Crane’s Mill Blog: Fun

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 »


A Day in the Life of a Crane’s Mill Resident

Join us for a look at independent living activities at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey Many people wonder what it’s like to live at Crane’s Mill. Sure, there are beautiful apartments and cottages, friendly staff and common areas on-par with fine hotels. But what do people do all day? Luckily for you, you found the answer here! Every day, there are many activities, events and jaunts to nearby locations on the calendar. The beauty of Crane’s Mill is that we keep our calendar filled to the brim—and our residents have the choice to do as much …Read More »


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your Friends at Crane’s Mill

We hope your St. Patrick’s Day is filled with fun! At Crane’s Mill, our residents are gearing up for our annual St. Patrick’s Day social, which is typically well-attended, and is always a blast. You can bet there will be plenty of green clothing and accessories, and perhaps an Aran sweater or two! …Read More »


Happy Labor Day from Crane’s Mill

Happy Labor Day! We hope your day is full of fun times with family and friends. At Crane’s Mill we’re readying a BBQ in the heart of Towne Square. Friends and neighbors are already beginning to gather, getting set to enjoy an array of grilled goodies that would make Bobby Flay salivate. Have an excellent day and enjoy this unofficial sendoff to summer! …Read More »


Join the Mill Club and Fill Your Calendar with Fun!

Mill Club offers New Jersey retirees a glimpse of the good life “We wish we’d made our move earlier,” is something we hear often from residents at Crane’s Mill. There are simply so many fantastic services, amenities, activities and people that it’s no surprise once a resident moves in, they quickly realize the fun, carefree way of life at Crane’s Mill is one to envy. Now you have a chance to experience a taste of this exclusive lifestyle before you make your move by joining the Mill Club. Mill Club Membership Benefits include: -12 complimentary dinners in our Candleberry Dining Room …Read More »


Join the Mill Club and Fill Your Calendar with Fun!

Mill Club offers New Jersey retirees a glimpse of the good life “We wish we’d made our move earlier,” is something we hear often from residents at Crane’s Mill. There are simply so many fantastic services, amenities, activities and people that it’s no surprise once a resident moves in, they quickly realize the fun, carefree way of life at Crane’s Mill is one to envy. Now you have a chance to experience a taste of this exclusive lifestyle before you make your move by joining the Mill Club. Mill Club Membership Benefits include: -12 complimentary dinners in our Candleberry Dining Room …Read More »


Crane’s Mill: a Certified Wildlife Habitat

If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you may have noticed small animals such as American Robins and Canadian Geese, and larger ones like wild turkeys and stunning families of deer who call Crane’s Mill their home. You may have also noticed the sign stating that the Crane’s Mill campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Certified by the National Wildlife Federation, Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ, contains “all the basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive,” including: Providing food for wildlife Supplying water for wildlife Create cover for wildlife Give wildlife a place …Read More »


The Polar Express: A Look at our Residents’ Very Special Holiday Train Display

Crane’s Mill residents concoct, conduct lovely locomotives. Crane’s Mill is a special community in large part because of its residents. Many come from Northern New Jersey and beyond, bringing their individual backgrounds and traditions to our lovely community. The holidays are a great example of many different residents coming together and celebrating, embracing their traditions and making new ones along the way. Here’s a great example of a wonderful Crane’s Mill tradition: Tucked away in a corner of the Sycamore II building at Crane’s Mill is a magical train set created by a group of our most passionate and imaginative residents. Small …Read More »


New Crane’s Mill Residents Welcomed In Style (As Always!)

This afternoon, we’re holding one of our regularly scheduled New Resident Mixers! When a new resident moves to Crane’s Mill, they are immediately welcomed by our Transition Counselor, along with many other staff members, and our resident-run welcoming committee. The idea is to make the person’s move to Crane’s Mill seamless, comfortable, and fun! During their first week, new residents enjoy dinner invitations, a review of the activities calendar with our Director of Community programming, an overview of their apartment or cottage with our maintenance staff, and so much more. In addition to this individualized attention, about every other month, …Read More »