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4 Scientific Reasons You Need a Vacation

Regular vacations are scientifically proven to improve brain functionality, sleep, heart health, and job performance. Vacations allow us to unwind, relax, be creative, and exercise. The tricky part is that this belief is universally understood and yet we still refuse to take a break from our daily responsibilities. Even if you took a bookended weekend (Friday through Monday) trip six times a year, you’re still likely adding days, months, and perhaps years to your life. A visit to the Jersey Shore isn’t a fantasy but a feasible reality. ICONA has three elegant hotels in Cape May, Wildwood Crest, and Avalon. We’re dedicated to making every vacation to southern New Jersey a rejuvenating escape for the soul. Here are the top four scientific reasons that you desperately need a vacation.

Make Deeper Emotional Connections

A more profound emotional connection doesn’t only have to be romantic. Spending time getting closer to new friends or reconnecting with old friends is the perfect way to improve your overall state of mind. Traveling alone may seem desolate to some, but it’s the best way to find yourself. Sometimes the most profound emotional connection is the one you make with yourself. Try unique foods, meet new people, and learn to love yourself.

Get Some Sleep

Many tourists struggle to sleep when traveling – that’s because they’re not staying at the right hotel. ICONA takes your sleeping cycle seriously. We provide the most comfortable pillows, mattresses, and comforters on the market. Sleep deprivation often occurs because of our inability to disconnect from our job and home life. Some people have recurring dreams about being at work, making it feel like they’re working for 16 hours a day. Stay at an award-winning ICONA hotel, don’t set the alarm, and drift away.

Stop Undervaluing Your Time

A common human defect is that we grossly undervalue our own time. You work hard for your company, kids, and spouse, so stop pretending like you don’t need (or want) a break. Many people in the modern world build up vacation time, but they rarely use it. Taking frequent vacations, instead of a month-long sabbatical, increases overall happiness. Having a getaway on the horizon is better than a planning a lengthy vacation two or three years in the future.

Do Your Body and Mind Some Good

Most tourists do not have a weekly fitness regimen. Luckily there are hundreds of ways to help your body and mind when on vacation. Vacations are scientifically proven to increase heart health because tourists are often hiking, walking, biking, and paddling on their getaway. Quality time spent with loved ones on vacation leads to a more focused and productive brain. Your coworkers will notice the difference right away.

ICONA Cape May

ICONA Cape May is an elegant beachfront hotel with a relaxing heated outdoor pool and complimentary shuttles to Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill, The Star Beach Bar, and private beach access. Each room has a balcony with sweeping Atlantic Ocean views, Carrara marble-style bathrooms, and lavish finishes. Do yourself a favor and escape to beautiful southern New Jersey!

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Top 5 Attractions in the Wildwoods

The Jersey Shore is much more than pristine beaches, lively nightlife, and luxurious hotels. Our slice of southern New Jersey has some of the best family-friendly adventure parks, zoos, and ocean activities on the East Coast. ICONA has three award-winning Wildwoods hotels only steps from the beach. Other Wildwood Crest hotels cannot match our excellent service, amenities, and proximity to the area’s best attractions. Your upcoming family getaway to the Jersey Shore should include these five Wildwoods activities.

Cape May County Zoo

It’s not often you find a zoo that has free entry, free parking and is open 364 days a week. The Cape May County Zoo is easily the best place to view wildlife in the state. Unlike most zoos, Cape May is uncrowded and features some of North America’s most beloved animals. Adorable critters such as river otters, red foxes, snow leopards, and red pandas love the attention! The zoo also has popular lions, black bears, and giraffes as well as obscure bongos, oryx, and marmosets. Oceanfront ICONA Avalon is only a scenic six-mile wetland drive from the zoo! Avalon has a brewpub, a sandbar village, and a beautiful outdoor heated pool.

Jersey Shore Alpacas

While the Cape May County Zoo also has alpacas, Jersey Shore Alpacas offers an altogether more intimate experience. Get up-close-and-personal to this farm’s lovable alpacas. Meet, feed, pet, and learn about these furry South American creatures. Alpacas are native to Peru and are often mistaken for llamas. We highly recommend taking a private group tour into an alpaca paddock.

Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch

Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch & Speedboat Tours has an incredible reputation for providing close encounters with beautiful bottlenose dolphins via speedboat. Their ocean adventures are so unique and exhilarating that they were named “Best of Philly” in 2016 by Philadelphia Magazine (Philadelphia is a 90-minute drive away). Their speedboats are “dolphin magnets,” according to customers. Thunder Cat has a 99 percent dolphin sighting guarantee. ICONA Diamond Beach, one of the premier Wildwood Crest hotels, is only one mile from Thunder Cat.

Wildwood Boardwalk

The Wildwood Boardwalk is the perfect locale for a morning, afternoon, or sunset stroll. Grab an ice cream cone, coffee, or a walking taco and gaze out into the vast Atlantic Ocean. Remember to take home a souvenir from a local shop. Families love the boardwalk because of the three amusements piers complete with over 100 rides.

Morey’s Piers and Water Parks

The very best amusement pier on the Jersey Shore is at Morey’s. This staple has dozens of thrilling rides varying from kiddie to extreme. Morey’s Piers is also home to the Raging Waters Water Park. Raging Waters has slides, rivers, pools, and cabanas on the edge of Wildwood Crest Beach.

Wildwood Crest Hotels

ICONA outclasses all other Wildwood Crest hotels. Our three ocean view hotels provide unmatched service, sophisticated elegance, private beach access, and world-class amenities. Start planning your next ICONA getaway today by visiting Icona.com.

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Surprise Your Team with Business at the Beach

Sometimes the whole office needs a change in scenery–that’s where we come in. ICONA Resorts has the area’s ideal all-inclusive business retreat packages and the very best Cape May hotels. Whether you’re aiming to book a corporate retreat at Cape May, Diamond Beach, or Avalon, our spacious venues, modern amenities, and cozy accommodations will help maximize productivity while keeping the entire group energized. Start planning an unforgettable weekend of business at the beach with ICONA, New Jersey’s premier resorts.

The Best Amenities on the Jersey Shore

Our corporate retreat packages include elegant accommodations, full catering, and breakout sessions. Optimize your retreat with late-night barbecues, live music, beach picnics, and volleyball competitions. Whether you’re looking to escape from the distractions and pressure of New York City, trying to rediscover your team’s visions, mission, and goals, or treating your top producers, ICONA helps businesses bond with supreme hospitality, delicious menus, and premier meeting venues.

Scenic and Spacious Meeting Venues

Take business at the beach to the next level with our tranquil, Hawaiian-style venues at Diamond Beach. The Aloha Suite accommodates up to 85 guests in our secluded South Tower. Make use of the suite’s wet bar and LCD projector. The Kai room has floor-to-ceiling Atlantic Ocean vistas with theater-style seating. Coastal Blue, our breathtaking outdoor pavilion, overlooks the stunning pool deck and accommodates 70 guests. Don’t miss out on the Lani Rooftop, a massive 4,500 square foot space perfect for cocktail parties or seated dinners. Avalon’s premier Seagrass Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, and ample space for large conferences and meetings. No other Cape May hotels can match our new boutique hotel, ideal for small retreats aiming to refocus with a weekend near the beach.

Mouthwatering Full Catering Menus

We take pride in our always expanding food and beverage catering options. In the morning we offer calming teas, fresh-baked scones with Devonshire cream, delectable brownies, and soft pastries. In the afternoon, choose between various menus that include roasted tomato bisque, grilled romaine with aged parmesan, chilled seafood penne, grilled chicken and asparagus, and New York cheesecake.

Cape May Hotels

With three bright, beautiful hotels to choose from, ICONA has the premier meeting locales in the state of New Jersey. Spend your mornings with a cup of tea overlooking the Atlantic, your afternoons workshopping, and your evenings with a refreshing drink in hand and your toes in the sand. Book an unforgettable week of business at the beach with ICONA!