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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)

Townsends Inlet

Upcoming Events in Townsends Inlet – Fall/Winter 2018

The bridge connecting Sea Isle and Townsends Inlet with Avalon is closed…again! The  will be closed until May 22, 2019 for an $8.6 million overhaul.  Hopefully this will be it for awhile!

If you own a business or belong to 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! 

To learn more about Townsends Inlet, please follow the links below:

Find out why Townsends Inlet is considered “Southern Sea Isle At Its Finest”
History of Townsends Inlet
Townsends Inlet Beach Information
Where to Stay in Townsends Inlet
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Townsends Inlet

Where to Eat in Townsends Inlet

Townsends Inlet is a neighborhood located on the south end of Sea Isle City, but one that has put itself on the map as its own distinct community. It is not certain whether that distinction comes from its name – the inlet here is quite famous in the fishing and boating community as the main conduit through with many commercial boats and personal craft pass to enter the Atlantic. Or maybe it’s because its residents have mindfully established a small-town environment to give the community a personality of its own. One thing is certain: with the new development going on in TI, it will no longer serve just be a pass-through between Avalon and Sea Isle, but a destination location of its own.

While there are not many culinary offerings here, the fact that TI is separated from Sea Isle’s commercial area by at least 20 blocks warrants its own listing here. Oh, and because the offerings here are quite impressive. These are the establishments that we think are best in categories that are important to us when we travel. Bon Appetit!

Coffee Shop / Pastries / Grab-N-Go

Nnickelbysickelby’s General Store (8301 Landis) Nickelby’s has been a favorite tradition in Townsends Inlet since 1983. Billing itself as a “Deli – Bakery – Café – Grille – Coffee House”, Nickelby’s certainly is a one-stop shop for all things culinary. It has an espresso bar, serves breakfast handhelds and lunch items from the deli, grill or bistro, scoops up gelato treats and offers other goodies. Live entertainment is provided in a coffee house setting weekends throughout the summer. Open Monday through Thursday 7am – 11am; Friday 7am – 3pm; Saturday and Sunday 7am – 7pm.

Breakfast / Waterfront Dining / Romantic

IMG_7360Sunset Pier (86th Street and the Bay) This cozy waterfront favorite is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a beautiful view of the bay. Eat inside or outside on the deck next to docked boats. There is an expansive menu of food items that are sure to please every taste, and a newly added juice bar called Sunset Squeeze features acai bowls, smoothies and fresh squeezed juices. A tackle Shop is open daily where back bay boats for crabbing, fishing or joy riding are available for rent. Open daily 7 am – 2 pm; 4:30 pm – 9 pm.

Lunch

50023736Hank’s Sauce (8605 Landis Ave) This unique eatery restaurant actually started as a hot sauce business between college friends. The business finally morphed into a restaurant serving huge burgers, fresh seafood, loaded tacos, made-from-scratch soups, and pinchos (which are various meats on a stick stacked atop a piece of artisan bread). Their signature hot sauce is available for sale here as well as various places along the southern Jersey coast, and original recipes using the sauces are available online. Hank’s is worth the bike ride or drive from Sea Isle, Avalon or beyond – as they say on their website, “Go the extra mile – we promise to do the same”. Open daily in summer; hours vary.

Seafood

eatdocsDoc Magrogan’s Oyster House (8600 Landis Avenue) Doc Magrogan’s opened in 2016 and has been delighting diners with delectable dishes ever since. Their expansive menu offers appetizers, flatbreads, handhelds, steak and poultry dishes as well as signature seafood specialties. Hand-crafted cocktails, beer and premium wines are available as well. Opens daily at 3 pm.

Ice Cream

eatscoopsScoops Ice Cream (8305 Landis) Scoops Ice Cream is a tiny shack along Landis Avenue that is big on ice cream flavors. Family owned and operated for over 20 years, Scoops always has a long line in the summer of folks waiting to savor over 30 flavors of soft serve and 45 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. Sugar-free and lo-carb cones are available. Open daily 12 noon – 12 midnight.

Where do you like to eat in Townsends Inlet? 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 Townsends Inlet, please follow the links below:

Find out why Townsends Inlet is considered “Southern Sea Isle At Its Finest”
History of Townsends Inlet
Townsends Inlet Beach Information
Where to Stay in Townsends Inlet
Upcoming Events in Townsends Inlet – Fall/Winter 2018

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Townsends Inlet

Where to Stay in Townsends Inlet

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Townsends Inlet, on the southern end of Sea Isle City, is a quiet residential neighborhood which historically hasn’t included a commercial district, with the exception of a small deli and country store. Until this season, travelers who wished to stay in Townsends Inlet only had one option: renting a condo or home on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis. For shorter vacations, visitors had no other choice but to stay further north in Sea Isle, or in another town altogether.

However, an exciting new construction project is changing all of that.

Hotels/Condominiums:

The Dunes, which opened in 2016, is the first of the three-building construction projectUntitled-7 which will soon include The Cape and The Cove. The Dunes 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. The Cape and Cove promise to offer similar accommodations and amenities. Located in the Dunes 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.

If you have not found what you are looking for in Townsends Inlet, please check out Where to Stay in Sea Isle City and Where to Stay in Avalon for more overnight options if you wish to stay in this area.

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 Townsends Inlet? 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 Townsends Inlet.

To learn more about Townsends Inlet, please follow the links below:

Find out why Townsends Inlet is considered “Southern Sea Isle At Its Finest”
History of Townsends Inlet
Townsends Inlet Beach Information
Where to Eat in Townsends Inlet
Upcoming Events in Townsends Inlet – Fall/Winter 2018

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Townsends Inlet Beach Information

Sea Isle’s beaches at Townsends Inlet 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: 75th, 77th, 81st, 84th, 86th, 89th & 92nd streets. Beaches south of 93rd Street do not have lifeguards present and use is at one’s own risk.

Permitted Activities
Rafts – Permitted at  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 74th & 82nd streets.
Volleyball – Permitted at 88th street. Two volleyball nets are the maximum permitted per volleyball beach. Nets are not provided on volleyball beaches.
Surf Fishing – Permitted on beaches south of 93rd St. Any beach area adjacent to rock jetties not specified as a surfing or kayaking beach.
Kayaks – Permitted at 79th street.

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
Street and metered parking is available and there is a parking lot is at 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
94th Street & Landis Avenue

Accessibility
Access to beach at 85th street

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.

Rules and Regs

  • Swiming 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.

To learn more about Townsends Inlet, please follow the links below:

Find out why Townsends Inlet is considered “Southern Sea Isle At Its Finest”
History of Townsends Inlet
Where to Stay in Townsends Inlet
Where to Eat in Townsends Inlet
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Townsends Inlet

History of Townsends Inlet

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 the beach. They made beads from the shells called “wampum” which was used as currency.

In 1692 Joseph Ludlam bought the land from a Quaker group 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 in 1695. The rest of Ludlam’s Island to the north would later become Sea Isle, after purchase by Charles Landis in 1880, and Strathmere, after the original land called Corson’s Inlet was annexed to Upper Township and renamed in 1912.

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IMG_7346Landis had water channels built on Sea Isle’s bayside, similar to those found in Venice, Italy. Today, those water channels still exist, and are flanked by bay front homes and condos, docks,  fishing piers, two yacht clubs and two restaurants. Hundreds of boats, both commercial and personal, are docked throughout the waterways behind Sea Isle, and it is through Townsends Inlet that those vessels enter the Atlantic Ocean.

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In 1882, Busch’s Hotel was built and later became a seafood restaurant. For decades it was a popular, beloved restaurant, featuring its specialty She Crab Soup and other seafood delicacies. In 2014, Busch’s ceased operating as a full-service restaurant and scaled down its operation to instead became a take-out location. The building was demolished later that year.

In 1883 railroad lines were constructed to bring visitors to Ludlam’s Island. One railway came in from Ocean City by way of Corson’s Inlet on the north end of the island, and the other came in by way of what is now 41st Street in Sea Isle City.

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A trolley ran down the length of the island connecting visitors and residents to Townsends Inlet from Sea Isle and Strathmere. The trolley was decommissioned in 1916 but the route upon which it rested became a popular walkway before it became Pleasure Avenue. Today, Pleasure Island runs the length of the island, starting at 33rd Street in Sea Isle and ending just beyond 93rd Street in Townsends Inlet.

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In 1849 a U.S. Life Saving Station was erected in Townsends Inlet.

 

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A Civic Center was built circa 1888, and for over a century it was home to many dances, pageants, concerts and community events. Most notably, in December each year the Civic Center would be transformed into Santa’s Workshop, providing beautifully decorated window displays for the community to enjoy each night, and served as the location for an annual Holiday Show. In summer, it is where the popular King Neptune Festival was held. In 2017, the Civic Center faced possible foreclosure due to nonpayment of taxes – to date, this issue has not yet been resolved.

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TwnsndsInletInletStoreAndPO07In 1904 a post office was built and it served the residents of this portion of the island until it closed in 1988. Today, residents of Townsends Inlet share the same zip code as and are served by the Sea Isle City post office.

As the town developed, more homes and businesses were built, including the Trinity Community Church located at 85th and Landis which, today, continues to operate as a non-denominational church.

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Here are some views of the residential areas in Townsend’s Inlet history.

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In the early 1940s the bridge connecting Townsends Inlet with Avalon was constructed. The bridge has a history of closures due to damage and structural concerns. Hurricane Sandy caused damage to the road from the bridge on the Avalon side, so it was shut down for months while the road was rebuilt. Another repair project occurred in 2015 which had it closed for months. And then, in the Spring of 2017, cracks and severe deterioration were found in the support piles during an underwater inspection. Some repairs were made to allow motorists, pedestrians and bike riders use the bridge in the summer of 2017. However, it is believed that the bridge needs to be rebuilt but it will cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars to do so.

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dunesIn 2016, new construction was completed on The Dunes, an upscale, mixed-use commercial building that was built in the location where the former Busch’s Restaurant once stood. Housing 13 luxury condominium units of 3 and 4 bedrooms, the Dunes is also home to Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House. Coming in late 2017 and 2018 will be The Cove and The Cape, two additional mixed-use buildings that will host additional retail, dining and condominiums. The completion of this project promises to make Townsends Inlet a sought-after destination for dining and perhaps shopping unlike it has been in the past.

Over the years, Townsends Inlet has served as a beautiful location to enjoy the beaches along the ocean and the inlet.

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Do you, or does your family or business, have a history in Townsends Inlet? 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 Townsends Inlet, please follow the links below:

Find out why Townsends Inlet is considered “Southern Sea Isle At Its Finest”
Townsends Inlet Beach Information
Where to Stay in Townsends Inlet
Where to Eat in Townsends Inlet
Upcoming Events in Townsends Inlet – Fall/Winter 2018

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Townsends Inlet

Southern Sea Isle At Its Finest

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Townsends Inlet is located on the barrier island of Ludlam Island. It is considered an “unincorporated community” – much like its cousin, Strathmere, which flanks Sea Isle on the north end of the island. Known locally as “TI”, the essence of its classification rests not so much on the word “unincorporated” as it does “community”. With one stop light, a tiny non-denominational church, a country store and a couple venerated, historic restaurants, Townsends Inlet once represented the quintessential small town America.  IMG_7432But that is all beginning to change.

In 1692, John Ludlum bought the island where Sea Isle City, Strathmere and Townsends Inlet are located. Three years later, he divided it into three sections and sold the southernmost section to John Townsend who named the land after himself and its location on the inlet. Today, although it is still referred to by its birth name, Townsends Inlet remains under the jurisdiction of Sea Isle City.

Despite its unified governance, Townsends Inlet has a definitive vibe of its own. Perhaps it is because of its location – being forty blocks from the town center of Sea Isle has allowed Townsends Inlet to develop a personality of its own, much like a child who has gone off to college. Perhaps it is because of the atmosphere – surrounded on three sides by ocean, bay and wild dunes, TI’s landscape creates the perfect prescription for peace. Or perhaps it is because of the community itself – residents here enjoy fellowship with one another throughout the year with various social clubs focusing on neighborhood improvement, gardening and books.

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Around the corner from Nickelby’s is a tiny ice cream shop called “Scoops” where visitors can grab a cone and sit at one of the few oversized wooden picnic tables to watch the Landis Avenue passersby.

Further south, where Landis Avenue meets the bridge at 94th Street is the Townsends Inlet Waterfront Park. Here, visitors can find a playground, shade pavilion and a nature walk that opens up to an expansive natural beachIMG_7303 area where the ocean meets the bay. The inlet, an entry way to the Intercoastal Waterway from the Atlantic Ocean, serves both commercial marine traffic as well as pleasure craft. It is a favorite spot to fish, have a picnic or just and watch a beautiful sunset over the bay.

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Life is slower here than in Sea Isle City proper, where bustling Landis Avenue in the summer season – particularly on weekends – is lined with parked cars and gridlocked intersections. With a 25 mile an hour speed limit and a law requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians in the many crosswalks that are found on Landis, it is hard to get anywhere quickly at the height of the summer season and, in fact, can at times feel like midtown Manhattan at rush hour. But going south, you find a different atmosphere – at around 80th Street, Landis dwindles to a laid back stretch of roadway. That is because travelers who do not live or stay here come through for one of three reasons: to dine, to go to the waterfront park or keep driving out of town over the bridge to Avalon. But now, with the development of new commercial attractions, people will have more reasons to stop in TI.

Until now, TI had basically three restaurants. Sunset Pier, at 86th Street and the bay, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating and a IMG_7421BYOB option. A juice bar called Sunset Squeeze featuring acai bowls, smoothies and fresh squeezed juices was recently added to the restaurant. A Tackle Shop is open daily and provides boats for rent for crabbing, fishing or joy riding on the back bay, including a 20’ pontoon boat. Parasailing excursions also launch from this dock.

Hank’s Sauce is located at 8605 Landis and features a variety of homemade50023736 sauces and original menu items developed by once-college roommates who “shared a passion for the ocean and a DIY attitude”. After successfully marketing their unique brand of sauces, they opened a restaurant in the south end of Sea Isle featuring creations such as soups, tacos and other handheld delights.

In 2015 the famous Busch’s Seafood Restaurant, most known for its legendary She Crab soup, was demolished to allow new construction to 4c6a004cc882a.imagebegin on an upscale condominium and restaurant complex. Busch’s was a dining mainstay of Townsends Inlet since 1882 where loyal customers frequented the restaurant for delicious local seafood cuisine.Untitled-7
It is here that Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House has made its home in the trendy Dunes Building. This upscale restaurant features a raw bar and serves flatbreads, steaks and seafood. Also located in the Dunes is the Breakwaters Ballroom, a perfect venue for a beach-themed wedding, and 13 luxury condominiums that are available for rent for as little as a 3-night stay. The Dunes is one of three mixed-use buildings coming into Townsends Inlet between 85th and 87th Streets in the next year. Currently under construction are the Cove and the Cape Buildings, both 3-story retail, restaurant and condo complexes.untitled
The Cove is home to TI’s first boutique shop, the Pink Gator. A new restaurant called the Fishin’ Pier Grille is scheduled to open here as well. The top two stories of the Cove will include 11 luxury condos catering to Sea Isle’s high-end tourist market. The Cape, meanwhile, is scheduled to open later in 2018. It will be the home of the new Blitz’s Market, and above it will be nine luxury condominiums.
By 2018, Townsends Inlet may seem like a very different place, catering to Sea Isle’s visitors who wish to tuck away from the crowds into a quieter, more upscale environment for their beach vacations. Soon, TI is likely to be more of a final destination resort and less of a place to stop and grab dinner on the way out of town. And from the looks of things, they won’t be disappointed. As the creators of Hank Sauce say on their website in encouraging people to travel to the south side of the island, “Go the extra mile, we promise to do the same.”

To learn more about Townsends Inlet, please follow the links below:

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

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