Asbury Park Inn is proud to introduce the newest member of our family. Although it’s not another adorable baby (seven-month-old Lucy keeps mom and dad pretty busy these days!), one of the reasons we’ve decided to grow is to allow mom and dad more time to spend with our giggly, raspberry-blowing bundle of joy.
Meet Ann, our new manager. A go-getter at heart, she’s well-qualified to handle any request and ready to help make your stay as comfortable as possible with the same high standards we’ve always held dear. She’ll greet you at the door, guide you to our various amenities, serve you breakfast, create a festive cocktail hour in the afternoon, and attend to anything else that will make you feel at home.
We first met Ann two summers ago when she was managing a standup paddle board outfit a few blocks away. A newcomer to the Jersey Shore, Ann has since made Asbury Park and the surrounding area her home. “It’s incredibly vibrant,” she says, comparing it to her former home in the Finger Lakes near Ithaca, New York. “There’s something here for everyone, the beach of course, but also eclectic shopping, the funky music scene. And it’s truly a foodie’s paradise, second to none outside New York City.” Ann’s enthusiasm for “all things Jersey Shore” is one of the reasons we enjoy having her around; she’s tried the best the area has to offer and can make excellent recommendations. Most of all, though, her expertise in hospitality and public relations plus her her culinary and travel experiences make her uniquely qualified to help run the Inn.
“It’s my dream job, really,” admits Ann. “So many of my life experiences can be incorporated here – my service work as a teacher, running my own home as a mom, my love of cooking and gardening, my years as a blogger… plus, I love meeting new people and being of service,” she says. “Running the Inn is like managing my own home the way I’d do it if I were always entertaining. The best part is working to make each guest’s experience unique and memorable in some way,” she says, smiling. “The Inn is a beautiful place to work, and Kate and Joe have made me feel right at home.”
One of the aspects Ann enjoys most is the unexpected nature of each day. “I might begin my day serving breakfast, then set up carts for our guests to take to the beach, work in the gardens, or take pictures of Kate’s amazing culinary creations to showcase on our social media. Last week I arranged flowers for a wedding rehearsal dinner and served mimosas to the bridal party. Every day is different and each weekend has its own flavor depending on our guests; we might be simultaneously hosting a family reunion weekend at the beach and another couple’s romantic getaway. I truly enjoy being able to help our guests find the magic here in Asbury Park.”
We invite you to come meet Ann and let her pour you a cup of morning joe out on the front porch. Kate, Joe, baby Lucy, and Winnie the dog are all still here to greet you. Now, there’s even more to enjoy at the Asbury Park Inn!