Ain't That Grand?

Christmas Day Brunch the Star on Historic Hotel's Tree During Season of Joy


As soon as Small Business Saturday arrived late last month, the holiday season officially kicked off in Summit, a town which many have described as 'Norman Rockwell picturesque'.

“To see locals and others from towns from around the area flock to the area to shop and dine creates such a great vibe in the town,” says Assistant General Manager Jimmy Thornton. “My favorite time of year at the hotel is when we light the fireplace. The lobby and vibe of the hotel takes on a traditional feel that only an historic hotel can portray.”

Thornton who has been with the hotel for close to 18 years says he always appreciates how many first-time guests express how impressed they are with the Hotel this time of year. While the town of Summit welcomes the traffic that the busy holiday rush produces, the residents are only too happy to keep the secret of Summit’s charm and comfort to themselves.

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“Summit is one of the country’s most prestigious towns, and it always amazes me how many people from significant locales who visit the town have never heard of it prior to coming here,” adds Thornton.

At a time when new cookie cutter-type properties are popping up throughout the area, the history and charm of the classic Hotel takes center stage as the holidays associated with such tradition do likewise. “People love rushing into the lobby to gather and sit alongside the roaring fireplace,” says Front Office Manager Katie Ogden, herself a native of Summit.

While the calendar year’s first couple of holidays boast huge crowds for the hotel’s sumptuous buffets, Christmas takes on a much more understated vibe that lends itself to a low-key holiday with all the trimmings. “We look forward to seeing the same faces year after year that come to see us for Christmas,” says long time HAT Tavern General Manager Walter Curtis. “It is an extended family for us as during the holidays we are often spending as much time with them as with our own families.” It is a labor of love for a staff who spends their days working in the hotel.

“We have always strived to create a home away from home for our customers,” adds Assistant Restaurant Manager Maggie McGuire. “The thing we have that can’t be replicated is a small town vibe and that carries over to the image we try and create in our hotel and tavern.”

This year’s Christmas Day Buffet is sure to please and, as always, will be served in our HAT Tavern (formerly the Hunt Club) where it has been a tradition for over 100 years.

Merry Christmas & Happy Chanukah from your friends at The Grand Summit Hotel & HAT Tavern!

Christmas Day Brunch at HAT Tavern

Served 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

$39 Adult /Children Ages 4 – 12 Years 1/2 Price

Carving Station

Roast Turkey Breast, Pan Gravy

Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus

Chafing Dishes

Scalloped Potatoes

Garden Vegetable Medley

Raw Bar

Shrimp, Oysters & Whitefish Caviar

Cocktail Sauce & Lemon Wedges

Cold Buffet Display

Sliced Seasonal Fresh Fruit

Assortment of Imported & Domestic Cheeses

Potato Salad

Pasta Salad

Sliced Cucumber & Red Onion Salad

Grilled Vegetable Platter, Balsamic Vinaigrette

House Smoked Salmon Platter

Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings

Omelet Station

Omelets Made To Order with Your Choice of Fillings

Diced Ham, Onion, Mushroom, Peppers, Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese

Chafing Dishes

French Toast, Bacon & Sausage

Dessert Display

An Assortment of Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes & Mini Pastries

Assorted Juices & Coffee Included

Includes a Glass of Champagne, Mimosa or Bloody Mary

With 149 guest accommodations and over 10,000 square feet of recently-renovated event space, The Grand Summit Hotel -- the shining star in the town of Summit -- remains one of the area’s most prestigious addresses for social and corporate events.

The hotel’s culinary reputation is unmatched in the area and has been extended to the wildly popular HAT Tavern in the hotel’s lower level. The management team built on this success recently with the grand opening of the Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar serving private label coffee and espresso, Ironbound Nitro Brewed Iced Coffee, a selection of hard to find craft beers, and wine.

The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey 07901. For more information call the hotel at 908-273-3000 or visit our website at   

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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