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Top 5 Reasons to Visit ICONA This Winter

We haven’t seen a single flake of snow this winter (save one blustery day in November) as temperatures have hovered in the 40s and 50s here at ICONA Resorts. Easterners don’t visit South Jersey to crash down ski hills or snowshoe through three feet of fresh powder because our winter paradise is a beautiful, quiet, and reflective experience. Whether you need a break after a hectic holiday season or a well-deserved escape from busy city life, ICONA has three first-rate hotels in New Jersey that are ideal for wintertime relaxation and rejuvenation. Throw on a comfortable robe, pour a glass of wine, and keep reading to learn more about what makes South Jersey the perfect wintertime escape.

Peace and Quiet

Life can be challenging, stressful, and draining, which is why we detailed four scientific reasons you need a vacation back in August. Winter tends to take a toll on adults because of messy weather, tight deadlines, busy schedules, and overstuffed holiday celebrations. There’s no better time than right now to plan a peaceful winter getaway to one of our three Jersey Shore hotels. ICONA Cape May, in particular, is the number one rated hotel in Cape May, NJ, according to TripAdvisor. This elegant, calming beachfront hotel has a chic yet cozy allure, and the Atlantic Ocean views from our Oceanfront Suites are priceless.

Guest Appreciation Weekends

ICONA Diamond Beach, one of the premier Wildwood hotels, is currently offering incredible savings on Guest Appreciation Weekends now through February. As a thank you to our loyal guests, select two-night stays at Diamond Beach are starting at just $199, which includes Friday Night hors-d’oeuvres and drinks as well as breakfast for two at Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill. What are you waiting for?

Avalon Brew Pub

Not only does ICONA Avalon provides guests with an entire block of prime beach access, but it’s home to one of the premier Avalon restaurants too. Avalon Brew Pub is our prized on-site microbrewery, the perfect place for a refreshing pint and fresh-caught seafood in a unique, upscale dining atmosphere. This brewpub is a local favorite thanks to our Burger of the Week, rotating microbrews, and stylish interior decor. Our Belgian Beachbum Witbier is the perfect ale on a mild winter evening.

Cape May County Park & Zoo

The always entertaining Cape May County Zoo is a short drive from all three of our oceanfront hotels in New Jersey. This free, year-round zoo is home to North American river otters, red pandas, red foxes, American black bears, and so many more adorable animals! The park also features walking trails, a disc golf course, and an adopt-an-animal program.

Winter Sunrises at ICONA

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We always encourage our guests to wake early enough to brew a steaming cup of ICONA brand Keurig coffee before witnessing a magical sunrise. All three of our award-winning hotels in New Jersey have suites with ocean-view balconies. You’ll be able to throw on a warm sweater, pour a cup of hot coffee, and watch the sun’s splendid arrival each day here at ICONA Resorts. Give us a call today at 1-609-454-6484, or visit ICONA.com to book a well-deserved wintertime escape to cozy South Jersey!

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A South Jersey History Tour

Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking to pass the time during a rainstorm, South Jersey has several interesting museums worth exploring during your next visit to ICONA Resorts. Many of our oceanfront cities, including Cape May, NJ, played a crucial role in World War II. All three of our oceanfront Jersey Shore hotels are minutes from a historic naval air station, a WWII lookout tower, and timeless lighthouses. South Jersey is also home to preserved 140-year-old estates and even one of the world’s only doo-wop museums. So, take a trip down memory lane this spring during your stay at one of our deluxe hotels in New Jersey.

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum in nearby Rio Grande, NJ, is hands down the best historical stop in South Jersey, only minutes from ICONA Cape May, one of the highest-rated Jersey Shore hotels. This non-profit museum is located inside historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. This air station served as a dive-bomber squadron training facility during WWII. It has been restored into a 92,000-square-foot regional aviation museum. Stroll past dozens of beautiful 1940s air crafts and learn about the unique role this timeless station played in our country’s history.

Emlen Physick Estate

Another engrossing stop is the Emlen Physick Estate, less than a mile from ICONA Cape May, one of the newest oceanfront Cape May hotels. Interestingly enough, the Emlen Physick Estate is New Jersey’s only Victorian house museum. Turn back the clocks by embarking on a private tour through this 140-year-old estate. Well-known Philadelphia architect Frank Furness built the house. It was saved from demolition in 1970 by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities and also appeared in The Prowler, a 1981 cult classic slasher flick. The estate is believed by many to be haunted, not unlike many other 140-year-old homes. Tours can be combined with trolley rides by visiting their website.

WWII Lookout Tower

Whether you’re staying in the Wildwoods, Cape May, or Avalon, NJ, we highly recommend visiting Cape May Point State Park, Sunset Beach, the South Cape May Meadows, and the WWII Lookout Tower. “Fire Control Tower No. 23” was one of 15 lookout towers built around 1940 to help aim batteries of coastal artillery during the war. Tower No. 23 is the last remaining of these WWII relics. The tower is only a short stroll from beautiful Sunset Beach and the remains of the SS Atlantus.

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If you’re still looking for an interesting page in South Jersey history, visit the Doo Wop Experience in the Wildwoods. The doo-wop museum is only 2.5 miles from ICONA Diamond Beach, one of the premier Wildwood Crest hotels. To learn more about our beautiful four-season slice of South Jersey, give us a call today at 1-609-454-6484.

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A Romantic Winter Getaway to South Jersey

Winter is the season of love here in South Jersey as the cooler temperatures inspire couples to cozy up morning, day, and night. Very few romantic New Jersey getaways rival an extended weekend stay at ICONA Resorts. Our three oceanfront resorts provide sophisticated charm, romantic restaurants, and sweeping Atlantic Ocean views, all within minutes from delightful wintertime fun.

Things to Do in South Jersey

Planning romantic New Jersey getaways is a cinch when you choose an escape to ICONA Resorts. ICONA Cape May is minutes from one of the main draws in South Jersey: Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May Point State Park is the perfect place for a romantic, hand-in-hand stroll, regardless of the season. Visit this iconic lighthouse, venture through the South Cape May Meadows, and enjoy a picnic at Sunset Beach, which overlooks the remains of the SS Atlantus. The nearby “Wildwoods” has many attractions, including an alpaca farm, and a serene boardwalk. Cape May County also boasts an adorable zoo that’s open year-round, just minutes from ICONA Avalon. Take a quick peek at our area’s top hidden gems!

Romantic Dining

After an eventful day in South Jersey, including a Sunset Beach picnic, return to ICONA Resorts for an elegant, romantic dinner with the love of your life. We have several dining options in Wildwood Crest and Avalon. Avalon Brew Pub, one of the newest New Jersey breweries, is a hip, stylish option, while Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill is our most romantic dining room. Coastal Blue is a chic, modern oceanside restaurant with a glamorous bar, unique tree branch ceiling, and, of course, delicious American cuisine. This Diamond Beach staple specializes in freshly-caught seafood and locally-sourced produce, including the pan-roasted Atlantic salmon, braised short ribs bourguignon, and hanger steak.

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Couples choose ICONA Resorts for overdue romantic New Jersey getaways mainly because of our elegant condo-style suites and studios. Relax with a bottle of wine in your stylish, contemporary guest room and watch the moonlit Atlantic Ocean softly lap onto a pristine South Jersey beach. ICONA Avalon, chief among Avalon NJ hotels, features ultra-romantic oceanfront king studios – the perfect escape for couples in search of million-dollar views, galley kitchens, and sophisticated charm. Dial 1-609-454-6484 to book a memorable romantic winter getaway to beautiful South Jersey.

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New Jersey Lighthouses: A Self-Guided Tour

New Jersey is home to 23 unique lighthouses, many of which can be discovered within minutes of ICONA Resorts. Lighthouses have become such a fascination among Americans that citizens can now join the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s “Passport Program,” one of the many ways you can hunt down the rarest beacons. Hunting for lighthouses is a popular activity for couples and families alike. Luckily for you, we have three beachfront hotels in New Jersey within six miles of a nearby lighthouse, including Cape May and Hereford Inlet.

Cape May Lighthouse

One of the main South Jersey attractions is Cape May Point State Park, only 3.5 miles west of ICONA Cape May. What sets Cape May Lighthouse apart from all other area beacons is the surrounding beauty within the state park and far beyond. The light itself, which towers 157 feet above the Earth, was first lit in 1859. Visitors can also stroll inside the lush South Cape May Meadows, enjoy a picnic on Sunset Beach, and snap photos of the SS Atlantus, the most famous concrete World War II ship in the United States.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is approximately a five-mile journey from two of our hotels in New Jersey: ICONA Diamond Beach and Avalon. What makes Hereford Inlet so unique is its stunning architecture. Most beacons are known for their tall towers, but the preserved home at Hereford Inlet is the main draw in North Wildwood, NJ. The lighthouse was designed by famed architect Paul J. Pelz, who also designed the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington D.C., Healy Hall at Georgetown University, and dozens of other historical monuments.

East Point Lighthouse

The beautiful journey to Heislerville’s East Point Lighthouse is a large part of the allure. East Point was first lit in 1849, making it one of the oldest New Jersey lighthouses. It overlooks tranquil Delaware Bay at the mouth of the Maurice River. The fading paint that once covered the original red brick on the exterior of the lighthouse has sadly been painted over, but there’s no denying its beauty. Visitors can tour East Point, walk the serene grounds, and venture to the Strawberry Avenue Boardwalk near Bivalve, NJ.

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All three of our oceanfront hotels in New Jersey are minutes away from two of the premier lighthouses on the East Coast. ICONA Cape May, the #1 ranked hotel in Cape May on TripAdvisor, boasts a bright chic yet cozy style, steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Book an oceanfront suite to enjoy sweeping Atlantic views, a sleek galley kitchen, and a Carrara marble bathroom. ICONA Cape May is ideal for romantic New Jersey getaways, regardless of the season. Dial 1-609-551-0100 to book an overdue couples vacation to beautiful South Jersey.

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The Avalon Brew Pub Burger of the Week

Is there a better guilty pleasure combination than a refreshing Bohemian pilsner and a juicy Angus burger? Lucky guests at ICONA Avalon are just steps from a fresh pint and a casual upscale dining experience at one of the best New Jersey breweries: Avalon Brew Pub. Not only is Avalon Brew Pub the East Coast’s only beachfront microbrewery, but it has quickly turned heads with the “Burger of the Week.” Each week, the inventive and talented culinary team at Avalon Brew Pub piece together a unique Angus beef burger creation, all of which pair perfectly with a house brew. Some of their creations have included wasabi, tzatziki, whole grain maple mustard spread, and mortadella. There are approximately 52 weeks in a year, so hats off to our culinary crew on their creativity! Here’s a taste of what’s been done before.

The Kickin’ Shrimp Burger

The Kickin’ Shrimp Burger was an instant hit among patrons for obvious reasons. The name itself persuaded most guests to give it a try without even looking at the menu. An eight-ounce burger, cooked to your liking, is topped with crispy buffalo shrimp and smothered in blue cheese. This crowd-pleaser, much like all of our burgers, is paired with a basket of crispy fries, house ketchup, and a pickle spear.

new jersey breweriesThe Wisconsin Cheddar Burger

Perhaps the only combination better than buffalo shrimp and blue cheese is squeaky cheese curds and crisp applewood bacon. The Wisconsin Cheddar Burger was an easy sell, especially for our guests from the Midwest. A perfectly-cooked, eight-ounce Angus beef burger is simplistically paired with applewood bacon, fried cheese curds, and a scrumptious, homemade Wisconsin cheddar cheese sauce. We miss it already.

The Carolina BBQ Burger

For those of you who don’t know, Carolina BBQ sauce has a vinegar and mustard base, in contrast to the generic fusion of ketchup, molasses, and spices. The result is a tangy, slightly sweet flavor profile. It’s typically utilized on grilled or smoked pork and chicken. The Carolina BBQ Burger is a perfect marriage of homemade BBQ sauce, fried dill pickles, pork roll, gruyere cheese, lettuce, and tomato. We’re still dreaming of those fried dill pickles.

The Crabby Patty

We were fresh out of barnacle shavings and the Krusty Krab’s secret formula, so we decided to create Avalon’s version of The Crabby Patty. Our Crabby Patty has two four-ounce Angus patties, a housemade crab cake, mango sriracha aioli, American cheese, tomato, and lettuce. All other Avalon NJ hotels are already after our secret Crabby Patty formula!

New Jersey Breweries

Locals have been salivating over our burgers and beer since we opened our doors – now it’s your turn! We’re one of the only New Jersey breweries on the popular Jersey Shore. ICONA has three award-winning resorts in NJ, all within steps of the Atlantic Ocean’s sandy shores. The wintertime is the perfect season for cozy, romantic New Jersey getaways. Dial 1-609-454-6484 to learn more about Avalon Brew Pub and our elegant beachfront properties.

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Plan a Winter Beach Wedding Ceremony at ICONA

Happy couples have been planning Diamond Beach wedding ceremonies for years even during the cozy season. It’s hard to top the soothing sound of lapping waves, the azure blue ocean, and the soft, white sand. ICONA Diamond Beach has quickly become one of the premier Jersey Shore wedding venues thanks to our prime beach access, elegant accommodations, and on-site catering. We have three oceanfront resorts within minutes of each other, so our wedding packages are entirely customizable.

Diamond Beach Wedding Ceremony

Although the Jersey Shore spans 141 miles, it’s challenging to find locations for private beach weddings. Luckily for you, each of our customizable packages will feature a beautiful beach ceremony (which can be tented in case of inclement weather). Diamond Beach is easily our most popular wedding ceremony locale here on the Jersey Shore. ICONA possesses a large, reservable section of Diamond Beach. There’s rarely another soul on the beach during the wintertime, so you’re guaranteed a peaceful ceremony. Wintertime in New Jersey is, obviously, cooler than summer, but it’s the perfect way to make your wedding unique. The men will already be quite cozy in their tuxedos and suits, while the ladies can get creative with a classic dress and jacket combo.

Finding the Perfect Reception Space

jersey shore wedding venuesThere are several fantastic reception options in Cape May, Wildwood Crest, and several other communities, depending on which ICONA resort you choose for a room block. During the warmer months, ICONA Diamond Beach couples hold their wedding receptions in our gorgeous clear pavilion tent right on the beach. Our rooftop tent is another beachfront wedding reception option that’s sand-free and still provides beautiful ocean views.

Cozy season couples who recite their heartfelt vows on Diamond Beach may choose to hold a reception at the nearby Cape May Convention Hall and finish the evening in an elegant ICONA Cape May oceanfront bridal suite. The convention hall is only a half mile from ICONA Cape May. Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill is a popular option for intimate, elegant receptions following an elopement, vow renewal, or small wedding. The culinary catering team at ICONA can craft a customizable menu that we guarantee will wow your guests. Some of our favorite options include local New Jersey swordfish, fire-grilled filet mignon, Maryland-style crab cake, and seared Atlantic salmon.

Jersey Shore Wedding Venues

ICONA has a caring, experienced wedding staff that is dedicated to making your special day remarkably memorable. ICONA Diamond Beach’s perfect five-star rating and recent induction into The Knot Hall of Fame tell the whole story. We provide spectacular Jersey Shore wedding venues, delicious, beautifully-plated catering, and sizable, elegant overnight accommodations. Dial 1-609-457-2599 to speak with Hope, or simply fill out an inquiry on our detailed wedding website.

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New Year’s Eve Celebration at ICONA

Ring in the new year on the beautiful South Jersey Shore with family and friends. ICONA Resorts is currently offering New Year’s Eve packages starting at just $145 per person. Depending on which resort and package you choose, you and a significant other can enjoy a comfortable overnight accommodation, open bar, dancing, four-course dinner, and breakfast buffet. ICONA is one of the only South Jersey Shore hotels to offer all-inclusive packages on New Year’s Eve. Watch the countdown at Diamond Beach or Avalon with friends, family, or a spouse. Both of these oceanfront hotels will be celebrating the New Year with premium open bars, music, dancing, and fine cuisine – you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Celebration Packages at Diamond Beach

jersey shore hotelsICONA Diamond Beach is one of the few Wildwood Crest hotels offering New Year’s Eve dining and dancing to the general public. You don’t have to book a room to enjoy a four-course dinner, the open bar, and the three-hour dance. Guests at Diamond Beach have the choice between two unique New Year’s Eve packages. Both packages include an elegant accommodation, three-hour open bar, DJ, dancing, champagne at Midnight, and breakfast buffet. The New Year’s Eve Dinner & Celebration for Two also includes a four-course dinner for two and a bottle of fine wine. After the ball drops, retire to your elegant ocean-view suite. Make sure to wake in time for the delicious New Year’s Day breakfast buffet.

Ring in the New Year at Avalon

ICONA Avalon is the perfect median between elegance and grandeur. Watch the sun rise above the Atlantic Ocean in a stylish oceanfront suite, explore the beautiful Wildwoods, and sip on a refreshingly spicy witbier at Avalon Brew Pub before the six-hour premium open bar begins in the Seaglass Ballroom. Depending on which New Year’s Eve package you choose, two guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with hors-d’oeuvres, three-course surf and turf, six-hour open bar, live entertainment by Central Park Band, dancing, champagne, dessert, and breakfast buffet. There will also be an interactive photo experience, balloon drop, and breakfast sandwiches after Midnight!

Oceanfront South Jersey Shore Hotels

ICONA Resorts has three elegant, oceanfront South Jersey Shore hotels within minutes of premier South Jersey hidden gems, craft breweries, and the best Wildwoods attractions. New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and these party packages won’t last long. Reserve a suite on New Year’s Eve by dialing 1-609-454-6484 or visiting ICONA.com. We cannot wait to send 2018 off with a bang!

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Thanksgiving Getaways on the Jersey Shore

Perhaps this is the year that you finally retire the apron and treat your family or spouse to a stress-free Thanksgiving getaway. There aren’t many Thanksgiving getaways in New Jersey that help celebrate this family-oriented holiday. ICONA Resorts, however, will gladly be hosting a Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza for families hoping to avoid the countless hours spent cooking and cleaning during this annual holiday. There’s no reason to stress this year because our culinary team will sweat over the delicious feast (and the Eagles and Giants don’t play on Thursday). ICONA will be celebrating Thanksgiving at Avalon and Diamond Beach this year. The package rates are extremely low, so act fast!

Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration at ICONA

thanksgiving getawaysICONA Avalon is the perfect locale for families, groups, and couples looking for a change of pace this Thanksgiving. You’ll still be able to partake in all your favorite holiday traditions: watching NFL action, devouring roasted turkey, and sipping on craft beer. Avalon will feature the Miller Lite Pop-Up Football Lounge this year, which includes $2 Miller Lite, light snacks, and big-screen televisions. All craft beer from Avalon Brew Pub will also be just $5. The Thanksgiving buffet will feature roasted turkey, cured ham, tomato mac & cheese, prime rib, pesto-crusted salmon, spicy shrimp, and so much more! Families can also enjoy cookie decorating with Santa Claus, warm fires, tree lightings, ice skating, Christmas parades, and scavenger hunts.

Romantic Thanksgiving Getaways in Diamond Beach

For those looking for a relaxing, and perhaps romantic, Thanksgiving Day should look no further than ICONA Diamond Beach. For just $149, you and a spouse will receive overnight accommodations and a delicious three-course Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner begins with your choice of butternut squash or house salad before the main course of oven-roasted, hand-carved turkey, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and maple roasted yams. Polish off Thanksgiving dinner with fine wine and your choice of pumpkin, cranberry pecan, or key lime pie. Don’t forget about our outrageous savings on house wine and beer during all of the football action! No other resorts in NJ can match our packaged Thanksgiving getaways for couples.

Memorable Thanksgiving Getaways to ICONA

Whether you’re looking for a romantic holiday escape or an overdue family-friendly getaway, ICONA Resorts not only offers cheap Thanksgiving vacations in Avalon, NJ, but our beautiful suites are steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Watch the sunrise with a cup of Joe on your ocean-view balcony, join the Thanksgiving festivities, and explore the Wildwoods while you’re in the neighborhood. Dial 1-609-454-6484 or visit ICONA.com to learn more about our Thanksgiving packages.

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Top South Jersey Hidden Gems

Most tourists who visit the Jersey Shore arrive with beaches, cocktails, and cabanas on their mind, but our lively slice of New Jersey is also home to some of the most diverse and unique habitats on the East Coast. When you choose to vacation at ICONA Resorts, you’re always minutes away from a beach, ocean, or boardwalk adventure. ICONA Diamond Beach has firmly placed itself as one of the premier Wildwood Crest NJ hotels thanks to our prime beach access, great dining, and pristine hotel suites. We know you’re in town to sunbathe on Diamond Beach, stroll down the Wildwood Boardwalk, and soak in our lavish heated pool, but don’t forget to visit these three South Jersey hidden gems during your visit to beautiful Wildwood Crest NJ.

Sunset Beach / SS Atlantus

Most people visit South Cape May Meadows and Cape May Point State Park to explore the tall, pearly white lighthouse and surrounding natural beauty without thinking twice about stopping at nearby Sunset Beach. Not only does this underrated South Jersey beach offer the best sunsets in the state, but it’s also the final resting place of the SS Atlantus, the most famous concrete World War II ship in the United States. The last remains of the SS Atlantus stand high above the azure blue Delaware Bay. Snorkelers and kayakers often visit the site to pay tribute. The beach itself is quiet, pristine, and utterly beautiful.

Strawberry Avenue Boardwalk

Very few South Jersey attractions are as undervalued as the Strawberry Avenue Boardwalk near the charming port town of Bivalve NJ. It’s only a matter of time before Philadelphians and Jersey Shore tourists discover this genuine hidden gem. The 3.6-mile out-and-back boardwalk begins at the end of Strawberry Avenue and meanders through serene New Jersey wetlands. You’ll stroll past dying trees, tall grass, sluggish creeks, and rare fauna.

The Wetlands Institute

The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor NJ beautifully encapsulates the spirit of the Strawberry Avenue Boardwalk: natural habitats, lush wetlands, and thriving fauna. They’re only open on the weekends during the cozy season, but there’s still plenty to learn and explore during your visit to this underappreciated institution. Visitors can “adopt” a baby terrapin, horseshoe crab, or oystercatcher by donating to the non-profit. The money goes directly toward the hatching, head-starting, and releasing of these often forgotten animals. The Wetlands Institute hosts festivals, events, lectures, programs, and so much more! This non-profit features an aquarium, marsh walkways, nature trails, and a lush garden.

Wildwood Crest NJ Hotels

ICONA Resorts has three year-round beachfront hotels that are steps from sandy beaches, great dining, lavish pools, and popular South Jersey attractions. Finish each evening at Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill inside ICONA Diamond Beach, one of the premier Wildwood Crest NJ hotels, for a delicious seafood dinner that you won’t soon forget. Dial 1-609-551-0102 to book an overdue escape to lively South Jersey!

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5 Premier Restaurants on the Jersey Shore

Over the years, the Jersey Shore has become one of North America’s foremost destinations for beach relaxation, luxury hotels, and fine cuisine. ICONA Resorts is the home of three distinct, award-winning beachfront Jersey Shore hotels. Whether you’re staying in Avalon or Diamond Beach, you’ll always be steps from the beach, fine cuisine, and a refreshing adult beverage. Don’t forget to fuel up at these five premier Jersey Shore restaurants during your stay at ICONA.

Quick Breakfast: Shimmers Bistro

Start each morning with a quick breakfast at Shimmers Bistro before making your way down to the beach for an afternoon of relaxation, New Jersey sunshine, and refreshing cocktails at The Sandbar Village Beach Bar & Lounge. Shimmers is proud to serve Starbuck’s brand coffee alongside an assortment of quick grab and go breakfast options. Start your morning with a freshly brewed espresso or a bloody mary for an early-morning kick. Shimmers Bistro, which is located inside ICONA Avalon, is also a sophisticated spot for an evening cocktail or glass of wine.

Lunch on the Beach: The Sandbar Village

Grab lunch at The Sandbar Village Beach Bar & Lounge after breakfast at Shimmers Bistro, a soak in the onsite spa pool, and a good book on the beach. The Sandbar Village is one of the most popular Jersey Shore bars during prime beach season. Sink your toes into the sand and let the kitchen staff take you on a coastal culinary journey. Not many Jersey Shore restaurants can match Sandbar Village’s fresh fish tacos topped with Asian slaw and jalapeno-lime aioli. Our guests also gush about the grilled salmon wrap, customized pizza, and the “power salad.”

Afternoon Cocktail: The Star Beach Bar

The Star Beach Bar at ICONA Diamond Beach is one of the fastest rising Jersey Shore beach bars. Guests and visitors can enjoy delicious bites and great views from the bar through October 20. This lively beach bar is known by locals for its delicious signature cocktails. We recommend “The Star of the Beach,” “Ocean’s Potion,” and “Tropical Tease,” but you surely cannot go wrong with any of our cocktails.

Elegant Dinner: Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill

ICONA Diamond Beach is also home to one of the premier Jersey Shore restaurants: Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill. You’ll notice Coastal Blue’s laid-back luxury and understated elegance upon arrival. Whether you’re a lover of top-quality seafood or steak, you’re in for an evening of fine cuisine, award-winning wine, and refined ambiance. We highly recommend the grilled swordfish, sauteed shrimp, filet mignon, and braised short ribs.

Late-Night Pint: Avalon Brew Pub

Lucky guests at ICONA Avalon don’t have to the leave the premises to experience all the wonders of the Jersey Shore. You’ll always be seconds away from the beach, a lavish pool, delicious meals, and even a brewery! Avalon Brewpub is one of the premier brewpubs on the Jersey Shore thanks its eclectic lineup of classic craft beer styles. Guests and locals alike have fallen in love with Avalon’s malty, citrusy We Don’t Play West Coast IPA and the Chill Pils, a Czech-style lager.