Hatteras Sands

Beach, Budget Travel, Travel

We’ve never stayed at Hatteras Sands, but appreciate the roadside beauty. These cottages are reminiscent of dollhouses and show a great level of detail down to the matching picnic tables and flower boxes. They offer an affordable, fun and unique experience!

The cottages provide enough room for 4 people to sleep (one queen downstairs and two beds on the upper level). They also come with a charcoal grill, small refrigerator, microwave and TV. It’s like upscale camping, with a renovated bath house located within walking distance.

There are also tent sites, a single-wide trailer, cabins and rv sites, if you prefer that over a cottage. And good news for guests looking to bring a pet on vacation, this is available for an additional low fee.

Hatteras Sands is about 5 minutes from the beach. Plus, there is a park canal for fishing, crabbing and kayaking. And, there is a pool, laundry facility, large clubhouse and basketball court. They seem to have something for everyone!

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Cape May Park & Zoo

animals, Budget Travel, Travel, Zoo

Cape May Park & Zoo is located in Cape May Court House, NJ. It was originally created in 1978. It’s a free park and zoo run on donations. They offer a zoo, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, a fishing pond, a wedding gazebo, a rock climbing wall, and a carousel. Plus, in 2016 they will introduce rope courses and zip-lines.

The park and zoo are open seven days a week, year round. They even offer special events, such as a night walk (after hours at the zoo). There is a ticket price and reservations are required. However, snacks and drinks are included.

There is also a special zoo camp offered every summer. It’s a great place for kids to learn more about animal life.

We highly recommend visiting this location if you are in the area. You can pack a picnic lunch and tour the zoo. It’s affordable and fun. Plus, there is plenty to do, especially with little ones.

Wildwoods, NJ (Part 1)

Beaches, Budget Travel, Ocean, Travel

This past weekend was an adventure, to say the least. My “baby” sister is a senior in high school and a part of colorguard. This year they went to championships in Wildwoods, NJ. My husband and I made plans to see her perform on Friday at the Prelims. Unfortunately, I didn’t put enough forethought into the weekend and only booked one night. I had luckily found a great deal via Groupon for that night. We arrived Friday in Absecon, NJ (outside of Atlantic City).

Jessica (my sister) performed that evening. They put on an amazing show. This meant they were moving on to semi-finals on Saturday, with a chance of passing on to finals on Sunday. We were excited for her, but had a decision to make. Do we stay another night or say “good luck” and head home. We hadn’t really planned for this, my mistake since I hadn’t thought it through. So after much deliberation we decided we needed to find somewhere to stay for the night. Our budget is currently tight, since we’re saving for a back deck (which is another story all together).

If you’re on a tight budget, here are a few tips… Look on Groupon for getaway deals. I’ve also heard Living Social is another good option. However, if it’s last minute check out the app Hotel Tonight.

We found a deal on Hotel Tonight for just 60 dollars! Deals are posted within 24 hours, it’s a way for hotels to fill their rooms… But quite honestly, it’s also smart to check the hotel website. Because, we actually found a cheaper deal on the hotel’s page (since I have AAA). I found a room for an unimaginable price, it even had a king size bed, fridge, microwave, and free breakfast. The only bad thing was it was about 45 minutes from the convention center (where she performed). Sometimes it pays to stay out of the city…

She performed the next day and it was totally worth it. It was her best performance and the awards were definitely something to see. Even though things were a little last minute, it all worked out. The beaches were beautiful and the boardwalk was full of things to do. Plus we found some good eateries and other fun stops.

To find out more about Wildwoods, NJ, tune into the blog next week. I will have more pictures and details about the location in “part 2”. Thanks for following!