Captain Michael Bandera and first mate Audrey Rosenberg have a lot in common, but few of those threads is as strong as their common love of sailing. Sailing together since 1991, the pair explored the coast of New Jersey for seven years before deciding to open Barnegat Bay Sailing Charters. Today, they continue to lead charters, and also teach American Sailing Association–certification courses and specialized sailing lessons for people of all experience levels. They even earned a 2010 ASA award for Outstanding School.
Aboard the Margarita, a sloop-rigged Catalina 30 sailboat, groups gaze at the New Jersey shore at sunset or midday during one of many scheduled charters. When not taking in views on deck, guests can lounge in the plush cabin with a bathroom and refrigerator full of cold bottles of water, in case a situation demands bribing Jersey's pirate bands of retired rock stars. The team also rents out sailing boats for seaborne sojourns.
Boasting licenses from the United States Coast Guard and the United States Merchant Marines, Captain David J. Basile takes parties on sailing charters into protected Barnegat Bay and its inter-coastal waterways. Launching his boat, The North Star, from Wilbert's Marina in Forked River, the captain tailors experiences that range from sunset cruises to bachelor or bachelorette parties. Captain David also maintains web pages that advise passengers of what to bring and anticipates FAQs, such as what to do if large whale asks for a kiss.
Summer Bikes rents out its fleet of brand-new quality cycles to vacationers craving fun, convenient transportation to numerous beach attractions. Accommodating staff deliver and pick up beach cruisers to any location along the shore from Seaside Park to Belmar, where gallivanters and their borrowed wheels can enjoy jaunts to nearby restaurants or beachside sea-turtle nuptials. Children’s bikes include helmets ($5 rental for adults), and all bikes come adorned with a combination lock and a basket for the front, ideal for carting groceries, souvenirs, or conch shells with the sound of a bicycle horn echoing from inside.
To make a YO! Blast—one of Let's Yo! Yogurt's newer creations—customers fill their cup about 2/3 full of frozen yogurt in any combination of flavors, then add toppings. Next, a staff member "blasts" it to create a sweet treat that's a bit chunkier than a smoothie and smoother than crushing s'mores with a fork. This is just one of the dessert offerings at Let's Yo! Yogurt, where guests choose from 70 frozen-yogurt flavors and 100 toppings to create their own signature treat. If the relative healthfulness of yogurt compared to ice cream isn't enough, non- and lowfat flavors, as well as no-sugar-added and gluten-free varieties, give customers health-conscious options. The rank of toppings includes fruit, candy, and 16 different cereals. As customers spoon up their snacks in the bright-green mod space, they can borrow in-house iPads to play games or check their email.
In the late '80s, Cheryl Armato was so inspired by her fitness instructor, Michelle, she became a fitness instructor, herself. Since 1988, she's been inspiring others to reach goals through many types of fitness, including Pilates, paddle-board fitness, indoor and outdoor bootcamps, and cross-training. She also understands the power of language, using uplifting phrases and anecdotes to push her charges to their limits. Today, she adds dance-fitness Zumba and yoga-Pilates fusion classes to the mix. There's even classes for kids, such as Zumba Kids Jr., preschool art and play, mommy and me sensational sensory, and KidZanity, a fitness program focused on building confidence, strength, and character.