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What to do at the Jersey Shore on a Rainy Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 20, 2014 at 08:11 AM

What to do at the Jersey Shore on a Rainy Day

     On most summer days you'll find vacationers going to the beach at the Jersey Shore, but there's a lot to do on a rainy or cloudy day as well. The region is full of great spots to keep kids of all ages entertained and many are free or charge a nominal fee. Here are some suggestions for our welcomed guests who might not know the Cape May, Atlantic and southern Ocean County area.


The Jersey Shore has many interesting lighthouses and tours are available. Check out the website for directions and info. In Cape May County you will see the Cape May Lighthouse and the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North Wildwood. In Atlantic City you can visit the Absecon Lighthouse and in Ocean County, the Barnegat Lighthouse.


    Leaming's Run Gardens on Rt. 9 in Swainton is an oasis of beautiful gardens to walk through and sit and watch hummingbirds and butterflies. Wear good walking shoes and a hat and spend a few minutes sitting in the gazebo. 

     For those interested in touring a home from 1775 and seeing exhibits including furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative objects the Cape May County Museum is a great place to explore. On Rt. 9- Exit 11 off the Parkway in North Cape May Court House.

     Cape May Trolley tours and horse-drawn carriages are a great way to learn about this charming Victorian town by the sea. At night it's a romantic way to see the town and do a little "parlor peeking." You can also tour the Physick Estate,


I also ‘love' to get take-out seafood and eat on the docks at the Lobster House, the freshest seafood in the world and you can watch the fishing boats unload their catch-of-the day. Every year we enjoy the Southern Buffet on Sunday Nights at the Chalfonte Hotel. The food is fabulous and Lucille's rolls are ‘to die for'! Tell her I told you! She told me her secret ingredient last year, but I'll never tell!


     Cold Spring Village is a charming re-enactment village near Cape May, including 25 restored buildings with costumed interpreters. Check out the site for weekend festivities including Railroad Days, an Antique Show and War Re-enactments. I love this place!

The Cape May County Zoo, off exit 11 of the Parkway, is a great way to spend an afternoon and maybe even pack a lunch. The zoo is free, although donations are accepted. You will be delighted to see the new baby bears, giraffes, lions and zebras. It is well kept and there is a gift shop and food vendors on the premises. For more info

     Another great trip is to visit the Wetland's Institute, "a great place to learn about conservation and preservation of coastal ecosystems by providing a fun and educational experience for families and vacationers of all ages!" It's on the causeway going into Stone Harbor in Cape May County- Parkway Exit 10B. Admission. 

     The Ocean City Museum is a great way to learn about the history of this seaside resort voted the #1 Family Beach Resort in the Nation.' The museum is located at 18th and Simpson Ave. Come and learn about the history of Ocean City formerly called Peck's Beach and visit their gift shop. Learn about the Sindia shipwreck. Free!


Then moving up the coast to Atlantic County, Lucy the Elephant is a must see for children and the folks at home will love to see pictures of this 65-foot high wooden elephant that once was a hotel in Margate, NJ.  Book lovers must purchase the book "Lucy the Elephant & Sami the Mouse" and their new book too, "Sami & Lucy 2: The Birthday Party."

     While on Absecon Island, check out the Atlantic City Historical Museum, on the boardwalk near Showboat. Call (609) 347-5839. Open 10 am to 4 pm. It is free to the public. 

     Further north in Atlantic City is Gardner's Basin and the Ocean Life Center,, "a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals.". Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, 348-2880. While there go for a boat ride or enjoy at meal at the Flying Cloud. The whole area is enjoying revitalization.    

     Storybook Land is a great kiddie park located on Rt. 322/40 between the Hamilton Mall and the Shore Mall, 10 miles west of Atlantic City, in Cardiff, EHT. storybook attractions and unlimited rides. 

     A short drive from Atlantic City north on Rt. 9 is Historic Smithville. It's a fun place for dining, shopping with 60 shops and there is a little village to walk through. Be sure to cross the bridge and try the paddle boats.

Save time for the Tuckerton Seaport, a maritime village celebrating the early settler's who were baymen.  See decoy carvers and clamming exhibits and climb to the top of the replica of the Tucker's Island Lighthouse. (609) 296-8868. Rt 9 Tuckerton. Enjoy lunch at Skeeter's Seafood Café. Open 10 - 5 pm.

     Most of all have a good time and spend quality, educational time with your children. Why not go off the beaten path and learn something while you're at it. I can't believe the summer is almost over! September is one of our greatest months! Make sure to stop and smell the roses.

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All photos taken by Jennifer.

Last Updated ( Jun 01, 2018 at 07:50 AM )
Picture of the Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 01, 2014 at 09:51 AM

Getting ready for summer...

Great recipes - Tomatoes & Flounder, Zucchini Pie PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 31, 2012 at 05:33 PM

Jersey Tomatoes n Flounder Grease 13 x 9. Layer sliced tomatoes on bottom, salt & pepper, sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Layer 4 - 6 flounder on top. In a small saucepan melt 4 T. butter, 1/2c. white wine, 1 T. lemon juice. Pour over fish. Top with parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake 500 degrees for 10 min.  Delicious!

Zucchini Pie 375 degrees Cook 4 c. sliced Zucchini & 1 c. chopped onion in ½ c butter. Add chopped parsley, s & p, garlic powder, basil, oregano. In large bowl blend 2 eggs & 8 oz. shredded mozzarella. Stir in veggie mixture.

Unroll & Press crescent rolls into 12 x 8" pan. Spread 2 t. Dijon mustard on top of crust. Pour egg mixture. Bake for 18 - 20 min.

Last Updated ( Jun 01, 2018 at 07:52 AM )
Family Time in the Poconos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Feb 25, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Family Time in the Poconos

The Split Rock Lodge is located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It opened in 1941 as a year round resort. The Lodge was sold in July of 1967 and Treadway operated Split Rock until a fire destroyed a portion of The Lodge in 1970 according to their website

"Pocono Recreation, Inc. constructed 50 rooms at the Lodge and operated the property though out the 70′s. On April 2, 1981, the stock was purchased by Jack and Barbara Kalins and merged it into their company, Vacation Charters, Ltd. Since that time, The Lodge has been developed into a first class resort with more than $150 million invested on new facilities."

We had a fun weekend @ Split Rock Resort & Water Park. They have great water slides, wave pool, boogie board wave, & snack bar.

We stayed at the new Willowbrook Condos @ Split Rock. Each suite had a fireplace, Jacuzzi and full kitchen. In the summer they also offer boating, mini golf, tennis, golf and more.

Big Boulder ski resort is just down the road. The grandkids had ski lessons. The teachers were friendly and did an excellent job teaching the fundamentals of skiing.


Last Updated ( Feb 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM )
Bolognese PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Feb 15, 2011 at 04:54 PM


Sautee 4 T. butter 2 oz. chopped pancetta, 1 finely chopped onion, celery & carrot

Brown 8 oz. ground beef,  ½ lb sausage

Combine all ingredients with pinch cloves, pinch cinnamon, ¼ t. pepper

28 oz. can chopped tomatoes. Simmer 15 min.

Add. 1 c. heavy cream & salt to taste

Simmer on low 2 hours, not a hard boil, stirring occasionally.

Serve with Cooked Rigatoni or your favorite pasta!

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