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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Great Getaways for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break

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Q: Hi! I’m trying to plan a short trip for my 14-year-old son and I during New Jersey’s November Teacher’s Convention 4-day break . You guys always seem to be doing something fun; any ideas for me? ~ Thanks! Mike

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: A 4 Day Weekend?! Get Packing for the New Jersey Teachers’ Convention School Break

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Q: Help! Teacher’s Convention is this week in New Jersey and I’ve got a 4 day weekend with the kids! Where can we go if I haven’t made plans already?

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Seven Miles of Smiles: Stone Harbor and Avalon, NJ

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I’m a Jersey Girl, and as such I have a deep affection for “the Shore” (in fact, I’m in August’s Family Fun Magazine sharing my favorite NJ beach spots). But until I was an adult, I had no idea of the wonders of the 7 miles of barrier island that comprises Avalon and Stone Harbor about 30 minutes north of Cape May. It’s a world away from the spinning rides and neon lights of boardwalk-enhanced towns; instead, there are loads of small shops that run the gamut from surf to swank, spacious and clean beaches, bike lanes that line the 25mph max roads, and tons of (mostly) unplugged family fun.

stone harborWhile my family has rented houses over the past two decades, a stretch of hotels and motels straddle the town lines mid-island near 80th street. The chicest and best situated of these is the remodeled Windrift which opens right onto the beach and has a multilevel series of restaurants and bars.

Want to experience the white sands and rolling surf of Stone Harbor and Avalon? Here are my  personal recommendations for surf and smiles:
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