Ocean Grove, NJ: Find Summer-Winter Rentals in an Historic Summer Resort
Greetings from Ocean Grove, NJ!
Ocean Grove, the latest discovery on the Jersey Shore, is one of the oldest summer resorts in New Jersey. Founded in 1869, Ocean Grove's Victorian cottages, hotels, and houses have been lovingly restored, preserving or reproducing original Victorian-age details.
Ocean Grove homeowners are making it possible to rent historic houses and stylish apartments or condos in converted, restored hotels. Ocean Grove rentals can be for a week, monthly or full summer season and/or full winter season, too.
Downtown Ocean Grove has a market, coffee shops, sidewalk cafes, ice cream parlors, fine restaurants - all in historic buildings - lots of Victorian period details. Restaurants let you can bring your own wine or beer: Ocean Grove is a dry town. (There are no bars in Ocean Grove.)
Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium of 1894 is a massive wooden structure - beautifully restored - with vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows. The summer program has Sunday services, week-day organ concerts.Every Saturday night in summertime, Ocean Grove's Auditorium has sold-out shows of national touring groups and performers: folk singers, comedians, orchestras, and nostalgic rock and roll groups.
Next-door, Asbury Park offers an contrasting night life: gay-lesbian clubs, urban-style restaurants in repurposed commercial buildings, and a commercial boardwalk with a string of indoor-outdoor restaurants where patrons can people-watch the boardwalk and meditate on the ocean - while enjoying some excellent food.
Ocean Grove boardwalk has no commercial development. Instead, boardwalk strollers go back in time with the panoramic view of Ocean Grove's Victorian townscape - decorative wooden buildings, porches up and down, peaked roofs with turrets, gingerbread houses, and a leisurely pace suited to the Victorian age.