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Come to Bernardsville, one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s unique vacation spots. The quaint country town is located in the center of New Jersey’s picturesque Somerset Hills and just steps away from the town’s delightful turn-of-the-century train station.

With Manhattan just an hour's train-ride away, The Bernards Inn has been the delight of weary New Yorkers and other travelers s in search of a tranquil haven for over a century. www.njtransit.com Select one of our unforgettable Vacation Packages or create your own customized getaway with our personalized concierge services. With popular local attractions and events year round, The Bernards Inn is a perfect nearby getaway any time of year.

During your visit with us we encourage you to explore our unique hamlet and discover some of the unique and exceptional shops that are just a stroll away and create the flavor of Olcott Square.

For things to see and do in Somerset County visit our website. The most comprehensive Somerset County visitor resource to date!

  

SUMMER 2016 HAPPENINGS 

The Summit Farmers Market
May 8 - Nov 20, 2016
The Summit Farmers Market brings together the very best fresh, local, seasonal produce and foods NJ has to offer! 22 DeForest Ave., Corner of DeForest Ave. & Maple St., Summit, NJ.

Exhibit: For Amusement Only
June 16- October 10, 2016
For Amusement Only: This exhibition explores the fascinating world of coin-operated entertainment from the early twentieth century. See fortune-tellers and strength testers from penny arcades and gambling machines and musical instruments from Prohibition-era speakeasies. Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ.

Cruise Night in Somerville
May 27 - Septeber 2, 2016 
Somerville's Friday Night Cruise Nights has been a nationally-acclaimed classic car show for over 26 years, taking place every Friday evening rain or shine from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Main St., Somerville, NJ.

Dog Days of Summer
Now through Labor Day 
Grab a leash and your four-legged best friend and head to The Bernards Inn for lunch or dinner with your dog. Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, NJ.

The Smithereens in Concert
June 18, 2016
The Smithereens - Best known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop hits like "A Girl Like You," "Blood and Roses," and "Blue Period." South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ.

Celebrate Father's Day at The Bernards Inn
June 19, 2016
Treat dad to a buffet brunch or a Sunday Dinner, The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, NJ.

Berkeley Heights Summer Festival
June 25, 2016 10am
Berkeley Heights Summer Festival - Berkeley Heights blends timeless tradition and non-stop fun at this Summer festival. Hundreds of vendors, delicious food choices, kid’s activities and live music will be shaking up the center of town for a day of fun in the sun! Berkeley Heights, NJ.

The Comedy of Kevin James
June 26, 2016 at 5pm and 8pm
The Stand-Up Comedy of Kevin James, MAYO Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
July 6 - July 24, 2016 
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison, NJ.

The Purple Experience
July 7, 2016 at 8pm
The Purple Experience - Celebrate the life and music of Prince with this special tribute concert. MPAC, Morristown, NJ

New Edition: This One’s for You Tour
July 10, 2016 at 7pm
New Edition: This One’s for You Tour  - One of the music industry’s original boy bands of the 1980s performs. NJPAC, Newark, NJ.

An Intimate Evening with Eric Stonestreet
July 14, 2016 at 8 pm
An Intimate Evening with Eric Stonestreet - Eric Stonestreet, two-time Emmy winner from TV’s Modern Family, presents an evening of stand-up and fan interaction. MPAC, Morristown, NJ.

XRootsFest Multicultural Festival
July 16, 2016 at 12pm
XRootsFest Multicultural Festival  - Musicians, dancers, story-tellers, merchants and food vendors rooted in the cultures of four continents will weave together a fabulous afternoon for you, your friends and family. Floods Hill – South Orange, NJ.

Boys II Men and En Vogue Live in Concert
July 24, 2016
Boys II Men and En Vogue Live in Concert- NJPCA, Newark,NJ.

Bonnie Raitt in Concert
August 13, 2016 at 8pm 
Bonnie Raitt: Dig in Deep Tour 2016 - NJPAC Newark, NJ.

Tortured Soul
August 18, 2016 
Tortured Soul: Three distinctive guys from three different backgrounds get the crowd dancing to their deep soul music. Free and open to the public. Theater Square, NJPAC, Newark, NJ.

   

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

USGA Museum, Far Hills NJ
A visit to the Museum is certain to provide an experience that is fun and educational for everyone – even for visitors who may never have held a golf club in their hands before. Whether you are an avid golfer, a scholar of the game’s history, a casual sports fan, or simply someone interested in the history of American culture, the USGA Museum aims to provide an experience that is truly unique and memorable.  A recent $200 million expansion poises this museum to be the “Cooperstown of golf”.

The Mall at Short Hills, Short Hills NJ
Experience the area's most extraordinary collection of quality retail in one beautiful location. Enjoy shopping in an environment that is elegant and sophisticated yet intimate and comfortable.  The region's preeminent shopping destination includes an unprecedented collection of 150 upscale specialty stores and restaurants and is anchored by Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Over 40 boutiques have their only NJ location at The Mall at Short Hills, a favored destination for shoppers from far and wide.

Natirar, Peapack-Gladstone NJ
A 411-acre property located in the scenic hills of Somerset County.The 2 mile picturesque loop trail awaits park visitors and passes along the scenic North Branch river corridor, through wooded areas and across open fields. It is along this trail that the splendor of this magnificent property can truly be felt.

Ninety Acres Culinary Center, Peapack NJ
Select from our wide array of exciting classes covering subjects such as ethnic cuisines, basic techniques of cooking, baking, vegetarian, and cocktail and dinner parties

Bow Tie Cinemas, Bernardsville NJ
Step back in time before the days of the megaplex and enjoy first run films in our cozy theater.

USET Foundation, Gladstone NJ
Established as a not-for-profit charitable organization, the USET Foundation's role is to help provide funding for the High Performance competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing athletes and horses in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

The Somerset Patriots, Bridgewater NJ
Experience the excitement created by our local minor league baseball team.

The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown NJ
This intimate theatre showcases the finest in nationally known acts. 

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison NJ
One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, they illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

Griffin & Howe Shooting School at Hudson Farm, Andover NJ
Outfitting the professional game shooter along with custom crafting the finest in firearms since 1923.

Butler's of Far Hills Interior Design and Decoration, Far Hills NJ
Studio of Jeffrey B. Haines, The Bernards Inn designer. A showroom like no other, where you’ll always be welcome: to browse, to shop, to chat or simply inquire.

Morris Museum, Morristown NJ
The Morris Museum collection currently consists of approximately 48,700 objects. Individual areas of the museum's distinguished collection include costumes and textiles, fine art, decorative art, dolls and toys, natural science, geology and paleontology, and anthropology.

Leonard J. Buck Gardens, Far Hills NJ
The Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. Begun in the late 1930's, the garden has reached a breathtaking point of maturity. It consists of a series of alpine and woodland gardens situated in a 33-acre wooded stream valley.

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary New Jersey Audubon Society, Bernardsville NJ
276 acres of Well-maintained and marked trails traverse the Sanctuary, ranging in length from 0.3 miles to 1.3 miles and passing through upland deciduous forest, fields, woodland, and the floodplain along the headwaters of the Passaic River. The Sanctuary is home to more than 60 species of nesting birds, and over 175 species have been sighted at the Sanctuary, including as many as 25 species of warblers during spring migration.

Lord Stirling Stables, Basking Ridge
Lord Stirling Stable offers a full complement of riding activities for riders of most ages and abilities.

Hike Mendham
Most of these hikes are just walks in beautiful areas for fun and mild exercise outdoors, but some will have some focus on the environmental or historic aspects in the area.

Duke Farms, Hillsborough NJ
A 2,700-acre estate in Hillsborough, New Jersey, was developed by tobacco and hydropower magnate James Buchanan Duke beginning in 1893. The Duke Farms Foundation was created in 1998 to own and operate the property. Today, the property is being transformed into a regional center for environmental stewardship.

Alstede Farms, Chester NJ
Local farm where guests can pick their own fruit, vegetables, enjoy hayrides, etc.

Great Swamp, Basking Ridge
7,768 acres of varied habitats, the refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants also call the refuge "home".

Jockey Hollow/Washington's Headquarters at Morristown National Historic Park, Morristown NJ
Serving as the winter encampments of George Washington's troops in 1779-1780, Jockey Hollow merges history with some decent hiking.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains NJ

One of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement, and the site, which consists of 30 acres of the original 650-acre tract, has been designated a National Historic Landmark

The Cross Estate, Bernardsville NJ
The Cross Estate Gardens, a project of the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation in cooperation with the National Park Service, located onJockey Hollow Road in Bernardsville, NJ. The Gardens comprise formal and native gardens, a wisteria-covered pergola, and a mountain laurel allee. The Cross Estate is open from dawn to dusk. Parking is free, and there are no entry fees.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township NJ
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is one of New Jersey's largest horticultural parks, owned and operated by the County of Morris. Its buildings and grounds offer a glimpse into the Gilded Age of Morristown, NJ.

Bamboo Brook, Chester Township NJ
Originally known as "Merchiston Farm," the home of William and Martha Brookes Hutcheson from 1911 to 1959. The Center's 100 acres include fields, woodlands and a formal garden designed by Mrs. Hutcheson, one of the first women to be trained as a landscape architect in the United States. The Park Commission is just embarking on an extensive restoration of the gardens at Bamboo Brook.

COLLEGES

College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station NJ
A community of learning in the Catholic liberal arts tradition for students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures.

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison NJ
The largest private university in New Jersey.

Drew University, Madison NJ
The university is known for its small class sizes and personal attention to students.

Rutger's University, New Brunswick NJ
The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education.

Centenary College, Hackettstown NJ
A community of learners distinguished by a diverse student body, a dedicated faculty and staff, and stimulating educational opportunities

 

TOURISM

www.morristourism.org

www.co.somerset.nj.us

www.morrisparks.net

www.somersetcountyparks.org

www.skylandstourism.org

www.newjerseybeautiful.com