Mother’s Day in Northern New Jersey

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Did you know that Mother’s Day is next weekend {May 8, 2016}? Just like everything else, birthdays, holidays, and Mother’s Day can all creep up on us. Even though this special day is only a weekend away, I have no clue how I will be celebrating this day with my mother.  Fortunately for those of us living in the Northern New Jersey area, there are a lot of things for you and me to choose from if you want to treat your mom to a special day out on the town. Here are a few ideas:

  • Dog lovers: If your mom is dog lover, and you know this day would not be the same unless her pooch was by her side, you have quite a few options to choose from such as:
    • If your mom has a dog, chances are she likes to walk it. Why not take your mom and her pet on one of the most beautiful trails in NJ, Buttermilk Falls Trail located in Layton, NJ in Sussex County. Buttermilk Falls trail is a 7.5 mile trail great for the kids and of course the dogs too. On this trail you will see beautiful wildflowers, plants and trees. You will trek part of the Appalachian Trail. There is tons of wildlife and birds. You and your mom will relish waterfront views of Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond. I haven’t even told you the best part yet. If you take this hike, you will have the pleasure of seeing New Jersey’s tallest waterfall at over 200ft called Buttermilk Falls. To learn more visit:
    • Want to take your mom out to lunch and bring the dog along? Morristown Deli offers a relaxing, tranquil outdoor café where you can sit and have lunch with your pooch. If your mom treats your dog like a baby, this is the place for her. Morristown Deli will give your mom’s dog a highchair or boaster, a bib, his or her own doggie menu, a bowl of water and some special doggie treats. To learn more visit: in baby bid
  • Antique lovers: Does one of your mother’s favorite hobbies include collecting antiques? Why not bring her around to one of Northern New Jersey’s best and largest antique shops called Lafayette Mill Antiques Center in Lafayette Twsp with over 50 unique dealers and over 20,000sq ft. To learn more visit: If you think your mom would be more comfortable in less intimidating, smaller antique shop, give Grey Barn Antiques in Andover a try. This place has over 30 unique dealers, but it is only a little over 2,000sq ft and it accepts dogs as long as they are on a leash. To learn more about this antique shop visit:
  • Fishermen or Fisherwomen: Does you mom like to fish?
    • Stephens State Park has been called the best NJ state park for fishing. It is located in Hackettstown, NJ or the Warren County area.  The Musconetcong River is a hotspot for people who love to fish. Not only is it a beautiful river, but also it has tons of fish with trout fish being the most popular. If you have children, this place is great for the kids too! It has picnic areas and a playground for children of every age. If the fish aren’t biting, you can always walk along the river or hike one of the many trails. To learn more click here:
  • For the kids: Are there small children in your family? Why not take the family to Space Farms Zoo for Mother’s Day?
    • Space Farms is a great place for the kids because of its playground, ice cream stand and petting zoo feature. On Sunday, May 8th there is actually a free drawing to win a season pass! In addition, on that day there will be special nursing feedings to celebrate Mother’s Day. With over 100 species and 500 live animals, you, your mom and the kids will definitely not be bored! Check out this link to learn more:
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  • Flowers: What woman do you know who doesn’t like flowers? Every woman likes flowers even if they say they don’t.
    • The State Botanical Garden in Ringwood, NJ is one the prettiest gardens in all the state. There are thousands different plants here and all kinds of beautiful flowers. According to their site, the Lilac Garden is at its best in the middle of May, so you don’t want to miss this specialty garden. To learn more visit:
    • If you don’t feel like taking your mom to a beautiful garden filled with flowers, you can always buy her a beautiful bouquet of them at a local store. One of the best flowers shops in the Morris County area is Candle-Lite in Denville, NJ. It has been voted best Florist in Morris County in the Reader’s Choice Daily Record. They have some of the most beautiful flower arrangements for every occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and of course Mother’s Day! To learn more visit:
  • The Mall: Every woman likes to shop. Why not take your mom to one of the most beautiful malls in New Jersey… Short Hills Mall!
    • The mall is great back-up plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate with your plans. According to the long range 10-day forecast, Sunday is supposed to be high 72 degrees and partly cloudy. That is the forecast for me at least. I live in Warren County, NJ in Belvidere, but I am guessing that the rest of Northern NJ will have a similar forecast.
    • This mall is not your average, run of the mill mall. There are over 100 specialty stores with beautiful window displays your mom will love. If your mom has a small dog, it is more than welcome here. She should put him or her in a carrier, and if she doesn’t have a carrier, she can rent out a stroller at the mall for the little one.
    • To make your life easy and convenient, there a free mobile app for the mall that you can download to your phone to easily navigate around the mall using the map feature, find offers and special sales, or save your favorite stores.
    • To learn more visit: hills

Every mom is different, so it’s hard for me to give you advice on how you should spend this special day with her, but hopefully you found this information helpful or you got some ideas from it. Hope you have a great day with your mom next weekend.

Good luck!

Jason Archer

Agency Owner of the Archer Group – Farmers Insurance Agency

300 Interpace Pkwy, Ste 400B

Parsippany, NJ 07054


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