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Interview with Adam Costello of Wightman Farms in Morristown

Recently, Hip New Jersey’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke with Adam Costello, Owner of Wightman Farms in Morristown, about all the fun his farm has to offer. A great destination for families, his farm offers several fun and engaging activities such as pumpkin slingshotting, apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, and more.

 
His farm is also home to an outstanding bakery which sells a variety of baked goods such as pies, quiche, bread, apple fritters, and so much more. They also offer fresh, natural meats sourced from Niman Ranch
 
While fall is definitely the high season for Adam, he still sustains his business with other seasonal ventures such as offering Christmas trees, hot apple cider and hot chocolate during the colder months. 
 
Adam is always looking to give his customers the best experience possible. Being efficient is one way he achieves this. He has recently adopted a strategy of reducing the dimensions of each space of an apple tree from 20’ x 20’ to 2’ x 10’. This allows for twice the amount of apple trees to be produced!
 
Working on the farm has been a dream come true for Adam. He loves being outside, being his own boss, and catering to NJ families all year long. The tradition of apple and pumpkin picking is timeless and surely not going anywhere for a long time. 
 
For more information about all that Wightman Farms has to offer, visit WightmanFarms.com!

#TrainYourBrainDay NJ’s Finest Escape Rooms!

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Today is #TrainYourBrainDay! Looking to put your brain power to the test? An escape room is the perfect way to actively engage in some brain puzzles with your closest friends and family! The concept is simple—you are locked in room and must solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategies to escape in under 60 minutes. I’ve had the pleasure of partaking in a few escape rooms with my family. It was a lot of fun—I highly recommend!

The first escape room I did was The Dorm Room at Amazing Escape Room in Princeton, NJ. As a college student, I thought it was really neat being able to do puzzles in a place that felt a lot like my college home! My first experience in an escape room was tough but definitely a great learning experience for future escape rooms. It laid the groundwork for being able to decipher clues and come up with strategic ways to solve the puzzles and riddles. Unfortunately, my group and I fell just short of escaping. We still had a great time!

The next escape room I did was Lost Jewel of Zanzibar at Escape Room Center in my hometown of Bridgewater, NJ. Set in Africa in 1930, the objective is to find a mystical gem from  a powerful warlord before time expires. I really liked the safari-adventure feel to this room. It almost felt like a Disney attraction! With a little more experience under our belts, my family and I were able to escape this room under 60 minutes. Woohoo!

My most recent escape room experience took place in Power Surge at Escape Garden State, minutes down the road from the #HipNJ HQ in Fairfield, NJ. This room takes place in Thomas Edison’s secret office. The goal is to access his secret work before time expires or else it will be gone forever. Personally, I thought this was the most challenging of the three I’ve done. It took a lot of ideas, guessing, and yes some clues from the Game Master, but we were able to escape! It was definitely my family’s most impressive escape yet!

If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to test your puzzle-solving skills, check out any of the locations I mentioned. The staff was very accommodating and the whole experience was seamless, fun, but definitely a challenge!

New Jersey escape rooms can be found in Princeton, Bridgewater, Fairfield, Hoboken, Atlantic City, Cherry Hill, Hackensack, and Freehold.

HipNJ's Weekend Recap: 8/24 - 8/26

HipNJ’s Weekend Recap: 8/24 – 8/26

Miss out on a fully packed weekend? #HipNJ has the scoop on what you missed. Keep reading to see what happened near you!

INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL – AUGUST 25

Over 100 wines from ten of the world’s most prestigious wine producing countries? Sounds like you’re kind of weekend, Golden Nugget hosted a International Wine Festival on August 24 & 25. Those prestigious countries include Italy, Spain, France & more! August 24 was the “Wine and Jazz Reception Under the Stars” event, and the Grand Tasting happened on August 25.

RED BANK FOOD & WINE WALK

RED BANK FOOD & WINE WALK – AUGUST 25

Red Bank’s walkable downtown district is home to an array of upscale restaurants and casual eateries that will appeal to your palate. guests could explore picturesque Red Bank while enjoying food and/or beverage samples from over 20 participating restaurants, bars & eateries. There was also three hours of top tastings!

All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional

ALL TIME LOW AND DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL – AUGUST 26

All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional announced a massive North American tour this morning (May 14) that includes 17 dates throughout the summer, some of which included New Jersey Locations. The Summer Ever After Tour will start in St. Paul, Minnesota on Aug. 3 and end Aug. 26 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The concert had the crowed going crazy for more!