The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Lake Mohawk, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Lake Mohawk, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Lake Mohawk, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
Ach Nein! The organizers of the German Christmas Market held at Lake Mohawk Country Club were told they can no longer use the picturesque, lakeside venue anymore for the annual three-day event.The Country Club trustees told the organizers of the event that crowds, traffic, music volume and the infringement upon the Club members’ exclusivity were to blame, according to a statement on the market’s website.“The M...
Ach Nein! The organizers of the German Christmas Market held at Lake Mohawk Country Club were told they can no longer use the picturesque, lakeside venue anymore for the annual three-day event.
The Country Club trustees told the organizers of the event that crowds, traffic, music volume and the infringement upon the Club members’ exclusivity were to blame, according to a statement on the market’s website.
“The Market had hoped that the recent efforts to partner with the club trustees to address these concerns would be met with equal enthusiasm,” the statement says. “Based on the action of the trustees, this is not the case.”
“Plans for a 2020 market are on hold at this time," the statement read.
A call to the Lake Mohawk Country Club was not immediately returned.
The Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market was first held on the boardwalk at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in 2001. It later was expanded from one day to a three-day event because of its popularity. It is now regarded as the largest annual Christmas market in the state.
The event is organized by volunteers and includes vendors, entertainment and food. It’s also used as a fundraiser for local charities. It has donated more than $350,000 in its 19-year history, the market’s statement said.
Hundreds of people left comments on the market’s Facebook page following the announcement.
Many were saddened about the loss of a tradition.
“Its just one weekend a year, I think we can handle a little extra hustle and bustle for a weekend,” one commentor said. “I’m a member of the Lake and feel that it benefits us as a community. It’s something I look forward to every year to spend the night with my family and friends. I hope they reconsider.”
Others said the event did grow too big for the site.
“I enjoy and look forward to the market BUT it has gotten a bit too big for itself and unfortunately for the perfect venue,” said another. “It needs to be scaled back a bit and admission controlled with limited tickets, with priority for LMCC residents (since it is their boardwalk, clubhouse and facilities paid for by their dues). I hope the market and LMCC trustees can sit down and work things out.”
Several people suggested moving the Christmas Market to The Shoppes at Lafayette.
“Honestly, this may be the best thing,” a commentor said. “Their parking lot is a mess. The boardwalk is too small. And on many years the icy wind off the lake was a bit much.”
A representative for The Shoppes at Lafayette declined to comment on moving the Christmas market there.
“No comment yet. Give us a little time,” said Gary Van Schaick, marketing manager for The Shoppes at Lafayette.
Have a tip? Tell us.nj.com/tips.
Admission is free to the popular German Christmas Market, making its return after COVID sidelined it in 2020, with shopping, food and more. SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — It was a tradition started in Lake Mohawk with several volunteers and booths in 2001, that has grown into a regionally-loved festival, attended by people who travel in from neighboring states.The German Christmas Market is back in 2021 after it first relocated from its former home on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk to its new spot at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Foll...
SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — It was a tradition started in Lake Mohawk with several volunteers and booths in 2001, that has grown into a regionally-loved festival, attended by people who travel in from neighboring states.
The German Christmas Market is back in 2021 after it first relocated from its former home on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk to its new spot at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Following a hiatus in 2020 because of COVID when it was supposed to re-debut at its new location, there was a small pop-up market only in 2020.
Subscribe to Patch for local news updates to your inbox. (It's free) https://patch.com/subscribe
The full German Christmas Market returns for its 20th anniversary year beginning this Friday at noon.
The "Weihnachtsmarkt" now coined the "German Christmas Market of New Jersey," started by the volunteer organizers with roots from Germany as a way to bring a German-style Christmas Market to the United States, runs at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5.
Admission and parking for the event are both free, with proceeds benefitting New Jersey charities. According to the group's website, not only has NJ.com named the Market as one of the top happenings in New Jersey during the month of December, booth sales - including the 501(c)(3) group's beloved "Cookie Hut" - have raised over $370,000 since the annual tradition started.
The market features a range of German-style foods, handcrafted items for sale, cultural happenings including dancing and music and more.
During this year's market, the festive family activities include:
Among this year's vendors are jewelers, glassmakers, photographers, artists, vendors with apparel for sale, food items and others with a range of unique treasures to offer, with chances to shop locally without worries about supply chain issues or shipping delays.
Bacon Bites, Uncle Jimmy's Cheesecake, For The Love Of Toffee, Helmuts Original Austrian Strudel, Michele's Bistro Food Truck, Homers Food Truck and Hayek's Market, are just a handful of the many food vendors planning to attend, including those in food trucks.
Check out all of the events and vendors at www.germanchristmasmarketnj.com/market-vendors.
The Sussex County Fairgrounds is located at 37 Plains Road in Augusta. The market's hours are:
Friday, Dec. 3 - noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about New Jersey's German Christmas Market, visit www.germanchristmasmarketnj.com.
Questions or comments about this story? Have a news tip? Contact me at: [email protected].
Get more local news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts.
Pockets of New Jersey will soon have a lot more in common with New Orleans, the Las Vegas strip and Memphis’ Beale Street.Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed into law a bill that allows municipalities to designate outdoor areas where people can drink alcoholic beverages. Towns will now be allowed to allot the ...
Pockets of New Jersey will soon have a lot more in common with New Orleans, the Las Vegas strip and Memphis’ Beale Street.
Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed into law a bill that allows municipalities to designate outdoor areas where people can drink alcoholic beverages. Towns will now be allowed to allot the entire municipality or a section of it, such as a park or a few blocks of a downtown, as an “open container area," where people over 21 can carry and drink open containers of alcoholic beverages.
This ruling got me dreaming. What spots in New Jersey do I think would be enhanced by an open container allowance?
Note, I’ve given very little thought to traffic patterns or safety concerns. Before any open container areas are officially established, towns will likely balance the possible hazards or disruptions to businesses that have liquor licenses.
I am thankfully released of that responsibility and free to muse.
'Mission is not yet done':What Murphy said about second-term plans at his inauguration
One of the best corners of Montclair, in my opinion, is the section of Church Street off of Bloomfield Avenue. The little strip is home to top-tier bakeries — like Le French Dad and Jayce Baudry — and restaurants such as classic Italian Fresco da Franco and quirky American brunch spot Raymond’s. Amanti Vino, a wine and beer shop with a selection beautifully curated by owner Sharon Sevrens, often sets up tables in front of its shop for folks to sip on the drinks they just bought. But, imagine if that whole sliver of Church Street was open container. You could get your drink at Amanti Vino and drift from shop to shop, or even enjoy a glass of wine while eating flakey croissants at one of the nearby bakeries. How very French!
Liberty State Park is one of the best picnic spots in the state – and dare I say the country? The vast patch of green has a stunning view of downtown Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Winding paved pathways give visitors a place to ride their bikes or walk. Food and ice cream trucks are often parked nearby. Trees provide shade for picnics on the rolling grass. What would make this scene better? A hard seltzer in-hand.
Despite its deep roots in American history (George Washington spent two winters in Morristown during the Revolutionary War), Morristown has a decidedly young feel. Sure, there are statues of historical figures spotted throughout the Morristown Green. But, head a few feet down South Street on a warm weekend night, and you’ll see twenty-somethings drifting from Iron Bar to South Street Bar to Revolution and back again. Why not block off South Street from Dehart to the Green for open containers and give the area a more festive vibe? I’m sure the founding fathers — who certainly loved their booze — would approve.
Ridgewood has a lovely downtown full of shops and restaurants, which inclines me to want to make it an open container area. But there are plenty of restaurants with bars that offer craft cocktails on the main street. There’s no dearth of places to enjoy an adult beverage. Perhaps a more useful open container area would be Van Nest Square Memorial Park, the little patch of green off Ridgewood Avenue. This would give folks who are uncomfortable dining indoors a place to picnic with a drink — get some takeout from Tito’s Burritos & Wings, crack open a beer and relax.
The boardwalk at Lake Mohawk is lined with benches and cute cottages made with peaked Alpine architectural style. It looks like a miniature Scandinavian town and boasts a lovely view of the lake. Making this stretch open container would make for picturesque summer nights. Not to mention, one of New Jersey’s only brewpubs, Krough’s, is just a few steps away.
If heaven had an address it would be the few yards between Rutt’s Hut and Ghost Hawk Brewery in Clifton. Picking up hot dogs at Rutt’s Hutt then crossing the street to Ghost Hawk to chow down with a pint of cold craft beer is one of the purest pleasures North Jersey dining can give you. In my dreams, this area is free-flowing. People walk from Ghost Hawk to Rutt’s and back again with beer and dogs for meet-ups in Rutt’s spacious parking lot. Rutt’s Hutt does have its own bar, so they might not love this idea so much. But, hey, a girl can dream.
Hackensack Brewery and Alementary Brewing Co. are just around the corner from each other in Hackensack. It's a slightly industrial area, where family homes jut up against small factories and warehouses. The proximity of the two breweries makes it a prime spot for an open container area so folks can do their own mini beer crawl with a walk between the two breweries.
Hoboken has few rules that haven’t been broken, bent and flat-out ignored by drunk college students. No judgment — I was one of them once. Hoboken already has a reputation as a party town. Why not lean in? Just make the whole lot open container — one big Bourbon Street.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
Throughout the state, holiday markets will feature a dazzling variety of items, from handmade clothing to pottery to items for your pet. Amid the decorations, visitors will enjoy hot chocolate, jazz, a brass ensemble and other tunes. Markets will feature local artisans and artists from underrepresented demographics. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Santa.ASBURY PARK The Porta Holiday Markets will feature artisans ...
Throughout the state, holiday markets will feature a dazzling variety of items, from handmade clothing to pottery to items for your pet. Amid the decorations, visitors will enjoy hot chocolate, jazz, a brass ensemble and other tunes. Markets will feature local artisans and artists from underrepresented demographics. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Santa.
The Porta Holiday Markets will feature artisans and makers selling their creations as well as a number of specialty food vendors. The dates are Sun., Dec. 19 from noon to 4 p.m., and Thurs., Dec. 23 from 4 to 9 p.m. The market, which is indoors, is held at Porta at 911 Kingsley St. For more information, go to asburyfresh.com.
The German Christmas Market of New Jersey is moving this year from Lake Mohawk to the Sussex County Fairgrounds to accommodate more people. Photo courtesy of German Christmas Market at Sussex County
The German Christmas Market of New Jersey, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, features festive foods, the famous Cookie Hut and many holiday gifts for sale, all of them presented amid holiday lights and music. The market is held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds (37 Plains Road) from Fri., Dec. 3 to Sun., Dec. 5, starting at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The market closes at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Alluem Flea features goods from many local businesses, artists and artisans. Photo courtesy of cranford.com
The Alluem Flea market offers a wide variety of food and gifts outside the historical Droescher’s Mill, now the home of Alluem Yoga. “We are one-stop shopping for the holidays,” said Karen Gilmour, who is the studio manager for Alluem Yoga. She calls the studio’s setting along the Rahway River “the perfect backdrop for the small-town holiday feels!” There will be complimentary hot chocolate and tea as shoppers browse the goods from many local businesses, artists and artisans. In addition to art, jewelry, food, clothing, skin care, and handmade and fair-trade gifts, there will be fireside bites and spirits. The foods include nut butters and sweets, fresh juices, hummus, granola, pierogis and vegan and gluten-free desserts. The event takes place on Sun., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 347 Lincoln Ave. East.
See Santa while shopping for vintage goods at the Sweet Pickins Holiday Market. Photo courtesy of New Egypt Flea Market
Sweet Pickins Holiday Market will offer music, food trucks and many items for purchase, as well as a visit from Santa. The market takes place Fri., Dec. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 933 Monmouth Road.
A strolling brass ensemble — and a visit from Santa — will entertain visitors at Flounder Brewing during its Santa’s Village event. Photo courtesy of Flounder Brewing
This is the inaugural year of Santa’s Village at Flounder Brewing. More than 30 artisan crafters will be selling their products. Christmas trees will also be for sale. A strolling brass ensemble — and a visit from Santa — will entertain visitors. Steps Together, a Hillsborough nonprofit dedicated to helping Somerset County families through medical crises, will be selling Flounder beer and Bellemara Distillery spirits as a fundraiser. The event will take place Sat., Dec. 11 and Sun., Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. (The rain dates are Sat., Dec. 18 and Sun., Dec. 19). Flounder Brewing is located at 2 Clerico Lane.
The Holiday Markets at Bell Works will feature many artisans, bakers and gourmet food specialists. Photo courtesy of Fresh Markets
The Holiday Markets at Bell Works will feature many artisans, bakers and gourmet food specialists selling a wide variety of goods, from candles and pottery to popcorn and baked goods. The event is held every Wednesday in December before Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Saturday in December before Christmas from 4 to 9 p.m. The market is located at Bell Works at 101 Crawfords Corner Road. For more information, go to bellworksfresh.com/visitors/information.
There will be more than 40 local makers as well as artists from underrepresented demographics at Maplewood’s Handmade Holiday at the Woodland. Photo courtesy of Marketspace Vendor Events
Handmade Holiday at the Woodland, held for the first time in 2019, “was a resounding success, and we immediately knew there was a place for our handmade markets in Maplewood,” said Kim Kraemer, founder of Marketspace Vendor Events. There will be more than 40 local makers as well as artists from underrepresented demographics. Music from a local jazz trio will entertain shoppers. The event will be held Sun., Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Woodland at 60 Woodland Road. For more information, visit bit.ly/HandmadeHolidayNJ.
Holiday craft Morristown is known for handmade gifts as well as one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories and jewelry. Photo courtesy of Festivalnet.com
Holiday Craft Morristown celebrates its 30-year anniversary with 175 fine-craft artists. The event features handmade gifts as well as one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories and jewelry. There are also functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, wood and mixed media; fine art painting, printmaking, drawing and photography. Enjoy handcrafted gourmet specialties as well. The event takes place at the Morristown Armory at 430 Western Ave. on Fri., Dec. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The beautiful Count Basie Center for the Arts will play host to a holiday market this year. Photo courtesy of Count Basie Center for the Arts
The inaugural holiday market at the Count Basie Center for the Arts will feature local makers, artists and food. There will be unique gifts and items promoting wellness. In addition, children can take photos with Santa. The market will take place on Sun., Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at the main atrium of the theater, located at 99 Monmouth St. Proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours is required. For more information, click here.
The Holiday Craft and Vendor Fairs in Rockaway features jewelry, accessories and home décor. Photo courtesy of Brilliant Conventions
The Holiday Craft and Vendor Fairs in Rockaway offers unique and handmade items, including jewelry, accessories, snacks, pet products, home décor, seasonal items and more. It takes place on Sat., Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall at 301 Mount Hope Ave. For more information, visit brilliantconventions.com.
Holiday décor will festoon the downtown Salem area for its holiday market. Photo courtesy of Visit South Jersey
Salem’s Holiday Market offers an opportunity to purchase products from many local artisans. Holiday décor will festoon the downtown area. The market is held Sat., Dec. 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Fenwick Plaza.
Jennifer Altmann is a freelance writer and editor based in Westfield, who writes about education, relationships and culture. She has written for The New York Times, the Associated Press and Princeton’s alumni magazine.
This article originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.
Sign up for our Newsletter
Delivered to your inbox every other week on Thursdays, Jersey’s Best is pleased to offer a FREE subscription to Garden Statement, highlighting the most popular Jersey’s Best content.
When you live in New Jersey as long as I have, you tend to stick to your little circle. You know, the 10 mile radius around which within you live your life. So it was a strange occasion that brought me to an appointment in a town that I almost couldn’t believe was real.Sparta, NJ is home to some of the most unique houses I have ever seen, as well as some gorgeous views. The first thought that came to mind when driving through Sparta was that it felt like a town where elves would live. You are probably thinking I'm crazy, but thi...
When you live in New Jersey as long as I have, you tend to stick to your little circle. You know, the 10 mile radius around which within you live your life. So it was a strange occasion that brought me to an appointment in a town that I almost couldn’t believe was real.
Sparta, NJ is home to some of the most unique houses I have ever seen, as well as some gorgeous views. The first thought that came to mind when driving through Sparta was that it felt like a town where elves would live. You are probably thinking I'm crazy, but this town seriously looks like Santa Claus could be living there. I had absolutely no idea that there was a town like this in New Jersey and I immediately fell in love.
The houses are all Tudor-style with a twist and were built in the late 20’s. Many of these houses are located on or next to Lake Mohawk, which runs into the Hudson River. Although the lake is definitely the main attraction of this town, there is also plenty to do on land. Sparta is home to several parks perfect for long, beautiful hikes or outdoor sports with friends.
In the town of Sparta there are are your basic Jersey hometown things to do like catching a movie, bowling, or having a bite to eat with friends and family. One of the most famous places in Sparta is Alpine Creamery. This ice cream joint serves delicious, homemade ice cream and there are over 40 flavors to choose from.
Many people in Sparta like to celebrate holidays like the 4th of July by grabbing a scoop of ice cream and heading over to the boardwalk to watch fireworks over Lake Mohawk. I’m not sure if Sparta has ever been used as a background for a movie or a TV show but it must have been, with its idyllic scenery and setting. This town is honestly a little slice of heaven and I am so glad I happened to drive by.
What strange town will I drive through next? That’s a question that I cannot wait to find the answer to.
The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Judi Franco. Any opinions expressed are Judi Franco’s own.