Details: Touring New Jersey's Millstone Valley

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


The Millstone Valley Scenic Byway is a 27 1/2 -mile loop in north-central New Jersey. Kingston is the southernmost point. From the Beltway, take Interstate 95 to the New Jersey Turnpike, then Route 73 north and I-295 north toward Trenton. Follow Route 1 north, go right on Washington Road, then left on Route 27. Kingston is about three miles away. From there, you will travel along Millstone River and Canal roads.


Inn at Glencairn, 3301 Lawrenceville Rd., Princeton; 609-497-1737, This 18th-century Georgian manor offers four rooms and a suite only a few miles from Kingston. Rates from $149 a night, including homemade breakfast.


Main Street Eatery and Gourmet Bakery, 56 Main St., Kingston; 609-921-2778, Comfort food -- meatloaf sandwich ($7.95), BLT ($6.95), mussel chowder ($3.75) -- served in a small-town atmosphere. Also offers an impressive assortment of breads, pastries and cookies.

Rocky Hill Inn, 137 Washington St., Rocky Hill; 609-683-8930, Has been dishing out vittles since 1745. Plates: $11-$27.


Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park, 609-924-5705, The 70-mile park intersects with the byway at a number of points, such as Kingston, site of Lock No. 8, the locktender's house, a mill and Lake Carnegie.

Rockingham State Historic Site, Route 603, Kingston; 609-683-7132, The second-oldest house in the valley, it received George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Guided tours Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour; Sunday 1-3 p.m. on the hour. Free.

Old Millstone Forge Museum, North River Street, Millstone; 908-448-6624, Learn about the trade and techniques of blacksmiths. Open Sundays during select months. Donations accepted.


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