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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)

Strathmere

Upcoming Events in Strathmere – Fall/Winter 2018

Currently, there are no upcoming events for Fall/Winter 2018. Please check back in the Spring!

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!

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Where to Eat in Strathmere

Despite being a tiny unincorporated community, Strathmere’s few dining options pack an impressive powerful punch. At night, visitors flock to this end of the island to dine tastefully in its top-rated restaurants. Here are our favorites.  Bon Appetit!

Breakfast

eatubUncle Bill’s Pancake House (2 Ocean Drive) First established in 1962 in Stone Harbor, Uncle Bill’s expanded to several locations along the South Jersey coast over the years and is a popular breakfast destination for vacationing families and locals. Awarded as being the Best Breakfast at the Jersey Shore, Uncle Bill’s serves up breakfast all day long with over 15 different types of pancakes, waffles, French toast, omelets, farm fresh eggs and meats. Several locations also serve lunch and dinner. The staff tends to return each year, which is another mark of their success. Open May – September 7 am  – 1 pm.

Grab-N-Go / Lunch

eatoldshackThe Old Shack (705 Commonwealth Drive) The Old Shack is just that on the outside, but inside locals and visitors love to find a mouth-watering assortment of beach-friendly fare such as breakfast sandwiches, hoagies and sides. This is a great place to pick up a sandwich on your way to the beach or dine there on the porch. They are famous for their chicken salad, and hand-scooped ice cream is available to satisfy your sweet tooth. Open daily 7 am – 7 pm.

Tavern

eattwistiesTwistie’s Tavern on the Bay (236 Bayview Drive) Twisties is an old-time favorite with a storied past. Once run as a speakeasy, today they serve much more than just drinks. The expansive menu includes burgers, salads, pasta dishes and so much more. A juke box cranks out old tunes and the paneled walls are lined with fish mounted on wooden planks to add to the nostalgia of this tavern on the bay. Open daily 12 noon – 12 midnight.

Pizza

eatpizzaAzzurra Pizzeria and Ristorante (5012 Landis Avenue) Although Azzurra is located in the middle of Sea Isle, it advertises delivery to Strathmere – even on the beach. known for its award-winning specialty and brick oven pizzas. They also offer a large variety of stromboli, calzone, salads, subs, dinners and more, including homemade cannoli. Opens daily at 11 am with varied closing times until November.

Romantic

mildredsMildred’s Strathmere Restaurant (901 Commonwealth Avenue) In 1952, Charles and Mildred Conascent towed the original Llanarch diner from Philadelphia to Strathmere and opened Mildred’s Strathmere Restaurant. Using only the freshest ingredients, Chef Andy Raffa, who worked with the Conascentas for over thirty years, prepares exquisite seafood, beef and Italian specialties with homemade pasta and desserts. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Mildred’s offers diners local Cape May wines and a BYOB option. Open daily 4 pm – 9 pm.

Seafood

deauville2Deauville Inn (201 Willard Road) Formerly Whelen’s Hotel back in the 1800s, the Deauville Inn has a very storied past. It was rumored to have been a speakeasy during Prohibition, a rum-running station and a gambling casino during the ’20s and ’30s. A family purchased it in 1980 and, instead of following advice to knock the building down, they completely renovated it. Today it stands on the shore of the bay, at the foot of the Corson’s Inlet bridge, as a beacon for fine dining, cocktails and live entertainment every night. In addition to serving seafood, their menu includes steaks, chicken, pasta, salads and handhelds. It is a beautiful place to catch a sunset as well! Open daily, hours vary.

Waterfront Dining

eatbeachbarThe Beach House (Deauville Inn, 201 Willard Road). While the menu is limited here to burgers, handhelds and munchies, the view is endless. The motto here is “sun and sand and a drink in my hand”. No shirt? No shoes? No problem! The atmosphere is as beachy and laid back is it can get. Guests are seated directly on the beach in beach chairs under an umbrella anchored by a low table. The views of the bay are spectacular, especially at sunset. Have a drink and enjoy nightly summer entertainment such as Reggae on the Bay, live music, painting parties and comedy shows.

Where do you like to eat in Strathmere? 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. 

To learn more about Strathmere, please follow the links below:

“Where the Ocean Meets the Bay” – All Abut Strathmere
History of Strathmere
Strathmere Beach Information
Where to Stay in Strathmere
Upcoming Events in Strathmere – Fall/Winter 2018

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Where to Stay in Strathmere

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During the day, Strathmere beaches are popular destinations for inland visitors who wish to enjoy a free, tag-less beach. But at night, aside from diners who come in to town to dine at one of Strathmere’s three restaurants, mostly who you will find here are home owners, members of the island’s only trailer resort, or vacationers who have rented someone else’s home.

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People usually don’t come and stay in Strathmere just overnight, with the exception of a few who may rent a room in the only motel in town, the Strathmere Inn. But with only Strathmere motel15 rooms, it cannot accommodate many visitors and is only open during the summer.  Please consult their website if you are interested in checking it out – otherwise, plan to spend your weekend in a neighboring town such as Sea Isle or Ocean City.

Camping off-island is always an option for those who are willing to rough it. There are several campgrounds on Route 9, not far from Sea Isle and Ocean City.

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If you are interested in renting a home for a week, month or season, you may go through a traditional real estate office. There is also a growing number of online rental resources  through websites such as Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), Home Away and even some AirBNB options are beginning to pop up in and around Strathmere.

If you would like information on lodging options close to Strathmere, please check out Where to Stay in Sea Isle City or Where to Stay in Ocean City.

Where do you stay in Strathmere? If you would like to make a recommendation or share information about a particular stay, please leave your reply below or contact us.

To learn more about Strathmere, please follow the links below:

“Where the Ocean Meets the Bay” – All Abut Strathmere
History of Strathmere
Strathmere Beach Information
Where to Eat in Strathmere
Upcoming Events in Strathmere – Fall/Winter 2018

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Strathmere Beach Information

Strathmere’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
All beaches in Strathmere will be guarded daily from 10 am-6 pm beginning June 18. Protected beaches will be at Seacliff, Williams, Whittier, Tecumseh, Sherman, and Prescott Roads. Morris beach will have guards on weekends. Guards will be at headquarters until 8 pm if called to respond. Whale Beach is unguarded.

Permitted Activities
Rafts – Rafts and boogie boards are permitted at all bathing beaches at the discretion of the lifeguards, based upon the conditions of the day.
Surfing – Permitted south of Tecumseh and north of Sherman.  Lifeguards may allow surfing between other protected beaches pending the conditions of the given day.
Fishing – Permitted south of Prescott and north of Seacliff.  Lifeguards may allow fishing between other protected beaches pending the conditions of the given day.

Beach Tag Information
Strathmere beaches are free – no tags required!

Parking 
There are no beach parking lots in Strathmere but visitors can park along Ocean Drive for free. However, at the height of the summer season, this area is filled with parked cars so plan to arrive early.

Restrooms
There are no restrooms along Strathmere’s beaches but there at Porta-Potties available along Ocean Drive at Williams Road, Putnam Road, and 1400 Commonwealth Road.

Accessibility
Handicap access ramps are located at Williams Road and Putnam Road.

Surf Chairs
Surf Chairs are available. Call beach Headquarters if you need a beach wheelchair at (609) 263-1151

Rules and Regs

  • Beach Parties, Fires, Motor Vehicles, Alcoholic Beverages, and changing of clothes are not permitted on Upper Township beaches.
  • No dogs are permitted on any of Upper Township’s beaches from May through September.
  • Beach Access signs are posted at every beach path.  Please take note of where you are entering the beach, especially in areas not protected by lifeguards.  This will allow personnel to respond to the correct location in the case of an emergency.
  • Upper Township Beach Patrol utilizes the beach flag warning system.  The colors indicate the conditions for that day.  The meaning of the flags is as follows:

Green– mild conditions, low risk of rip currents, but still swim with caution.
Yellow- moderate conditions, moderate risk for rip currents and swimmers and patrons should enter the water with caution.
Red- rough conditions, high risk of rip currents, restrictions will be placed on swimmers to keep them safe in the water
Red with No Swim symbol– beach is closed to swimming
Red/Yellow Combined–  a lost child/individual has been reported and a search is underway

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Strathmere

History of Strathmere

IMG_0579 (1)For 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 which they “wampum” , or currency.

In 1692, Joseph Ludlam bought the land on which Strathmere, Sea Isle City and Townsends Inlet now reside and named the island after himself. Ludlam used the island to stock cattle and sheep, and mainlanders would visit to hunt, fish and engage in other recreational activities. 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. In 1781, “The Fame” shipwrecked off the coast and Spanish coins have been retrieved from the shoreline after dredging activities have occurred in the area.

Charles Kline Landis purchased Ludlam Island in 1880 with the intention of creating a beautiful seaside resort. He renamed the Island “Sea Isle City” and effectively marketed it as both a place to come for a visit and a place in which to live.

The northern tip of the island was named “Corson’s Inlet” after John and Peter Corson  sailed across the inlet between Ocean City and Strathmere. In 1883, the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad constructed a rail line that came into Corson’s Inlet from Ocean City. The railroad was later acquired by the Reading Railroad and ultimately fell into bankruptcy.

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The Sea Isle Trolley that reportedly ran from Strathmere to Townsends Inlet. Click photo to purchase.

deauvlIn 1881 the first hotel was constructed using materials that had to be brought in by boat. It was built next to the railway line and was called “Whelen’s Hotel” which later became the Deauville Inn. The building was used for a variety of purposes throughout the years, including a speakeasy during Prohibition and a rum-running station. In the 1930’s, well before gambling was legalized in Atlantic City, it was home to a casino. Several famous people have stayed at the Deauville Inn throughout the years, including  President Theodore Roosevelt. deauville2The building suffered damage in both the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944 and the Nor’Easter of 1962 – over the next two decades it ceased operating as a hotel and fell into disrepair. In 1980 the Carpenter family bought the building and worked diligently to restore it. Today, the Deauville Inn is a popular restaurant where people flock in the summer to enjoy dinner and a sunset over the bay.

Many families flocked to the beach in the summertime, especially on Sundays. The fare was $1 for a round-trip. 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.

Strathmere was once home to one of two U.S. Lifesaving Stations that resided on Ludlam’s Island (the other was located in Townsends Inlet). In 1871 the U.S. Lifesaving Service was created and over 200 stations were built along the east and west coast and the Great Lakes to provide search and rescue. When the U.S. Coast Guard was created in 1915 , it began moving stations from the oceanfront to the bayside  – not only to assist in serving those waterways, but to allow for the launching of bigger boats. In 1925 they moved a station that was originally at 58th Street in Ocean City station to Corson’s Inlet and it served the area until 1964.

In 1895 a hotel by the name of the ‘West Jersey Cottage’ was also built next to the train station. The hotel first housed fishermen and some year-round residents, and then during World War I it was home to soldiers who patrolled the coast. It was badly damaged in the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944 but part of the hotel was salvaged and moved to the main intersection in town. Today it is a privately owned home.

In 1905, Corson’s Inlet was annexed to Upper Township from Sea Isle City to help reduce the city’s debts. A contest was held 7 years later to rename Corson’s Inlet, which is how Strathmere – meaning “strand by the sea” – got its name. Further south along the strand, before the city of Sea Isle begins,  is an area known as “Whale Beach”, named so for the  many whales that have beached in this area. post office

The first general store and a post office were constructed in 1909. While the general store no longer exists, the post office and some other commercial establishments that were created over the next few decades still operate today as they did back then.

Strathmere motelIn 1920 a single-family home was constructed and later converted to the Strathmere Hotel. Now called the Strathmere Motel, it serves as the only overnight lodging establishment that remains in Strathmere today. twistys_ext_resizeTwisties Tavern on the Bay started out as a speakeasy during Prohibition but in the 1950s became a restaurant that continues to serve patronsa – although it had different names over the years, the inside remains largely unchanged according to its longtime customers. Also in the 1950s a restaurant by the name of Mildred’s was established, and today remains a very popular destination for discerning diners seeking a delectable dinner. mildreds

Today, despite many development companies and building plan proposals throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Strathmere remains less developed than many of its beach town neighbors. Being only two blocks wide and flanked by the ocean on the east, the bay on the west and the inlet on the north, it is vulnerable to storm damage. The 1944 hurricane, the 1962 nor’easter and other storms since then have changed the town’s landscape and development, destroying homes and businesses but never crushing its spirit. In fact, its sense of community – and fortunately a high, healthy dune line – has grown in the place where Mother Nature waged some of her most vicious coastal attacks.

fp1010002_jpgAnother factor in reducing development was the creation of Corson’s Inlet State Park in 1969 to help protect and preserve this area, which is one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the coast. The sand dune and marine estuary ecosystems here are home to hundreds of species of wildlife who have made permanent or migratory homes here. Today, many visitors pass through the dune trail to beachcomb and fish. Boaters dock at the beach along the inlet to enjoy picnics and, at low tide, sandbars are formed where people can walk out and wade in the receding water.

In 2007, a group called the Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach petitioned for de-annexation from Upper Township to allow Strathmere to become part of Sea Isle city, claiming a lack of adequate services from Upper Township and a possible reduction in property taxes by 40-50 percent if it annexed to Sea Isle City. After a seven year legal battle, the New Jersey Supreme Court denied the appeal, deciding that de-annexation would cause significant injury to the well-being of Upper Township as a result of the loss of revenues to the school district and would cause a tax increase for the citizens of Upper Township if it were to lose revenue from its upscale residential beachfront community. So, while Strathmere looks as if it’s a part of Sea Isle, it legally isn’t.

Being in Strathmere today is like stepping back in time. Described as being “quirky…and low key”, you may still think you’re back in 1950’s small town America, that is if you can look past some of the newer more modern homes and “McMansions” that have gone up over the years. There is a fire house, a library and a post office but no mail delivery service. Residents have to go pick up their mail, but that gives them the chance to see and stay in touch with one another. There is an active Improvement Association that shares news, hosts events and keeps the feeling of community alive.

If you want to learn more about Strathmere, I ask that you visit the blog and website, Strathmere.net. Much of the information here was gleaned from this amazing resource about Strathmere’s history. The site’s creator, Carol Baker, has done an incredible job of not only capturing every nuance and detail of her town’s history, but has gathered and displayed an astounding array of photos and postcards that, standing alone, could tell Strathmere’s story in visual detail. It truly is a great resource for someone who wants to learn more about Strathmere.

Do you, or does your family or business, have a history in Strathmere? 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).

To learn more about Strathmere, please follow the links below:

“Where the Ocean Meets the Bay” – All Abut Strathmere
Strathmere Beach Information
Where to Stay in Strathmere
Where to Eat in Strathmere
Upcoming Events in Strathmere – Fall/Winter 2018

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Strathmere

Where The Ocean Meets the Bay

aerial viewOriginally named “Corson’s Inlet” for the body of water hugging the northern shores of the barrier island it sits upon, Strathmere is a tiny unincorporated community that shares its island home with Sea Isle City and Townsends Inlet to the south.

Strathmere is a very narrow spit of beach and dunes with the ocean on one side and the bay and tidal marshes on the other. One road, Ocean Drive, runs from north to south between Ocean and Sea Isle Cities. The northern section Strathmere is two blocks wide but further south it narrows and becomes a one road-town with houses scattered along Ocean Drive until further south where Strathmere borders Sea Isle City.

20160726_075038Strathmere is comprised of beautiful sandy beaches that were recently replenished as the result of a federal grant program. After the devastation left behind by the Nor’easter of 1962, Strathmere was strictly beach, road and a few houses that survived with no protection from either the sea or the bay. Since then, a healthy dune line has been build up to protect Ocean Drive and its homes from the ocean – however, the bay is still free to encroach upon the town, and often does. Therefore, most new homes built in Strathmere are built up and soar high above the dunes with beautiful picturesque views from all sides of both the ocean and the bay.

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whale creekA section of the central part of Strathmere known as “Whale Beach” got its name from the many whales that have washed up in this area. The Whale Creek Marina provides visitors with the ability to go crabbing, fishing, rent boats or go kayaking in the back bay. Without a doubt, the primary recreational activity in Strathmere is spending time on the beach.

On the far northern end of Strathmere is Corson’s Inlet, a waterway through which boaters may pass from the bay behind Ludlam Island. At low tide, many sandbars appear and the inlet becomes a popular place for beach combing, boating, picnicking and watersports. A drawbridge crosses the inlet and connects Strathmere to the southernmost tip of Ocean City.

Strathmere is one of five free beaches in the state where the public has free access without having to purchase beach tags or pay to spend a day in the sand. beachThe other free beaches are Atlantic City, North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. Strathmere’s northern beaches are monitored by the Upper Township Beach Patrol but the area known as Whale Beach is unprotected, so swimmers need to be careful.

There is no retail area in Strathmere and only one operating motel. The Strathmere Motel was built in 1920 as a single-family home and was converted to a motel in the late 1950’s. Today it is a privately owned seasonal motel with only 15 rooms. cropped-DeauvilleBannerPerhaps the most famous landmark in Strathmere is the Deauville Inn, originally known as the Whelan Inn. It was built in 1881 and operated as a hotel and restaurant until the storm of ’62. It was purchased and renovated in 1980 and now operates as a popular restaurant and bar where boaters can dock to enjoy dinner and a gorgeous sunset view. Next door the “five o’clock somewhere” crowd can sit on beach chairs under umbrellas on Deauville’s tiny bayfront beach and sip cocktails while the sun goes down.beach-house-sunset
Driving through Strathmere is like going back to the small towns of the past. There are still old homes and the one major intersection has a blinking light. There is a post office, a library and a few eateries.

Strathmere is the perfect destination for people looking for a quiet beach experience, yet with proximity to bustling beach towns with boardwalks, shops and restaurants if they are looking for additional entertainment without having to stay in the middle of it.

To learn more about Strathmere, please follow the links below:

History of Strathmere
Strathmere Beach Information
Where to Stay in Strathmere
Where to Eat in Strathmere
Upcoming Events in Strathmere – Fall/Winter 2018

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