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416 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Like going to a Parisian flea market but without the jet lag, Little Cricket is (and has been for more than a decade) the go-to spot in Montclair for unique vintage finds. Thematic, but ever-changing, the shop is stocked with a surprisingly...
94 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
A welcome addition to the Montclair small cafe scene, this relaxed and uptempo cafe with a playlist worthy of what I'd expect to hear in a Seattle coffee shop offers fun breakfasts, sandwiches and dinner. Eclectic, and as it was started by the...
28 Church St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
From their killer French Toast (yes a certain A+ list chef asked how they make it) to their designer omelettes (who else owns their own egg laying chickens?) to their custom blended coffee and creamy lattes, Raymonds is and has been the brunch...
56 South St A, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Tracy Silverman opened Sweet Lucy’s on South Street in 2011. Before starting her own bakery, Tracy worked in finance, which makes her at least the fourth person I know of who has made the transition from banker to baker. Seriously, it’s some kind...
252 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
As Princeton’s main drag, Nassau Street features an eclectic mix of restaurants, from the higher-end spots frequented by visiting dignitaries, to reliable and affordable student favorites. Tiger Noodles falls into the latter category. Come here...
10 Wilmot St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Ask the chefs at any Morristown restaurant and many will tell you that their ingredients are locally sourced. They aren’t doing it to comply will current “farm to table” trends. They’re doing it because here it makes sense, as it has for hundreds...
138 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Occupying the space of a former bowling alley, the Princeton installment of the Triumph Brewing Company (two other locations exist in New Hope and Philadelphia) has a deceptively subtle façade on Nassau Street. A narrow entryway descends into a...
122 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
There were many dismayed bibliophiles around here when Micawber Books closed a few years ago. Luckily, this famous university town didn’t have to go long without a stellar independent bookstore to bolster its reputation. Labyrinth Books on Nassau...
140 Morris St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
The wait is over. There’s a gastropub in Morristown. Located literally a stone’s throw from the train station (please don’t put this to the test), End of Elm was started by a couple of local restaurateurs who felt there was demand for a locale...
30 Washington Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Need to get in shape? What better way than to put in a proper hill run? One of the best places to do it in Morristown is on Fort Nonsense Hill, a Morristown National Historical Park site. The actual fort is long gone, but the strategic aptitude of...
73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Disillusioned with modern life? But not so much so that you want to quit your corporate gig and sell your midtown apartment just yet? I recommend getting your hands dirty at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a working farm that still uses...
35 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Few, if any, foodie destinations in Princeton have gotten as much press as The Bent Spoon, a homemade ice cream shop and “good ingredient” bakery on Palmer Square. The attention is well-deserved, as anyone who samples the creamy mascarpone gelato...
258 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
As a coastal state, New Jersey has always been known for top-of-line fresh seafood and Princeton is no exception. One of the best places to sample the wares is Blue Point Grill, located on Nassau St. just across from the eastern edge of campus....
Carnegie Lake, New Jersey 08540, USA
On sunny days, you could do worse than pack a picnic and head down to the banks of Carnegie Lake, the three-and-a-half-mile expanse of water that serves as the training site for the Princeton University rowers. Created in 1906, the Lake was a gift...
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619, USA
What was once New Jersey's fairground has been transformed into a 42-acre sculpture park with more than 270 works. Grounds for Sculpture, located just 12 miles from Princeton and open year-round, hosts art workshops and classes for visitors of all...
16 Cattano Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Everything is made from scratch at The Artist Baker, which feels oddly like it was transplanted from San Francisco. (Is it the hillside location?) Okay, the SF-vibe may be entirely inside this reviewer’s head, but one can’t have any illusions...
Sunrise Lake, Mendham, NJ 07945, USA
If you’re visiting Morristown in summer, you may very well want to go for a dip. For lap-swimmers and ichthyophobes, there’s Burnham Park Pool. Others can continue traveling west on Mendham Road until they reach Sunrise Lake, a local-favored...
112 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
There has been no shortage of brilliant academics during Princeton University’s luminous history, but in terms of reputation one German-born physicist towers above all others. One of the most recognizable figures of the 20th century, Albert...
Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
It may be the most photographed spot on the Princeton University campus, but just because it’s rather touristy doesn’t mean Nassau Hall isn’t worth checking out. Erected in 1756, the building is now home to the office of the University President...
305 MAST Way, Highlands, NJ 07732, USA
Plodding down the (long) path to the beach at Sandy Hook, I happened to look up and see the Verrazano Bridge over in New York. The day was hazy but I could see the bridge as she majestically joined two parcels of land. On Sandy Hook at the beach,...
10 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Make-up artist and authoress of the natural look many women count on to simplify their morning routines, Bobbi Brown is a Montclair resident who does tons for the community and holds regular Girl's Night Out events in her "mothership" The Studio....
15 Farber Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
As a college town, Princeton has its share of diners and dives that are budget-friendly, but there aren't as many places that strike the sweet spot of being classy and affordable. Peony Pavilion, opened in November 2013, is one of them. Peony...
54 Fairfield St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Ah yes, you can fire up your Kindle, or log into the iBook store and purchase all manner of books, try samples for free, yahdayahda ... Or you can do what we all did before the year 2000 and go to ... a real book store. Watchung Booksellers...
483 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
If you’re visiting during the warmer months, Princeton Canoe and Kayak Rental at 483 Alexander Street offers a chance to satisfy your inner Winklevoss Twin. No, you won’t get to act out vindictive desires on a duplicitous nerd billionaire but, if...
85 Mercer Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732, USA
Sandy Hook Lighthouse in Gateway National Recreation Area is the oldest standing lighthouse in the United States that is operational. The tower (103' tall) was the fifth lighthouse built in our country. For 250 years since the light was first lit,...
260 Lakeside Blvd, Landing, NJ 07850, USA
While at Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey, I visited the state park at Landing. This park is a great place for a family outing, a hike, a swim, fishing. or a picnic. The beach at the park is protected by lifeguards during the summer. There is a large...
139 Nolans Point Rd, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849, USA
A few days ago since the weather was gorgeous, I decided that a day trip to Lake Hopatcong would be fun. So off we went. Lake Hopatcong is only about one hour and 15 minutes from my home. This lake is the largest lake in New Jersey and was...
468 South St, Morristown, NJ 07962, USA
Eight miles of the 744-acre Loantaka Brook Reservation are designated as recreational trails; during winter months, cross-country skiers are welcome to make tracks through the nature preserve. Relatively flat terrain makes the park especially...
401 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
If you're spending time in Cape May, NJ in the summer time, be sure to walk through the Washington Street Mall area just before sunset. The colorful Victorian houses and unique beach town store fronts that line the walkway are beautiful in that...
168 Stevens St, West Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
What's not to love about Willow Creek Winery? The staff is phenomenal, the wines are excellent and the indoor and outdoor space encourages you to stick around to savor the sunset view they have from the tasting room. A lovely place for a private...
200 Congress Pl, Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
This historical (and colorful) property in Cape May, NJ is the place to dine, drink and rest your head while vacationing in this area. The food at the Blue Pig Tavern alone is reason to make the trip out here and make sure you saddle up for a...
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