Dive into the Vibrant History of Asbury Park
The majestic town of Asbury Park has always been an appealing destination. From the later part of the Victorian era to the 1960’s more than 600,000 people chose this illustrious town as their preferred vacation spot. With the endless appeal of the warm sea breeze and white sands to plant your umbrella, the beach and the boardwalk are a timeless attraction.
Gem of Asbury Park, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, formerly The Berkeley Carteret, is deeply embedded in the rich history of this charming beach town. Designed by the famed NY Architect Warren Whitney in the late 1920’s, The Berkeley offers modern luxuries that honor its rich past while embracing the ever changing world around it.
With the elegance and comfort of the Berkeley, it is no surprise that the legendary Johnny Cash is a part of its story. In 1983 Johnny Cash and his good friends, the Vacarro Brothers, purchased and refurbished the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Asbury Park had such an influence on Cash that once, mid performance, he changed a lyric in one of his most popular songs, “A Man Named Sue”. The song depicts a man with the, less than fortunate name of “Sue”. He vows to name his future children a more common name. Cash adapts the final verse, “And if I ever had a son, I think I’m going to name him Bill or George” and changes these names to “Asbury”. The audience was ecstatic. The magnificence of the Berkeley is unmistakable and was recognized by Cash himself, who also owned a suite at the hotel with his wife June Carter. With a great nod of respect, the Berkeley officially named this rock n’ roll landmark The Johnny Cash Suite.
Beginnings of Asbury Park - Main Street, 1896
Asbury Beach Postcard, Stamped 1906
Asbury Park Boardwalk, Between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915
Birthplace of Legendary Jersey Shore Scene
Celebrated for its grandeur, The Berkeley has acted as a home away from home to world famous musicians who often launched immensely successful careers at the beloved Stone Pony. This renowned and cherished venue is considered a launch pad for many American music legends, such as Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Jon Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Located only a few blocks away, The Stone Pony is as lively as ever, showcasing many talented and popular musical groups that continue the tradition of breathing life and culture into the Jersey Shore.
As a rock n roll epicenter, Asbury Park hosts The Wave Gathering Music Festival, an annual event that is held across the entire downtown, spanning several days. With approximately 16 stages and over 150 performances, there is a genre of music for every excited audience member. Additionally, the festival showcases the town’s sensational restaurants and local artists while providing entertainment for all ages.
Stroll down the boardwalk to the Paramount Theatre to enjoy its renowned and unique atmosphere. This effervescent concert hall is regularly chosen by both national and international artists, entertainers and organizations for its stunning beauty and superior acoustics.
The Heart of Jersey Shore Scene - The Stone Pony
The Story of Asbury Park Continues
There is no shortage of exciting events to discover as you plan your weekend getaway to the Jersey Shore. The historic downtown comes alive for parades, block parties and even the first Saturday of the month, where all shops and restaurants stay open late. You don’t want to miss the Asbury Park Restaurant Tour, Oysterfest, Fourth of July Fireworks or the world record breaking NJ Zombie Walk! While in town, enjoy the diverse and thriving restaurant scene and take in a show at the highly esteemed Stone Pony. Asbury Park, as ranked by USA Today, is considered to be one of the top ten places to listen to music. For a Broadway production, visit the Premier Theatre Company which has brought classic Broadway theatre to Asbury Park for over 30 years and the ReVision Theatre, always delivering an energizing performance and fresh perspective to the Jersey Shore.
Close to the heart of both locals and visitors alike, The Wonder Bar is a well recognized and popular nightclub and grill. Like its counterpart, the Stone Pony, Wonder Bar offers a state of the art sound system and large dance floor. The new outside deck and bar, Tillie’s Landing, brings an effervescent crowd while you enjoy a cold drink and excellent food. The Wonder Bar truly has something for everyone, including animal lovers! Sparking interest throughout the country, treat you and your best friend to the famous Doggie Yappy Hour. Unwind with a cocktail while your dog unwinds in a swimming pool.
This terrifically storied beach town features one of the best beaches in the state with great surf and unlimited fun! Plan a romantic and intimate wedding ceremony on the beach with close proximity to The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel and transit making it delightfully convenient for you and your guests. Always respecting its past, Asbury Park effortlessly lends itself to nurturing beautiful memories.
The rich history of Asbury Park continues to reflect its momentous place in history and cement itself permanently in our time. Whether it be for a charming wedding on the beach with the sounds of crashing waves behind you or that special opportunity to see your favorite artist at the Stone Pony or Paramount Theatre; Asbury Park promises to inspire generations to come. Join us at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel to experience the breathtaking beauty and lively atmosphere of the Jersey Shore in style and comfort.
Wonder Bar is Truly an Amazing Spot
Asbury Beach is One of Favorite Jersey Shore Wedding Settings
The Essence of Asbury Park, its Music Scene, is as Strong as Ever