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ICONA Avalon Named #23 Hotel in USA

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ICONA AVALON WINS 2019 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR HOTELS

Ranks 23 out of 25 in the Top Hotels Category in United States

Avalon, NJ, January 30, 2019 – ICONA Avalon today announced it has been recognized as a winner in the Top 25 Hotels in the United States category of the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards, ranking 23 out of 25. Travelers’ Choice

This year, the awards celebrate hotel winners in nine categories, including Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family and All-Inclusive. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value and quality.

“Two of the main things a person must embody to be a part of team ICONA are: a passion for people and a heart for hospitality. We believe in serving our guests with the Aloha spirit of warmth, welcome, and love, and our guests really feel that. We’re so honored that our guests have shown their appreciation through incredibly kind words on TripAdvisor and that now ICONA Avalon is not only the top traveler ranked property in its market, but number twenty-three in the entire United States!”, explained Randel Davis, General Manager of ICONA Avalon. “We’re ecstatic about the award and ready for another great year in Avalon.”

“We congratulate the properties around the world recognized as the best hotels, which receive our highest honor – Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Desirée Fish, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. “Winners should be proud of their award as millions of travelers will consider this list when picking the perfect hotel for their needs this year.”

To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of ICONA Avalon you may visit:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g29754-d121418-Reviews-ICONA_Avalon- Avalon_Cape_May_County_New_Jersey.html.

For the complete list of Travelers’ Choice award-winning hotels for 2019 across all nine categories, including the top hotels around the world, visit: www.TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels.

About ICONA Resorts
ICONA Resorts is a nationally recognized hospitality management, development & licensing company. It currently owns and operates three year-round, beachfront properties, and four food and beverage outlets, on the southern New Jersey shore. Due to the company’s core philosophy of making each hotel a sacred place where guests are served with warmth, welcome, and love, ICONA Avalon, ICONA Diamond Beach, and ICONA Cape May are each #1 traveler-ranked properties in their market segments on TripAdvisor.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With 702 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering 8 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 490 million average monthly unique visitors**, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

The subsidiaries and affiliates of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) own and operate a portfolio of websites and businesses, including more than 20 travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bokun.io, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.citymaps.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.f amilyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens. nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, ww w.tingo.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com.

* Source: Jumpshot for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, September 2018

** 2018 Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2018 award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide.

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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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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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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.

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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.