A long weekend in Avalon

August 27, 2015 in New Jersey,Places,Postcards,United States

My boyfriend’s family has been going to Avalon every summer for more than 40 years, and after my second year in a row: I can definitely see why. It’s only a three-hour drive from New York City, and it feels like an entire world away. It’s oozing with small town charm–the bikes that are never locked up, the bakery crowded with locals buying cinnamon rolls at 7am, the wide sidewalks where passersby actually smile and say hello to one another–and the beach is gorgeous, especially at sunrise. Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreWe were only there from Saturday afternoon through Tuesday morning, but we managed to squeeze in plenty of beach time, sticky buns and backyard beers. There was even a surprise engagement for my boyfriend’s sister on the beach–with a plane!–on the day we arrived, which obviously merited a champagne celebration. Overall, it was such a fun weekend away and a great way to end the summer season. A few favorite photos below, and a video here!

Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreYay engagement! Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreWe took one of these pictures last year, and thus decided that it’s a new Avalon tradition. That golden hour light on the beach is just too good!Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shore Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreAvalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreAvalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreMy own personal Avalon tradition: waking up at sunrise for a solo walk along the beach. It never disappoints!  Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shore Kohlers Bakery at Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shore Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shore Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shore Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shore Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreAvalon Beach at the New Jersey shore Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreThe houses are all so gorgeous, and I love walking around the neighborhood as much as I do walking along the beach.Avalon Beach at the New Jersey shoreAvalon Beach at the New Jersey shore

And of course, a little video of the weekend!

What’s your favorite photo of Avalon? Does it look like what you imagined the Jersey shore to be? 

p.s. the best of Avalon, via Instagram (2014) and postcard of Avalon houses

  • Erin Nicole Scherer

    Hi Christine. My family goes to the Jersey Shore every summer. We love it there and Avalon is beautiful. I like the sunrise photo the best. What a beautiful post, brings me right back!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    I loveee the video! Avalon is beautiful! Glad you had a great weekend :)

  • Gorgeous! I wish I had a beach like that near me. The nearest beach is 5 hours away! :(

  • When I hear/read Avalon I can’t help but think about the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, which is where I live! Here, “Avalon” is a part of lots of business names, sports teams, tourism commercials etc.

    The other Avalon looks pretty great though, too. 😉

  • lmdcville

    You captured it. Wonderful memories (plus sunrise views that I am seeing through you!)

  • That was an awesome video! So, this is a totally random question but how do you keep your videos from being shaky? Lol. You got dem skillz girlfran! 😉

    ps. Now I want to visit this very lovely place!

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  • camorose

    Yes! Such a great family vacation spot!

  • camorose

    Yes it was gorgeous! Thanks!

  • camorose

    Ah that is rough! That’s one of the things that surprised me most about NYC–how close the beaches are!

  • camorose

    Haha! I didn’t know there was another one!

  • camorose

    Thank you! It was worth the early wake-up :)

  • camorose

    Thanks so much! I guess I just have a steady hand?! No real technique to it unfortunately!

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