Jill Hughes on beach

Jill Hughes of Carmel, NY finds her perfect summer moment on the beach in Atlantic City just outside Resorts Casino Hotel.

We have been avoiding mentioning it, but at this point there is no hiding from the sad truth. Summer is almost over. While it seems impossible (we are pretty sure yesterday was the start of Memorial Day Weekend), there is no use fighting facts.

But one great thing about the end of summer is that it gives us a chance to reminisce, to look back over the last few months of glorious, sun-kissed bliss and remember the good times and perfect moments that could only be produced by spending the months of June, July and August at the Jersey Shore.

Which brings us to the main point of this story — everyone has a “perfect summer moment.” A euphoric snapshot in time where life simply couldn’t be better. Maybe it’s watching the sunset over the bay at a favorite drinking hole, or taking that first lick of Khor Bros’ custard on the boardwalk. Perhaps it’s something as simple as hearing the sounds of laughter erupting from children playing on the Slip ‘N Slide in your backyard. Whatever or wherever it is, no matter how big or small, it defines summer.

So, when the cold claws of winter seem like they will forever hold their grip, our advice to you is to simply close your eyes and picture your perfect summer moment. Let yourself be transported there mentally and be at peace with the knowledge that you will be back to that place again sooner than you think.

Don’t have a summer moment yet? There is still time to find yours! But just in case you need a bit of help or inspiration, below is a list of them from folks just like you.

“The first time my toes hit the water in my pool.”

Dolores Dumont, McKee City

“Sitting in the backyard just enjoying the day with the sprinkler system stopping just inches from my chair. Warm day, hot sun, cool water — very refreshing!”

Tom Librizzi, Galloway

“Walking down Ocean City’s beach, watching the sun rise over the horizon.”

Chris Schneider, Mays Landing

“Watching the fireworks on the Wildwood beach.”

Eddie Steiger, Press of Atlantic City

“Cooking and eating crabs. Cold beer and newspaper.”

Michael Chait, Press of Atlantic City

“Watching the sunset over the back bays of Upper Township, back in the nature reserve off Mosquito Landing Road.”

Jacklyn McQuarrie, Press of Atlantic City

“My husband and I love to go to Back Bay Ale House, sit outside with mason jar drinks, clam strips and fish tacos and watch the sun go down with the casinos in the background.”

Ellen Wolcott, Press of Atlantic City

“Sitting on the porch on a warm summer night, because, as you know … winter is coming!”

Sandy Reed, Press of Atlantic City

“A perfect day — sun and relaxation on the beach with my wife.”

Russ Hughes, Carmel, N.Y

“Kayaking to breakfast at Gilchrist.”

Daryl Bulthuis, Atlantic City

“Sipping margaritas in my yard and laughing with friends.”

Dave Turner, Beach Haven West

“Looking out over the ocean at Harry’s in Cape May while playing with my band.”

Mark Bistis, Flemington

“Catching fireflies with my kids.”

Danielle Davies, Upper Township

“Ooooh, that’s easy. Soaking up the sun at the beach followed by a whiskey sour at happy hour at Charlie’s. The perfect day!”

Amy Loughead, New York City and Ocean City

My favorite summer moment has definitely been surfing with my 9-year-old son in the waves from Hurricane Gert.”

— Ben Chapman, Margate

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