Where The Wild Things Are
EXPLORE SOUTH JERSEY’S ROUTE 45
Take a deep breath of fresh air as you head down Route 45 where you’ll find plenty of farmland and a sense of peace away from the urban hustle. This trip is marked with wineries, breweries, and distilleries ready to take you away from it all as well as wildlife, farm adventures, and antiquing to open your eyes and fill your spirit. You’re sure to get a mix of memories as you take in the fruits of fine food and drink, expansive local wildlife, and historic sites as you wander through the Outer Coastal Plain AVA wine region.
It’s time for an adventure of your own, right here in South Jersey. Share your photos on Instagram / Facebook using #visitsouthjersey and let us know what fun things you discovered along the way.
1. Hancock House
3 Front Street, Hancocks Bridge, NJ 08038
The site of the Hancock Bridge Massacre of 1778, where Major John Graves Simcoe led 300 British soldiers and Queen’s Rangers to surround and surprise members of the local militia, along with Judge Hancock. The Hancock House can be found on the National Register of Historic Places and is a must-see for history buffs.
2. Tadmore Distilling
90 W. Broadway, Salem, NJ 08079
Each small-batch spirit by Tadmore is artfully crafted to have you wanting “just a tad more.” Here, the belief is if the distillers wouldn’t drink it, they would never serve it to you. The front-half of the distillery is a home from the 1790’s, providing visitors a unique atmosphere.
3. Historic Salem City
Market Street, Salem City, NJ
Located along the Salem River, Historic Salem is a community filled with a rich history, amazing cultural resources, impressive architecture, and several antique shops not to mention great casual dining from authentic Italian to soul food!
4. Salem River Wildlife Management Area
Route 45, Salem, NJ 08079
Home to Mannington Meadows, Salem River has been cited by New Jersey Monthly as “the perfect destination to spot local wildlife” and “one of the top areas in the state for water- fowl diversity.” Enjoy a breath of fresh air and connect with nature on the viewing platform overlooking an expansive marsh along Mannington Creek.
5. Wagonhouse Winery
1401 NJ-45, Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Inspired by the old wagonhouse on the Brown family farm, the journey started with some land leased from the family farm and has grown to 10 acres of grapes under cultivation, producing 7,000 cases of wine per year. The winery offers private events, monthly dinners and “The Barnyard Bistro” for visitors to enjoy.
6. Creamy Acres Farm
448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Stroll through the Garden Center, visit the Jersey Fresh produce stand, and enjoy an educational tour of the dairy farm (complete with a complimentary ice cream treat). In the Fall, don’t miss the seasonal fun across the property including “Night of Terror,” made for the bravest of the bunch. Over the holidays, plan a day trip and attend “Night of Lights” – a country holiday hayride for the whole family!
7. Mullica Hill Antiquing
Downtown Mullica Hill
A true thrifter’s paradise, Mullica Hill is a must-visit destination for all things antique and vintage including home decor, furniture, jewelry, clothing, collectibles, and so much more.
8. Eight & Sand Beer Co.
1003 N. Evergreen Avenue, Woodbury, NJ 08096
A full production brewery featuring twenty taps. All beer is made on-site in the brewhouse, and can be enjoyed in the rustic-industrial style tasting room inspired by Eight & Sand’s “train” theme brand. Additionally, there’s a cozy beer garden ideal for sipping beers outdoors during the warmer months.