Miles away, but worlds apart: An adventure in Ramsey

Each of the appetizers I enjoyed recently at the Lakeside Grille & Bar was delicious, and served in a beautiful setting amid the Ramsey Golf & Country Club.

Whether near or far, I love exploring new places. As a regular traveler, wanderlust hits me often and hard. And while airline tickets and transcontinental travel can get expensive, sometimes a local adventure is enough to satiate the travel bug.

The drive to the Ramsey Golf & Country Club is beautiful, punctuated by lots of trees and culminating in a winding ride up a steep hill.

A true Jersey girl, I’ve experienced a lot of the state and often take advantage of the easy access to both the beach and the mountains. But, surprisingly, I’d never visited a golf club before and Ramsey felt like a different world. So, when the opportunity to visit the Lakeside Grille & Bar at Ramsey Golf & Country Club came up, I couldn’t pass it up.

Sliders and tuna tartar are perfect warm-weather favorites to share with friends.

Coming from Jersey City, the Ramsey Golf & Country Club is about an hour-and-a-half north — a beautiful drive punctuated by lots of trees and culminating in a winding ride up a steep hill. Upon arriving at the restaurant, I was taken aback by the lovely homes and the nearby Mirror Lake.

The atrium provides a wonderful setting to relax with friends after a round of golf.

After days of cold weather, it was finally beginning to feel like spring and I couldn’t wait to share a meal with a friend. On Tuesdays, the theme at the Lakeside Grille is “BYOB.” We opted for a couple of glasses of rosé and began our dinner with a few warm-weather favorites — sliders and tuna tartar to start! When they came out, each of the appetizers was delicious. The sliders were perfectly seasoned and served on warm, fresh buns. The tuna tartar was super light with sundried tomatoes mixed throughout, adding a great citrus flavor.

Just a few miles away from home, I suddenly felt transported to a whole new world.

To round out the meal, we shared the lobster club. Served cold on brioche with bacon and avocado, it was the perfect main course to end a light dinner on a warm evening. And what’s dinner without dessert? At our friendly waitress’ insistence, we indulged our sweet tooth with a creamy flan.

As dinner came to an end, we watched the sun set over the sprawling golf course just outside the window. Families slowly started to fill the atrium, hungry after a few rounds of golf. Just a few miles away from home, I suddenly felt transported to a whole new world.