Dockside Chat - Traveling in the DC,NJ,NY Area...Where Would You Go

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03-30-2012, 12:39 AM
Heading out Saturday for a awards trip at work to DC. Yes sort of lame given that we used to go Bahama's, Grand Cayman, and such but that is a sign of the times. So after the Mandarin Oriental for the work function I will be heading North to tour Viking and say hello to the folks at Ocean and maybe pick up a few parts. En route might stop by F&S as well. Once that fun is over I have a few days to just do whatever. I booked the flights months ago and never though much more about this trip until now and have 2 1/2 days of open calendar which I am not used to. Flying home out of Philly. Where would you go if you were from the opposite coast and had some time with the wife to relax before heading home and back to the grind. Original thought was NYC and the wife's corp HQ in Hoboken but not sure if that is too much driving up and then back to Philly? Tom's River, Cape May? Atlantic City? I have been to NYC once and the rest of my East Coast time has been spent from the Carolina's down to Puerto Rico.

Thanks for the input.

03-30-2012, 12:53 AM
Why drive? Take the Amtrac train. The Acella is a high speed train that goes from Philly to DC or NYC. Tons to do in DC, the Smithsonian Museums, all of the monuments, Olde Town Alexandria,and Georgetown. In NYC you can get off the train right in the middle of it pretty much, Times Square, Central Park, you can walk to the riverfront and hop on one of the Circle Line boats and see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the whole NYC waterfront. Tons to do much more than you can do in 2 days.

Port Monster
03-30-2012, 01:31 AM
Damn you plan like me - if it wasn't for the last minute I wouldn't get anything done! It really depends on what you want to do. Sight seeing - I would say DC. Make the wife happy - NYC with a nice hotel, dinner and a show (the drive is not bad to Philly but like anywhere you have to time the traffic). Gamble with spa, etc. - Atlantic City (just had a brand new casino open). Just chill and relax - Delaware and take the wife to Long Wood Gardens and a few other museum type places - look up Krazy Kats as a possible place to stay. The beach towns are still in winter mode so they will be real low key and very quiet. Depends on what time your flight is leaving but you could make a half to 3/4 day in Philly with the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and a meal.

03-30-2012, 02:52 AM
Stay clear of Killadelphia ! ! !

03-30-2012, 04:25 AM
Go to NYC for the day, drive.....The Acella is over rated and over priced, lots of great museums if you like that kind of thing. From Philly to NYC (Central Park) its about 90 minutes in good traffic (Lincoln Tunnel) Center city Philly has some pretty cool sights to see also.

03-30-2012, 07:34 AM
How about a few lighthouses? Cape May is nice spot, hit the lighthouse, then drive 1.5 hours to Barnegat Light. Nice views.

03-30-2012, 11:40 AM
Don't know if your Viking tour is set for particular day and time, if it were me I'd consider going from DC to Annapolis - cool town and a tour of the Naval Academy is worthwhile. Then, if quaint, gingerbread bed and breakfasts hold any attraction, I'd drive from Annapolis to Lewes, DE and take the ferry to Cape May. Plan an overnight stop in either Annapolis/CM depending on how your schedule works.

From Cape May it's an hour or so to Ocean, then about the same (probably less) from there to Viking. If you go to Viking first and have any intention to head to NYC you'll be backtracking by going to Ocean, but not all that much.

Unfortunately, once you're in Ocean/Viking territory there's no convenient train connection to NYC, but the drive's not THAT bad. But since you mention your wife's HQ's in Hoboken, people there (whether you visit or call) can probably give you advice on parking outside NYC and train/ferry into city.

If you want to see a Broadway show and you and the wife are flexible about what you're going to see, be sure to check out TKTS for discount tickets. Usually about 50% discount but you can only buy them the day of the show. Goo dnews is they're right in the middle of Times Square which is convenient to most venues.

03-30-2012, 11:46 AM
Isn't it cherry blossom time in DC ?

03-30-2012, 11:52 AM
If you get to NYC take in a play, get tickets at the "TICKETS" booth in times sq. alot of times half price for good shows.

I have a cherry blosom tree in my front yard and with all the warm weather it's dropped it's blossoms allready si I don't think you'd see any in DC.

03-30-2012, 11:57 AM
In NYC, if you have the time, take the Staten Island Ferry ( across the harbor to Staten Island and back again. Spectacular views, of course, and the best part is the cost. It's free.

03-30-2012, 12:25 PM
What do they have going on at F&S? They are right my marina but haven't peeked in their shed for a long time. Love seeing the boats come out of there. Jimmy sure can build a beautiful boat!!

03-30-2012, 12:28 PM
PS if you go into NYC leave the car in NJ, you'll save a ton of money on parking and the train or bus ride is 15min. you can get around NYC on foot or taxi easy.

03-30-2012, 12:45 PM
Philly? Tom's River :o I think you can rule that one out, Cape May? Atlantic City?

It depends on your style. Your best bet is NYC, something for everyone.

Atlantic City CAN be fun.

A B & B in Cape May would be a nice way to unwind (not much to do there, which might be a good thing).

I haven't been in Philly in 45 years, once you got past the obvious things to see, I'm not sure what one would do there.

03-30-2012, 01:04 PM
Cowtown, NJ:grin:

Port Monster
03-30-2012, 01:15 PM
Cowtown, NJ:grin:

Now that is some funny chit - what does a southerner know about cowtown???? :rofl::grin::rofl:

03-30-2012, 02:15 PM
Philly? There's a great bus tour, I'm told

03-30-2012, 02:21 PM
Stay clear of Killadelphia ! ! !

truly a classic

03-30-2012, 02:25 PM
Now that is some funny chit - what does a southerner know about cowtown???? :rofl::grin::rofl:

My dad's family is from Woodstown andmy mom's from Lower Alloways Creek, but we moved from there when I was 2 or 3. I still get up there every once in a while to see the family- Mom lives in Fortescue and most of my other relatives live in Bridgeton, Vineland, and Woodstown.

I just remember the family getting excited about the Cowtown rodeo and flea market during my visits.;cool;

Sorry for the thread derail.

03-30-2012, 02:37 PM
AC is nice if good shows in town and gambling on the ticket. new shopping district (the walk) and beerfest thsi weekend at convention center

If not NYC would be the spot-broadway ellis island, statue of liberty, holicaust museaum groiun zero etc

Take train in.

Philadelphia not bad if you want to see history Constitution center liberty bell and plenty of good eats there

Because Boat
03-30-2012, 03:55 PM
"Wiz wit"

They'll know what you mean.

03-30-2012, 04:09 PM
def find a boat to take you around NYC by water. I've been on a bunch of dinner cruises and they are awesome.

03-30-2012, 06:31 PM
Thanks for the input guys. Work function is over in DC on Tuesday am and I plan on hitting F&S in the afternoon and then Renault Winery for dinner and overnight. The next day I do have a scheduled tour at Viking and then a quick stop at Ocean. After that I really think heading towards Hoboken to have a work related dinner and spend the night would be the smartest thing. Train to NYC and and hang in that area and then eventually work my way back to Philly or stay in NYC area and drive to airport direct for flight. Company booked Philly at my request as it was in general area of where I knew I would be but if I had my choice at this point flying out of NYC would be ideal. Too late to change flights also. Appreciate all the input and if there is anything I should look into let me know. That is Master's weekend so some golf in the peace and quiet of no kids with me sounds appealing as well.

Thanks again for the ideas. :thumbsup:

03-31-2012, 12:37 AM
In Philly, grab a cheesesteak and, if and only if, you are an Its Always Sunny Fan, grab a beer and "hoagie" at the place "Mac and Dee" own. I forget the name, Mac's Old Country Tavern or something like that. It's in the old city section of town. Actually not a bad little place. If you wander off the beaten trail, Lancaster is a cool place to visit as well. As for NJ, toms river as you mentioned sucks IMO. Lived there since '95. I don't like it. Seaside is no more than a 20 min drive away. While we do get a bad rep from all the tv shows, it's nearly always a good time. If u have time to fish, our season is just starting. Water is loaded with nice size bass right now b/t 200 yds of the pier to 2 miles offshore. They are catching off the surf but if you can get on a boat/kayak/ or go skiishing, you'll have more success. If you have time and can get a ride, Island Beach State Park is awesome. Going south from my neck of the woods, AC is a good time. I don't gamble and I always have fun there. Usually a concert or at the very least, a cover band playing at a bar makes for a fun night. Harrah's and Borgata are my watering holes when I go down there.

03-31-2012, 01:36 PM
Isn't it cherry blossom time in DC ?

Nope, missed it due to the warm winter.

03-31-2012, 02:48 PM
Spend a few days in AC....gambling, shopping, boardwalk, best restaurants in NJ......Revel opens to the public Monday as well............

04-01-2012, 07:52 AM
Hoboken has some nice restaurants and bars, but not much else. I'd skip.

If you go to NYC, you may want to catch the SeaStreak ferry from the Atlantic Highlands. It'll take you to South Street Seaport in less than an hour and probably be cheaper than tolls/parking in NYC while avoiding a lot of the traffic around NYC. You'll also get to see some of the harbor, and there are a few things to do around South Street, or walk a few blocks to the Wall Street / World Trade Center area. I think Wed is matinee day for the theaters if you want to try to catch an early / cheap show, but you'll have to jump a subway and get up to Times Square (~1/2 hour on the subway - perfectly safe during the day).

I was in Philly this weekend. If you go, check out the historical district (Liberty Bell, Mint, Independence Hall, etc..), then get drinks/dinner in Society Hill (2-3 block walk). I had some great beer (hundreds on the menu) and a nice dinner at Eulogy Belgian Tavern the other night.

04-01-2012, 08:26 AM
^^^^Agree. Also, you can see the U.S. Olympia in Philly. It was one of the first dreadnaughts and was the ship that Dewey led the fleet thank sunk the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay during the Spanish American War. If you are a history buff it is a nice visit and you can walk around on board.

04-01-2012, 08:58 AM
Its hockey season... catch a Rangers game at MSG!

tango tomas
04-01-2012, 10:02 AM
Go to DC and take in the Smithsonian museums. You can spend days poking around and most are free. Food in DC is great and varied.

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