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Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Our journey to the USA for Thanksgiving was via a rather indirect route. At the time of booking up flights it was the same price to fly London—New York—London as it was to fly London-Orlando-Philadelphia–Orlando—London including a stop over 8 nights in Orlando. It was a hard choice but we went for the latter option.

We fly transatlantic with BA and then US internal flights with US Airways. The flights were excellent and BA still maintain their high standards. 

Car rental was arranged through Economy Care Hire in the UK and we were very pleased with their customer service and package. It was nice to know that you had everything you needed and all paid for.  We could go to the Reception desk and say No, no, no with confidence when they tried their usual upgrade sales talk.

We had just a one night stop in Orlando on the way out and then flew up to Philadelphia the next morning. The previous day they had six feet of snow in Buffalo and we were a little anxious what we would find. It was cold but no snow.

We had chosen to stay in a B&B near to Philadelphia airport (35 minutes drive) and we were delighted with the hospitality at Inn at Whitewing Farm, near Brandywine Creek, Philadelphia. Click logo below for information.

 

 

 

 

 

Lance and Sandy Shortt run a beautiful B&B. The rooms were tastefully decorated and the farm was very peaceful.

In the main house there was a constant supply of tea or coffee and homemade cookies. The breakfasts were cooked by Lance who also owns a large restaurant. The food quality was superb.

You need to go out for dinner and there was a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants in the area.  We choose Hanks Place on Route 1. (see below). The food was excellent but there is no liquor licence (so bring your own) and they only accept cash.

The next day there was a severe weather warning and everyone was expecting a heavy snowstorm.  As it turned out it was just like a rainy, wet winter day at home. We drove through Philadelphia and on up to Stockton NJ without any problems.

The journey takes about 2 hours.   When we approached Stockton the rain had turned to snow and everywhere looked really pretty.

Our accommodation for the next few days was to be The Woolverton Inn, Stockton NJ.  This is just a 5 minute drive from Alexa’s parents house in Sergeantsville.  Below is the photo from the B&B website. However, it did not look quite the same in the winter! But, still very picturesque.

The Woolverton Inn was very pleasant but our room was a bit small for us with all our travel bags. More of a weekend type of room.  Again, there was a continuous supply of tea and coffee and a large log fire to warm you up quickly.

Breakfasts were all home made and delicious. A different menu each morning which was a nice change from the standard American breakfasts.

The next day was Thanksgiving and we were again invited to Alexa’s brother, Jared’s, in-laws for the Thanksgiving meal.

It was lovely to meet up with everyone again and as last year, the Potenzas were the perfect hosts—thank you.

Photo (by Desnée): l-r  Ash  (eyes closed), Linsay Potenza,  Brian, Alexa, George,  Noreen Potenza, Maryann Sterbinsky, John Sterbinsky, Aunt (Noreen’s sister)    Grandma (Noreen’s mother), Mia Sterbinsky, Jared Sterbinsky, Ali Sterbinsky (née Potenza), the hands of Tony Potenza.

 

After Thanksgiving we had a couple of day trips out. The first to Flemington to visit the Liberty Village outlet stores and the second to Princeton and a wander around the university campus, which was impressive.

In Flemington we were lucky enough to catch sight of the steam train that runs between Flemington and Ringoes.  It was very cold and so the steam and smoke were very photogenic!

It was also cold during our visit to Princeton.  Before walking around the university we decided that it was time to eat and so called in to Pj’s Pancake House on Nassau Street, Princeton.  It was very busy but we managed to get a table. Tremendous atmosphere!

Photo below is of Desnée’s small, taster portion of PJ’s Pancakes!!!

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