A Week at the Jersey Shore: The Condensed Version

Our SUV was packed to the gills for a week at the Jersey Shore: 3 coolers of gotta-have food, cases of beer, soda and wine, a vat or 3 of sun screen ...

Packed to the gills for a week at the Shore: 3 coolers of gotta-have food; cases of beer, soda and wine; a vat or 3 of sunscreen …

My sister Cindy and her husband Bid invited our family of 4 to share a beach house in Manasquan, N.J. last week. It was only the second time my husband Mike and I had a Shore house in Manasquan … the first time was when we were 25 years old and we rented a dump with 10 of our nearest and dearest friends for an epic week of partying. Needless to say, if that old house wasn’t demolished before Hurricane Sandy, it was surely wiped out after. Fast forward 30 years and here we were for our second epic Manasquan week.

It was wonderful to spend time with our daughter and our ever-elusive son. And my sister and her husband. And my two nieces and two great-nephews too!

I went to the beach every day. Sometimes twice in the same day. It was easy since our house was on 1st Ave, so close to the sand and surf! And as I sat on the beach with its ever-present ocean breezes I thought about the horribly hot and humid weather I was missing at home in Montclair! And I smiled.

Sandcastles, built by engineers!

Sandcastles, built by professional engineers!

I found a new favorite Jersey Shore thing to do: watch the surfers. At Lifeguard Stand 1, near the inlet, some of the smallest surfers were some of the best. I saw one little guy catch a perfect curl and ride it all the way into the shore.

surfers Manasquan, NJ

And we ate. Very well. On various nights at home we ate ribs, steaks and chicken at home. Ask my bro-in-law what he thinks of pesto … he took home what remained.

Sunset at Red's in Pt Pleasant Beach NJWe ate out too, first classic, Jersey-style seafood at Red’s, where we ate outside on the deck and watched the sun set. And met a fun and chatty couple from Baltimore.


Then at Remington’s, where the food was epic and my bro-in-law’s high school friend and his wife were even more epic. I haven’t laughed that much at dinner in a very long time.

All I can say is "Get the scallops" if you eat at Remington's in Manasquan, NJ. They are AWESOME.

All I can say is “Get the scallops” if you eat at Remington’s in Manasquan, NJ. They are AWESOME.

And lest I forget … I tip my hat to Mr. B., the nicest rodent I’ve ever shared a house with.

Mr. Browniekins, the guinea pig


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9 Responses to A Week at the Jersey Shore: The Condensed Version

  1. OpinionsToGo says:

    Well, that sounds, and looks like a little piece of Heaven. And, you know what they say is the most important thing about a vacation…LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Your location was perfect!

  2. Yes, the location was perfect! And it was hard to come home. Thank goodness we just got what my family calls a gully-washing rain, which has cooled things off a bit up here.
    How’s your summer going? Have you gotten away yet?

  3. OpinionsToGo says:

    We really enjoy going away after the season is over. September is the time that we enjoy the beach the most.

  4. Sounds like such a good time!

    When I was a kid, we went to Cape May many times and I have the most wonderful memories of the Jersey Shore. Glad you enjoyed your time away with family.

    • HI Fringe Girl!
      Cape May is one of my all-time favorite Jersey Shore towns. In fact, we built our home in Montclair based on the wonderful Victorians we saw year after year in Cape May.
      Stay Cool!

  5. Joyce says:

    Sounds like a nice week…we haven’t been to the shore this summer. We have had a packed calendar of lots of fun things, but not a lot of them happening in NJ!

    • Joyce, from what I’ve been reading on your blog you have had a jamb-packed summer of fun thus far. And you are traveling far and wide, which is a load of fun!

  6. Lisa Tognola says:

    Sounds awesome, especially considering that my toes haven’t felt the sand once yet this summer! I’m suddenly craving scallops . . .

    • Lisa, your toes haven’t touched Jersey sand…yet, but summer isn’t over…yet! Your ancient ruins/jungle adventure sounded incredible. I can’t wait to hear about it in person.

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