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The beauty, accommodations and ease of feeling at home. Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey has it all to allow guests to enjoy the relaxation of a summer retreat infused with the friendly atmosphere of a village community.
The $400 million Victorian-inspired mixed-use village that is Pier Village features more than 100,000 square feet of boutique shops and restaurants, a rebuilt boardwalk & refurbished beach, an elegant Beach Club, an outdoor festival plaza which hosts year-round special events and the best in luxury accommodations. The family-friendly community is a year-round Jersey destination but things really heat up during the summer season. Brimming with outdoor chatter and offering the best beach lifestyle, Pier Village is the place to go for a pleasurable retreat.
Where to Lounge You’ll find Le Club Avenue at Pier Village where the sand meets luxury. An expansive private beach club combining European style and elegance with American energy and service, Le Club provides a stylish setting for those looking to unwind in the summer sun.
Evoking a feeling reminiscent of Mediterranean life, a clean, uncluttered beach oasis, offers members the ultimate in private beach amenities. A beautiful roof-top pool deck expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean while full-service cabanas with decor inspired from Morocco, the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia offers members a private escape for their beach-going days. Plush, oversized day beds and chaise lounge chairs give a relaxing spot for sun lovers to find solace while chatting with friends letting the rays soak in. Even the changing rooms are a sight to be seen, featuring cool marble vanities, smooth pebbled showers, rainfall shower heads and tropical teak wood lockers. When the sun sets, Le Club’s rooftop deck and pool is transformed into a sequence of sophisticated contemporary in door-outdoor settings where exotic cocktails, superb cuisine and open-air lounging meet to provide a grown-up playground under the stars. The emergence of Avenue Nuit nightclub offers patrons an outdoor fireplace, oversized bed seating, VIP tables and attracts world-class DJ’s. The popular Long Branch destination attracts a trendy crowd looking to unwind near the water of the Jersey Shore.
Where to Shop With upscale retail locations, Pier Village has something for everyone. Women looking for trendy wardrobe choices need only to stop by The Bee for elegant and edgy fashion items or Jenna & Molly’s for chic, sophisticated styles for any age. Aloha Grove has the best in beach-friendly fashion and accessories for men, women and kids and even offers surf lessons for the more thrill seeking beach goers. To satisfy your summer sweet tooth, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory features delectable hand-made chocolate confections that will have you forgetting about your summer diet to indulge in sweet chocolate treats.
For a spot to buy one-of-a-kind home pieces. Candy’s Cottage & Primo Glass is your stop. Featuring unique coastal home decor, eclectic furniture and hand-blown glass Items, you can shop for truly unique, shore-inspired items that everyone will envy. For a fido-friendly place to shop try Paws & Pose. Catering to four-legged fashionistas this shop has everything your pet needs for a day on the beach or a night on the town and even offers beach-inspired photo sessions for memorable souvenirs.
Where to Stay It’s at Pier Village that visitors will find the Jersey Shore’s only authentic boutique luxury lifestyle hotel, Bunglaow. Where laid-back beach style meets sophisticated modern decor and architecture, Bungalow is the area’s premier oceanfront hotel that’s just steps away from beautiful endless beaches, find dining and ultimate retail boutiques. Oversized, dog-friendly king bedrooms feature-ing state-of-the-art electronics including flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations, warm fireplaces, kitchenettes and expansive window walls. Diverse looks in the 24 spacious guest rooms feature chic furnishing and original works of art and are complimented with unique names such as the Aloha, Pipeline and Kahuna. With trendy decor, lavish rooms and proximity to the area’s hot spots, it’s no wonder why celebrities like Ashley Tisdale are flocking to the hotel for some serious rest and relaxation.
Where to Eat Offering some of the area’s best cuisine, Pier Village is known for its mouthwatering restaurant choices. Old-time favorite Stewarts Root Beer offers a fun, 1950s style dining experience for visitors looking for a blast from the past, while Sirena Ristorante amps up the local bar and restaurant scene with contemporary Italian fare, fresh seafood plates and beautiful ocean views. The Wine Loft offers wine aficionados an expansive wine and liquor menu, paired with delicious small plate selections and is the perfect choice for a quiet
night out with friends. Perhaps, Pier Village’s most celebrated fine dining experience. Avenue Restaurant is a modern blend of a classic Parisian brasserie and the luxurious beaches of St. Tropez. The unity of breathtaking decor and delicious menu options, including favorites like Steak Au Poivre and Yellow Fin Tuna Nicoise, keeps patrons of the 5000-square foot gem coming back week after week.
“While Pier Village was designed as a year-round destination, it rises to a different level during the summer season,” says David Barry, President of Ironstate Development. “There’s just so much energy here as the full offering of beach activities, outdoor concerts and events, oceanfront dining, and boutique shopping is on display. We wanted to create something special here, to bring a new urban-ism and panache to the Shore, and the summer is a great time to really experience and appreciate it.”
Whether you’re looking for an ultimate private beach getaway, romantic hotel accommodations or the Shore’s best In shopping and dining, Pier Village in Long Branch has what you need when you need it to keep your summer calendar filled day in and day out. But, don’t take our word for it, make plans to visit today and see for yourself.
Pier Village, 1 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740 www.PierVillage.com
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