A fashionable beach scene in the Garden State.

By Travel + Leisure
May 15, 2012
Courtesy of Le Club

South Beach chic has migrated north to glam up the Jersey Shore at Long Branch. Suddenly, fried dough and carnival piers are giving way to infused cocktails and French cuisine. So forget New Jersey’s brazen, Soprano-fied reputation. You can still find a dignified existence there.

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Le Club

A Riviera-style private beach club lures peace-seeking fashionistas with trendy drinks, open-air lounges, and serviced cabanas by the sea. When the sun fades, the DJ starts spinning.

Avenue, Long Branch

By the same owners as Le Club, this French restaurant prepares plates such as steamed mussels, steak frites, and braised lamb shank, served beachfront on leather banquettes or on the breezy rooftop lounge.

Cedars & Beeches

Escape the crowds at this Victorian B&B with 14 rooms, many of which have 12-foot ceilings and alcove windows. Take breakfast out to the beautiful surrounding gardens.

Spring Lake Inn

The Moonbeam room at the turreted inn dating back to 1888 has a private gas fireplace and views of the ocean one block away.

Black Trumpet

The bistro serves inventive fare like scallops over rock shrimp potato pancakes.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Discover Glenmont, Thomas Edison’s 29-room Queen Anne–style mansion. It’s an often-overlooked shrine to the great inventor run by the National Park Service in West Orange, NJ.