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Percolated Wildwood (Dreaming of the New Jersey Shore)

Swan (Wildwood)

It’s the time of year when I start thinking about the beach and the New Jersey shore in particular. I was looking for photos to “Percolate” and some of the iPhone photos from Wildwood lend themselves to the process.

The Famous Wildwood Sign

Morey’s Piers

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Retro Destination: StarLux Hotel in Wildwood, New Jersey

Starlux @ Night

Full Disclosure: I have not stayed at the StarLux Hotel yet, I have only admired it from afar. I’ve wanted to stay here since our first visit to Wildwood about 10 years ago. I try to get some pictures of it every time we go to Wildwood and this time I was lucky to get some night pictures. I love the retro architecture and the neon lights.

I would love to get up in the morning and look out at the ocean and the Wildwood Sign from the hotel. Will I get to stay at the StarLux next summer? I can just imagine the amazing photos I can take in and around the hotel. From pictures I’ve seen online there are lava lamps in the room – another great reason for me to go!

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Wordless Wednesday

Boardwalk

The Boardwalk at Wildwood

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Things I Love Thursday: Retro Travel and Hipstamatic

Wildwood Boardwalk

During the last week or two I have been reminiscing about past trips to Wildwood and looking at a lot of photos on Flickr and Wildwood discussion boards for inspiration for our next trip. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Wildwood last year was to capture the retro beauty of Wildwood through the Hipstamatic lenses. We are taking a short trip there again and I’m really excited about taking pictures because there are so many new lenses and films to use since our last visit. There are so many different aspects to focus on, such as neon signs, doowop architecture, the boardwalk and diners.

While searching Wildwood sites I found the RetroRoadmap blog. I love this blog because it has the same type of sensibilities that I have. It brings back memories of road trips with my family where we would stop at roadside attractions (like a house where water ran up hill) and buy fun things like apple head dolls.

Here are some old photos from last years trip that I hadn’t posted before:

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Things I Love Thursday: The (Real) New Jersey Shore

The Caribbean Motel

The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, ArtRage on iPad

I recently read an article about how the Jersey Shore reality show has helped out the economy in Seaside Heights this summer. I hope that people who go to the shore get to discover other parts of the towns and beaches as well because each one has it’s own unique personality. I was reminiscing about all the different beaches in New Jersey that I’ve visited, and how the places I’ve visited have changed as I’ve gone through different stages of my life. This is a partial list of places and ages:

Sandy Hook – I went to Sandy Hook with camp as a child because it was a free beach and it was pretty low key

Asbury Park – I went there as a teen around the same time the Clash were playing at the convention hall and saw punks play mini golf

Seaside Heights – In college I went to Seaside because they had great bars and a fun boardwalk

Point Pleasant – Another fun boardwalk with Martell’s Tiki Bar where we used to get the best steamed crab legs

Avon – A very quiet beach that has quaint bed & breakfasts

Wildwood – Wildwood is where we have vacationed the last several years. One of the things I love about Wildwood is the Doo Wop architecture. You feel like you have stepped back in time as you drive by the neon lit retro motels that line the main strip. The Boardwalk is very family oriented and has a lot of the rides we remember from when we were kids. Last summer I took a lot of Hipstamatic photos of the motels and boardwalk and created some paintings on my iPad. Last summer we stayed at the Caribbean Motel and I loved the retro look. It had a magical, nostalgic feeling that reminded me of vacations I took as a child.

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The Boardwalk At Wildwood

The Boardwalk At Wildwood, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Brushes on iPad.

It’s that time of year again. I’m dreaming about going to the beach and hanging out at the boardwalk.

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