That describes the beautiful city of Summit! Its hilltop setting inspired the name; it literally stands above neighboring towns.
Summit is at the northern point of Union County, bordering Chatham in Morris County and Millburn in Essex County
Just across from the train station is the excellent Summit Cheese Shop. The Meat House, a butcher and grocer, has recently come to town, the chainâ€™s first New Jersey location.
Kings Food Market, a regional upscale chain, has a store in Summit. Many other choices including Whole Foods and Trader Joeâ€™s are just over the border in Millburn, Union and Springfield.
The town offers several free parking lots, conveniently located behind the shops and restaurants.
The four main areas of the city include Morris/Hobart Avenues, to the north, bordering Short Hills. Below that is city center, with shops, restaurants and apartments; in its southeast corner it borders park land in Springfield. The southwest quadrant of Summit, Tremont Park and Woodland Park, border the Watchung Reservation. Springfield/Morris Avenues neighborhood is in the northwest, bordering Chatham.
The five elementary schools are for grades 1 to 5:
Summit has great parks where youâ€™ll find the town pool, community center, golf course and ball fields. Organized sports are available for children and adults. The Summit Y is right downtown.
Photo 4The beautiful Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a former estate, now open to the public and is a great attraction in April when the 1000s of daffodils are in bloom.
Along its southern border, Summit meets the Watchung Reservation. This preserved land covers almost 2000 acres, it is mostly forest but does include playgrounds, golf courses, stables, and a museum within the reservation.
Summit is a quick train ride away from New York City, the cultural hub of the world. In an hour you are on the beach or in the mountains. Two hours and youâ€™re in Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation. Weekend trips to Washington DC and Boston are within reach.