Crane’s Mill Blog: Eat, Drink & Play

Do You Remember New Jersey’s Drive-in Movie Theaters?

Residents from All Over the Northern New Jersey Area Have Fond Memories of Drive-In Theaters At Crane’s Mill, we have residents from many different areas. Of course, being in Northern New Jersey, we have a large number of people from Essex, Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties. Many of our residents who have New Jersey roots will certainly remember the state’s fabulous drive-in movie theaters. A while back, NJ.com (the website for the Star-Ledger newspaper) featured a piece on one of the nation’s largest drive-in movie theaters, located just a few miles away in Newark, NJ. It’s a wonderful read, and this …Read More »


More Ways to Stay Fit This Winter: Daily Exercise Classes at Crane’s Mill

Crane’s Mill Residents Enjoy Professional Exercise Classes Six Days a Week In Northern New Jersey, we have seen our fair share of tough winter seasons. Whether we’re faced with big snowfalls and icy sidewalks or blustery below-freezing temperatures, Jack Frost can really put a wrench in our daily lives. At Crane’s Mill, residents are lucky to have a number of ways to stay fit, active and healthy regardless of the weather. In addition to the community’s wonderful fitness center and indoor pool, residents have access to morning exercise classes geared specifically for seniors. Classes take place six days per week …Read More »


Did You Know? Towne Square at Crane’s Mill Plays Host to Monthly Art Exhibits

The Koether Art Gallery at Crane’s Mill is Named for this Special Area’s Original Curator Walking through Towne Square at Crane’s Mill for the first time can be breathtaking. From the grand entrance way with reclaimed wood to the dining venues and fitness center, it seems there is something fun, interesting or delicious at each turn. What visitors may not know is that in the hall near the library and gift shop is an art gallery featuring an ever-changing roster of artists. The Koether Art Gallery, named for late Crane’s Mill residents and gallery curator Mary Koether, displays an array …Read More »


A New Year’s Resolution You’ve Earned

Give Yourself the Gift of an Exceptional Lifestyle this Year. We love this time of year. The winter months mean spending time with family and loved ones, enjoying the cool, crisp air and embracing the joyful holiday season. As the New Year approaches we find it fun to reminisce about the past and also welcome the chance to look ahead and plan what’s next. In fact, at Crane’s Mill people are busy thinking up their New Year’s resolutions. Some are striving to exercise more, take a trip or spend more time with family. What is your resolution for 2020? Here are some ideas to …Read More »



An Active Senior Couple Moves to Crane’s Mill – See What Happens Next

Watch What Happens When an Independent Couple Moves to Crane’s Mill When you come to Crane’s Mill, you are doing more than making a physical move–you are making an investment in yourself. Residents reap the rewards of a refreshed, healthy lifestyle, and a long-term well-being that can only come from moving to such a community. Check out the video below for a fun look at a new couple’s journey, and call 973-276-6700 or click here when you are ready to learn more. …Read More »


Don’t Miss Breakfast with Santa and a Magical Horse and Carriage Ride – Saturday, December 14

Kick off the holidays at Crane’s Mill with this free Breakfast with Santa at our West Caldwell, New Jersey Retirement Community! Bring your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for their chance to meet Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their elves! Please be sure to bring your own camera for pictures with Jolly Old Saint Nick! Plus, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around our campus, play fun games, warm up with cocoa, and enjoy a holiday sing-a-long! The fun takes place on Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at Crane’s Mill. Call 973-276-3070 or click here to send email …Read More »



Gallery: Thanksgiving Unstuffed

Guests filled Hinman Hall for ‘Thanksgiving Unstuffed,’ a special cooking demo hosted by Crane’s Mill executive chef Dominic Ackerman. Chef Dom walked the crowd through unique ideas for holiday leftovers including Turkey Pot Pie Soup, Turkey Endive Salad, and Thanksgiving Frittatas. Everyone enjoyed sampling the chef’s dishes while sharing holiday traditions–new and old–with the group. …Read More »