Last week my girls and I had a very unique experience to get to enjoy a few last days of beach time before the craziness of back to school and fall begins. We were invited to join other area bloggers at the Blogger Beach Bash sponsored by Real Mom Media’s Joey Fortman and Steph Glover and The Golden Inn of Avalon. This was the second year of the Blogger Beach Bash event and we’d missed last year’s event so I was determined to not miss this one. I’d never been to Avalon (well, ok I might have spent one weekend there with a girlfriend when I was in grade school) as my family almost always stays in Ocean City. I have to tell you that Avalon was beautiful and The Golden Inn was so ideally located right on the beach and with a lovely pool and outdoor dining areas right by the beach (and complete with sand under your toes!) that I would definitely check it out again.
The highlight and featured activity of the Blogger Beach Bash was the opportunity to get to learn first hand how to build sandcastles from Sandman Matt of the hit show SandMasters on the Travel Channel. We had a first hand lesson on the right way to build awesome pro sandcastles. It was very very cool! Unfortunately, my little one had a bit of a meltdown at the exact moment that Sandman Matt was really going through the specifics of sandcastle building. But, we got back to the group and got to practice with some friends of ours who caught us up on tips and techniques.
Luckily we got the sand castle building lesson in just before the rain came. The skies just opened up later in the afternoon. But that gave the girls and I a chance to run out for a little shopping and exploring. We drove down to Stone Harbor which I had never been to before and it was very nice. We enjoyed a rainy walk along the main strip. And who knew they had the mothership of all Bad Kitty stores there (my girls LOVE Bad Kitty and this store was the biggest one we had ever seen!). We got some Kohr Bros ice cream which is a shore visit tradition in our house so that made our trip complete. It was wet and rainy but a really cute place to do some shopping and was closer to The Golden Inn and Avalon than I realized – so convenient.
It was such a pleasure to be able to soak up a few last days of summer with my girls, hang out with some great friends and get to steal a few minutes here and there with incredible local bloggers to talk a little blogger business, too. My only regret about the trip is that my hubby couldn’t join us because of work so next year we’ll definitely make sure he can be there, too.
I would definitely go back to The Golden Inn – the location and outdoor amenities just can’t be beat! Many many thanks to the Real Mom Media Dynamic Duo of Joey Fortman and Steph Glover, The Golden Inn of Avalon, Sandman Matt and his lovely wife, and all the wonderful sponsors of the event including Pretzel Crisps, Coppertone, Roobiee Tea, Happy Family Superfoods, Joovy, JJ Cole, Skwooshi, Jules Smith and Mash’Ems.
Disclosure: I received a discounted nightly rate from The Golden Inn for the Blogger Beach Bash. My kids and I were provided with complimentary breakfast and lunch one day and several really awesome goodies including a sand castle building tool set from Sandman Matt and other neat stuff from the other event sponsors. As always, all opinions expressed about quality time at the beach with my kids and good friends being a total blast are my own.