The highland town of Ringwood sits 39 miles northwest of New York City in the Ramapo Mountains—a region filled with lakes, forests, and other natural attractions. Ringwood State Park surrounds The Castle at Skylands Manor, providing easy access to woodland hiking trails and the spring-fed Shepherd Lake, which opens up for swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park also contains some of the original buildings and mines dating back to the 18th century, when Ringwood was a leader in the iron industry. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
With a full complement of Brunswick Gold Crown tables punctuating the pool hall with swatches of green felt, Crown Billiards offers ample space for pool enthusiasts of all levels. Weekly tournaments give seasoned players a chance to show off and compete for cash prizes, while amateur leagues gives beginners a chance to work on their games. The resident pool pro Carmen Lombardo gives tips to players and offers lessons for an additional fee. Crown Billiards also houses a cue repair shop and a full kitchen, which serves coffee, snacks, and hot sandwiches.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Oakland's Valley Pub, a local favorite. None of the fare at Valley Pub is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Get your whole crew together at Valley Pub, offering lots of special space for larger parties.
Valley Pub offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Valley Pub. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Valley Pub — swing by for for favorite meal.
Opened in 1924, the Lafayette Theatre first ushered filmgoers into the swashbuckling world of the French Revolution with the silent classic Scaramouche. And the movie palace, which is appointed with a grandiose French and Italian Renaissance style, has remained a Suffern touchstone by introducing 3D technology, CinemaScope, and, in the late 1980s, the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. These days, jaunty organ tunes precede Friday- and Saturday-night features inside the renovated, single-screen theater, which specializes in first-run Hollywood flicks and classic cinema. One of the "great places to revel in cinematic grandeur," according to USA Today, the 942-seat theater surrounds visitors with ornate touches like a crystal chandelier, a red velvet curtain, and opera booths sans distracting Muppets.