Our Top Picks for August: Farms, Concerts, Smoothies, Crystals, + More

The Montclair Girl team is thrilled to introduce our Monthly Top 10! Every month, our team will recommend ten, must-try things to do locally, whether it be a new beauty treatment, a delicious dish, a kicka$$ workout, and more. Read on to discover this month’s suggestions, all based in the Hoboken and Jersey City area, curated by our team of locals. We’ve got —- as our first picks. 

Get Fresh Produce at Pick-Your-Own farms

Alstede Farms

(Photo credit: @alstedefarms)

Alstede Farms, Ort Farms, and Hillview Farms are all within an hour away from Essex County and are premium farms for picking your own produce during peak season. From fruits to veggies, these longstanding farms are all family-friendly and worth spending the drive. Plan to spend a day exploring all there is to see and do at each of these spots, including stocking your fridge full of fresh produce.

Order a Penn Station Smoothie from Manhattan Juice Bar

Manhattan Juice Bar

Manhattan Juice Bar & Cafe serves raw juices and smoothies. The juice bar promotes health consciousness by offering clean and healthy food, beverages, and snacks to choose from. The Penn Station Smoothie is an absolute must-try – take our word for it.

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Pick Up Crystals from Blu Lotus

Blu Lotus

Blu Lotus Metaphysical Center offers psychic readings, massage therapy, meditation circles, and yoga, as well as crystals, sage, candles, Buddha statues, dream catcher, lamps, and other meditation tools. Make it a point to stop in this month and pick up some healing crystals like amethyst to align your chakras and intentions for the upcoming weeks. Get those back to work and school vibes whipped into shape!

Watch the Sunset at Eagle Rock

This expansive reserve spans Montclair, West Orange, and Verona at just over 400 acres long. The 40 mile Lenape Trail flows along the eastern edge of the park, a perfect destination to layout your favorite blanket, unpack a nice picnic, sit back and enjoy the sunset.

Take a Barre Class at The Bar Method

bar method

Inspired by ballerinas, the Bar Method’s technique is proven to tone arms, legs, and midsection while improving posture and core strength. No matter how addicting, be sure to utilize those rest days because you will have spaghetti legs the next day, if not immediately after – we can speak from experience!

Visit Kip’s Castle

Kip’s Castle

Kip’s Castle stands out among the other buildings in the area, towering above Montclair and Verona with an unobstructed view of New York City. Constructed on the ridge of First Mountain, the 9,000-square-foot mansion was built as a private residence in 1905 by wealthy textile inventor and industrialist Frederic Ellsworth Kip. The estate is open for tours, however, the first floor is currently closed to the public for COVID. Watch our reel here for a sneak peek of the castle.

Book a Staycation at The George

the george

The George is so much more than just a charming, stylish hotel, it’s an experience that everyone should discover for themselves. In 2008, the historic building was granted landmark status, and in 2012, after it was purchased, the Inn underwent a full renovation. Bobbi and Steven designed each of the rooms to have a bespoke look and feel that’s distinctly different from the rest. Learn more about staying at The George here, The Montclair Girl team had an amazing experience there! Watch our reel here for a sneak peek of the castle.

Catch a Show at The Wellmont Theater

Wellmont Theater

(Photo credit: @thewellmonttheater)

Montclair’s iconic Wellmont Theater, built in 1922 as a theater and later converted to a motion picture theater in 1929, has officially reopened. It’s hosting concerts in all of its historic glory. For the month of August, catch “1964 The Tribute” or “The Roots” concert. Purchase your tickets here.

See More: A Guide to Acting Studios + Theater Groups in Essex County

Enjoy Dinner at The Feathered Fox

The Feathered Fox

(Photo credit: @featheredfoxnj)

Opening in Livingston on August 3rd, The Feathered Fox is a modern steakhouse + seafood restaurant that aims to take guests on an elevated dining experience through innovative sushi, a raw bar, and IG-worthy cocktails.


Written by:

Victoria is MG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a born and bred Jersey girl with deep roots in Hoboken and Jersey City. When she’s not touring delicious restaurants and attending events in the Hudson/Essex area, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.