Spotlight on New Jersey
by Karen Carzo
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Flashy resorts, big convention centers and impressive entertainment complexes are not the only event and meeting locations in New Jersey.  In fact, New Jersey has hundreds of charming and unique venues ideal for social events and corporate meetings.  Here are just a handful of great places:

Rock Spring Club

The Colonial-style Clubhouse was built in 1927, and sits atop First Mountain in West Orange.  From the venue’s Main Dining Room, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.  Offering both formal and casual dining areas, Rock Spring Club is idea for corporate events, weddings, anniversary parties, bridal showers and bar mitzvahs.  www.rockspringclub.com, regan@rockspringclub.com, 973.731.6464.

Maritime Parc
The stately circular driveway, the soaring three-story lobby with a majestic chandelier, wrap-around terraces, restaurant-caliber food and attentive service are just a few of the amenities you’ll experience during an event at Maritime Parc.  No matter what your event, the accommodating staff will help make it seamless and stress-free.  www.maritimepark.com, info@maritimeparc.com, 201.445.4115.

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern
Warmth, elegance, outstanding cuisine and an experienced staff are the hallmarks of the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern.  Depending upon the size of your event, you can reserve the entire inn or one of the three beautifully decorated dining rooms located on the second floor.  The Crystal and Washington rooms, the Library, Tavern and Bluestone Patio are also available.  www.hohokusinn.com, privatedining@hohokusinn.com, 201.445.4115.

Funplex
Funplex is New Jersey’s largest indoor and outdoor amusement center. With locations in East Hanover and Mt. Laurel, it’s a great setting for corporate meetings, planning sessions and team building events as well as social parties and picnics.  All rooms feature AV equipment, WiFi, projection screens and more.  Activities include Lazer Tag, electronic go karts, scavenger hunts and mini golf.  Catering is also available.  www.TheFunPlex.com, East Hanover: Kim@TheFunPlex.com, 973.428.1166 ext.16.  Mount Laurel: Amanda@TheFunPlex.com, 856.273.9061.

Waterside Restaurant & Catering
Whether you’re having an intimate dinner for two, enjoying Sunday brunch, or hosting a gala in one of the venue’s two private ballrooms or its semi-private rooms, you will undoubtedly be enjoying delicious food, gorgeous décor and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.  The restaurant also accommodates corporate events and offers catering for up to 250 people.  www.watersiderestaurantandcatering.com, info@watersiderestaurantandcatering.com, 201.861.7767.

Ron Jaworski Golf
Ron Jaworski Golf has three wedding and banquet facilities throughout the New Jersey area, each with a unique appeal for corporate and social events.  Valleybrook Country Club is located in Blackwood and features an elegant ballroom, amazing view of the golf course, and can accommodate up to 220 people for a wedding – and still have room for dancing.  The cuisine is prepared by Academy of Culinary Arts, international and award-winning chef, Jeremiah Hoy. www.valleybrookgolf.com, tracey@valleybrookgolf.com, 856.227.3171. 

Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove, features a grand ballroom with dramatic cathedral ceilings and floor-length windows, offering spectacular views of the golf course.  Award-winning chef, Steve Pennese, recognized by Professional Chefs Association, prepares old-world recipes for a variety of events and customizable packages. www.runningdeergolfclub.com, heather@runningdeergolfclub.com, 856.358.2000

Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor City, is an exceptional location for celebrations of any type.  It features a grand ballroom with beamed cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows so your guests can enjoy a beautiful view.  From the menu prepared by award-winning chef Jorge Penagos, to the décor and the entertainment, every detail is perfection.   www.blueheronpines.com, tara@blueheronpines.com, 609.965.1800.



Culinary Conference Center
For team building events, corporate affairs and social gatherings, the Culinary Conference Center offers a unique space with flexible and varied packages, including cooking classes.  The Culinary Conference Center is versatile and adept at providing a unique and enjoyable experience.  www.culinaryconferencecenter.com, ghefelle@hccc.edu, 201.360.5300.

Il Villaggio Ristorante
An event at Ill Villaggio Ristorante is handled with the utmost professionalism.  Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday or a business function, you and your guests will enjoy delicious food and impeccable service.  For more than 30 years, Ill Villagio Ristorante has been rated one of the top 100 Italian restaurants by Zagat.  The restaurant’s wine program has also been recognized, winning an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. www.ilvillaggio.com, john@ilvillagio.com, 201.935.7733.

The Brownstone
In addition to enjoying extraordinary catering with the genuine warmth of a cozy Craftsman-style estate, The Brownstone offers beautiful and unique grand conservatories, gardens and the natural beauty of the East Coast.   The gracious architecture and rugged room décor lend to the appeal of this historic building that dates back to the early 1900s.  The cuisine and ambiance combine to create memorable banquets, romantic wedding receptions and any type of small to mid-size event.  www.thebrownstone.com, 973.595.8582



For more enchanting venues, visit www.GreatPlacesDirectory.com.

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