Cause down the shore everything’s alright

The Jersey Shore is alive and kicking.  Not to mention we are stronger than ever!

We have been working so very hard to make your trip down the shore as exciting as you remember in years past.  Our beaches are open and ready for you.  The landscape may have changed slightly, but not our determination.  We are still here and we want you here too!

Hotels are staffed and awaiting your arrival, restaurants are bringing out their best summer recipes, the boardwalks have been replaced, the amusement rides have been repaired and the game vendors have all the stuffed animals your kids can desire.  All we need to get our summer started is you!

Take the familiar ride down the parkway.  Feel the excitement as your destination exit comes into sight.  And when the kids ask from the backseat “Are we there yet?”  Without hesitation, you can say, “Yes!”

Welcome back to the Jersey Shore!!!!


Get those running shoes on!

The Jersey Shore is a great place to see, especially when you have time to take in the view. There are plenty of marathons happening in our area that may be of interest to the serious runner as well as the novice runner.

The New Jersey Marathon will be taking place on Sunday May 6, 2012. They offer a relay, a half marathon and a full marathon. The even better news is that the marathon is a qualifier for the 2013 New York Marathon and if you ran in the NJ Marathon last year (2011) your running time may qualify you for the 2012 New York Marathon being held on November 4 and this year it will be televised.

This is a well attended marathon with both locals and non-locals participating for the best time in their class or even just a personal best. Visit their site at You can register, check out the course map, find a hotel – it truly is a good website to view.

The next large “marathon” is actually a triathlon. The Danskin Triathlon is held on Sunday September 9, 2012. It starts at Sandy Hook and encompasses a ½ mile swim, a 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run.

There are many more running opportunities here at the Jersey Shore to experience. So pack your bags, your sneakers and your determination. Are you up for the challenge?

Great News for Foodies!

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is coming back April 13-22, 2012! 

Participating restaurants are gearing up to dish out the deliciousness you are craving.  The participating restaurants will offer a three course menu for $20.12 or $30.12 per meal.  You will be able to choose from three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts.   There is “shore” to be something for everyone.

So far some great restaurants are on board to serve up their dinner specialties.  In Red Bank, which is right around the corner from the Middletown Comfort Inn; Basil T’s, Pazzo and Temple Gourmet Chinese will be available for your dining pleasure.  If you go a bit to the east of us in Rumson, you can enjoy the scrumptious meals served at David Burke Fromagerie, Salt Creek Grille, and Undici Taverna Rustica.  There are plenty more restaurants to choose from along the shore.  I dare you to not cook all that week!

Did you miss Restaurant Week in the past because you couldn’t make it out for dinner?  Great News, this year select restaurants will offer Lunch Menus during this special week!  So mark your calendars, or iPhones or Blackberries – don’t miss out!

Jersey Shore Events June 13-20, 2011

**I was at a loss for what “picture theme” to search for in Google Images so for the heck of it I searched for “fun”  and this picture came up. What big cow noses have to do with fun I don’t know, but it’s cute and fun(ny) nonetheless, so be it. Credit.

Despite this past weekends relatively crappy weather (compared to memorial Day weekend at least) I hope everyone got out to do something enjoyable. It’s not even officially summer at the shore yet so there’s plenty more time for sun n’ fun. There is no lack of things to this week either. Enjoy a beach concert or comedy show, run a race, go to the car show…the choice is yours. Here’s what’s up this week:

Asbury Park concerts on the beach start for the summer on June 13th and happen every Monday evening. Concerts on the beach in Asbury Park every Monday from June through September, weather permitting of course on the Beachfront in Asbury Park. I realize this post will go up after this has happened but since it’s weekly, I figured I’d post it anyway.

Sandy Hook 2011 Free Beach Concert Series on Wednesday, June 15th  and each Wednesday during the summer enjoy live entertainment at Sandy Hook’s beach. This week’s performer is Rip Tide. Concerts are held at Beach Area E Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit.

Also on Wednesday, June 15th Peter Frampton will be performing at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Evening with Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour starts at 8:00pm.One of rock music’s most celebrated artists and guitarists celebrates the 35th anniversary of his breakthrough release, Frampton Comes Alive!, with a performance of the whole album at opening night of the FCA 35 Tour. For tickets and more information visit Count Basie Theatre website.

Atlantic Highlands Farmers Market Farmer’s Market every Friday from May 6 – October 7, 2011. In Veterans Park across from Borough Hall at 100 First Ave in Atlantic Highlands. Market offers fresh produce, plants, Polish foods, fresh breads, pickled items, gourmet nuts and dried fruits, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, chowder, fresh mozzarella and fresh-cut Jersey flowers.

Comedian Bobby Collins takes the stage at Count Basie Theatre Friday evening. Bobby Collins blends the physical comedy of Jerry Lewis with the heart of George Burns and the good looks of Dean Martin. Even though he’s more eye candy than Quasimodo (according to Bobby), he is still a born storyteller whose humor engages audiences with universal characterizations and observations. The show starts at 8:00pm; for more information and tickets visit Count Basie Theatre’s website.

Spring Lake Irish Festival is on Saturday, June 18th with a rain date of Sunday, June 19th in Spring Lake, NJ from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.  Most events occur at Morris and Third Avenues.

The George Sheehan 5 Mile Classic is on Saturday, June 18th in Red Bank New Jersey.  Not only is there a 5 mile foot race but there’s also an event for kids and a two-mile family friendly Health and Fitness Walk.  Run with New Jersey’s best on a fast, USATF certified five-mile course. Clocks and water stops at each mile, medals to every finisher and computerized results. Overall and age group awards will be presented. For more information and registration visit the George Sheehan Classic Website.

We wrap up the weekly events post with the 17th Annual Cruise to the Jersey Shore Car Show.  Takes place at Ocean Avenue on the oceanfront in Long Branch, NJ from 9:00am to 4:00pm with street rods,customs,classics,race cars,trophies,dash plaques, food, DJ plus a free rock and roll concert featuring ”RB EXPRESS’. The Auto entry fee is $10.00 spectators free, proceeds benefit the local Ronald Mc Donald House. Rain date is set for June 26th. For an entry form and more information visit

Know of anything else going on in the area we missed? Let me know and I’ll gladly post it. Have fun no matter what you do even if it is just Google-ing.

A Fun Weekend Packed with Jersey Shore Events! C’mon Down the Shore…

As I said in my post earlier today, the weather forecast for the weekend, while not beach perfect, is still friendly enough to head on down the shore for some really kick butt events. Get your beach time in if you can and make it a point to check out these out:

The 25th Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar  the weekend of June 10th through 12th, 2011 in Silver Lake Park on Ocean Avenue between 5th & 6th Avenues. The New Jersey Seafood Festival spotlights Belmar’s scenic oceanfront and allows people from around the State to sample a wide variety of seafood specialties from their favorite restaurants including: Jake’s Crab Shack, Brandl, Klein’s Waterside Cafe, Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty,Mr Shrimp and many others. Food offerings extend from the traditional shrimp, lobster and calamari, to the more exotic alligator sausage, sushi, conch fritters, and seafood paella. Admission is free, and food is available for purchase. Friday times are 4:00 to 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. 732-681-3700 or  The Belmar Farmer’s Market is also open Saturday, June 11th from 9:00am to 2:00pm in Pyanoe Plaza.

Ocean Grove’s Spring Vintage Car Show is Saturday, June 11th, 2011 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  There will be  over 90 cars on display and live doo wop music from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to enjoy. Presented by the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, admission is free and the show will be held on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.

While the Mets are over in Pittsburgh taking on the Pirates the Seastreak is offering their Yankees ticket package on June 11 and 12, 2011. Hop on for a scenic ride to Yankees Stadium aboard the Ocean State and see the Yankees take on the Indians.  Ticket packages are $85.00 and the boat ride only is $60.00. Reservations need to be made in advance; for more information visit Seastreak Yankees event page. I took the Seastreak to Citi Field to see the Mets last weekend and it was so much fun, I’d totally do it again. It was way better than driving, taking the train or bus.  I’m going to write about it in another post. Our seats were awesome, the boat ride was awesome and the ease of travel was awesome. (Not to mention the beer…)

Formerly the Metroman, the Asbury Park Triathlon is Sunday June 12th in Asbury Park, NJ. The race is composed of a 750 meter Atlantic Ocean swim, a 14.5 mile bike ride and ends on the Asbury Park Boardwalk with a 3 mile run.  Starting time is 7:00am with the swim. For further information visit Additionally, waterfront parking is free this weekend in Asbury Park June 10-12, 2011.

The 41st Annual New Jersey Irish Festival moves to Monmouth Park in 2011! On June 12, 2011 from 12:00pm to 6:00 there will be live entertainment on two different stages, Pipe & Drum Band Competition, Catholic Mass, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Irish Step Dancing, Family Activities, 50/50 Raffle and a full day of live Thoroughbred racing. For the entertainment schedule and list of food and craft vendors visit the event page on Monmouth Park’s website.

The Red Bank Food & Wine Walk returns this Sunday, June 12, 2011.  It happens the second and fourth Sunday of each summer month. The cost is $25 per person and there are over 20 locations participating. The Food & Wine Walk has traditionally been a wonderfully successful event. Patrons enjoying a day at the beach or shopping at great Red Bank stores can end their day sampling the varied and splendid foods Red Bank has to offer. As participants stroll from one establishment to another, they can take in the many beautiful sights of this splendid riverside town.

Guests purchase a Food & Wine Walk wristband for $25/person at selected locations on the day of the event. The wristband entitles the purchaser to one wine or one food/wine sample at each of the more than 20 participating locations. The food, the wine, the summer weather, the beauty of Red Bank – it’s the perfect way to end your weekend. To find where to purchase a wrist band on the day of the event and a complete list of participating venues visit

There’s a ton to do and see this weekend at the Jersey Shore. I’m personally counting down the minutes to the 6:00 bell so I can get out here and enjoy it. Hope you do too!

Comedy, Adventure, Shopping and Vintage Computer Fest: There’s Something For Everyone at the Jersey Shore this Weekend

Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey

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As we wait for the arrival of summer and the Jersey Shore to get into full swing, there is plenty to do this coming weekend. We’ve got comedy shows, shopping specials, an adventure expo and a vintage computer festival, just to name a few. There truly is something for everyone so consider a visit while traffic and the crowds are still manageable.  The weather here is forecasted to be in the 70’s all week, a wonderful opportunity to spend a day at Sandy Hook Beach while it’s still free.  Check out our Specials Page for more information on our Sandy Hook and shopping deals.

On Friday, May 13th, 2011 Atlantic Highlands Farmers Market and every Friday from May 6 – October 7, 2011 in Veterans Park across from Borough Hall 100 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands. Market offers fresh produce, plants, polish foods, fresh breads, pickled items, gourmet nuts and dried fruits, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, chowder, fresh mozzarella and fresh-cut Jersey flowers.

Whose Live Anyway? on Friday, May 13, 2011, 8:00 PM at Count Basie Theatre. Stars Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten & Jeff Davis from the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Whose Live Anyway features 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song. Performing some of the comedy games made famous on the Emmy-nominated show, plus some new ones, all based on audience suggestions, these four comedians have been making audiences gasp at the witty scenes they invent right before their eyes since opening in Vancouver, Canada in 1999.

AAA Member Appreciation Day at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets on Saturday, May 14, 2011 as part of the “Show Your Card and Save Program”. Don’t miss this all-day fun-filled event to include: a Jersey Shore Premium Outlets gift bag to the first 50 AAA members who register and present their card at the Information Center located in the Food Court and special one-day savings at participating stores for AAA members. AAA Staff members will be on site during the event from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Be sure to enter to win great prizes and no purchase is necessary.

Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0 will be held Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th InfoAge Science Center Wall Township, New Jersey. The doors open at 10:00am each day. Speakers begin at 10:15am and end at 2:00pm. The Exhibit and Marketplace open at 2:00pm. VCF runs to 7:00pm Saturday and 5:00pm Sunday. VCF is (mostly) indoors and is held rain or shine. Admission is $10 for one day, $15 for both days, and free for ages 17 and younger. Parking is free.

The Italian Laugh Pack arrives Saturday, May 14, 2011 8:00pm at Count Basie Theatre.  Starring Pat Cooper with: Rocky LaPorte and Joe Starr. Since a 1963 Jackie Gleason Show appearance, Pasquale Caputo (AKA Pat Cooper) has shared the stage with Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr. and more. Impeccable timing and a commanding stage presence keep the original “loveable angry comic” in demand as a regular on the shows of Howard Stern, David Letterman and Regis Philbin.

Outdoor Adventure Expo Sunday, May 15, 2011 11:00am to 5:00pm at Turkey Swamp Park 200 Georgia Road in Freehold. Learn about various outdoor adventure opportunities in our area with the ability to meet local groups and clubs as well as testing a variety of outdoor equipment. Activities during this expo include rock climbing, snake shows, and hands-on demonstrations. Learn how to get started in scuba, try out the 25-foot climbing wall, try out a mountain bike, try your hand at paddling a canoe or kayak, compete in the fishing derby (for children), or go on a nature hike.

The New York Yankees play the Boston Red Sox in a weekend series and you can travel to Yankee Stadium via SeaStreak.  Boat rides are available for the May 14 and 15 games for $60 round trip. A cash bar is available.  Reservations can be made on-line and the boat departs from the Highlands Ferry Terminal in Highlands, NJ. I booked a trip for the June 5th Mets/Braves game last week and it was really easy to do.

We hope to see you this weekend. Do you know of any other local events?  Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

NJ Marathon Weekend & Other Jersey Shore Events

It’s been one crazy week, I apologize for the lack of posts this week.  Guilt is the main reason I’m sitting at my lap top while the Mets are playing and the NFL Draft is on TV but I digress. The weather report is looking pretty darn excellent for both Saturday and Sunday and that alone would make for a great weekend at the Jersey Shore. The bonus is there’s a bunch of fun events going on so there’s even more of a reason to plan a weekend getaway.  Here’s the scoop:

New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon in Long Branch, NJThe annual New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon will take place in Long Branch, NJ this weekend. For full details on the events surrounding Marathon weekend, visit the New Jersey Marathon website.

The New Jersey Marathon Festival has something for everyone, with a Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and Saturday Kids and Family Events, plus world-class courses designed for speed, great area restaurants and attractions, and amazing oceanfront scenery.

Friday and Saturday will feature and Health and Fitness Expo at Monmouth Park. The running related expo will be free, and open to the public, as well as to all participants in The New Jersey Marathon Festival.  Last-minute race applications will be accepted during the expo (no registration on race day). The prices are as follows: Full Marathon: $135.00 and Half Marathon: $115.00. The Expo Hours: 1:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday (4/29), and 9:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday (4/30).

There will be a special New Jersey Marathon Train from NYC Penn Station to Long Branch to ease your travel worries and traffic. Click here for the race day schedule.

Not into running for hours? No worries, there’s plenty more to do like see a show or dine in some really great restaurants.

Saturday April 30th 11:00am  to 5:00pm is Taste of Asbury Park. Over 16 Asbury Park Restaurants will be participating. It will be an event to appeal to everyone with children’s face painting, stilt walker, games, craft vendors and local artists. Rock on with three bands playing  jazz, classic rock and reggae. Discover what Asbury Park restaurant have to offer with food for $3 or $5 from every participating restaurant. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available as well. This year a VIP wine tasting tent  has been added.  Entrance to the event is only $5. Click here for complete information on Taste of Asbury Park.

Brian Regan will be treating audiences to two shows Saturday evening, April 30th at Count Basie Theatre. Show times are 7:00pm and 9:30pm. From Count Basie Theatre website on Brian Regan’s comedic style:

His observational humor about everyday events like shipping a package, visiting the optometrist, little league baseball, spelling bees and science projects are relatively “clean” and profanity-free, and resonate with a fan base ranging from young taste makers to middle-aged adults.

Middletown Arts Center will host “An Evening With Billy Van Zandt” at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 30th to benefit Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council. Enjoy an exciting evening with actor/writer/producer Billy Van Zandt as he provides an inside look at his life and career. The evening will be moderated by actor Jeff Babey. Ticket price is $100. Purchase tickets early for preferred seating. Event is followed by a wine and cheese reception in the MAC gallery. Tickets are available online here.

Saturday is the start of the week-long “Paint The Town Pink” in Red Bank to raise awareness for breast cancer. Red Bank turns into Pink Bank for this annual event sponsored by Riverview Medical Center. Pink (Monmouth) Beach and Pink (Fair) Haven will also host events in their respective towns. There are a number of events occurring throughout the 3 towns from April 30 to May 7, 2011. Visit for a full listing of events, details and to donate.

**Update 4/29*** I forgot about Red Bank’s the first Only One Red Bank Home Event. Like a Home Improvement Show, this event spotlights design, appliance, furniture and other businesses in Red Bank’s wonderful business district to help you plan your Spring cleaning and home improvement projects. Consult with design professionals and specialty merchants to bring your home improvement dreams to life! And… Visit 10 businesses to be entered to win a $500 Red Bank Gift Card, great prize packages and more!. So, enjoy your Saturday shopping and planning while indulging in special treatment of entertainment and refreshments at our great participating businesses, and fulfill your home improvement dreams! Then, stop for dinner at one of Red Bank’s great restaurants!

We hope to see you in our neck of the woods shore this weekend.  There’s a lot of fun things to do and see.  If you can’t make it this weekend, watch for next weeks post on: More Pink Bank, the start of Atlantic Highlands Farmers Market (a sure sign of warmer weather), First Saturday in Asbury Park, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day Ceremony and Taste of Sea Bright. Whatever you do, have a fabulous and relaxing weekend.