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Appalachian resort

Appalachian Resort

The Appalachian Resort up in the mountains of New Jersey has been my ‘home sweet home’ for several months.

Appalachian resort

Only about two hour’s drive (actually, a little less) from New York City, about two and a half hours from Philadelphia, and with two hot tubs, a heated pool, gym, cafe, bar, games room, underground parking and more, this luxury four-season resort has been my piece of heaven!

Appalachian resort

Appalachian Resort Four-Season Luxury

During winter, the ski slopes are literally in your back yard…

Appalachian resort

Appalachian resort

Next door is Mountain Creek Resort’s Red Tail Lodge where you can find even more places to eat, drink, rent equipment and be merry!

red tail lodge

Then, as the weather turns to spring, the area becomes known for hiking and biking – with the Appalachian Trail only a few miles up the road.

appalachian 2016 Spring Classic Pro GRT Course

Come summer, and the whole area turns water park!

Fall is back to hiking and biking, and the cycle is complete.

Only 10 minutes away is the picture-postcard beauty of Warwick, just over the border into New York state.

warwick new york

I have loved my time here!


Ye Auld Shebeen Irish Pub

ye auld shebeen irish pubIn Ireland, a ‘shebeen’ was a late-night speakeasy, often of ill-repute ~ however this glorious gem in Whippany, New Jersey is anything but!

When I’m in the area, this is one of my all-time favorite places to live the laptop-lifestyle ~ curl up, work, drink, chat… (apart from taking your life in your own hands as you navigate the nearby highway 10 to 287 intersection – eeeeeegads, that’s a nightmare!)

This Irish Pub is about as authentic as you can get on this side of the pond, with over 90% of the materials used to create the pub coming from old Irish salvage in Ireland and being shipped to New Jersey, USA.

auld shebeen irish pub

First constructed in Belfast, Ireland, the Auld Shebeen was then dismantled, packed up, relocated to America and reconstructed where she now stands.

The wood paneling and fireplace in part of the dining room are made of solid oak from the library of an old mansion in central Belfast.

In the main bar area, you find an 18th century Póitin still, which was rescued from an old seminary college in Maynooth, County Kildare.


auld shebeen irish pub…and in case you’re wondering, “póitin” was the Irish term for moonshine, made from  cereals, grain, whey, sugar beet, molasses and potatoes.

Want another interesting fact?

The Irish word for a hangover is póit – I guess, too much póitin and you get a póit!

Makes sense.

…and no, the slightly blurry images were as a result of low-light, not too much póitin – at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  🙂

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You can find the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub at 1401 Rt 10 E · Whippany, New Jersey 07981 USA

By Leigh St John, aka the Luxurious Nomad

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