While Summer Lasts

The Village at South Orange cannot be more excited to have more of its businesses reopen and show support to the establishments that make South Orange so exceptional. With indoor dining in effect at 25% capacity, and gyms reopened at the same capacity, The Village Center will see more movement as residents take delight in its town. With Summer Saturdays, The Village continues to create fun-filled summer days by playing beautiful music throughout the day from various artists. Check out the music schedule and locations to enjoy happy tunes throughout your day at The Village on South Orange’s Facebook page.

Even though indoor dining has commenced, many residents may be interested in continuing to enjoy the summer weather by exploring new outdoor dining options. Some of NJ’s top-rated outdoor dining restaurants are:

  • Andre’s Lakeside Dining located in Sparta, NJ. This restaurant has dining chairs on their patio, grass, and covered porch and they also serve great nonalcoholic beverages made with fruits and herbs from their garden… and yes, its BYOB (1)
  • Café Matisse in Rutherford. This restaurant has a beautiful garden patio seating area and offers a seasonal menu, so expect something different each time you go (1).
  • Haven Riverfront Restaurant is known as “one of the world’s 16 most spectacular waterfront restaurants according to Architectural Digest and has amazing views of the skyline only 20 feet from the river (1).
  • The Armory which is a completely restored naval ammunition building used during World War I and II doesn’t only combine the past with the present but provides a beautiful view of the Raritan Bay as well (1).
  • Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant is steps away from the beach and has a bi-level outdoor deck that offers a gorgeous view of the Atlantic (1)- we wouldn’t recommend a better place to enjoy a sunset at.
(Haven Riverfront at Edgewater)

There are many more locations to choose from to enjoy a perfect getaway in any direction you’d like in Jersey. For more information and the full list of best outdoor restaurants, please check out: https://bestofnj.com/features/the-best-outdoor-dining-restaurants-in-new-jersey/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=BestofNJ.com&utm_content=The%20Best%20Outdoor%20Dining%20Restaurants%20in%20New%20Jersey&fbclid=IwAR13j5I27y7KKtu5aKBFkd5UyM9Tfljp1q1BLyOgHAd4VJaVP_PgjvC02Xg

For The Avenue residents looking to experience the water instead of gazing at its beauty before the end of summer, there are many locations to paddle through in NJ. Some of the best-known area full of adventure are:

  • Lake Hopatcong: the largest lake in the state, this lake has it all; coves, islands, marinas with kayak rentals, and many dining spots (2).
  • Union Lake: located in Millville, this lake has over 5,000 acres of water and it is excellent for beginners since the water is very calm and easy to navigate through. AT this location, however, you must bring in your own canoe or kayak (2).
  • Delaware Water Gap: a very well-known location to Jerseyans, this location provides some of the most scenic paddle trips with the Appalachian Mountains (2).
  • Sandy Hook Bay: a great paddling spot for those looking for more challenge, this area has islands and coves, ruins from its military past. An excellent location to bask in some sun before the end of summer.

For residents looking for a more urban setting, take a look at Urban Paddle. It offers kayaking or SUP rentals in the Hudson river. First time tours cost $50.00 and $25.00 after your first-time tour (6). Urban Paddle also offers SUP Yoga; this is practicing yoga on a paddle board surrounded by the beauty of Jersey City’s and New York City’s skyline.

(Urban Paddle at Night in the Hudson)

The end of summer days brings new beginnings, falling leaves and family bonding. Families looking to gather together may find it a great idea to connect with nature’s best at Alstede Farms where they have a great harvest schedule with many things to choose from. Currently, guests can pick cucumbers, apples, blackberries, tomatoes, green beans, flowers (zinnias and cosmos), eggplant, raspberries, potatoes, squash, and sunflowers (3)! Picking tools are available at the farm or you may bring your own. Alstede farms also has a homemade ice cream stand and food stand. Visit alstedefarms.com to plan your visit today!

A Word to Our Residents at The Avenue

With election day closely approaching, we urge residents to register to vote! To register, please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml or to find out if you are already registered to vote, please check out: https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration

Additionally, Census agents are still trying to collect more until the end of September. Agents are in the field collecting quick household information from residents to determine governmental funding allocations. If you haven’t already done so, please submit your census questionnaire at https://my2020census.gov/ The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete and your responses make all the difference!

Although NJ continues to slowly curtail COVID-19 restrictions, South Orange officials and The Avenue’s team alike would like to continue requiring residents to wear masks or face coverings in addition to keeping at least a 6-foot distance away from non-family members. It is especially important to do this when in the hallways since hallways are not 6” wide. Help keep The Village’s COVID-19 numbers down for the health of the community!

Happy September!

-The Team at The Avenue


  1. https://bestofnj.com/features/the-best-outdoor-dining-restaurants-in-new-jersey/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=BestofNJ.com&utm_content=The%20Best%20Outdoor%20Dining%20Restaurants%20in%20New%20Jersey&fbclid=IwAR13j5I27y7KKtu5aKBFkd5UyM9Tfljp1q1BLyOgHAd4VJaVP_PgjvC02Xg
  2. https://www.jerseysbest.com/paddle-through-picturesque-scenery-along-new-jerseys-diverse-waterways/
  3. https://www.alstedefarms.com/

Picture Sources 1.https://www.facebook.com/SOVillageCenter/photos/pcb.3040647089390701/3040647009390709/

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