Crane’s Mill: a Certified Wildlife Habitat

If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you may have noticed small animals such as American Robins and Canadian Geese, and larger ones like wild turkeys and stunning families of deer who call Crane’s Mill their home. You may have also noticed the sign stating that the Crane’s Mill campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Certified by the National Wildlife Federation, Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ, contains “all the basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive,” including:
Providing food for wildlife
Supplying water for wildlife
Create cover for wildlife
Give wildlife a place to raise their young


We at Crane’s Mill are proud of our certification, and invite you to come visit our community see its beauty for yourself!

How About a Game of Bridge?

 Crane’s Mill, an Essex County, New Jersey Retirement Community is home to a number of bridge enthusiasts.

Bridge is a popular game at Crane’s Mill

Bridge is a very popular pastime here at Crane’s Mill. Our Director of Community Programming frequently plans Bridge games in our Cherry Blossom Lounge. In addition, many residents put together their own Bridge games throughout the week.

Personally, this author has seen this card game bring together people from all walks of life. For example, our Assisted Living and Independent Living residents often meet up for weekly games, as do guests from the outside community including residents’ friends and family members.

It’s just one of many ways that people include their current friends, and make new friends, here at Crane’s Mill. Our resident-run welcoming committee reaches out to every new resident to learn all about them, and does a wonderful job of pairing the person up with current residents who share their interests. To learn more, please call 973-276-6700 or click here to send us an email.

Lunch at the Heartwood—Something for Everyone!

Essex County Senior Living Community Crane’s Mill offers its residents the freedom of a flexible meal plan so they can dine where and when they please.

A wide view of The Heartwood Cafe

Crane’s Mill residents enjoy the freedom of enjoying freshly cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner by using their flexible meal plan. The meal plan features enough money each quarter so a resident can enjoy a five-course meal in the Candleberry Dining Room every single night.

However, many residents choose to use their meal plan for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Heartwood Cafe—a cafeteria-style eatery that offers a wide array of a-la-carte choices, including each night’s Candleberry featured entrees.

Lunch is an especially delicious time of day at the Heartwood Cafe. There are hot entrees, a full salad bar, fresh soups, homemade pizza, a short-order grill (think chicken, hamburgers, salmon, and more), and made-to-order deli sandwiches (with homemade potato chips that are truly outstanding!).

On top of all those choices, here’s a look at some of the featured items on today’s menu:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Chicken Creole
Seasoned Pork
Snap Peas
Roasted Vegetables
Brown Rice
Scallion Noodles
Chocolate Brownies

Truly, the Heartwood Cafe stands out as a terrific spot to pick up a quick meal to enjoy with friends, or to take “to-go” back to your apartment or cottage.

Interested in learning more? Call us at 973-276-6700 or click here to send us an email. We’d love to show you around our wonderful community!


Celebrate the Beauty of Winter at Crane’s Mill

Senior Living at Crane’s Mill provides the finest in apartments, cottages, food, services, amenities, and of course, the freedom to truly enjoy the winter season without concern for snow or ice.

What are you favorite winter memories? Ours include celebrating the holidays with family and friends. But sometimes, especially as we age, it becomes harder to enjoy the winter season because of snow, ice, and extreme cold weather.

For Crane’s Mill residents, those worries are a thing of the past. They can focus on doing the things they truly enjoy, like staying active and healthy, taking a swim in our indoor pool, reading a book by the fire, and enjoying restaurant-style dining—all without traipsing through the snow or driving on dangerous icy roads.

Here is a look at just some of the services and amenities offered at Crane’s Mill that keep our residents active and healthy all winter long:

We shovel your parking space, clean off your car, and park your car back in your space.
Our van and car service is fully included, ready to drive you for appointments, errands, and fun trips.
Our Corner Market is located inside Towne Square and offers prepared foods, pantry items, dairy case, cold drinks, and more.
DINNER? (plus breakfast, lunch, & snacks)
The Candleberry Dining Room, Heartwood Cafe, 4 Five 9, and Cherry Blossom Lounge are all located inside Towne Square. No need to go outside.
Our indoor pool, state-of-the-art gym, daily exercise classes, movies, cultural programs, and more are all a short, indoor walk from every apartment.
Our on-site wellness center provides everything from blood tests to an array of medical specialists.

Now is the time to make your move—call us at 973-276-6700 or click to schedule a tour before the next storm hits!

In winter, Crane’s Mill residents are able to truly embrace the beauty of the season.