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How to Have the Best Summer Weekend

Jun 9, 2021

With the days getting warmer and more things reopening all around us, it feels like this summer is set to be a hot one! Jersey City is abuzz with new restaurants, parks, hangouts, and activities, and after so many months spent in lockdown, it can be hard to know where to begin. Getting back into social life can feel both exciting and overwhelming, so this week we’ve compiled some highlights to help get you started. Read ahead for our guide to enjoying a fabulous weekend in our newly reopened city! 

A Return to Brunch

Even for those of us who have taken full advantage of the chance to cook from home throughout the past year plus, it’s been hard not to miss the treasured weekend pastime that is brunch. There’s lots of great brunch spots new and old to try in Jersey City, and some of our faves have excellent specials and deals to boot. Head to Ed & Mary’s for a cozy, neighborhood joint with brunch classics and inventive specialty cocktails like the Fullop Julep. Nearby favorite Fire & Oak has a fantastic brunch menu and offers $25 champagne bottles for make-your-own mimosas. And Satis Bistro serves up $5 brunch cocktails every Saturday and Sunday in their charmingly rustic setting.


R&R at Local Spa

With a year plus spent in lockdown, it’s been a minute since most of us have pampered ourselves with some R&R at a local spa. Treat yourself to a little self care now that it feels safe enough to do so! Right here at Newport, check out Polish Me Nail Spa for a full service nail salon with the most advanced technology and high quality products.


Go on an Ice Cream Crawl 

It doesn’t get more quintessentially summertime than strolling the streets with a cone topped high with our favorite flavors in hand. Start the season off strong with an ice cream crawl to hit up some of Jersey City’s best spots. Torico Ice Cream on Erie Street has been serving up the good stuff since 1968--find homemade flavors here like Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet and Pineapple Coconut. Or check out Milk Sugar Love in Hamilton Park for more homemade ice cream and new flavors every week like Blueberry Crumb and Rosemary Toffee Pine Nut.


Perfect Park Day

Bring the picnic blanket and sprawl out in a Jersey City park for a perfect summer afternoon. Here at Newport, we’ve got tons of green space to choose from, with grounds featuring playgrounds, nature-filled paths, and even our very own carousel. Or explore one of the many amazing local parks nearby, like Liberty State Park with its epic views of the Statue of Liberty, acres of waterfront green space, and access to family-friendly Liberty Science Center.


Beach Time!  

We’re so lucky here at Newport that we can hit the beach for a quick summer getaway without even needing to leave home! Newport Green boasts our own fantastic urban beach, complete with sandy beaches and plenty of space for lounging. Or take a day trip to nearby Sandy Hook Beach. About an hour outside of downtown JC, find miles of clean, sand-filled shores in addition to fishing, trails for bike riding and hiking, and a camping site.


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