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BIRDS AND WILDFLOWERS ARE A SURE SIGN SPRING HAS ARRIVED IN BERNARDSVILLE The Bernards Inn offers a special Go Birding! Spring Getaway Package. Guest blogger and Teacher Naturalist Stephanie Punnett Foster gives you a preview... Glorious birdsong and the earliest blossoming wildflowers are sure signs that spring has finally arrived at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville (www.njaudubon.org ) .  Located just minutes from the Bernards Inn, the sanctuary is a natural treasure of flora and fauna that we hope you’ll be able to enjoy. Bring your binoculars and explore the...
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Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the first Earth Day in 1970 as an environmental teach-in, and over the decades  it has expanded into a celebration observed by over 140 countries around the globe.  Earth Day has even “blossomed” into Earth Awareness Month and APRIL is the dewy springtime when we celebrate our planet. Earth Day aims to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment and the Bernardsville area is blessed with an abundance of wonderful parks and outdoor sanctuaries.  Just a few minutes from The Bernards Inn is Natirar, a stunning 404-acre property loc...
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If April is the “cruelest month,” then what would T.S. Eliot have to say about March? This is the time of year when we all yearn for warmer weather and the promise of spring. Overcome by cabin fever, we need to get out of the house.  As The Bernards Inn’s resident “Escape Artist,” I say, turn to the arts! Why not beat the Winter Blues by visiting some of the great local galleries and museums right here in Bernardsville—you’ve  gone out and  your escape is weather proof!   Start out on March 4th from  with an evening enjoying The BernARTsville Art Walk from 6 – 9 ...
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  What makes you choose a restaurant? Are you drawn to the geographic location, the ambiance, or a recent media rating…Do you begin to savor the menu simply by reading the entrée descriptions? Or maybe you simply just fall “head over tails.”   Well for me, in this certain instance of course, I was attached to the overall flavor of the restaurant…Fishtail….and pursued deeper into the website to only discover the menu matched my initial reaction.  Who knew a lobster dumpling could taste so good?   Before I get ahead of myself, let me take you through this experience… &n...
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Every year, as the winter weather turns into warm spring days, I begin to think about new beginnings.  New beginnings to me mean baby vegetables, morel mushrooms, peas and most importantly ramps.  Ramps are wild spring leeks.  The bottom part of the ramp has a mild garlic flavor, while the green tops have a distinct onion aroma.  To me, there is no better flavor in the spring. One of my favorite things to do in the spring is to put on my boots and trek through the woods to find and pick ramps.  As a young cook, I can clearly remember going with the whole kitchen team,...
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