Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

Bloomingdale’s Pink Campaign

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bloomingdale’s has held  The Pink Campaign for the past 13 years, this year being the 14th. Throughout the those 13 years, Bloomingdale’s has donated over $12 million to the fight against breast cancer. They plan to add to that amount this year. The purpose of this campaign is to raise money for cancer research, support, and awareness.  This year, like the others, Bloomingdale’s will be supporting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation, and the Marisa  Acocella Foundation

There will be three classes held this month in which the proceeds will go towards Bloomingdale’s partnering charities. On Saturday, October 6th, Bloomingdale’s teams up with POE yoga for a morning yoga class. On Saturday, October 13th, Bloomingdale’s will be teaming up with Orangtheory Fitness for a morning, total body  workout class, focusing on endurance, strength, and power. Finally, on October 20th, Bloomingdale’s collaborates with Everlast for a morning boxing class where you can train like a pro! Tickets are on sale now! 

The Pink Campaign is not limited to these classes. You can also contribute to the cause by shopping! From now through October 31st, you charge a $15 fee on your Bloomingdale’s credit card, which will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation, and the Marisa  Acocella Foundation. Once you do that, if you spend $150 or more on qualifying purchases, with your Bloomingdale’s credit card online or in store, you will receive a Give Pink, Get More card worth up to $250, which can be used online or at any Bloomingdale’s store. Visit the Bloomingdale’s website for more information. 

Not only is Bloomingdale’s raising money and awareness for breast cancer, but they’re also rewarding us for doing so. You get to help a great cause, shop, and get active. This campaign definitely does a good job spreading awareness, which is what we need to push the fight against breast cancer. Programs like this are what keeps hope alive. Let’s Give Pink and Get More with Bloomingdale’s! 

 

 

leaf peeping season

Leaf Peeping Season at Crystal Springs Resort

From now through mid-October, the Northeast gets to experience the peak of leaf peeping season. During this time, all the Autumn colors start to appear throughout the foliage. What better way to watch the leaves change than booking a weekend getaway at Crystal Springs Resort?

Crystal Springs Resort is conveniently located in New Jersey’s Skylands Region. This is one of the absolute best leaf peeping destinations, an hour west of NYC and amidst 2,700 acres along the Appalachian Trail, with views of the Kittatinny Mountains. This is a great place to view, photograph, and just enjoy the scenery. 

Crystal Springs is made up of two hotels with amazing views of the fall foliage, six golf courses, two highly ranked spas, ten restaurants including 4-star Restaurant Latour, a working farm, and an award-winning Wine Cellar with the largest collection of fine wines in the Northeast. Visitors can explore the towns, go apple picking, go hiking, and even taste ciders and spirits at Black Dirt Distilling or Warwick Distillery. Skeet and trap shooting is also available at Clove Spring Range’s Clay and Oak Sporting Club nearby. 

Every year, the mountains are covered in beautiful fall colors, setting the perfect Autumn scene. Start the season off with a visit to Crystal Springs for a nice tranquil getaway! 

Robby Younes

Robby Younes on Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 List

#HipNJ would like to shine some spotlight on Passaic County resident and Crystal Springs own Robby Younes. He has been named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 2018 40 under 40 Tastemakers! Younes is the only tastemaker from New Jersey this year! The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 list recognizes winemakers, beverage directors, brewers, grape growers, and others who are shaping todays’ beverage industry.  Those who make the list are known as innovators and risk takers, and Robby Younes is just that! 

Educated in France, Robby spent several years working in boutique hotels. Then, in his twenties, he quickly became an executive. He joined Crystal Springs Resort as Food & Beverage Director of Grand Cascades Lodge in 2008. He and Gene Mulvihill, the owner, expanded the Wine Cellar, turning it into one of the largest collection of fine wines in the country. Younes changed the entire restaurant portfolio as Regional F&B Director and Wine Director and also opened the Chef’s Garden, a garden offering a seasonal dining experience. In addition, as V.P. of Hospitality, he oversaw the elevation of Grand Cascades Lodge to AAA 4 Diamond status and led the renovation of Minerals Resort & Spa. He also created the  annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, bringing some of the world’s best chefs to Crystal Springs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, David Bouley, Francis Mallman, and more.

For over ten years, Robby has overseen the Crystal Springs wine program, starting as Director of Food & Beverage and becoming Wine Director and Vice President of Hospitality and Resort C.O.O. Though he has never stopped building the award-winning wine program. The program holds Wine Spectator’s highest honor, the Grand Award, and was recently inducted in the Wine Enthusiast‘s Restaurant Hall of Fame. Thanks to Robby, this wine program is the best of the best!