A small town in Atlantic County has again received big honors, this time being named the 3rd-best place to take a fall day trip in the Garden State.

NJ.com's Peter Genovese has released his list of the 33 best small towns in New Jersey for the ultimate fall road trip and little ol' Port Republic ranked 3rd.

If that sounds familiar, that's because it was the same writer ranked Port Republic as the #1 Jersey Shore town in the state just a few months ago.

For his fall rankings, Genovese said,

The 33 towns on my best small towns list are not necessarily there because they are super shopping and eating destinations; they're just great places to escape the rat race (or whatever it is you're running away from). Perfect for day trips or weekend getaways, these towns are packed with history, tradition, charm and congeniality.

Apparently, Mr. Genovese loves Port Republic. Of the small town, he says,

There's a boatyard, a pleasant town park with gazebo, and a collection of modest homes. Port Republic is a city in name only; a mere 1,000-some lucky souls live here. There are modest tree-shaded homes on sizeable lots. Atlantic City is minutes and another planet away.

And, Port Republic wasn't the only town in our region to make his list -- Cape May, Hammonton, Strathmere, and Brigantine, just to name a few, all showed-up.

As the leaves begin to turn here in New Jersey, it is a great time to explore the state and maybe take a day trip to a place that you haven't been to before. Mr. Genovese's list is quite a road map for exploration.

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