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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, November 30, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

This week we're off to awesome Atlantic City......

The Jersey Shore is 127 miles of public beachfront stretch-
ing like a pointing finger along the Atlantic Ocean from 
the Sandy Hook Peninsula in the north to Cape May at the 
southern tip. There is no one description of what it's 
like "down the shore." Things change town by town and 
sometimes season by season -- winter storms have a habit 
of rearranging beaches and boardwalks. 

Some shore towns, such as Wildwood, are party hot spots 
with all-out amusement piers; others, such as Ocean Grove, 
which was originally a Methodist camp meeting ground, 
Spring Lake, and Cape May, are more sedate Victorian 
enclaves. Atlantic City has its glitzy casinos. 

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

In the warmer months, locals and visitors also enjoy 
nature walks at the ecologically protected Island Beach 
State Park; the beaches, rides, and attractions at Six 
Flags Great Adventure Theme Park and Safari in Jackson; 
and performances at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.  


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Absecon Lighthouse 
Nautical Site, Atlantic City 
The 1857 lighthouse was designed by George Meade, stands 
171 feet tall, and is the oldest man-made tourist attrac-
tion on the Jersey shore. You can tour the adjacent 
lightkeeper's house and climb to the top for a great view 
of Atlantic City. In winter, call ahead to check that the 
lighthouse is open. www.abseconlighthouse.org. COST: $4. 
OPEN: Early Sept.-June, Thurs.-Mon. 11-4; July and Aug. 
daily 10-5. 

Address: Pacific and Rhode Island Aves., Atlantic City, 

Phone: 609/449-1360

Cape May County's Historical Museum & Genealogical 
Society Museum/Gallery, Cape May 
The circa-1755 John Holmes House holds 300 years of Cape 
May County history. Furnishings, costumes, textiles, tools, 
and decorative and practical objects are on display, as 
well as a collection of old Cape May family bibles and 
other genealogical references. www.cmcmuseum.org. COST: 
$3.50. OPEN: Apr.-Oct., Tues.-Sat. 9-3; Nov.-Mar., Sat. 

Address: 504 Rte. 9N, Cape May Court House, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/465-3535

Gardner's Basin 
Town, Atlantic City 
Once a home to pirates, privateers, and whalers, this 
site is now a restored maritime village and waterfront 
park complete with historic vessels, a museum, and two 
restaurants. The Ocean Life Center 
(www.oceanlifecenter.com) is an interactive facility 
with 10 themed exhibits and eight aquariums. COST: $7. 
OPEN: Daily 10-5. 

Address: 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 
USA  Phone: 609/348-2880 

Other Places of Interest:

Historic Cold Spring Village 
Museum Village, Cape May 
Craftspeople in date-appropriate costumes demonstrate 
their trades using traditional tools, methods, and 
materials at this nonprofit, living-history site. More 
than 20 buildings, built between 1702 and 1897, make up 
the farming village on 22 shady acres north of Cape May. 
www.hcsv.org. COST: $7. OPEN: Late June-Sept., Tues.-Sun. 

Address: 720 U.S. 9, Cape May, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/898-2300

Historic Town of Smithville 
Town, Atlantic City 
This enclave of restaurants and shops specializing in 
Early American antiques is centered on the 1787 
Smithville Inn. Special events are held throughout the
year. To get here from Atlantic City, take the Atlantic 
City Expressway to northbound U.S. 9. COST: Free. 

Address: 615 Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/652-4040
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Atlantic City-Boardwalk Days Inn 
$90 to $174, Atlantic City 
The oceanfront motel has sweeping water views and beach 
access. It's adjacent to the Tropicana Casino and an easy 
walk to several other casinos. The pool has a great view 
of the ocean. www.daysinn.com. 105 rooms. In-room: dial-
up. In-hotel: restaurant, room service, bar, pool, parking 
(no fee), no-smoking rooms. AE, D, MC, V. 

Address: Boardwalk and Morris Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 
08401, USA
Phone: 609/344-6101 or 800/544-8313
Fax: 609/348-5335

Bally's Atlantic City 
$125 to Over $225, Atlantic City 
Rooms come in a variety of styles at this beachfront 
property: the main building, the 1860 Dennis Hotel, 
incorporates traditional and contemporary interior 
schemes; Claridge Tower rooms are bright and airy; and 
Bally's Tower rooms echo art deco. The spa facilities, 
with a multitiered complex of mosaic-tile whirlpools 
and an atrium pool with water-aerobics classes, are 
exceptional. www.ballysac.com. 1,753 rooms, 100 suites. 
In-room: refrigerator (some). In-hotel: 21 restaurants, 
room service, bar, pools, gym, spa, laundry service, 
parking (fee), no-smoking rooms. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: Boardwalk at Park Pl., Atlantic City, NJ 08401, 
USA  Phone: 609/340-2000 or 800/225-5977
Fax: 609/340-4713

The Breakers on the Ocean 
$175 to Over $225, Spring Lake 
The only elevators in town whisk you to upper stories 
and great views of the ocean. Ask for a room with a 
direct view and an extra-large whirlpool tub, or, as 
a second choice, a side-view room with a jet tub. Vast 
outdoor porches and a large freshwater pool make this 
hotel feel like a mansion. Both restaurants have 
fabulous water views. www.breakershotel.com. 72 rooms. 
In-room: refrigerator, VCR (some). In-hotel: 2 
restaurants, room service, bar, pool, no-smoking rooms. 
AE, D, MC, V. 

Address: 1507 Ocean Ave., Spring Lake, NJ 07762, USA
Phone: 732/449-7700
Fax: 732/449-0161

Italian, $8 to $30, Atlantic City 
In the traditionally Italian Ducktown section of Atlantic 
City, this restaurant serves family-style beef, veal, and 
seafood dishes. The braciole (rolled veal stuffed with 
sausage and cheese) is popular. The Italian restaurant's 
wine list is extensive. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: 2400 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/344-7875

Black Duck on Sunset 
Contemporary, $15 to $30, Cape May 
Named after a frequent flier in local skies, the Black 
Duck is in the center of the small town of West Cape May, 
near the Audubon observatory. White walls, wicker paddle 
ceiling fans, and black-and-white photos of old Cape May 
lend an island sensibility. An infusion of Asian and 
Latin flavors sparks the classic dishes on its 
contemporary American menu. MC, V. BYOB. No lunch, no 
dinner Tues. 

Address: 1 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/898-0100

Dock's Oyster House 
Seafood, $15 to Over $30, Atlantic City 
Owned and operated by the Dougherty family since 1897, 
the city's oldest restaurant serves seafood in a setting 
of wood and stained glass engraved with nautical scenes. 
Try the pan-seared ahi tuna and fresh soft-shell crab. A 
children's menu is available. The restaurant is open 
seven days a week year-round for dinner. AE, DC, MC, V. 
No lunch. 

Address: 2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/345-0092


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