A Guide to Going “Down the Shore” in New Jersey, Complete with Clickable Parkway Exits

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and at Crane’s Mill we’re ready to celebrate the season with a trip to the beach! Follow this guide to the Jersey Shore, complete with Garden State Parkway exits (click the exit number for a map of each location).

Each year, New Jersey residents count down to the last Monday in May as the unofficial start to summer. Backyard pools are uncovered, BBQ grills are lit, and for many, cars are packed for days, weekends, and weeks “down the shore.”

As it turns out, going “down the shore” is a very “New Jersey” thing to do! No, we’re not (even close to being) the only ones with glorious beaches, but the idiom “down the shore,” much like Bruce Springsteen and jug handles, are very much New Jersey originals.

Memories of the Jersey Shore revolve around lots of different aspects for lots of different New Jerseyans, including, of course, our residents. Here are some of our favorite shore points, complete with clickable Garden State Parkway exits:

The Jersey Shore - Looks inviting, doesn't it?

The Jersey Shore – Looks inviting, doesn’t it?

On the northern end of the shore, Long Branch has been a consistent favorite for beach-goers from North Jersey looking for a quick escape for a day of sun and fun. Seven Presidents Park provides guests with a pristine beach location perfect for an afternoon of lounging with easy access to concessions and changing rooms. Once you’ve had your fill of the sun, head south to Pier Village for a variety of superb shops and restaurants (Exit 105).

Looking for something a little more secluded? Become one with nature at Island Beach State Park. Just south of Seaside Heights, Island Beach State Park “contains close to ten miles of sandy beach, an extensive shoreline along Barnegat Bay, dense maritime forests, rolling sand dunes, and tidal marshes. Island Beach is also home to foxesospreys, other wildlife, and more than 400 species of plants.” Thanks to the Island Beach State Park website for the info (Exit 82).

You'll find "Old Barney" by taking Exit 63 off the Garden State Parkway.

You’ll find “Old Barney” by taking Exit 63 off the Garden State Parkway.

Pictured right is the Barnegat Lighthouse. Also known as “Old Barney”, the lighthouse has been standing for over 150 years, and is situated near the top of Long Beach Island. Long Beach Island is an ideal spot for a summer rental. Whether you’re staying for a week or a month, you’ll find the island offers the perfect combination of relaxation and excitement for a fulfilling getaway (Exit 63).

Lastly, we head all the way down the Parkway to Cape May, renowned for its bed and breakfasts, fine hotels, and Victorian architecture. In downtown, look for many unique shops and eateries, including a personal favorite: Della’s 5 & 10. Della’s features all sorts of nostalgic fun, including an old fashioned soda fountain that will take you right back to your childhood (Exit 0).

What is your favorite shore point? We’d like to know! Click here to send us an email, and we might use your suggestions for a future Crane’s Mill Courier article!

Now Available: The Orton – Two Bedroom, Two Bath with Den Senior Living Apartment

Are you seeking a roomy senior living apartment? Visit Crane’s Mill to discover The Orton, a large two bedroom with den apartment that is as stylish as it is spacious.

Currently available to customize: The Orton – a two bedroom, two bathroom with den senior living apartment measuring 1,331 square feet.

The Orton is located in our Creekside building, and boasts nine-foot ceilings, a giant living/dining room, modern kitchen, two large bedrooms, a screened-in porch, and more.

Schedule a tour today—call 973-276-6700 or click here to visit our contact page.

Celebrating Memorial Day at Crane’s Mill

Today, we take time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.

We are blessed to have many service veterans here at Crane’s Mill, and we would like to take a moment to thank them for their service.

This morning, there will be a very special Memorial Day program in Hinman Hall, followed by a BBQ lunch, and at 2:00 p.m. the Patriot Brass Ensemble will perform live for our residents!

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day


Elder Law Questions Answered at Recent Crane’s Mill Program

Crane’s Mill recently welcomed Thomas Murphy, Esq., for a special presentation on Elder Law, including answers to top questions he receives in the field.

The following is a recap of this particular presentation and is for informational purposes only. This post does not constitute legal advice. For your personal situation and planning, it is best to contact an attorney.

The main topics from Tom’s presentation included the following:

Crane's Mill couple meets with elder care attorney.

We learned the importance of key planning documents.

Key Planning Documents
Ownership of Assets
Estate Planning

Key Planning Documents

We are all faced with a number of financial and medical decisions throughout our lives. As Tom notes, “we will all have a period of time in which we are disabled and cannot make our own decisions…the only question is will this last one minute or one year?”

In order to make sure our wishes are carried out, it’s important to have documents clearly stating our intentions. It’s equally important that our designees know where to find said documents, as they are not useful if no one knows where to find them.

In general, Tom suggests three key documents for planning: a financial power of attorney, a healthcare power of attorney, and a living will. Contact an attorney to find out which documents are needed for your personal situation.

Ownership of Assets

Tom presented a lively discussion on asset ownership that involved many questions from the audience. What kind of assets are considered “highly appreciated” assets? What do they mean for your future and your estate? How are your bank accounts set up—individual, joint, P.O.D., P.O.A.? The description is important depending on what you specifically want to achieve.

Estate Planning

The third portion of the presentation focused on estate planning. There was a discussion on inheritance tax, and state and federal estate taxes. We learned that the inheritance tax is not applicable to spouses, children, and grandchildren. We also learned that taxes can be paid by the estate or by the person receiving the inheritance, so it’s important to spell out your personal wishes in writing as to how you would like your estate handled.

All in all, it was quite an eye-opening presentation. It got us thinking about our own documents and affairs, and how having everything in order, and continuing to ensure things are in order, can take a real burden off ourselves and our loved ones.

Why Settle for Less than the Best in your Retirement?

Retirement is the time to treat yourself, and Crane’s Mill offers its residents the very best in accommodations, amenities, healthcare, and more. PLUS, for a limited time, your move to Northern New Jersey’s Premier Retirement Community is FREE. Read on for details.

We’re not a high-rise. We’re  Not Boring. We’re uniquely Crane’s Mill.

Why settle for less than the best in your retirement?

Why settle for less than the best in your retirement?

Crane’s Mill is artfully designed and built specifically for seniors. Residents have a choice of living in one of our three interconnected buildings or a free-standing luxury cottage home. There is truly plenty of room to move around, walk your dog, bird watch, read a book, or meet a few friends for a game of bridge.

In addition, we include an array of services and amenities. Residents enjoy restaurant-style dining, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, various activities, entertainment, and so much more. Plus the comfort that comes from knowing that world-class healthcare is available should the need arise.

Act now and receive expert help with your move…free of charge!

For a limited time, Crane’s Mill is offering all new residents a $2,500 MOVE-IN CREDIT which can be used for just about anything related to moving, for example:

Professional Organizers
New Furniture
New Television
Personal Upgrades to Apartment or Cottage
And Many Other Options!

All of our new residents will be greeted on their first day by our transition counselor who will provide personal concierge services during their move. In addition, a made-to-order lunch will be delivered right to your door for you and your family.

Call 973-276-3001 or click here to send us an email for more information.