Millburn / Short Hills

Overview

Millburn celebrated 150 years as an incorporated town in 2007. The Victorian, Italianate, Tudor and Colonial homes in this historic part of New Jersey set the tone for the comfortable suburb of modern day Millburn. Stewart Hartshorn, the founder of Short Hills, acquired 1552 acres to build his ideal village, the first commuter suburb in America. Hartshorn set out to create a harmonious community for individuals who appreciate nature and a place where natural beauty would not be destroyed by real estate developments. Millburn/Short Hills still fulfills this vision today.

Activities

Arts & Entertainment

Catch the latest blockbusters at Millburn Cinema 4 located conveniently in the heart of downtown Millburn. If live theater is your thing, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn is one of the most highly-acclaimed non-profit theaters in the country, attracting red carpet stars including Liza Minnelli, Patrick Swayze, Chita Rivera and Kristin Chenoweth.

South Mountain Reservation 

Millburn and Short Hills have a number remarkable lush open spaces to enjoy. You can hike through South Mountain Reservation or relax in one of the many beautiful parks. The vantage points atop South Mountain Reservation provide a breathtaking panorama of the Manhattan skyline.

Joggers, hikers, cyclists and nature lovers are drawn to the paths that wind through the 2048 acres of native woodland, preserved in a wild state with creeks, ponds and a 25′ waterfall. The whole area is a haven for deer, chipmunks, squirrels and bird life.

Country Clubs & Golf

One of the great perks of living in this area is the presence of excellent golf courses. Whether you are looking to develop your game, unwind from a stressful work week, entertain clients or relax in the company of fellow golfers, there is an impressive array of award-winning public and private golf courses within easy striking distance such as Canoe Brook Country Club and Short Hills Country Club.  Additionally,  residents have access to the par 27 9-hole Millburn Municipal Golf Course.

If golf isn’t your game, why not head over to Racquets Club of Short Hills where members can play on the racquetball and tennis courts and enjoy the swimming pool.

Parks & Recreation

There are a number of beautifully kept ball fields, tennis, basketball and roller hockey courts and a playground. The Recreation Department at Millburn Town Hall provides details on sports programs for boys and girls, including basketball, football, soccer, a winter ski program and much more. Additionally, there are town camp programs in the summer during school vacation. Online registration forms and schedules can be downloaded from the website.

Health & Fitness

Millburn and Short Hills have a number of fitness clubs and gyms. Clubs like Motion and YB Fitness rival any found in New York. The Millburn Short Hills Athletic Club is great for commuters, located just across the road from Millburn train station.

Restaurants

There are a number of outstanding cafes, bars, and restaurants right in the heart of Millburn and Short Hills. Depending upon your appetite and mood there are a number of key places to check out.

For breakfast, the place to be is the Millburn Bagel Chateau, a staple of the community for decades. Millburn Bagel Chateau offers a wide variety of breakfast options such as gourmet pancakes, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, bagels (of course) and much more.

Millburn Deli has achieved cult status for its amazing quality and wide variety of wraps, sloppy joes, and speciality sandwiches that they offer. They’re famous for their grillers, Monster Joe’s and most notably The Gobbler- a whole turkey dinner in a sandwich!

If you’re looking for an evening spot for date night or to meet up with friends, check out BasilicoMartini’s Bar and Bistro, La Pergola or Cara Mia.

Shopping

Millburn and Short Hills have some of the best shopping outside of Manhattan. Whether you are looking for designer labels or household goods, The Short Hills Mall is New Jersey’s go to for luxury shopping. The mall offers valet parking, a relaxed atmosphere and over 160 upscale stores selling luxury brands including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom to name a few. Planning to eat there? Make sure to make a reservation at one of the upscale restaurants prior to arrival because there isn’t a food court here.

Downtown Millburn retains its small town feel with an excellent selection of small family owned shops offering everything from hardware to fine furs and jewelry.

For supermarkets and other day-to-day stores stop by Kings supermarket. Also, make sure to check out the Farmers Market in the parking lot on Main & Essex Streets every Tuesday morning between June and October.

For that perfect bottle of wine for dinner, check out the Wine Library on Morris Avenue. They offer a wide variety of bottles from all over the world along with a knowledgeable staff.

Transportation

Getting to and from Milburn / Short Hills is a breeze with easy access via air, bus, highway, and rail. It’s no wonder why Millburn and Short Hills have become a popular choice for young professionals who work in Manhattan.

There are two railroad stations that serve the area, the first is in the heart of Short Hills and the other in the center of Millburn. From either location, New York Penn Station is just a 35 to 40 minute ride on NJ Transit ‘s Midtown Direct Train Line. If you’re planning on going downtown, The NJ PATH takes commuters straight into Hoboken, as well as New York’s financial district.

Routes 24, 280, I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are all within easy access.

Newark Airport is only a 20 minute drive away.

Jonathan Curcio

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