Image Magazine: Summer Daze – Five Best Places to Spend Your Lazy Summer Days

BY LORI CHIAZZO
Image Magazine

FIVE BEST PLACES TO SPEND YOUR LAZY SUMMER DAYS

The days are heating up, the nights are staying warm, the summer season has finally arrived! It’s time to break out the sandals and barely-there wardrobes and start planning your perfect summer getaway. If you’re thinking about hopping on a plane to Punta Cana, think again. Stay true to your East Coast heritage and visit the area’s best summer season locations for fun, glamour and luxury.

ATLANTIC CITY
The area’s premier destination for gaming, world-class entertainment, spas and nightlife, Atlantic City is the place to be this summer season. Hit the beaches by day, shop the world-famous boardwalk at dusk and hit the hottest clubs like MURMUR at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and 40/40 Club by night. Pamper your body and relax your mind at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars, Atlantic City and walk the wood that inspired HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and land at Garden Pier, the arts and cultural center of the city. Year-round there is always something happening down in Atlantic City. This summer season you will visit the casinos, but stay for so much more.

THE HAMPTONS
If you want to escape New Jersey for a long weekend, there’s no better place to do it than the Hamptons. The glitz, the glamour, the occasional celebrity sighting;The Hamptons is the place for people to see and be seen. Guests can catch some rays on the pristine beaches at this legendary East Coast enclave, marvel at the rolling hills and explore fresh local tastes from neighborhood cafes to haute cuisine. Offering a modern-day take on small country town living, it’s the East Coasts best place to flock to spend lazy summer days and ultra-chic summer nights.

PRUDENTIAL CENTER
You don’t have to visit the shore this summer to have a good time. North Jersey’s Prudential Center has got a hot summer concert series lined up for anyone looking to let loose on the weekend without driving down the Parkway. Katy Perry, Sade, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Josh Groban and the American Idols Live are just a few of the great shows that The Rock has lined up. If you’re not getting your groove on, enjoy the summer’s hottest sports entertainment with the NBA 2011 Draft and the WNBA’s New York Liberty games. With state-of-the art facilities and delicious dining options, you’ll want to make this arena your second summer home.

PIER VILLAGE
An escape from the traditional Jersey Shore, Pier Village in Long Branch, NJ offers visitors a distinctive mix of sophistication and fun. An updated shore spot, this upscale community is a year-round hotspot that boasts upscale dining, chic retail boutiques, fine hospitality and a state-of-the-art housing development. Check out page 68 for more information on the spot everyone will want to visit this summer!

CAPE MAY
Probably one of the most relaxing shore escapes, Cape May is perfect for a romantic weekend or family getaway! Guys can play a round at Cape May International Golf Course while the ladies relax with pampering treatments at area spas like Cape May Day Spa and Holistic Center. Hit the smooth seas on one of the many whale watching tours to see some of the waters finest creatures up close and personal or stay on land and join a wine tasting tour at Cape May Winery to unwind from a stressful work week. Famous for quaint bed and breakfasts, guests will enjoy an escape from their modern lives with a visit to Victorian or Edwardian style boarding with a touch of British hospitality.

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