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How to Pack Year Round for ICONA

ICONA, home to three of the premier New Jersey beach hotels, is a four-season resort with lavish guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, breathtaking Atlantic Ocean vistas, a central location to shopping and the Cape May County Zoo, and the always delicious Avalon Brew Pub. Deciding where to stay on your next getaway to beautiful South Jersey is easy: Diamond Beach, Cape May, or Avalon. Choosing what to pack and wear on the Jersey shoreline, however, is somewhat challenging because of our region’s seasonal temperature changes. Grab your luggage set because it’s time to decide what to pack and what to leave at home.

Ideal Summer Temperatures

Our beachfront paradise has an average summer high of 82 degrees. It be may be surprising to some that the temperature isn’t higher, but our refreshing coastal winds help keep our beaches and poolsides cozy, not balmy. Even our summer low is a mere 67 degrees, an ideal temperature for nights spent at the Star Beach Bar and the Sandbar Village. Pack swimwear, sunglasses, sandals, sunscreen, and light shirts, tanks, and shorts. Don’t forget a hoodie or jacket for an evening around the fire pit. It rains an average of six days per month, so pack a raincoat just in case it sprinkles.

Stunning Autumn Foliage

One of the best parts of having four seasons is the autumn colors. Not only are you steps away from the beach but you’re also a short trek from breathtaking drives with stunning fall foliage. The average high consistently drops from 77 in September, 66 in October, and 57 in November. Packing will assuredly depend on which month you’re arriving. It could be 80 degrees on Saturday and 60 degrees on Sunday, so bring along shorts and pants, t-shirts and sweatshirts, flip-flops and shoes. If you’re visiting in November, remember to bring along a coat as the lows dip into the 40s occasionally.

Snowball Fights in Winter

The average high is a relatively steady 45 degrees in the winter with the lows falling to 31. Please pack heavy jackets, jeans, sweatpants, boots, and sweatshirts to stay cozy. Our resort isn’t in the tundra by any means, but you’ll want to pack heavy if you’re not used to chilly winds and occasional snowflakes. You can always take layers off. We’ve experienced low 70s in February as well as lows in the teens.

Spring Bloom

The weather consistently rises from a high of 51 in March to 70 in May. Unlike other regions on the East Coast, we don’t receive very much rain in the spring. While you should always pack a raincoat, it’s unlikely you’ll need it. Spring is typically sweatshirt and jeans weather until May rolls around. After winter ends, many locals walk around in t-shirts and shorts because 60 always feels like 80 in April.

New Jersey Beach Hotels

ICONA’s three lavish New Jersey beach hotels have premier Atlantic views, prime access to shopping, restaurants, and nightly entertainment, and the East Coast’s only beachfront microbrewery, Avalon Brew Pub. Regardless of the season, join us on the beautiful South Jersey Shore for a memorable beachfront escape!

P.S. If you forget to pack a sweatshirt, you can always pick one up at the ICONA pantries located in the lobbies of our three hotels. They’re perfect for cuddling up and make for great gifts or traveling mementos.

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting

Gear up for the Annual Sand Sculpting Festival

Grab a trusty mini shovel and your favorite five-gallon pail because the annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival is fast approaching. This crowd-pleasing, family-friendly beach festival is held every summer and is only two miles from our award-winning ICONA Diamond Beach resort. Our three resort hotels in NJ are filling fast because the festival is nearly here and it’s also prime beach season. The Sand Sculpting Festival is free for participants and spectators, so unleash the child inside and give sand sculpting a real try!

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival

Every summer, Jersey Shore tourists and sandcastle enthusiasts flock to our neighboring Wildwood Crest Beach for this unique get-together. The event is hosted by Can You Dig It out of Staten Island, NY. There will be amateur and semi-pro contests with prizes awarded. Founder of Can You Dig It, Matt Long, will showcase his world-renowned abilities yet again. Attending the festival is still worth the trip even if you’re not interested in joining the fun. There will be live music, beach games, a magic show, and much more!

Grab Your Pail and Join in the Fun!

Remember to register if this event sounds interesting you. Also, remember to book a summer stay at ICONA, one of the premier resorts in NJ. We have a prime beach location and some helpful pointers for those new to sand sculpting. Always use moist sand found below the tide line—that’s rule #1. Work from top to bottom. Starting at the bottom will quickly lead to a dreaded sandcastle collapse! Add water periodically to hold the maximum amount of moisture. Shave away sand in small doses as it’s always easier to take than add. Bring along a shovel, five-gallon pail, funnel, and putty knife. The whole family is welcome to join in the fun!

Resort Hotels in NJ

ICONA is chief among resort hotels in NJ, because of our unparalleled beach access, grand accommodations, and our ideal central locations. Stay near the festival at Diamond Beach, at the breathtakingly deluxe Avalon, or our flawless Cape May resort.

Hawaiian Luau at Icona

Aloha! Hawaiian Luau Girls Beach Getaway

You no longer have to spend a mini fortune on a girls beach getaway in Hawaii, because Coastal New Jersey award-winning resorts ICONA Diamond Beach and ICONA Avalon now offer the ultimate customizable Hawaiian luau girls getaway. Ditch the boys for a weekend of debauchery and never-ending amusement at one of their unparalleled resorts in NJ. Slip on a muumuu, light the tiki torches, turn up the Don Ho, and do the limbo. Sip on Ocean’s Potion, Surfer Girl, Tropical Tease or other great cocktails at ICONA’s beach bars!

Hawaiian Luau Party

Whether you’re planning on celebrating an engagement or looking to let loose, the team at ICONA will help make your Hawaiian Luau Party unique and memorable. Wear colorful leis and walk the beach or pool area with a fresh Mai Tai in hand. If the delicious mixture of Curacao, lime, gold rum, and mint doesn’t make you want to hula or limbo, then perhaps a Blue Hawaiian will.Hawaiian Luau at Icona

When ‘Tiny Bubbles’ has worn its welcome, play some Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Bask on Diamond Beach or by the spacious and stunning pool area. Diamond Beach has warm, white sand, sunny skies, relaxing Atlantic Ocean waves, and spectacular drinks at The Star Beach Bar or The Sandbar Village. Each unique Hawaiian luau package is different. Yours could include live music, fire dancers, or whatever enhancements your group chooses. ICONA has a natural beach and pool access for your girls getaway.

Unrivaled Resorts in NJ

Avalon has breathtaking lanais, known on the mainland as a balcony or patio, with ocean views that will melt your heart. Paradise awaits in one of the Premium Aloha Studios at Diamond Beach. The Aloha Studios sleep up to six and feature a 60-inch flat-screen television, double galley kitchen, two bathrooms, Keurig coffee maker, and ample living space. Before your Hawaiian Luau Party, partake in an open bar, bridal brunch, or afternoon tea. A Hawaiian dream getaway now rests on the NJ shoreline!

3 Things You Need to Know for Surf Lessons at Diamond Beach

A weeklong summer stay at unrivaled ICONA Diamond Beach in sunny coastal New Jersey isn’t complete without surfing lessons with professional Jack Moore. Whether you’re a family staying in a choice Premium Poolside Suite, or on a couple’s getaway in a peaceful Premium Northside Suite, surfing lessons are only 200 feet away on sandy Diamond Beach.

What to Bring

The essential item to bring is a wetsuit. Water temperatures, regardless of where you’re surfing in North America, can vary. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the water with Jack, the founder, and director of Lifeguard Surf Camp at ICONA, so it’s best to stay warm and dry for the duration of the lesson. Some guests bring their surfboards, but they’re available for $25 for up to four hours. You’ll also want to bring a beach pack filled with sunscreen, towel, and water or sports drink. Ladies will want to bring a strong hair tie, and men will want to wear briefs, bike shorts, or a speedo because baggy swim trunks will only weigh you down. Leave your goggles and glasses in your room, because disposable contacts are the best option in the surf.

Where to Go

Diamond Beach is open to guests of ICONA only, and it’s just steps from your suite. Simply use the beachside exit of the hotel and take the boardwalk down to the beach where you’ll see Jack and his crew. Don’t let the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views, and the warm, sandy beach distract you from riding your first wave!

Surf’s Up!

Studies have shown that surfers spend only eight percent of their time riding waves, so being a quality swimmer is a must, but Jack guarantees that all surfers will successfully do stand-up surfing during their sessions! He has been a pro surfer and certified ocean lifeguard for 40 years. He is CPR, first aid, and open-water rescue trained. Diamond Beach has medium-sized waves, perfect for beginners and learners, and the surf camps are basic, fun, safe, and will undoubtedly be the highlight of your getaway at ICONA Diamond Beach.

When you’re not riding waves and impressing your friends and family, you’ll feel compelled to walk over to the illustrious and delicious Star Beach Bar. Indulge in a crisp brick oven pizza, jumbo crab cake, or their specialty, the Diamond Peach Panini. The Star Beach Bar has live music, million-dollar views, and mouthwatering specialty drinks and buckets–ICONA Diamond Beach has everything you’re looking for in a New Jersey beach getaway!

Give the Gift of a Getaway this Mother’s Day

Mothers, they come in all shapes and sizes as well as ages and this year you’re going to want to something special for that special someone. A mother can be someone you look up to, your best friend, or the person you turn to when you need help. Being a mother can be a tough role to play, yet very rewarding, and there is no better way to say thanks for all you do, than with a gift to one of the top hotels in NJ, ICONA. Let mom have a weekend away (whether you join or not) to relax, experience the Jersey shore, and have a wonderful time at our beautiful resorts along New Jersey’s Coast.

Mother’s Day ICONA

Our ICONA Diamond Beach and ICONA Cape May locations are throwing a huge mother’s day weekend bash, and you’ll want to be apart of the family fun! Join us for a fabulous 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch which will feature all your favorite dishes, plus some deliciously new ones to try. There will be over 20 different options to choose from so we’re sure everyone in your group will find something they love, view our menu to see all the mouth-watering choices. Give Coastal Blue a call at 609.224.1124 to make your reservation for this fantastic brunch special that only comes once a year!

Mom deserves something spectacular this year, and a trip to ICONA with the whole family is just what she needs. As one of the top hotels in NJ, we’re devoted to making your vacation one for the books and with a trip to Diamond Beach or Cape May, your weekend will top all expectations. Revel in the utmost relaxation near the shores of New Jersey with MOM.

 

3 Icebreakers for Your Business at the Beach!

Let’s break the ice, you’re going to ICONA for your business retreat, and you’re about to have one of the best getaways that mix business and fun, beachside! Our resort hotels in NJ, offer the comfort of accommodations and access to our beautiful meeting facilities. Here are three fun icebreakers to kick-start your business at the beach!

Ready for Action

Get ready to rock at your meeting because you’ll want to try Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors! This game needs nothing but spirit! Break it into teams of two, where opponents battle against one another. The winner of each round advances on to the next set of two, while whoever loses the round follows the winner cheering them on. That process continues until there are only two people left with big cheering squads rooting for them or their opponent!

Get to Team Building

If you’re looking for something that alludes to team building, we’ve got the perfect activity with Unique and Shared. Break your group off into smaller teams of 3-5, hand out paper and pens, then instruct them to write down 3-5 things that make their group similar. We recommend that you try to avoid genetic traits and have your group dive deeper. Next read the traits out loud with the whole team. For the “unique” part of the activity, that same group will come up with 3-5 unique traits or characteristics of everyone in their group, which will also be read aloud. This game allows for everyone to see what is similar and unique to every person in the company!

Let’s Connect

Asking a question before your meeting to get everyone talking and awake is a great way to start your day! Whether they’re funny or not, you’ll love being able to get to know your coworkers! We compiled a list of a few questions you could have your team ask one another; you can also tailor subjects to what you’re doing that day!

 

  1. Who is your favorite Superhero/heroine and why?
  2. Who is your hero in your life?
  3. What is your favorite summertime activity?
  4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor and what flavor best describes you and why?
  5. Name 3 locations you would like to travel to and why?
  6. What are three goals you’d like to get out of this meeting?

However you choose to start your corporate meeting or company retreat, ICONA offers the best meeting venues for your business. Your team is sure to return to the working world feeling refocused and recharged.Enjoy our selection of meeting facilities, gorgeous accommodations and fantastic things to do outside of your retreat.

5 Must See Attractions on Your Cozy Winter Getaway to NJ

Groundhogs Day was just a few weeks ago, and sadly, we’re in for six more weeks of winter which means you still have time to get away for a cozy getaway to our Jersey Shore resorts before spring has sprung.  Here are 5 of our favorite attractions to see while you’re visiting the Atlantic Coast and our ICONA resorts.

Historic City

You’ll find that Cape May New Jersey happens to be one of the oldest resort towns on the coast and that means you’ll want to enjoy our fabulous Historic Cape May Tour! We’ve partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts at our ICONA Diamond Beach and ICONA Cape May locations for this fantastic tour. Experience the stunning Victorian buildings that have been preserved by the National Historic District. Check out our tickets here, and see all the historical places you can visit with our discounted prices.

The Lighthouse

You’ll want to see the Cape May Lighthouse up close when you come to town! Located two miles away from the city this beaming lighthouse was built in 1859 and visitors can do the climb to the top! Plus, don’t forget to check out the impressive Visitors Orientation Center which hosts a museum shop and information about the lighthouse.

Take Flight!

If you’re really into aviation, you’ll love visiting the Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum. This museum is located within the historic Hanger #1 of the Cape May Airport but what you can experience and learn is even more fascinating. The museum boasts several aircraft and displays where you can climb a real air traffic control tower, sit inside of a cockpit, or enjoy the flight simulators, plus so much more!

Main Street Style

Find your street style in a Main Street-like mall in Cape May at the Washington Street Mall. You’ll find that this outdoor shopping place is perfect for visitors wanting to see the ideal gift to bring home. With lots of local stores, sweet shops, and unique locations for souvenirs this will genuinely be a shoppers paradise, and it’s close to the beach so you’ll get the gentle breeze and salty air of the Atlantic while being outdoors.

Grab a Brew

You won’t want to forget stopping by the Avalon Brew Pub for some delicious beer. It’s also the only microbrewery on the entire coast of New Jersey, meaning it’s steps from the shoreline! And who doesn’t love a tasty brew to go along with the perfect sunset?

 

Spring break is one of the busiest seasons, and you’ll love the gentle coastal breeze of our cozy season before the crowds come to our Jersey Shore Resorts. Experience so much more when you visit the sandy shores of New Jersey. There is no time but now to book your last winter getaway to our fantastic ICONA locations!

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3 Couple’s Things to do Onsite at ICONA

3 Couple’s Things to do Onsite at ICONA

Rekindling Romance in NJbeachfront hotels in new jersey

With the romantic season about to blossom like buds on trees, there is no better time to bring your sweetie to our beachfront hotels in New Jersey. The Jersey Shore offers a lot in regards to romance, the beach, restaurants, activities but when you’re staying at one of our resorts you’re going to want to spend some time here, during the tail end of our cozy season. Learn more about our three favorite couples things to do onsite at ICONA, then reconnect, rekindle, and amp up the romance for the ultimate retreat.

Spa Day for Two

While we don’t have a spa directly onsite, we do offer our guests fabulous accommodations where they will be greeted with plush bathrobes and stunning spa-like bathroom designs. You’ll be able to bring a spa indoors and right to your room. Pick up a bottle of champagne, some chocolate covered strawberries, and enjoy the comforts of a relaxing bath. You’ll just fall in love with our in-room amenities and the peaceful view from your balcony.

Dine with Wine

There are quite a few locations to dine with some yummy wine and your honey at our beachfront hotels in New Jersey. Bungalow No. 7 Beach Bar and Grill at ICONA Diamond Beach offers guests the perfect on-the-sand locations for drinks and food. If you’re looking for your that nice glass of vino, Avalon Brew Pub at ICONA Avalon includes a cozy and inviting atmosphere where you can sip on wine and dine on the beachside fare.

Pool Time Together

While the beach is within walking distance to our ICONA resorts, you’ll want to catch some rays while lounging around our outdoor heated pools. Bask in the sun’s rays when you spend the day on the sundeck with your loved one. Our seasonal outdoor pool is open from May-October, but you’ll find that the beach is unrestricted year-round.

When it comes to activities for two, you’re going to love spending time together at ICONA. Our amazing beachfront hotels in New Jersey will get you and your sweetheart to reconnect when you dine together, lounge together, and enjoy quality time together. Time is precious these days and what better way to say, “I love you,” than with a trip to the beautiful Atlantic Coast. No matter if it’s this spring or summer, stop by and have a blast!

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3 Restaurants to Bring your Sweetheart to in NJ

3 Restaurants to Bring your Sweetheart to in NJ

resorts in NJValentine’s day will soon be within the next few weeks; it’s time to figure out the best romantic date night for two. Here at ICONA, we’ve got everything you could need to spice up a cozy weekend or week-long trip for two. When you’re searching for the best place to have a romantic date, our resorts in NJ stand out among the competition, especially when it comes to fine dining, here are three delicious restaurants to bring your sweetheart to during the month of love!

Get Coastal

One of the best places to bring your sweetie is right here at ICONA Diamond Beach. It’s Coastal Blue, our fantastic oceanside bar, and grill! Featuring delectable seafood fare in an open-air setting, you’ll love the breeze of the ocean while dining with your loved one. Pick from the wide selection of menu options or take a look at the current specials for a fun evening.

 

Coastal Blue

9701 Atlantic Ave. Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

Phone: 609.224.1124

The Italian Shore

Duffinetti’s is a historic restaurant located on the Jersey Shore and has been a staple for romantic dinners near the beach. You’ll love the lengthy Italian restaurant which features reasonable prices and fantastic meals.

 

Duffinetti’s

4600 Pacific Avenue Wildwood NJ 08260

Phone: 609-522-0002

Big City on the Beach

If you’re looking for a break from the oceanside cuisine, you’ll find in New Jersey head to The Establishment at 100. Featuring handmade cocktails, you’ll enjoy dining on the unique flavors that make you feel like you’re in the big city rather than a beachside hotspot.

 

The Establishment at 100

100 Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260, US

Phone: (609) 523-8100

BONUS: A Delicious Beachside Brew

Still hungry after all of those locations? Close to Wildwood Crest, you’ll find the beautiful town of Avalon, NJ where ICONA Avalon presides, seaside. Make sure to try Avalon Brew Pub where you’ll find the only beachfront micro-brewery! With a sophisticated elegance and upscale cozy atmosphere, you are sure to appreciate the quiet and relaxing space while eating some of the best food in town and sipping on some of the tastiest brews around town.  

 

Avalon Brew Pub

7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, New Jersey, 08202

Phone: 609.551-0101

 

No matter where you decide to dine while visiting our leading resorts in NJ, you will find exactly what your taste buds are searching for here along the shores of the Atlantic. Whether it’s seafood, unique flavors, or a cozy atmosphere, our

ICONA resorts on the Jersey Shore make for a fabulous romantic getaway throughout the year, especially when it’s during the Month of Love.

Getting Cozy at ICONA this Fall

The cozy season is finally here, and we can’t wait for you all to enjoy this time of the year, as much as we do! Fall and winter bring a quieter time to ICONA Diamond Beach, and what better time than right now to pack up for a couple’s retreat just for two at one of our resorts in wildwood crest NJ. Grab your bags, your sweaters, and get ready for the comfiest fall getaway with your loved one!

Fall Foliage Fun

One of the best times of the year is taking place, and you’ll want to be here to see it happen! The fall colors are starting to come alive, and like a kaleidoscope, you’ll see stunning colors ranging from bright reds to vibrant oranges, a mix of yellows and light greens, to deep, dark purples. Not only are our resorts in wildwood crest NJ a great place to experience the East Coast’s takeover of fall foliage but you’ll get to spend a few day nestled up by a fireplace while the ocean waves crash on the beach near your room.

Fall brings a perfect time to get outdoors and adventure throughout Wildwood Crest before many of the shops close for the winter season. We promise that our comfortable accommodations will keep you cozy and toasty warm as the days by the sea draw to a cool, autumn breeze.

With the fall foliage being a hot commodity head out on a cute day trip to experience the beautiful landscape as it transforms into something of a painters hand. We’ve found an amazingly curated list of all the excellent drives you can take during autumn to catch a glimpse of the fall colors. Don’t forget to grab a few of your favorite fallen leaves to bring home with you, just another beautiful reminder of your peaceful getaway to the shores of NJ. We recommend taking one of your leaves, and a fun metallic sharpie and writing the date you travel, then place it in a picture frame and hang your framed leaf on a wall. Make a few, and you can create a lovely photo gallery from your vacation. Plus, you’ll get to remember your memorable stay at ICONA every time you see it.

Fall on the Beach

There is so much to do at our fantastic resorts in wildwood crest NJ, especially if you’re looking for couples retreat ideas, we’ve got you covered! We mentioned the beach, and that is one of the principal things to do this fall season. After the crowd’s retreat from summer, fall makes it quite along the beach, so it’s possible you’ll get to enjoy a walk hand-in-hand, just the two of you! How great is that? We think it’s pretty romantic, and you can search some of the best beach seashells at the same time! Bring a few seashells home and put them at the bottom of a vase, then display it anywhere of your choosing as a simple reminder of your incredible couple’s vacation to New Jersey. After you’ve spent time beachside, head back to the resort, for dinner at one of our fabulous and tasty restaurants where you’ll get to dine on fantastic locally caught seafood and meats.

Get to Apple Picking

Make sure you spend a day at an orchard! As the Garden State is full of lush orchards, you’ll want to indulge in apple everything while you’re here. You’ll have so much fun spending the take picking apples and sipping on some deliciously fresh brewed cider, with your loved one. Make sure to take some great photos so you have adorable memories that will last a lifetime! Check out a great list of all the farms in New Jersey that you can visit while at one of our resorts in Wildwood Crest NJ.

Let your adventurous side come out when you have a day away; we promise our cozy suites will be waiting for you when you return. Here at ICONA Diamond Beach, we have everything to make sure you’re comfortable during the coziest season of all! With lots of accommodations, days on the beach, and fantastic fall activities coming up, you’ll want to be here to experience with your sweetheart. Book your sweet retreat today and start imagining all of the wonderful harvest activities you’ll be able to enjoy with your loved one by your side.