I forget that some of my favorite places are only a few minutes away. Asbury Park, New Jersey is one of those places. Growing up I formed a strange love for Asbury Park, when I was about 11 years old, I used to have my mom drive me around Asbury and I would just look out the window at the beauty I saw in the dilapidated buildings, abandoned store fronts, and boarded up houses. There was just a feeling of wanting to change it, as a kid I could see the potential this town had, my grandmother grew up going to the beach in Asbury Park back in the 40’s when it was bustling with tourist and booming from the new instillation of the Garden State Parkway. After race riots that destroyed the city in 1970, the city took decades to recover. Asbury has boomed back to life over the past few years, and while some of the new additions to the town have taken away from that retro uniqueness I loved, I’m glad to have been able to see it grow into what it has become today. Asbury today is a dog friendly city, with North Beach dedicated to dogs, Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar, and pet friendly stores, hotels, and restaurants. They have several amazing concert venues in Asbury, on any given night you can catch live music anywhere around town. Asbury Park is alive and well today, and I couldn’t be happier to have seen it rise like a phoenix from the ashes.
When it comes time to officially leave New Jersey I will always want to come back and check in on my city by the sea, Asbury Park.
~Happy Trails & Trailers