Originally established in the late 1800s as a private estate garden, the historic Reeves-Reed Arboretum went public in 1974 and is now home to more than 13 acres of lovingly cultivated botanical landscaping. Nature enthusiasts can traipse through six acres of woodlands teeming with native carbon-dioxide scrubbers, and Jane Austen larpers can stroll through 5.5 acres of formal gardens blooming with azaleas, award-winning roses, and a Tibetan-style herb garden.
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.”
Though the five partners who make up this olive oil company are vastly different people, each share a common passion: healthy living augmented by authentic, small-batch products. From the business’s initial location in Red Bank, New Jersey, Carter & Cavero has grown to encompass six stores, each of which offers tastings and a unique collection of products from around the world. Extra virgin olive oils include those infused with wild mushroom and sage, meyer lemons, or Tuscan herbs, each a flavorful accoutrement for bread, cooking, or otherwise bland cardboard. Carter & Cavero also stocks a huge variety of gourmet vinegars, foodstuffs, and unique skincare products that make use of gentle herbs and olive oils.
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.
The trio of master tailors at Tailoring by Izey & Pinar believes that when it comes to wardrobes, quality is paramount. Izey founded the shop more than 30 years ago and was later joined by Pinar and Vincent; today, all three tailors draw from decades of training and experience as they metamorphose fine fabrics into custom-made suits, shirts, and wedding dresses. Izey and Vincent cut wool, cashmere, and linen into fitted men’s suits and stitch Egyptian cottons into custom-designed shirts, and Pinar ensures that elegant wedding gowns fit their wearers and accentuate their best features. The tailors pride themselves on their painstaking attention to detail with every piece, accommodating requests for buttonhole placing, fancy linings, or inside pocket monograms of the wearer's name and British Secret Service code number.