Written by: Suzanne LaVoie
Spring has arrived. Flowers are in full bloom, daylight stretches even longer for you to enjoy the outdoors, and life overflows with excitement to get out there and put the last remnants of winter behind you. Nature is calling. Why not spend it in a beautiful area known as Lake Hopatcong (cited as the largest freshwater body in New Jersey) located between the counties of Sussex and Morris?
Water is therapeutic in many ways. It relaxes you and allows for contemplation and meditation; or you could enjoy some of the diverse activities offered throughout the warmer months, including boating and waterskiing.
Boat cruises provide spectacular views of the lake and gorgeous homes that line the surrounding grounds. Weekend pontoon boat cruises supply opportunities to learn the history of Lake Hopatcong, including some of the specific dwellings that come into focus as you take in all that is around you.
There are signature cruises on a special vessel to avail yourself of as well during the season from May through October. Lake Hopatcong additionally offers a “floating classroom” for people of all ages to enjoy and get hands-on experience on an amazing educational adventure (not to mention time in the breathtaking Hopatcong State Park).
Every outing deserves to begin with a sensational breakfast. What better place to begin than the Jefferson Diner which was featured on the Food Network with Guy Fieri? The portions are incredible and if you desire to take home an amazing reminder of the scrumptious delectable, the lobster bisque is it! You will bask in the chunks of lobster from this favorite soup!
If you crave something mid-day, then you can travel to the Jefferson House right on the lakefront. Awesome food and beverages in a casual atmosphere along with a catching view! Who could ask for more? And yes, there is live music throughout the summer months! A perfect combination! If you are looking for a terrific dining place to treat Mom on Mother’s Day, the Jefferson House is accepting reservations for Brunch and Dinner.
How about the evening meal? Look no further than the Windlass Restaurant, which is also located on the lake. Indoor and outdoor dining is available and the cuisine caters to all taste buds! This charming restaurant even has outdoor gliders to take delight in! Oh, and be sure to check out their website which includes a fascinating account of the history of the Windlass and a once-famous amusement park from decades ago!
Lake Hopatcong is a hidden gem in New Jersey. It exudes its own peace and serenity when you take the time to take pleasure in its gorgeous sights. It is a fundamental place for amateur and seasoned photographers to get their cameras and phones rolling to capture this natural wonder of New Jersey (there are never enough photos of nature, so go for it and click/snap away).
There are nearby trails to hike if you are searching for more adventure and fitness. Numerous events pop up throughout the heaviest tourism months which include various fun activities sponsored by the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club. A fireworks display will be held this year on June 28th with a rain date of July 7th. Bridge Marina also offers events centered on boating enthusiasts. Come check it all out!
DO SOMETHING NEW
Do it. Give yourself permission. Life is busy and often hectic and stressful. You deserve to treat yourself to a day of tranquility, exquisite eats, entertainment, and experience. Seek out Lake Hopatcong and be forever changed.
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