Archer's Favorite Things to Do In Florham Park and Morristown
. Washington's Headquarters
Visit the place where American history was made. General George Washington made some landmark decisions at this location, including drafting a letter that contributed to the writing of the Constitution. The nation’s first publicly owned historic site, Washington’s Headquarters now offers educational classes and presentations for visitors of every age.
. Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Formally called the George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum, this landmark was born out of Matilda Frelinghuysen’s love of gardening. Matilda was the daughter of George and Sara Frelinghuysen. George’s father, Frederick, was the secretary of state under President Chester A. Arthur. Upon Matilda’s death, the land and house where she lived were made into the arboretum. The site offers self-guided nature trails over its 127 acres.
Photo courtesy of the Morris County Park Commission.
. Historic Speedwell
More than eight acres of Historic Speedwell — the birthplace of the telegraph — celebrate and educate visitors about life during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Take a guided tour through this National Historic Landmark museum, which includes a three-floor interactive exhibit in the Factory Building, the Vail House (a renovated home with original furnishings, period antiques and portraits of the Vail family) and the Visitors Center, with an award-winning orientation presentation, changing exhibits and gift shop.
Photo courtesy of the Morris County Park Commission.
. Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall
The mission of Morris County Historical Society (MCHS) is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County. MCHS is headquartered at Acorn Hall, an 1853 Italianate Victorian mansion located in Morristown, NJ. MCHS operates Acorn Hall as a historic house museum and produces several exhibitions on local history annually.
Photo courtesy of Morris County Historical Society.
. Morris Museum
This museum offers delights in all shapes and sizes. Not only offering displays and exhibits to intrigue the mind, this museum also houses a professional theater that presents plays, concerts and children’s theatrical performances. Past exhibits have included dinosaurs, mammals, trains, rocks and elaborate toothpick art.
Photo courtesy of Morris Museum.
. Morris Museum and Bickford Theatre
With more than 40,000 objects to discover, the Morris Museum is also home to the professional Bickford Theatre, which produces and presents musicals, dramas, comedies and mysteries, a year-round children’s theatre, a jazz series, a blues series and special concerts and performances.
. Mayo Performing Arts Center
This nonprofit performing arts center has been home to such notable acts as the Moody Blues, John Legend and Tony Bennett. The New Jersey Ballet Company has performed here, as well. Built in 1937, and seeing a transformation in 1994, the Center now hosts more than 200 performances and delights 200,000+ patrons per year.
Photo courtesy of the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
. Valenzano Family Winery
Travel two hours south of Archer and you’ll find one of the East Coast’s largest wine producers. Tour the Valenzano winery, experience award-winning wines in the romantic countryside tasting room or on the patio courtyard or perhaps attend a special event or festival. Then toast to taking a bottle (or case) home with you.
Photo courtesy of Valenzano Family Winery.
. Shanghai Jazz
Gourmet Asian cuisine that’s inspired by the seasons, along with a curated wine list and a full bar, makes Shanghai Jazz a well-recognized eatery. This jazz club is inspired by Shangahi in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was considered the “Paris of the Orient,” and patrons enjoy intimate, savory, upscale dinners with family and friends.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai Jazz.
. The Thirsty Turtle
This contemporary café with a fun moniker serves up a wide variety of fare, including lunch, dinner and a selection of craft, import and domestic beers, martinis and specialty cocktails. With lobster bisque, macadamia-crusted tilapia, a Cajun chicken sandwich and filet mignon kabobs on the menu, there’s something for everyone.
. Urban Table
For farm-fresh, homemade American cuisine in a casual metropolitan setting, look no further than Urban Table. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items include fresh-squeezed juices, locally sourced and composed salads, American comfort foods, grass-fed beef burgers and a curated selection of cocktails and beverages.
. Sushi Lounge
Enjoy creative libations and Japanese specialties that complement both traditional an exotic Japanese faire while listening to the DJ’s collection of tunes. Sushi and Japanese fusion with the freshest ingredients make this an ideal choice for a lively evening or an intimate dinner.
. Roots Steakhouse
Warmly appointed and well-renowned, Roots Steakhouse is a Zagat favorite, with a attentive staff that helps make this impressive meal a “civilized experience.” On the menu, among other notables, are French Onion Soup, Oysters on the Half Shell, Local Strawberry Salad, Grilled Vegetable Wrap, a variety of steaks, chops and seafood selections and delicious sides to complete the meal.
. Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
For an action-packed day trip, visit Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari. With 510 acres filled with rides that thrill, rides for families and kids, live entertainment and animal attractions, plus shopping and dining that are sure to satisfy, you’ll no doubt have a great adventure.
. Nonna’s Italian Restaurant
In 2018, The Star Ledger voted Nonna’s as the Best Pizza in Morris County. Alongside such traditional Italian fare as penne arribiata, chicken saltimboca and zuppa di pesce, the restaurant serves up tempting calzones, stromboli, specialty pies, paninis and zeppoles. Delicious, large portions ensure that customers leave satisfied and satiated. Buon appetito!
. Florham Park Diner
Downtown Florham Park has a local gem in this diner. Reinvented from its roots in the 1950s, the restaurant has expanded both its size and its offerings, now including more than 20 lunch and dinner specials daily, plus cakes, pies, pastries and, of course, breakfast.
. New York Jets Training Facility
This state-of-the-art football facility offers free access to practice sessions for fans of the New York Jets NFL team. A shuttle is available for practices to the entry gate. Jets players may sign autographs for fans along the sideline after practice, and members of Gen Jets Kids Club have a kids-only player autograph area at all practices.
. Tashmoo Restaurant & Bar
What a great place to sit inside, enjoy a beverage and watch passersby through the open front doors. Local favorite Tashmoo (named after a small lake community in Martha’s Vineyard) offers a myriad of signature cocktails, a wine list for all palates, 50 beers (18 of which are on tap) and an entire wall of scotch (many are single malt). Don’t forget to grab some excellent pub food and a spot at the bar.
. The Thirsty Turtle
Irish nachos? Carnival calamari? Guinness French onion soup, mahogany salmon or a port cheddar burger? The family-friendly Thirsty Turtle serves a wide variety of lunch options that are as tasty as they sound. The large bar offers craft beers on draft and the service is always friendly and on point.
. Sweet Basil’s Café & Grill
Large helpings of a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, salads, tacos, gourmet burgers and housemade soups, as well as full breakfast and brunch selections, are on the menu at Sweet Basil’s. An attentive, friendly staff serves quickly in this busy favorite restaurant. It hits the spot after power-shopping the morning away or a spending the day with the family.
. The Committed Pig
With three locations in New Jersey, the award-winning Committed Pig keeps customers coming back for more. Choose from a curated list of pork roll sandwiches, double-patty burgers, grilled cheese creations, comfort-food entrées, salads, egg concoctions and gorgeous griddle options. Vegetarians are more than welcome, too — the veggie burger includes avocado and sliced tomato, and three veggie-friendly grilled cheese versions tempt herbivores and meat-eaters alike.
. Slamwich Scratch Kitchen
Everything is made fresh and on-premises at Madison’s Slamwich delicatessen. Choose from carefully crafted signature slammys or build your own from a selection of meats, cheeses and condiments. House pickles are a good bet for a tasty side. Breakfast slammys include the Mizz Piggy — house-cured pork belly, double egg, Havarti and roasted red pepper Sriracha sauce — and the Colorado — scrambled eggs with tomato, green chili and cheddar. Two flavorful salads round out the wildly popular menu that some say serves up a “taste explosion.”
. Paper Mill Playhouse
Since 1938, Paper Mill Playhouse has been entertaining audiences via musicals, operettas, plays and ballets. Its emphasis on theatrical education helps actors, students and people interested in improving their communications skills develop skills and explore their creativity in an encouraging environment. In 1986, the National Endowment for the Arts ranked it second in the nation after New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, and it received the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016.
. Swiss Chalet
With desserts that have been described as “masterpieces of design” and “works of art,” a variety of coffee selections, a full breakfast menu and gourmet paninis, wraps and salads to boot, Swiss Chalet satisfies. The bakery has a remarkable array of artistic cakes that taste as good as they look. Also on the menu: cupcakes, specialty cookies, sweets & treats (think brownies, cannolis, Danishes, Petit Fours, Strudel, Cream Puffs — need we say more?) and brick oven bread and rolls baked fresh daily.
. Calandra’s Bakery
Multiple generations have worked to make this Italian bakery into what it is today. Raving reviews of the award-winning cannoli abound. Scratch-baked breads with wholesome ingredients, customizable cakes and cookies, breakfast pastries and more than 20 rotating flavors of homemade gelato tempt locals and visitors alike — it’s old-school baking at its finest.
. McCool’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When an ice cream parlor is about as busy in the wintertime as it is in the summer, you know that you’ve happened upon a real treat. McCool’s in the heart of Madison (and also in Summit) serves generous scoops of a myriad of Hershey’s™ ice cream, creamy milk shakes, smoothies, ice cream cakes and some of the best frozen yogurt — with plenty of blend-in options — in the region.
. Pastosa Ravioli
For more than 50 years, Pastosa Ravioli stores have brought a full line of high-quality, affordable Italian specialty products to the New York metropolitan area. An outstanding, friendly staff greets and assists customers, who shop time and again for fresh pastas, gnocchi and ravioli stuffed with such deliciousness as artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, pumpkin, gorgonzola walnut, broccoli rabe or lobster. Top with one of Pastosa’s homemade sauces and you may find yourself singing “That’s Amore.”
. Morristown Pancake House
Serving up contemporary renditions of traditional American fare, Morristown Pancake House offers breakfast and lunch options that deliver a distinctive culinary experience. Pancakes, challah French toast, classic Belgian waffles, breakfast sandwiches and egg and tofu creations include health-conscious, more-decadent and vegan options. And there’s easily something for everyone (burgers, sandwiches, salads and such) for lunch.
. Ike’s Bagel Café
This family-owned and -operated bagel shop hand-rolls its bagels. Delicious cream cheeses, a wide selection of Boar’s Head Brand deli meats and homemade sides and sandwiches, wraps, paninis, egg platters, burgers, hot dogs and pastries round out the menu. What routinely comes highly recommended? The poached pear vanilla bean French toast.
. The Committed Pig
Awards are plentiful for The Committed Pig’s delectable fare, and for good reason. For National Burger Day 2018, NJ.com named its Baked Brie Burger, with fig preserves, bacon and brie, as the best burger in Morris County. Six renditions of its famous pork roll sandwich satisfy a bevy of preferences. And home-cookin’-inspired meatloaf, macaroni & cheese dinner and shrimp & grits are the epitome of comfort food.
. Town Bar + Kitchen
For a contemporary step up for American fare, Town Bar + Kitchen offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus in a welcoming, engaging atmosphere. Start with Sicilian arancini, lollipop wings or a half-dozen oysters. Pair a Town chopped salad or burrata board with Town potato gnocchi, seared duck breast or pan-fried sea scallops. An extensive wine list completes the exceptional experience.
. Jockey Hollow
Four dining concepts come together at the Vail Mansion: Elevated fine dining at locally sourced seafood restaurant daPesca, convivial casual fare at The Oyster Bar, 1920s-style cocktail culture at The Vail Bar, and beer hall gusto in The Rathskeller. The Italian Renaissance-inspired architecture, reflecting pool, standout service and noteworthy cooking only add to the cachet of Jockey Hollow.
. Lucco Cucina + Bar
Serving New York-style pizza, classic yet contemporary pasta dishes, small bites, fresh salads and signature meatballs, Lucco Cucina + Bar is a convivial addition to Florham Park. Special touches include a 24-seat white marble bar, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, seasonal outdoor patio and complimentary valet parking. House-made sangria, a curated wine selection, fun cocktails, bottled and draft beer and a spritz bar complete the take-me-to-Italy experience.
. Calandra's Italian Village
Since 1962, the Calandra family has brought authentic Italian fare to New Jersey. Along with its bakeries, the Calandras have developed The Village, which includes the open-concept Il Vecchio Café, the bar and lounge La Taverna, the Italian Market & Deli and the handcrafted gelato, sorbet and espresso bar, La Gelateria. Delizioso!
. Stitch Boutique
Discover a hand-picked selection of unique designer fashions and accessories at affordable prices at Stitch Boutique. The owner’s background in fine arts complements her fashion-addict personality, and it shows in her both her offerings and service to her customers.
Photo courtesy of Stitch Boutique.
. The Mall at Short Hills
Upscale boutiques, pampering services, great restaurants, and national department stores are the hallmark of this chic retail center. Approximately 150 specialty stores and restaurants — including about 40 boutiques unique to New Jersey — combine to make The Mall at Short Hills a serious shopper’s dream come true.
Whether you’d prefer to eat or lounge, STRYXE has a bar for you. Its Eatery Bar has 11 HDTVs, making it ideal for grabbing a drink with friends without missing a thing. The Parlour inside the Eatery Bar has plenty of bar games to keep you entertained. The Lounge Bar features a fireplace, plush leather seating and tables for connecting with friends while toasting and noshing. Then up the competition ante with your companions for a round or two of forward-thinking bowling on the lanes.
. Tavern Off the Green
With a solid reputation as a locals' favorite, Tavern Off the Green is an unpretentious watering hole with live music, a jukebox, a pool table, darts and a laid-back atmosphere in which patrons can actually hear each other talk. Serving a variety of brews and cocktails, this locally owned dive bar is cash only, so stop by the ATM on your way over.
. The Laundromat
The speakeasy is making a clean comeback, and The Laundromat in Morristown is no exception. With a small laundromat as its façade, this underground retro-style bar has brick walls, metal chandeliers and a small stage that plays host to local musicians. The friendly bartenders pour beautiful cocktails, beers and wines to its “23 & over” crowd every Wednesday through Saturday.
. Sweet Basil’s Café & Grill
A Zagat-rated restaurant, Sweet Basil’s uses only fresh (never frozen) produce and 100 percent hormone-free meats. Serving a wide range of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner items, the restaurant also provides plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items. Along with tempting daily specials, the scrumptious selections make choosing what to eat a bit of a challenge — in a good way.
. Crowley Cupcakes
Homemade breads, cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls, cakes and — by all accounts — deliciously fresh cupcakes are the tasty treats at Crowley Cupcakes. Along with gluten-free vanilla and chocolate varieties, the rotating menu includes regular-size and mini cupcakes in traditional, specialty and super specialty flavors. To try: the Raspberry Beret, a double chocolate cake topped with a raspberry Chambord buttercream and a chocolate ganache drizzle.
. Sorrento Bakery & Deli
Gorgeous cakes, scrumptious cookies and cannolis, yummy gelato, perfect pastries and pies — this authentic Italian bakery’s list goes on and on. It’s quite busy for good reason, but the line moves along quickly and the sweet takeaways are so worth it. So are the breads, sandwiches and Italian groceries. Delizioso!
. Mimi’s Delicatessen
This small, family-owned deli offers a hearty selection of breakfast and lunch items using fresh ingredients and fine deli meats. Piling sandwiches high with such deli delights as corned beef, pastrami, roast pork and cheesesteak, Mimi’s delights hungry customers with reasonably priced, tasty lunch options (breakfast, too) and service with a smile. To try: the Taylor ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich, served all day.
. Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille
An award-winning restaurant and area landmark, Rod’s offers lunch and dinner daily, as well as a popular Sunday brunch. Diners enjoy the sophisticated experience of eating haute cuisine in refurbished turn-of-the-century railway cars. Plenty of heavy, ornate woods and polished brass add to the atmosphere. And the food? As spectacular as the fine wine selection.
. The Colonial Grill
Food trucks are all the rage these days, and Colonial Grill on the Green is a prime example of why they’re so popular. Its most popular option is the Patacon (Plaintain) Burger, served with a crazy-good pineapple sauce and fresh French fries. The Philly Cheese Steak (also with fries) gets an honorable mention. On a health kick? Give the Sesame Asian Salad — with almonds, garlic wontons, cabbage, romaine, kale, carrots, green onions and sesame vinaigrette — a go.
. Imagine That!!! A New Jersey Children’s Museum
Specializing in education and fun for preschool-age and young school children, this museum brings more than 50 unique exhibits and activities together in one location. With Ollie the Owl as its friendly mascot and a bright, open floor plan, the museum encourages children (and adults) to touch, discover, learn and explore while stretching their imaginations.
Photo courtesy of Imagine That!!! A New Jersey Children’s Museum.
. The Funplex
With more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor fun, this family entertainment center has plenty to do: go-karts, bumper boats, a state-of-the-art arcade, a thrilling waterpark, 20 lanes of bowling, laser tag, mini-golf and the Fun Coaster. All that play drives up hunger, so pull in to the Pitstop Café or the Splashplex Café for some grubs before heading out for more.
Photo courtesy of The Funplex.
For avant-garde bowling that’s entertaining for the entire family, roll on over to STRYXE. With 20 regulation lanes featuring touch-screen pedestal displays, flat-screen TVs and 100-inch projection screens above the pins, the entertainment factor is high. Play classic 10-frame games or one of 30+ interactive variations while live-chatting between lanes while noshing on wood-fired specialty pizzas, plates and cocktails. Two bars and an arcade with more than 25 games up the fun factor.
. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
This 213.4-acre New Jersey and National Register Historic Site lets you experience farm living from a century ago. After visiting the farm animals and helping perform such daily tasks as collecting eggs and cleaning harnesses, check out the 1854 Gothic revival-style mansion, the1920s farmhouse and the antique automobiles. Docents dressed in period clothing detail the lifestyle of those who lived and worked on the farm 100 years ago.
Photo courtesy of the Morris County Park Commission.
. Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk
Also known as Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, the boardwalk along Point Pleasant Beach offers a wide range of family-friendly fun just 1½ hours south of Florham Park. Two miles of boardwalk is accompanied by an exceptional aquarium, amusement park, ropes course, miniature golf, batting cages and fun house, plus plenty of dining and refreshment stops and shops.
. Crayola Experience
An hour west of Florham Park is Easton, PA, and Crayola Experience — a colorful, kid-engaging attraction that’s both educational and interactive. With crayon history, demonstration areas, fun activity stations and the wafting smell of warm crayons, you can get your “cray on” here, safely and vividly, in a half-day visit.
. Liberty Science Center
Just a half-hour east of Florham Park, Jersey City is home to the educational powerhouse Liberty Science Center. With rotating interactive exhibitions (think Sherlock Holmes, Black Holes and Wonders of the Night Sky), the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, multiple theaters offering films and laser shows, the Live From Surgery program and LSC After Dark every third Thursday, one visit is most definitely not enough.
. Point Pleasant Beach
A 1½-hour drive south will drop you off at this family-friendly beach. It boasts a wide, beautiful, clean beach, two miles of boardwalk, an exceptional aquarium, plenty of amusement rides, mini-golf courses, batting cages, an impressive fun house, an array of live entertainment and plenty of restaurants and shops to explore.
. New Hope, PA
On the west bank of the Delaware River lies New Hope, PA — a tourist town easily worth the hour drive from Archer Florham Park. Attractions include the Bucks County Children’s Museum, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope & Ivyland Railroad tours, Bucks Country River Country for tubing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting, Ghost Tours of New Hope and New Hope Winery, complete with a tasting room and restaurant.
. Grounds For Sculpture
On the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds is Grounds For Sclupture — a park that equally celebrates the sculptural arts and nature with an emphasis on the visceral experience. Exhibitions rotate seasonally, and special events include the visual arts, music concerts, poetry readings and theatre and dance performances. The Artists Speak lecture series and hands-on workshops encourage visitors to further explore their understanding of and participation in the arts.
. Turtle Back Zoo
Accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Turtle Back Zoo provides and encourages wildlife education and conservation. More than 20 exhibits and 15 attractions are complemented by education programs and special events. Get up close and personal during Behind the Scenes Tours featuring giraffes, sea lions, penguins or the animal hospital.
. Alstede Farms
This family-run farm aims to deliver high-quality, homegrown, sustainable and USDA certified organic fruits and vegetables, as well as memorable farm experiences. Along with healthy produce, the farm serves up food festivals, pancake breakfasts, hayrides, a giant corn maze, pony rides, friendly farm animals, farm camp and other family-friendly activities.
Photo courtesy of Alstede Farms.
. Seaside Beach/Boardwalk
The beach and boardwalk at Seaside Heights attracts locals and visitors alike. Home to Casino Pier (with plenty of thrill rides) and the waterpark Breakwater Beach, the boardwalk restaurants offer fresh seafood, huge pizza slices and happier happy hours. Live entertainment and a hopping nightlife scene make this a destination hotspot.
. Morris Museum
The second-largest museum in the state and the only accredited museum in the U.S. with a theatre, Morris Museum pays tribute to history, science and the performing arts through exhibitions, programs and special events. A delight for children and adults alike, the museum collections include a mammal gallery with a towering grizzly bear, model railroad gallery and dinosaur gallery complete with a real dinosaur egg and hands-on interactive stations.
Photo courtesy of Morris Museum.
. Montclair Art Museum
With a renowned collection of more than 12,000 American and Native American art objects from the last 300 years, Montclair Art Museum also features exhibits that underscore the region and highlight the artwork of local artists. The Vance Wall Art Education Center provides educational outreach and programs geared to a range of ages, and its MAM Art Truck — a mobile studio-in-an-ice-cream-truck — offers lessons and fun art projects to the MAM community.
. South Mountain Reservation
With more than 2,000 acres of natural reserve, South Reservation Reservation is preserved primarily in its wild state — with woodlands, the west branch of the Rahway River flowing through the valley and a reservoir and watershed in the northern tract. It has hiking trails, picnic areas, a dog park, scenic overlook, fishing, carriage roads, a wildlife refuge and Wildlife Sculpture Park, as well as a recreation complex.
. Lakota Wolf Preserve
If you get a chance to visit this wolf preserve and take a guided educational tour, do it. Open year-round, you’ll have the opportunity to watch, listen and take photos of packs of British Columbian, Timber and Arctic wolves, plus foxes and bobcats. Tours are available Thursdays-Sundays and reservations are required.
. Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
Thousands of iris in bloom each May is a sight to behold, and the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens does not disappoint. Known as the “Rainbow on the Hill,” this largest public iris garden in the United States has approximately 1,500 varieties, some of which date back to the 1500s.
. Black River Park
Looking for a decent place to hike? Head to Black River Park in Chester, NJ, about 40 minutes away from Archer by car. Well-maintained trails range 1 - 4.5 miles long, are relatively flat but varied, and include a river, pond, waterfall and working watermill. Two multipurpose fields, a picnic area and the Kay Environmental Center round out the park experience.
. Morristown National Historical Park
Commemorating the sites of General Washington and the Continental army’s winter 1779-1780 encampment, this park consists of four areas: Washington’s Headquarters (including the Ford Mansion), Jockey Hollow, Fort Nonsense and the New Jersey Brigade Area. Stop in at one of the park’s two bookstores and take a bit of history home with you.
. Studio Yoga
Established in 1989, Studio Yoga offers expert instruction in Iyengar yoga, meditation and pranayama (breath extension and control), as well as Pilates, Barre Sculpt, Zumba belly dance, tai chi and qigong. The studio also provides chiropractic care, massage, Thai body work, Vedic astrology and sound healing.
Photo courtesy of Studio Yoga.
. Benessere Wellness Center & Spa
This rustic-luxe wellness center and day spa helps guests cultivate healthy lifestyles, including de-stressing, rebalancing and reenergizing. And “oasis of relaxation,” Benessere offers massage, acupuncture and energy work, skin care, crystals and a gym with a variety of machines and classes. It also hosts workshops and events, so get ready to get your Zen on.
. Pure Barre
Through a series of low-impact, isometric movements, the group workouts at Pure Barre help increase flexibility and core strength — an ideal cross-training complement. Classes include classic, introductory and cardio-centric intensive workouts, and the Florham Park location offers a free week of classes to anyone who wants to try its barre workouts.
. Summus Body | Mind
Find complete wellness for the body, mind and soul at the unconventional, loft-inspired Summus. This workout facility with exposed brick, concrete and soaring ceilings is a tranquil space that inspires positive inner change through yoga, jiujitsu and Kinstretch® — a system that enhances movement.
. Flywheel Sports
High-intensity interval training pairs stadium cycling — hill climbs, flat sprints, mixed terrains, races and tempo rides — with Precision Training workouts. Performance metrics sweeten the deal, inspiring participants to reach new bests through mobile tracking. Sweat, compete, repeat. A bonus: Guests at the downtown Millburn studio get their first ride free.
Each 45-minute indoor cycling class at SoulCycle gets your heart pumping, your muscles sculpting and your mind-body connection synching. Candlelit studios feel like a dance party, with curated playlists taking cyclists through a warmup, typically followed by hills, sprints, an arm series, a final cardio push and a restorative stretch.
. Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Visit Thomas Edison’s fully furnished 29-room Victorian mansion and lab for a back-in-time experience. Learn about Edison’s life and the origin of sound recordings, and listen to Edison’s first sound recordings on sheets of tinfoil. View the lab’s collection of furnishings, equipment, phonographs, lightbulbs, projectors, motion picture cameras and other manufactured goods — a distinct education in all things Edison.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
. Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
American Craftsman-style furniture achieved its longevity largely because of Gustav Stickley — an American furniture manufacturer, designer, architect and publisher. The only home Stickley designed and built for his own use is now the Stickley Museum, part of the 30-acre Craftsman Farms that has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Several tour options offer different vantages of Stickley’s life and work.
Photo courtesy of Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.
. Kids at Heart
Girls 4 – 14, preteens and juniors have hit it big at Livingston’s Kids at Heart clothing store. Offering on-trend fashions and a personal-shopper feel, the store features such sought-after brands as So Nikki, Vintage Havana, Zara Terez, Blank, Chaser, Malibu Sugar, Sugar Lips, Butter, So Low, Tractor and Flying Monkey.
. British Home Emporium
With a showroom in a two-level, 7,000-square-foot restored livery stable, British Home Emporium is full of vintage and antique furniture and accessories, custom cabinetry and upholstery, lighting, rugs, fireplace surrounds, dinnerware, linens and original artwork and paintings. It also offers full-service interior design expertise.
. Just Jersey
“Your little slice of Jersey” is what Just Jersey is all about: Local Goods From the Garden State. The Morristown location is stocked with items from more than 250 New Jersey vendors. Think kitchen and bar, distinctive and New Jersey-themed gifts, custom pillows, coasters and prints, plus stamping and engraving.
Photo courtesy of Just Jersey.
. Zigarelli Chocolates
Since 1965, this family-owned business has been creating delicious nibbles and bites that delight: almond butter crunch, chocolate, hazelnut, raisin, almond and crispy bark, gourmet truffles, nonpareils, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate fruit and more. Need a chocolate iPhone or marshmallow jungle animals? You’re in luck at Zigarelli Chocolates.
. J. Emanuel Chocolatier
A killer recipe for Almond Butter Crunch was the beginning of the success of J. Emanuel Chocolatier, and we’re thankful for every delicious bite. Other must-try confections include rich truffles (classic and wine-infused), 72% dark chocolate bark, chocolate malt balls and caramels with sea salt.
. C&J’s Deli
Serving made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch daily, C&J’s Deli has been a Madison staple for decades. Breakfast platters and sandwiches include a variety of eggs and protein, and counter service offers hot coffee alongside selection of pastries, bagels and English muffins. A large menu includes sandwiches and wraps (consider trying the ever-popular sloppy Joe — with seven renditions), paninis, salads and soups.
. Duke Farms
This 2,740-acre property with more than 1,000 acres open to the public features New Jersey’s native landscape. Property highlights include the LEED Platinum-certified Orientation Center, which houses displays, interactive exhibits, a short film, information about classes and events and a café and the Orchid Range (also LEED Platinum-certified). Guests can wander trails, view wildlife, bike, take photos, geocache and explore.