About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at Crane’s Mill

West Essex Park – next door to Crane’s Mill

You may already know that Crane’s Mill is a 48-acre oasis that combines the natural beauty of a Certified Wildlife Habitat with an upscale residential retirement setting.

What you may not know is that our nature walking trails on the west end of our campus lead directly into West Essex Park—home to over 1,300 acres of parkland including an environmental center, boating and canoe landings, golf driving range, and so much more! Plus, birdwatchers know West Essex Park as a destination to see some of their more elusive feathered friends.

For more on West Essex Park, please visit the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.

Plus, stay tuned to the Crane’s Mill Courier as we share more of our favorite local spots including other parks, restaurants, theaters, museums, and more. Do have a favorite spot that you would like to see profiled? Click here to send us an email—we’d love to hear from you!

April is National Garden Month – Join Us in Celebrating!

Residents of Crane’s Mill, an Essex County Retirement Community, enjoy gardening as a fun spring activity.

April is National Garden Month

Although today may mark “April Fools’ Day,” we’re not joking when we tell you that that April is National Garden month. Considering we’re in the Garden State, and that our residents enjoy gardening, how can we notcelebrate this colorful month!

In the colder weather, all sorts of plants and flowers can be seen in our campus greenhouse, but as the weather warms, the ground thaws, and the days grow longer, you’ll begin to see many different gardens sprouting up all around campus.

For our cottage-dwellers, you will see gardens akin to those you would see at a single-family home while apartment residents take advantage of their screened-in porches (every apartment has one). Plus there’s the ever-popular gardening club, which does a fantastic job in transforming pockets of our 48-acre campus intro glorious gardens.

The National Gardening Association has a great website that has information, project ideas, and resources to help you and your family get in the gardening spirit.

While we’re on the topic of nature, please be sure to visit our series of 100 Amazing Nature Photos.

Housekeeping at Crane’s Mill: Fully Included and Always Friendly

At Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey, housekeeping is fully included for every resident.

Housekeeping is included for all Crane’s Mill residents

Crane’s Mill is an all-inclusive style retirement community. What that means for our residents is that amenities like dining, transportation, and live entertainment are fully included—akin to an all-inclusive vacation, there’s no need to carry extra cash.

What may surprise you is that housekeeping is also fully included. Every other week, at a scheduled time, a member of our environmental services staff visits your apartment or cottage for a general housekeeping session, and typically some friendly conversation.

Also, once each year, there is an “annual cleaning” for every apartment, which involves extra staff members and includes moving furniture and cleaning exterior sliding doors, just to name a few items on the long checklist.

So, when you consider a move to a retirement community, make sure you know what’s included—and what is extra—so you can make an informed decision about your future.

If you’d like to learn more about Crane’s Mill and the services and amenities included at the community, please call us at 973-276-6700 or click here to reach our “contact us” page.