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Red Bank, Here We Come!

A country boy and a city girl are about to relocate from New England to New Jersey - but they have no idea what to expect! Will you help these eager newcomers get to know Red Bank?

Only a few days left until the big day. No, I'm not getting hitched or having a baby - I'm moving to Red Bank! My boyfriend, Nathan, is a Damage Controlman with the United States Coast Guard, and after three years on a boat out of Portsmouth, N.H., he's been reassigned to a land unit at Sandy Hook. A particularly discriminating friend of mine with knowledge of the area told me that if I was going to move to the Garden State, my choice was clear: "Red Bank is the Austin, Texas, of New Jersey," he told me (which is to say that it's hip, quirky, and worth living in).

For his part, Nathan is a bit of a country mouse. Raised in rural Virginia, he's always preferred quiet and calm to big and bustling. Though I was raised in the suburbs, I’ve always considered myself more of a city girl; after three years in Washington, D.C., after college, moving to a quaint New England town was more than a little bit of culture shock. I’ve always longed for a New York City life, and for a brief while, as we waited for Nathan’s new Coast Guard orders to come down from on high, I hoped we might be headed that way. Imagine my surprise then, when I learned we’d be moving not into the city that never sleeps but into a smaller city more than an hour away. Suffice it to say, the initial disappointment was debilitating. It wasn’t that I had anything against New Jersey, but moving there wasn’t even on our radar... until we learned we were moving there.

Now, having had a few months to research Red Bank and the surrounding areas, my spirits are considerably raised. Everyone I’ve spoken with who’s been to Red Bank has only glowing recommendations to relay. My musician friends have raved about the Count Basie Theatre; my foodie friends have assured me there’s plenty of tasty cuisine to be had; my outdoorsy friends insist that the nearby beaches are tops. With the help of a knowledgable broker (many thanks to JoAnn at Gloria Nillson Realtors), Nathan and I even managed to secure an apartment near downtown Red Bank without ever having actually visited New Jersey.

Still, we're a little worried. Not only have we never seen the space where we'll be living, we've never set foot into our new town! I've been doing my research, but research only goes so far; I suspect we won't be able to get a feel for Red Bank until we actually cross the city limits and settle in. Together, Nathan and I are looking forward to learning what Red Bank has to offer and to taking advantage of its proximity both to the coast and to the city, but we’re not sure where to start.

That’s where you come in.

I’d love to hear from you, Red Bank-Shrewsbury Patch readers: What’s your favorite thing about the area? What should we be sure to try? What restaurant could you never live without, which hang-out do you adore? If you were an adventure-seeking twenty-something (and maybe you are!), what would be on your Red Bank must-do list?

Our life in New Jersey begins in early July, and we’re already keeping track of everything we want to do once we get into town. Won’t you help us find the good stuff?

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Chris Equality Paseka June 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Please do!
Ryan June 27, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Felice- I was speaking to RB. Other than Boondocks(which has no liquor license) there are no restaurants on the water like in Portsmouth. I LOVE Red Bank, but wish there were more places to sit and have a cocktail and something to eat one the river that I can walk to.
felice burns June 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
themollypitcher.com theoysterpointhotel.com and if you want to join there's http://www.redbankelks.org/ all with beautiful waterfront views and dining and alcohol served
felice burns June 27, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Red Bank is a 2.2 square miles- folks travel to nearby towns and not so nearby towns regularly. it is conveniently located to most major highways, and has both buses and trains for public transportation. ..and of course taxis if you like them.
Mike Kraais June 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I have lived in Shrewsbury for 21 years and before that in Highlands, which is about 8 miles away, for 36 years. Shrewsbury is 1 mile from downtown Red Bank. Here are some of the things we enjoy......Free concerts at the park, Count Basie Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre, half price dinner at Teak on Mondays, eating outside at the Dublin House, coffee at Zebu, Sandy Hook beaches and trails, fresh produce at Sickles Market in Little Silver, Trader Joe's, Friday nights at the cheese cave on monmouth street, Hartshorne Woods trails, Huber Woods trails, Tri Amici in Long Branch, Clam Hut, Inlet Cafe, Off the Hook for seafood in Highlands with a water view, Henry Hudson trail, train to NYC from Red Bank or Ferry to NYC from Highlands, main street in Ocean Grove and the Asbury Park boardwalk, The Pier in Long Branch and walking the boardwalk, Boondocks seafood at Marine Park, Juanito's Mexican restaurant, breakfast at the In Between in Red Bank, Broadway Diner open 24 hours, Eatontown Mall 6 miles from Red Bank, movie theatre on White St in RB, Riverfest in RB, Clam Fest in Highlands, Fair Haven Firemen's Fair, Street Fair in RB, San Remo Italian Rest. in Shrewsbury,

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