The Health Nut Getaway

Are you more interested in an early morning run than late night clubbing? Do you prefer fruits and nuts to fries and nachos? Don’t overlook the greater Atlantic City area for your next sporty, outdoorsy vacation. This two-day game plan allows you to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle while getting in some much needed rest and relaxation.

MORNING – DAY 1
Rise, shine and get moving. Start your day the active way, with brisk walk or jog on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. The Boardwalk spans 6.5 miles from the Absecon Inlet to Ventnor City. For a greater challenge, run on the beach, where the soft sand will intensify your workout. In the summer season, Atlantic City’s free beaches are the ideal place to try surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, body surfing and beach volleyball.

Hungry for a fresh, healthy breakfast? We suggest Cavo Crepe Café, located at 122 North Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Tanger Outlets. Choose a breakfast crepe spun fresh, the fresh fruit cup or a yogurt parfait made with low Fat vanilla yogurt and granola topped with fresh strawberries.
 
AFTERNOON – DAY 1
Ready for more cardio? A one-of-a-kind workout awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island Avenues in Atlantic City. Rise to the challenge of the Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse. Give your legs a good stretch and climb all 228 stairs to the top of the 171-foot tower. Your reward? Unparalleled views of the city, ocean and nearby Brigantine Island. Hey, if 84-year-old lighthouse volunteer Buddy Grover can do it, you can do it!

Once you’re back on solid ground, you’re just minutes away from Historic Gardner’s Basin, located at New Hampshire Avenue and the Bay, where Absecon Inlet meets Clam Creek. This quaint former fishing village is a fantastic waterfront destination that features an aquarium, interesting shops, an artists’ colony and unique restaurants. Fishing charters, sightseeing, dolphin and sunset cruises depart from Gardner’s Basin. If you’re ready for lunch, check out Back Bay Ale House, a restaurant and bar with outdoor seating near the charming back bay. Assorted lunch and health-conscious options include the grilled veggie plate and the house walnut apple salad.
 
EVENING – DAY 1
This might be a great time to head back to your hotel and embrace the power of the power nap. As the sun sets, take a rejuvenating evening beach stroll along the Atlantic Ocean.

The greater Atlantic City area offers many ways to answer the call of the dinner bell while continuing your dedication to healthy eating. The eco-friendly Ram’s Head Inn, located at 9 West White Horse Pike in Galloway, New Jersey, grows its own herbs on-site and sources all of its pesticide-free produce from Pleasantdale Farm, located on the grounds of New Jersey’s Pleasantdale Château.
 
MORNING – DAY 2
Bicycle riding is without a doubt one of the best low-impact exercises out there and Atlantic City is a great place to pump those pedals. Rent a bike from B&K Bike Rental located at 1743 Boardwalk.
 
AFTERNOON – DAY 2
Take time for some pampering. All of Atlantic City’s casino resorts feature state-of-the-art spas and healing massages, body wraps, facials, and other therapeutic treatments. Many of the spas offer health-conscious guests a nearby option to enjoy a light and fresh lunch. The Spa Café at Bally's Atlantic City is located in the spa itself. This inviting eatery offers calorie-controlled meals and a healthy buffet on weekends featuring salmon, tuna, turkey, and farm-fresh salads. The daily menu special highlights freshness, seasonality, and good health.
 
EVENING – DAY 2
Savor the serenity of your spa treatment as you head to the beautiful beach town of Margate, New Jersey for dinner at Tomatoe’s. Located at 9300 Amherst Avenue, this Zagat rated restaurant is home to fresh, homemade and healthy pasta, seafood, poultry and meat dishes. The extensive sushi bar offers your favorite sushi rolls, dumplings, miso soup and edamame. Try the Farm Plate with grilled summer vegetables, faro, fresh mozzarella and charred toast with truffle butter.