3.) Dog Days of Summer

So many of us are dog people. The Jersey Shore is certainly becoming more and more dog- friendly as more and more pet- enthusiasts emerge. It’s nice to be able to take a car ride with the dog, walk him or her at your favorite spot, then swing by a local watering hole for a drink. A perfect place for this is Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar, in the increasingly popular Asbury Park.

My daughter has a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier aptly named Tuxedo, and she invited Maureen and me to join her at Yappy Hour last week. What a treat! The atmosphere was so light-hearted and positive. Some patrons even enjoyed watching the scene without having a dog of their own there! You can grab a drink at the bar, socialize with (human) friends or other dog owners, watch the animals run around and flop in the doggie pools, or interact with the furry friends.

Weather permitting, Yappy Hour is every day in the summer time from noon to 8pm. Small dog nights are Mondays and Wednesdays for the more timid pups. Then, as the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, Yappy Hour is open as long as the weather is conducive for the dogs. How fun!

The staff who runs and monitors the venue is so pleasant. They love the dogs just as much as their owners. So much so, any proceeds or donations are contributed to the Asbury Boardwalk Rescue and other local rescue organizations. Do some good, have some fun, and enjoy the dog days of summer at Yappy Hour. You’ll be experiencing the Jersey Shore THE SKEA WAY!

2.) Dinner On The Bay

One of the most enchanting things about the Jersey Shore in the summer season is waterfront dining. We’ve been really lucky with weather this summer, which makes eating al fresco that much more convenient.

A place we love to eat, but somehow always forget about, is Charlie’s of Bay Head. Thankfully, dinner with family tonight refreshed my memory! The grand facade of the restaurant has wooden siding that certainly stands out among the quaint storefronts on Bridge Ave. The interior is welcoming, bright, and fresh. It’s a place that makes getting off the beach worth it!

Now, let’s talk food and drink. A lovely wine selection and a signature cocktail list offers options for everyone. I’ve tried a variety of dishes from the guacamole to the filet mignon to the homemade mini doughnuts, and I have never been disappointed. Between the ambiance and the incredible menu, we left dinner tonight feeling stuffed and happy.

Charlie’s will certainly come to mind more often, and we hope to get there again before the end of the summer, because there’s nothing like a meal on the water. Sit at the bar, go for a romantic dinner, or brunch it with a group of friends. However you do it, you’ll be doing it THE SKEA WAY!

1.) From Jersey City to the Jersey Shore

I was born and raised in Jersey City. I am the oldest of 6 kids and have countless cousins. That being said, the Skea name is pretty recognizable among those who also made the migration from Hudson County to Monmouth County. Some say all roads lead to Jersey City.

As a kid, my family and I were Jersey Shore tourists. We would rent a house in Avon for a week and swim in the ocean from sun up to sun down. As I got older, I started renting places with groups of friends. We’d beach it during the day and at night we’d frequent the Norwood (RIP), Kelly’s Tavern, The Headliner- all of the local watering holes.

I always said that I’d marry a Jersey Shore girl. I met Maureen in 1978 and the rest is history. Our first home was a tiny cape in Elberon. Then we moved to the Apple Ridge community in Wall Township where we raised our 3 children. Now we reside in Spring Lake Heights. Maureen owns her own interior design business, Finishing Touches, in Spring Lake and I practice real estate just down the street from her. We love the life we’ve created in small town USA.

We’re always out and about. My kids always say that we can’t go anywhere around here without seeing someone we know. To us, that makes it home. Whether we’re grabbing coffee at Rook, taking a walk on the Sea Girt boardwalk, shopping on Main St. in Manasquan, or having dinner at Shipwreck Grill, we’re bound to run into a friend, family member, coworker, or a friend-of-a-friend.

Being a local realtor has not only allowed me to meet countless clients and colleagues, but it has also allowed me to familiarize myself with surrounding towns, communities, and neighborhoods. I have learned some of these places’ best kept secrets and try to take advantage of the nuances the Jersey Shore has to offer.

So stick with me. I may not be a Jersey Shore native, but I know where to find you a home to buy or rent. I know where to eat and drink. I know where to have fun. And I know where to relax. You’re guaranteed to enjoy experiencing the Jersey Shore The Skea WAY!