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Crinkling leaves, cool breezes and the brilliant colors of autumn will be here before we know it! Fall is a vibrant season in the Somerset Hills. Leaf peeping, apple and pumpkin picking, music, horses and gourmet cuisine are just some of the highlights. As your resident Escape Artist, I am happy to share my favorite “fall finds” to be enjoyed in the new season! Experience the Sounds Around Town (www.bvillechamber.com)  when Bernardsville comes alive with music in the streets on Friday, September 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stroll through charming Bernardsville and enjoy musical entertainment...
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Tomatoes are Abundant in our Garden   Today is the second day of August, and anyone who thinks summer is winding down should come and tend our garden. We are, in fact, only mid-way through my favorite season and our garden is bursting with a colorful variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs that we’ve been using daily in our deliciously fresh summer dishes. Today I went to the Bernards Inn garden in search of the freshest, plumpest and tastiest vegetables and herbs to use in our dishes tonight. It was the first step in the process that we call, “garden to plate.” It was about 90 degre...
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“Find what brings you joy and go there.” ~~ Jan Phillips Simply put and easily understood, this is one of my favorite vacation quotes—especially as summer moves swiftly along. It is hard to believe that Fourth of July is already a memory.  Although the clock of summer seems to tick faster than any other season, there is always time to plan a quick vacation or “staycation,” right? As your official Summer Escape Artist, I urge you to note on your calendar the following three, must-see places and events, all of which are a short driving distance from the Inn. Let us begin with Shakespeare ...
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Time to expand your horizons by discovering new wines. And summer is the perfect season to try a special, aromatic summer sipping white--Torrontes Reserve, from Michel Torino Estate, Don David, in Cafayate Valley, Argentina. Torrontes is the emblematic white wine of Argentina and the varietal is getting rave reviews. This is a vibrant, racy white wine that has a unique bouquet, showing aromas of flowers, (actually red roses) along with other floral scents and citrus flavors of lime, peach, lychee and accompanied by  bright acidity that leads to a dry, crisp finish. This fabulous white is...
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Their meeting was destiny. Caesar Mistretta, Jr.  and Martha Rooney met at a Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce gathering. Caesar, the son of J.M. Stringer Gallery owner, Caesar Mistretta, Sr. and Martha, the daughter of Mastro Shoes owner Peter Rooney, began their romance shortly thereafter which led up to their engagement at The Bernards Inn and eventually their wedding day here on July 2, 2011.  Martha’s engagement and wedding rings were handcrafted by Mitchell-Peck fine jewelers of Bernardsville. Martha and Caesar are, in a word, stunning together.  They are beautiful people...
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