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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.

Celebrating Simplicity Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

July 12th marks Simplicity Day. It celebrates the birthday of writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau wisely stated, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will become simpler”. #HipNJ in honor of simplicity day has some perfect ways to make your life more simple!

1.Alleviate Stress

Tired of stressing out? To reduce daily anxiety it is important to set aside time for relaxation. Going to the spa is a great way to throw away all daily stress and make life simple. The #GardenState has some phenomenal spas such as:

The Woodhouse Day Spa, Montclair

Relaxation is good for the body and soul! Take time for yourself @woodhousedayspa. #wellnesswednesday #relax #nostress

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Cape May Day Spa, Cape May

Five Star Spa, Hillsborough

DePasquale The Spa, Morris Plains

2. Travel

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a gorgeous state that has a large amount of travel destinations. Don’t miss out on some of these fun places to visit in the #GardenState.

Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, Seaside Heights

Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids, Keansburg

Rebounderz, Edison

Splash Zone Water Park, Wildwood

Steel Pier, Atlantic City

3. Indulge

Indulging is the perfect way to make life simple . Here are some fabulous places in #NewJersey to spoil yourself with sweets.

Crowley Cupcakes, Madison

Black River Candy Shoppe, Chester

The Fudge Shoppe, Flemington

Gabriel’s Fountain, Martinsville