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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Beach Street Art and Wall Murals by MG Signs at the Aloha Oceanfront Motel #AlohaWW

Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey Artwork by MG Signs
We've been going down to the Jersey Shore several times a year for the past 30+ years. When it comes to my family's vacation time, we love spending it down at the Jersey Shore. Our favorite coastal towns in New Jersey are Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood and Cape May. Yes, visiting south Jersey is the best in our book!

Every time we go down there we're on the lookout for new street art and outdoor wall murals that we haven't seen before. We are HUGE fans of street art and coastal wall murals and have photographed about 40 different ones located around New Jersey. You can find those posts right HERE on our blog.

If you're looking for the best place to stay in North Wildwood you'll want to check out the Aloha Oceanfront Motel. We've been staying there since September 2000 and love it! The rooms are spacious, modern and extremely clean. You get the best beach and Atlantic Ocean views from your window, their sundeck or when sitting in their coffee shop.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey Artwork by MG Signs

We're huge fans of beach and coastal street art and outdoor wall murals by MG Signs. We've documented 30+ murals by MG Signs on the blog and on our Pinterest board. They're one of the best companies when it comes to beach and coastal street art.

At the Aloha Oceanfront Motel you'll see two beautiful pieces of their artwork. The first is located around the Aloha signage above their sundeck. It features tropical palm trees which goes perfectly with the motel's name.  You'll find the MG Signs signature located in the bottom right corner.

The second is a wood cut-out that sits downstairs near the game room and pool area. It features a man and woman hanging out on the beach with palm trees and the ocean behind them. Guests can pose for photographs which is a lot of fun! You'll find the MG Signs signature located in the bottom right corner of the piece.

You can double-click on each image to see it in larger detail. What a fun discovery on our last trip down to the Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Indiantown Gap Military Reservation Historical Marker

Over the past 9 years we've been following the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Trail all through our great state and documenting them here on the blog. Millions of people walk or drive by these markers every year and never give them a second thought. They're a great source of historic information and we're trying to bring some much needed attention to them.

While following the Historical Marker Trail through Lebanon County we came across the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation historical marker located on Fisher Avenue near Annville. You'll see it on the right while traveling south. Its a busy road but you can safely pull off to the side of the road to get out to photograph it for your waymarking records.
Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in Pennsylvania

Indiantown Gap Military Reservation

Authorized in 1929, first land bought in 1931, and first used by the National Guard in 1932. In 1940 it was leased to the Federal government as an Army cantonment. The total area is now more than 16,000 acres.

By: 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Located nearby you'll find the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, the Pennsylvania National Guard Training Center, Pennsylvania National Guard Museum and several military monuments and memorials. If you're passing through the area and looking to grab a bite to eat...We recommend Funck's Family Restaurant which sits about a mile from this marker.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Casual Family Dining at Funck's Restaurant in Annville

Funck's Restaurant in Annville Pennsylvania
Funck's Restaurant is located within a few minutes of Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and offers casual family dining. Upon arrival you'll find plenty of free parking available in their parking lot with a few handicap spaces up front and around the side for those who need it.

Enter through the front doors and you'll be greeted by a friendly hostess who will seat you. Within 3-4 minutes of being seated we were handed our menu's and asked for our beverage orders. Within 5 minutes our beverages were on the table as we perused the menu.
Funck's Restaurant in Annville Pennsylvania

The menu offerings are the typical fare that you would see at any diner or casual family restaurant. You'll find hamburgers, cheeseburgers, wraps, a little bit of seafood, fish, soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and plenty of comfort foods like meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, turkey, etc.

Each day of the week brings a different daily special. On the day that we were there they had all you can eat fish on Friday at a great price so I ordered that. My wife ordered coconut shrimp, french fries and coleslaw. A few in our dining party ordered wraps, roasted chicken and pasta. Their menu has something for everyone to enjoy.
Funck's Restaurant in Annville Pennsylvania

Funck's Restaurant in Annville Pennsylvania

After placing our orders our meals arrived onto the table within 25 minutes. The food items that were supposed to be hot were hot and those that were to be served cold were cold. Everything was cooked to perfection and all of our orders were correct. Nothing was sent back. Our server made sure we got refills on our beverages and those of us who ordered the all-you-can-eat fish special got timely refills too. She was very tentative to our dining part of 12. Yes, 12 of us and she did a wonderful job.

The restaurant appeared to be extremely clean and they were able to accommodate our semi-large dining party by pushing together a few of their smaller tables. We were really impressed that they went out of their way to make sure the family could all sit together. Our meals were served quickly and everything tasted better than expected. Plus, their prices were affordable.

Funck's Restaurant is located at 1805 N State Route 934 in Annville, Pennsylvania. It's only a few miles off of Interstate 81 in Lebanon County if your passing through the area.