New Jersey Meetings + Events Magazine

Show your State Pride with Just Jersey Goods

Just Jersey is just, well, Jersey. As it sounds, this store features the finest handcrafted products from all around the state. Originally, Tina Bologna created Just Jersey as a school fundraising concept, and the idea flourished. In 2014, co-owners Tina Bologna and Paul Miller opened a pop-up shop with 35 vendors, and the store concept took flight. Now, as of their anniversary on Jan. 21, there are about 200 vendors from all over the state represented. 

Show Appreciation with Hidden Spring Lavender Farm Gift Baskets

Hidden Spring Lavender Farm is a hidden gem in Skillman. For owners Steve and Marie Voorhees, growing lavender started off as a passion project to brighten up their fields, but it turned into something much more. 

Six years ago, the Voorhees began growing lavender. They started with only 1,000 plants, but have now expanded to over 5,000. Three years ago, they opened the lavender shop, which became Marie’s full-time job in 2015. The experience, as she says, has been delightful and satisfying.

Signature Drink: Coconut Key Lime Swizzle

The Orange Squirrel takes chef Francesco Palmieri’s philosophy of serving simple, but not simplistic global comfort food using approachable, wholesome ingredients. The accessible menu features quirky, creative takes on comfort classics.

The Orange Squirrel accommodates groups with special menus customized specifically to their needs. Seated dinners are for 35-40 people, while cocktails/buffet-style events can be up to 50. 

Event Snapshots: NJM+E’s Best of New Jersey Awards

New Jersey Meetings + Events held its inaugural Best of New Jersey readers’ choice awards on Aug. 18, 2016. The event was held at the beautiful Boathouse at Mercer Lake. The magazine’s readers selected winners in a variety of industry-related categories and winners were announced at the event. Editor’s Picks were also selected by NJM+E Editor Nancy DePalma. All winners were profiled in the Fall 2016 issue. 

The Asbury Hotel Named Best New Hotel In America

The newly opened Asbury Hotel, located in Asbury Park, N.J., is already making a name for itself as the new hotel hotspot—it was recently awarded the number one spot on USA Today’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards Best New Hotel in America list.

“We are thrilled to be named the best new hotel in America,” says David Bowd, Salt Hotels, part owner and operator of The Asbury. “The success just inspires us to continue to develop programming that will excite and draw visitors all year long.”

Top 15 Trends for Meetings in 2017

Meetings and conferences aren't just a part of what IACC members do, it's their raison d’etre. IACC is the only global professional association with venue members who adhere to a strict set of rules and criteria with respect to conferences. There are 385 members in 22 countries in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

Jersey City is Hip, Happening & on the Rise

Proximity to Manhattan, picturesque views of the Hudson River, a great dining scene and various entertainment attractions have made Jersey City a great place for meetings, events and tourism. Obviously it’s an ideal place to stay if you’re doing business in Northern New Jersey, but with lots of transportation options, it’s also an affordable option when doing business in Manhattan.

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