The new Crandon Lakes and Northwest New Jersey’s best kept secret
Psst…I’ll let you in on one of the best kept secrets in vacation living year round. 75 miles from my NYC there are communities surrounded by natural beauty and centered by a lake. Not just one lake, about a dozen in nwnj near mountains and rivers. These little communities are tucked away in the northwest corner of the state, but near to the Appalachian Trail, Delaware River, Peter’s Valley Art Center and more.
I never get why people travel from NY to the Poconos, bypassing right through some of the most gorgeous lake communities on the east coast. The upscale Lake Mohawk, the party animal Hopatcong, the refined Culvers, country living Owassa, suburban Kemah. All with homes that cost less then a nyc studio apartment. With the change in the real estate market there are more home rentals available now.
It has a quieter pace, and not as many amenities as the closer burbs or the city. But it has pretty much everything you need. And it has Community Supported Gardens, Horse Farms, Antique and Boutique Town centers, Theatres, Water Parks. The enter west of Northwest New Jersey is a ridge of parks along the Kitatinny Ridge. High Point, Stokes, Delaware Water Gap.
Yeah, we have our share of soulless strip malls, but get off the main drags of 206 and 15 and you are in the lush green outback of New Jersey. Seriously stunning vistas, forests, trails, waterfalls and plenty of colorful creatures to catch your eyes. There are also a surprising number of artisans, farmers, musicians, crafters and left of center types hunkered down in these hills.
Crandon is a little lake of about 75 acres with a two mile lake loop shared by runners, strollers and skaters with a gorgeous east shore view of the Kitatinny Ridge and amazing east shore sunrises. It’s not unusual to see a blue heron, diving ducks or a kayakers gliding by.
And in two hours, I can be in Port Authority heading to any slice of NYC I am hankering for.
Hop in a zip car and take a cruise up to Sussex County and drive around some of our gorgeous lakes. Stop by the Blue Ribbon for a cocktail at the tiki bar, Lafayette for some antiquing and take in a show at the Newton Theatre. We have quite the music scene here too with many festivals from the Crawfish Festival to the Big Bandingo. There is tons of room for the artistic scene to continue to grow and musicians keep heading out here to be a part of it.
I’m liking this lake life with occasional nyc excursions thrown in for good measure…The best of both.