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I am the “new kid” at the Bernards Inn, even though I have been in the Hospitality business for over 17 years. I began working at the Inn in January with the mission to promote our rooms’ product.  Everyone knows The Bernards Inn because of its outstanding culinary reputation, awarding winning restaurant, and memorable social events.   But people will say “Oh ‘Inn’, I didn’t know that meant you actually HAD rooms…I thought it was just a quaint name for the Restaurant!”  We actually have 20 guestrooms that are enjoyed by corporate business travelers, social guests and leisure travelers. But we want more people to enjoy the TOTAL Bernards Inn experience.  When I started thinking about the people that do stay at the Inn, I also thought about all the people that have visited me at my home in New Jersey.  I remember how surprised they were at how beautiful this part of the state is and how much there was to do in the area. Driving to work every morning, I pass cyclists, runners, cars parked off the road near The Raritan River while their owners are off fishing……..and my drive to work is only 10 minutes…so just think of the myriad of other possibilities that await visitors to the area!   I have had a lot of fun in the past three months, meeting people from both Morris and Somerset county Tourism bureaus as well as brainstorming with local businesses from Base Camp Outfitters in Basking Ridge to Sky River Helicopters. There really is a lot to do in the Bernardsville area!!!!  I have asked some of our frequent guests to test our suggested running routes, and have been getting tips from residents about those “sure to catch’ fishing spots!  You really don’t have to go far to experience nature’s beauty, a little adventure, lots of history, great art and fine dining.  Please take a trip to our newly updated website and visit our Getaway section to see all of the fun Go! Getaway packages we have enjoyed creating.   What is even more fun is just getting a room at the Inn and then creating your own weekend away…your way!  If you need help putting it all together, just call us.   Also check out our Area Attractions page, you are going to be amazed at the array of offerings from outdoor activities to cultural events. Today is a glorious May Day and as I write this I wish I was out on one of those nearby trails, enjoying The Schiff Nature Preserve or the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary right here in Bernardsville!!   Whether you are a city dweller that is looking for a chance to pick your own produce and stroll through some beautiful gardens or a wine aficionado and gourmand looking for a Gourmet Getaway….. Come and stay with us at The Bernards Inn….we’ll make your getaway a memorable one!

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