New on the Shore
With the opening of these four distinctive hotels, our state’s beachy playground has upped its game.
For Bergenites—and most New Jerseyans, for that matter—a Jersey Shore vacation is the default setting for summer getaways. And while many of us are creatures of habit, booking the same accommodations year in and year out, now we can break our old Shore rental molds and try something new. That’s thanks to an awesome foursome of new spots to stay and play. Check out these just-added members of the Shore’s lodging lineup. Is one of them where you’ll make vacation history this year?
With enchanting ocean views from its luxury suites, this hotel offers an array of fine eateries, a swim-up bar and a wellness center. Standout spa amenities include its Ocean Air Oxygen Facial and a black sand body scrub. For your convenience, Wave Resort is seated comfortably in one of Long Branch’s hottest social spots, Pier Village, where high-end shoppers and foodies alike can make their rounds. When it’s time to hit the town, grab a glass of your favorite vino at The Wine Loft or test your luck at the Boardwalk Fun ’n Games arcade for family-friendly fun. Be sure to catch events such as the 2019 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival on Aug. 24 or grab some gourmet eats at the Pier Village Fresh Market every Saturday until your tan fades in October.
ASBURY OCEAN CLUB HOTEL
Nestled in the Shore’s culturally iconic comeback city, Asbury Ocean Club’s resort expansion is your small slice of urban sophistication by the sea. Kick back and relax on a sprawling, greenery-filled terrace or work up a sweat in the seaside fitness center. The coolest thing about this hotel? The Drawing Room, a bar-lounge that echoes the hustle and bustle of the nearby Asbury Park Boardwalk, appears to “float” on a contained reflection pool. In the evening, revel in the glitz and glamour of decades past at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club for a fine dining experience complete with live entertainment. August visitors should be sure to peruse the “Shop the Shore” antiques and artisan pop-up shop at Porta on Aug. 4 and 18.
Long Beach Island
Designed with charm reminiscent of the classic summer estates that graced the island way back when, the 1900s-inspired Hotel LBI combines the comfortable with the upscale. Treat yourself to a day of pampering at the in-house spa and salon or head up to the rooftop bar for a cocktail with an awe-worthy view. Enjoy a trip to the Barnegat Lighthouse or try something new with a surfing or paddleboarding lesson. Make sure to check out local events such as the annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational Tournament, July 23–27, and daily beach yoga classes.
Beach bums look no further than Boarding House, a surfer’s paradise opening its doors in the heart of historic Cape May. Located on the property of the old Cape Winds hotel, it is down the street from a host of luxurious offerings and art galleries in the bustling Washington Street Mall and a mere bike ride from the biggest swells at the tail end of the Shore. The eco-friendly and pet-friendly hotel combines the vibe of a surfer’s bungalow with the charm of Cape May, “America’s oldest seaside resort.” After a day in the water, make your way across town for a dinner at the Cape May Winery & Vineyard. During your stay, check out social events such as the annual Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Marlin Tournament, July 25–28, or take the little ones to the weekly Family Fun Crafts Show at the renowned Cape May Lighthouse.