Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #33: Stepping Back in Time Along the Jersey Shore

Hello and welcome to Let's Talk Vintage! This is where a whole lot of bloggers get to join in and link up together. We share our vintage stories, creative posts, items we sell, or things from the past that inspire us.

Today I'm sharing a beautiful old hotel we stayed in, a couple of weeks ago - along the New Jersey shoreline.

Check out some of what I captured for you:

As soon as you walk into the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, you are greeted by a sense of nostalgia and are immediately transferred back to the 1920's. 

(The name refers to an American Cemetery in Belgium,
where American soldiers from World War I are buried.)
 This hotel was built in
the Spanish Mission Revival style.
There used to be a large salt water 
pool in front, along the boardwalk.

Did you know that Grace Kelly had
 a summer home in Ocean City, NJ?

Here is how the Flanders looked when I took a photo
in 2009.  Didn't think about the
telephone poles when I snapped this shot!
Note the pool has been replaced by
amusement rides and shops.

The lobby is decorated using antique furniture, lighting, and museum-like displays in old, elegant gold picture frames.

And this beauty by a baby grand piano. You see, the Flanders hosts many weddings... the beach is a popular place to get married. Now I know I took some pictures a few years ago of a wedding taking place outside, but out of the thousands of photos in my computer, it's like finding a needle in a haystack!

I love the display on this wall. They took old postcards and blew them up, framed them, and then used them as a focal point for this old antique bathing suit.
Here is another oldie but goodie.
Sorry about the glare!
I zoomed in on this photo to show you
this amazing green and pink marble
clock in the lobby. I'm sure the marble 
is European... is it Italian? Who knows!
All I know is that it is gorgeous!
Here are some of the old menus, Memorial Day and July 4th, in particular... the summer holidays.
I actually used to live right next door to this hotel,
in an apartment , on the boardwalk.
Back in my twenties, when
I was a struggling local TV producer.
I remember during a "Nor Easter" the water
had risen so much I had to go through the hotel
to get back up to the boardwalk so I could
get into my apartment. This hotel has
weathered many storms, especially
Hurricane Sandy, not too long ago.
I'm going to leave you with this gal,
the mermaid of the old Flander's.
Actually, I'm guessing this is a newer
lamp, but I could be wrong.
And by the way, here is a shot the
living area of our suite. It was lovely!
Hope you enjoyed my mini tour!
Here are this week's LTV features:
took us on a tour of Magnolia Ridge Farm's antique
and art gathering. (Try and say that five times fast!)
Her post makes we want to go to this fest
next year!
and Wisconsin Magpie shared her rummage sale finds.
This old A&P peanut butter container has my mouth
watering for some old fashioned goodness.
shared how to make a button pillow.
Thanks so much everyone, your posts
continue to inspire me... each and every one!
Be sure to grab the button below
and add it to this week's post, telling
everyone you were featured. If you've
been featured in the past, go ahead,
grab it too:

Now, it's your turn for this week.
Show us whatcha got!
Let's Talk Vintage!

Linking with My Salvaged Treasures for Vintage Inspiration Party


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Be still my Victorian heart!! What a stunning old hotel!!
LOVE IT!! I miss going to the shore since I can not travel anymore.....

Thanks for hosting!!


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I loved seeing the 1929 hotel through your lenses. Thank you for Lets Talk Vintage 33.

Rita C at Panoply said...

Oh Jill, being the Flapper girl that I am, I am totally crushing on those 1920s bathing suits! Great time capsule of that hotel in its heyday. THanks for sharing, and thanks for hosting the party. Have a great week.

My thrift store addiction said...

Jillian, your hotel photos are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting!

Diana said...

Hi Jillian! Loved the tour of your hotel--fascinating and beautiful. I bet you had a wonderful time. Great features this week, and thanks for hosting!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Jill, I really enjoyed the tour of the hotel! Glad to be joining the party.

Deanies Stash said...

The tour was fabulous! I would love to see that hotel. The old bathing suit is precious! Thank you for the party and have a great week!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

What a great tour! Thanks so much for hosting.

Marsha said...

Hello, Jill. Thank you so much for featuring me at LTV! :)
The post on the New Jersey hotel was very interesting. I've never visited a beach area in the east (I live in the south). That swim suit was great!
Happy Wednesday from your latest follower.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful place and so full of history. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure at Vintage Inspiration Party.