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Use NJ Transit Trains
(Tuesday update 1 p.m., New Jersey's Transportation Commissioner confirms to Asbury Park Press that northbound trains will be added on the evening runs and encourages people to buy round-trip tickets in advance; please note too that the Monmouth Park stop is not ADA compliant.)
The line runs from Bay Head to the south all the way to New York's Penn Station.
Hotel and Train
Lincroft: There are two business-traveler/suite-style hotels off Exit 109 of the Parkway right near my house -- Courtyard Lincroft Marriott and Extended Stay Red Bank that are less than five minutes from the Red Bank and Little Silver train stations. More convenient than the 35 Corridor.
Tinton Falls: Last but not least, my current hometown. Courtyard and Residence Inn are probably tops, but there are a handful of others as well right off of Route 36 just off the Parkway. The disadvantage is you're a 5-minute drive without traffic to Monmouth Park, but mass transit's a little more of a hassle, since you're circumventing Eatontown to get to the Long Branch station to the south or the Red Bank Station to the north. Still, solid accommodations and you can say you slept in the same town as NJ Horseplayer headquarters.
NJ Horseplayer's House: Tongue in cheek, my kids rooms are available for $500 a night. Includes breakfast and my free selections for Haskell Day, which'll only put you even deeper in debt.
Beach Hotel and Train
Generally speaking, these places are too close to my house for me to actually stay a night for a vacation, but here are some places I found that have rooms available, at least for Sunday night, where you're right in the hub of a beach town and with access to the train.
Long Branch: Ocean Place is expensive, but right on the boardwalk.
Asbury Park: The Berkeley is right on the oceanfront and the revived Asbury is akin to Red Bank to the north in terms of great dining and nightlife and boasts the famous Stone Pony.
Belmar, Spring Lake and Point Pleasant are other shore towns to the south with hotels; I recommend scouring TripAdvisor.com for more details.
Airbnb might be an option worth exploring as well. Already there are even a few people in Oceanport trying to fleece Haskell visitors over the Haskell Weekend.
I hope you find this info helpful, and come back for my next post on NJ Horseplayer's favorite eateries in the area.