Avalon Family Beach Trip Part 2 - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Avalon Family Beach Trip Part 2

Happy Friday friends

It’s been a restful week at the casa, as it takes me time to recover from a vacation. I thought I would share with you a few more bits about our vacation ( or Holiday ( i always liked the sound of that!)

If you missed PART 1 of the Avalon Family Beach Trip, click to read about it.

Celebrations at the Beach

We had a few celebrations while we were in Avalon. My niece, Olivia, turned 2. Cake was in order and she received some lovely gifts.

Don’t you just want to dig into a cake with your hands sometime? Lol.

It was my birthday on July 8th, the BIG 5-3,  and my hubby surprised me with a reservation at this beautiful restaurant in Cape May. Cape May was where he used to share his family holidays, and beach trips. I had never been there, so on this night, we walked around a bit, looked at shops and had a fabulous meal.

The Washington Inn for My Birthday

The Washington Inn,  

A bit of its History from the website, *

The Washington Inn was first constructed in 1846. The large columns reaching all the way up to the third floor were meant to resemble those of Mount Vernon, the plantation house of George Washington. The building had gone through many owners up until 1940 when Mrs. Martha Brown Hand opened the house as an Inn. The Washington Inn’s business flourished with its emphasis being on the quality of good service and great food. IN 1979, the Inn and Restaurant was purchased by a couple and the focus became the restaurant. 

The restaurant was so elegant, and I loved the gorgeous settings on the tables outside. The service was Primo! I also love an extensive wine list, as I love to learn about new wines and varietals. The waitress came over and gave us a tablet which had many to choose from. It was quite a romantic place.

We ordered a delicious bottle of California Cab.

We both ordered the Mediterranean Branzino, which is a Mediterranean Sea Bass. I knew of Chilean Sea Bass, and love that, so I figured lets give it a try. See the menu above for what it came with. So good!

Here is the fish, they leave the tail on and cut off the head. If left on, I would have had to point it away from me. I don’t want it looking at me!

This appetizer sounded like summertime personified! Grilled peaches, tomatoes, pesto with pistachios and dollops of goat cheese. So flavorful!

Although I was stuffed to the gills ( fish pun! ) the waitress brought out a little desert for my birthday. It was a rasberry sorbet topped with fruit.

The Diving Horse Restaurant with Family

Let’s say I ate well on this trip. Vacation is the name, and Seafood is my game! My family and I went out for my birthday, and took me to The Diving Horse. A beautiful upscale restaurant at the corner of our street. My eyes spotting the scallops and that was what I ordered. Yes, they were mouth-watering and scrumptious.

The Diving Horse (thedivinghorseavalon.com) is a seasonal seafood-focused BYOB located at 21st and Dune Drive in Avalon, NJ. We serve an inspired and fresh menu, with ingredients sourced from local farms and day boat fishermen. The name “Diving Horse” pays homage to the horses who used to dive off the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, in the early to mid-20th century.”


I loved walking the two blocks to the beach and shops just to enjoy looking at the beach homes. The landscaping and styles were beautiful.

After the 4th of July, the beach started to get a bit more less crowded, and we enjoyed our days going in the water, reading, and getting some sun. If there is a body of water, you will find me in it! My inner child certainly comes out!

I hope you enjoyed PART 2 of our Avalon Family vacation.

Enjoy the weekend,

Jess xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 11:07h, 17 July Reply

    What a beautiful hotel, Jess! The food looks amazing. Happy birthdays all around!


  • rawsonjl
    Posted at 16:13h, 16 July Reply

    What a lovely birthday dinner!

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 12:00h, 16 July Reply

    What a great way to celebrate your birthday, I love those red umbrellas and the food looks amazing! Happy birthday!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:40h, 16 July Reply

    What a great re-cap – I want to go! Your birthday dinner looked fabulous and the Washington Inn is so charming. So glad you had such a great time!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:35h, 16 July Reply

      Loved the restaurant! Such a beautiful place and the food and wine was delicious! Thank you, I couldn’t wait to get away!

  • Lovely
    Posted at 02:50h, 16 July Reply

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! The food looks super yum!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:34h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you Lovely! It was a great birthday and the food! yummmm 🙂

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