Sunday, May 26, 2013

Our Jersey Shore Memorial Day Weekend Trip We are Jersey Strong Day 1...



We decided Saturday around 3:00 on a very rainy day that we were going to take a drive down the Jersey Shore.   The last 5 years since my (Now hubby) and I started dating we have stayed down the Jersey Shore.  He was lucky enough to have a family home in Lavallette, NJ and lived summers down the shore.   They sold it a few years ago so we have been renting in Seaside park, NJ ever since and now our kids are enjoying the experience.    I'm not for traffic at all so I jumped on to the 511nj  they have cameras all the way up and down the Garden State Parkway and it's a MUST LOOK before i jump in the car.   My other MUST LOOK is on Facebook a fan page called Jersey Shore Hurricane News  This fan page started during Hurricane Irene and it now has over 200K fans and it's where you get all the details - traffic - weather events etc...

 we got married in Lavallette NJ 10/10/10


No traffic so off we went ....  we plan ahead so just in case we all packed a bag.

So 1 hour and 15 minutes later we arrived in Lavallette, NJ...   1st Stop...  Saying hi to our great friends Aggie & Josephine from The Music Man located at 2305 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ.  If you never heard of them - this is where you go for great Ice cream... and you get a Full Broadway Cabaret.   The only way I can explain how I feel about this place is it's my New Jersey Disney World... I laugh, laugh so hard I cry...  I hear amazing singers that are so crazy talented you sit and think - why haven't they gotten on American Idol or THE VOICE... (much better choice this year).  All this for less than $8.00 a person - plus you get a really great bowl of ice Cream - or in my hubby case a double expresso and a small kids coffee ice cream (remember he's the healthy one)...


They made it thru Hurricane Sandy with lots of upgrades and an amazing yes I say that alot but no other word fit it - Amazing 2013 Summer Cast.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND...

We then decided lets stay over and find a place...  We had called a few places - unfortunately for plenty of rooms - The Jersey Shore needs your help!!   GO TO THE SHORE!!!!  Stay overnight - stay a weekend - stay a week...



We decided to stay a block away at Tradewinds Motor Lodge 2000 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ....   Another location that got hit by Hurricane Sandy and has completely come back stronger and better....  The rooms are completely gorgeous...  now I mean Gorgeous. 

The rental home we rented last year hasn't come back from the damage - and with so many people not being able to get the homes up quickly rentals are hard to find or to be honest just asking too much.  We will be going down the beach and we found our Summer Home...  Right here at Tradewinds..


This is a photo from this weekend...  Pretty Chilly - wind blowing - but pool Heated...

After all that fun - we headed into Seaside Heights, NJ...  And hit a brand new Restaurant.



This was the old location of Luna DeRosa - I was really sad to hear they were changing - we eat at Luna pretty much 2-3 times a week - we loved the food....   Same owners just new and improved...  And the Food Is off the hook...  They have a full Sushi Bar - they offer Brick Oven Pizza - plus all the good food from the Luna Menu and MUCH MUCH MUCH more...  

Another HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Then off to Seaside Heights Boardwalk

The boardwalk looks good... It's hard to believe it wasn't there 7 months ago..  I'm so proud to say I'm Jersey Strong...  Everyone involved to get this up and running by Memorial Day Weekend should be very proud of themselves.

Here a the places we stopped by...  
1st... Stop by and say hi to our friends at Sand Tropez and the One of the Kind Lady stores...  Great friends fun times.

Then to walked up and took a look at the newly remodeled Spicy Catina  -not the same without Chef Jimmy - but we wish him TONS OF LUCK on his new venture Chef of Wheels you need a catering job - Hire Him...

We stopped at all the arcades...  to drop some cash into the machines...
Lucky Leos
Coin Castle (My favorite game - Wizard of Oz - started my collection of cards again.

We walked all the way to the North End - boardwalk still not finished.  And was very sad to see that my summer tattoo place is no longer at this location.
Adrenaline Tattoos & Body Piercing.


This location didn't make it thru the Hurricane...  you can't even walk to this area at this point.

They moved a few stores down the other way.  you can find them at 707 Broadwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751  732-375-3500

We also hit The Shore Store  Give Danny and his Brother A ton of credit - they came back from ruin.
We bought our T-Shirts - Jersey Strong...  
They still how rental homes available - and you can rent the Jersey Shore House - and Take a tour - Don't miss that..

We then turn around and watched some of the craziness on the boardwalk - big Prom weekend...  Lots of "party people" kids laughed - hubby and I laughed.

Below is some photos over the past few years of this fun...
 

          






Will post  photos for day 2....  In the next blog post... Don't miss it - I show some photos from this weekend on how things look

I really hope you enjoy this trip...  And check us out for the next blog post...  

Will be posting about all that we did today... LOTS to show you..

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