Aging Expectations

Beach Blast: Fun for All

wildwoodThis summer my son had a beach soccer tournament in Wildwood, NJ. We decided to do a beach weekend while he was playing in the tournament.

Fun for all!

Unfortunately, we could not find a place for Friday night. Saturday night only.

Less fun for all!

We could barely get that since lots of beach hotels want more than a one night stay. Luckily, we found…

The Dolphin Inn.

Hotels close to the beach in New Jersey can be iffy. It’s tough to find a nice place that doesn’t make sleeping in the car seem like a viable option.

I like to believe I’m a really flexible person but the older I get, the more I realize…I’m not. I like things certain ways.

  • Moldy smells gross me out.
  • Sand in the carpet gives me shivers.
  • Old bedspreads make me cringe.

Needless to say, I was extremely nervous as we checked in to The Dolphin Inn.

Fortunately, it was clean. It didn’t smell moldy. There was no sand in the carpet. And, although I wouldn’t hang out on the bedspread (have you seen that investigative report about bedspreads in hotels??), I didn’t cringe.

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They let us check-in a bit early and Leah wanted to swim immediately in the pool, even though it was cloudy.

My son had come down early in the morning with his team (seems everyone had a problem trying to book a room for Friday night). We found out where his next game was and made our way to the beach and his field.

They won!

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Fun for all!

We went back to the hotel so he could shower and made our way to the boardwalk for dinner. We spent a long time trying to pick a place and finally ended up with The White Dolphin.

We thought the dolphin theme might be working for us.

NOT!

This place is terrible. Please if you are on the boardwalk in Wildwood and are dying of hunger or thirst and you see The White Dolphin, please, please…

keep walking!

This place was terrible and the service was UNBELIEVABLY bad!

After our terrible dinner we went to Morey’s Pier for some rides with Leah while my son went with his friends.

The next morning we were ready for a full day of beach soccer.

Unfortunately, it had rained A LOT that night and the whole tournament was cancelled. It was so disappointing.

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Making the best of it, we went to Uncle Bill’s Pancake House¬†for breakfast. Delicious. I’d heard about this place and thought it might be more of a tourist trap, but no way. The food was good and the service better. Complete turn-around from dinner.

We went back to the boardwalk and played mini-golf. 3D, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf. And, do you know that is?

Fun for all!

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Since we didn’t want to just go home, we decided to do a few more rides. It was a great day. After a quick lunch, we packed it in so we could avoid that traffic.

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Yep, we’re those people…trying to avoid the traffic. But, it was worth it!

Even though it all didn’t work out as we thought, Beach Blast turned out to be:

Fun for all!

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