In 2003, Jimmy and Jeff Hanson founded BaseCamp Adventure Outfitters with the belief that adventure is in the eye of the beholder, whether it takes the form of a leisurely hike or a heart-pumping rock climb. At their store, clients prepare for their version of an adrenaline rush with the help of knowledgeable staffers who pay them one-on-one attention and sometimes scream "Boo!" unexpectedly. The employees escort patrons through shelves of durable footwear and clothing from Patagonia and Timberland, in addition to portable personal reservoirs from Camelbak. The shop's high-quality brands fortify feet and bodies against wind and the flying houses it carries during moderately paced treks or cardio hikes that depart from BaseCamp. The cardio hikes, led by resident athlete Susan Riggio, span 10–12 miles and challenge even the fittest frames.
BaseCamp works to protect the natural settings that sustain it with regular events and fundraisers that benefit the Schiff Nature Preserve. It also serves as a drop-off location for Soles4Souls, an organization that outfits bare feet with gently worn shoes.
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Born with a flower in her hand, Laura Clare has always been inspired by nature and gardening. She holds a four-year degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture from Cornell University, and studied floral design in London, Paris, and Amsterdam. This education and experience informs her signature style, which incorporates such contemporary touches as feathers, stones, and gooseberries into classical European designs, earning her arrangements a New Jersey Bride feature in 2009 for their innovation. Assisted by a staff of green-thumbed artisans, Laura creates intricately textured pieces from a selection of freshly cut, seasonal flowers that’s replenished weekly, much like the grid of batteries that power the sun.
Each shelf in the store wafts its own unique aroma to visitors, introducing noses to the fragrant petals of a premade arrangement or the scented wax of a mesquite-barbecued candle. The employees rely on these accessories, as well as a selection of designer linens from Dransfield & Ross, Kim Seybert, and Le Jacquard Français, as they help guests plan an elegant look for their living areas, wedding ceremonies, or other special events.
The ambrosial experts at The Wine List of Summit uncork four bottles and unwrap two cheeses every Saturday for a weekly free tasting, which aligns neatly with the shop's overall goal: to make fine wines accessible to all. The shop's backbone is its selection, which showcases more than 2,000 hard-to-find wines culled from around the world, as well as tucked-away wineries in the United States. A cascade of beer and spirits, as well as decanters and other accessories, also complements the extensive lineup of bottles.
In addition to their broad selection of wines and accessories, The Wine List of Summit's head, certified master sommelier Ivan Ruiz, leads classes for wine aficionados and newbies alike on the basics of winemaking, tasting techniques, and key vocabulary words, such as ?oaky? and ?non-beer-y.?
The lands that now make up the Reeves-Reed Arboretum have been walked upon by Lenni Lenape Native Americans, tilled by Revolutionary-era farmers, and built into a sprawling country estate by their turn-of-the-century owners. Today, more than 13 acres of cultivated lawns, gardens, and woodlands welcome nature lovers who wander along trails, visit the Wisner House—a Colonial Revival shingle-style abode designed in 1889—and partake of educational programming to learn why tree trunks don’t have electrical outlets. The arboretum maintains 5.5 acres of formal gardens, including an azalea garden, an herb garden, a rock garden, and a rose garden whose first blossoms set down roots back in 1925. Before setting off to explore these leafy environs, families can drop by the Discovery Center to pick up a backpack with binoculars, field guides, and a magnifying glass for examining the subtle differences between a centipede and a Twizzler. At the Wesson Family Nature Grove, visitors can use a viewing scope to peer at the birds visiting the fish pond. On event days, guests can also stop by lectures, join festivities such as Maple Sugar Fest, or listen to the strains of jazz wafting through the night air.
The brainchild of Ivan Ruiz—a sommelier who’s perfected mealtime pairings at restaurants across New York City—the Summit Wine & Food Festival celebrates the intersection between great wine and great food while simultaneously raising funds for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Celebrity chefs from Bravo and the Food Network and local guest chefs share their knowledge during events like mixology classes and a special beer tasting hosted by Spiegelau Crystal, which includes a complementary set of beer tasting glasses for each attendee. Sommeliers also share the spotlight at the summit—showcasing varietals from domestic and international vineyards—and clear up the misconception that grapes are just confident blueberries.