“What, were you born in a barn?”: For homemade donuts infused with cinnamon and a sip of freshly pressed, warm apple cider, head to Abma’s Farm (700 Lawlins Rd., 201-891-0278). Children can come and feed alfalfa to the bunnies, bounce along on a hayride, or peep into the incubation house and catch a glimpse of the newly hatched chicks. For burgers and a beer, make your way over to yet another farmstead, The Barn, erected in 1779 as a dairy barn and later converted into a restaurant. Diners at The Barn can enjoy a meal in booths made from old horse stalls, or a drink alongside a refurbished farm wagon at the bar (359 Sicomac Ave., 201-848-0108).
In Vino Veritas: Be sure to stop by Rad Grapes for a selection of some of the finest small production, handcrafted, and reasonably priced bottled wines (393 Crescent Ave., 201-560-9463). Afterwards, bring your unopened bottle of crushed grapes over to Café Amici and wash down some Italian-American fare, followed by a scoop of homemade gelato or some savory sorbet (315 Franklin Ave, 201-848-0198).
A Little History: Visit either the Terhune House (161 Godwin Ave), or the Van Voorhees-Quackenbush-Zabriskie House (421 Franklin Ave.). The latter was built by Albert Van Voorhees in 1824 on a plot of land called “Wikehoff,” which offers a direct tie to the etymology of the town’s current name.
Shop ‘til You Drop: For fine crafts imported from the corners of North, Central, and South America stop by Eco Galleria (365 Franklin Ave., 201-560-0233). The shop’s collection includes uniquely handcrafted jewelry and pottery, along with original pieces fashioned from glass, wood, and fiber. Also, for an upscale selection of the latest trends, take a walk across the street, literally, to the Ivy Shop (386 Franklin Ave., 201-891-2210).
Book Nook: To catch up on some reading or pick up the latest best seller find your way over to Bennett Books (303 Franklin Ave., 201-891-8444); and if they do not seem to have exactly what you are looking, Booksmiths (393 Crescent Ave., 201-848-1479) is just around the corner.
G.I. Joe, or Jane: If you are in the area, Fitness Boot Camp will be offering a 45-minute class on Nov. 3 at 9:15 am at 340 Franklin Ave., with exercises using your own body weight, medicine balls, bands, and tubing. The cost of the class, sponsored by CR Fitness, is $15.
Insider’s Tip: Tucked away behind the main streets of town is the James A. McFaul Wildlife Center (Crescent Ave., 201-891-5571), an 81-acre environmental center with winding trails, a waterfowl pond, and woodland gardens with thousands of daffodils. After strolling the grounds outside, take a peek inside the center and observe the secret life of bees through an observational beehive.Click here to leave a comment