March 17, 2014

Jersey Shore - Classy or Trashy?

65 and sunny on Saturday, obviously the only thing for new residents of Jersey to do is hit the shore.  We headed south with a mission to check out the northern half of the famous beaches of the shore.  Talk about spring fever at it's finest - only a bunch of MN kids would find enjoyment hanging out on the beach when it is windy and MARCH.  Our only rule was to stay within 1 1/2 hours from home.

We started out our day at Sandy Hook Lighthouse where we climbed 9 stories and learned a ridiculous amount about lighthouses.  We love free tours.



We left there and headed south along the shore until we reached Seabright, NJ.  We had a fantastic meal of Orange Crushes and Fish Tacos at Woody's.  We will be back there for sure.  The town itself was super cute and would be a great place to spend a beach day because it's only about an hour from our house.





Once we left our new favorite shore town, we realized that Seaside Heights was only about 20 miles down the shore, so off we went.  Yep, we visited the boardwalk that saw numerous arrests of the Snook monster.  We turned our classy little afternoon of historical tours and little classic beach towns into our own personal spring break.

It was more of a joke when we reached town, but the boardwalk is actually quite fun - especially when there's no one there but the skateboarders and surfers.  We enjoyed a $2 beer and the largest slice of pizza I've ever seen.  Then, we took some ridiculous pictures and headed back to the lovely Garden State Parkway.







I wish I was intoxicated when I took the classy picture with the horse, but I'm sure my time will come.  I'm incredibly happy that this is all within driving distance.  If you asked me 12 months ago, I would have told you that the Jersey Shore was not on my list of places to travel, but when you can drive - why not?

So my final verdict on classy or trashy?  It's got a little of everything.

I love the East Coast, I love living across the river from NYC, I love being a Jersey girl (even if I don't quite fit the part yet) and this weekend proved all of that for me all over again.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone.  Cheers.


17 comments:

  1. That sounds like a fun day and it looks really pretty!

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  2. I would actually prefer to go to the Jersey shore than anywhere else, like in the world. LOL. It's a part of my blood! We're southern shore people, but friends of ours go to Seabright a lot and love it.

    I'm glad you trolled through some shore towns this weekend!

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  3. My family and I have vacationed in Seaside Heights ever since Snooki and I were 5. The show kind of ruined it for me but I'll always love it. You'll need to come back in the summer months - waaaay different and awesome people watching. Cape May needs to be on your list of places to go!! I used to bartend down there and know a few hotel GM's in you need a place to stay!

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  4. i love this! and that is one huge pizza. how is the shore since the hurricane? did they rebuild everything to the way it used to be or is it better? not sure if you would know that since you recently moved there.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  5. That's so awesome you have so many places to explore near you!

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  6. Mini adventures are so fun!! That's almost a half a pizza right there!

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  7. This looks like so much fun! I love mini-trips-- and the ocean is always so, so beautiful!

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  8. You have to venture further down the Jersey Shore to Long Beach Island, Atlantic City (for the experience not the beaches), Wildwood, and Cape May. Wildwood and Cape May are my favorites.

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  9. Wow that slice of pizza is pretty big! It looks like you had a fun time. I want to check it out sometimes too. :)

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  10. It's such an easy trip and beach to get to....while you are there certainly is lots of scenery and people watching for sure!!

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  11. Woah. That slice of pizza is insane!

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  12. That pizza IS huge! haha Sounds like a lot of fun. I have a friend who has played flip cup with one of the jersey shore cast people (can't remember which one), but he said he was a jerk. Not surprising...

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  13. Holy crap those fish tacos look so good! I also enjoy a good lighthouse climb, we always climb the lighthouses in the Outer Banks when we vacation there in the summer!

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  14. The boardwalk sounds like a blast! And that pizza... I will probably have sexy dreams about that pizza. Hahah!

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  15. I promise I read this entire post, but all I can remember is ORANGE CRUSHES. THE.BEST.

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  16. Going down the shore is a rite of passage in NJ. Over the summer, you MUST make it down to Ocean City. The BEST pizza in the world is on the boardwalk, Manco & Manco's.

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  17. Gotta head down to Cape May this summer! Also, Wildwood is fun and has 3 amusement parks :)

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