All About the Pine Barrens!
October 2013 Cranberry Harvest Tours are sold out!
offers group tours for your club or organization. Tours can
be half-day, full day or overnight. Arrive in the NJ Pinelands using your own
or your chartered motorcoach, or if your group is in the Ocean County NJ area, we can meet your vehicle at a clubhouse
or other predesignated spot.
If you have a small group (15 - 22), we can arrange transportation on a luxury
mini-bus as well.
tours are FUN! You might see cranberry bogs, (limited
dates available), walk through an historic village, enjoy
the Mullica River views, shop for local crafts and books, listen
to local music, learn about the Jersey Devil, and find out
why this area was so important during the Revolutionary War! Many groups enjoy
a visit to historic Batsto Village, where a private tour by one of
the Village's knowledgable docents can be arranged.
call 609-698-2501 for group tour date information and availability. We are now taking
reservations for April thru November 2013.
Dining, and even overnight facilities if required, can also be customized
to your group's preference, from basic to luxurious. Call Cathy at PineyPower Tours (609-698-2501) with your
request or questions, including your special interests or
needs. In most cases, we'll have a per-person quote for you
within 48 hours. Most facilities are ADA compliant, but
advance arrangements may be needed in certain situations.
Please include your contact information.
OF THE PINES" group winery tours also available! Visit one or more wineries in the Pine
Barrens, enjoy tastings, and have a delicious lunch
and/or dinner! Please call 609-698-2501 for details. Group Tours depart from Ocean County.
If you are a member of a group, organization or club and need to arrange one-day tours, but don't have the time, PineyPower Tours now offers a
TOUR PLANNING SERVICE.
Choose from a variety of tours in and around the New Jersey Pine Barrens, or let PineyPower Tours plan a custom tour for your group, no matter where you're coming from, based upon your budget. We will will handle all facility reservations (including restaurant with meal selections, and/or hotel). You will receive full driving directions for your private or chartered transportation.
Please call Cathy at 609-698-2501 for more information.
Winery Tour (2008)
A beautiful summer day greeted
guests as the Pine Barrens Winery Tour bus headed towards
Shamong and Valenzano
Winery for a buffet luncheon, wine tasting and vineyard
tour. During the ride out, most were surprised to learn of the
magic the Pine Barrens offers, and will be taking additional tours
to see more, this fall! But the real surprise for this great group
of people was Valenzano Winery, a small but elegant vineyard located
on manicured grounds on Old Indian Mills Road.
This area of Tabernacle and Shamong
(Indian Mills) is "FARM COUNTRY." Huge fields of corn,
fruit trees, and other crops owned by Russo's
Farm Market and others; horses, and of course grapevines,
fringed the roadside as we neared Valenzano's. Once we arrived,
we were greeted by the caterer, Barbara Russell of "Best
of Show Catering" and her assistant Betsy; and Tony
Valenzano Jr., whose father founded the winery. Ooo's
and ahhh's were heard as we walked into the impeccably landscaped
patio abloom with flowers. Inside the tasting house, our delicious
buffet luncheon awaited us, as well as many varieties of wine
- dry reds and whites, semi-sweet wines including both red and
white cranberry wine, and dessert wines, for sampling at our leisure.
everyone had their fill of delicious chicken salad-stuffed croissants,
roast beef, tuna, and ham sandwiches, wonderful home-made potato
salad, fresh fruit and a delectable cookie tray (to nibble on
with the dessert wines, of course!), Tony escorted us to the nearby
He explained viticulture and the
painstaking work of tending the vines. Tony talked of the topsoil
in the area - over 8 inches deep - that is so important in the
vines' growth. He told us that the main insect to bother these
vines is the Japanese Beetle, but they are more beneficial than
not, since they eat the leaves. The holes left by the beetles
allow more sunlight to filter to the grapes - more sunlight means
sweeter grapes and better wine!
Tony's pride in the vineyard was
apparent as he discussed his grapes and the resultant wines. It's
easy to see that much love goes into every bunch of grapes, and
tasting Valenzano's wonderful wines confirms it!
If your group is interested in a Pine
Barrens Winery Group Tour, please call Cathy/PineyPower Tours at 609-698-2501 for more information.
|Please note: The Winery Tours are offered for those interested in tasting wines of the south Jersey region; this is NOT a party bus tour. All participants are reminded to drink responsibly.
PINEYPOWER and Cathy Antener
Cathy is a member of the Board of Directors of the
County Chamber of Commerce.
| The Pine Barrens
is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history, nature, boating,
camping, fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and tranquility. It's
important to families who live here, whether for a few years or many generations,
that our peace and tranquility be preserved.A local lawyer or doctor won't
look any different than his neighbor who works the land. Thousand dollar
suits aren't what impress people of the Pines - taking care of nature and
fellow man is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know
that as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect
for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains,
and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently. Treat
our Pine Barrens as you would want a visitor to treat your own home town
- and your own family. Thank you.
P.O. Box 307, Barnegat NJ 08005
Member, Board of Directors, Southern
Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
Barnegat Chamber of Commerce
Natural Resource Educational Foundation/Lighthouse Center
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