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Explorer's Guide The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, Includes the Wildwoods: A Great Destination (Explorer's Great Destinations) Paperback – May 17, 2008

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Jen A. Miller, a writer/journalist who specializes in the Jersey Shore, has appeared on TV and radio and in print. Miller blogs at downtheshorewithjen.blogspot.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Explorer's Great Destinations
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press (May 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581570899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581570892
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe even Mr. Peanut.
M. Z. Levy
The author explores with the reader all of the Jersey Shore towns from Atlantic City to Cape May.
This guide was very helpful!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Chernoski on April 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great guide to the South Jersey Shore- a place where I had the pleasure to live for six years. Many of my summer days were spent traveling down the Parkway and back up again, visiting many of the places Jen Miller highlights and also made me wonder how I missed some other spots she mentions (How did I never visit the Alpaca farm?). On that note, she has a lot of information here that even locals can appreciate:

I had no idea Cape May is the third largest place in the US for weddings or that the Wildwood Boardwalk has more rides than Walt Disney World.

Her descriptions of each beach town give a first-time vacationer a good feel which beach would be appropriate for them (except I don't think Avalon and Stone Harbor cater to visitors of "all economic stripes" . . . it's basically the Ritz of the South Jersey Shore). It also can help a regular visitor discover new things - Miller's encyclopedia-like listing of eateries could see you making a checklist out of the chapters.

Particularly helpful are the pricing guides and notes about in-season and off-season hours.

However, the true highlight of the book are the shaded areas within every chapter where Miller gives helpful hints - like how to prepare for running at the beach (watch out for the wind), provides back histories - like the story of Wawa and shines the spotlight on those out-of-the-way spots - (Where the hell is Strathmere?)

Overall this is a great guide to the shore, though I would have appreciated more detailed descriptions of Somers Point, downbeach Absecon Island and Diamond Beach the same way Strathmere gets written up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Z. Levy on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've spent my life at the Jersey shore. As a kid, I marveled at the Diving Horse on Steel Pier. I grew up with Mr. Peanut. When I had kids of my own, I took them to Wildwood and Ocean City and Sea Isle. Then, without the crowd, I discovered the peace and beauty of Cape May.

This is what Jen Miller's book captures so well. Every shore is different. Every shore has its personality and purpose. You can't tell one from another without a really good scorecard. That's what this book is. Miller does an excellent job of capturing the psyche of each resort. The fact that she also turns this into a really good guidebook is a pure bonus.

It's one of those books you'll highlight, scribble in, tear out and send to friends. I'm buying copies for a lot of folks I know. Maybe even Mr. Peanut.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelley on August 1, 2008
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Like many who purchase this book, I'm not new to shore vacationing but have been spending short summer trips there since I was a little girl. Now grown and married, we've been toying with the idea of packing up and moving there. I share this to let you know what I was looking for in a guidebook. I wanted a feel for what it might be like to live there, head to the other towns, see what cultural events are availible in the off-season, etc. In essence, to go beyond the boardwalk but yet still get a feel for the best of what there is to see and do at the shore. I've purchased SEVERAL books on the topic but this book is by far the best and the one I continually refer back to. It might not have the pretty, coffee table feel that other books on the shore possess, (though it does have SEVERAL, fun black/white photos). What it lacks in esthetics, it more than makes up for in information. To start, the author fills you in on little fascinating details and sidebars that relate to the location's culture, history or both. The room/dining descriptions have a friendly feel, as if a local herself were describing the establishments to you in person, detailing thier pros, cons, and points of interest. Definitally not the feel of traditional stuffy guidebooks I have read in the past. This is a book I look forward to reading. It's a little bit culture, a whole lot of "what-to-do", a dash of history, and a healty dose of love for the shore. Thank you for this wonderful, insightful book! Give us more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dancerusse on July 6, 2011
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When my husband and I decided to go to the Jersey Shore over Memorial Day weekend, I started to research guide books for the area. It would be our first visit to the Shore and aside from some curiosity about Atlantic City, I had no idea where to start. I quickly came across the first edition of Jen Miller's book on Amazon, which had gotten stellar reviews, but was disappointed to learn that the second edition was due out about a week after our planned vacation. Long story short, I contacted Jen through her blog and she kindly agreed to meet me in Philly for a drive by book sale from her own stash of advance copies. I even ended up with an autographed version. It was very cool of her to help me out.

Putting all of that aside, the book is a fantastic resource and it made our vacation. There is a lot of detail about all of the seaside stops along the Shore and the descriptions helped us decide where to spend our time. We focused on Atlantic City, Sea Isle City and mostly, Cape May where we had a gorgeous, busy day: the bird preserve, hiking to the top of the lighthouse, the Ugly Mug, the whale/dolphin cruise, and a free outdoor brass band concert at night.

The book is well researched and well written. We felt like we had brought along a knowledgeable friend to guide us! I am looking forward to a repeat visit to the Shore later this summer with Jen along for the drive.
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