The Summer of Kristin has begun

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As you probably have realized, I live in Philadelphia. Well, to be clear, I live in a suburb of Philadelphia, which is about 10 minutes from the City of Brotherly Love. However, to those who are outside the tri-state area, when asked where I’m from, the answer is simple: Philly.

A big part of the Philly experience is a vacation at the Jersey shore. No, no, no…not that Jersey Shore. That’s almost New York, for crying out loud. I’m talking Southern New Jersey and, more specifically, Wildwood. Ah, Wildwood.

What’s so great about Wildwood? Hmmm…everything? The mile-wide, free beaches? The two-mile boardwalk? The ridiculously tall ferris wheel, which is part of its wide range of amusement rides (which are pretty impressive, since Wildwood was ranked by Trip Advisor as the third best amusement park in the country…above #4 Disney!) The nostalgia of doo-wop? The prices? Oh, yeah, it’s got a whole lot going for it.

And, you might not know this, but it consistently earns a spot on all kinds of lists about vacation destinations/beaches/amusement parks, etc. Even Time Magazine included Wildwood on its 2009 list of 50 Most Authentic American Experiences.

Wildwood has always been the destination for me during the summer. I absolutely love everything about Wildwood.

Wildwood is actually, in my opinion, a quirky little shore town…it’s segregated into three sections; North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest (there’s also this little island of West Wildwood, which I’ll discuss at a later date). Now, while you refer to any portion of Wildwood simply as “Wildwood,” everyone has their preference as to where they spend their vacation.

My preference is “the Crest,” because it’s quiet, it’s peaceful, it’s laid-back, and there’s no BS. There aren’t loud parties or gaggles of teenagers walking down the street or what-have-you. It’s a town where people sit on their porch. They take walks. They ride bikes. It’s also considered “dry,” as there aren’t liquor stores and bars/clubs all over the place.

The reason I’m telling you all this is because…*drum roll*…for the first time ever, I will be summering (I’ve always wanted to “summer” somewhere) in Wildwood for longer than one or two weeks. After running around like a nut last night and this morning, I packed (hopefully) everything I need for my vacation in my cozy home away from home for…five weeks! Giddy up!!

Wildwood Boardwalk Wildwood Beach

This is the sign you see as you drive into Wildwood, on Rio Grande Avenue (you can see the bay behind the sign). For Wildwood folk, it’s a glorious moment. This is the point when you really feel as though you’re on vacation.

Interestingly, I’m going to be alone for the majority of my time in Wildwood. I’m OK with that. I’m a block and a half from the beach, and I’m going to really enjoy myself. Now, for me, that means reading, writing, and watching the Phillies. I’m really looking forward to it, and will be keeping a “journal,” if you will, of the “Summer of Kristin,” that will be full of fun stuff about Wildwood, with pictures, places, and all kinds of fabulousness. It’s gonna be GREAT!!


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  1. Vanessa says

    My husband is from Vineland and hung out in Wildwood alot. He spent most of his high school years there or in Philly. Hopefully, we get up there one day so I can finally see what talks about so fondly! :)

    • admin says

      I know it!!! This is what I don’t get…how the Kristin with an “e” is considered the default spelling (um, the first syllable sounds exactly like the second, so why would you assume it’s two different vowels? Sheesh). Also…what about the people who assume your name has an “e” on the end (?!?!?) OR those who think it’s spelled “Christen.” I’ve NEVER seen that in my entire life…and I’m 40. (I’m saying that a lot lately, since I’m less than a month away from being 41…LOL.) So, I feel ya!

  2. says

    I hope I am stumbling right :) haha this is my first blog hop /stumble lol I liked it on my stumble bar lol…
    However I read this and i am soooo jealous! 5 weeks! thats amazing! I look forward to reading and seeing all you will post! have a blast!

  3. says

    What FUN! This looks like a great place to visit. I’ve never been to the East coast. this looks lovely!

    I stumbled from Stumble Through Thursday! Great to find you!! 😀

    ~ Raylene @ It’s OK to be WEIRD!

  4. says

    It’s weird but whenever I think of going to the beach I think of only three places: Indiana Dunes, Panama City Beach, and the state of California.

    This sounds like a really interesting place to visit…I have been a “got to go to Disney” every vacation kind of person but I think I’m ready for some different choices. Thanks for the sharing one of your favorite places.

    Also, thanks for hosting the Stumble! hop. It’s a rather unique one and I like Stumble anyway. :)

    Enjoy your awesome vacation.

  5. admin says

    Wow…I didn’t know you were a fellow Philadelphian!! Isn’t that funny, how we say “We’re going down the shore”? And, guess what? There’s a Tony Luke’s cheesesteak stand in Wildwood Crest now!!

    I’ll definitely participate…thanks for letting me know!!

  6. Jude Skocki-Kelly says

    I hope you had an awesome summer. I too lived in a suburb of Philly most of my life and vacationed in Wildwood every summer. When I was 21 I moved here year round. I love this island. As wonderful and exciting as it is in the summer, the winters hold a small town, tight knit community that is beyond awesome.

    Oh and the picture that you have of the Great White up top here is not in the Crest. The boardwalk stops where the Crest begins :)

    Hope you come back to visit us soon <3

  7. Maria Iemma says

    I love the Wildwood area and just booked our stay for this our 30th summer vacationing there. I cannot wait for the sun, sand and shopping in Cape May!!

    • says

      I am SO jealous…I am dying to go to Wildwood this summer, but I’m dealing with some health issues, and I’m not really sure this year would be a good idea. I keep debating this decision, but would be so furious if I booked a week (or longer, should I be that lucky!) and spent half the time lying in bed or on the couch because I was under the weather. Next year, I hope!! *fingers crossed*

      But, have a WONDERFUL time! (I know you will!!) Have some boardwalk fries and a Kohr Brothers cone for me! :) (And enjoy that Cape May shopping!)

      Now, if only Wildwood would offer to make me an “ambassador” for the island so I could write about all that it has to offer throughout the summer…oh man. Now THAT would be the greatest thing EVER.
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  8. Sandy Cain says

    What a wonderful place to summer. I will be spending the summer here in lovely Queens, NY, within spitting distance of the Long Island Expressway.

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