Relaxation and Family Fun at its Best!
Submitted: July 15, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
LBI is like a second home that draws my family back year after year with its ability to refresh, rejuvenate, reconnect and reset. This home delivers this ten times over, and a week’s stay was worth two or more anywhere else. We have enjoyed many different houses on and around LBI over the years, but this one just felt like home.
Easy, welcoming and comfortable from the moment we drove up, we were steps away from the beach. The house has everything down to the board games, lobster crackers and corkscrew.
Being so close to the beach allowed us to enjoy sunrise surfing, invigorating jogs or slow strolls with heads down to find the shells and sea glass that washed up on the overnight tide. Also, the luxury to sleep late, pick up a chair & towel and still find a great spot on either the guarded beach to the right, or to the left to what feels like your own private beach. The outdoor shower is both refreshing & practical.
The Bay, just across the Boulevard, is also a great water destination for fishing, paddle boarding, sailing, and, if you are really adventuresome, jetskiing or parasailing. Of course, there is the leisurely, evening walk to simply watch the yellow, red and orange-tinged sun set peacefully into the Bay.
We took plenty of short walks and found treasures in all directions. Surfside Coffee Shop, Anchor Market, Okie’s Butchers, Boulevard Clams, Rita’s Ices, and Big Dipper Ice Cream.
Great bike riding too. Within a short ride we were able to go to the 5&10, fun art galleries, and too many restaurants to name – although we discovered the Surf City Hotel has night-time entertainment. A longer ride to Barnegat Lighthouse had us passing beautiful homes & the sights at Viking Village.
Fun fueled everyone’s appetites, so the grill got a work out with a steady menu of local, fresh-off-the-boat fish, scallops, clams, steaks, corn & summer vegetables for dinner.
The one cloudy day gave us the chance to drive down to Beach Haven for Thundering Surf water park, Fantasy Island Amusement park, mini golf, and elephant ears at Crust and Crumb Bakery (yum!).
While the house has television and WiFi, neither was used much. After dinner, the kids begged to play the numerous boardgames until they went to bed. After that there was always time for a good bottle of wine, laughing as we recounted the events of the day.
Time to turn in to the gentle sound of the surf. Dreams of doing it all again tomorrow… and next year.
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