Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Thinking about jet setting to the beach for a weekend this summer? It's one of my favorite things to do during this season. Well, have any of you jet setters ever been to Long Branch, New Jersey? Long Branch is a beach town, located in Monmouth County, which is only about an hour and change drive from New york City (About 55 miles). Long Branch is not far from Asbury Park. Click here to read more about JSS' recommendations in Asbury Park. Long Branch has really developed recently, and now you can find Pier Village, which includes restaurants and high-end shops right across the street from the beach. When you walk around, you could easily think that you are in Santa Monica or South Beach. Who knew the Jersey Shore could be so chic, huh? Long Branch can easily be a day trip for any one who lives in New York or New Jersey, but if you are looking to stay a little while longer, my suggestion for where to lay your head would be Bungalow. Bungalow (Opened this past May) is a hotel which was designed by Robert and Cortney Novogratz, of Bravo's reality show "Nine By Design." Below, is a write-up on Bungalow from their website:
Bungalow is the Jersey Shore's only authentic boutique luxury lifestyle hotel. Located in Pier Village, just steps from endless sand beaches and the refreshing Atlantic Ocean, Bungalow is stylish and beach chic, yet playful and profoundly inviting! The lobby cafe serves delicious light fare and clever cocktails and has an endless assortment of games for guests to enjoy including billiards, backgammon and chess. All rooms are oversized with king beds, flat screen tvs, ipod docking stations, kitchenettes, cafe tables, expansive window walls, and fireplaces. What’s more... Bungalow is as unique as it is exciting with over 50 works of original art designed to stimulate and engage.

Rates start at $249 during the week and $399 on weekends over the summer, but they drop down to $159 a night after Labor Day...so that could be a Jet Set Smart deal!!!

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