Monday, July 9, 2012

Safe Haven

I was lucky enough to be invited to spend a couple days with a sweet family in Stone Harbor, New Jersey this summer.  I had never been there before and now I can say it has to be one of my favorite spots.  Very family oriented, quaint little town with fun shops, good eats, and pure relaxation mode.  

We rented beach cruisers for a day or two and biked around town and I was in heaven.  I've been saying I have wanted a beach cruiser for a while now at my parents' place at the beach, but it's pretty crowded there, and I always get nervous biking with the traffic.  And of course, I would prefer my bike to have a nice wooden Nantucket basket for Baxter to ride with me ;)  So, I was delighted to ride bikes as much as possible and was super bummed to return them the last day.

We biked up to the beach, around town, to lunch, and to the beachside bars to meet friends after soaking up rays on the beach.

It was so nice to also get to visit Avalon right down the street and have a wonderful dinner at the Sea Grill.  I had the most delicious salmon topped with bruschetta!  Mmmmm!  After dinner, we headed to The Whitebrier for a drink and then to Princeton Bar & Grill to meet friends for a another cocktail and good company.

I loved biking around in the morning admiring the beautiful homes and gorgeous landscaping.  This is Steve Biscotti's home in Stone Harbor.  I don't know if I would have ever thought to have that color wood siding on my own, but I am absolutely in love with it now!

We had another wonderful dinner at the cutest little Italian place across the street.  Everything tasted as if we had actually been in Italy (not that I've been there, but what I would imagine!). 

Our mornings were spent with coffee on the deck with a beautiful view of the bay.

And the sunsets in the evening were even more breathtakingly beautiful.

I could not have asked for a better vacation with perfect weather, great company, and lots of laughs!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am here!



  1. Gorgeous! Is this considered the Jersey Shore too? definitely not what I would envision. Glad you had a lovely trip!

  2. Aren't you just a cutie?!? Looks like it was an amazing time. I am jealous. I would love to be riding a bike around close to the water right now. Instead Im sitting inside because the heat here is redic right now. I miss you!!! My sister might be taking a trip to Baltimore in the fall and I told her she has got to have drinks or have lunch or dinner with you. She said absolutely. I would be jealous of that, too. XO

  3. Sure looks like a beautiful place for riding around on some ocean beach cruisers! What was the weather like??