbury
Designer Dawgs, Clinton
Blue Fish Grill, Flemington
Viva Mexico, Flemington
Stanton Italian Table, Flemington
Artie’s Bar & Grill, Frenchtown
Cafe Maria, Frenchtown
The National Hotel, Frenchtown
El Tule, Lambertville
D’Floret Restaurant, Lambertville (on June 17)
Lambertville House, Lambertville (on June 19)
Chelseas Restaurant and Pub, Lebanon
Tewksbury Inn, Oldwick
Red Barn Milk Company, Ringoes
Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market, Happening List Winner
When: Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from now through November 21
Where: Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Street, Flemington
Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market has a great selection of organic fruits and veggies; all-natural beef, chicken and pork; cheeses; honey; artisan breads; locally roasted coffee and more. This year they’re expecting several new vendors including Michisk Farm, Stewgler Farm & Forest (Gorgeous Goat), Fare Is Fowl and Evergreen Refill. The entertainment of yoga, music and circus acts will be bak back this season.
Click here to read our complete 2021 Farmers Market Guide.
During the summer months, you want to look and feel your best. Whether you’re in need of a fresh haircut, mani/pedi, facial, or CBD product, this list will provide you with many great options.
Zanya Salon Spa
Zanya Spa Salon is a full service spa and salon located in beautiful and historic Lambertville, NJ. The moroccan-inspired spa offers services range from manicure and pedicures, body scrubs and massage to spa facials and chemical peels. The salon is lead by experienced professionals and educators, and offers beautiful natural hair color and styling, as well as bridal styling and retexturing services.
Basil Bandwagon Natural Market
Beauty Releaf is an anti-aging company that focuses on the skins wellness and its ability to repair, balance, detox, and heals itself. This approach helps to slow and reverse the aging process. Their pure 100% natural product line is free of toxins or synthetic compounds.
Their CBD-Infused Multi-Tasker is the perfect unisex skincare solution. It is a “one and done” anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, face serum. and light moisturizer in one. It will help soothe, calm, reduce redness, hydrate, and protect the skin.
You’ll also want to check out their Spring/Summer Collection of CBD-infused Lip-Taskers. No ordinary lip glosses, they’re an all-natural intense lip treatment combined with the texture and finish of an ultra-luxurious highly pigmented lip gloss. Formulated with powerful antioxidant enriched ingredients and infused with the gold standard of Full-Spectrum CBD to help protect, prevent and reduce inflammation and signs of aging while soothing, healing and softening the lips.
36 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, NJ
This Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Manicure provides a paradox of open space and intimacy. The salon also offers services in waxing, hair coloring, makeup and bridal.
56 Payne Road, Lebanon, NJ
Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Blowout offers high-quality styling service to bring out your inner beauty. The salon offers hair cutting, styling, coloring and more.
Splitenz Salon Studio
23 E Main Street, Clinton, NJ
Named on the Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Hair Colorist, the salon also offers hair extentions, wigs and hair cuts in an eclectic setting.
CUT artisan. hair. design.
29 Bloomfield Ave., Flemington, NJ
This Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Haircut is currently accepting online appointment requests and also sells products on their website.
8 Main Street, Flemington, NJ
Consider adding some length to your hair from this Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Hair Extensions. The salon also sells Jack Winn Hair products online.
Natural Beauty by Jamie
69 Main Street, Flemington, NJ
Look no further for green, sustainable beauty needs. This 2021 Hunterdon Happening Winner for Best Makeup also offers ammonia and odor free hair coloring from L’Oreal. The salon is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Take a walking tour
Hunterdon County is home to four wineries which exemplify why the county is being called the Napa Valley of New Jersey. Each offers daily tastings, along with entertainment, fun gifts and food. Check out this link for more information.
Hunterdon County is host to 16 museums that vary from arts to living history. Here is a complete list along with descriptions so you can start planning your day.
If you’re looking to spend time outdoors in lush, breathtaking settings, then a tour of Hunterdon County’s parks is for you. Whether you use the county’s recently created hiking and biking trail maps to create your own tour or choose to take part in ones run by the park systems – such as a bird watching tour, a waterway tour, a flora and fauna tour or a photography tour – there are plenty of ways to spend the day. For more information, visit this link.
Farms still abound in Hunterdon, with many offering pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Some, such as Hunterdon Happening List Nominee Schaefer Farms outside Flemington, also offer entertainment. Here is a list of farms worth checking out.
Beaver Brook Country Club
25 Country Club Dr, Annandale, NJ
Located just an hour west of New York City, Beaver Brook Country Club was previously named a “must play” course by Golfing Magazine. Voted Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Best Golf Course.
Heron Glen Golf Course
110 US Highway 202 & 31, Ringoes, NJ
Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club
25 Club House Dr, Whitehouse Station, NJ
This 2021 Hunterdon Happening List Finalist for Best Golf Course is a privately-owned country club. The course offers an aesthetically pleasing, yet challenging experience.
Looking for somewhere to stretch your legs and get some exercise? These Hunterdon County parks have trails that are perfect for family-friendly excursions.
17 Dreahook Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ
This Readington Township park has two baseball fields, one T-ball field, a field hockey field and a playground geared to children ages 4 to 12. A concession stand and restrooms are also available.
106 Old Mountain Road, Lebanon, NJ
This Readington Township park has a playground and walking trails.
East Whitehouse Park
93 Old Hwy 28, Whitehouse Station, NJ
The park has one softball field and a playground geared to children ages 5 to 12. It also includes an open area and picnic tables.
12 Hillcrest Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ
One of the larger Readington Township parks, this one has four softball fields, four soccer fields, a playground geared to children ages 2 to 12, a concession stand, restrooms, a picnic grove with tables and a dog park.
509 County Road 523, Whitehouse Station, NJ
This park has a lighted softball field, two softball or T-ball fields without lights, three lighted tennis courts, a lighted basketball court, a playground geared to children ages 4 to 12, restrooms and a gazebo picnic grove.
Summer Road Park
Corner of Route 202 and Summer Road, Flemington, NJ
This park hosts four softball fields, four soccer fields, two playgrounds – one for tots and one for children ages 5 to 12 – basketball courts, an inline hockey rink, a concession stand, restrooms and a gazebo/pavilion picnic grove.
Everitts Road and Lavada Lane, Flemington, NJ
The seven-acre park includes a 1,865 foot walking trail, a children’s playground, a basketball court, a pavilion and a large open field for general use.
Sergeantsville Road, Flemington, NJ
One mile south of the Raritan Township Police Station and Municipal Building, this park contains a 5,200-foot walking trail (80 feet short of a mile), a picnic grove with tables and grills, a playground, four Little League fields, two major league fields, three girls’ softball fields, four soccer fields and four basketball courts.
Mine Brook Park
Old Croton Road and Capner Street, Flemington, NJ
This park has a picnic pavilion with tables and grills, a children’s tot lot and a half-mile walking trail along the banks of Mine Brook.
Califon Island Park
Bank Street, Califon, NJ
This borough park has a playground, a basketball court, picnic tables, a spider web climber, a climbing wall, multiple slides, swings, firemen’s pole, tunnels, baseball field and picnic pavillion and gazebo.
Lebanon Township Memorial Park
67 Bunnvale Road, Califon, NJ
Established as a 9/11 memorial, this park hosts a pavilion, volleyball and horseshoe pits, a children’s playground, a regulation softball field with electronic scoreboard, a walking path, and two basketball courts.
Ken Lockwood North
180-192 Raritan River Road, Califon, NJ
Featured on an L.L.Bean catalog cover in the 1990s, it straddles the South Branch of the Raritan River for about 2.5 miles, covering 260 acres. With access also available in High Bridge, the park offers mountain biking trails, hiking trails and fishing. It’s known best for its idyllic waterfall.
Little York Mount Pleasant Road, Milford, NJ
The township park has a playground for kids, riding arenas for horses, baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer/lacrosse fields, disc golf and a walking trail that spans just a little over a mile around the park.
Kingwood Township Park
200 Union Road, Frenchtown, NJ
This township park has a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe and shuffleboard courts, a bocce court, ball fields, a playground, picnic area, pavilion and concession stand. A one-mile loop trail encircles the park, with part of the trail traveling through a wooded natural area adjoining the Lockatong Creek.
Frenchtown Borough Park
Creek Road, Frenchtown, NJ
Amenities include new playground equipment, a zip line, a spider web climber, an ice skating rink in the winter, a suspension bridge, a creek for swimming or fishing, hiking trails, restrooms and a pavilion with picnic tables and grills.
2 Mount Hope Street, Lambertville, NJ
Playground with access to the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath, it includes a pavilion with an outdoor fireplace.
Hunterdon County Arboretum
1020 Route 31 North, Lebanon, NJ
The 73-acre site was once a commercial nursery. It features hiking trails, a 20,000-square-foot display garden and a Wizard Walk for children that ends at a castle.
Deer Path Park
120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ
This 122-acre county park has a one-mile fitness trail that includes 15 exercise stations. An additional two miles of trails also traverse the park along with a 1-mile horse trail. There are two soccer fields and a softball field, a gazebo and garden, picnic tables and pavilion as well as a three-acre spring-fed pond for fishing. It also hosts the Summer Concert Series.
30 Pleasant Grove Road, Lebanon, NJ
This 17-acre county park has the highest elevation in Hunterdon County at 1,051 feet above sea level. It offers picnic tables, campsites, hiking trails and a compass course, which was created as an Eagle Scout project by Owen Donnelly of Port Murray.
Round Valley Recreation Area
1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road, Lebanon, NJ
The 2.000-acre state-owned reservoir offers swimming, boating, scuba and skin diving. There are playgrounds, beachfront volleyball courts, hiking trails, picnic tables with grills, restrooms and pet friendly campsites.
Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckles Road, Clinton, NJ
This 2,030-acre state park offers swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. It’s also host to sailing regattas, triathlons and paddleboarding.
Baptist Corner Road, Holland, NJ
It offers more than four miles of trails that were old farm roads. The main challenge is the slope from the parking area to Manny’s Pond Road.
Charlestown Road, Hampton, NJ
This park offers more than 2.5miles of compacted trails that start with a moderate climb up a hillside to a field.
Bike alongside the South Branch of the Raritan River on trails designed for fishing access but open to cyclists. The Stanton Station Section, accessible from the Echo Hill Park on Route 31, offers a moderate ride along a cliff face, before ending at a popular fishing hole.
An old driveway serves as a biking trail in the Miquin Woods off Boy Scout Road in Lebanon Township. The ride is just shy of a mile.
To view the Hunterdon County Biking Reference Guide, click here.
Here’s a list with lots of links of activities you and your family can do while enjoying the fresh air.
Read on a blanket
Have a picnic
Make some chalk art
Classic Kid Games (Mother May I?, Red Light Green Light, Hopscotch, Follow the Leader, and more!)
For more great ideas visit our #LoveLocal business guide.