Monmouth Conservation Foundation Hosts Scenic Drive & Wine Tasting Event

Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) is pleased to present its first Scenic Drive and Wine Tasting event on October 24th at the Cream Ridge Winery. MCF invites you to enjoy a self-guided scenic byway tour in the comfort of your own vehicle as you traverse the beautiful rural countryside during the height of leaf-peeping season. At the tour’s end, stop at the winery to relax and enjoy an outdoor wine tasting event featuring a live bluegrass band. The scenic driving tour portion of the event runs from noon– 2 p.m. directly followed by wine tasting,  entertainment, refreshments, and great produce and products from local farm vendors from 2 – 5 p.m.  

Cream Ridge Winery is a boutique vineyard dedicated to handcrafted wines using only locally sourced ingredients. Attendees will enjoy a casual outdoor afternoon surrounded by the bursting fall color of the rural landscape of the area. Attendees will sample the unique array of featured local wines, enjoy refreshments, listen to the Bluegrass Band, and peruse the local artisan and farm vendors. This area of western Monmouth County is a leader in New Jersey for the most preserved park and farmland, making it the perfect showcase for the importance of land and historic preservation in Monmouth County.  

The first segment of the event spotlights the spectacular countryside of Upper Freehold and charming downtown Allentown along the state-designated Upper Freehold Historic Farmland  Byway, for which MCF serves as a sponsor in partnership with the County of Monmouth. The interactive byway experience includes tours of three of the most beloved stops along the byway route; Historic Walnford (a country estate with a unique history, now a Monmouth County Park);  Historic Downtown Allentown (a vibrant downtown village district brimming with revolutionary era history and charm); and The Old Yellow Meeting House (the oldest Baptist meeting house in  NJ founded on land donated by the great-great-grandparents of Abraham Lincoln). In addition to these unique stops along the way, visitors will pass thousands of acres of permanently preserved park and farmland with pumpkin picking, fields of sunflowers, and other rural autumn activities found in the area. 

Attendees are invited to enjoy the byway tour anytime between noon – 2 p.m. followed by refreshments, live music, and wine tasting beginning at 2 p.m. and concluding at 5 p.m., while supporting Monmouth Conservation Foundation’s mission to preserve land, and protect our waterways and wildlife. Tickets cost $30 and sponsorship opportunities are available and can be found at www.monmouthconservation.org/scenicdrive or by calling (732) 671-7000 and speaking with Kathie Kenney or Anne Delaney. 

Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) is a county-focused land trust founded in 1977. MCF has been preserving land and protecting the natural habitat of Monmouth County for 44 years.  MCF Creates Parks, Saves Open Space, Preserves Farmland, Safeguards Waterways, Teaches Environmental Sustainability and Protects Wildlife. To learn more visit www.monmouthconservation.org and follow us on Facebook or Instagram. 

The Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway was designated as a scenic byway through the  State of New Jersey in 2006 through a community-led effort administered by the County of  Monmouth to ensure the unique agrarian roots and rich history of the area was forever preserved and available to the community. Members of the byway committee, administered by the County of Monmouth Division of Planning staff and Monmouth Conservation Foundation, continues to improve, and promote the byway experience through regular meetings. More information can be  found at: http://njscenicbyways.com/byways/upper-freehold

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