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Summer at the Jersey Shore

Brothers Matt (far right) and Ted Lee pedal on Viking Village’s boardwalk in Barnegat Light, one of many seaside communities along the Jersey Shore.

Photo: Martha Camarillo

Discover the joys of the mid-Atlantic’s underdog state, from Cape May to Asbury Park.

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Inspired by: Unexpected New Jersey — by Matt Lee, Published May. 2008

Hotels (5)

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    Virginia Hotel

    This contemporary 24-room retreat features sleek cherry-red sofas and a baby grand piano in the lobby. Upstairs, the bedrooms are outfitted with Be

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    Daddy O

    Half a block from the powdery Atlantic on Long Beach Island’s main thoroughfare, the Daddy O Restaurant & Boutique Hotel is a 22-room Rat Pack thro

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    Congress Hall

    Beachside Federal-style hotel that has undergone a $26 million renovation.

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    Biscayne Family Resort

    No-frills rooms in a prime beachfront location.

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    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

    The year 2003 saw the opening of the Borgata, a 2,002-room luxury hotel and casino with celebrity-chef restaurants, wine bars, a spa. An opulent co

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Restaurants (8)

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    White House Sub Shop

    An Atlantic City institution that soldiers on in the shadow of the glitzy casinos. The Sub Shop is fiercely independent, with oddball rules - if yo

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    SeaBlue, Atlantic City

    The only Northeast restaurant helmed by chef Michael Mina. Try the lychee gimlet at the bar before sampling the lobster potpie.

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    Ravioli & More

    A take-out shop with a brisk trade in expertly done, house-made ravioli (pumpkin, lobster) and sauce (marinara, vodka).

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    Lobster House Fisherman’s Wharf

    Do not show up at 7 p.m. or you will be informed of a one-hour wait and be handed a vibrating beeper. Though you can skip the dining room and settl

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    Knife & Fork Inn

    A curious 1912 Flemish-style building that became a rowdy men's club during Prohibition and was recently renovated as a steak house serving an exce

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    Ebbitt Room

    The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel has a cheeky style (Louis XIV chairs in bright-white crocodile leather) invites the question, Does Cape May n

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    Dune, Margate

    A BYOB seafood restaurant

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    Bobby Flay Steak

Activities (7)

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    Pier Shops at Caesars

    The two-year-old Pier Shops at Caesar's, an edifice stretching 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, houses the largest shopping-mall fountain in the world

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    Perrine Boatworks

    Watch master boatbuilders in this workshop at the Tuckerton Seaport, a living-history museum of coastal arts and crafts.

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    Lucy the Elephant

    Lucy, Margate's iconic 65-foot-tall elephant-shaped house, now open to the public.

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    FS20

    You'll find well-priced industrial-modern pieces at this excellent furniture boutique.

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    Brant Beach

    Just when you think this beach couldn't possibly get more retro - not an iPod or cell phone in sight - a clean shaven Wally Cleaver look-alike driv

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    Asbury Lanes

    Shore punks flock to this bowling alley for rock shows and a friendly bar.

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    Allan & Suzi

    Specializing in a mix of contemporary designers and disco-era vintage.

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