As one of the most densely-populated states in the USA, New Jersey might not be the first place that springs to mind when thinking of quintessential small town America. Yet in spite of popular perception, the Garden State is brimming with charming communities just waiting to be explored. From coastal Cape May, America's oldest seaside resort, to the Norman Rockwell-esque town of Clinton, we visit New Jersey's 10 most beautiful towns.
America's oldest seaside resort, Cape May is a haven of Victorian charm, family-friendly fun and cultural goings-on. The town's picture-perfect streets and shoreline are populated with original Victorian architecture, brightly colored houses known as 'painted ladies.' Thanks to Cape May's dedicated preservation of its rich history, the whole town was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Alongside its eclectic dining scene and boutique stores, Cape May is also home to a lively cultural scene and boasts two theater companies and a number of annual festivals, including the famous 26-year-old Cape May Music Festival.
Nestled on the banks of the Delaware River on the border of Pennsylvania is the lovely town of Lambertville. First settled in the early 18th century, Lambertville's beautifully preserved Victorian houses and federal-style townhouses are now home to quaint antique stores, earning the town the nickname of 'Antiques Capital of New Jersey', and cute cafÃ©s. Lambertville's many art galleries and annual arts and crafts festival, ShadFest, have made the town a haven for the arty, creative set. Foodies will love Lambertville too. Alongside eclectic restaurants, Lambertville also hosts an annual food fair and restaurant week in cooperation with the neighboring Pennsylvanian town of New Hope.
Despite the massive urban sprawl of Philadelphia just a few miles east, pretty Collingswood has managed to retain its small town charm. In fact, it is listed among the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia, a local initiative celebrating unique communities with rich histories and a high quality of life. Collingswood's pretty downtown is home to fashion boutiques, first-rate restaurants and Second Saturday, a monthly, year-round event dedicated to art and music. Â The town also hosts the Collingswood Farmers' Market featuring the best produce from across the Garden State from May through Thanksgiving.
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