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Our New Fall Menus Arrive

Taking his inspiration from the new fall season, Executive Chef Corey Heyer has unveiled his new menus to rave reviews. From signature dishes like Sweet Potato Ravioli and Butternut Squash Soup to Autumn Salad, Roulade of Griggstown Pheasant, Lobster Pot Pie and Grilled Swordfish, you'll find a bounty of new dishes to savor on our new breakfast, lunch, bar, dinner and tasting menus.

The Tasting Menu is a seasonal selection of smaller dishes. Enjoy six courses--with or without wine pairings--and make this a culinary experience to remember.

Make your reservations by calling (908) 766-0002 or online through OpenTable.com.

Book Your Fabulous Fall Getaway

Fall feasting, leaf peeping, and pumpkin picking are just some of the seasonal adventures awaiting you at The Inn. Enjoy hiking and biking or take in the brilliant fall foliage with a dramatic helicopter ride over the lush NJ landscape or a drive along meandering country roads behind the wheel of an exotic car.

Fall Feast is our famous gastronomic experience that can be the focus of your visit or enjoyed along with other local attractions and activities. Click here for all the details on these great escapes. When you're ready to book your fall getaway just click here for a special bonus. It's as easy as that.

New Rooms Unveiled at the Inn

Each guest room at The Bernards Inn is unique and inspired by one of the venerable mansions on Bernardsville Mountain. Now, there are two newly designed rooms that part with the traditional for a modern look. Local designer Jeffrey Haines has transformed the rooms with a clean, contemporary twist that he describes as "metropolitan." Read more about the new rooms in Jeffrey's guest blog

Book Your Unforgettable Holiday Party Now

The harvest will soon give way to the Holidays, and we invite you to plan your business and social entertaining with us. The Inn will be decked in seasonal splendor from our warm and welcoming lobby to our beautifully decorated dining rooms. Entertain in our breathtaking Silver Vault and Wine Pantry, ideal settings for private lunches, dinners and cocktail parties. The Holidays are very busy at the Inn so please reserve your date to ensure availability. We look forward to helping you plan the perfect holiday event.Click here to view our Holiday Menus

Discover Distinctive Gifts at Holiday Boutique
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kick off the holidays by visiting our Holiday Shopping Boutique and Benefit. The Fenwick Ballroom will be brimming with unique gifts from fine local merchants.
Your $10 admission will benefit Heartworks, a grassroots organization that assists individuals and families in need in the community.
For information about joining us as a vendor, call Bonnie Schleimer at 908-766-0002.

Chef's Garden Becomes a Classroom

Chef Corey Heyer recently welcomed students from The Willow School to The Inn's restaurant garden where they planted tomatoes, harvested radishes, tasted stevia, and learned about the benefits of locally grown produce. Read more and see photos in the Star Ledger's "Bernards Inn Garden".

Two Great Getaways

If your vacation plans are keeping you close to home, there's no need to sacrifice on a great experience. Spend a night at The Bernards Inn and immerse yourself in a setting of intimacy, luxury and comfort. Our Savor Summer package includes Deluxe guest room accommodations, a pitcher of Sangria with an assortment of goat cheese lollipops and crackers, a four-course tasting dinner paired with a selection of fine wines, and breakfast.

Summer is also the perfect time to escape to the stunning countryside of the Somerset Hills--within an hour of New York City. Hiking is a popular activity and trails abound. Our Go Hike Package includes Deluxe guest room accommodations, plus a personally guided hike with BaseCamp Outdoor Adventures, our sister business also located in Bernardsville.

Make your reservation by calling us at (908) 766-0002 or online for reservations.

Spirit of Somerset Award

We are honored to receive the Spirit of Somerset Award in the Cultural and Heritage Preservation category for our restoration and redesign of our 105-year-old Inn! Thank you to the Awards Committee and the Somerset Board of Chosen Freeholders for recognizing our efforts to revitalize The Inn and return it to its original grandeur. As a landmark in the Somerset Hills, we are committed to serving the community with our gracious hospitality for another century!

$45 PRIX FIXE SUNDAY SUPPERS

Start a new family tradition or plan a special date night…Whatever the occasion, Sunday is a great day to dine with us. Indulge in a delicious 3-course a la carte dinner for a prix fixe $45.00 plus tax & gratuity. The ever-changing seasonal menu features new dishes and ingredients as well as selections from our regular menu. The menu changes weekly.  Make your reservation online.

DIANE CARR IS HONORED

Congratulations to General Manager Diane Carr who was recently honored by Garden State Magazine for her contributions to the hospitality industry. Diane received her Woman of the Year award at a recent reception on March 23rd.

COMMUNITY CORNER

The Bernards Inn is always proud to serve the community and special causes. On April 16th, Chef Corey Heyer will participate in the The Boy Scouts of America’s Hospitality and Food Dinner. Chef Heyer is also serving as the Culinary Coordinator for the Jersey Battered Women’s Services Grand Tasting event on May 21. We hope to see you at these wonderful culinary fund raisers.

 

Enjoy our Signature Cookies at Home!

If you've had the pleasure of staying overnight at the Inn, you've likely indulged in one (or two!) of our decadent triple chocolate chip cookies created by Executive Pastry Chef Duane Hendershot.

Baked fresh every day by Duane and his staff, this sweet treat is just one of the many complimentary amenities that our in-house guests enjoy. Now you can make these rich and delicious cookies at home. Click here for the recipe

Prix Fixe Sunday Supper in Full Swing

Our new Sunday Supper Series is getting rave reviews from our guests. Enjoy a delicious 3-course a la carte dinner for a prix fixe $39.00 plus tax & gratuity. Perfect value and venue for viewing the Super Bowl this Sunday! The ever-changing seasonal menu features new dishes and ingredients as well as selections from our regular menu. Make your reservation through Open Table..www.opentable.com

AAA award 2012

Four Diamonds From AAA

WE ARE HONORED ONCE AGAIN TO RECEIVE ONE OF THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY'S HIGHEST DISTINCTIONS, THE AAA FOUR-DIAMOND AWARD.

AAA four-diamond award

This is the 16th consecutive year that the Inn has earned four diamonds and we are the only AAA Four Diamond award winner for both the restaurant and hotel in New Jersey to earn this prestigious award.

Pictured accepting this year's award is our Sommelier, Terri Baldwin.

Please Welcome Our New Staff

THERE ARE SOME SMILING NEW FACES WAITING TO SERVE YOU AT THE INN.

We are pleased to announce additions to our restaurant and catering staff including  
Steve Maugeri, Director of Banquets; Lara Nestler, Catering Sales Manager;  
and Dee Coddington-Pellowski, A la Carte Bartender.

Warm Up With Our New Winter Menus

Executive Chef Corey Heyer is pleased to unveil his savory winter menus today! New and expanded menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the bar are now being served.  Chef Heyer and his culinary team are unleashing their creativity with an incredible selection of new dishes. Come and experience fine dining and impeccable service in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

For wine lovers, Sommelier Terri Baldwin is featuring new winter wines to complement the cuisine and the cold-weather season.

Please remember our delectable Gluten-Free Menus with dozens of delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts for those with special diets. Vegetarian selections are also always available.

Make your reservations by calling (908) 766-0002 or online through www.opentable.com

Give the Gift of The Bernards Inn

Be a chef for the day, indulge in award-winning cuisine, escape for a luxurious overnight escape...so many wonderful experiences await you at the Inn, and a gift certificate is the perfect present! Available in any denomination, gift certificates are redeemable for lunch, dinner, drinks in the Library Piano Bar, or an overnight stay in one of the Inn's beautifully appointed guest rooms. Ask us about our perfect gift for wine lovers--Wine Baskets with unique vintages selected by our Sommelier, Terri Baldwin.

Gift certificates can be purchased online at www.bernardsinn.com, by calling 908-766-0002 or by visiting the front desk.

'Tis The Season For Entertaining

Holiday parties are unforgettable at The Bernards Inn and a few select dates remain for your private dining celebration. For smaller gatherings, make reservations for 10 or more and receive a special prix-fixe menu for $35 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Read More.

Hampshire Destination Properties

Have you noticed the new Hampshire Destination Properties logo on our website and e-newsletter?  The Bernards Inn is part of this unique collection of local businesses owned by our parent company, Hampshire Real Estate Properties.

We would like to welcome one of our sister companies, BaseCamp Adventure Outfitters, to town. BaseCamp relocated from Basking Ridge to the “Old Library” in downtown Bernardsville. Visit BaseCamp the next time you’re staying with us at the Inn or before you next adventure!

Our New Fall Menus Have Arrived!

Fall is synonymous with feasting and Chef Corey Heyer’s new culinary creations capture the season perfectly. From sweet potato ravioli and butternut squash soup to roasted spiced pumpkin salad, cervena venison and grilled swordfish, you’ll find a bounty of new dishes to savor on our new breakfast, lunch, bar, dinner and tasting menus.

We invite you to experience fine dining that Zagat’s describes as “extraordinary” and “one of NJ’s best,” in an atmosphere of refined elegance and exceptional service. Make your reservations by calling (908) 766-0002 or online through OpenTable.com.

New - Gluten Free Menus!

We’re also pleased to announce our new Gluten-Free Menus with dozens of delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts for those with special diets. Vegetarian selections are also always available.

Book Your Fabulous Fall Getaway

Fall feasting, leaf peeping, and apple and pumpkin picking are just some of the seasonal adventures awaiting you at The Inn. Enjoy hiking and biking or take in the brilliant fall foliage with a dramatic helicopter ride over the lush NJ landscape. Fall Feast is our famous gastronomic experience that can be the focus of your visit or enjoyed along with other local attractions and activities. Click here for all the details on these great escapes. When you’re ready to book your fall getaway just click on the Guest Room Reservations link for a special bonus. It’s as easy as that.

Swirl and Savor or Sip and Enjoy

Sommelier Terri Baldwin loves to deliver new wine experiences to our guests and each season brings a new selection of unique wines to complement our seasonal menu. One of those wines is a new refreshing white that she hopes you will try: Ajello Grillo, Mazara Valley Sicily 2009.

Grillo is a beautiful white wine that will pair well with lighter fare including:  seafood dishes—especially seafood sausage--vegetarian dishes, pastas, and vegetables. This wine has an aromatic nose and you may be able to detect some green notes such as green bell pepper, yet it continues with fruity nuances and fresh acidity. Read more about Terri’s featured wines on our website.

For craft beer connoisseurs, the Library Bar is now offering several new brews for your drinking pleasure

  • Founders Red's Eye Pale Ale-Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Serious Hop Bitterness, Grapefruit Bouquet, Malty Richness
  • Post Road Pumpkin Ale-Brooklyn Brewing Co., Brooklyn NY
  • Orange Amber Color, Warm Pumpkin Aroma, Crisp Finish
  • Yards Brawler-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Malt-Forward, Ruby Colored, Hint of Toffee
  • Chimay Blue-Belgium
  • Fresh Yeast Fragrance, Light, Rosy Flowery Touch

Lauren Montemarano Earns Professional Accolade

Congratulations to Lauren Montemarano, Director of Sales, for earning her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification, the hallmark of excellence in the meeting and hospitality industry. A consummate professional, Lauren has been working with businesses and meeting planners to deliver world-class meetings and executive retreats at the Inn since 2006. She has held positions within Marriott and the Trump organization and graduated from the University of Delaware’s internationally recognized Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program.

Magnificent Malbec

One of Sommelier Terri Baldwin's responsibilities here at the Inn is to taste and discover new and exceptional wines for you to enjoy. (It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.) Recently, Terri was introduced to an amazing Malbec by Aaron Buoncristiani of the Napa Valley winery that bears his family's name. Only 125 cases of the 2008 Malbec were produced and Terri was fortunate enough to get a case for the Inn. You can read all about this superb wine on Terri's blog and then come experience it for yourself the next time you dine with us.

In the Community

One of the signature events of the local summer season comes on Thursday, June 23rd when Music at Moorland is presented on the great lawn of Moorland Farms in Far Hills, NJ. It's a spectacular evening of classical music, open-air dining and breathtaking fireworks that benefits Somerset Medical Center. Let the Inn take care of your dining needs with a complete picnic dinner to go. Orders must be placed by Thursday, June 16th and can be picked up on the 23rd. For more information give us a call at (908) 766-0002.

FOR LIFE'S EVENTS - THE BERNARDS INN IS THE PERFECT CHOICE

June is a time for weddings, graduations, bridal and baby showers, communions, and many other significant life events. If a special event is in your future, then consider The Bernards Inn for the perfect celebration. Our breathtaking Silver Vault, Wine Pantry and Fenwick Ballroom combined with award-winning cuisine and exceptional service will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Bonnie and Lauren, our catering sales professionals, are ready to assist you with planning your special day. Give them a call at (908) 766-0002.

COOKIE CORNER

Fresh rosemary is a great late spring/early summer herb. Inspired by a friend, Executive Pastry Chef Duane Hendershot created this delightful pistachio rosemary shortbread recipe  that’s perfect for a warm spring afternoon. Enjoy it with a cold glass of iced tea or lemonade. Click here for the recipe on our blog.

Great Grilled Cheese

A grilled cheese sandwich is one of my all-time lunch favorites. Executive Chef Corey Heyer created this grilled cheese and asparagus sandwich for his new spring lunch menu. It utilizes the abundance of asparagus and baby arugula at this time of year. The tanginess of the brie and the depth of the grain mustard pull it all together to create a fantastic flavor combination. Enjoy! Click through to our blog for the recipe

And the Award Goes to...

At the New Jersey Governor's Conference on Tourism recently held in Atlantic City, The Bernards Inn was honored with the Governor's Diamond Award for 2011. The Governor's Tourism Awards Ceremony serves to honor the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the experience of visitors to the Garden State and the quality of life of our residents. Dave Riley, the Inn's Director of Food and Beverage, and I accepted the award on behalf of the Inn.

Let's Go Birding

We have a great getaway package that's literally for the birds. It's our Go Birding Getaway. Enjoy a guided tour with a naturalist from the New Jersey Audubon Society at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll walk along trails in search of over 145 species of birds including regular visitors like the Belted Kingfisher, Cooper's Hawk and Great Blue Heron and perhaps a rare sighting of the Mississippi Kite. In addition to the guided tour your package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, a $100 food and beverage credit for the Inn and water and snacks for the walk. Loaner binoculars, field scopes and field guides are available during your visit to the Sanctuary.

The Go Birding getaway is $335.00 Taxes are additional. For reservations call the Inn at (908) 766-0002.

Our New Spring Menus Arrive Soon!

On Friday March 18th Executive Chef Corey Heyer will be introducing his new spring menus. Our breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar menus will feature some lighter dishes to complement the warm spring weather. So get ready to chase away the gray days of winter and enjoy the blossoming of a new spring here at the Inn in an atmosphere of gracious hospitality.

Make it a Sumptuous Spring

If you’re looking for a way to rejuvenate your senses then I invite you to experience our Sumptuous Spring getaway. This great getaway package is available any evening from March 20th until June 20th. Your getaway for two includes luxurious overnight accommodations, an exceptional dining experience and so much more. The Sumptuous Spring getaway is $475.00 plus tax. For reservations give us a call at (908) 766-0002. And if you book your getaway by March 31st we’ll include an additional $25 food and beverage credit.

Cookie Corner

If you’ve had the pleasure of staying overnight at the Inn anytime during the last year then chances are you probably indulged in one of our decadent triple chocolate chip cookies created by Executive Pastry Chef Duane Hendershot. Baked fresh every day by Duane and his staff this mouth-watering treat is just one of the many complimentary amenities that our in-house guests enjoy. Now you can make this rich and delicious cookie at home. Read More

Don’t Forget to Sring Ahead!

Sunday, March 13th is the start of Daylight Savings Time. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night.

We’re Honored…Again!

For the fifteenth consecutive year, The Bernards Inn hotel and restaurant have been honored with the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award. For 2011, The Bernards Inn is one of only seven hotels and eight restaurants throughout all of New Jersey to receive this prestigious honor. And the Inn is the only combination hotel and restaurant in the tri-state area to be so honored. I invite you to come and experience the gracious hospitality and outstanding cuisine and service that have earned the Inn this exceptional achievement year after year.

Our New Winter menus!

Chef Heyer recently introduced hisnew winter menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the bar. With the change in seasons comes some great new selections that are perfect for the cold winter weather. Come and experience fine dining in an atmosphere of refined elegance combined with impeccable service. Make your reservations by calling (908) 766-0002 or online through OpenTable.com.

Our Renovations Continue!

Under the direction of interior designer Jeff Haines of Butler’s of Far Hills we just completed the total renovation of two more of our guest rooms. The next time you’re at the Inn ask for a tour of the Middlebrook and Greenacres rooms. Better still, enjoy an overnight stay in either of these deluxe guest rooms with one of our great getaway packages.

ESCAPE TO WINTER ROMANCE

The Bernards Inn is known as the place to go to for special occasions and great getaways. In fact, in its January issue New Jersey Countryside magazine named the Inn as their number one choice for a great winter getaway. When you’re looking to create your own special occasion we have just what you need—great food, great wine and great accommodations—blended perfectly together to create an unforgettable experience. So come and escape to our Winter Romance gourmet getaway and re-ignite the passions of the heart. And if you book your getaway by March 31st you’ll receive an additional $25.00 food and beverage credit as our gift. READ MORE

A SPECIAL OFFER FOR 2011/2012 WEDDINGS AT THE BERNARDS INN

If one of the surprises you received during the holidays was the question “Will you marry me?” then consider The Bernards Inn for the ultimate wedding experience. A wedding at the Inn is the perfect marriage of elegance and sophistication. Our in-house wedding professionals are ready to assist you with planning the perfect day and will attend to every detail. And, if you book your 2011 or 2012 wedding by February 28, 2011 the Inn will include a special first anniversary celebration package. Call our Sales & Planning Office at (908) 766-0002 to schedule a private tour.
Click here to register for Sales and Planning to call you.

Wednesday Nights in the Library BaR

We're pleased to present a very talented new entertainer on Wednesday nights in the Library Bar for your listening pleasure. Acclaimed pianist Ken Levinsky shares his keyboard artistry beginning at 6:30pm. Come enjoy classic rock, jazz and other popular tunes paired with great food, wine and hospitality.

We're Honored as Most Romantic...Again

In a recent survey by NJ.com and Inside Jersey Magazine, The Bernards Inn was named the most romantic restaurant in New Jersey. In its review Inside Jersey commented: "what truly makes this a romantic dining spot is its genteel old-Hollywood feel, its stone fireplaces, high ceilings, gleaming woodwork and stone terrace lush with greens. It's so gracious you wouldn't be surprised to see Grace Kelly or Humphrey Bogart." I invite you to come experience the Inn for yourself and create your own romance.

 

Welcome Bonnie Schleimer

As you may know, Tracey Mancini, the Inn’s Senior Catering Sales Manager and longest-tenured employee, recently left us for the warmer climate of South Carolina. We wish Tracey all the best. Stepping into her position is Bonnie Schleimer who joins the Inn from the Westin Governor Morris hotel. Prior to that Bonnie was with the Hilton Short Hills. With her wealth of experience Bonnie can help you in planning your next corporate or social event. She can be reached at (908) 766-7300 x155 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A Fun Way to Enjoy Complimentary Appetizers or Dessert

Are you a friend of the Inn on Facebook? If you are, look for the word of the day on our page every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Tell your server at lunch or dinner that you know the word of the day and receive your choice of a complimentary appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an entrée. Enjoy!

THURSDAY NIGHTS IN THE LIBRARY BAR

Every Thursday night at 6:30pm

We're pleased to present a very talented new entertainer on Thursday nights in the Library Bar for your listening pleasure. Pianist Eric Hayes shares his keyboard and vocal artistry beginning at 6:30pm. Come enjoy his soulful sounds paired with great food, wine and hospitality.

Send Us Your Favorite Drink Recipe

Anyone who's enjoyed a drink at the Inn knows that we can mix a great cocktail. But, we know that there are a lot of great mixologists out there and we'd love to have you share your favorite drink recipe with us. Send your recipe to Dave Riley, the Inn's Director of Food and Beverage, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. m. Dave will be testing, and tasting, the recipes that are submitted and yours might be the one that's featured on our next drink menu.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

HIGHLIGHTS IN 2009 - NAMED "BEST FRESH & LOCAL"

..."This year, as chefs competed to see how many local place names they could squeeze onto their menus, no one kept it more local than Corey Heyer, the executive chef at The Bernards Inn led a team that grew nasturtiums (served with an appetizer of seared ahi tuna), arugula (with grilled Wagyu beef and cilantro pesto), salad greens, potatoes, squash blossoms, eggplants, cucumbers, peppers, thyme; they are not just decoration, but the restaurant’s foundation." Read more.

WHEN THE FAMILY COMES TO VISIT

If you have out-of-town family members staying overnight, make things easier on yourself by having them stay at the Inn. We have 20 beautifully decorated guest rooms ready to welcome your visitors with all the warmth of the holiday season. Room reservations can be made by calling us at (908) 766-0002 or make reservations on-line.

INTIMATE WEDDINGS AT THE BERNARDS INN

A wedding at The Bernards Inn is the perfect marriage of sophistication and enjoyment. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , our in-house professionals, will assist you in planning the perfect day and make sure that no detail gets overlooked. Next to saying "Yes, I will!" choosing The Bernards Inn for your wedding will be the easiest and best decision you'll make. Contact Tracey or Lauren at (908) 766-0002 to start planning your special day. Prime dates are still available for the 2010 season. When you call be sure to ask about a unique opportunity to host your wedding at the 2010 Mansion in May catered by The Bernards Inn.

FACEBOOK

Are you a friend of The Inn on Facebook? If not, I invite you to join the ever-growing group of people who are. You can read all about what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning.
Click here to make the connection and get the “Inn-side” scoop.

THE PERFECT GIFT - A BERNARDS INN GIFT CERTIFICATE

Our gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks at the bar or an overnight package in one of our beautiful guest rooms. Gift certificates can be purchased online, or by phone at (908) 766-0002 or in-person at the Front Desk of the Inn.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU....VISIT US ON THE BERNARDS INN BLOG AND FACEBOOK

We are proud to present our new blog entitled "The Bernards Innspirations." Our hope is that you will be inspired by our postings and will comment on what you are reading. Look for recipes from Chef Corey Heyer, wines from Wine Director, Terri Balwin and other fun postings from staff at The Inn. Click here to visit our blog. We invite you to also become a fan on our new facebook page. Click here to visit our facebook page.

GETTING THE MOST FROM A WINE TASTING OR WINE DINNER

Have you ever been invited to a wine tasting or wine dinner and weren’t sure how to get the most out of the experience? In a recent issue of New Jersey Countryside magazine, our Wine Director and Sommelier Terri Baldwin shares her advice on the subject with tips on how to avoid getting overwhelmed in the process.“The advice I would give for wine tastings and wine dinners would be slightly different for the two” says Terri.

WINE TASTINGS

Whether it’s a walk-around event featuring 40 or so wines or a tasting on a smaller scale, Terri suggests:

  • Bring a small notebook and pen to take notes. You don't necessarily have to write down details about every wine, but jot down notes about wines that interest you in any way.
    People seem to have a tendency to forget what they liked, even though they think they’ll remember. It can become confusing when mingling, tasting, and talking.
  • Arrive early to avoid missing out on wines that may quickly become out of stock.
  • You should arrive with a clean palate (not already having consumed any alcohol, or any type of strong food such as garlic, onions, peppers, etc.). This may disguise the flavor profiles of the wines you’re about to taste.
  • Carry as little as possible. It can become a juggling act if you’re carrying too many items.
  • Don't wear white or light-colored clothing in the event of spills. You also will have a good chance of getting splashed when dumping your wine in buckets.
  • Don't wear perfume or cologne. This prevents the olfactory senses from being able to do their job properly. You want to be able to smell the wine without interference from other odors.
  • Smell the glass you’re given to make sure it’s clean; meaning free of odors, detergents, etc.
  • Keep the one glass and you can always do a rinse with water or rinse with a small amount of the wine you’re about to taste.
  • It's a good idea to spit, allowing you to taste many more wines. If you follow your notes from the beginning, you can revisit some wines that you liked towards the end of the event and then sip them without spitting. Despite what you may think, if you spit you’ll be taken more seriously, and questions will be encouraged.
  • Don't hesitate to ask any questions; this is a good way to increase your knowledge.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
  • Cleanse your palate often with bread. (This is one of the best palate cleansers.)
  • Be courteous of others; you’re not the only one tasting wine. Let others get to the tables to share in the experi ence.
  • Bring a credit card in the event you’re able to purchase any of the wines you’ve enjoyed.

 

WINE DINNER

For a seated wine dinner Terri offers these suggestions:

  • Smell the glasses at your place setting to make sure they’re clean; meaning free of odors, detergents, etc.
  • Don't wear perfume or cologne. This prevents the olfactory senses from being able to do their job properly. You want to be able to smell the wine without interference from other odors.
  • Pace yourself in the beginning so that you’ll be able to enjoy all of the wines poured throughout the dinner.
  • Bring a pen to take a few notes on the menu, if you like.
  • Try to compare wines side-by-side allowing you to notice even subtle differences.
  • Blind tasting the wines can be a lot of fun, and this will also let your palate judge what wines you prefer without being influenced by price, package, etc.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Cleanse your palate often with bread.
  • Ask questions of the host or presenter.
  • Eat food slowly to enjoy the experience.
  • Try different wines with the food to see what may pair the best. Wines do enhance the food, and food will enhance the wine.
  • Wines will constantly change and evolve over the course of the evening, therefore, it’s advisable to sip and re-visit the wines during the dinner. This will allow you to really notice how wines change with oxygen.
  • Make new acquaintances and/or new friends.Relax and have fun as you create a lasting memory of the evening!

THE MAGIC OF MASSAGE

Enrich your soul and enliven your senses with a relaxing and rejuvenating massage during your next stay at the Inn. We offer a wide range of in-room services including massages for individuals and couples, moms-to-be, brides, wedding parties, and corporate guests, 30-, 60- and 90-minute sessions, Swedish and traditional Thai therapies, and our exclusive Bernards Inn Essential Indulgence Signature Massage available separately or in a great overnight package. For information on rates and availability please give us a call at (908) 766-0002.

BERNARDS INN NAMED NEW JERSEY’S TOP RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR BY STAR-LEDGER

The Bernards Inn has been named the state’s top restaurant of 2008 by the Star-Ledger. Describing the Inn as a “Garden State dining legend,” “awesome,” and with “service that makes you feel as if you’re the only patron in the place,” reviewer Cody Kendall distinguished the Inn as her favor ite of 2008 after awarding the top rating of four stars to the Inn last fall. A twenty year veteran of the Star-Ledger, Kendall’s criteria for top restaurants include: food quality, atmosphere, value, service, cleanliness and more.

FOUR STAR REVIEW!

On November 8th, the Inn was honored with a four star rating from food critic Cody Kendall of The Star-Ledger. Cody began the review by saying: “All the standards are high here, from the solicitous service that doesn't skip a beat to the live piano music, which provides an appropriate nightly soundtrack for the top-caliber restaurant.” Cody went on to say: “The way we were treated on our visit to the inn made us feel as if we were the only patrons in the room. A glance around assured me that was not so, as the other well-spaced tables were filled, but we wanted for nothing during our evening at the inn. On another occasion, I dined at a table in the bar area near the pianist, and received the same type of attention, even though we ordered only a few items and some drinks.” Click here for the full review

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