Monday, October 27, 2014

North Jersey Wine Trail + Working Dog Winery

A while back I wrote about the NJ wine passport program, where you go to some 39+ different wineries in NJ, getting your passport stamped at each one, and once you have gotten them all stamped you can send it in for a chance to win a wine tasting abroad. Since I couldn't pass up a perfectly good challenge, I decided to take this on along with Brian and Larissa from the Traveling Mortician and planned some trips to the various wine trails.

NOTE: This post is a little overdue as we visited these wineries a month ago, but I was waiting on clarification about the passport program before posting this update. As it turns out, the winery that gave us our passport gave us an old one from last year. But, the wine association will accept any completed passport book for entry to win the trip, so we made the decision to continue along with the old wine passports as we are now 11 wineries in! 

 Since we had done Laurita winery and Cream Ridge winery as part of the pour and pedal back in June, we intended to finish the rest of the Jersey shore trail and hit up the Colts Neck, Morganville, and Working Dog Wineries.

As our luck would have it, the website for Morganville winery said they were closed for a private event, so off to Working Dog winery we went for our first stop of the day. Arriving a little after 11am, we were the first one's there and had the opportunity to chat with the owner about their various wines.

New Jersey Wine Trail - working dog winery
Working Dog Winery

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge 2014

The New Jersey Lighthouse challenge is a 2 day event with 14 stops consisting of 11 lighthouses , 2 life savings stations , and 1 museum. I had come across this when I was looking up NJ fall events, and thought it was a really unique way to see the Jersey Shore while also getting a workout climbing all those lighthouse stairs!

New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge 2014
The Lighthouse Challenge Map

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Jersey Zombie Walk 2014

In my efforts to showcase all the unique and wonderful experiences NJ has to offer, I recently came across the  NJ Zombie Walk. This is not only a FREE event which takes place every October in Asbury Park, it is THE zombie walk of all zombie walks, holding the Guinness World Record for most Zombies ever recorded in one location in 2013. And best of all, this year the walk is for charity! 

NJ Zombie walk 2014
Aeriel photo of this years walk courtesy of

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oktoberfest - Best festival in Europe

When we planned our 2011 Eurotrip, we knew we had to head over to Munich to see what the infamous Oktoberfest was all about. Oktoberfest actually takes place mostly in September, with the opening ceremonies typically occurring the third weekend in September and the closing ceremonies the first weekend of October, for 3 weeks total of beer and partying. If you are thinking of staying in Munich's city center for your visit, beware, as hotel prices skyrocket and many hotels even sell out months in advance. We tried to lessen the blow to our wallet by only staying 2 nights and booking our hotel stay for midweek, which still set us back almost $200 a night. Rest assured, you do not have to book a weekend stay in order to fully experience the festival. The 2 weekdays we were there were still packed to the max, and no one seemed to be holding back on their beer consumption!

Oktoberfest Munich