Margate and Ventnor: A Local Version of Cheers

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When you walk on the beach, you’re likely to run into a fellow teammate from your JCC league basketball team.

Better known as “The Theme from Cheers,” “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” is an apt description of shore towns Ventnor and Margate.
When you walk on the beach, you’re likely to run into a fellow teammate from your JCC league basketball team.
Standing in line for Sunday bagels, you might find yourself next to that high school classmate you haven’t seen in 50 years.
Or power walking down the boardwalk could be that one-time regular in your mah jongg game who moved away 20 years ago but is back visiting her children and grandchildren.
Maybe the restaurants and other businesses come and go (although a lot of them are there each year), but there’s a familiarity that makes the two towns so appealing.
That’s why Lucy the Elephant is such a perfect symbol for Margate and, by extension, its twin sister Ventnor. She represents tradition.
There’s an old saying that elephants never forget and, while Lucy never says much, she serves as a form of institutional memory. In addition, she’s that common experience everyone’s had.
Wait, you’ve never visited Lucy? Well, pony up the $8 per person ($4 for kids 3-12) and visit the old gal, who turns 135 this year.
In another sense, Margate and Ventnor share what Philadelphia and all popular real estate share in spades — location, location, location.
One of Philadelphia’s selling points is its proximity to New York City, Boston, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., not to mention the Jersey shore, the Chesapeake, the Poconos and Pennsylvania Dutch country.
Meantime, in Margate and Ventnor, you’re minutes from the Atlantic City casinos and the family-friendly Ocean City boardwalk. And it’s a reasonable drive to the more honky-tonk Wildwood boardwalk, the serenity of Cape May or any other shore town that sparks your fancy.
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