My sis and I have returned from our vacation at the Jersey shore.
We had several really relaxing days of just chillin’ on the beach. In other words, chillaxing!
My shore vacation was spent in Ventnor City, New Jersey. It’s just south of Atlantic City, in fact you can see AC from the beach in Ventnor. We stayed at my sister’s friend Kim’s shore house which was about 4 or 5 blocks from the beach. I never did get a photo of Kim’s shore house because I was too busy being enthralled with this little cottage that was across the street.
There was just something about it that made me wish I could save it. It was in serious need of a fresh paint job, there was a noticeable sag in the roof line and obviously it would benefit from some gardening in the front. I was dying to know what was behind those dormer windows. Was there a sleeping loft up there? Or is it just attic storage? The back of the cottage hangs out over the “Inside Thorofare”, a little body of water that runs through Ventnor and connects up with Lakes Bay.
Most of the homes in this area were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. In case you don’t remember Sandy, it was the second most destructive hurricane to ever hit the United States. First place of course goes to Hurricane Katrina. Ventnor was hit hard by Sandy. Kim lost pretty much the entire contents of her house, plus had major damage to floors, walls and so on. I’m sure that this little cottage had extensive damage as well and I wonder if it will ever be properly restored. It seems like most people choose to tear down and build new which always makes me a little sad. Which isn’t to say that these newly constructed homes aren’t gorgeous …
But they just don’t capture my imagination the way that the older homes do.
Let me tell you, I was totally green with envy over the hydrangeas out there.
They were everywhere and they were stunning. I like the showy ‘mophead’ varieties.
But Kim preferred the more delicate looking ‘lacecap’ version.
We just can’t get this kind of flowering out of Hydrangea macrophylla here in Minnesota. They bloom on the previous season’s wood, and in Minnesota that wood generally dies back to the ground in our harsh winters. We try with the Endless Summer variety, which is supposed to bloom on both new and old wood, but I am lucky to get 3 or 4 blooms on mine.
We headed in to Atlantic City one evening. I have to say, that sort of thing is not really my cup of tea. Not a huge fan of Las Vegas either, even though my mom lives there. But there were some charming scenes, like the rides on the pier.
We also went to Smithville one morning.
Smithville is a little village made up of historic buildings that have been moved onto the site. They are all filled with shops and restaurants now. I loved seeing the buildings, but the shops inside were pretty touristy. We had lunch at a great diner there, my chicken salad wrap was delish and filled with chicken, chunks of apple and craisins. New Jersey has some of the best diners.
But what I really enjoyed most on the trip was just sitting on the beach in Ventnor. We had plenty of sunshine and hot weather, and the water was perfectly refreshing. We got up early on the last day of our trip to see the sunrise and get some photos at the beach.
There was a dense curtain of fog hanging in the air that morning though.
Still, it was worth it to get up at 5 a.m. while on vacation … at least that’s what I keep telling myself.
I must admit I feel a little bit like that friend that totally bores you with photos of her vacation, so I’m going to stop now.
But be sure to check back later in the week. I have a great furniture makeover coming your way, followed by an amazing tour of Kim’s house next week.
Also, congrats to Barb from Missouri whose name I chose at random for the salt water taffy giveaway!