It doesn’t matter what exit you hail from in the Garden State, everyone has a favorite hot spot along the Jersey Shore. Whether it is Ocean Grove or Cape May, each beach town has its own personality and attractions. If you love amusements, Wildwood, Seaside, and Point Pleasant all have the boardwalk attractions and rides to keep the entire family happy. However, if a day in the sand is the only thing on your agenda, Spring Lake, New Jersey is a must do.
Spring Lake is the quintessential village by the sea. It is also easily accessible by train as a stop along the North Jersey Coast Line. Once you arrive, the beach is a short walk. If you drive, there is ample street parking and it is free; no meters. However, the allure of the town includes more than just the sand. Its two-and-a-half mile boardwalk is the longest noncommercial one in the state. The view of the Atlantic against the backdrop of multimillion dollar mansions which rival any along the Cape Cod shore is top notch.
Victorian homes with their signature witch caps and widow walks are a mainstay along the immaculate streets along with the wrap-around porches which were such a focal point of life during those times. They still are with homeowners making them a second living room adoring them with styles straight out of Better Homes and Gardens.
Third Avenue is home to quaint shops and small eateries. It is easy to wile away an afternoon any season on the year as you stroll in and out of each one, enjoying unique merchandise and sweets from places like Third Avenue Chocolates.
The town’s lakes which are on opposite ends are as much of a delight as the ocean. Spring Lake, the town’s namesake, is on the Sea Girt side. Hand-carved wooden bridges provide a walkway across. Residents and visitors partake in lakeside picnics and walks. The playground which is sandwiched in the middle is a popular destination of children as well as parents with young tots. Fishing is allowed at certain times during the year and the east end has a large model boat contingent which enjoys the fine art of sailing the small crafts.
Spring Lake only houses one larger hotel, the Breakers, but it is chock full of appealing bed and breakfasts and inns if something longer than a day trip is on your mind. The Normandy Inn has been welcoming summer travelers since the nineteenth century and is truly an amazing site to behold with its Victorian architecture and antique furniture. It caters to the couple seeking a romantic getaway, families on vacation, and businesses seeking a place to hold conferences and seminars.
Once you experience the charm of Spring Lake in person, it will quickly become one of your summertime favorites any time of year.