Your Quick-Start Guide to Morris County, NJ

Most people look for information on places to live from real estate agencies and websites, and both are authoritative sources for real estate values, transactions, and market insight. But, what do you do when you get there?

There’s no better resource for navigating the practical details of moving day than residential and commercial movers. The New Jersey movers who work for Optimum Moving have been all over the NJ Tri-State area and know the ins and outs of every neighborhood. This convenient moving-day guide offers real-world advice on the best places to know if you’re moving to Morris County, New Jersey.

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Where it’s at.

Morris County lies twenty-five miles west of Manhattan and shares borders with Sussex County to the north and Somerset County to the south.

This affluent county offers a wide range of lifestyles, from the small-town suburban community in the Mountain Lakes region to the more populated college town of Madison, which is home to Fairleigh Dickinson University and Drew University.

Morris County and its townships regularly receive recognition as the best place in NJ to raise a family, the best NJ county to live in, the safest place to live in NJ, and having the best NJ public schools.

Many Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Morris County, including Honeywell International, PBF Energy, Avis Budget Group, Quest Diagnostics, Realogy Holdings, and Wyndham Worldwide.

Hungry?

All thirty-nine municipalities that make up Morris County offer an amazing assortment of places to eat. Take your time finding your favorite spots in your new area. To get you off the couch, here’s a shortlist of restaurants and craft beer breweries you need to go to now that you’re local.

“No matter what you try, each item is topped with a little bit of love,” at Beignets in Denville, NJ. This landmark donut shop serves fresh, made-to-order donuts—so they come out hot. No wonder it’s been featured on Good Day New York and won numerous best donut shop awards. If bagels are more your thing, Alfa Bagels in Randolph, NJ, serves bagels that are top nosh, and that’s coming from local movers who know Jersey bagels. Plus, there’s breakfast and deli lunch options. If you’re a vegan frustrated with breakfast, hit up Morristown Pancake House in Morristown, NJ. With a menu designed for today’s health-conscious diets, only the freshest ingredients are used to make a full menu of breakfast and lunch dishes.

Whether you’re looking to meet new people or want to drink fresh craft beer with your new friends, Morris County has two breweries. High Point Brewing Company in Butler, NJ, brews German-style lagers and wheat beers. Founded by an award-winning brewer with brewing roots in Germany, the brewery offers guided tours, rents space for private events, and holds its own tastings and events. Roughly twenty-six miles down I-287, there’s the Twin Elephant Brewing Company, in Chatham, NJ, where you can get fresh, handcrafted ales and lagers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. Take a tour, fill your growler, and take part in the founding partners’ dream of “turning their passion for brewing craft beers into an exciting shared adventure with the local community.”

Buying a new house is expensive, so go easy on your budget while fully satisfying your appetite at Sazon Latino, in Boonton, NJ. You can eat for five dollars and savor authentic Central American, South American, and Caribbean cuisine. From the chef’s signature Honduran sausage to fresh sides of rice, beans, plantains, yucca, and salad, this “hole in the wall” is your source for home-cooked Latin food.

Need gas and more?

There’s a cluster of gas stations particularly in the areas where I-80 and I-287 intersect. If you’re off the highway, Morris Plains Liberty Gas, Store & Deli is on Route 10 in Morris Plains, NJ. This full-service gas station offers a stocked convenience store and auto repair shop. If you need fuel for your vehicle and you’re body, there’s a Wawa in Parsippany, NJ, offering its branded oasis of roadside coffee, beverages, food, convenience items, and gas.

Many more can be found with these gas station finders:

No one typically thinks to research towing service providers when they move, which is why we did and included the results here. If you break down or need auto repair services, here’s a short list of help at your fingertips:

Knight’s Automotive Repair in Ledgewood, NJ, just off I-80, provides full auto repair and service, as well as towing services. This AAA award-winning auto repair shop has provided local, high-quality service for more than thirty years. Powder Mill Towing in Parsippany, NJ, offers dependable, 24-hour towing service and roadside assistance for such problems as lockouts, flat tires, and empty gas tanks. There’s a Hertz rental car service onsite to get you on your way, and AAA members get ten percent off labor on all repairs. Peace of Mind Automotive in Parsippany, NJ, is minutes away from I-287 and I-80. It’s a full-service auto repair and maintenance center run by an experienced team. This A-to-Z shop handles everything from state inspections, tune-ups, tire repair and sales to state-of-the-art diagnostics, repair, and maintenance.

Hardware and home repair

Whether you’re a renter or a forward-thinking homeowner who renovated before moving in, there’s always going to be something to fix or upgrade . . . it’s a home! Fortunately, there are a lot of options for home improvement in Morris County.

If you need a big-box store, there are Home Depots in Dover and East Hanover, as well as Lowe’s in Flanders.

When a smaller store meets your needs, you can go to Bernardsville Hardware in Morristown, NJ, which is a local hardware, paint, and home improvement store, True Value in Stanhope and Denville, and Ace Hardware in Caldwell and Chatham.

Then, there are those who will need the Tractor Supply Company in Flanders, NJ, for agricultural and livestock supplies, tools, workwear, and boots, and Hoffman’s Supply & Garden Center in Long Valley, NJ, for a local hardware store, garden and landscape center, mason and building supply yard, and rental center—all under one roof.

At the end of the day . . . go relax

Established in 1956, the Morris County Park Commission overseas more than 18,704 acres of parkland, which makes up the largest, by acreage, county park system in New Jersey.

The park system provides award-winning programs, special events, and activities for all ages throughout thirty-eight unique environments, including an arboreta and conservation areas, 150 miles of trails, historic sites, four golf courses, outdoor educational and recreational facilities, athletic fields, and an ice skating arena.

If you thought moving closer to the city would put an end to your hunting excursions, take a look at the park’s white-tailed deer management program from September to January, which allows for bows, shotguns, and muzzleloaders.

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