What’s In Store at the Shore?



Take an afternoon stroll through Cape May’s historic district.


You can enjoy an expansive view of Point Pleasant from the Tower Cottage’s regal cupola; the inn’s sumptuous Versailles room.


The Daddy O Hotel on Long Beach Island


The Virginia Hotel

Most New Jerseyans can reach a Shore point in less than two hours, making for easy access to the Garden State’s sea and sand. But why not stay the weekend to enjoy the activities buzzing at the Shore at a leisurely summer pace?

You’ll certainly need a place to unwind after browsing the work of more than 150 artists at the Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival (June 12 and 13; 631-421-1590) in Ship Bottom. Head on over to the hip, retro-chic Daddy O Hotel, (4401 Long Beach Blvd; 609-494-1300; daddyohotel.com). Only five doors from the ocean on Long Beach Island, this 22-room boutique hotel has flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet connections, and luxurious amenities. You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the contemporary American fare at the restaurant/bar, but lounging on the rooftop deck is for patrons only.

After a long day trekking the Cape May Wine Trail (May 23 and June 20; 609-884-5404), take a load off in the heart of the town’s historic district at the Virginia Hotel (25 Jackson St; 800-732-4236; virginiahotel.com). Offering 24 rooms in the main house and five cottages along Jackson Street, each room in the restored 1879 landmark building is appointed with Italian and Belgian linens, flat-screen TVs, and an assortment of Bulgari bath products. Located directly off the lobby, the hotel’s restaurant, the Ebbitt Room, offers innovative American cuisine.

Planning to sing the blues at Point Pleasant Beach’s Jazz and Blues Festival (June 20; (732-899-2424)? After one of Maureen Haddad’s breakfasts, you’ll be whistling a different tune. The owner, along with husband, Tony, of the Tower Cottage (203 Forman Ave; 877-766-2693; thetowercottage.com), offers a gourmet breakfast every morning. And it’ll take the aroma of her homemade asparagus frittata with Fontina cheese to get you out of bed because each of the B&B’s five rooms has a gas fireplace, plush microfiber monogrammed robes and slippers, and a high-definition flat-screen TV.

If you’re bringing the kids along on your overnight adventure, don’t fret. Coastal Baby Rentals (732-272-6804; coastalbabyrentals.com) makes it easier. You can rent the gear you need for babies and toddlers, so you don’t have to haul it from home. Coastal Baby Rentals will deliver everything from child-sized beach cabanas to safety gates right to your door in more than twenty Shore towns.


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