I love going down the shore in the summer. The Jersey beaches are so accessible from Manhattan, and most of the beach towns aren’t what you imagine when you think of the ‘Jersey Shore’ (we can thank MTV for that lol). If you want a quick getaway where you feel miles away from the city without the drama of a flight, head down the shore.
When it comes to pet friendly hotels in the area, it’s kind of a challenge to find one with clean rooms and good amenities that accept pets. I love The Asbury because they have a fun pool, a rooftop club, cafe on the ground floor that serves quick bites/fresh juices and homemade pizza until late, and they accept dogs with the smallest fee I’ve ever seen. In addition, where most hotels will put you in a ‘pet room’ that are usually on the lower floors, at The Asbury you have your pick of any room in the hotel.
The pet fee at The Asbury, if I remember correctly, was a flat $75 with no additional nightly ‘cleaning fee’ that so many other hotels sneak by with charging you. I love traveling with Minnie, so I appreciate when a hotel accommodates her without taking advantage of the situation.
The rooms at the hotel are straightforward, not huge but also no less than what you need for a few nights down the shore. There are no gross carpets (I hate when hotel rooms are carpeted), and they have really convenient cubbies on both sides of the bed with easy charging for multiple devices.
When we stayed a couple of weekends ago, our room was on the side of the pool so we heard music and occasionally people, which we actually liked because the hotel has a really fun vibe. The lobby area is gorgeous. On one side, there’s a lounge area with board games, a pool table and books, and the other side is a cafe that serves coffees, teas, fresh food and squeezed juices.
When John and I choose beach towns to visit, we look for places that have cute restaurants, bars and shopping so we can really get those summer vibes. My dream beach day ends with dinner at a restaurant with outdoor seating, where I can order seafood. Asbury Park has so many good spots for this. It’s really such an all-around great beach town. I’m going to be posting details on Asbury Park in an upcoming blog post, so if you don’t want to miss it, sign up for my mailing list!