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Summit NJ

The city of Summit is a unique blend of the old and the new. A residential, from city to community with every facility for modern living, it retains its traditional atmosphere of tranquil village life while providing a welcome respite for thousands of daily city commuters.

LIFESTYLE

Summit is an upscale community which offers an appealing combination of stellar education, safety, and a short commute to New York City. It has a tranquil village vibe due to its walk-able streets, mom-and-pop shops, and historic landmarks. Residents young and old enjoy the many programs available in the public library, parks department, and within the arts community. These are just some of the reasons Summit is routinely rated on of the Top 50 Best Places to Live.

Location

Union County NJ

Community

Summit is home to more than 21,000 people who enjoy its many parks, recreational facilities, shopping areas and outstanding schools. Strategically located in the heart of Union County, it is served by the NJ Transit bus and Morristown/Midtown Direct and Gladstone train lines making it desirable for commuters. Because of its size, there is a strong sense of community that is welcoming to newcomers and with many local events throughout the year, it is easy to get to know the town and meet the people. The Summit Newcomers Club will introduce you to other newcomers and neighbors with organized activities and events like coffee breaks and play groups. Summit also has several online Facebook moms groups that are a helpful resource for all things Summit.

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Commute

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Schools

Schools in Summit NJ

For the Kids

The Summit Free Public library supports the local community by offering many free activities for all ages, from after-school programs to music classes for toddlers. Throughout the year there are wonderful community events and parades for people of all ages to participate and enjoy, such as the Downtown Street Fair, Downtown Trick or Treat, pumpkin painting at the Farmer’s Market, and more holiday events. Little ones can take mommy-and-me tumbling or gymnastics classes at The Little Gym or Kidville in town. At Color Me Mine painting studio, kids can express their creativity at family painting parties, craft nights, and even cupcake decorating for the holidays.

AMENITIES & RECREATION

The Summit Boards of Recreation and Education, the Summit YMCA and many other non-profit organizations enable residents of all ages the ability to participate in leisure and health-related programs. Summit has numerous playing fields to include baseball, football, soccer, basketball, tennis, and a Municipal Pool. Artistic and cultural traditions are strong in Summit, with its roots in the visual arts dating back to Worthington Whittredge, a painter of the Hudson River School who lived in Summit from 1880 – 1910. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is a commitment to the arts offering cultural activities, ranging from art exhibits and jazz concerts to courses for budding artists. The Summit Free Public Library offers an adverse array of cultural readings, movies, special events and free internet access for all ages. For nature lovers, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a great place to visit with formal gardens and woodlands on its 12.5 acres site and is a New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. Nature classes and seasonal events are available for both children and adults. If you are looking for a nature retreat, explore the nearby Watchung Reservation’s 2000+-acre preserve, including 6 miles of hiking trails, and the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

Food & Drink

Summit NJ & Surrounding Area

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Shopping

For a little retail therapy, downtown Summit offers an impressive blend of national chain stores and local favorites. Springfield Avenue near the train station offers a dense array of stores to tempt commuters on their way home. Jacadi, Sabrina’s Children’s Boutique and The Red Balloon have children’s wear. For women’s wear and accessories, check out Lululemon, Murray and Finn, and Alba Boutique. Home Again offers fine furnishings and home accessories on consignment, A. Home offers home décor and accessories. Greene Street offers upscale consignments, or help out the Junior League by supporting the Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop. Scotti’s Record Shop brings a taste of vintage vinyl to town.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Artistic and cultural traditions are strong in Summit, with its roots in the visual arts dating back to Worthington Whittredge, a painter of the Hudson River School who lived in Summit from 1880 – 1910. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey offers cultural activities ranging from art exhibits and jazz concerts to courses for budding artists. The Summit Playhouse celebrates 100 years of stellar performances. Summit offers a plethora of diverse dining options. Fin Raw, the Committed Pig and Rosalita offer excellent casual dining options, while Fiorino, Huntley Taverne, and Roots offer fine dining options. On select summer nights, Summit offers such family friendly events as “Hot Summer Nights” concert series and movies on the Village Green. Or sit outside and enjoy ice cream from ZRolls, or McCool’s, or a coffee and baked goods from Natale’s or Brownie Points.

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History

The region was purchased by Colonial settlers in 1664, and Summit’s earliest settlers began building homes in the early 1700s. Summit was originally called Turkey Hill in the early 1700s, then Beacon Hill during the Revolution because of the bonfire beacons that warned the American militia of approaching British troops. The name changed yet again to Heights over Springfield during part of the 18th and 19th centuries. Summit got its first railroad in a location called “The Summit Hill” in 1837. That name stuck, and in 1899 the city of Summit was incorporated.

SURPRISE FEATURES

Summit Police Athletic League Classic Car Show and Summit Arts Festival are two popular events rolled into one. For one day in the fall, residents flock downtown for a classic car show, arts festival, and live music. The arts festival is a juried show featuring local talent selling arts and wares. Residents bring their classic cars to downtown to show off their vintage style.