Photos are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. —Katie Thurmes

A month ago, I made a very long overdue trip to see one of my best friends who lives in New Jersey.

And after the last several years, the time I had away was exactly what I needed.

When I visit her, I feel like I’m truly on a vacation. Time slows down so I love to unplug, immerse myself with God’s creations, and do nothing. Okay, okay. Sometimes I blog.

However, in my defense, I only blog when it’s raining or when we feel like doing nothing and want stay in to watch shows and cook/order in.

Anyway, for some reason, time goes by much slower and I feel like I’m able to be in the moment and enjoy myself.

Aside from visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania, my best friends and I had a very low-key vacation.

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And what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t share a little Southern New Jersey travel guide with you?

THINGS TO DO IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY / SHOPPING

If you’re looking for low-key things to do in Southern New Jersey, check out these activities you can do!

If you want to know just how good real food tastes, visit the local farms!

New Jersey is called the garden state for a reason. I was in absolute heaven during our local farms run. Not only did we get great food, we also got to know some of the owners/farmers.

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Sickler’s Circle View Farm is a new farm owned by a young couple. We met Rachel that day and picked up some steak and sausage to make meals at home.

Spoiler alert: it was so delightful that I forgot to take a photo! The corn from Sorbello Girls Farm Market was nice and sweet! The steak from Sickler’s Circle View Farm was so good that I plan to order from them and have it shipped here to Dallas in the future. I love to support our farmers!

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We also picked up some fresh produce like cherry tomatoes, basil, and corn from Sorbello Girls. And of course, the run wasn’t complete without Rachel and I getting some water ice (snow cones for those of us in the South) for the drive home.

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Low Key Things to Do In Southern New Jersey - She Sweats Diamonds - Huong Vo - Sorbello Girls Farm

With fresh tomatoes and basil from Sorbello Girls Farm Market, we made a wonderful sausage pasta topped with a balsamic and olive oil dressing for dinner!

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If you’re looking for outdoor activities to do in Southern New Jersey, go paddle boarding.

We went with Glisten because my other best friend, Sarah, uses them all the time as a local.

It was my first time paddle boarding and considering I can’t swim, I was a bit nervous. However, it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

The quick lesson we had gave me peace of mind because I was determined not to fall in. And let’s give credit where credit is due: the life jacket helped too, ha!

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The scenery was just beautiful. A few of us paddle boarded while others did paddle board yoga, and others practiced for local races.

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I paddled the entire length of the lake so to accomplish that was fun!


Another outdoor activity you can do is go fruit picking.

One place you can go to is Moods Farm Market. Check their website first before making the drive over to see which ones you can pick!

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Tip: Pop blueberries on your pancakes while they’re cooking. No syrup needed because they are that sweet! Trust me.

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And of course, the earlier you go, the less hot it will be.


FOOD IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY

If you’re a big supporter of local businesses like me, make sure you bookmark this article for dining recommendations!

I recommend Dawn to Dusk Cafe for a very casual breakfast. Crescent Moon Coffee & Tea is a great place for local coffee.

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Milkweed Table is a fantastic spot Sarah took us to for brunch! I was thrilled with the food and the vibes.

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For my fellow influencers and bloggers, it is VERY Instagrammable!

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The coffee and food are as good as the vibes! I highly recommend the iced macchiato with oat milk and the chicken and waffles.

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If you’re looking for great Italian, here’s my review of La Scala’s. And since we’re on the topic of Italian, pizza at Pizzeria Manino’s is great too.

Carolina Blue is a favorite for casual dining. I highly recommend a glass of the Schlink Haus Riesling.

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Since my best friend lives in Jersey, I’ll be updating this article in the future as we do more so keep checking back!

Have you been to Southern New Jersey?

What’s your favorite things to do during low-key summer vacations? 

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