A cheerful, modern base in a North Jersey town with centuries of historyChecking out possibly the oldest white oak in America, once visited by George Washington
Admiring your slice of North Jersey greenery, and perhaps a deer or two, on the back patio
Spending the day in sprawling Lord Stirling Park, beside the Passaic River
What To Know
Guest bathrooms have Aveda toiletries
The hotel is pet friendly and has treats on hand
Free onsite parking
Free WiFi is strong
A comfortable, modern hotel in the countryside of a scenic and historic North Jersey township
New Jersey may be known for its shore, but if you head to its suburbs instead of its beach towns, you’ll discover that the Garden State is also as rich in flora and fauna as the nickname suggests. Parks and trails abound here, and in one township, the most famous historic site isn’t a landmark – it’s a tree. Basking Ridge, in the North Jersey countryside, is home to what’s believed to be the oldest white oak in America. The 600-year giant played a role in Lenape Indian healing traditions, the Great Awakening and the Revolutionary War; once, George Washington even held a picnic in its shade.
Find some shelter of your own in nearby Hotel Indigo Basking Ridge-Warren. The convenient getaway is appointed cheerfully – with pops of blues and greens, sometimes in eclectic geometric prints – and comfortably, too. Your room features hardwood flooring and plush bedding, and the restaurant incorporates ingredients from the area into filling breakfasts and dinners, with happy hours on weekdays. And if you’d like to continue acquainting yourself with local nature, but don’t feel like heading out to the tree or to the hundreds of verdant acres at riverside Lord Stirling Park, there’s a back patio, where occasionally you might glimpse a white-tailed deer.
Your room is a calm, hardwood-floored retreat in warm shades of sienna, mint and tangerine. In addition to your king or two queen beds, a work desk with a lamp is provided, and you can freshen up in a spa-style bathroom.
The bounty of the North Jersey countryside is on display at Dead River Pub, inspired by farm-to-table traditions. Along with serving breakfast and dinner, this first-floor eatery, which includes a TV-equipped media lounge, hosts a happy hour on weekdays.
Surrounding Basking Ridge boasts a history that dates back to the Native Americans, with several remnants of the colonial era, including the 1740 farmhouse that’s now home to Black Horse Tavern and Pub and a 100-ft. tree that featured in the Great Awakening and Revolutionary War. Other sights to see include the Environmental Education Center within Lord Stirling Park, which occupies 425 acres along the Passaic. Tend to any shopping needs at Gallery of Bliss mall, and hear some live music at nearby Watchung’s 14,000-square-foot Colorado Café or nearby Madison’s Shanghai Jazz.
How to Get There
Hotel Indigo Basking Ridge
80 Allen Road
Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920-2913