New Jersey Hotels for Christmas

by Morgan Rush
The lights of New Jersey can be alluring at Christmas.

The lights of New Jersey can be alluring at Christmas.

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Although New Jersey sometimes brings to mind industrial smokestacks and lowbrow reality TV, the Garden State offers pastoral pleasures that seem just right for Christmas, including fields of cranberries, horse corrals, small historic towns and wild beaches. Staying at a New Jersey hotel offers convenient access to nearby New York City, plus the cozy wintertime comforts of roaring fireplaces, thick comforters and breakfast in bed. Many New Jersey hotels offer special packages to make Christmas festive for guests.

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Christmas Tours

Guests at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, choose from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day packages to make their spirits bright. The hotel offers discounted accommodations, fine-dining dinner accommodations, free continental breakfast, champagne and free valet parking. Visitors receive tickets to tour inns decorated for Christmas. Snuggle beneath Italian duvet covers, and select a holiday wine from the on-site cellar.

Holiday Dining

For some people, seasonal holiday food and drink remains their favorite part of Christmas. The Grant Summit Hotel in Summit, New Jersey, caters to foodies during the holidays with special Christmas dinners. Christmas Eve dinner menus include butternut squash bisque, grilled lobster tail, pumpkin pie and cinnamon ice cream. The Christmas Day buffet includes turkey breast and gravy, roast pork loin, apple tarts and fondue. Rooms come with pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, cherry hardwood floors and brick porches

Santa Brunch

Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey offers a full Christmas calendar stocked with seasonal goodies including a tree-lighting ceremony, story-time with Mrs. Claus, train rides for children, brunch with Santa (including gifts for kids) and a hot chocolate bar. Christmas packages include seasonal cocktails, vouchers for a local tavern, holiday tours and a gift. The hotel also accommodates holiday parties. Rooms come with free wireless Internet access, Aveda toiletries and DVD players, so bring your favorite Christmas movie.

Christmas Tea

The Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey offers Christmas teas during the holiday season. A Victorian-era dressed guide leads talks on the history of tea and Christmas celebrations while guests nibble at homemade scones and jams, tea sandwiches and Devonshire cream. During select hotel teas, Santa makes an appearance to snap photos with kids and receive Christmas lists. Rooms come with organic bath products, work areas for completing last-minute Christmas cards and a fitness center for burning off treats. The hotel offers complimentary shuttles for last-minute gift shopping in Princeton, and families can celebrate the holidays with their pets at this pet-friendly New Jersey hotel.

About the Author

Morgan Rush is a California journalist specializing in news, business writing, fitness and travel. He's written for numerous publications at the national, state and local level, including newspapers, magazines and websites. Rush holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

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