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Long Branch NJ: Off Season Joys of the Jersey Shore

WHY GO: The northern Jersey Shore town of Long Branch NJ shares all the benefits of a “Jersey Shore Experience” - the Atlantic Ocean, the sand, the incredible sunrises – with its southern sisters (Atlantic City, Cape May), but it’s so much easier to get to. Long Branch is the first stop on the NJ Transit Bayhead [...]

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Bungalow Hotel: Fun Boutique in Long Branch NJ

With an interior designed by the HGTV darlings, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, The Bungalow Hotel, in Long Branch NJ is a delightful, whimsical, colorful and eclectic alternative to your basic franchise beach getaway. There are just 24 units on three floors ranging from standard to 2-bedroom, and though not directly on the beach (and hence, [...]

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Cape May NJ: Enchantments Off Exit 0

WHY GO: A vacation spot since the late 1700’s, Cape May NJ attracted city dwellers who would travel by packet steamers down to the shore. There, they’d “bathe” in the Atlantic Ocean, essentially bobbing up and down in the waves wearing barbell-heavy woolen “bathing attire.” Since then, Cape May tourism has waxed and waned. A [...]

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Somers Point NJ: Still Rockin’ On

WHY GO: A fishing village turned rock ‘n roll hub, Somers Point NJ was the drinking nightlife counterpoint to dry Ocean City – a bridge away – and still is. Though 50’s/60’s rock venues like Tony Mart’s (mythologized in the movie Eddie and the Cruisers) have shuttered (headliners moved ten miles away to Atlantic City), [...]

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Haddonfield NJ: A Dickens Christmas of a Town

WHY GO: Haddonfield NJ is best known as the spot where the first complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in the USA - back in the 1800's. But this small suburb of Philly - a 20 minutes drive away – is also known for its fantastic shopping and exquisite downtown, which most likely would have thrilled its namesake, [...]

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Point Pleasant Beach NJ: Wonderful Off Season, Too

WHY GO: Point Pleasant Beach NJ has been catering to generation after generation of sun-worshippers and boardwalk babies. With a one mile esplanade lined with renovated summer homes (which took a beating from Hurricane Sandy) and typical shore-side enterprises like custard shops, pizza stands, sand-floored bars, tee-shirt emporiums, and amusement park rides, this Atlantic Ocean [...]

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Tower Cottage B&B: Point Pleasant Beach NJ

The Tower Cottage B&B, housed in the tallest and oldest home in Point Pleasant Beach, places you, the guest, squarely in an English Manor or Italian Palazzo – with rooms so royally appointed, you can be somewhat disoriented when walking out the front door to a neighborhood of small and tidy homes. Featured in the Fall 2015 [...]

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Jersey City, NJ: The New Art and Food Powerhouse

WHY GO: The view. The food. The youthful, collaborative, entrepreneurial energy. And it’s all just one subway stop from downtown Manhattan. I cannot emphasize the vitality of this Hudson River city enough. Home to Liberty State Park (and you thought the Statue of Liberty was closest to New York), the iconic Colgate Clock, and some [...]

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Red Bank NJ: Where Pop-Culture and Mom and Pop Converge

WHY GO: What Red Bank NJ lacks in museums or historic sites, it more than makes up for in pop-culture. Declared one of the nation’s “Coolest Towns” by Smithsonian Magazine (in 2012), and just an hour from New York City at the confluence of the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers, this tiny NJ town of 13,000 [...]

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WHY GO: Once upon a time, Atlantic City was the “place to be” on the East Coast with what’s been called “the most historic pedestrian promenade in the world.” Top bands and stars appeared here, sun worshippers flocked to the Boardwalk and the wide, clean beaches, Bert Parks sang “There She Is, Miss America” as a [...]

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