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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Celebrate Autumn in the New Jersey Highlands


5. Oddball Day

The Chatterbox Drive-In nods to the roadside eateries of the fifties and sixties.  

Take a break from picking apples and pumpkins to enjoy the area's other charms. Start the day in Lafayette with a stack of banana pancakes at the quaint Millside Cafe (12 Morris Farm Rd.; 973-383-1611), then browse the selection at Sweet Pea’s in the neighboring Lafayette Antiques Center. Afterward, head over to Yards Creek Soaring for a thrilling glider flight over the Kittatinny Mountains ($120 for one person, $220 for a couple). Back on the ground, have lunch in Augusta at the Chatterbox Drive-In, a retro-looking spot where locals show off their vintage hot rods. For a one-of-a-kind afternoon, see some true gentleman-farmer sport at the Windy Hollow Hunt (check the schedule in advance), where riders get decked out, Downton Abbey style, in wool hacking jackets and vests—they take the dress code very seriously. After a long day of flying and admiring dressage steps, have dinner at the Mohawk House in Sparta. Ignore the tables in the dining room and seat yourself at the bar, which has more then 30 beers on tap, and order tacos or burgers while a local band plays onstage.

Published on Sep 6, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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