The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that Watchung Stable and Mosaico Restaurant are cooperating again to offer “Date Night at Watchung Stable” on two Sundays, July 1 and August 12, at 2:45 p.m. in Mountainside.

“Couples, ages 18 and older, are invited to go out on a date in a new and exciting way – on horseback,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “You’ll visit Lake Surprise and meander through the woods and fields to discover the wealth of wildlife active in the picturesque Watchung Reservation.”

Participants must arrive at Watchung Stable by 2:45 p.m. to sign in. The rides, which last approximately one hour, will leave at 3:00 p.m. After the ride, couples may want to head over to Mosaico Restaurant for a Northern Italian dinner since each couple will receive a $20 gift certificate, courtesy of Mosaico. 

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No riding experience is necessary; the rides will involve a leisurely walk only.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required, as space is limited (there are no refunds for these rides). The fee for the Date Night Trail Ride only is $56 per couple for Union County residents and $78 per couple for out-of-county participants. Those wishing to participate should stop by Watchung Stable, 1160 Summit Lane, Mountainside, and sign up,

Mosaico Restaurant is located at 1072 Route 22 West in Mountainside (

Watchung Stable is a facility of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Any couples wishing to find out about space availability for the “Date Night” trail ride, directions to Watchung Stable, or information about other riding programs, please call 908-789-3665 during normal office hours; visit the web site or email questions to