Bernardsville is a small, affluent town located in the Skylands region in northern New Jersey. It is in Somerset County, which is in the top ten wealthiest counties in the nation. Bernardsville as a town ranks 75th in the country among 100 highest income places. The population boasts 7,707 people. In the summers it is a great get away from the city life. Bernardsville is approximately 40 miles outside of New York City and 70 miles outside of Philadelphia.
Bernardsville is one of those places people come to get away from it all. They raise their families here in a close knit community built around comfort and leisure. The school system is one of the best in New Jersey and the country overall.
For the most part people in the town keep to themselves. They shop, eat, and go about their business. Running into someone in town and having small talk is a normal aspect of living here. The community has kept this sense of privacy and comfort for many years. Olcott Avenue Historic District is recognized for its early 20th century development. It is listed as a U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The train station is located across the way of the Bernards Inn on route 202. It can take you into New York City and neighboring towns such as Summit, through the NJ Transit. The train station date back to 1901 and runs along the Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex line of the NJ Transit.
The town runs in succession with highway route 202. There are extensive roads often referred to as “back roads” where it is easy for an outsider to get lost. Along these roads there are numerous of mansions sitting atop the mountain. Celebrities such as Mike Tyson, Marc Ecko, Meryl Streep, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis have lived here. Going into the neighboring town of Basking Ridge is highway 287 down Mt. Airy Road. Off of 287 one may go onto 78 and the NJ Turnpike and Parkway.
Once you are actually in the town of Bernardsville, you will find that walking around, getting from place to place is easy and enjoyable. Majority of the restaurants, shoppes, etc. are located in the same area, making it really nice to stroll around the town.
The town is more of a leisurely setting, a mix between suburban and rural. Encompassing this fact there are two golf courses in the area, Somerset Hills Golf Club and on the border of Mendham and Bernardsville is Roxiticus Golf Club. These golf courses and country clubs offer great service and are excellent places to go for dinner, entertainment, and relaxation. The surrounding areas have a lot to offer for people who enjoy the outdoors. Facilities at Roxiticus include an olympi-size swimming pool, five hard tennis courts, and three paddle courts. Folllowing the country roads may lead you to places like the Lake Club in Far Hills. In order to enter the club one must be a member, once becoming a member one may enjoy the beautiful lake and everything it offers from canoeing to fishing. In the summers it holds many camps for children providing them with fun activities to enjoy. It is nestled on a windy road called Lake Road.
If one would like to go shopping Bridgewater Mall is just south of Bernardsville. One can simply drive south on 287 to exit 17 and they will be at the Bridgewater Mall. This is the closest mall nearby and has many of the popular shops and stores. Included is a food court and an AMC movie theatre. The movie theatre is top of the line dine-in movie experience. You have large comfortable chairs and buttons to call on service to order meals and beverages, yes alcohol included. If one doesn't want to make the trip there is a small cinema in the center of Bernardsville. Clearview Cinemas in Bernardsville has three theaters and does not offer the same amenities as the Bridgewater Mall theater offers.
Olcott Historic District Walking Tour , Tour starts at 22 Church Street and ends at 25 Olcott Ave. The tour is an approximately 1.8 miles long, and takes you through the historic homes on Olcott Ave. There are no specific times for tours because they are unofficial and things you can just do on your own, but the Bernadsville Town website can provide you with a map of the walking route.
On a more upscale level is Equus Tavern. This historic tavern has been renovated many times but its excellent service and tradition remain in tact. It is located on Mill Rd. off of Claremont Rd. and Anderson Hill Rd. The atmosphere is very rustic and one of a kind. It is in an old tavern setting dating you back to a kind of castle like building in England. This place is frequented by the more upscale members of the town. It is noted for its excellent service and wine list.
The local gathering has become the Station Pub & Grub. This is another upscale restaurant while small offers great cuisine and service. It is owned by the same owners of the Bernards Inn, Hampshire Real Estate Company. Thus, it is expected to be well managed and cater to its customers preferences. On a typical Friday or Saturday night you may find residents hanging out here drinking with their buddies and catching up.
On the other end of town is the Bernards Inn, a world-class hotel. It has some of the finest services and amenities. The hotel has an old agrarian style taking you back to a time of elegance and tranquility. It first welcomed guests in 1907 and has been a staple in the town ever since. It offers world class dining and service dating back to a time of charm and style. Earning some of the highest honors in the hospitality business. It does not go by a star system as most hotels, instead it goes by the diamond measurement and under this it has attained the four diamond plato. Along with its other services it offers some of the best wedding receptions around. Many travelers in the area stay here because of its great reputation as being a well accommodated hotel for rest.