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Apple Pick At These Orchards Near Your Beacon Apartment


The fall may just be getting started, but apple picking season definitely doesn’t wait until the leaves start falling – actually, now is the best time to get started on your apple picking near Jersey City!

If you want to hand-pick some apples that you can cook up (or just munch on!) in your Beacon kitchen, then visit these local apple orchards for a true taste of early fall. Make sure you stock up – you’ll have a hard time eating grocery store apples after trying these!

Melick’s Town Farm, located at 472 County Rd 513, Califon which is about one hour from your Beacon apartment, is the largest apple grower in New Jersey with over 650 acres of land including 120 acres of fruit trees, 5,000 peach, nectarine and plum trees and 20,000 apple trees.

They also press their own fresh apple cider and also have hard cider and apple wine, in addition to you-pick apple activities. Bring the entire family —and don’t forget your camera—for a very special, fun filled day in the orchard!

Alstede Farms, located at 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester which is about one hour from your Beacon apartment, offers over 20 apple varieties including Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious which are available for picking every day.

If you’re interested in a specific variety, make sure you check their website and see when that variety’s ripening date is to plan your visit accordingly. While here, make sure you check out their petting zoo, extensive farm store and on-site Tomasello Winery!


Melick’s Town Farm

472 County Road 513, Califon NJ 07830

(908) 439-2318


Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930

(908) 879-7189


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Get The Kids Ready for Back-to-School At These Kids’ Clothing Stores


It’s that time of year again, Beacon parents! Whether you’re going to be shedding a tear as they head off to the bus stop or you’re more than happy to have some time to yourself again, the month for back-to-school is here and every kid wants a new wardrobe to be ready to greet their classroom.

In Jersey City, there are tons of kids’ clothing stores from cute boutiques with one-of-a-kind items to chain stores where you can just pick out their size and be on your way. No matter which you prefer, a visit to these stores will have the kids happy to see their classroom once more!

Hazel Baby & Kids, located at 199 Montgomery St, Jersey City which is a six-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is home to children’s clothing and other products made in a socially responsible, environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.

Whether you are expecting your first child, looking for the essentials, shopping for a baby shower gift, or looking to spoil a friend or family member, this store can help you find unique, thoughtful and quality products that are sure to impress!

Kid City, located at 749 NJ-440, Jersey City which is a 15-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a perfect one-stop-shop for everything ‘kid’ that you need to fill your child’s fall closet with the best in school (and play!) apparel.

Here, you’ll also find amazing deals – no need to spend too much money on children’s clothes that the kids will be grown out of in one year! You’ll find clothes for boys and girls, as well as school uniforms and accessories.


 Hazel Baby & Kids

199 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 369-1999


Kid City

749 NJ-440, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 332-0888



Hosting a Party? Get Your Cake at These Jersey City Bakeries


Birthdays, graduations and summer celebrations… there’s no time to host a party like in the summertime, when everyone is ready to unwind with some sunshine and pool time, and if you’re hosting a party, then it can’t be complete without an amazing cake.

Here in Jersey City, there’s no reason to settle for a run-of-the-mill supermarket cake – we have lots of amazing bakeries here in town that can make amazing custom cakes that are sure to stun your party guests. Check out these bakeries before finalizing your party details!

Dulce de Leche Bakery, located at 376 Central Ave, Jersey City which is about 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a stylish, bright cafe offering Latin American lunch fare, plus gourmet pastries, cakes and cookies.

Refusing to compromise on quality and craftsmanship has been the “secret” to their success. Each day, they work diligently to continue learning, improving, and evolving. You will definitely taste the difference if you visit this shop!

Philippine Bread House, located at 530 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a venerable Filipino bakery producing traditional breads and cakes, with a separate hot lunch counter.

For more than 30 years, Philippine Bread House has proudly developed a deep love and satisfaction from making our customers happy by producing exactly what they want: delicious, quality products with an original homemade taste! What initially began long ago as a simple one-time request for their popular sweet roll grew into an enormous following that continues to grow to this day.


Dulce de Leche Bakery

376 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 626-1888


Philippine Bread House

530 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 659-1753


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Don’t Leave The Dog at Home! Bring Him To These Dog-Friendly Jersey City Restaurants


Fido is man’s best friend. But what fun is it if you have to leave your furry friend at home at your Beacon apartment when you out to eat? Here in Jersey City, though, we have lots of eateries that won’t just allow your dog – they’ll welcome him!

If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy a great meal but also let you dog enjoy the outdoors, then stop by some of these local eateries where he can grab a water bowl and some sunshine. Try not to fall victim to his begging at the table!

Barcade, located at 163 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a festive venue pairing classic video games with craft ales, plus familiar pub grub in an airy locale.

There are Barcade locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Connecticut, owned by four friends; Paul Kermizian, Pete Langway, and brothers Kevin and Scott Beard. Feel free to bring your dog to any of these locations and enjoy a cold beer outside!

O’Hara’s Downtown Sports Bar & Grill, located at 172 1st St, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a large pub offering a menu of beers, burgers, ribs and more, plus trivia, DJs and sports on TV.

Located in the heart of downtown Jersey City, there’s always something happening at O’Hara’s and it makes for a great place to catch up with friends, unwind with a beer after work or just enjoy the game – all while hanging out with your dog at the outside dining area!



163 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-4555


O’Hara’s Downtown Sports Bar & Grill

172 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 239-7373


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Bring the Whole Family To These Family-Friendly Restaurants


Yes, Jersey City has tons of high-end eateries where you can go for a nice date, bring a business partner or show your friends a night out on the town. But how about a place where you can take the kids and keep the whole family satisfied?

Here in Jersey City, we have that, too – there are lots of family-friendly eateries near your Beacon apartment that have both the digs and the menu to keep the kids occupied and allow the adults to unwind. Take everyone to these fun Jersey City restaurants the next time you’re looking for a meal out!

Left Bank Burger Bar, located at 194 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an easygoing place serving all-natural burgers with an extensive selection of toppings, plus tap beers.

With some very creative burger options as well as an option to create your own personalized burger here, every family member will leave satisfied from this popular Jersey City restaurant. Plus, keep watch for information on their weekly Burger Battle!

Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory, located at 426 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, serves big stacks of pancakes and other breakfast items plus American and Greek comfort food in diner setting.

The Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory relentlessly seeks to redefine the diner experience of the past, while maintaining the comforting mystique that only an old-fashioned diner can provide. They consider your family their family!


Left Bank Burger Bar

194 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 630-4692


Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory

426 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-0471