Relocating from NYC? What to Know About Moving to Morristown

Relocating from NYC? What to Know About Moving to Morristown

  • The Dougherty Group
  • 06/24/22

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City, you'll love Morristown. This quaint town in New Jersey has a population of barely 20,000 and offers a suburban and rural mix that's nearly impossible to find anywhere else. It is the county seat of Morris County, and the people are incredibly welcoming – you'll feel at home right away. It boasts a rich history, an impressive restaurant scene, a great location, and vibrant nightlife. But let's not spoil the surprise for you – here is what you need to know about moving to Morristown, NJ.

Rich history

Morristown has been called "the military capital of the American Revolution" due to its strategic role in the war for independence. This history is visible in a variety of locations throughout the community.
For instance, “The Alliance” is a statue in the center of Morristown that commemorates the meeting of Colonel Alexander Hamilton and General George Washington with Marquis de Lafayette on May 10th, 1780. The Morristown Green was once home to the town's courthouse and jail. It was also the site of George Washington's first encampment in 1777. The Schuyler-Hamilton house is another critical Revolutionary War-era site that belonged to a young doctor who hosted notable guests like Alexander Hamilton.
The history of Morristown doesn't end with the Revolutionary War. The MacCulloch Hall is a federal-style mansion built in 1910. It features nine period rooms and two exhibition galleries that change throughout the year. It's also home to the most extensive collection of art by Thomas Mass. If you're curious about the early Industrial Revolution, the Historic Speedwell facility is a National Historic Landmark that houses the restored estate of Steven Vail, proprietor of Speedwell Iron Works.

It’s foodie heaven

Morristown is home to more than 100 eating establishments, ranging from hole-in-the-wall cafes to upscale restaurants and everything in between. This thriving dining scene dazzles foodies, some of whom make the hour drive from New York City to sample the town's culinary specialties.
Photo courtesy of Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille 
Rod's Steak and Seafood Grille is an award-winning joint inside Madison Hotel and an excellent pick for fine dining. Its elegant Victorian setting and first-rate service guarantee a sophisticated dining experience. The restaurant is famous for its heavenly lunch and dinner entrees and Sunday brunch.

If you're downtown, pop into Chef Freddy's Table. The restaurant offers innovative American cuisine in a refined setting with a sophisticated ambiance. Their filet mignon is an enticing piece of steak with a tender texture and buttery flavors.

Photo Courtesy of Yelp, Chef Freddy’s Table
Lafayette Avenue is home to Laku Sushi, the go-to spot for Asian cuisine. It's known for its Japanese eats, sushi, and yummy Korean dishes. Try their kimchi jjigae, a spicy stew that pairs well with a rice bowl.
Meanwhile, The Famished Frog is a family-friendly pub that has welcomed guests since 1999. It offers an array of delicious bar bites and craft beers. You can also catch live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Abundant parks and gardens

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If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you'll love what Morristown offers. Budd Street Playground features a basketball court, baseball field, and playground at the corner of Budd Street and Miller Street.
Burnham Park offers outdoor recreation and nature preservation. The public space often hosts special events, athletic training, sporting events, and more. It's an excellent place for families to hang out.
Foote's Pond Wood is perfect if you're looking to spend time outdoors and see some wildlife while at it. The 14-acre public park features plants, benches, birdhouses, pathways, and bike racks. Cherry woods and dogwoods line the trails and paths. There is no shortage of wildflowers like daisies. The park is also home to native birds, frogs, and turtles.
Photo Courtesy of Fun New Jersey, Season Hackney Stables

For horseback riders, Season Hackney Stables is heavenly. Located in the heart of Morristown, it features a half-mile track, three riding rings with all-weather rubber footing, large turnouts, a cross-country course, and miles of equestrian trails.

Mom-and-pop shopping spots

Photo Courtesy of Morris County Tourism Bureau
Morristown has been fortunate not to be swept up in the storm of big box stores and strip malls. It does a great job of touting local businesses around town, ranging from bridal shops to boutiques and galleries.
Feasty Vegan is a boutique store specializing in vegan ingredients and prepared vegan meals and treats. There are Instagram-worthy vegan cupcakes and donuts on offer. The business also runs a subscription service for vegan meals.
If you have a sweet tooth, head to Mount Kemble Avenue and into The Candy Store of Harding. Housed inside what used to be an art gallery, it offers a wide variety of chocolates and candy, some of which are made on-site. 23 South Boutique is another excellent plug for sweets and unique gifts and accessories.
Morristown is home to a variety of souvenir and specialty shops. The Rock Box offers responsibly sourced crystals and is perfect if you're looking for products that call for higher vibrational energy. Merzatta is where you'll make your jewelry dreams come true. From palm tree and coral to pine cone pieces, you'll find the perfect pieces to add to your jewelry collection.

One Paw Away is a one-stop shop for all things pets. It specializes in doggie daycare and boarding in a home environment while offering various pet products — toys, apparel, treats, and more.

Festivals galore

Each year's various festivals and events hosted in Morristown are an excellent opportunity to meet new people and explore more of what the town has to offer. The annual Morristown Festival started in 1994 and hosts more than 60,000 attendees from all over New Jersey. It provides non-stop entertainment for all ages and showcases the town's businesses, community groups, and restaurants in more than 150 tents. It is a true testament to local pride and history.
The Morristown Jazz and Blues Fest has been going strong for more than a decade, and The Dougherty Group is a proud sponsor of the event. The September festival takes place on the Green and features world-renowned jazz artists and blues stars.
Meet Me in Morristown is a shopping, food, art, and music festival that transforms Morristown's streets on the last Thursday from May through August. You'll find musicians along the road and view the works of different artists. Businesses dominate sidewalk sales and demonstrations. The event promises a fun night for everyone while fostering entrepreneurship and highlighting area artists.
The Morristown Farmers Market has repeatedly ranked as one of the best in Northern New Jersey. Held on Sundays from mid-June to mid-December, the event brings together over 1000 attendees each week who come to shop from produce and specialty vendors. You can delight in everything New Jersey fresh, including cheese, fruits, vegetables, grains, poultry, meats, and eggs.
Residents come together to enjoy the magic of Christmas during the Christmas Festival. It began in 1913 with a group of volunteers lighting a star at the top of a tree at Morristown Green. The event kicks off with the arrival of Santa and transforms downtown into a winter wonderland.

Nightlife to suit all tastes

Photo Courtesy of Laundromat Bar
Morristown is the hub of New Jersey nightlife, and people come from all over the state to enjoy long weekends. Jockey Hollow offers something with different types of bars in one venue. These include a lounge, raw bar, and a rathskeller. You probably won't find a better cocktail program than what you get here.
The Stirling Tavern on South Street is a family-owned restaurant and bar. It's the perfect place to grab drinks during happy hour with friends. The bartenders are warm and friendly, and you'll find yourself hanging out here after work.
If you are looking for a local night out with Irish pub food and live music, The Dublin Bar is the place to be. Located on Pine Street, the bar offers a wide selection of Irish beers and whiskey. Hops Craft Bar is another excellent option for those who love craft beer. It's located behind the Famished Frog and also offers some great taps in a laid-back setting.
You can also slip into the Laundromat Bar on Dehart Street for live music and late-night DJs, who can be found in the speakeasy's basement. The bar is open to those 23 and older.
The Horseshoe Tavern on Speedwell Avenue is popular for happy hour and beyond. The bar has weekly specials such as Wings Wednesday and a space for private events. There is a wide selection of brews on tap and a full menu of crowd-pleasers like burgers and chicken fingers.

Enjoy Morristown year-round

Morristown's vibrance, diversity, history, entertainment, and strategic location make for a quintessential suburb for those fortunate enough to call it home. From restaurants, bars, and shops to the outdoors, festivals, and a thriving community, there's something for everyone, not to mention desirable commuting times to local business centers.
If you're looking to make a move to Morristown, please don’t hesitate to contact The Dougherty Group today for expert guidance. We are a team of Morris County real estate specialists and serve a wide range of neighborhoods, including Morristown. There's never been a better time to move to this quaint, historical suburban town where you can experience a tight-knit community and plenty to do.

*Header photo courtesy of Fox Business

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