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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, August 10, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

This Weekend we're off to The Boardwalks of 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 rearrang-
ing beaches and boardwalks. 

Happy Trails,

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--DESTINATION: Atlantic City, New Jeresy

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. 

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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Promenade/Boardwalk, Atlantic City 
Part thoroughfare, part three-ring circus, the Boardwalk 
is center stage for every imaginable oddity. Conceived in 
1870 as a way to allow Victorian-era visitors to experi-
ence nature without getting sand in their shoes, the 
Boardwalk became the place to see or be seen. Named for 
Alexander Boardman, the promenade's inventor -- and not 
as you might think, for its wooden boards -- the 4-mi-long 
Boardwalk begins in Atlantic City's Inlet section (at Maine 
Avenue), and heads south into neighboring Ventnor, where it 
continues for another 1½ mi (to Jackson Avenue). Saltwater 
taffy was invented on the Boardwalk in 1883, as legend has 
it, when a storm flooded a candy dealer's wares. The 
Boardwalk's attractions include amusement piers, museums, 
arcades, bars, restaurants, carnival games, and miniature 
golf. The Steel Pier, which once hosted the best music acts 
of the day as well as the famed diving-horse show, is now 
home to rides and carnival games. On the Central Pier you 
can ride go-carts or fire paintball rounds at human targets. 
Aside from strolling up and down the boards, the traditional 
way to experience the Boardwalk is to be pushed in a rolling
chair. These wicker chairs evolved from the wheelchairs that 
infirm visitors used back when the city's promoters' claimed 
the salty ocean air could cure all diseases. Despite medical 
evidence to the contrary, after a long stroll on the 
Boardwalk, you might have to agree. 

Cape May County Park and Zoo 
Zoo/Aquarium, Cape May 
A small gem of a zoo covers 85 acres. Take a walking safari 
on the raised boardwalk bordering the African savanna re-
creation, and visit the aviary and reptile houses. The rest 
of the 128-acre park is filled with picnic areas, playgrounds, 
bike trails, and a pond for fishing. COST: Free. OPEN: Daily 

Address: 4 Moore St., Cape May Court House, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/465-5271

Garden Pier 
Marina/Pier, Atlantic City 

A spot of culture in Atlantic City, the Garden Pier is home 
to both the Atlantic City Historical Museum and the Atlantic 
City Art Center. With its vast collection of photographs and 
kitschy memorabilia, the museum tells the story of the 
resort's rise from barren sand dune to "Queen of Resorts." 
The art center houses galleries and regularly hosts concerts 
and readings. COST: Free. OPEN: Daily 10-4. 

Address: Boardwalk and New Jersey Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 
Phone: 609/347-5844

Other Places of Interest:

St. Catharine Roman Catholic Church 
Religious Site, Spring Lake 
This domed neoclassical church dominates the southwest 
side of Spring Lake. Inside look for the gilded vaults 
and the intricately painted rotunda depicting religious 
figures. COST: Free. OPEN: Mon.-Thurs. 6:45 AM-4 PM, 
Sat. 6:45 AM-6:30 PM, Sun. 6:45 AM-4 PM. 

Address: 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake, NJ, USA
Phone: 732/449-5765

Storybook Land 
Amusement Park, Atlantic City 
The 20-acre theme park, about 10 mi west of Atlantic City, 
has 50 larger-than-life buildings and displays illustrating 
the tales of popular childhood stories -- perfect for the 
under-eight set. There are also rides and a picnic area. 
Santa takes residence in mid-November. 
www.storybookland.com. COST: $14.95. OPEN: Apr., weekends 
11-5; May and June weekends 11-5, weekdays 11-3; July and 
Aug., daily 10-5:30; Sept. and Oct. weekends 11-5, Thurs. 
and Fri. 10-3; call for hrs for rest of yr. 

Address: 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/641-7847 or 609/646-0103 

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Angel of the Sea 
$125 to $225, Cape May 
The town's largest B&B, a sprawling 1850s mansion designed 
for the Philadelphia chemist who invented quinine, dominates 
Cape May's tranquil northern shore. Angel of the Sea is 
Disneylike in its gingerbread perfection: flowered wallpaper, 
beds with ornate headboards, and a flurry of white wicker 
add to the fairy-tale aura. Some guest rooms have working 
fireplaces. Curvaceous period antiques, covered in lace 
doilies, fill the common areas. www.angelofthesea.com. 21 
rooms, 6 suites. In-room: no phone. In-hotel: no kids under 
8. AE, D, MC, V. Full breakfast. 

Address: 5-7 Trenton Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
Phone: 609/884-3369 or 800/848-3369
Fax: 609/884-3331

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

Beachcomber Camping Resort 
Under $90, Cape May 
Rent lakefront and wilderness cabins, some with loft spaces, 
as well as travel trailers sleeping up to six at this 100-
acre wooded resort. Ultra-VIP sites (with cable hook-up) are 
big-rig friendly, and there are plenty of places for smaller 
RVs and tents. Two spring-fed lakes mean there's one for 
swimming and one for fishing. The latter is stocked with bass, 
sunnies, and catfish for catch-and-release fishing. Beach-
comber is 4 mi from the Cape May historic district and from 
Wildwood. Reservations essential in summer. 
www.beachcombercamp.com. 500 campsites, 50 tent/pop-up sites, 
150 RV sites. Pool, laundry facilities, flush toilets, full 
hookups, partial hookups, dump station, drinking water, 
showers, fire pits, picnic tables, electricity, public 
telephone, general store, ranger station, swimming (lake). 
MC, V. Closed Nov.-early Apr. 

Address: 462M Seashore Rd., Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
Phone: 609/886-6035 or 800/233-0150
Fax: 609/886-0289

410 Bank Street 
Eclectic, $22 to Over $30, Cape May 
The Cape May newspaper, Exit Zero, described Bank Street's 
cuisine as part Key West, part French Caribbean, part New 
Orleans. Mesquite-grilled fish steaks, home-smoked cowboy 
steak, and bayou oyster stew are flavorful stand-outs. 
Dine on the veranda or in the garden courtyard of the 1850s 
cottage. AE, MC, V. Closed Nov.-Apr. No lunch. 

Address: 410 Bank St., Cape May, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/884-2127

Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant 
Seafood, $22 to $30, Cape May 
Head to the waterfront early and catch a Blue Claw martini 
(gin or vodka, Dry Sack sherry, and flamed orange peel) at 
the bar. Try the fresh oysters, the blue-claw crab cakes, 
or the specialty of the house, the fisherman's kettle (a 
medley of seafood sautéed, sauced, and served in a copper 
pot) for dinner. D, DC, MC, V. No lunch. 

Address: 991 Ocean Dr., Cape May, NJ, USA
Phone: 609/884-5878

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 


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