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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. 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!



Guide Ropes and Live Wires Exhibition

January 29 – March 20, 2016

Guide Ropes and Live Wires - This exhibition showcases a wide range of visual practices and features work by thirty five of the Art Center’s talented faculty.
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ.

Exhibits at The Center for Contemporary Art

January 8 – February 20, 2016

Nature; Dallas Piotrowski: Selected Works; and a Faculty Exhibition by John Reinking
The Center for Contemporary Art, Bernardsville, NJ.

Frozen In Ice

February 5 – February 28, 2016, 11am

Frozen in Ice: Skylands Stadium will host an exciting new attraction called “Frozen in Ice,” the stadium’s first-ever ice sculpture extravaganza, with 100 tons of breathtaking, sculpted displays.
Skylands Stadium, Augusta, NJ.

A Bronx Tale

February 4 - March 6 2016

A Bronx Tale - A Bronx Tale is a musical about an Italian-American teenager finding his path in life as he must choose between the father who raised him and a mob-boss father figure who fascinates him.
Papermill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.

Pirates of Penzance

February 5, 2016 at 8pm

The Pirates of Penzance - Performed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

The 6th Annual Great Beer Expo

February 6, 2016 

The 6th Annual Great Beer Expo - The biggest names in brewing will gather for the sixth annual Great Beer Expo.  This beer tasting extravaganza will showcase breweries from around the corner, across the country and around the globe—more than 70 breweries in all!
Meadowlands, Secaucus, NJ.

Chocolate Festival

February 6, 2016 from 11am-4pm

Chocolate Festival – A Sweet Adventure at the Morris Museum
The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ.

Tao: The Seventeen Samurai

February 6, 2016 at 8pm

Tao: The Seventeen Samurai -- Timeless, traditional Japanese drumming with a 21st century attitude! This sizzling performance combines explosive Taiko drumming, innovative choreography and extraordinary athleticism into a dynamic new take on an ancient Asian art form.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

All Together Now

February 6 through March 5, 2016

All Together Now: A Group Exhibition of the Talents at 70 South Gallery
70 South Gallery, Morristown, NJ

The Beach Boys

February 10, 2016 at 7:30pm

The Beach Boys -- Mike Love and The Beach Boys perform 50 years of classic hits and musical memories.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

February 12, 2016 at 4pm and 8pm 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - The irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

Bill O'Reilly Speaks

February 13, 2016 at 7:30pm

Hear Bill O’Reilly speak at The Drew University Forum
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

Valentines Day at The Bernards Inn

February 14, 2016

Valentines Day at The Inn: Enjoy a Sunday A la Carte Brunch or Sunday Evening Three Course Prix-Fixe Dinner
Bernardsville Inn, Bernardsville, NJ.

Foreigner Unplugged

February 14, 2016 at 8pm

Foreigner – The Hits Unplugged: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an acoustic concert of your favorite Foreigner hits such as “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “Cold as Ice” and many more!
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

Materialize: Drew Thomas Magic

February 20, 2016 at 3pm and 7:30pm

Materialize #Drew Thomas Magic - Drew Thomas presents an innovative theatrical production that doesn’t rely on smoke or mirrors, fancy boxes, or magic cliches…just original illusions that will change your preconception towards magic.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

da Camera Concert Series: Mendelssohn

February 20, 2016 at 8pm

Da Camera Concert Series - Mendelssohn Sonatas on Period Violin and Fortepiano
The Concert Hall at Drew University, Madison, NJ.




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.

J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art, Bernardsville NJ

The gallery’s focus is in presenting to its clients works of “quality and tradition,” whether they be fine paintings of the past or from master artists of the present.

Griffin & Howe, Bernardsville 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.


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, Long Valley NJ

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