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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!

  

APRIL 2016 HAPPENINGS 

Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Exhibit
Now through May 15, 2016
Featuring over 100 works from the Newark Musuem's Collection. Newark Museum, Newark, NJ.

One Worm At a Time
Now through  May 15, 2016
One Worm at a Time: Armisey Smith - This series of murals tells the story of a person of color navigating mental illness, working through the stigma and taking the journey through this disability to find balance, peace, and resilience.  Armisey Smith is a Newark-based illustrator, graphic designer, curator, and painter. Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.

Discomforts: Experiments in Furniture, Function and Form
Now through May 8, 2016 
Exhibition that features objects that resemble furniture but do not function as such. 
Hunterton Art Museum, Hunterton, NJ.

Spring Around The World Wine Tasting
April 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Wine Tasting -  Partake in our annual Spring Around the World Wine Tasting affair and enjoy unlimited samples from over 100 wines from some of the most celebrated wine regions in the world. Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, NJ.

Yanni
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00pm
Yanni - International Superstar, Composer and Pianist Performs. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series
Saturday April 2, 2016 at 8pm
The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series: Enjoy performances from the next generation of opera stars as they perform selections from the world’s most beloved operas. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJs

Dancing in The Streets
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 8pm
Dancing in the Streets: Motown’s greatest hits performed by an electrifying cast of singers, dancers and an onstage band. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6
Friday April 8, 2016 at 8pm 
The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 – Two of the most acclaimed, award-winning groups in pop music create an unforgettable concert event. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

New Jersey Ballet
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7pm
New Jersey Ballet presents an evening of contemporary and jazz dance works in honor of Newark’s 350th anniversary. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

Van Gogh
Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 11am - 5pm
Van Gogh: An in depth seminar examines the work, life and time of Vincent Van Gogh. South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ.

A Night of Queen
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7pm
One Night of Queen – Fans will thrill to Gary Mullen & The Works as they perform Queen’s greatest hits. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

San Francisco Symphony
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8pm
Hear an inspiring collaboration of the San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival
April 17, 2016
Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival, Somerville, NJ

Riverdance 20 Years Anniversary Tour
April 22, 2016 through April 24, 2016
Riverdance 20 Years Anniversary Tour. The International Irish Dance phenomenon is back by popular demand. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

America
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8pm
America: Enjoy classic hits from the popular, folk-rock band known for timeless favorites like “A Horse with No Name”, “Sister Golden Hair” and “Lonely People”.Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

Kathy Griffin
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7pm and 9:30pm
Kathy Griffin dishes the dirt on the rich and famous and Hollywood elite as only she can. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

Richard Marx
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8pm
Richard Marx: Grammy-winning artist performs his Billboard-topping hits. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

Jukebox Junction
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8pm
Jukebox Junction: Four decades of musical favorites on one stage. The Glen Miller Orchestra performs your favorite big band hits, followed by your favorite doo-wop and rock and roll classics as sung by The Diamonds. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

Jewel
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8pm
Jewel: Picking Up the pieces Tour: Grammy-nominated singer songwriter performs hits spanning her 12-studio albums. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ.

State Theatre 2016 Benefit Gala
Saturday, April 30, 2016 
State Theatre 2016 Benefit Gala featuring performance by Martin Short. State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ.

New Jersey Annual Folk Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2016
New Jersey Annual Folk Festival – Live music, performances, crafts and food. Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 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