We just registered for the event. The issue is trying to find a room for just 2 nights. Seems that the resorts that are owned by Morey's Pier all have a 3 night minimum.
BTW online registration cuts off on July 2nd. The price then jumps up $20.
Looks like I am going now (went the last two years), but won't be staying nearby. I probably won't make it back for Sunday's session.
The Knolls Resort Motel is probably the "cheapest" and least restrictive deal in town. They have no minimum night stay I believe. That said, I stayed there once and will never give them my money again. The place is a dump. I call it the Knoll's Last Resort Motel. I've stayed at the White Star and it was pretty reasonable.
I would recommend staying in another city where you can get a luxury hotel for the price of the crap down in Wildwood. If you're willing to drive 45 minutes to your room, you can get something nice for under $100 a night in Vineland, NJ, as well as other "local" towns.
To piggyback on AV's Vineland suggestion: You might consider staying on Rt. 30 outside Atlantic City, in Absecon. There's two or three dozen motels along a 4-5 mile stretch, at all price ranges. Way less than Wildwood, despite the proximity to the casinos. Access to the Garden State Parkway is right there, and it's about a 45 minute ride south on that to Wildwood.
The Morey Properties are the best, but check some other Wildwood places, like the Days Inn, the Oceanic (with Tiki Bar), Heart of Wildwood (right on the Boardwalk), the Bolero, the Premier, or the Quebec.
If you want to stay in Atlantic City, the Tropicana has great rates. Do not stay on Rt 30. The drive is a killer in summer with traffic.
IMO traffic is iffy everywhere down there that time of year. I've had good luck and bad luck on all of the roads to Wildwood. Coming back from Morey's at 2am after ERT, you won't have any traffic. And going down early to get there for morning ERT, you probably won't have any trouble either. Last year, I drove down Saturday morning between 6am and 9am from Philly and had no traffic problems at all. Sunday evening heading home around 6pm is another story.
I would just look for a good deal and plan to leave early in the morning to avoid traffic if you have to drive a way's.
We were able to get a room at the Blue Palm. They did allow for a 2 night instead of the 3 night minimum. We also got a 10% discount on the room which just offset the tax. I am still pretty happy to get a reasonably priced room there and avoid having to drive over to Vineland after the Saturday/Sunday morning ERT.
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