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Oct 07, 2019

My Trip to Asbury Park – A Local’s Musings

By Julia Mortimer

If you live within a reasonable driving distance of Asbury Park, you have no excuse not to visit this hip and happening town. I always make the effort to spend a day filled with good coffee, delicious food, funky shops and ocean views. Asbury is just the place to check all of those boxes.

I took a day in late August to squeeze in one last wholesome Asbury Park day before I settled back in Philadelphia, where I go to college. There are no beaches in Philly – cheesesteak, but no Jersey Shore. So I try to spend as much time as I can by the ocean before spending most of my days in the bustling city atmosphere.

I started my Asbury day on the boardwalk, naturally. It was a Wednesday, a bit overcast so it wasn’t very crowded. One of my favorite restaurants in the area is Pop’s Garage. My friend and I each decided on a burrito – you can’t go wrong. We sat outside, drank margaritas and chowed down on our burritos while looking out on the ocean. Pop’s Garage also has amazing nachos which we definitely recommend! We finished eating and decided it was best to continue our walk down the boardwalk to walk off those burritos. The Asbury boardwalk is so fun to explore because of all the art displayed along it.

Once we finished walking the boardwalk, we walked over to Cookman Avenue. On our trek there, we came across the electric scooters, a program Asbury started at the beginning of August. We didn’t get a chance to ride one, but we saw a lot of people zipping around on them with smiles on their faces. It costs $1 dollar to unlock them, and then $0.15/minute during an active rental. Next time I’m in the area, I’ll definitely hop on one!

It was that time in the afternoon when my eyes began to feel heavy and my brain was yelling at me to get a coffee, so I listened! We took a pit stop at Cafe Volan, each ordering a hot latte. I’m usually an iced coffee person, but due to the overcast/breezy weather I thought a hot latte would do just the trick. We sat, sipped and chatted about how fast the summer has gone and how fall already feels like it’s creeping up. Summer is absolutely wonderful, especially having the privilege of living in Monmouth County, but fall also warrants excitement and anticipation. A break from the heat, sweaters and pumpkin-flavored everything.

Having been fueled by our coffees, we were off to shop around the many interesting and funky shops of Asbury, including one of my favorites, Rebel Supply Co. This store has such funny little trinkets, consignment and more. I always leave there with something I love but never knew I needed in my life until I saw it.

Once I spent money I shouldn’t have, it was time for ice cream! (Can you tell I love food?) And none other than Cookman Creamery was the place to end our day. I got the Mint and PB Monster. They also offer unbelievable vegan options, if that’s your thing.

I find it so important to make time to spend a day with a friend to appreciate a hip town on the water that’s only 20 minutes from my house. Once I spent so much time away from home being at college, I have a newfound appreciation for the place I call home.