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#HipNJ Takes on Seattle

by Alyssa Villasenor

Happy #TravelTuesday #HipNJ! This weekend my cousins and I took on Seattle, a city of rain and endless Starbucks.

We left early on Friday morning from the Newark Liberty International Airport. Our 6am flight was on time–but we were not. We rushed through security just to make our flight. We moved so fast my cousin actually lost his hat. The staff was patient with us the whole time, thankfully, and didn’t mention how none of us were wearing our shoes, only socks.

We stayed at the lovely Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown Hotel, which was close to the iconic Space Needle. We had a great view of the Space Needle and got to see it light up at night from our window.

Our first meal was at The 5 Point Cafe. It was decorated in stickers and neon signs, one of which brightly announced “We Cheat Tourists-N-Drunks Since 1929.” The food was delicious and I had the “No Huevos” Rancheros, one of their many vegan options.

We spent our trip exploring downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market. The atmosphere was quite different from New York’s. First, the buildings were a lot shorter, and I was surprised every time I looked up and saw more sky than towers. The mood of the city was calmer than that of New York’s, in a way that was almost confusing as shops were closing up around 8pm. And of course, the air was cold, wet, and rainy, but the city still looked beautiful.

We visited the Gum Wall and were slightly grossed out, but enjoyed reading the little notes people stuck on the wall.

We enjoyed a S’more Sundae at Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, a cute ice cream parlor that I already want to go back to.

We even saw diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium!

Overall, Seattle was a wonderful city to spend the weekend in, but it felt nice to return to the slightly-warmer, less-rainy New Jersey!

How Will the NJ Shutdown Impact Your Fourth of July?

Governor Chris Christie has signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency due to the New Jersey budget standoff in Trenton.

Here is how this may impact your #HipNJ Fourth of July plans:

State parks, recreation areas, forests, historic sites (including Island Beach State Park and Liberty State Park), Travel and Tourism welcome centers and rest areas on I-295 in Deepwater, Salem County and on I-80 in Knowlton, Warren County will be closed until further notice.

Public events within state parks, recreation areas, forests and historic sites are cancelled until further notice.

Stay tuned to HipNewJersey.com for more updates as they come in.

Delsea Drive-In Theatre

Delsea Drive-In Theatre

#HipNJ takes it old school with New Jersey’s only drive-in movie theater!

Get ready for some serious nostalgia, you guys. Delsea Drive-In Theatre takes you back to a time where 3D and IMAX movies didn’t take a toll on your wallet. Though they’re a dying breed, there is no reason for them to be less fun than they used to be. Whether you are on a date or with the family, drive-in movie theaters allow you the comfort of your own car. Not being stuck in a movie theater allows you to enjoy your company, laugh at the parts you’re not supposed to (don’t worry, we’re all guilty), and check those ever-important notifications on your phone. Plus, it’s cheaper! At Delsea Drive-In Theatre, double features are guaranteed and triple features are a special treat. Seeing two movies (and possibly three) for the price of one at a regular theatre is almost unheard of.

Enjoy the finer things in life by simplifying them. Now that the weather is warming up, it may be time for you to take a step back in time and take your first adventure of the summer. Located in Vineland, the theatre is only an hour drive from Atlantic City!

Don’t forget to check what movies are playing at delseadrive-in.com before you go.