Now that my first little string of vacations has ended, I’ve finally got some time to post about them. =) You already know I kicked off New Jersey Trip #1 with Suttonpalooza, so this pretty much sums up the rest.
I made it a point to enjoy a few breakfasts featuring pork roll (a Jersey staple) at Amy’s Omelette House (above) and a little bakery/cafe in Atlantic Highlands (below).
I spent lots of sunny, relaxing hours at the pool with my favorite magazines and my mom and dad.
I wore a nautical dress (first photo of this post) to an impromptu rendezvous with my parents and their friends at the new 9th Ave Pier in Belmar.
I spent an evening chasing the sunset around the marina in search of the perfect shot.
My mom and I paid a morning visit to the Twin Lights…
…followed by an afternoon in the city…
…where we ducked into La Maison du Chocolat to avoid a drizzle and split an eclair between shops on Madison Avenue…
…and then indulged in just a few pastries more at Ferrara after dining al fresco in Little Italy.
I sought some late afternoon shade in the old Casino with my best friend and her little girls on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.
I picked up a few treasures along the way — a classic striped top (St. James), madras shorts (Cape Madras via Brave New World), Saltwater Soap (Saipua via Warm), and starfish earrings from a boutique on the boardwalk. I bought my friend Tina a matching pair, too. =)
I met my mom for lunch on the boards before I left to drive home. Nothing beats a cold Diet Coke in a shiny red cup on a sizzling afternoon.
I raced the sunset down to the bridge. It was nothing short of perfect timing as I (literally) swerved off the road at the CBBT scenic overlook and launched myself out of the car to snap this shot just as the sun was dipping below the horizon.
I stopped to revel in the last 20 minutes of my trip. After the sun went down, I rolled down the windows, sat back in the driver’s seat, stared out over the bay, and savored a cup of she-crab soup I picked up from The Great Machipongo Clam Shack.