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Get in the Fall Spirit By Pumpkin Picking at These Local Patches

04Oct

Fall is finally in the air here in Jersey City! And, as everyone young and old is well-aware, there’s no better way to get in the autumn spirit than by going pumpkin picking as Halloween gets closer and closer.

If you’re ready to carve a pumpkin with the kids, paint it or just display it as some authentic fall décor in your Beacon apartment, then visit these farms that offer pumpkin picking this month. You better hurry though if you’re looking for that perfect pick!

Ripple Hill Farm, located at 181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is known for their you-pick activities, including peaches, tomatoes, apples, and of course, pumpkins!

Throughout October, visitors can pick their own pumpkins at Ripple Hill Farm, which is a small family-owned and operated farm that has been growing produce for 50 years. If you don’t feel like picking your own, you can also purchase pumpkins from their farmstand on Sundays.

Melick’s Town Farm, located at 351 NJ-28, Bridgewater which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is one of the largest farms in New Jersey with nearly 300 acres and you can bet they’re growing some great pumpkins on the property!

Head to the farm on October weekends for a horse drawn wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch where you can select your own pumpkins still growing on the vine. They also have hay wagon rides at their cider mill and a large selection of pumpkins at their farmers’ markets.

 

Ripple Hill Farm

181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

(908) 647-1300

ripplehillfarm.com

 

Melick’s Town Farm

351 NJ-28, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 725-0225

melickstownfarm.com

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Unwind At One of These Jersey City Coffee Shops

26Sep

One of the many joys of the fall is unwinding in a nice, warm café with a steaming cup of coffee and a comforting pastry. Here in Jersey City, we have tons of options for that – there are lots of cafes near your Beacon apartment to enjoy!

Don’t get stuck on one – we have new cafes popping up every day and it’s worth it to try them all and pick out who serves your favorite muffin, scone or coffee. These shops are great stops as you head off on your way to work!

The Grind Shop, located at 360 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City which is a five minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a counter-serve cafe that’s a local stop for La Colombe coffee drinks and pastries in a simple space.

This highly-rated coffee shop is known for its smart, friendly employees who are coffee experts as well as its relaxing atmosphere and quality drinks. They also offer great pastries, muffins, cookies (baked in-house), amazing donuts on the weekend and a fridge with cold specialty drinks.

Dames Coffee Espresso Bar, located at 581 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is a 7-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a cash-only coffee shop offering espresso drinks and housemade pastries in a relaxed setting.

This cute café with a quaint and welcoming interior serves up quality coffee and is a great place to come and hang out, get some work done, or even just grab a coffee or an espresso on your way out the door.

 

The Grind Shop

360 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547-8377

 

Dames Coffee Espresso Bar

581 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(203) 450-6342

 

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Apple Pick At These Orchards Near Your Beacon Apartment

20Sep

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

04Sep

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

 

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

20Aug

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