Beach Eats, Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Strathmere, The Wildwoods, Townsends Inlet, Uncategorized

Come for the Food, “Fall” for the View

With temps still hovering in the high 70’s over the next couple days, it is hard to think about putting an end to your shore plans. The good news is, you don’t have to – lucky for us shore lovers, many restaurants, shops and businesses will remain open well into the holiday season.

We recently published a list of our “Top 10 things To Do at the Shore This Fall” and #8 on our list was “Go Out to Eat”. While some restaurants have already closed for the season, many others will remain open on weekends. Among these are dining establishments that will continue to offer al fresco dining (weather permitting), or at least stunning views to make you feel like you’re dining outdoors. Here is a list of our favorite restaurants in each town that are still open this fall.

Ocean City – Hula Restaurant

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Hula Restaurant, Ocean City

Say Aloha! to the vibrantly colorful and unassuming Hula Restaurant, tucked back off the main boardwalk between 9th and 10th Streets. The Hula is famous for its Hawaiian Chicken, sticky rice and other tropical-inspired delights. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious and will make you feel  like you’re surfside in Maui. Take home a bottle of their famous Hula Dressing, Hawaiian Style Barbeque or Teriyaki Sauces (or all three!) Gift cards are available for purchase in the restaurant and will make a great holiday gift for Hula Restaurant fans. Outdoor seating available as weather permits; now open weekends until Thanksgiving.   940 Boardwalk.

Strathmere – Deauville Inn

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The Deauville Inn, Strathmere

Overlooking the bay between Ocean City and Sea Isle in beautiful Strathmere is the Deauville Inn, which has been delighting diners for decades. Boasting of an expansive dining room, a sports bar, an outdoor patio and bar area and, in the summer season, the bayside barefoot Beach Bar, the Deauville offers robust entertainment throughout the summer season. Their extensive menu ranges from burgers to fresh seafood and appeals to every taste. Now open weekends through December. 201 Willard Road.

Sea Isle – Carmen’s Restaurant

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Carmen’s Restaurant, Sea Isle

Noted as Sea Isle’s first waterfront restaurant, Carmen’s has been serving up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1981. Their large menus offer something for everyone, not to mention the delectable bay breezes and authentic nautical ambience. This restaurant also offers endless waterfront entertainment – watch fishing vessels come back with their catch in the morning, wave to paddle boarders in the afternoon and enjoy a beautiful sunset in the evening. While the restaurant is open air, clear shades are used when necessary to keep out the weather and cool breezes while still allowing for the beautiful view. Now open through Saturday October 20th.   343 43rd Place.

Townsends Inlet – Sunset Pier

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Sunset from Sunset Pier, Townsends Inlet

Come here any evening and you’ll see how this waterfront restaurant got its name. But the Sunset Pier doesn’t just delight in the evening – during the day, visitors can enjoy an acai bowl or freshly made smoothie from the juice bar, visit the tackle shop and rent back bay boats for crabbing, fishing, or joy riding. A 20-foot pontoon boat is also available for party rentals. If you’re just coming to eat, you’re in for a real treat – their food is delicious, their menu appeals to all tastes and the sunsets are free of charge. Indoor and outdoor seating available (weather permitting). You’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy a sunset here, though…the restaurant is now only open for breakfast and lunch on weekends (Friday – Monday) through Thanksgiving.

Avalon – Sea Grill

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The Sea Grill, Avalon

One of three restaurants owned by the wildly popular Princeton Bar and Grille, the Sea Grill offers the finest in steak and seafood in a gorgeous romantic setting. The Sea Grill gives diners a unique experience as they walk up to a window to order or their main and side dishes, and then help themselves to a salad bar amply stocked with fresh ingredients. Although not a waterfront venue, the Sea Grill’s candle lit, cozy ambience is a perfect place for date night or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. Looking for lunch, a casual atmosphere or some lively entertainment instead? Head next door to the Circle Tavern (or in the summer head around the corner to the Princeton Bar and Grill – sadly, it is closed for the season). The Sea Grill and Circle Tavern are open year-round; Sea Grill (225 21st Street) opens at 5:00 pm daily and the Circle Tavern (2008 Dune Drive) opens at 11:00 am daily.

Stone Harbor – Stone Harbor Bar and Grill 

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Stone Harbor Bar and Grill, Stone Harbor

The Stone Harbor Bar and Grill offers a fun and casual dining experience in the heart of the shopping district – a perfect place to take a break from shopping and have a drink or a bite to eat. Catch a game on one of 25 big screen TVs and enjoy a cool ocean breeze in summer when the large front windows are opened. Their menu offers top quality meats, freshly baked breads, locally-sourced seafood and refreshing signature cocktails. Now open Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 noon – 10:00 -m (8:00 pm on Sundays). 261 96th Street.

Wildwood – Two Mile Landing

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Two Mile Landing features the Crab House and Two Mile Restaurant and Bar, Wildwood Crest

On the way to Cape May from Wildwood, nestled back by the bay in Wildwood Crest and offering expansive waterfront dining and stunning sunset views is the Two-Mile Landing dining and entertainment complex featuring two restaurants – the Crab House and the Two Mile Restaurant and Bar. The Crab House has been specializing in All-You-Can-Eat Blue Claw Crabs since 2012 and offers a raw bar, “Crabatizers”, burgers, tacos and entrees that will appeal to both landlubbers and seafoodies alike. In 2013, Two-Mile Restaurant and Bar opened to offer upscale casual dining featuring 21 beers on tap, a wide selection of wines and delicious entrees. These waterfront establishments feature two decks with a stage and plenty of live entertainment throughout the summer. The Crab House remains open 7 days a week starting at 11:30 am, and Two-Mile Restaurant and Bar is now open Thursday – Sunday at 4:00 pm. Both restaurants will remain open through October 27 and will also be open on Thanksgiving. Gift cards are available.   1 Fish Dock Road.

Cape May – Lobster House 

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Lobster House / Schooner American, Cape May

Located on the Cape May Harbor and situated right next to the dock where freshly caught seafood is offloaded every day, the Lobster House offers a unique nautical dining experience. For decades, the Lobster House has provided elegant waterfront dining consisting of five dining rooms, casual dockside dining, a raw bar, a take-out window and a fish shop where fresh seafood can be purchased and enjoyed at home. It also includes the permanently moored Schooner American, a 130-foot long sailing vessel which provides the perfect setting for an outdoor drinking and dining experience and features a full bar, luncheon menu and specialty appetizers in the evening. The Lobster House, Take-Out Shop and Fish market are all open year-round; the Raw Bar and Schooner American are only open May – October. Hours are as follows:
Lobster House – 11:30 am – 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm. (Year-round)
Take-Out Shop 11:00 am – 7:00 pm during winter months (9:00 pm in summer) (Year-round).
Fish Market 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (9:00 pm in summer) (Year-round)
Raw Bar 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (May – October)
Schooner American 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm. (May – October)

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Fall…for Food and Fun!

As much as we may love summer, there’s no stopping the fact that on Saturday September 22, at precisely 9:54 p.m. Eastern Time, we will officially say goodbye to Summer 2018 and usher in Fantastic Fall. While it is always bittersweet to bid farewell to our carefree beach days and (oh!) those summer nights, fall itself can be pretty cool – in more ways than one. Especially now that shore officials, local businesses and event coordinators have planned a plethora of events to keep us coming back to the places we love the most. Foodies and wine lovers will particularly delight in knowing that, beginning this weekend and extending well into the fall, several coastal culinary events have been planned to tickle their taste buds. Here, we break down the events by category and follow up with a chronological listing of these gastric galas so that you won’t miss a chance to fall for food and fun down the shore.

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If you savor seafood, you’re in luck – several festivals featuring ocean delicacies are being held in the upcoming weeks. On Saturday, September 22, head to the Seafarer’s Celebration at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest. This bayfront street festival includes live music, craft vendors, food, family entertainment, and children’s activities, with a fireworks show at 9:00 pm at Centennial Park. On September 29, plan to come to the Sea Isle Harborfest at Marina Park to celebrate Sea Isle’s fishing and nautical history by featuring delicious seafood, live music, a clam eating contest, crafts and specialty vendors.

During the first weekend of October, seafood festivals will be held in Ocean City (October 6-8), Avalon (October 6-7) and Wildwood (October 7). If you’re not sure which one to attend, why not plan a cruise down the coast on Sunday October 7 and enjoy all three? Start in Ocean City at the Music Pier where the Indian Summer Weekend features seafood venders and boardwalk table sales. Then head to the Avalon Community Hall for the Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival, offering delectable treats from fresh seafood vendors, a chowder contest, live music, vendors and more. End your day at the Seafood and Music Festival hosted by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce on Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues. This festival features two stages of live music, crafters, food vendors, a pie eating contest as well as a “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounce houses.

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Several upcoming heritage fests will provide you with an opportunity to sample fare from Ireland, Italy and Germany. Wildwood’s popular Irish Weekend begins September 21 and runs through the 23rd. The Celtic city-wide event includes entertainment, Irish dance lessons, a 5k run and 1-mile walk, golf tournament, pipe exhibition, food court stage, beer garden, food and craft vendors and so much more, with bus service available to the various events throughout the weekend. While you’re in the ‘Wood this weekend, head to Mariner’s Pier to take part in Oktoberfest, where you can sample Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, German potato salad, schnitzel and other German treats, as well as a wide selection of beers and tasting flights at an outdoor biergarten, as you enjoy live entertainment by The Oompah-Delics. If you’re just getting adjusted to September and aren’t quite ready to usher in the new season just yet, Oktoberfest at Mariner’s Pier continues on the weekends of September 28-29 and October 6-7.

But Wildwood isn’t the only place to grab a pretzel and a beer and Prost! to good times. Cape May will host an Oktoberfest on September 29 where several streets will be transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Enjoy a famous Bavarian tradition by visiting the beer gardens, food courts and artisan tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. And on October 20, Sea Isle City will host an Oktoberfest at Excursion Park, featuring live German music, vendors, free hayrides on the beach, magic acts, pumpkin painting, children’s entertainment and a pie baking contest.

If pasta is more your thing, then you’re in for a real treat. The Olde Time Italian Festival will be held on the weekend of September 28-29 at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues in Wildwood. This family festival includes a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and spaghetti eating contest will take place as well. On October 6, Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle will follow up with an Italian Festival of its own, offering a variety of great Italian food, an Italian market with craft and specialty vendors, a cannoli eating contest and live musical entertainment. Finally, Avalon gets in on the fun with the Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night at the Windrift Hotel.

For a different global experience, head to Around the World Social on September 28 at the Sand Bar in Sea Isle City. This event features soft music, butlered hors d’oeuvres, a wine sampling and cash bar.
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Food…with a side of FUN!                                                                                              For those not sold on seafood or international fare specifically, several seaside events pair food with just plain fun events – and in some cases, wine and spirits as well. Let’s start with this weekend and work our way into October.

Celebrate the first day of fall on September 22 at the 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival which will be held at the 96th Street Shopping District. Enjoy the best of local wineries & breweries, food, artisans & live music. Festivities include a grape stomping competition, hay slide and more. Heading further south down the coast on the same day, you’ll find the Fall Food Truck & Music Festival at Fox Park across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. This festival features delicious and unique food trucks, music, vendors, and entertainment as well as a Kids Zone with fun and activities to keep the little ones busy. On Sunday, September 23, enjoy a Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May. This Sunday morning brunch buffet features live jazz from The Great American Songbook by renowned jazz musicians.

Ocean City ushers in the first weekend of October with a fantastic Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular on Asbury Avenue from 5th – 14th Streets. Here you will find crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, fireworks will dazzle in the night sky over the boardwalk from 6th – 14th Streets. On October 6, legume lovers may want to head to the cape for the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival at Wilbraham Park to enjoy an array of recipes, crafts, and products featuring the lovely Lima.

On October 14, be a spicy bivalve and help out the Ocean City Firefighters Charitable Foundation by purchasing a ticket to Ocean City’s 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest at the Music Pier, where you can partake in chili and chowder tastings while enjoying music from a DJ and watching your offspring enjoy the planned kids’ activities. For an “Evening to Die For”, come enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Inn of Cape May on October 20 and try to solve a murder mystery as you enjoy a four-course dinner.

November kicks off with the Cape May Restaurant Weekend (November 1-4; various times and locations), a four-day event that offers your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35 per person at participating restaurants.

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Of course, no celebration of food is complete without a little wine and chocolate. This fall’s wine events include the Cape May Wine Trail on September 21 which begins at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate with lunch. Then hop aboard a Trolley and enjoy a brief tour and wine tasting at Willow Creek Winery, a tasting at Hawk Haven Winery, and wine tasting, cheese and crackers (complete with a souvenir glass) at Natali Vineyards. If the wine tours and tastings whet your appetite for more, join the Cape May Wine School class on October 7 at the Washington Inn to learn about wines. Of course, don’t forget to check out all the local wineries to see the events they have planned as well.

For a sweet ending to your tasty “tour de shore”, check out the Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast on September 22 at The Blue Rose Inn where you will enjoy seven courses of delicious chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. Can’t make it this weekend? No worries – the chocoholics among us will be happy to know that this event repeats October 27 and December 1, as well as other times during the year.

So, as you’re digesting the end of summer and considering what fall has in store for you, we hope we’ve given you enough to chew on. Bon Appetit!

Oh…but first…here’s a listing of all these wonderful events in chronological order so you won’t miss out on any of them.

September 2018
21 – Wildwood Irish Festival (runs 21st – 23rd)
21 – Cape May Wine Trail
21 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest (runs 21st – 23rd; 28-30th; October 5-7th)
22 – Wildwood Irish Festival
22 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
22 – Wildwood Crest Seafarers’ Celebration
22 – The 7th Annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival
22 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn (repeats October 27th and December 1st)
22 – Fall Food Truck & Music Festival
23 – Wildwood Irish Festival
23 – Jazz Brunch at the Inn of Cape May
23 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Sea Isle City Around the World Social
29 – Sea Isle City Harborfest
28 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
28 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
29 – Olde Time Italian Festival
29 – Cape May Oktoberfest
30 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest

October 2018
5 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
6 – West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
6 – Sea Isle City Italian Festival
6 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival (runs 6th – 7th)
6 – Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
6 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend (runs 6th – 8th)
6 – Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
7 – Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival
7 – Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
7 – Cape May Wine School
7 – Seafood and Music Festival
7 –  Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest
8 –  Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend
14 – Avalon Lions Club Pasta Night
14 – Ocean City 3rd Annual Chili Chowderfest
20 – Cape may Murder Mystery Dinners
20 – Sea Isle City Octoberfest
27 – Cape May Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn

November 2018
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Sea Isle City, Special Events, Uncategorized

Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

Every summer, Sea Isle City hosts free weekly events as listed below.

Monday
Free Classic Movies Under the Stars (Dusk, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Bring your beach chairs and blankets and go back in time with a classic movie by the sea. Visit visitsicnj.com for more information about the movie lineup.

Tuesday
Farmer’s Market (8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Features a variety of fresh produce, local artisan crafts and gourmet foods. Visit seaislechamber.com for more information.

Guided Beachcombing (10:00 am – 11:00 am, 29th Street Beach and Promenade). Learn all about our beaches and the creatures that dwell in and around them from beachcombing guides, and then explore the beach for your own treasures. $1 cost includes a free beachcombing bucket.

Free Family Dance Party (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). A DJ spins popular tunes to allow families and friends to dance and have fun.

Wednesday
Acoustic Open Mic Night (Ages 14-20) (9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). This night not only offers entertainers an opportunity to perform for cheering fans, it also allows teens and young adults to gather for a night of fun including Xbox video game truck and cornhole tournaments.

Thursday
Guided Beachcombing (10:00 am – 11:00 am, 94th Street Beach). Learn all about our beaches and the creatures that dwell in and around them from beachcombing guides, and then explore the beach for your own treasures. $1 cost includes a free beachcombing bucket.

Free Music in the Park (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Live music featuring artists from pop, rock, R&B, country and dance genres.

Friday
Free Family Movies Under the Stars (Dusk, Excursion Park). Bring your beach chairs and blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie by the sea.

Saturday
Free Concerts Under the Stars (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue). Travel through decades of popular music with tribute bands that are sure to get everyone singing and dancing.

For more information about Sea Isle City, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
History of Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Sea Isle City
Where to Eat in Sea Isle City
Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018

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Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018

November 2018

November 11 Veterans Day Ceremony (11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Veteran’s Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue; Rain location 4501 Park Road).

November 16-18 Girls Weekend (various locations). Gather your girlfriends and enjoy a weekend of specials and discounts at participating shops, restaurants and bars.

November 23 -24 Holiday Extravaganza (Friday, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Promenade). This annual holiday event kicks off the Holiday Season with a parade, tree lighting, ice skating, caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.

November 23 Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival (6:30pm, Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue).

November 24 Holiday Dash (6:00pm, Kix McNutley’s, 120 63rd Street). Run/Walk one mile with a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and Santa will be at the finish line to collect your gifts for Mayor Desiderio’s annual Toys for Tots and Food Drive. Wear your merriest attire! Awards following dash for the best attire. Sponsored by the Cape May County Chiefs of Police.

December 2018

December 8 Holiday Stroll (All Day, Sea Isle City). Stroll through the decorated streets of Sea Isle City today and patronize our local businesses as you shop for everyone on your list. Sea Isle City businesses will roll out the holiday carpet, featuring discounts and hospitalities for the entire family.

December 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration (5:30 pm – 7:30pm, Gymnasium, 4501 Park Road). This is a kid-friendly New Year’s celebration, allowing them to ring-in the New Year at a reasonable hour. The event features food, dancing, family activities, entertainment and an early countdown to midnight at 7pm. Reservations required.

December 31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks (8:00pm, JFK Boulevard and the Beach). Gather under the stars to witness a fabulous fireworks display on the beach as you say goodbye to the old and hello to the new!

If you own a business or are involved in an organization and you have an Upcoming Event that you would like us to feature, please contact us.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a great New Year!

For more information about Sea Isle City, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
History of Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Sea Isle City
Where to Eat in Sea Isle city
Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

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Where to Eat in Sea Isle City

Sea Isle City’s restaurants offer a variety in both menu and ambience selections. Being a family-friendly place means that there are options for families who wish to dine out without having to worry about little ones getting bored or bothering others, but there are also sophisticated establishments more suitable for a quiet night out. Singletons to seniors – and everyone in between – are certain to find something to satisfy their hunger.  Here are the most sought-after dining experiences at the beach and our favorites for each category. Bon Appetit!

Coffee Shop

rwbRed, White and Brew (3602 Landis Avenue)  Red White and Brew is a wonderful place to meet up with friends or family for great coffee or breakfast. Owners walk around filling drinks and chatting with their loyal customers. Sandwiches are also made fresh daily for those who wish to grab a lunch to go. Open daily 7 am – 1:30 pm.

Pastries/Bakery

maryannMary Anne Pastry Shop (108 44th Street) Mary Anne’s has been in the bakery business for almost 70 years, and have definitely perfected the art of baking like no other small town bakery. The business has been in the family for three generations and the tiny store is family-operated as well. They offer a variety of donuts, buns, cakes, and pastries baked fresh each day, from scratch and an original recipe. Open daily 7 am – 5 pm; 1 pm Sundays.

Breakfast

ricksRick’s Breakfast House (6114 Landis Avenue) Rick’s is a favorite breakfast spot. It’s location isn’t exactly scenic, but being in the Acme strip mall means parking is ample. Once inside, the restaurant is cheerful, the staff is friendly and the food is delicious. Open daily 7 am – 2 pm.

Lunch

IMG_8825Steak Out (4005 Landis Ave) Steak Out is a long-standing favorite in Sea Isle. It used to be a popular gathering spot for the after 2 a.m. bar crowd, but now it is only open for breakfast and lunch. The food is delicious and the spacious wooden booths feature vintage photos of Sea Isle, so while you’re waiting for your food it’s fun to walk around and look at the pictures. Open daily 7 am – 3 pm.

Grab-N-Go

IMG_4816Spinners (38th Street & Boardwalk) Spinners is a casual beachfront eatery that’s popular with the beach crowd during the day and the boardwalk crowd at night. Tables are available in the air-conditioned inside, or outside overlooking the beach and boardwalk. Serving breakfast, pizza, sandwiches, burgers and ice cream (and more!), Spinners has something for everyone in your party. The food is delicious too! Open daily 9 am – 11 pm.

Pizza

denunzioDeNunzios, (Boardwalk). More than just a pizza shop, DeNunzios is a full-service Italian restaurant located on the boardwalk. The pizza is great, the food is delicious and they offer 18 flavors of Authentic Italian gelato. Seating is available al fresco on the boardwalk, at the large window overlooking the beach or in the cozy Italian-themed dining area. They deliver throughout Sea Isle, including to the beach. The free pizza dough tossing lesson keeps kids entertained. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.

Deli 

IMG_8835 (1)McGowan’s Market Deli and Grill (3900 Landis Avenue) McGowan’s is a full-service market, deli and grill offering many options for breakfast and lunch on the go. Breakfast items are available all day. The menu includes freshly made sandwiches, subs, salads, burgers and steak sandwiches. The food is fresh and delicious, and can be made to order.  The market offers a small selection of grocery and deli items as well. Its location is perfect for those on this end of town who don’t wish to travel through town to the Acme.  Open daily 7 am – 8 pm.

Kid-Friendly

IMG_8832Shoobies (4001 Landis Avenue) Shoobies is a family-friendly restaurant done up in 50’s motif with booths and soda fountain counter seating. The walls are lined with old records and vintage music posters, and while adults are reminiscing about their fave tunes from the past, kids are given an interactive placemat and crayons to keep them busy. On Friday mornings, character breakfasts are offered, featuring meet-and-greets with favorite children’s characters such as Disney princesses and Minions. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. Open daily 7 am – 9 pm.

Romantic Dinner

IMG_7271Bella Luna (25 John F Kennedy Boulevard) Bella Luna is the newest of Sea Isle’s few oceanfront restaurants. Situated across from Excursion Park, this 2nd and 3rd story restaurant provides a wonderful view of the park, the ocean and the heart of mid-town Sea Isle. Ask for a window seat and enjoy the lively outdoor scene as the sun sets. Inside, the atmosphere is upscale, European-style fine dining. The food is phenomenal -everything is prepared in-house and ingredients are locally sourced. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine to go with your romantic meal because  Bella Luna is a BYOB restaurant. Open daily 11:30 am – 10 pm.

Seafood

mikesMike’s Seafood – (4222 Park Road in Fish Alley) From the lines that form outside of Mike’s Seafood every night in the summer, there is no question that it is a favorite seafood destination in Sea Isle. Mikes serves lunch and dinner only and has a casual dockside atmosphere with picnic table seating. Here you place your order at a counter and pay, and servers bring your food when it’s ready. Mike’s is also a BYOB restaurant and has a seafood market as well. Open daily 9 am – 10 pm.

On the Water

IMG_4727Carmen’s Restaurant (343 43rd Place in Fish Alley) Carmen’s has been preparing delicious food from the land and the sea since 1980 with an impressively large menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a an open-air, dockside BYOB restaurant that provides the best views of the inlet and bridge into Sea Isle, especially at sunset. The tables are thick wood picnic-table style but the atmosphere is nicer, less rustic than other bayside seafood joints. There is a seafood market out front serving freshly caught delicacies. Open daily 8 am – 10 pm.

Ice Cream

eatsundazeSundaze (3708 Landis Avenue) Opened in the summer of 2016, Sundaze was the brain child of two former college roommates who sought a successful business venture, and ended up striking it big in ice cream. Sundaze features 32 flavors of ice cream including soft serve options, and ice cream-lovers can get their fill with milkshakes, waffles, cones, ice cream sandwiches and, of course, “sundaze”. Open daily 12 noon – 11 pm.

eatyumsYum-Yums Ice Cream (31 John F Kennedy Boulevard) Yum Yums Ice Cream is located in the heart of mid-town Sea Isle, right on JFK Boulevard and one block from the promenade, and their ice cream is delicious so it is no wonder they have long lines every night of the summer. The wait is worth it – there are over 50 ice cream flavors to choose from and a plethera of toppings. Every cone has a surprise gumdrop in the bottom. Go for (and finish!) the impressive 15 scoop Pig Trough and you’ll get your photo taken.Open daily 12 noon – 11 pm.

eatmaritasMarita’s Homemade Ice Cream (5912 Landis Avenue) Maritas often tops “Best Of” lists, but its location on 59th Street makes it a bit challenging for mid-town vacationers to get to it, especially in the high summer season when street parking is challenging. Nonetheless, their homemade ice cream is worth the walk, as evidenced by the long lines that can always be found in front of the iconic blue shack.Open daily 6 pm – 11 pm.

Where do you like to eat in Sea Isle City? If you have a recommendation or wish to share a story about your favorite eatery, please Leave A Response below or contact us. If you own a dining establishment and would like us to feature your restaurant on this blog, please contact us and give us your name, the name of your restaurant and your email address. 

For more information about Sea Isle City, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
History of Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Sea Isle City
Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018
Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

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Where to Stay in Sea Isle City

20160730_152957While Sea Isle has a bustling town center, a Promenade and an active nightlife, it does not offer much in the way of overnight lodging options for visitors wishing to stay for less than a week. There are only three hotels in Sea Isle so most vacationers rent condos or homes on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis.

Here I have provided you with a list of the hotels and a brief description. I encourage you to Sea Isle City’s website, as well as other travel websites such as Tripadvisor – not only for different options and pricing, but also to for the traveler reviews to determine if a particular hotel would be a good fit for you.

Sea Isle City Hotels

Sea Isle Inn – 6400 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle Cityseaisleinn

The Sea Isle Inn is an iconic hotel built in the 1960’s. As a matter of fact, it hasn’t changed much since then, but it remains Sea Isle’s only family-oriented hotel. The Inn includes deluxe motel rooms, fully equipped efficiencies and suites for 2 to 4 guests. All rooms feature individually controlled air-conditioning and heat, private balcony and free Wi-Fi. Daily maid service and ample free parking off-street are available. Located just one block from the beach, the Sea Isle Inn offers a large pool, a poolside bar, a restaurant serving lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Around the corner is Kix, a lounge with nightly entertainment and a package goods store. It is next door to a shopping center that includes a new and expanded Acme, a CVS, a few restaurants and Sands Department Store.

The Coast Motel (aka LaCosta) – 4000 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle Citylacosta

This motel is located two blocks from the beach on Landis Avenue and offers 33 spacious rooms with balconies. Amenities include daily maid service, free beach tag use for the duration of stay and an elevator. A few years ago the motel pool was filled in and the LaCosta Deck Bar was put in its place. Guests can enjoy live music, food and drinks in this outdoor venue seasonally. Attached to the hotel is Casino Steaks and Pizzeria as well as the LaCosta Package Goods Store. Due to it’s bar-centered atmosphere and proximity to Sea Isle’s other bars, this may not be the best hotel for families but may be fine for singles and bar-goers.

Sea Isle City Inns and Guesthouses

Colonnade Inn – 4600 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City175141

The Colonnade Inn is Sea Isle’s oldest existing building. Serving as a hotel back in the 1880s, The Colonnade was renovated in the twentieth century and now offers privately owned units that range from a basic hotel room with a private bath to 3 bedroom, 2 bath suites. It is located one block from the beach on Landis Avenue and its exterior features a wrap-around porch with rocking chairs, perfect for watching the passersby. Inside, the lobby is warm and welcoming and coffee and tea are served each morning. Offering daily and weekly rentals, the hotel features a newly redecorated interior and Wi-Fi, cable and air conditioning. Linens are provided, with maid service each day during the season.

Surfside Suites and Apartments – 4101 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle Citysurfside

Surfside Suites & Apartments is located above Angelo’s Pizzeria & Ristorante, and both have been owned by the Camano Family. The apartments on the third floor of the building once served as the family’s residence for the first 10 years that they owned the building. The units were then rented out seasonally to nice families. Their son, Angelo Jr., worked with an architect to design and implement the plans to convert the second floor of the building into 6 units, 4 suites and 2 apartments. All units include individually operated air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators. Suites include kitchens with microwaves and coffee makers. The building, which includes laundry facilities and a sundeck, is centrally located in the beach block on the corner of Landis Avenue in the heart of Sea Isle.

Townsends Inlet Hotels

The Dunes – 8600 Landis Avenue, Townsends Inlet (Sea Isle City)dunes

Townsends Inlet, best described as Sea Isle’s southern neighborhood with a small-town vibe, recently added a new option for visitors seeking luxury overnight accommodations on Ludlam’s Island. The Dunes, which opened in 2016, is an upscale condominium complex offering 13 suites with either 3 or 4 bedrooms. All units have full kitchens, free Wi-Fi and linens and towels, however, daily maid service and extra linens (such as for the pull-out couch) are not available. Each unit receives 2 parking spaces located in the parking garage below the building. Guests can choose to add-on amenities such as beach chairs and umbrellas but beach tags are not available. These units are available for rent on a weekly basis (Sunday – Sunday) or for 3 or 4-night “mini-week” stays from Thursday-Sunday or Sunday – Thursday. Located in the building is Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House.

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All of Avalon and Stone Harbor’s camping options are off-island along Route 9. Check websites for more information.

Home Rentals:
Most renters will go through traditional real estate agencies to rent condos and houses, however there is a growing number of options appearing online. Websites such as Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), Home Away and even AirBNB are starting to show options for weekly and, at times, shorter stays via website.

In closing, I strongly encourage you to visit online reviews of all these lodging options to get more information and find feedback about other guests’ experiences to better make a decision about what is right for you.

Where do you stay in Sea Isle? If you would like to make a recommendation or share information about your favorite hotel, motel, inn or rental, please leave your reply below, or contact us if you have an interesting story about where you stayed in Sea Isle.

For more information about Sea Isle City, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
History of Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City Beach Information
Where to Eat in Sea Isle city
Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018
Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

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Sea Isle City Beach Information

Sea Isle’s beaches are a great place to be on a hot summer afternoon, a cool autumn morning or a balmy spring night. Whether you are a beachcomber, sunbather, surfer or sandcastle builder, you are sure to enjoy your time on these white sand beaches. To maximize your enjoyment, here is information you will want to know.

Lifeguarded Beaches
Lifeguards are on duty at the following beaches: 24th, 28th, 32nd, 34th, 38th, 40th, 43rd, 45th, 49th, 51st, 54th, 59th, 61st, 64th, 68th, 71st, 75th, 77th, 81st, 84th, 86th, 89th & 92nd streets. Beaches north of 20th St. and south of 93rd Street do not have lifeguards present and use is at one’s own risk.

Permitted Activities
Rafts – Permitted at 24th, 28th, 34th, 40th, 45th, 51st, 59th, 61st, 64th, 68th, 75th, 81st, 86th & 92nd streets. Flotation devices with a fin may not be used on a raft beach. Flotation devices with a fin, such as belly and body boards, may be used on the surfing beaches provided a leash is used and flippers are worn by the operator.

Surfing – Permitted on 26th, 37th, 42nd, 48th, 53rd, 63rd, 74th & 82nd streets.

Volleyball – Permitted at 25th, 30th, *35th, 53rd, *57th, 67th, 72nd & 88th streets. Two volleyball nets are the maximum permitted per volleyball beach. Nets are not provided on volleyball beaches. *Only poles are provided on these beaches.

Surf Fishing – Permitted on beaches north of 14th St. and south of 93rd St.
Any beach area adjacent to rock jetties not specified as a surfing or kayaking beach.
Beaches not designated as a sailboat launching, kite boarding, bathing or rafting beach.

Kayaks – Permitted at 30th, 35th, 56th & 79th streets.

Kiteboarding – Permitted between 14th & 16th streets.

Catamaran and Sailboat Launching – Permitted between 20th & 22nd streets. Fee is $180, May 1 – October 15 (Insurance Required). In order to operate a sailboat on a Sea Isle City beach, an owner is required to obtain a permit from the records department at the police station. The decal, issued during the licensing process, must be displayed on the right front hull of the vessel.

Beach Tag Information
Beach tags are required for all individuals 12 years or older from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of all Wednesdays. Wednesdays are free beach days in Sea Isle. Beach tags can be purchased at the Beach Tag Office at the Welcome Center on JFK Boulevard, at City Hall (lobby vending machines or in the Tax Office,) at any beach entrance, or on the beach. Starting in 2017, beachgoers can also download and purchase Sea Isle City seasonal tags through Viply, which can then be picked up at the Beach Tag Booth.

The 2017 Summer Season rates for beach tags are: $5 for daily, $10 for weekly $25 for seasonal tags. Discounts are offered on seasonal tags purchased prior to May 15. Beach tags are free for all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, as well as active duty military members and their immediately families.

Parking
Metered parking available; parking lots located at 125 JFK Boulevard, 40th Street & Central Avenue, 42nd Place & the Bay, 45th Street & Landis Avenue, 48th Street & Central Avenue and 94th Street & Landis Avenue; parking permits are available at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 233 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 2nd Floor, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no holidays), or by mail, at a seasonal rate of $200 or weekly rate of $30.

Restrooms
32nd Street & the Promenade*; 40th Street & the Promenade*; JFK Boulevard & Landis Avenue; 347 – 42nd Place; 44th Street & the Promenade*; 60th Street & Central Avenue; 6108 Central Avenue; 85th Street & the beach*; 94th Street & Landis Avenue (*rinse stations).

Accessibility
Ramps from street to the Promenade at 29th, 30th, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 38th, (between 38th-39th), JFK Blvd., 40th, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 55th, 56th and 57th streets
Access to beach at 32nd, 40th, JFK Blvd., 44th, 63rd and 85th streets.

Surf Chairs
Beach wheelchairs are available through the Sea Isle City Recreation Department 4501 Park Road, or by calling 609-263-1013. The recreation department also distributes daily non-reserved wheelchairs on a first come first served basis. Beach patrol headquarters has a courtesy chair that the public may use to transport physically disabled individuals to and from the 45th Street Beach. This public service is free of charge and donations will go toward repair costs and the purchase of additional chairs.

Rules and Regs

  • Swimming is only permitted on guarded beaches.
  • A beach curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. during the months of May through September.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all public areas.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the beaches, beach approaches or Promenade from May 1 to September 30. Dogs must be licensed, leashed (not longer than 6 feet), curbed at all times and feces must be removed.
  • Fires, glass bottles and picnics are prohibited on all Sea Isle City beaches.
  • From October through March, you may drive a permitted vehicle on the beach. Beach vehicle permits are available from the records department at the Police station.

 

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For more information about Sea Isle City, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
History of Sea Isle City
Where to Stay in Sea Isle City
Where to Eat in Sea Isle city
Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018
Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

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History of Sea Isle City

dunesgrass2For over 2000 years the Leni-Lenape Indians lived in the area that would later become New Jersey. They came to the coast to fish and gather quahog shells from the beach. They made beads from the shells called “wampum” which was used as currency.

In the 17th century, the Dutch and Swedesking chaz established the first European settlements on  the east coast, which ultimately fell under English rule. King Charles II granted the land between New England and Maryland as a proprietary colony to his brother, the Duke of York. Through a series of grants and purchases, the land was divided and came under ownership of a group of Quakers called the West Jersey Proprietors – one of whom was William Penn, considered to be the founder of Pennsylvania.

Joseph Ludlam bought the land from the Quaker group in 1692 and named the island after himself. He then divided it into three sections and sold the southern section to John Townsend who named it Townsend’s Inlet.

Ludlam used the island to stock cattle and sheep. Mainlanders would visit the island to hunt, fish and engage in other recreational activities, but no permanent settlements would be established on the island for nearly two centuries. It is believed that pirates would stop at the island while sailing up the Jersey coast during this time, as evidenced by the type of pistols found during those early years.
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Charles Kline Landis purchased Ludlam Island in 1880 with the intention of creating a beautiful seaside resort. Inspired by a trip to Venice, Landis sought to recreate a similar community. He renamed the Island “Sea Isle City” and had waterways and canals dug to create Venice-like waterways that still exist today on the Intercoastal Waterway. Ludlam effectively marketed the island as both a place to come for a visit and a place in which to live. Jersey-railroad-2

A bustling fishing industry developed and shacks were built to house fishermen overnight. Before long, they began bringing their families and staying more permanently on the island. Other full-time residents joined them and soon churches, restaurants and stores were established. In 1882, Sea Isle City was incorporated as a borough and in 1907 officially became a City. By the late 1880s, hundreds of people resided in Sea Isle full time.
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In 1883, the first rail lines were constructed to connect the island to the mainland. One line ran into Sea Isle from the east by way of where Sea Isle Boulevard and 41st Street currently are, and the other came in from the north by way of Corson’s Inlet from Ocean City. The fare for visitors from Philadelphia was typically $1 for a round trip excursion to the shore.

Many families flocked to the beach in the summertime, especially on Sundays. They would often bring their lunches in shoe boxes, which gave rise to the term “Shoobies”. It originated as a derogatory term for two reasons: first, the shoe box-toting visitors brought their lunches so that they wouldn’t have to buy food, thereby depriving local establishment owners of revenue. Second, these inland visitors were not always accustomed to the environment, including the dangers of the ocean, beach etiquette and other local customs so they were looked down upon by residents. Today, the term “Shoobie” is still used to describe someone who visits (but doesn’t live in) the coastal towns of South Jersey.SeaIslectyexcrsionhs09

To provide a central place for activities for both visitors and residents, the Excursion House was built in 1882. It housed a restaurant, stores, a skating rink and a public second floor terrace. It remained the main hub of activity for the newly forming town until it was destroyed in the storm of 1962.

trolleyIn 1887 a donkey-pulled trolley was built and ran the length of the island, taking travelers into Townsends Inlet. It ran until 1916 when it was decommissioned. Years later, the route would become Landis Avenue. In 2010, during repaving, workers unearthed part of the trolley track under Landis.

The oldest building in Sea Isle City that remains175141 from this era is The Colonnade Inn, a Victorian building with a huge wrap-around porch located on the corner of 46th Street and Landis Avenue. Built in 1883 and restored in 2004, the Colonnade still operates as a hotel with privately owned rooms and apartments available for rent on a daily or weekly basis.

side_by_side_movie_largeAlso remaining is the Braca Building. Built in the early 1900s and serving as a theatre back then, the building now houses James Candy, a popular place to purchase sweet seashore souvenirs after a trip to Sea Isle.

By the end of the century, electricity lit the streets and buildings and there were over 30 hotels, railways, a school and two churches. Sea Isle had grown to both a place to live and a vacation destination.post1

ambIn the mid-1930s, when automobiles became more prolific, rail service to the island went by the wayside. Having a car meant that visitors could travel to more remote areas of the island, and they were not geographically limited to the area around the train station. As a result, hotels once popular because of their proximity to the trains became less popular in favor of smaller, more remote cottages and boarding houses that were being built throughout the island.

Due to a steel shortage during the Second World War, Sea Isle City tore up the railroad that remained in the area so that it could be used as scrap metal. As a result, the path where the railroad used to run through town became a popular path for people to take walks and ride their bikes. This pathway would later become Pleasure Ave.

s-l1600Sea Isle was once home to a wooden boardwalk that was built and destroyed by storms several times. In 1962 a nor’easter storm ravaged the town, destroying buildings and bringing the old wooden boardwalk to a final end. Once lined on both sides with shops, restaurants, arcades, hotels, a dance hall, a bath house and a theater, Sea Isle’s boardwalk was a bustling recreational and social meeting place. After it was destroyed, a paved pathway was built in its place. The Promenade, as it is now called, runs 1.5 miles from 29th Street to 57th Street. Construction of buildings was limited to the west side of the Promenade to allow for the creation of a dune line on the eastern side, in hopes that the town would be spared from future storms coming ashore.

142436954500_1The Promenade once featured a block-wide amusement park at 32nd Street called Fun City. It offered rides and carnival games until it closed in 2000 when the land was sold for the development of homes. A movement to expand the Promenade to the entire length of the island to reduce pedestrian and cyclist traffic on the streets was defeated in 2016 by the concern of residents and the environmental impact it would have on the dunes.blacktop

In the 20th century, Sea Isle City continued to flourish as a residential and resort town. However, between 2000 and 2010, the population of Sea Isle’s full time year-round residents dropped, as it did in other coastal towns in South Jersey. Economics and the climate are two reasons cited for this decline in the permanent population.

The sharp rise in property values along the shore in recent years now prohibits many families from buying property here because they simply can’t afford it. Instead, people who can afford to buy second homes are purchasing properties but not living here full-time themselves. It is not uncommon for second home-owners to purchase an older home in Sea Isle and have it demolished so that it can be replaced with a larger, taller more contemporary home. This also then creates a decline in school-aged populations, and as a result many small school districts such as Sea Isle’s have closed. School children are now bussed to Ocean City’s schools or attend private schools elsewhere. Climate change has given rise to super storms such as Sandy and Jonas, which both destroyed many homes and businesses along the Jersey coast. Rising insurance rates also cause an economic impact to people who wish to live or open a business here.post4
Sea Isle, like other coastal South Jersey towns, will continue to change, grow and develop in one way or another, as it has throughout history. Despite the many changes this little town has seen, including the impact of several devastating storms, Sea Isle City continues to thrive as the city that won’t quit.

Do you, or does your family or business, have a history in Sea Isle City? We’re interested in hearing from people whose families were original or early settlers, or who own or owned a business, or who have other historical information to share such as living or working here in past summers, meeting your significant others, getting engaged or married here or any other human interest story. If so, and if you would like to share your story, please contact us by clicking here. The information you provide us is  through this link is confidential and we will contact you to gain more information, as well as your full permission, before we disclose any information you provide.  Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to contact us(Note: for your privacy, do not include your information in the Leave A Reply box below unless you wish others to see your information).

For more information about Sea Isle City, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Sea Isle City
Where to Eat in Sea Isle City
Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018
Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smile! You’re In Sea Isle

water tower (2)It’s the first thing you see when you cross over the bridge from the mainland to this cozy barrier island – a friendly message on the iconic turquoise water tower greeting both residents and visitors alike. Those who have come this way before don’t need the reminder – but for newcomers to the island, it prepares them to relax and enjoy this fun and friendly seaside resort.

After all, you can’t help but smile when you see the beach tumbler (2)shimmering sea stretching out before you on the sunny horizon and a bustling town center with shops and restaurants just below. From the bridge you can see the well-planned, Venice-inspired waterways lined with bay front homes, wooden docks, and every imaginable water vessel – from paddleboards to yachts and everything in between. Roll down the window and the briny salt air will instantly caress your skin and blow away your worries.

As the town’s greeting suggests, it’s time to be care free in this island gem by the sea.

Sea Isle City is located on a natural barrier island surrounded by the sea and bay, as well as  tidal marsh and wetlands areas. It is nestled just south of sandy Strathmere and north of tiny Townsends Inlet. Together, the three share the land known as “Ludlam Island”.

20160712_110556Sea Isle City was officially formed in 1882 by Charles K. Landis after previously serving as a pasture for livestock and, before that, the fishing and shell gathering grounds of the Leni-Lenape Indians. Today, just a little over 2000 residents have made Sea Isle City their home. In the summertime, and increasingly the “shoulder seasons”, this little beach town is a popular vacation destination for folks primarily from Philly and its surrounding suburbs, while also drawing visitors from other east coast states and Canada.

IMG_4565Sea Isle boasts of five miles of white powdery sand beaches flanked by dunes where bayberry, scrubby pines, sea grass and other wild beach growth provide a barrier between the sea and the town.100_1695 (3)  Along the dunes lies a 1.5 mile “Promenade”, a popular venue for walking, running, and biking.IMG_4861

The town center is considered the area where J.F.K. Boulevard (the road you come in on from the mainland) meets the Promenade and the beach. It is here where a block-wide patch of open green space known as “Excursion Park” is home to a band shell where many weekly events are held, including concerts, a dance party, a “Move Under the Stars” night and other free, family-friendly events.

20150714_085409 (2)A farmer’s market is held every Tuesday morning throughout the summer featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade culinary treats and local artisans’ handcrafted items.   20170125_165608

A gazebo and sitting area are perched on the Promenade above Excursion Park, creating a perfect place for people-watching. Shops and restaurants line J.F.K. Boulevard and stretch out for blocks on Landis Avenue, the main street running from north to south from one end of the island to the other. Landis Avenue is Sea Isle’s section of “Ocean Drive”, the scenic route that runs along the South Jersey coast and connects these barrier island beach towns through a series of bridges. Many other boutique shops and restaurants are scattered throughout Sea Isle City and are definitely worth a drive, a walk or a bike ride to visit if you are looking for home goods, fashions, souveniers or something good to eat.

20160724_134058The beaches are, perhaps, the town’s greatest attraction. Sea Isle has a full-time lifeguarding staff keeping swimmers safe every day from May to September. Each block has it’s own beach entrance, so no matter where you are in Sea Isle, you have easy and unfettered access. Some beaches are designated as surfing, boogie-boarding and kayaking beaches, so if you wish to engage in these activities you may want to check out our Beach Info page and head to one that’s closest and most appropriate.  As the result of a federal grant program, Sea Isle’s beaches were recently replenished and, therefore, are fairly wide and spacious, especially at low tide. Beach tags are required between Memorial Day and Labor Day. They can be purchased at the Welcome Center, at the entrance to each beach or on the beach itself, and are subject to a discount if purchased pre-season. On Wednesdays, the beaches are free – no beach tags required.

IMG_2277 (2)On the bay side of the island where JFK Boulevard meets Park Road, “Fish Alley” is home to popular seafood restaurants. Here,  you can push off on a wave runner, paddle board or kayak in the morning, catch a dolphin or whale-watching cruise at lunch, and watch the sun slip into the bay at sunset as you dine by the water or embark upon a sunset cruise.

While Sea Isle City is a great destination for families, it offers a lot for the college and single crowds as well, including some beachy, open-air bars and a lively nightlife. Unfortunately for intended weekend visitors, the town only has two hotels and one inn, so most visitors who wish to stay in Sea Isle rent a home or condo on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis.

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For more information about Sea Isle, please follow the links below:

“Smile! You’re in Sea Isle!” – All About Sea Isle City
History of Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City Beach Information
Where to Stay in Sea Isle City
Where to Eat in Sea Isle City
Upcoming Events in Sea Isle City – Fall/Winter 2018
Free Weekly Summer Events in Sea Isle City

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