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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.

romantic new jersey getaways 2Elegant Accommodations

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.

hotels in new jerseyHotels in Cape May, NJ

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.