Weekend getaway to the Jersey Shore anyone? It seems that our world is becoming busier and busier by the day. We could all use a minute to get away from work, school, stress, and obligations, whether that is one week, or one day. Any moment spent exploring a new place counts. Just a two and a half hour drive from New York City, Stone Harbor at the Jersey Shore is a great place to spend a weekend at the beach! (Fun fact: it’s located one mile closer to the sea than most of the other Jersey Shore towns, making the term, “beach-front” that much more viable). Below, I walk you through my quick (and much needed) 48-hour getaway to Stone Harbor.
After taking the morning to sleep in and get some beauty rest, what better way to start the day than to grab something to eat! We opted for a healthy and tasty breakfast from Shore Juice. From wheatgrass shots to acai bowls, this juice bar is guaranteed to fuel and energize you for the weekend ahead. Located in the newly developed “Harbor Square,” in Stone Harbor, you will find restaurants, shops, and a lovely courtyard in the middle of it all to sit and enjoy whatever you decide to pick up.
During my time in Stone Harbor, I stayed at a beach house on 93rd Street. For those of you who have never been to this area, the streets are numbered on a grid
system, similar to New York. Each street leads all the way down to the public beach that is clean and not crowded. I can say that we had no problem finding a comfortable, spacious area to hang out for the day on Memorial Day Weekend (one of the busiest tourist weekends in Stone Harbor), so any other weekend should guarantee comfortable beach space!
Dinner & Drinks.
After hitting the beach for a few of hours, getting drinks is a must. We took a short drive to The Windrift Hotel, which hosts a beach-front bar with a rooftop. The atmosphere is extremely welcoming and hanging out during “golden hour,” with a view of the sunset glistening over the summer, is as relaxing of a scene as you can get. The Windrift also has a delicious restaurant connected bar. We ate in the open air restaurant with the entertainment of a live band playing in the background, keeping the beach vibes present into the night.
A getaway to Stone Harbor isn’t complete without some old-fashioned ice cream. Stone Harbor’s homemade ice cream shop, Springer’s, is the place to be to get your fix! During summer weekends there is usually a line out the door and around the corner, but it is well worth the wait. With unique flavors like “The Blue One” and “Prohibition Tradition,” Springer’s is sure to please a late-night, sweet tooth craving.
Early in the morning, we wake up to check the waves. I only dabble in surfing, but for local surfers this becomes part of their daily routine. The water was a bit too cold to go in without a wet suit, but if I was there all summer I would surf every day too! You can rent a board and a wet suit at the local surf shop, Stone Harbor Surf and Paddle. Waves aren’t big in this area, so it’s a good site for beginners.
On our second day, we opted for a less healthy option for breakfast. Local joint, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, has great service, the food comes fast, and is aimed to please. With locations all over Cape May, t’s the best place to grab a traditional breakfast after a night out.
Stone Harbor downtown is out of a picture book, with strings of lights strewn across the streets atop a slew of shops ranging from trinket tourist shops to high end designer boutiques. It’s a great place to buy a gift for friends and family or get some much-needed (and forgotten) summer necessities.
After walking around town, we stop for lunch at Chill, an downtown rooftop restaurant serving traditional American fare. They have a great variety of fresh and local food options, as well as a covered bar. As the name embodies, it is a great place to come with your friends and family to unwind and chill on your weekend away. If you’re dining here for dinner, the sunset is phenomenal from the rooftop!
After lunch it was time to head back to reality. We cherish weekends like this, even if they are as close to home as South Jersey. Take the time to travel and explore, even if it is just for 48 hours! If you liked our 48-hour getaway to Stone Harbor, you may also like our recent 48-hour getaway guide to Los Angeles.
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Written by Kathleen Sheppard