Missing the OBX

Beach, Beaches, obx, Ocean, Travel

Well, it’s a new year and it’s starting to feel a lot like winter. The temperatures have been below freezing this wBeach NCeek. And I can’t help but yearn for warmer months and a trip to the OBX. So I’m sharing with you this picture which was taken during our September trip to the OBX. Fond memories come to mind and I can almost picture the sand between my toes.  Anyone else missing barefoot beach weather or is it just me?

 

The Beach Life in Avalon, NJ

Beach, Ocean, Photography, Travel

This past weekend was spent in Avalon, NJ. We had some pretty breathtaking views and beautiful weather.

One of our regular places to visit is the Avalon Marine Center, many of the photos in the gallery are from that location. My husband also enjoys dabbling in occasional astrophotography. He was hoping to get a few star photos this past weekend, but the light pollution and clouds didn’t allow that to happen. Although, he did get a few night shots, one of which is included in the gallery below.

The area is absolutely beautiful. Avalon is located near Cape May, Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor. We actually visited the Cape May Zoo on this trip, which will be featured in next week’s blog. It’s a free zoo, based on donation. And, definitely worth the visit! Come back next Monday to learn more about that.

Do you have any favorite vacation spots or beaches that you visit regularly? Please share in the comments section below.

Shellbay Avenue Pier

nature, Ocean, Picnic, Travel

Shellbay Avenue Pier is off the beaten path (located in Cape May Court House, NJ). It’s a quiet and scenic oasis. You can enjoy the sunset, have a picnic and watch the birds. The site is also available for those wanting to fish, crab, kayak or simply walk the pier.

Want more? Get directions and details by visiting the NJ Wildlife Trails website.

Avalon, NJ (Take 2)

Beach, Ocean, Seashore, Travel

Last weekend we visited Avalon, NJ. It’s one of our more frequently traveled locations.

Every mother’s day weekend, the community hosts a yard sale event. Although, I made some time to check out the sales, it wasn’t the only thing on the agenda. Among other things, we also made arrangements to visit the Hank Sauce Restaurant in Sea Isle City. I recently wrote an article about their hot sauce, which will be featured in the Best Recipes summer magazine. We stopped in to meet one of the owners and catch a bite for lunch. The food was delicious. I order the Gouda burger and my husband enjoyed the roadhouse burger. Both were amazing, in fact I’d like to make special note that their pulled pork was phenomenal (a top the roadhouse burger).

Because the weekend was spent busy doing other things, we barely had time to visit the beach. But what is a trip to the Jersey shore, without seeing the ocean? The last day we were there, we finally took a walk on the beach (by the jetty). There were plenty of fisherman out and even a few swimmers. Summer was definitely in the air.

Although we stayed busy over the weekend, this short visit to the ocean provided just what we needed. It was a brief escape from the buzz of technology and every day life. Something we all need from time to time…

Wildwoods, NJ (Part 2)

Beaches, Entertinament, food, Ocean, Travel

In last week’s post I mentioned that my husband and I went to Wildwoods, NJ to see my sister compete in colorguard championships. When she wasn’t competing we found ways to “kill time.” Two of the days we decided to check out the boardwalk, which isn’t lacking…

There are plenty of restaurants and eateries. I personally recommend Stewart’s. They have great rootbeer and good food. We also enjoyed their rooftop seating. However, food is not the only thing in generous supply. There are plenty of amusement rides, arcades, shops, and more… In fact, we took a step back in time, when we visited a vintage arcade.  It had a large assortment of pinball machines and old favorites. It will either give you the creeps or remind you of the good ole’ times. We decided to try and play the TMNT game. However, the game didn’t work properly, after an arcade assistant returned our money, we returned to 2015. Personally, I think we’ll stick to modern arcades from now on.

Among the other things to do, there’s mini golf and an aquarium. We stopped by the aquarium, since there was a lady standing outside with a snake wrapped around her. Although, we didn’t go inside, I did get to touch the snake. She also handed me an advertisement that listed some of the things they offer, including a shark touch tank.

There is plenty to do in Wildwoods, NJ. However, we didn’t get to explore much in the area, other than the boardwalk. But, it seems entirely possible to fill your weekend with things to do right there. Particularly if you like food, arcades, and amusement rides.

Have you been to the area? What were your favorite things?

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!

The Lobster House

food, Ocean, Travel

The Lobster House is located on fisherman’s wharf at Cape May Harbor. This bay-side restaurant is a must for seafood lovers. It is currently our favorite in Cape May, NJ.

You can choose to sit in the restaurant, at the raw bar or on a schooner. Each place has its own specialties and offers a different experience.

The Lobster House also has a great fish market. Unless you personally catch a fish and cook it immediately, you can’t ask for much fresher. Purchase anything from salmon to stuffed clams.They also offer a wide variety of delicious desserts and great coleslaw (among other things). When you’re feeling especially hungry you can opt for the Cape May Clam Bake, filled with tasty selections.

If you’re planning a trip to the area, we highly recommend checking out this restaurant. Enjoy a little seafood by the bay, but don’t be surprised if you see a few seagulls…

Bermuda

Beach, Ocean, Photography, Vacation

Bermuda was our first trip as husband and wife (our honeymoon). It was also the first trip we took with our Cannon camera.

I can not do this place justice with mere photos or words. For us, Bermuda was paradise, in fact I often say that I left a piece of my heart there. The magic of this island hasn’t worn off in 2.5 years, I hope to return as soon as financially possible. But, I will commence with my feelings, and explain why this place is a must see.

Bermuda is known for its pink beaches. If you’d like to know why the sand is pink, I suggest reading “Our unique pink sand” from the Royal Gazette. The beaches are magnificent, and this is coming from someone who rarely get’s in the water. I surprised my husband on this trip, by actually enjoying the warmth of Bermuda’s waters (unlike the cold waters of Jersey, a more local commute for me). But, although the beaches are amazing, that’s not all Bermuda has to offer. There’s deep and interesting history, I recommend St. George’s and the Royal Navy Dockyard. There are also underground caves to tour, shops, museums and an aquarium/ zoo. It’s really incredible what you can accomplish in only 22 miles (the length of the island).

Since we knew we might not be able to have this experience again, anytime soon, we busied our week trying to see “everything.” Quite honestly, I could do a write up on every location. However, I won’t make this into a novel, instead I will offer you my advice. If you’re interested in visiting Bermuda and you’re looking for a few recommendations comment below. We’re happy to tell you are favorites including restaurants, hot spots, and beaches. You can also find out more by visiting Bermuda’s Tourism site.

Avalon, NJ

Beach, Nightscape, Ocean, Photography, Travel

Welcome to “midnight” in Avalon, NJ. The beach in Avalon is beautiful at all times of the day, and throughout the seasons. This is one of our most traveled locations.

Avalon is an upscale area; located near Cape May, Stone Harbor and Sea Isle City. This area is perfect for those looking to get a way from the bustling boardwalk. You’ll find this locale only has about two businesses on the actual boardwalk. However, you can always do a night in Ocean City or Wildwood, if you’re looking for carnival rides or boardwalk shops.

Our favorite points in Avalon include the jetty, Avalon Marina, and the library. Not too far from Avalon (in Cape May) is one of our favorite food places to visit, The Lobster House. But, a trip to Avalon isn’t complete without picking up one of our household staples, “Hank’s hot sauce,” which has quickly grown to number 1 in our minds. The best price can be found in Sea Isle City at Hank’s eatery.

Avalon is a beautiful area, surrounded by several lovely towns. You’ll find quaint shops, great food and a breathtaking beach.

Planning a trip to the area? Leave a comment and we’ll be glad to recommend more of our favorites.