Towne Square: Our Community’s Central Spot

Any visit to Crane’s Mill starts with Towne Square—the community’s central spot for activities, dining, entertainment, and more!

Towne Square – the center of it all

A short, indoor walk from every apartment, Towne Square boasts a number of important destinations for our residents’ daily life. Each of our dining venues are located right in Towne Square. So, if you’re interested in a five-course, restaurant-style dinner in the Candleberry, a quick a-la-carte bite from the Heartwood Cafe, or groceries from the Corner Market, you simply follow the signs toward Towne Square.

Fitness and exercise are paramount as we age, and our gym and indoor pool are located just around the corner in the north end of Towne Square. We have aquatic fitness classes, water walking, and water aerobics in the pool, and a personal trainer and high-tech equipment in the gym.

Hinman Hall is right near the main entrances, and plays host to a variety of programs each week ranging from morning fitness classes and afternoon dance to informational lectures and live entertainment.

Bridge is a popular game at Crane’s Mill

For those looking to relax and spend time with friends, the Cherry Blossom Lounge provides a rich, club-like environment for games of Bridge and big screen TVs to watch the game.

Plus, we have a changing art gallery (this month we’re showcasing works from the Millburn Short Hills Art Cetner ), a bountiful library, and our resident-run Gift Box.

So, when you visit Crane’s Mill, be sure to take a walk around Towne Square and explore all the community’s central spot has to offer.

The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan – Here’s How it Works

We get a lot of questions about the outstanding dining experience here at Crane’s Mill, many of which concern how our meal plan fits in to our residents’ monthly fees.

Dig in to the info below—it should provide you with a solid overview of how the plan works. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us via email at cranesmill@lsmnj.org.

  • The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan is designed to give residents an array of choices in how and when they dine in the community.
  • Each resident has the flexibility to choose to eat more than one meal per day, or space out their use of flex dollars as they please.
  • Every 3 months, each resident receives a set amount of flex dollars to spend as they wish.
  • The amount is enough to purchase up to a five-course, restaurant-style dinner every night in the Candleberry Dining Room.
  • All 3 meals are available a la carte in the Heartwood Cafe. Meals are served cafeteria-style and vary in pricing.
  • Residents can also spend flex dollars in the Corner Market grocery store.
  • Flex dollars carry over from month-to-month, but do not carry over to the next quarter.
  • Should a resident spend more than the allotted amount in a given quarter, the resident is billed for what they owe on their monthly statement.
  • If a resident leaves the community for more than 30 days, the resident will receive a meal credits on their next bill.

Watch: Dining Options at Crane’s Mill

Watch this video for a colorful look at the dining options available at our community.

Crane’s Mill residents enjoy an array of dining options including a restaurant-style, five-course experience in the Candleberry Dining Room, casual fare three times a day in the Heartwood Cafe, grocery shopping in the Corner Market, happy hour in the Cherry Blossom Lounge, and private dining in the Mill Room.

Summer Breeze: Live Updates from our Sinatra-Style Event!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a number of fun updates from today’s event!

Guests were treated to an outstanding lunch menu, including a choice of Chicken Francaise or Eggplant Parmesan, plus antipasto, Italian bread, pasta, veggies, and yummy Italian pastries for dessert!

As for the entertainment, Stan Gilbert and his band did not disappoint. They played a smooth, seamless hour-long set of crowd favorites including “Fly Me to the Moon” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” before closing with a climactic rendition of “New York, New York.”

The dance floor was a welcome addition to the Candleberry Dining Room, as many guests (and staff) showed they can move with the best of them!

The food was exceptional, the entertainment was perfect, and the atmosphere was on-point.

Don’t miss our next fun event—follow Crane’s Mill on Facebook to keep up with all the latest invitations!

March is National Nutrition Month

It seems like every month is now “national something month,” doesn’t it?

Healthy FoodWith that said, here’s one we are happy to get behind: National Nutrition Month! Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics leads the country on a campaign “designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.”

For Crane’s Mill residents, nutrition and physical activity are paramount, and they’re happy and lucky to have the tools to succeed. For instance, in the Heartwood Cafe and Candleberry Dining Room, our independent living residents have healthy choices available to them each and every day. Of course, they can choose to have a slice of pizza or a hamburger if the mood strikes, but the salad bar, vegetable omelets, fresh fruit, plus low sodium meals and heart-healthy options, are always available.

In our Health Center, our registered dietician works with each resident, their doctor, and their family to design a custom menu to meet their dietary needs.

On the physical activity front, we think Crane’s Mill gets another A+, as exercise classes are offered every day in Hinman Hall, aquatic fitness sessions take place multiple times each week, and our fitness center is open 24 hours a day!

Here’s to a healthy month for one and all!

For more on National Nutrition Month, visit eat right.org.