Utilize the scenic Tourne County Park to stay in shape this summer

tourne-county-parkWhy go to the gym on a beautiful summer day when you could exercise outside? The Legacy of Mountain Lakes is located just 5 minutes away from Tourne County Park. The park features athletic fields, bike trails, lakes, hiking trails and much more where one could enjoy various outdoor activities with a panoramic view to match . Here’s an easy walking workout that will help you get back in shape with a new outdoor exercise regimen while taking advantage of the natural Mountain Lakes terrain.


You can burn 200 calories in 30 minutes.

Navigating over roots and rocks and along winding or hilly paths can help you melt more fat and improve your agility, balance and coordination.

  • First 5 minutes: Walk along a flat trail at a pace that would make it easy for you to carry on a conversation.
  • Next 7 minutes: Stay on even terrain and pick up your pace so you’re breathing more deeply. (You should be able to talk only in short sentences.) Move at a faster clip for the last 2 minutes of this segment. Your breathing should become more labored, and you should be able to say just a few words at a time.
  • Next 10 minutes: Set out on a hilly trail or rugged path. Slow down to navigate uneven terrain. (If all the trails in your vicinity are flat, alternate between brisk and faster paces for 1 minute each.)
  • Next 5 minutes: Return to even terrain and walk at the same pace you used during the 7-minute segment (you should be able to talk only in short sentences).
  • Last 3 minutes: Continue walking on even terrain at a comfortable pace until your breathing is normal and you can carry on a conversation again.

Trail hiking 101:
Avoid getting blisters and other injuries that could interfere with your workouts.

  • Watch where you walk. Keep an eye on the ground, scanning for loose stones, holes, exposed roots and debris. To avoid slipping and falling, try to step on dull-colored dirt rather than slick, sticky mud.
  • Pamper your feet. To keep feet dry and blister-free, wear socks made of a fabric that draws sweat away from the skin (acrylic, for example, or Coolmax). Besides being uncomfortable, damp socks cause friction, which increases the likelihood of blisters.
  • Get the best boots. Wear lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes for ankle support and more grip when you’re walking on uneven terrain.

Source: http://www.allyou.com/diet-fitness/walking-workout-to-lose-weight/page2

Peach Harvest Festival


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Alstede Farms, located in the historic town of Chester, New Jersey, is a family owned and operated business providing quality fruits and vegetables, fresh from the fields to your table.


The Festival runs from 11am to 5pm both days. Enjoy peaches in more forms than you could possibly imagine! Discover peachy love with their homemade peach ice cream, peach shortcakes, peach ice tea slushies, and more. Alstede Farms Peach Pie is an all-time favorite. Take a Scenic hayride to the peach orchard to pick your own. The Peach Harvest Festival has family friendly activities including Pony Rides, Moon Bounce and more. Delicious time for the whole family!


Saturday, August 2 – Sunday, August 3
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane
Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24)
Chester, NJ 07930



Parsippany Farmer’s Market

Beginning on June 27th, the Parsippany Farmer’s Market will be open to the public every Friday from 1:00pm-7:00pm.

Located in the town parking lot at the corner of North Beverwyck Road and Minnehana Blvd, the market carries a fresh variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, jams & jellies, honey, flowers, and baked goods.

The Parsippany Farmer’s Market will run every week until October 24th, so don’t miss your chance!

Boonton Farmer’s Market



Every Saturday 8:30am-2:00pm

(Thru Nov 22nd)

Feel like freshening up?

Allow the Boonton Farmer’s Market to help you out.


Boasting local fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, jams, organic grown favorites, cheeses and breads, gourmet foods and more, The Boonton Farmer’s Market will fulfill your needs. Located in the Upper Plane Street Parking just behind Main Street in Boonton, you won’t have to go far for quality produce.

Come on down!

Flower Gardens, Relaxation, And More at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum


filename-img-8462-jpgLocated in Morristown, NJ, the “Arbo” is spread out over 127 acres, surrounding a historic mansion and it’s gardens. Feel free to walk along any of it’s trails, observe the immense range of flower life, or even request to have hold an event. Today, the mansion has transformed into offices, which are the “home” to people who preserve the garden, offer tours, and who can assist you in hosting your next event!!!


53 E Hanover Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960


Celebrate Your Favorite Berry at the Strawberry Festival


“Enjoy family fun at Alstede Farms during our Annual Strawberry Harvest Festival! Enjoy a scenic farm hayride to our large strawberry patch and pick your own strawberries right from our fields! A great activity for families, moms groups, church groups or anyone that loves the exceptional taste of fresh picked strawberries! Come on out and enjoy a day in the country!”

Pick your own strawberries from 9am-6pm and enjoy farm activities from 10am-5pm. “All day activity passes for just $13.95 per child allow unlimited access to farm fun ALL DAY!”

Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24).
Chester, NJ

GPS Address:
1 Chesterfield Dr.
Chester, NJ 07930


Need A Day of Relaxation Away from Home? The Urban Muse Day Spa awaits you!

accolade3At the Urban Muse in Denville, sisters Kristin and Tracy Pamperin provide personalized service and value. “The Urban Muse is warm and inviting, the staff is wonderful,” writes reader Rosemarie Lynch of Boonton. “They offer specials all the time, the gift shop is unique and the massages are fantastic!” (82 Broadway; 973-627-3455; theurbanmuse.com)

Source: http://bit.ly/1sYjIrD


Dive into Lifeguarding: Red Cross WSI Course Offered at The Lakeland Hills YMCA – Sunday, September 29th


Love to Swim? Want to share your passion for the water? Become a certified water instructor!

The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA is excited to be offering the Red Cross Water Safety (WSI)

Course, beginning Sunday, September 29th with a mandatory  pre-assessment swim test, followed

by weekly classes through October 10th. Visit: www.lakelandhillsymca.com for complete details on

dates and times. Learn the skills necessary to be a swim instructor during this intensive training

course where students will acquire teaching modalities as well as stroke efficiency and development.

Attendance to all classes is crucial to the outcome of the course, so please review dates and

times before registering. Open to everyone who is 16 years of age who demonstrates

proficiency in all swim strokes. Y membership is not required. Register in person at the Y or online.

Fee: $350 for current members, $400 for non-members. For more information, please call

Aquatics Director, Gwen McNamara at (973) 334-2820 or email at gwenm@lhymca.com


Have goggles, will travel…


Lakeland Hills Family YMCA Reopens As The Place You Love To Come Back To!

1184855_635664939801397_1282656241_nAfter an extensive annual facility facelift the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA reopened their doors today. Throughout the past two weeks crews were diligently working on minor renovations and completing yearly maintenance. From the moment you see the exterior of the facility (parking lot re-stripped) to when you enter the building (lobby area floors waxed) the changes will be noticeable. The smell of fresh paint will permeate throughout the facility. With the most detailed work completed in the pool area you will feel compelled to swim that extra lap or try an aqua fit class for the first time.  In addition to the visual changes in the building some behind the scenes work was completed as well. All spin bikes underwent preventative maintenance so the next time you clip on, gear up for a sweet ride.

Stop in for a tour of the new and much improved YMCA – you won’t be disappointed!

100 Fanny Road                                                                                                                                                      Mountain Lakes, NJ


Mountain Lakes residents – Do you have your beach tags for summer?

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Summer is finally here! Its time to enjoy the beach and have some good, safe fun!
Beaches are restricted for use by residents and immediate family members who reside with them. As you may know, to enter the beach, a beach tag available from Borough Hall is required. Proof of residency is necessary for ALL adults over 21 wishing to purchase tags.
Children under two years of age (as of June 1, 2013) do not need a tag. Seniors (aged 62 or over) must obtain tags but there is no fee. One Nanny tag is available per household and must be purchased separately.

This summer especially, we all are excited to be spending time with friends and family members in NJ on our beautiful beaches with so much to offer in terms of fine dining restaurants, activities for families, summer camps,  etc. We are so lucky to have these amazing beaches so close to us at Legacy of Mountain Lakes – just another reason our residents enjoy living here so much.

Summer living at Legacy is underway and we couldn’t be happier!

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

If you haven’t already registered for your beach tags, click here for the application: