You might be ready to drop from all that holiday shopping, but Somerset County's locally-owned shops and restaurants will make you want for more.
Downtown Somerville offers a collection of specialty retailers and impressive merchandise you won't find anywhere else. For starters, Downtown Somerville is home to New Jersey’s largest antique complex, located on Division Street. Visit Tessuto or Isabelle's Bridal & Eveningwear for high-end apparel, the sophisticated Capelli Belli Salon, pet boutique The Hungry Hound, Discover Wine (for your New Year's needs and beyond), the home of children's photographer Heather Mosher, a famous sweet spot called The Dessert Plate, fondue heaven (The Melting Pot), gift shops galore (try Wishes and Dreams), The Big Little Railroad Shop, and plenty of delectable fare, from Thai (Origin French Thai is fab) to Tapas (Tapastre). With special events, live music and decor for every holiday, Downtown Somerville is a fun and festive place to visit year-round.
Hop up to the northern part of Somerset County to Bernardsville. Art galleries galore dot this quaint downtown (try The J.M. Stringer Gallery or Studio 7), as do upscale jewelry (Diehl's), shoe (Mastro Shoes) and apparel shops (Organic Nest). Children will enjoy the make-it-yourself Color Me Mine pottery store, and you can find all the necessary equipment for your next outdoor adventure at BaseCamp Outfitters. Stop for a casual bite (and a huge menu that includes homemade ice cream) at Bernards Cafe, or expand your culinary horizons with the gourmet stylings of the beautiful Bernards Inn.
While in the area, don't miss Basking Ridge's downtown shops. You might start your day at The Mockingbird Cafe for a one-of-a-kind experience: The Dutch Baby. This fluffy, oven-baked souffled pancake filled with berries and topped with whipped cream is a local favorite! Then head over to Apogee or Gallery of Bliss for fine jewelry and accessories, and to The Eagle's Nest for a special gift. If you love to knit or crochet, you're in luck! There is a lovely yarn shop in downtown Basking Ridge: Down Cellar.
There are plenty other eye-popping shops and exciting shopping experiences in Somerset County, so please visit our Shopping page for a full list!