My favorite town in New Jersey is….. RED BANK!

Red Bank, NJ is one of the most unique and hip towns on the Shore. Its rests on the Navesink River next to Middletown, Lincroft, and Rumson- three middle/upper class towns in Central Jersey. NJ Transit has a train station that brings you to any town on the Shore from Bay Head to NYC too!

Red Bank is known for its fine dining, luxury boutiques, eclectic crowd, nightlife, Count Basie Theater, and Jay & Silent Bob! Because I live a mere 10 minutes down the road from Red Bank, I spend at least one day a week just walking around, shopping, or eating. It is very up-and-coming, with a large young adult crowd. Its not uncommon to see Mr.  Springsteen grabbing a smoothie from Smoothie King, your fellow high school friends hanging out at Riverside or Marine Park, or socialities having dinner on Broad Street.

My favorite SPOTS & EVENTS in Red Bank:

  • Sugar Rush (an AWESOME cupcake place)
  • The 3rd of July Fireworks (although cancelled two years ago due to funding, I spent every year f my childhood attending the spectacular show)
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Lighthouse Italian Ice
  • the Galleria
  • Brothers Pizzeria & Ristorante
  • Broadway Diner
  • Weekly farmer’s markets
  • Dor La Dor
  • The Melting Pot
  • Bueno Sera
  • Jack’s Music Shop
  • Gaetano’s

Christmastime in Red Bank is beautiful- the city is covered with wreaths, garland, lights, and snow. every Christmas Eve, my dad and I go into Red Bank to do last minute Christmas shopping and get lunch together. The marina in Red Bank is SO beautiful as well. The sunset is always gorgeous and you have an awesome view of the houses directly along the other side of the river. I have so many fond memories of Red Bank that I want EVERYONE to experience!

 

While in Red Bank, you’ll most likely find yourself going out to dinner. Some places are BYOB, so you want to make sure your wine gets there safely and intact. Check out this fashionable wine carrier by AmeriLeather

This fashionable wine carrier keeps your wine cool, insulated, and protected. Small enough to not get in the way, but large enough to hold your favorite bottles of wine. Comes in black as well! BUY IT HERE!

Learn more about RED BANK:

http://acoollittletown.com/

http://www.redbank.com/

http://www.redbanknj.org/

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Island Beach State Park

Need a relaxing, off-the-radar kind of day? Check out Island Beach State Park! It’s only a short drive from the Seasides and will make you feel like you’ve completely left the state.

Island Beach State Park is one of the largest undeveloped barrier island in the United States, making it a perfect location for a day-long getaway. Not only are you on the beach, but you also have easy access to the Barnaget Bay!

Island Beach State Park also has an awesome view of the Governor’s Beach House, the Barnaget Lighthouse, and Long Beach Island.

On Island Beach State Park you have the option of:

  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Horse-back riding
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Bird watching
  • Quadding
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving

Because Island Beach State Park is such a beautiful place, there are so many sights to see- both close and far. Grab yourself a pair of binoculars to see every little detail ISBP has to offer!

This pair of Bushnell Falcon binoculars are lightweight, convenient, and strong binoculars that are perfect for bringing to the beach. Check them out here!

 

Want to learn more about Island Beach State Park?

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28951-d270559-Reviews-Island_Beach_State_Park-New_Jersey.html

http://www.islandbeachnj.org/index.html

New York City

Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach just as much as the next person, however I LOVE the city- New York that is! Everyone needs a break from the hot sand, salty seawater and windblown hair every once in a while (hard to believe, right?) Spend a day in the greatest city in the world- NEW YORK CITY!

If you’re coming from the shore, you can go to any stop on the North Jersey Coastline train of the NJ Transit and you’ll be in the city within 2 hours or less! Where I live, in Middletown, the train ride is about an hour, and the stop is only two minutes from my house. However, for the convenience of people who live on the Shore, almost every major beach town has their own train station!

There’s plenty of things to do in NYC, you can’t even fit it all in one day. Some of New York’s major attractions include:

  • The Empire State Building
  • The Freedom Tower
  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Statue of Liberty
  • City Sightseeing Cruises
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Any Broadway show!

From the area and want to check out some other not-so-touristy spots?

  • Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • NBC Studio Tour
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Wall Street
  • Carmine’s Italian Restaurant

Spending the day in the city can be tiring and long- but so worth it. Make sure your trip is as comfortable and convenient as possible- check out some of these products!

This backpack is one of the simpler styles that Jansport offers. If you’re going in and out of museums and other attractions all day, you’ll have to go through various security checks. Not only does this backpack hold all of your items in a neat, organized, and simple way, it is small and lightweight- you wont even know you’re carrying it! Check it out here!

 

It is more than likely that you will be doing a LOT of walking while in NYC. Check out this fashionable and lightweight shoe by Nike. It has the perfect amount of cushion and stretch to prevent any discomfort while on your feet. Buy it here!

Annual Events in NYC:

  • Times Square New Years Eve
  • Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • NY Film Festival
  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
  • ING NYC Marathon

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Sometimes, a little adventure and excitement is okay. New York City is one of the most incredible cities in the world and everyone should experience it.

 

Want to learn more?

http://www.nycgo.com/

Need to take the train to get there? Check out a schedule!

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0080.pdf

 

Ocean Grove

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey is directly south of Asbury Park, and is located in Neptune Township, NJ. Ocean Grove was founded as a Christian camp meeting community due to its proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. It is the first site for a tabernacle, an open-air wooden shelter. As popularity of the area increased, the town eventually built the Great Auditorium which is still used today for performances and speakers. Ocean Grove was visited by numerous presidents and was a popular religious getaway and summer town, similar to today! Ocean Grove is a State and National Historic District and is a must-see location if you’re visiting the Shore!

The Great Auditorium has been the hub of entertainment in Ocean Grove since the late 1800s. Today, it is used for musical performers, evangelists, and other popular events…a Jersey Shore must-see!!!!!

If you are not a fan of historic sites, the beach is just as beautiful as the Victorian townhouses. There are numerous Bed & Breakfast hotels, which is a perfect way to start off your morning in Ocean Grove. To make the experience more comfortable, bring your own robe and slippers!

This plush microfiber bathrobe will add comfort to the experience of waking up oceanside in the beautiful Victorian town of Ocean Grove

This plush microfiber bathrobe will add comfort to the experience of waking up oceanside in the beautiful Victorian town of Ocean Grove. Click the image to buy NOW

Grab a pair of matching slippers HERE!

Grab a pair of plush matching slippers HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Ocean Grove is a quaint, historical town that is perfect for a weekend getaway for your family. There are local independently-owned stores, restaurants, and Inns that are perfect for an off-the-radar kind of weekend.

   

 

More information on Ocean Grove? Visit:

http://www.oceangrovenj.com/

http://www.visitnj.org/ocean-grove