Just out of reach of the Jersey Shore’s tide, Monmouth Park Racetrack for horse racing encompasses family-friendly festivals such as the JC Harvest Festival, food trucks and two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Pick a winner with one of these hotels – now bookable with Culture Trip.
Hints of the blue Atlantic Ocean, which is under a mile (1.6km) away, grace rooms at this bright and breezy Navesink River retreat. Let your rudders rest in the marina next door, strolling easily from the fine linens in your suite to the fine dining at the Pearl. Treat yourself to lobster bisque before an after-dinner drink with seafaring folk and longtime locals who are always ready to spin a yarn with you.
Across the street from the Long Branch boardwalk, this glass-fronted cruise-ship-like hotel waves you over for a little beachside bliss. Wave the kids goodbye for some tanning time on the Jersey Shore while dad hangs out with the kids in the indoor play area. Then, get pruned and pampered at the Wave Spa before meeting the fam back on the oceanfront pool deck. Book a family day out at the nearby Monmouth Park horse racetrack, 3mi (5km) away.
When you’re not soaking up the wine list and the waterfront setting at this 19th-century Redbank landmark, you’ll be diving into jumbo lump crab cakes, pan-seared diver scallops and a chicken pot pie so savory that you’ll leave little room for dessert. Ask the waiter to box up the warm apple cobbler so you can enjoy it in your Navesink suite with more river views.
Chill vibes fill the art-lined, all-white rooms a few flip-flops slaps away from the Boardwalk. No pressure to head to the beach, though; mix up a White Russian, don a robe, and stare out of the window wall, with your fireplace crackling behind you. Hang out with other dudes and dudettes for a game of foosball in the lobby, or just mosey about the art gallery until you’re ready for a refill.
Outdoor fun is always within reach of these crisp white rooms with a mid-century modern vibe. No need to check the forecast – you can see what the weather has in store through the floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the impressive indoor pool. Fill your days wandering along Whale Pond Brook, playing disc golf at Joe Palaia Park, or hitting the links at Hollywood Golf Club, under five minutes south.
As you sip a Mai Tai at the tiki bar at Sea Bright’s private beach, it’s hard to believe you’re only an hour from the Big Apple. This low-rise 1960’s seaside escape with a wave-shaped pool is just as relaxing on the inside, with its beachy decor and comfortable beds less than a minute’s walk from the sand. Don’t relax so much you miss the Twin Lights State Historic Site and Hartshorne Woods Park, 2mi (3.2km) away.
You can make it from Homewood Suites by Hilton to Monmouth Park Racetrack in 10 minutes flat, and the Asbury Park Boardwalk is equally close, though you won’t want to venture far on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The complimentary evening social is only 10 seconds from your one- or two-bed suite; another few ticks of the clock, and you’ll be feeling good beside the outdoor pool without a worry in the world.
This sand-colored surprise gives your kids the road trip break they (and you) have been desperately needing. It all starts with the chocolate chip cookie at check-in, which will perk them up almost as much as the rumors of an outdoor pool. The King Presidential Suite adds a feature fireplace, banishing moans over the drive home. We bet they won’t mind jumping back in the car for a quick drive across the street to Deepwoods Kids’ Park or Monster Mini Golf.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
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