There’s so much to learn about Asbury Park. We started getting calls about Light of Day back in the fall and I had no idea what it was. Now, I’m not originally a Jersey Girl and never vacationed at the Shore, but apparently should have known about this multi-city event that takes place each January. If for nothing else, I should have known that it is when everyone expects Bruce Springsteen to make an appearance (he has most years since the event’s inception). As such, tickets to the main event at the Paramount Theater on Saturday are sold out.
But the good news is that there is so much more to it. There are Light of Day events at The Wonderbar, Stone Pony, Asbury Lanes, The Saint, Langosta Lounge and more. Here’s a list:
Light of Day got its start in the late 90s as a birthday party for Bob Benjamin, renowned music industry manager. Benjamin had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the party turned into a fundraising event to benefit disease research. This led to the establishment of the Light of Day Foundation and associated fundraising efforts and annual events. Today, Light of Day has a presence in Canada, Europe and Australia, in addition to the U.S. So, yeah, this coming weekend is kind of a big deal!
Light of Day 2015 kicked off this past weekend and runs through January 19. We currently have availability at the inn – call 732-740-4650 to inquire. Mention this post and we’ll take 10% your stay.
Can’t make it this weekend and need an excuse to plan a trip to Asbury Park? Check out Beerfest on February 21 & 22! http://asburyparkbeerfest.com/
We are very excited to announce our new name – Asbury Park Inn – and to unveil this, our new website! After almost a year as innkeepers, it feels like a good time to make some changes and make the inn feel more like our own!
Several people have asked what our favorite thing is about being innkeepers. And we tell them – with all honesty – that our favorite part (so far) is our guests. With every check out, we’re sorry to see guests go. But we’re happy that we met some very cool people and that we were able to enthusiastically welcome them to our new hometown.
This usually turns into a conversation about the awesomeness of Asbury Park. There is something unique about visiting a city on the upswing… it makes you feel like you’re contributing to its success… like you’re keeping the buzz going. As new residents of said city on the upswing, we have the pleasure of experiencing it mid-development. There is so much going on in Asbury Park – several restaurants in the pipeline (http://www.crossandorangeap.com/), a beer garden on the verge of opening (http://www.asburybiergarten.com/), new shops popping up on Cookman (http://www.interwovenap.com/) and town homes and condos being built.
We haven’t even touched on all of the other things Asbury Park has to offer – the beach, the music, the art, the theater… We’ll get to that.
Kate & Joe