Woot Woot Here Comes Summer


I bet you’re curious…  Yes, this summer at the Jersey Shore is shaping up to be fantastic!  Schools are letting out in the upcoming days and it is time to think Summer Thoughts, namely Firework Displays.

Kaboom is still on the kabash for this year in Red Bank due to organizational and financial issues, but there are still plenty of nearby towns planning on providing spectacular visual entertainment for you and your family.

The longest running event during the Independence Day holiday at the Jersey Shore is the Atlantic Highlands Fireman Fair.  This unique town offers tremendous water views, great restaurants, a marina and fishing boats available to charter throughout the year.  The fair will be going on from July 2-July 6 at Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive.  Circle your calendar for Fireworks on Friday, July 5th with a rain date of Saturday July 7th.

Hazlet is always a winner with fireworks.  Start your holiday weekend early by watching the Wednesday July 3rd display.  Get to Veterans Park, grab a prime spot and wait patiently for the sun to set. (Rain date Friday, July 5th)

Spend the day in Keansburg at the amusement and water parks.  Spend your night ooooing and aaahhhing at the colors exploding across the black canvas of the night sky.   They offer a double feature – Wednesday and Thursday July 3rd and July 4th at dusk – Fishing Pier and Boardwalk

Long Branch proudly presents Oceanfest on Thursday July 4th – all day free family fun can be found.  This annual festival is a crowd pleaser “for shore” with activities happening all day long starting at 10am.  What can be better than good old fashioned family fun at the Promenade in Long Branch!?!  Don’t forget to stop at Strollo’s Lighthouse and cool off or celebrate with an authentic Italian ice or delicious homemade soft serve ice cream.

Union Beach, one of the most devastated Monmouth County communities from Sandy’s wrath, did not have any plans to conduct their annual fireworks display.  Those residents have spent the last 210 days rebuilding their town and their spirits.  One resident entered a contest for a free community fireworks display and Won!  They have not yet posted a date for this wonderful gift that has been bestowed upon them.   Be sure to come and celebrate their victory in determination.  You will never meet a more deserving bunch of people.

So pack up the car and the kiddos – shoot, we’re pet friendly at the Comfort Inn Middletown, so bring the family pet too – and head on down the shore to Exit 117.  There is something to do every day here and we look forward to creating Summer 2013 memories with you!

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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!!!!

Comfort Inn Middletown Featured In Hotel Advantage March Newsletter


QR codes are becoming increasingly more popular and I have been implementing them into our marketing strategy at the hotel.  As with most things I think are really cool, I avidly read about them to stay on top of the latest news.  I subscribe to Social Media Examiner and I was really happy to see Jeff Korhan write a  post on QR codes. It’s a great post especially if you are unfamiliar with how they work and what you can use them for. All I did was leave a simple comment and it connected me with Ann Manion, President of Hotel Advantage, a reputation management company for the hospitality industry.

Ann and I exchanged emails and phone calls discussing what I’ve been doing with social media to market the hotel and in particular what I’ve been using the QR codes for.  SO far I have them on my business cards, this blog, email signature, sales contracts and our print ads. In her March newsletter, Ann planned on discussing QR codes and their use in the hospitality industry and she asked if she could feature our hotel and I was both honored and excited.

Oddly enough as I was on the phone with Ann with the office door closed (which also means locked) Bridget was jumping around outside the window with new Choice Hotels collateral. When I got off the phone I went out to see what the excitement was about. Choice Hotels incorporated a QR Code with their latest promotion “Stay Two Separate Times and Earn a $50 Gas Card”.

Ann’s newsletter was released yesterday and you can read it here or be one the cool kids and use the QR code at the top of the post.  If you don’t have one, download a QR reader from your mobile device app store and scan the code.  As an iPhone user I prefer the Qrafter app and it is free.  In the article she correctly quotes me as saying “I feel like I am a QR code ambassador” where the more people learn about them and like them, the more useful they become.  I saw a friend at a networking event last night and he said because of a conversation we had, he’s now placed a QR code on his business card.

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