Memorial Day Forecast Is Lookin’ Good For Jersey Shore

The weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend at the Jersey Shore is looking pretty darn sweet. I am 100% looking forward to a 4 day weekend. Our hotel is located in Middletown, NJ which is about 9 miles from the beaches at Sandy Hook.  Pack your beach bag and we hope to see you this weekend


Last Weekend Was a Summer Preview

The gorgeous weather this past weekend was certainly a summer preview.  We cranked up the AC in the house. At first I thought it was kind of crazy.  Then I went on a gardening spree and about had heat stroke! The beaches at the Jersey Shore are free until Memorial Day and it’s not crazy crowded yet.

We got our act together early on Saturday morning and headed out to Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright. One of my favorite Jersey Shore hangouts. There was no cover to get in, I’ve missed the cheeseburgers, we actually got a parking spot and it was perfect beach weather. I did not get brave enough to stick a toe in the water, I can only imagine it was freezing.

The beach in Sea Bright was hit hard by the steady onslaught of nor’easter that hit the area this past winter. There appeared to be significant beach erosion however it was a great time as always. Our Miller Lite and Heineken cans were beautifully cold and an afternoon beer always tastes better with your feet in the sand.

The Sea Bright Business Alliance had their annual Taste of Sea Bright Trolley Hop on Saturday, May 1st from 12:00pm to 5:30pm.  It looked like a really fun time and it is now on the list of things to do next year.  For $40 they gave an admission bracelets, map/passport to participating businesses, all food. drinks, cocktails, unlimited trolley/bus rides throughout the event. They also gave out a bright green Sea Bright Business Alliance back pack which is what made me notice there was something going on.

There’s plenty of fun things to do at the Jersey Shore year round.  The Comfort Inn Middletown has pre-season rates in effect until Memorial Day.  Plan your trip and stay with us.  We’ll gladly steer you to the best Jersey Shore things to do, places to eat and hang out.

Free and Low Cost Things To Do At The Jersey Shore This Summer

The economy appears to be on the rebound, Europe is exploding with hot lava, you want to save money but still go on vacation.  These are all perfect reason to plan your Jersey Shore Summer Vacation today.  Having something fun to look forward to is good for the mind and the soul. There are plenty of low cost or free things to do  and the Comfort Inn Middletown wants to be a part of your Jersey Shore vacation.  Make your reservations today, our two queen bedded rooms book up quickly.

This post focuses on what’s good for your wallet.  I tried to put together a list of free or low cost events that you and your family can enjoy on your visit to the Jersey Shore.  We’ll call this the first in a two (at least) part series on Jersey Shore events.  This one will discuss recurring events and the one(s) to follow will include more date specific features. Then we’ll do some posts with more specifics on some of the events we talk about here. Most of the events listed take place during the months of June, July and August on the dates specified.

ARTS & MUSIC:  If the arts  and music are your thing well you’ve come to the right place. The Jersey Shore has a deep history in both. Night of the Arts: A monthly arts event held on the third Friday of every month presenting a sampling of the best arts in Asbury Park. The event takes place in Downtown Asbury Park. Blues On The Beach Long Branch: A Sunday night music series featuring local bands playing jazz and blues taking place West End Park Brighton Avenue, Long Branch.  Atlantic Highlands Summer Concert Series: Each Sunday starting June 27th and running through throughout the summer.  Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive in Atlantic Highlands.   Belmar Friday Night Concert Series: A concert every Friday night by a variety of artists from July through September. *Weather Permitting at Pyanoe Plaza 9th and Main St, Belmar.

Farmers Markets all throughout the summer at the Jersey Shore

Keyport Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKETS: Who doesn’t love locally grown produce, fresh flowers and crafts? There are many Farmers Markets taking place throughout the area during the summer months. Belmar: Farmers market every Saturday from May through September sponsored by the Belmar Chamber of Commerce. Located at Pyanoe Plaza 9th and Main St, Belmar.  The Galleria Red Bank: This farmers market, runs every Sunday from May 9, 2010 – November 14, 2010 and offers fresh, locally-grown produce from some of New Jerseys finest farmers as well as showcasing unique crafts and wonderful eateries. The Galleria Red Bank Parking Lot Corner of Bridge Ave and West Front St, Red Bank. Manasquan: Locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs. Great tasting baked goods and more. Every Thursday from June 24 – September 2, 2010, 9am to 3pm at Miller Preston Way, Manasquan.  Keyport: Annual farmers market running every Thursday from July through October. Fresh Picked, Jersey Grown, Fruits, Vegetables,Flowers, Jams and  Honey in Mini Park on West Front Street 1:00 PM to Sell Out.  Highlands:Wake up and smell the fresh flowers and just-picked Jersey-fresh produce available every Saturday from July through October at the Highlands Business Partnership’s weekly Farmers Market in Huddy Park, Highlands.

FIREWORKS: Ah beautiful eye candy. Keansburg Amusement Park: Free fireworks show July 3 & and 4 and every Monday night at dusk July 12- August 9th at the Fishing Pier. The Lakewood BlueClaws Fireworks Fridays: Fireworks display after each home game Friday nights during the season. Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium is located at 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood. Asbury Park: Fireworks on the Asbury Park boardwalk every Wednesday from June through August. *Weather Permitting*Boardwalk, Asbury Park.

MOVIES: Who needs the drive in when you can settle your beach chair into the sand and catch a flick on the beach?  Free movie screening on the Asbury Park Beach: Every Thursday in July and August. Bring a beach chair or blanket. *Weather Permitting* Asbury Park Beach. Free movie on the beach in Belmar: Every Sunday from July through September. *Weather Permitting*8th Ave. Beach, Belmar. Website lists the movie schedule.

SIDEWALK SALES AND EVENTS: Yes, shopping costs money but only if you buy something. You are more than welcome to come “window shop” and enjoy two historic towns. First Saturday In Asbury Park: Spend the first Saturday of each month enjoying sidewalk sales, shopping, and dining under a variety of different themes.  Red Bank Street Life: Free entertainment on the sidewalks of Red Bank. Red Bank Business District. Saturdays June 5 through August 28th.

SPORTS: Monmouth Park Family Fun Days: Family Fun Days are every Sunday and Holiday Memorial Day to Labor Day from 12 noon – 4 pm. All Activities are FREE and include:Pony Rides, Face Painters, Clowns,Bounce House & Live Music. Grandstand admission is $3, children 12 and under are always admitted free. Henry Hudson Trail: A multi-purpose train in Monmouth County.  Read our previous post on this local gem here.

Monmouth County has a rich County Park System most of which are free to enter.  Check out their website to see all of the things they have to offer.  There’s gardens, beaches, golf, fishing, boating, horseback riding and much more.

This is only a sampling of the great free and low cost things to do at the Jersey Shore. The Comfort Inn Middletown is your Choice Hotel when looking for a hotel at the Jersey Shore. Come stay with us, we want to share your vacation with you.

Jersey Shore CVB First Fundraising Event

Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces First Fundraising Event Co-Sponsored by the Greater Long Branch Chamber Scheduled on April 8th, 2010.

Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce to present Mike Marino, NJ’s Bad Boy, at a “Night of Comedy & Networking” on April 8, 2010 to benefit The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at Branches in West Long Branch. The Jersey Shore CVB has increased its efforts this year to elevate the tourism presence for the Jersey Shore.  With the hiring of the highly energetic Robert Hilton as Executive Director and the establishment of committees, tourism related businesses are interacting and working together to promote the Jersey Shore. Membership is inexpensive and the value far exceeds the cost.  Mr. Hilton is currently the only person on the payroll as the organization struggles to get its financial footing. Not only your membership but your volunteering of time would be greatly appreciated. I represent the Comfort Inn Middletown on the Website and Special Events Committees.  This has enabled me to make great contacts and partner up with attractions and businesses to create a great guest experience. I see nothing but great things coming from the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau and I encourage you to join and participate actively as tourism impacts all of the businesses in our area. The night of Comedy will give Jersey Shore businesses an opportunity to network and have fun while raising money for our Destination Marketing Organization.  The Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors the NEW this spring or early summer, keep and eye out.

The evening of comedy and networking begins with appetizers from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and open bar all evening. Tickets, $25 in advance and $35 at the door, can be purchased by calling 732-222-0400. According to Robert Hilton, JSC&VB Executive Director, funds raised during the evening will be used to promote tourism and travel to the Jersey Shore.

“Tourism is a leading economic stimulator for any troubled economy,” says Hilton. “Statewide, each visitor generates approximately $548 in expenditures and $.72 of each dollar stays within New Jersey. Every 160 visitors to the Jersey Shore creates one new job opening.  Tourism is essential for our economic viability at the Jersey Shore, and the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is here to make a difference for our local businesses and municipal governments.”

“We are thrilled to be presenting comedian, actor and NJ native Mike Marino,” says Ron Kapowitz of the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce.  A member of the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame, Marino is a top headliner at both the world-famous Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store, both in Hollywood. His comedic style has landed him guest appearances on The Tonight Show as a regular sketch player, The Martin Short Show, Comics Unleashed, The Boomer Show, Wild Pitch, Hand Held Comedy Radio and the Rascals Comedy Hour. He has also headlined several USO Comedy Tours to entertain our troops overseas. Marino is the face and voice of the National Comedy Fest, which takes place at venues in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank, and at Monmouth University.

The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is the fastest growing destination marketing organization in New Jersey and promotes the Jersey Shore region of Monmouth and Ocean counties as a destination for individuals and families, businesses and organizations, and meeting and travel planners for both domestic and international markets. The JSC&VB is the official provider of information on the people, places and events that make the Jersey Shore a prime travel destination. The JSC&VB is funded currently in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. For more information on the Night of Comedy and Networking contact the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce at 732-222-0400.

If you wish to know more about the events the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau are offering or are interested in a marketing partnership please visit or call Executive Director Robert Hilton at 732-337-7061.Visit the Jersey Shore Monmouth and Ocean Counties NJ

New Jersey Shore Tourism Meeting

Visit the Jersey Shore Monmouth and Ocean Counties NJI represented the Comfort Inn Middletown at the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau meeting this morning held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lakewood.  It was a gathering of various tourism related businesses from Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Those in attendance share a common desire to create a viable tourism market at the Jersey Shore all year-round. Attractions, hotels, restaurants, non-profit organizations, tourism related businesses intermingled with networking opportunities before and after the event.

Newly instated Executive Director, Bob Hilton lead the forum. He discussed the value in membership of the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, be it as a member or a sponsor.  The Jersey Shore CVB is an example of the phrase “there is strength in numbers”.  The CVB is partly funded by a New Jersey State grant. The cost of membership is only $100.  The value is easily 10 times that amount.  There are trade show and advertising opportunities (just to name a few) that the CVB will represent you that simply are not feasible for a single entity to take on.  Other types of businesses would find it more beneficial to become a sponsor.  There are two levels of sponsorship available depending on your needs.

Barbara Steele, Ocean County Tourism asked Steve Steiner from the Surflight Theatre to tell the group how he has successfully been able to engage the local community to build business not only for the theatre but also the local restaurants.  These efforts have not increased the number of groups to the theatre accommodates annually but it also creates a great guest experience. Steve solicited the local restaurants for a set price menu of their choosing for his group sales department to sell to groups.  The group can then pick a menu by restaurant  and it is all arranged through the theatre.  A group is considered 15 or more people and packages are available for both lunch and dinner.

Jeanne De Young from Monmouth County Tourism spoke about all the great things to come in Monmouth County.  The Visit Monmouth 2010 Travel Guide produced by Spark marketing has been released and she will be bringing them to all the travel & tourism shows she will be attending this spring.  You can access the Visit Monmouth County 2010 Travel Guide on-line here.

The floor was then open and there was a lively question and answer session.  Many people were able to share ideas and connect at this event.  If you are interested in becoming a member call 732-303-5984 or email

Official Monmouth County Travel Guide Released

Great News for All of You Traveling to the Jersey Shore for

Summer  Fun!

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2010 Visit MonmouthTravel Guide

The Official 2010 Visit Monmouth County Travel Guide has been released to the general public today at 3:30pm. We got a sneak preview at the Monmouth County Tourism meeting  last Thursday morning.

Spark Market Solutions designed the guide this year and we’re all very excited about it.   There are listings of Monmouth County Attractions, Beaches and even an Events Calendar. The 2010 Visit Monmouth travel guide is now available online in an interactive, flipbook format. You may also request copies by calling (800) 523-2587, or send an e-mail to Jeanne De Young, or at the department at 1 East Main Street (Hall of Records Annex), Freehold.  You can also click  on the photo to the right.

We look forward to welcoming you the Jersey Shore for the Summer of 2010 and having you as our guest at the Comfort Inn Middletown.  There is always something going on.  You won’t have to look too hard to find something to do or see.  To make your New Jersey Shore Comfort Inn Middletown reservations now click here.

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Pet Friendly Middletown, NJ Hotel

The Comfort Inn Middletown is Not Only People Friendly – We’re Pet Friendly Too!!

Take Me With You!

Are you planning your trip and the pets don’t know they have to stay home? Save all the money you would spend on pet sitters, dog walkers or kennels and bring your pet with you.  The Middletown Comfort Inn is pet friendly and welcomes their four-legged guests as eagerly as we welcome our human ones.

Our dynamic Guest Service Manager, Tracy Wolf has written our pet policy:

Dear Furry Friend:

Welcome to the Middletown Comfort Inn!  We are so glad you decided to spend some time with us. Anyone as well-behaved as you deserves the best!  We just have some simple ground rules for you to obey.

õ    For your convenience, the area located by door D is a great place to take your human for a walk. We also have provided a trash receptacle so the area can be kept neat and clean.  I’m sure you’ll make some new friends while you are there.

õ    Be sure to tell your human not to leave you unattended in the room.  We know how lonely it gets and how scary it is to be in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar noises.  Your only reaction is to whine, cry or bark and this upsets our other guests. We want to be pet friendly to all of our guests.  Charges may be applied to your humans account if we have to refund the money to other guest(s).

õ    Please do not chew on anything in the room other than your treats and toys.  You could get a tummy ache and your human would not be happy if they had to pay for damages.

õ    Unfortunately the “Top Dogs” that run the hotel won’t allow you to  be in our lobby, swimming pool area or breakfast area, (unless you’re one of those special working dogs). However, if your human brings you a treat from the breakfast room,  we promise not to tell. 🙂

õ    Remind your human that you are getting the BEST pet friendly deal in town at only $25.00 per night with a maximum charge of $100.00 per stay

Our friends at the ASPCA have put together a comprehensive set of Pet Travel Safety Tips Click here for Car Travel and here for Air Travel.

We're off to the Middletown Comfort Inn!!

While we’re busy barking about our hotel, we also want to remind you to get your tickets now for Sunday, February 28, 2010 when beloved canine rehabilitation specialist and best-selling author Cesar Millan will be at the Count Basie Theatre.  The show starts at 3:00pm and only humans will be admitted.

The Comfort Inn Middletown wishes you a happy and safe new year.  Bring your 4 legged friend to our pet friendly hotel and we just may feature you on our blog.  We look forward to welcoming you in 2010 and beyond.