My Nana brought me with her to Ocean Grove for a vacation when I was a young teenager. That week in the the Grove made a big impression on me. Much later, when I was an adult, I learned that whenever my grandmother could put together the funds, she would spend a week in Ocean Grove and bring one of her grandchildren. She loved Ocean Grove right down to the tips of her very Catholic toes. (The hotel in which we stayed, the Grand Atlantic, is now a retirement home for Catholic nuns. Nana would like that.)
In 2004, now with my own young children in tow, we bought our home on Broadway. From the very beginning, even in the midst of multi-year restoration projects, our family and friends gathered here, relaxed and deeply enjoyed each others' company. This house, with it's bright welcoming spaces, provided places for groups to talk, play games, tell stories. And other spaces, to read quietly or take a nap. Low on technology, but high on relaxing atmosphere, we developed a treasure trove of great memories with friends and family.
Now that my kids are older and doing other things in the summer, we want to share our experience with others. Come to the Hydrangea House. Relax. Reconnect. Renew.
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