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Details: Touring New Jersey's Millstone Valley

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

GETTING THERE

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.

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STAYING THERE

Inn at Glencairn, 3301 Lawrenceville Rd., Princeton; 609-497-1737, http://www.innatglencairn.com. 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.

EATING THERE

Main Street Eatery and Gourmet Bakery, 56 Main St., Kingston; 609-921-2778, http://www.mainstreetprinceton.com. 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, http://rockyhilltavern.com. Has been dishing out vittles since 1745. Plates: $11-$27.

PLAYING THERE

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park, 609-924-5705, http://www.dandrcanal.com. 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, http://www.rockingham.net. 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, http://www.oldmillstoneforge.org. Learn about the trade and techniques of blacksmiths. Open Sundays during select months. Donations accepted.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2462/index.html

http://raritan-millstonevalleyevents.blogspot.com

-- A.S.


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