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Fall…for Food and Fun!

As much as we may love summer, there’s no stopping the fact that on Saturday September 22, at precisely 9:54 p.m. Eastern Time, we will officially say goodbye to Summer 2018 and usher in Fantastic Fall. While it is always bittersweet to bid farewell to our carefree beach days and (oh!) those summer nights, fall itself can be pretty cool – in more ways than one. Especially now that shore officials, local businesses and event coordinators have planned a plethora of events to keep us coming back to the places we love the most. Foodies and wine lovers will particularly delight in knowing that, beginning this weekend and extending well into the fall, several coastal culinary events have been planned to tickle their taste buds. Here, we break down the events by category and follow up with a chronological listing of these gastric galas so that you won’t miss a chance to fall for food and fun down the shore.

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If you savor seafood, you’re in luck – several festivals featuring ocean delicacies are being held in the upcoming weeks. On Saturday, September 22, head to the Seafarer’s Celebration at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest. This bayfront street festival includes live music, craft vendors, food, family entertainment, and children’s activities, with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm at Centennial Park. On September 29, plan to come to the Sea Isle Harborfest at Marina Park to celebrate Sea Isle’s fishing and nautical history by featuring delicious seafood, live music, a clam eating contest, crafts and specialty vendors.

During the first weekend of October, seafood festivals will be held in Ocean City (October 6-8), Avalon (October 6-7) and Wildwood (October 7). If you’re not sure which one to attend, why not plan a cruise down the coast on Sunday October 7 and enjoy all three? Start in Ocean City at the Music Pier where the Indian Summer Weekend features seafood venders and boardwalk table sales. Then head to the Avalon Community Hall for the Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival, offering delectable treats from fresh seafood vendors, a chowder contest, live music, vendors and more. End your day at the Seafood and Music Festival hosted by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce on Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues. This festival features two stages of live music, crafters, food vendors, a pie eating contest as well as a “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounce houses.

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Several upcoming heritage fests will provide you with an opportunity to sample fare from Ireland, Italy and Germany. Wildwood’s popular Irish Weekend begins September 21 and runs through the 23rd. The Celtic city-wide event includes entertainment, Irish dance lessons, a 5k run and 1-mile walk, golf tournament, pipe exhibition, food court stage, beer garden, food and craft vendors and so much more, with bus service available to the various events throughout the weekend. While you’re in the ‘Wood this weekend, head to Mariner’s Pier to take part in Oktoberfest, where you can sample Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, German potato salad, schnitzel and other German treats, as well as a wide selection of beers and tasting flights at an outdoor biergarten, as you enjoy live entertainment by The Oompah-Delics. If you’re just getting adjusted to September and aren’t quite ready to usher in the new season just yet, Oktoberfest at Mariner’s Pier continues on the weekends of September 28-29 and October 6-7.

But Wildwood isn’t the only place to grab a pretzel and a beer and Prost! to good times. Cape May will host an Oktoberfest on September 29 where several streets will be transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Enjoy a famous Bavarian tradition by visiting the beer gardens, food courts and artisan tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. And on October 20, Sea Isle City will host an Oktoberfest at Excursion Park, featuring live German music, vendors, free hayrides on the beach, magic acts, pumpkin painting, children’s entertainment and a pie baking contest.

If pasta is more your thing, then you’re in for a real treat. The Olde Time Italian Festival will be held on the weekend of September 28-29 at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues in Wildwood. This family festival includes a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and spaghetti eating contest will take place as well. On October 6, Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle will follow up with an Italian Festival of its own, offering a variety of great Italian food, an Italian market with craft and specialty vendors, a cannoli eating contest and live musical entertainment. Finally, Avalon gets in on the fun with the Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night at the Windrift Hotel.

For a different global experience, head to Around the World Social on September 28 at the Sand Bar in Sea Isle City. This event features soft music, butlered hors d’oeuvres, a wine sampling and cash bar.
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Food…with a side of FUN!                                                                                              For those not sold on seafood or international fare specifically, several seaside events pair food with just plain fun events – and in some cases, wine and spirits as well. Let’s start with this weekend and work our way into October.

Celebrate the first day of fall on September 22 at the 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival which will be held at the 96th Street Shopping District. Enjoy the best of local wineries & breweries, food, artisans & live music. Festivities include a grape stomping competition, hay slide and more. Heading further south down the coast on the same day, you’ll find the Fall Food Truck & Music Festival at Fox Park across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. This festival features delicious and unique food trucks, music, vendors, and entertainment as well as a Kids Zone with fun and activities to keep the little ones busy. On Sunday, September 23, enjoy a Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May. This Sunday morning brunch buffet features live jazz from The Great American Songbook by renowned jazz musicians.

Ocean City ushers in the first weekend of October with a fantastic Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular on Asbury Avenue from 5th – 14th Streets. Here you will find crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, fireworks will dazzle in the night sky over the boardwalk from 6th – 14th Streets. On October 6, legume lovers may want to head to the cape for the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival at Wilbraham Park to enjoy an array of recipes, crafts, and products featuring the lovely Lima.

On October 14, be a spicy bivalve and help out the Ocean City Firefighters Charitable Foundation by purchasing a ticket to Ocean City’s 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest at the Music Pier, where you can partake in chili and chowder tastings while enjoying music from a DJ and watching your offspring enjoy the planned kids’ activities. For an “Evening to Die For”, come enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Inn of Cape May on October 20 and try to solve a murder mystery as you enjoy a four-course dinner.

November kicks off with the Cape May Restaurant Weekend (November 1-4; various times and locations), a four-day event that offers your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35 per person at participating restaurants.

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Of course, no celebration of food is complete without a little wine and chocolate. This fall’s wine events include the Cape May Wine Trail on September 21 which begins at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate with lunch. Then hop aboard a Trolley and enjoy a brief tour and wine tasting at Willow Creek Winery, a tasting at Hawk Haven Winery, and wine tasting, cheese and crackers (complete with a souvenir glass) at Natali Vineyards. If the wine tours and tastings whet your appetite for more, join the Cape May Wine School class on October 7 at the Washington Inn to learn about wines. Of course, don’t forget to check out all the local wineries to see the events they have planned as well.

For a sweet ending to your tasty “tour de shore”, check out the Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast on September 22 at The Blue Rose Inn where you will enjoy seven courses of delicious chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. Can’t make it this weekend? No worries – the chocoholics among us will be happy to know that this event repeats October 27 and December 1, as well as other times during the year.

So, as you’re digesting the end of summer and considering what fall has in store for you, we hope we’ve given you enough to chew on. Bon Appetit!

Oh…but first…here’s a listing of all these wonderful events in chronological order so you won’t miss out on any of them.

September 2018
21 – Wildwood Irish Festival (runs 21st – 23rd)
21 – Cape May Wine Trail
21 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest (runs 21st – 23rd; 28-30th; October 5-7th)
22 – Wildwood Irish Festival
22 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
22 – Wildwood Crest Seafarers’ Celebration
22 – The 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival
22 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn (repeats October 27th and December 1st)
22 – Fall Food Truck & Music Festival
23 – Wildwood Irish Festival
23 – Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May
23 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Sea Isle City Around the World Social
29 – Sea Isle City Harborfest
28 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
29 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Cape May Oktoberfest
30 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest

October 2018
5 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
6 – West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
6 – Sea Isle City Italian Festival
6 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival (runs 6th – 7th)
6 – Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
6 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend (runs 6th – 8th)
6 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
7 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival
7 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
7 – Cape May Wine School
7 – Seafood and Music Festival
7 –  Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
8 –  Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
14 – Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night
14 – Ocean City 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest
20 – Cape may Murder Mystery Dinners
20 – Sea Isle City Octoberfest
27 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn

November 2018
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Free Weekly Summer Events in Avalon

Each summer, Avalon hosts free weekly events as listed below:

Monday
Monday Funday (10:00 am, Avalon Free Public Library or Avalon History Center). This weekly interactive kids event is part of the summer reading program.

Beach Movies (Dusk, 30th Street Beach)

Wednesday
Kids Lego Club (10:00 am, Avalon Free Public Library). This event features a new Lego project for kids every week.

Dune and Beach Walk (9:30 am – 10:30 am, 48th Street and Dune Drive). Walk with a naturalist along the maritime forest and dune trails and learn about the animals and plants that thrive in this environment. Presented by the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor.

Thursday
Thursdays on Dune Concert Series (5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Veterans Plaza, 21st Street and Dune Drive). Featuring children’s activities from 5:30 – 7:00 pm including face painting, balloon art, character appearances, crafts, giveaways and more, followed by a live band from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Friday
Video Games at the Library (11 am – 12:00 noon, Avalon Free Public Library). For all ages. Play Nintendo Switch on a big screen, plus enjoy other games such as Nintendo DS and tabletop games.

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Upcoming Events in Avalon – Fall/Winter 2018

November 2018

November 10 Big Band Dance: Tony De Luca (7:00 pm, Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and Avalon Avenue).

November 11 American Legion Post 331 Veterans Day Ceremony (11:00 am, Veterans Plaza, 21st Street and Dune Drive).

November 23 Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children Turkey Trot (10:00 am, Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and Avalon Avenue).

November 23 Festive Friday (11:00 am – 6:00 pm, downtown Avalon).

November 23 Festival of Trees (12:00 noon – 8:00 pm, The Whitebrier, 260 20th Street).

November 24 Snowfest Saturday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm, downtown Avalon).

November 24 Avalon Lions Club 50/50 Raffle Drawing (1:00 – 4:00 pm, The Whitebrier, 260 20th Street).

December 2018

December 1 Avalon Historical Society Holiday Party and Annual Meeting (4:00 – 7:00 pm, Avalon History Center, 215 39th Street).

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a great New Year!

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Where to Eat in Avalon

Avalon offers many culinary choices for diners with different tastes. Whether it is something quick and easy or a sit down romantic dinner you are seeking, you are sure to find what you’re looking for. While most restaurants can be found along Dune Drive, many other excellent restaurants are scattered across the island and are well worth a drive or a bike ride to check out. Here are the most sought-after dining experiences at the beach and our favorites for each category. Bon Appetit!

Coffee Shop

eatavaloncoffeeAvalon Coffee (2892 Dune Drive) Serving freshly brewed since 1994, Avalon Coffee’s philosophy is to keep it simple and provide high quality products. In addition to coffee and freshly baked bagels and buns, the cozy café serves up salads and sandwiches made fresh daily. Open daily 7am – 1 pm.

Pastries

eatmallonsMallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns (2105 Ocean Drive) Since 1988, Mallon’s has been serving up sticky buns “the old fashioned” way. Using the finest ingredients and a secret sticky topping, Mallon’s is a favorite place to grab a sweet treat. Although they specialize in sticky buns, they also serve freshly baked, homemade donuts, hand-rolled bagels, crumb cake, glazed cinnamon swirls and more. Open daily 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

eatddDuck Donuts (3246 Dune Drive) While Duck Donuts is a chain (originating in Duck, NC), it is a family owned and operated business. Promising donuts that are “Warm, Delicious & Made to Order”, Duck Donuts provides customers with a fun, interactive experience that allows them to watch their donuts being made fresh and then invites them to choose their coatings, toppings and drizzle. Open daily 7 am – 3 pm.

Breakfast

eatubUncle Bill’s Pancake House (3189 Dune Drive) First established in 1962 in Stone Harbor, Uncle Bill’s expanded to several locations along the South Jersey coast over the years and is a popular breakfast destination for vacationing families and locals. Awarded as being the Best Breakfast at the Jersey Shore, Uncle Bill’s serves up breakfast all day long with over 15 different types of pancakes, waffles, French toast, omelets, farm fresh eggs and meats. Several locations also serve lunch and dinner. The staff tends to return each year, which is another mark of their success. Open daily 7 am – 1 pm.

Grab-N-Go

eatbbBeach Burger (2150 Dune Drive) If you’re looking for something simple to grab and go like a burger and fries, this is the place. Located in the Avalon Food Court on Dune Drive, Beach Burger offers a simple menu consisting of burgers, hot dogs, fries and milkshakes. The fries are hand-cut thin and crispy and the burgers are juicy and cooked to order. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm (3 am on Friday and Saturday)

Deli

seven mile deliSeven Mile Island Deli (3101 Dune Drive) This little deli has been around for 7 years and is growing in popularity, due to its delicious deli selections and the fact that it is opened year-round. Sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps and made to order from all fresh ingredients. It’s the perfect place to stop on your way to the beach and grab some lunch to go, although you may want to call ahead to avoid the line. Off season hours are Weekdays and Saturday 11 am – 3 pm, Closed Sunday. Summer hours vary.

BBQ

eatbbqAvalon Barbeque Company (224 21st Street) Avalon BBQ is an al fresco and take-out restaurant located across from the Princeton, specializing in finger-licking good food for lunch dinner or a late night snack. It offers slow cooked Texas-style brisket, smoked pulled pork, chicken and beef sandwiches, St. Louis Cut Spare Ribs and many other meats, which are delicious when paired with their own southern-style cornbread, grilled pineapple, hushpuppies and other specialties. Open daily 11:30 am – 9 pm (2:30 am Friday and Saturday).

Pizza

eatnemosNemo’s Pizza (2542 Dune Drive) This authentic Italian family pizzeria and restaurant with a BYOB option is highly rated on Seven Mile Island for its delicious food, extensive menu and exceptional service. Their pizza, considered “the best” by many people, is made with fresh dough, hand tossed and covered in a tasty tomato sauce and fresh ingredients. Also on the menu are fresh hot and cold sandwiches, crisp salads and wraps, pasta dishes with homemade sauces, and more. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.

Romantic

sea grillSea Grill (225 21st Street) This unique dining experience allows customers to order fresh steaks and seafood directly from the chef who then prepares meals to order. An expansive salad bar offers a variety of fresh items and the a la carte side orders are plentiful and delicious. The ambiance is cozy and intimate, and is the perfect place for date night. Open daily 5 pm – 12 midnight.

Kid-Friendly

eatconcordConcord Café (7800 Dune Drive) Family owned and operated, the Concord Café is known for its casual family dining in a kid-friendly restaurant and a menu that includes burgers, pizzas, pasta and more. From Pizza to Seafood Pescatore, the café offers a wide variety of options to suite every taste and the service is friendly and prompt. Open daily 11:30 am – 11 pm.

Waterfront Dining

eatwindriftTiki Bar and Level 3 (Windrift Hotel 105 80th Street). The Tiki Bar is an open-air lounge on the second floor of the hotel, offering cool sea breezes and an exceptional view of the beach. Sip on cocktails and enjoy live afternoon entertainment while dining on their extensive beach bar offerings, which include shared plates, a raw bar, sushi, handhelds and specialty pizzas. Tuesday is “World Famous Wing Night,” with specials on draughts and pitchers. eatlevelAlso check out Level 3, a new open-air restaurant offering the same menu items but with a more intimate scene overlooking the Atlantic. Open daily at 12 noon.

Ice cream

eatsundaeSundae Best (2900 Dune Drive) This popular ice cream shop strives to provide customers with the ultimate ice cream experience by offering a wide variety of flavors and using the very best ingredients. Their ice cream is homemade on site and includes several signature flavors, with new recipes being created every day. They offer gluten-free ice cream and cones, sugar-free cones, soy vanilla and diary-free water ices, as well as a “doggie dip” for their four-legged fans (a portion of profits from which are donated to the Cape May Animal Shelter). Open daily; hours vary.

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Where to Stay in Avalon

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Avalon is a quiet residential town where many vacationers rent condos or homes on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis. For vacationers looking for a shorter stay, Avalon does offer some hotel options, as does neighboring Stone Harbor.

All of Avalon’s hotels are located between 78th – 80th Streets on the border of Stone Harbor. For that reason, visitors may want to check out “Where to Stay in Stone Harbor” as they both occupy Seven Mile Island and are right next to one other. Because both towns are considered more upscale than some of their neighboring towns, the cost for a night’s stay at Avalon’s beachfront hotels can be quite pricey – especially in summer at the height of the tourist season. Consider staying a block or two back from the beach, or check out the motel options that are located closer to Stone Harbor’s town center if you are looking to spend less.

Because there aren’t an overwhelming number of hotels here, I am able to provide you with a list and a brief description of what is available in Avalon. Please know this list may not be all-inclusive. If you wish to stay on Seven Mile Island, I encourage you to visit both Avalon and Stone Harbor’s official websites, as well as other travel websites such as Tripadvisor – not only for different options and pricing, but also read traveler reviews to determine if a particular hotel would be a good fit for you.

Avalon Hotels:

Icona Golden Inn – Beach Block between 78th and 79th Street and Beach, Avalon20161013_115416

The Golden Inn is a newly remodeled beachfront resort now under the ownership of The Icona Group (they have other upscale resorts in Diamond Beach and Cape May as well). This hotel is gorgeous and features a beautiful outdoor area with a tropical vibe. Between the beach and the hotel, the Sandbar is a wonderful venue to enjoy food and cocktails with poolside service, or curl up on an oversized wrap-around couch next to a fire pit. Live music is offered at the outdoor Beach Bar & Lounge seasonally. The heated pool has a sundeck with luxury cabana rentals, chaises, daybeds and umbrellas. For guests heading to the beach, umbrellas and chairs are available for a fee. Inside the beautiful navy and white contemporary lobby is Shimmers Bistro where guests can enjoy coffee and breakfast in the morning or wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evening. The onsite Avalon Brew Pub is a gastropub offering local brews starting in Fall 2017 and a spa is coming to the resort in 2018. Off-street parking is free.

Windrift Hotel – Beach Block between 79th and 80th and Beach, Avalon20161013_115232

This contemporary beachfront resort is nestled in the dunes and has been a favorite vacation destination for years. Guests can choose between ten different room types, ranging from classic rooms with two queen beds to four-bedroom condominiums. The resort offers six bar/lounge areas with nightly entertainment, a beachfront restaurant and a rooftop lounge that is perfect for cocktails at sunset. Food and drink service is available around the zero-entry pool and hot tub. Off-street parking is free. Complimentary beach tags, chairs and umbrellas are available. Guests are also invited to use bike cruisers free of charge, and have access to Stone Harbor Golf Club, the area’s premier private golf club.

Beachcomber Resort – 79th and Dune Drive, Avalonbeachcomber

This resort condominium hotel complex is comprised of 53 units that include efficiency, one bedroom and deluxe suites all individually owned. Each unit includes a kitchenette. The facility has free off-street parking, daily maid service, self-serve ice machine, laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi. One block from the beach, this resort has a beautiful heated pool and kiddie pool area. It does not have an in-house restaurant or bar, but it does have barbeque grills and a picnic area and is directly across the street where both the Windrift Hotel and the Golden Inn have multiple dining and lounge options, as do two other hotels within the next block on Dune Drive. Tennis and basketball courts and a playground are located nearby. Beach tags are free for use during stay.

Dessert Sand Resort –  79th and Dune Drive, Avalondesert

This hotel is one block from the beach and offers one or two-bedroom units which include a fridge, a microwave and a coffee maker, and efficiencies with kitchenettes. The facility includes an elevator, outdoor pool with a kiddie pool, indoor swimming pool, full-service restaurant, laundry facility, daily maid service, coin-operated ice machine, complimentary Wi-Fi and free off-street parking. Tennis and basketball courts and a playground are located nearby. Beach tags are available upon request (deposit required).

Concord Suites – 78th and Dune Drive, Avalonconcord

Concord Suites prides itself on being a Green Hotel Destination. It is located one block from the beach and each suite includes a private bedroom, a living room and a kitchen with refrigerator, sink, stovetop, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and table settings for six. Daily housekeeping and linen service is provided and laundry facilities are available. The hotel has an elevator and off-street parking is free. Amenities include two pools – one heated – each with kiddie pools, as well as four spacious sundecks. An onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beach tags are complimentary for the term of stay and a free DVD library and complimentary board games are available for use by guests. Tennis and basketball courts and a playground are located nearby.

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All of Avalon and Stone Harbor’s camping options are off-island along Route 9. Check websites for more information.

Home Rentals:

Most renters will go through traditional real estate agencies to rent condos and houses, however there is a growing number of options appearing online. Websites such as Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), Home Away and even AirBNB are starting to show options for weekly and, at times, shorter stays via website.

In closing, I strongly encourage you to visit online reviews of all these lodging options to get more information and find feedback about other guests’ experiences to better make a decision about what is right for you.

Where do you stay in Avalon? If you would like to make a recommendation or share information about your favorite hotel, motel, inn or rental, please leave your reply below, or contact us if you have an interesting story to share about where you stayed in Avalon. 

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Avalon Beach Information

Avalon’s beaches are a great place to be on a hot summer afternoon, a cool autumn morning or a balmy spring night. Whether you are a beachcomber, sunbather, surfer or sandcastle builder, you will surely enjoy your time spent on these white sand beaches. To maximize your enjoyment, here is information you will want to know.

Lifeguarded Beaches
Beaches are lifeguard protected between June 12th through August 21st, 2017 on the following streets: 9th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th, 32nd, 35th, 38th, 40th, 43rd, 50th, 57th, 61st, 65th, 69th, 73rd, 76th, and 78th Streets.

PLEASE NOTE: Between August 22nd-September 5th, a lim­ited num­ber of life­guards will be assigned to one or more des­ig­nated beaches as avail­able per­son­nel permits. Check with the Avalon Beach Patrol before planning to visit to see which beaches are protected.

Permitted Activities
Surfing – Permitted at 30th Street beach and either side of the 12th Street sand, but not near bathers

Rafts – Rafts and inflatable objects are permitted at the following beaches: 9th, 12th, 18th, 24th, 28th, 35th, 40th, 43rd, 50th, 61st, 69th and 78th Streets.

Beach Tag Info
Beach tags are required for all individuals 12 years or older from May 27th through September 4th, 2017, every day of the week between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beach tags can be purchased at the Beach Tag Booth at Community Hall on 30th Street and Avalon Avenue or from any on-duty Avalon Beach Patrol Tag Inspector. Starting in 2017, beachgoers can also download and purchase Avalon seasonal tags through Viply, which can then be picked up at the Beach Tag Booth.

The 2017 Summer Season rates for beach tags are: $6 for daily, $12 for weekly $28 for seasonal tags. Discounts are offered on seasonal tags purchased prior to May 31. Beach tags are free for all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, as well as active duty military members and their immediately families. Avalon and Stone Harbor have reciprocity between their beaches, so Avalon beach tags are accepted on Stone Harbor beaches, and vice-versa. Stone Harbor beach tags can be purchased at the Stone Harbor Beach Tag Office on 95th Street and the Beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or from a beach tag inspector on the beach.

Where to Park
Public parking is available in Borough lots at 28th – 30th Streets & the beach, 32nd & Dune Drive behind the Municipal Building, on the corner of 21st Street & 5th Avenue and off Ocean Drive on 20th Street. All parking in Avalon is free of charge.

Restrooms
Public restrooms are available at Borough Hall (32nd & Dune Drive), Public Safety Building (31st & Dune Drive), Community Hall (30th & the beach), Tennis Buildings (8th & 39th Streets), 10th & Dune Drive and 30th Street and the beach (next to the Tot Lot).

Accessibility
Handicapped ramps to the boardwalk are located at 21st, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th and 32nd Streets. Ramps from the boardwalk to the beach can be found at 30th Street and at 8th & Avalon Avenue, and ramps to an observation platform and to the beach can be found at 80th Street. Handicapped accessible bay front piers are located at 8th Street Pier at the bay side, 20th & 5th Avenue, 22nd & 6th Avenue, 23rd , 33rd, 37th, 53rd and 57th Streets.

Surf Chairs
Surf chairs are available at 9th, 30th and 80th Street beaches. Chairs are free but reservations are recommended. Call the Avalon Beach Patrol at to reserve.

Rules and Regs
• For your own safety, swim only at protected beaches during the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Swimming at a non-guarded beach, or at a time when lifeguards are not on duty, is at your own risk.
• Use of rafts and surf­boards are permitted only at designated beaches.
• Dogs are not permitted on the Avalon beach, boardwalk, or dunes anytime between March 1st and September 30th. In other areas of the Borough, dogs must be kept on a leash (when not confined) and their droppings must be retrieved immediately by the person in charge of the dogs.
• The playing of volleyball and Frisbee is permitted on the beach between 38th Street and 76th Street with the exact locations to be designated by and under the control of the Beach Patrol Captain; and, also at 31st Street behind Community Hall
• Unattended holes left on the beach strand can cause injury to others, especially as night falls. Please be sure you fill in any holes before you leave them unattended. Never climb into a hole that has been dug on the beach as the sand may become unstable and cause an unintended entrapment.
• Kayaks, Stand up Pad­dle­boards (includ­ing inflat­able and non-inflatable) and Bodyboards and/or Bellyboards with skegs are prohibited on any beaches in the Borough during the hours of 10:00am through 5:00pm. However, due to low activity by surfers on the 63rd Street beach, the Avalon Beach Patrol is allowing stand up paddleboards at that location during 2017.

For more information about Avalon, please follow the links below:
Find out why Avalon is “Cooler By A Mile”
History of Avalon
Avalon Beach Information
Where to Stay in Avalon
Where to Eat in Avalon
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History of Avalon

beachThe island upon which Avalon is located was once a juniper forest occupied by the Leni-Lenape Indians. In 1722, the 2725-acre island was purchased for the equivalent of $380 by Aaron Leaming who thereafter named it Leaming’s Island. The Leaming family owned the island for approximately 100 years, during which time it was used as a cattle range and a source of timber. The island was sold by the Leamings, passed through several different owners and, at one point, was renamed to “Seven Mile Island”.

In 1887 the island was purchased by a real estate company with the intention of creating a seaside resort. It is believed that “Avalon” was given its name by a brother-in-law of the company’s president. The name was derived from a mythical, magical island where it is said that King Arthur went to recover after battle.

The developers intended the island to be an exclusive, upscale resort, which is evident in the naming of the channels built along the west side of the island after Ivy League schools. The island itself was referred to as the “Jewel of the Jersey Coast” by the company trying to promote it to wealthy visitors.

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In order to bring visitors to the island, a railway service was needed. A railroad alreadyLeaming Bridge from Townsends' Inlet, built 1891 ran from Philadelphia to Ludlam’s Island to the north. In order to extend the tracks into Avalon, a railroad bridge was needed to cross Townsends Inlet. Construction was problematic as the first three attempts were halted by storm damage and destruction. Once finally completed, tracks were laid tracks on the island from the Townsends Inlet bridge to 37th Street where, beyond, the land was primarily sand hills, forest and marshland.

postcardavalonhotelBy this time, thousands of visitors came to the island by trains that arrived and departed 24 times each day, and these trips often resulting in visitors purchasing property on the island. At the railroad’s request, the Avalon Hotel was built in 1888 at 5th Street and Avalon Avenue to provide overnight lodging for guests who needed accommodations. Avalon was incorporated as a borough in 1892. By the early 1900s, Avalon had grown to consist of seventy-five houses, a school, and two churches. In 1905, a beach patrol was established.

While most development up to this point was occurring north of 25th Street, thepostcardapartments Peermont Land Company purchased land south of 25th Street to develop a new community. Avalon and Peermont were separated by high dunes and dense wilderness with only a train and the beach allowing access between the two. Both communities worked together to flatten the land by cutting back the juniper forest and leveling off the sandy hills. A road was constructed to join the two communities and another hotel was built at this end called the Peermont Hotel. It wouldn’t be until the 1950s that the altering of the natural landscape would become an issue as town officials became concerned about the amount of beachfront development that was going on. They started to buy back beachfront property to allow dunes to naturally re-establish themselves. Today, the Avalon Environmental Commission oversees the protection of the maritime forest and dune ecosystems.

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The railroad was gradually extended and three railroad stations were built along the route. Even further south, a new community called “Holiday Beach” was developed and a fourth train station was added. The communities of Avalon, Peermont and Holiday Beach gradually merged and became united under Avalon. The railroad was the primary mode of transportation for visitors to the island until roadways were constructed in the early 1900s. Eventually, the cost to maintain the railroad bridge between Townsends Inlet and Avalon became too burdensome, so it was removed and train service to the island ceased.

postcardboardwalkold29In or around 1910, a boardwalk was constructed between 8th and 32nd Streets. A casino, movie theater, novelty store and snack shop occupied a building on the boardwalk at 29th Street. A second casino was built on the boardwalk at 17th Street. The first floor of this building housed a large dance hall, theater, soda shop, barber shop, ski ball alley and pool room. On the second floor was a spacious room with brick fireplaces and large windows that looked out over the ocean. In the back of the building were bath houses and comfort rooms. Four apartments were located on the top of the building. The casino was the social hub of the island community until 1928 when the building was condemned.

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In the 1930s, as automobile use became more prolific, the now defunct railroad tracks that ran along the eastern side of the island were removed and Dune Drive was created, followed by Ocean Drive along the bay side, ironically. Also around this time a fishing pier was built at 32nd Street and the Boardwalk, extending into the ocean. The pier was destroyed and rebuilt after the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944 and the Nor’Easter of 1962.

Like many of the southern Jersey coastal towns, the 1962 storm caused widespread damage and destruction of existing structures. The storm lasted through five high tide cycles and hit during a spring tide, when tides are already higher under normal circumstances. These tides were up to 9 feet higher than normal, and they hit Avalon with such force that the northern-most part of the island between 1st and 5th Streets was swept away by the tides. This is why Avalon starts at 6th Street today, and why they are shorter than the blocks further south.

To protect this from happening again, rock barriers were placed around 8th street and a wall was built along Ocean Drive where the road comes in from Townsends Inlet. The wall proved to be effective against the ocean’s fury during Hurricane Sandy when the road was badly destroyed, but not lost. The wall kept the ocean from completely taking out the road and the homes in this area. After the storm, the road was rebuilt and the wall was fortified even more.

 

In the 20th and 21st centuries, Avalon has continued to build and grow. Over the years, many of the older homes on the island have been destroyed by storms or torn down by developers and replaced by large, sprawling mansions and multi-unit dwellings. A distinct, exclusive shopping district has developed and contemporary beachfront resorts offer more and more in the way of dining and entertainment. While the borough of Avalon may not have many hotel options – there are currently five located within borough limits – many families still flock here to rent condos and homes to spend their vacations together by the sea. As its original developers intended, Avalon has become a classy, upscale vacation destination – a true jewel of the Jersey coast.postcardkids

Like other resort towns on the South Jersey coast, real estate values have sky rocketed to the point that, between 2000 – 2010, the full-time population of Avalon shrunk by 38%. It is said that this reduction in shore town populations is due to the fact that the real estate here is so expensive that only people who can afford to purchase second homes are able to do so, which also means they are not counted as full-time or primary residents of the town. Many older, weaker structures were destroyed in recent storms such as Sandy and Winter Storm Jonas, and they are being replaced by larger, more contemporary homes built to withstand the weather, and that too is driving home costs even higher. It is amazing to think that less than 300 years ago the entire seven-mile barrier island was purchased for an amount less than what it costs to stay one night in a beachfront hotel in summer.

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For more information about Avalon, please follow the links below:

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Avalon

“Cooler By A Mile”

postcardNamed for the mystical island where King Arthur was taken to recover from battle wounds, beautiful Avalon New Jersey is one of the most affluent communities along the Jersey Shore.

Incorporated as a borough in 1892, Avalon is home to some of the most expensive real estate on the East Coast. As the town’s motto suggests,  Avalon is “Cooler by a Mile” because it sits about a mile further out to sea than its neighboring barrier islands along the South Jersey coastline.

As the northern most town on “Seven Mile Island” – named so for its length – Avalon shares its island home with Stone Harbor to the south. The island is about 36 miles south of Atlantic City and 20 miles north of Cape May.

Prior to 1914 the island was only comprised of one town – Avalon – until Stone Harbor was formed. Avalon occupies the island from 6th Street to 80th Street, and Stone Harbor from 80th Street to 122nd Street. The reason Avalon only begins at 6th Street is because, in the early 20th century, a hurricane washed away the northern-most part of the island.

Both Avalon and Stone Harbor are quieter and more upscale than neighboring towns. Many homes here range from modest, bayside condominiums  to opulent, beachfront mansions. In 2017, Coastal Living named Avalon one of the top ten most expensive beach towns in which to live with median home values of $1.46 million.

20161013_115416Luckily for many visitors who wish to come to this tony seaside resort, a plethora of private homes and condos are available for rent on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis. Short-term visitors can find a wide variety of accommodations in which to stay for a night or a weekend, ranging from glamorous beachfront Icona Golden Inn and Windrift Hotel, to smaller motels and condotels further back from the beach.

avbeachAvalon is most known for its wild, beautiful dunes and maritime forest that lines some of its beaches. The dunes are the highest ones found on the southern Jersey barrier islands. In order to access the beaches, particularly between 40th and 58th, paths wind through the dense vegetation including cedar, holly, wild cherry trees, bayberry and and other wild growth, until they open up into sandy dunes peppered with sea grass. The dunes offer protection to certain endangered bird species such as terns and Piping Plovers. The 1.1 mile Avalon Dune and Beach Trail is located between 44th and 48th Streets along Dune Drive and was planned for the educational enjoyment of residents and visitors.

Due to its location and recent beach replenishment, the beaches are large and beautiful. A full-time life guarding staff protects the beaches each summer, and visitors are required to purchase beach tags.
boardwalkWhile there is no commercial boardwalk similar to those found in Ocean City and Wildwood, Avalon does have a half-mile boardwalk perfect for walking or biking, and recreational areas that include public tennis courts, basketball courts, skate parks and playgrounds.picture-avalon (2)

Unlike its island neighbor Stone Harbor, Avalon hasn’t always been as much of a shopping destination for shore visitors.  However, in recent years a distinct shopping district has evolved on Dune Drive between 20th and 33rd Streets with the opening of many upscale boutique shops and chic restaurants joining previously already established businesses. Many delicious eateries are scattered throughout Avalon as well, ranging from come-in-from-the-beach pizza shops to swanky seafood restaurants. There are also several popular bars where both young and old revelers can enjoy drinks and entertainment after dark.

Avalon offers a laid back, chic beach experience that everyone from single professionals to large extended families, and everyone in between, can enjoy.

For more information about Avalon, please follow the links below:

History of Avalon
Avalon Beach Information
Where to Stay in Avalon
Where to Eat in Avalon
Upcoming Events in Avalon – Fall/Winter 2018
Free Weekly Summer Events in Avalon

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