Making Summer Memories in Ocean City, NJ
One of the places we have always wanted to visit in New Jersey was Ocean City. I’ve heard nothing but good things and how family friendly it was and we were excited when we finally were given the chance earlier this month. Chevrolet invited myself and a great group of local bloggers down to Ocean City for a “Chevy Down the Shore” Weekend. We learned what was new and exciting with Chevy and just relaxed with our families.
We stayed at the Flanders Hotel. The Flanders was in a perfect location, right on the boardwalk with amusements, shops and restaurants near by. One of my favorites was the Ocean City Coffee Company, which had the best coffee I had ever had (I swear!). The Flanders Hotel has been on the Ocean City boardwalk since 1922 and it’s decor displayed the hotel’s history and charm.
The hotel was spotless, although I had never seen anyone cleaning, which in my opinion is the way it should be! We stayed in a 1 Bedoom Suite and it was perfect for my family. The couch pulled out for the kids. The full kitchen is handy when you have kids who never stop eating.
We ate at the hotel restaurant a few times, Emily’s and we thought it was very good for breakfast and dinner. Not too expensive either!
Our friends who have been to Ocean City always talk about Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and we walked a few blocks down from the Flanders to see what the hype was about! Gillian’s offered a very nostalgic feel. Although I had never been to Ocean City before it really evoked memories of my own childhood. Although there were rides for older children and adults, I felt the majority of the park really catered to the little ones.
The highlight of our trip was the sandcastle demonstration by master sandsculpter John Gowdy. John gave our group the tools we needed to win any sandsculpting contest we entered. It was really awesome for me because this is something honestly, I would never do. My husband had to work, so since mom was on duty, I had to buckle down and give it my best. I was shocked at what I was able to accomplish with the help of my little ones. John spent about an hour giving us his best tips and tricks and we were all shocked that our group of about ten children sat still and watched him in awe.
On our way home, we decided to cross another bucket list item off of our list and visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate, NJ. She was just 10 minutes up the road on our way to the parkway, so we figured why not! Lucy the Elephant is an iconic historical monument in our country, dating back to 1882. Making her older than the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. If you have never gone inside of Lucy it is a must see, however wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a steep flight of stairs.