This winter has been brutal, and it's not over. With just about 100 days until Memorial Day, I was thinking about the things I'm looking forward to doing the most once summer arrives.

  • 1

    Relax on the Beach

    Belmar is my choice, but at this stage in the game ANY beach sounds pretty good.

    sikeri, Flickr
  • 2

    Ice Cream on the Boardwalk

    Kohr's ice cream on the boardwalk. It doesn't get any more summertime than that. Find a bench, watch the water and enjoy ice cream that's been around since 1915!

    szapucki, Flickr
  • 3

    Backyard BBQ

    Grilling when it's 5 degrees just isn't the same as when it's 80. The smell of a fresh grill is one of my favorite summer smells. There's nothing like a warm summer night with friends and family in the backyard relaxing and throwing back a few.

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  • 4

    Drive With the Windows / Top Down

    If you're lucky enough to have a convertible, how great is it to cruise down the GSP on a nice summer day with the top down? My windows and sunroof will do just fine.

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  • 5

    Mow the Lawn

    I'll regret writing this when it's 100 in July, but I actually don't mind mowing the lawn. Plus, the smell of freshly cut grass is another awesome summer smell.

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