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(Photo: Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY)
A popular summertime activity on the East Coast is to go “down the shore.” That is down the Jersey Shore.
Here are five things to love about the Jersey Shore.
A great food scene
It also has sit-down establishments like Pop’s Garage, a fun Mexican bar and restaurant, and Asbury Oyster Bar. Long Branch has the upscale Avenue restaurant, with dishes such as Boeuf Bourguignon and lobster spaghetti.
Asbury Park has some of the most famous musical venues on the Jersey Shore, including the Wonder Bar and the Stone Pony, which launched the careers of Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Atlantic City also draws top musical acts with its casino scene.
Outpost, a new space by The Participation Agency, recently opened, also in Asbury Park. It is a “rest stop” for creatives,” featuring amenities that include a Gibson recording studio, a yoga and fitness center, an outdoor deck area, and laundry and showers.
It is the second Outpost by the experiential marketing firm. (The first one is in El Paso.
) Several towns have art galleries and artists’ organizations that kick into high gear during the summer with openings and other events. And of course, there’s plenty of street art, especially in Asbury Park.
You can go high-low when shopping on the Jersey Shore. In Long Branch, you can get athletic gear at the high-end Lulemon.
Red Bank has a booming downtown with ever-evolving boutiques.
New boutique hotels with funky bars and design-driven guestrooms have opened in recent years. Long Branch has the Bungalow Hotel in Pier Village with its decorative rooms, a lounge with a pool table, and outdoor patio.
Asbury Park has the Asbury Hotel, which has a rooftop bar, another rooftop venue where films are shown, a lobby where musical acts perform, and a swimming pool with a food truck. The Virginia Hotel in Cape May has the feel of a BB with a front porch and only 24 rooms but the amenities of a boutique hotel.