Meet the Winners of Our Inaugural Scavenger Hunt

Our intrepid readers hit the road and snapped selfies at 36 iconic destinations around the state.

From June through October of 2020, our most intrepid readers grabbed their cell phones and their face masks to take part in the inaugural Great New Jersey Monthly Scavenger Hunt. Their mission: to snap selfies at up to 36 iconic destinations around the Garden State—and to enjoy some socially distanced fun. 

There were six categories, each with six destinations. Players who visited all six destinations in a category became eligible for a category-prize drawing—for Northern NJ, a $125 gift certificate to Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill; Historic Sites, a basket of Morris County-themed items from Morris County Tourism Bureau; and Central NJ, a $100 gift certificate to Williams Harley-Davidson in Lebanon. (For all other categories, players were entered in a random drawing for a $100 American Express gift card.)

The 27 players who visited all 36 destinations became eligible for the grand prize drawing (a $200 American Express gift card and a one-year subscription to New Jersey Monthly). The runner-ups in the random drawing in each category were awarded a 12-month subscription to New Jersey Monthly. The editors also chose one lucky winner in the maskie category (all selfies with masks were eligible) for a $50 American Express gift card. Below, we present a sampling of selfies from our winners.

scavenger hunt winners 2020

Maskie winner

Marianna Davila and family pay a masked visit to the Thomas Paine Monument in Bordentown. 

North Jersey

Winner: Karen Casaliggi
Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill, Fairfield

North Jersey

Runner-up: Alan Hurley
Colgate Clock, Jersey City

Central Jersey

Winner: Gina Pierson
Edison Memorial Tower, Edison

Central Jersey

Runner-up: Jennifer Kucher-Csatlos
Williams Harley-Davidson, Lebanon

South Jersey

Winner: Michelle Cotte
Haddy the Dinosaur, Haddonfield

South Jersey

Runner up: Joan Arshen
Battleship New Jersey, Camden

Down the Shore

Winner: Michelle Cotte
The Wildwoods sign, Wildwood

Down the Shore

Runner-up: Debbie Meola
The Windmill, Long Branch

Historic Sites

Winner: Denise Dunton
Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Caldwell

Historic Sites

Runner-up: Tanya Munyan
Hunterdon County Courthouse, Flemington

Take a Hike

Winner: Matthew Zarzecki
Tripod Rock, Pyramid Mountain, Boonton

Take a Hike

Runner-up: Lorajean Tice
Allaire Village, Allaire State Park

Grand Prize winner

Janet Coppola and husband Ken drop in on Lucy the Elephant in Margate.

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