As the weather changes, so do the foods you crave. This time of year, as fall winds rush through the trees, it's so nice to warm up with a big bowl of soup. Whether you love chili, chicken noodle, or ramen, Bergen County's restaurants are ladeling up some goodness. Here are some of the top spots our real estate agents recommend for soup.
Dietary restrictions and preferences don't have to stop you from dining out when you live in Bergen County. If you're on a gluten-free diet, it's easy to find local restaurants with quality menu items just for you.
A gluten-free diet excludes foods containing gluten, such as wheat and other grains. While it helps reduce symptoms of Celiac disease, this diet has many other benefits, including weight loss, reduced inflammation, and energy. We know the best spots if you're looking for local restaurants with gluten-free options. Check out this list of recommendations from our agents.
Looking for the perfect sweet treat to celebrate the special event in your life? If you ask our agents, nothing beats the rich taste of a freshly-baked chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate icing. An order of these little single-serving sweet treats is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion or reward yourself after a long day
In honor of Chocolate Cupcake Day October 18, we compiled a list of our favorite bakeries around Ridgewood. With so many amazing independent bake shops in our area, it was hard to choose the very best, but here are some of our favorites.
Nothing goes together quite like pizza and a good beer. It's that malty flavor of an ale that really complements the doughy goodness of pizza crust. Of course, no place does beer and pizza quite like New Jersey. With International Beer and Pizza Day coming up on October 9, our agents are preparing to celebrate the day at their favorite Bergen County eateries.
If you're searching for the best place to grab a cold beer and the perfect pizza, here are some of our favorite local options.
Chocolate is on many people's list of favorite foods; for some, it's something close to an obsession. Although you don't need a reason to treat yourself, International Chocolate Day is observed on September 13, so mark it on the calendar and plan to visit a local Chocolate Day destination.
Our agents recommend getting your chocolate fix by visiting the following shops.
Fall is in the air! It's the perfect time of year to head outside and enjoy the autumn leaves, newly harvested crops, and crisp air. Bergen County is a great place to be in the fall. Our real estate agents recommend checking out some family-friendly fall attractions and events.
September 7th is National Beer Lovers Day, and what better way to celebrate than to unwind with a pint of your favorite brew? If you're moving to a new neighborhood, it may be more difficult to find a place. There are plenty of Ridgewood homes for sale, but are they near any good pubs or breweries? Do they serve the beers you like? We've got you covered. Here's a roundup of our favorite places to have a beer in Ridgewood and the Bergen County area.
The Paramus Summer Food Truck Festival will arrive on August 14th, and we couldn't be more excited. This family-friendly event at Paramus Park Mall will feature music, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, shopping, and much more. There will be more than 20 food trucks available, and our agents have identified some of their favorites:
It's always nice to take a whole day and enjoy it together as a family. You can tour a museum, have a picnic in the park, or learn a new skill together. Luckily, there are plenty of family-friendly sights and things to do around Bergen County. Our agents know the area well and have some great recommendations for local family day destinations.
Whether it's a romantic date or a family celebration, an elevated dining experience can really set the scene for life's special moments. Our agents love heading out for a great steak, fresh seafood, and a nice glass of wine on the weekends. Thankfully, the Bergen County food scene does not disappoint. We have many upscale restaurants where you can wine and dine with the people you love the most.
When casual dining just won't cut it, you can enjoy a high-quality meal at one of these Bergen County fine dining destinations.
With International Yoga Day right around the corner on June 21st, it's time to celebrate one of the greatest fitness revolutions in the modern era. Millions of people across the country practice yoga every single day, and there are many studios throughout Bergen County. We can't list them all, but our agents have put together their favorites:
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? If you're a fan of chocolate, you're not alone. In fact, so many people love chocolate ice cream that there is an entire holiday dedicated to the flavor. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, and our real estate agents can recommend some great Bergen County ice cream shops to visit in celebration.
Our agents are always excited to hear that Bergen County's golf courses have opened up for the season. And now that we've gotten through the wind, rain, and occasional late snowstorm that April often brings, it's time to look ahead to clear skies and smooth fairways.
New Jersey offers some truly world-class golf courses, and some of the very best are right here in Bergen County. These local courses near our Ridgewood homes for sale are truly above par.
Nobody is quite sure who invented the hamburger. Some say it originated in Hamburg, Germany. Others say it originated in Hamburg, New York. There's even evidence to suggest medieval folks ate meat patties similar to hamburgers. Regardless of which of these theories you subscribe to, one thing is for sure: Burgers are delicious.
Luckily, May is National Burger Month, the perfect occasion to treat yourself to one of these juicy, mouthwatering creations. If you're looking at Ridgewood homes for sale, we recommend some nearby burger restaurants.
If you've always wanted to get started in an activity like dance or art or have been looking to improve your skills, you'll find plenty of classes around Ridgewood that can help. You'll not only learn and have fun but will also find others who share a common interest with you.
Our agents suggest checking out the following classes in Ridgewood.
With today's fast-paced schedules, lunch often becomes the forgotten member of the day's meal trifecta. Help our agents change that status by observing National Make Lunch Count Day on Wednesday, April 13. Enjoy a quality midday meal at one of these wonderful restaurants around Ridgewood.
One of the first signs of spring in New Jersey is the appearance of brightly-colored crocuses peeking out of the last vestiges of snow. Soon to come are the daffodils and bluebells. Our agents will be busy showing off the many Ridgewood homes for sale, made even more attractive by their lovely gardens. You may be thinking that you don't have room for the garden of your dreams, but that is far from true. Once you have decided whether to plant flowers, vegetables, or both, you still have several options from which to choose. Here are a few of them:
March 14th is a big day for pie lovers throughout the country. Every year when Pi Day rolls around, area bakeries put out their best pies of the year for everyone to enjoy. Our agents know that looking at real estate can work up quite the appetite and recommend the following bakeries where you can find a slice of pie and a little rest and relaxation.
The margarita was invented in Mexico in the 1930s, and since then, it has become ever more popular in the U.S. and beyond. Now, there's even a holiday to celebrate this tasty drink: National Margarita Day! It's coming up on February 22. The best part is that all you have to celebrate is sit down, relax, and enjoy a margarita. So, we recommend you take a short break from looking at Ridgewood homes for sale and stop by one of these restaurants.
The way families spend their leisure time has changed dramatically in the last few years. Instead of piling into the car to drive to an adventure, many families are focusing on activities at home. Our agents have noticed trends that are pulling families away from the TV set and into the kitchen, offering several benefits. February is National Bake for Family Fun Month and the perfect time for the whole family to gather in the kitchen for some baking fun.
Did you know that we have many gorgeous historical castles right here in New Jersey? Bergen County is home to several architectural marvels, each more impressive than the last. Let's take a closer look at five local castles that have caught our agents' eyes during our time serving clients in this area.
For special events, you go out to celebrate at a restaurant. For very special events, you book a private dining room in the restaurant, so you and your guests can enjoy great food and have a great time without disturbing or being disturbed by the other customers. Which restaurants have private dining rooms, though? It can be a challenge to organize, especially if you've just moved to a new neighborhood. Fortunately, we can help. Our agents know the Bergen County area backward and forwards and, once you've moved into your new home, can help you find the best restaurants with private event rooms near you. Here's a list of our favorites.
Heritage Treasures Day is observed on January 11, 2022, to celebrate historical artifacts, learn about history, and promote preservation. Bergen County has several historically notable sites that are well worth a visit on this day or any day of the year.
Our agents suggest checking out the following Bergen County sites.
What better way to ring in the New Year than with a new home? If you're looking to purchase a house, our agents can help you start off 2022 on a high note. Buying a home is an amazing accomplishment that you should definitely celebrate. So, here are a few ideas that will make you wonder why people leave the house for New Year's in the first place.
Winter is here, and that means it is a great time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds throughout the county. From time to time, it's nice to try something new, and our agents know that getting out and exploring the area is a great way to beat the winter blues. If you're looking for some fun in the snow, the following are some must-see attractions this winter.
Celebrate Have a Bagel Day by ordering your favorite variety — plain, with your choice of fillings, or "schmeared" with a tasty spread. Whether you're ordering for breakfast, lunch, a snack, or a treat for the office, you're sure to enjoy its deliciously doughy flavor.
Our agents suggest trying one of the following cafes or delis for some of the best bagels around Ridgewood.
Giving Tuesday is around the corner on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so this is the time to start considering which local non-profits to support this year. Ridgewood is home to a diverse collection of non-profit organizations, providing access to art, education, athletics, assistance for families, and so much more. Our agents have all of the key details on five local Ridgewood non-profits that would welcome your assistance on Giving Tuesday.
With the holidays approaching more quickly than you're probably prepared for, cross some names off your gift list by making your shopping easy. Instead of hitting the big-box chain stores, pay a visit to some of the unique local shops in Ridgewood, NJ. You'll get superb customer service and be able to find a wide variety of interesting gifts that are sure to please the recipient.
Our agents recommend stopping in some of the following stores to make your holiday shopping easy.
Get ready, pasta lovers: October 17 is National Pasta Day. Spaghetti, rotini, tortellini, farfalle, tortellini, fettucine, linguine – the list of pastas is endless. This simple dish is delicious, versatile, and nutritious. And since New Jersey is loaded with Italian influence, it's hard to pick just where to carbo-load with a heaping bowl of pasta. So, our agents did the tasting for you. Here's a list of some great spots to celebrate the Italian delicacy in and around Ridgewood. Mangiamo!
Visiting a pumpkin patch is such a fun way to celebrate fall. You can meander through the fields with your family or friends, select your favorite pumpkin, and then take it home to carve. The Ridgewood area is home to many great pumpkin patches, many of which also offer other fun fall activities. Here are a few our agents recommend checking out.
Pepperoni is the country's most popular pizza topping, and it's easy to understand why. The round discs are lightly spiced, so they are flavorful but not aggressively so. And they pair well with other toppings such as sausage, mushrooms, or onion.
Pepperoni Pizza Day is on September 20, and you'll have plenty of local pizzerias to choose from if you'd like to enjoy this delicious dish. The following are some of the restaurants our agents head to when they're looking for great pepperoni pizza in and around Ridgewood.
Who doesn't like pastries? They're available in almost endless varieties and flavors and are delicious for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. Luckily, the Ridgewood, NJ, area has a good number of bakeries that will satisfy your sweet tooth with yummy pastries:
Our agents recommend stopping by these amazing pastry shops to treat yourself.
National Waffle Day is on August 24, a day that commemorates the anniversary of the first patent for a waffle iron in 1869. Waffles were available before then, but this way of cooking enabled the dish to be much more widely available. Since then, waffles have become a breakfast staple and have also been used in a more versatile way, ranging from waffle cones to chicken and waffles.
A waffle is still a perfect breakfast item, but if you'd like to expand your chance to sample this soft yet crispy bit of deliciousness, some area restaurants serve them throughout the day or for lunch or dinner. Our agents suggest trying the following restaurants that serve waffles that aren't just for breakfast.
Many beef connoisseurs would argue that there is no cut of meat more tender than filet mignon. That's why, when you order it in a restaurant, you want to make sure you're in a place where they do it right.
Here in the Ridgewood, NJ, area, we're lucky to have some of the best steakhouses in the Northeast just minutes from our doorstep. These are the places our agents go for perfect filet mignon in the Ridgewood area, and we highly recommend that you check them out when you're in town.
Whether you ride solo or with your family, cycling is a great activity suitable for any level of fitness. Our real estate agents love it because they can ride at their own pace and get a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine, especially at the Bergen County park system and these other top trails around Ridgewood.