June 2021: Jersey Shore Guide

Late last winter, as the Covid-19 pandemic began to rear its ugly head, New Jersey Monthly was faced with a tough decision about the annual Shore Guide. At the time, everything was up in the air. Would the beaches open? Restaurants? Boardwalk attractions? What would the limitations be? Faced with such uncertainty, we opted to delay publication of the Shore Guide until July. Now, with the rollout of vaccines and rollback of Covid-19 restrictions, the Shore is returning to normal, and the Shore Guide has returned to its rightful place in June. It’s a sure sign of brighter days ahead!

This year, we’ve got stories that should resonate with Shore veterans and newbies alike. We guide you to some of the Shore’s less crowded beaches, give a taste of the coastline’s coolest spots for ice cream, and suggest some tours that will add to your appreciation of the Shore’s natural and historic attractions. We also check in with the Shore’s theaters and restaurants to get their forecasts for the coming season.

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Garden Variety

What’s On Our 2021 Summer Reading List

9 books by Jersey authors to savor down the Shore or by the pool.

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Musician Richard Thompson Recounts Early Years in New Memoir

The London-born singer-songwriter, now living in Montclair, flashes back to his favorite decade of musical and personal adventures.

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A Veterans Group’s Salute to Military Dogs

The Burlington-based United States War Dog Association provides recognition and care packages for furry foxhole buddies.

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Artist Kevin Von Holtermann on Overcoming Adversity

Before weathering a pandemic, the Readington painter-slash-musician conquered cancer.

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The Girl Scouts Devoted to Helping Jersey Breathe Easier

Girl Scout Tree Promise, conceived in the Garden State, aims to plant and protect 5 million trees nationwide over the next five years.

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This Point Pleasant Shop is Stocked for All Your Stylish Soirées

Anthony Grieco’s charming Opal & Olive is a haven for eager hosts.

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A Former Kindergarten Teacher’s Artsy Enterprise

Entrepreneur Katie Angell, founder of Katie Ink, creates items that celebrate the joys of childhood.

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Floral Designs are Blossoming in Home Decor

Exhibit A: The custom mosaic options available from Artistic Tile.

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Short Hills Couple Reimagines Beach Chair

Their Sunflow chair pairs style with innovative design.

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Nonprofit Helps Furnish Homes for the Formerly Homeless

The Warehouse NJ provides donated furnishings and household goods when homeless families and individuals find a new place to call their own.

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Love the Jersey Shore? Help Protect It This Summer

Sea level is rising along the New Jersey coast at an accelerated rate, says local ocean scientist Carrie Ferraro.

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Features

Meet the Interior Designer Who Spends Summers in LBI’s Smallest Abode

The high-spirited Thom Sweeney takes on large design projects, but he’s content in a tiny bayside shack several months of the year.

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Shore Guide

7 of Our Favorite Hidden Beaches

How to find the Jersey Shore’s most secluded strips of sand.

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24 Iconic Ice Cream Spots at the Shore

Staples along the Jersey coastline sure to satisfy every summer craving.

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5 Jersey Shore Tours to Take This Summer

Amplify your appreciation of the Garden State’s coastal wonders.

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What’s New Down the Shore in 2021

Freshly hatched restaurants, events and attractions to discover this summer.

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Shore Theaters Anticipate Another Summer of Invention

After a year of survival tactics, the show must go on.

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Home & Garden

A Showstopping Waterfront Home in Brielle

The sprawling, newly built space seamlessly blends coastal character with Southern charm.

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Eat & Drink

A Sunnier Forecast for Dining Down the Shore

Restaurants along the coast are looking to rebound from last year’s low points.

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Behind the Beers Brewed with Oysters

Need a new wave of refreshment? There’s a hint of the sea in each sip.

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Meet Caterer Extraordinaire Chef Covas

Lauren Van Liew, aka Chef Covas, promises “no sugarcoating” in her approach to catering for big parties or small.

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Exit Ramp

When Stars Poured Into the Molly Pitcher Inn

Count Basie tickled the ivories; Jack Benny went for the funny bone. 

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