Labor Day may mark the end of a lot of things—summer camp, white pants, warm weather—but weekends down the shore continue long into fall. For your next trip, plan to get out of the city and head down to Stone Harbor to spend the ideal fall getaway.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven overlooks the bay, making it the ideal spot to take in all the beauty of Stone Harbor. Spend some time exploring the hotel before heading out for your first activity of the day. 9601 Third Ave., 609-368-0100
Enjoy the Outdoors
Fall weather is great, but it doesn’t last long. Take it all in by spending your weekend outdoors. The Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary is 21.5 acres of preserved nature, where birds, wildlife, and people exist in harmony. 114th and Second Ave., 609-368-5102
Head to Happy Hour
Nothing says beach weekend like a no-shower happy hour, and Buckets Cantina continues the trend long after summer ends. Enjoy specialty priced drinks in a relaxed atmosphere—and of course, no dress code to abide by. Plus, it’s right next to the Reeds, so getting there is easy. 9631 Third Ave., 609-961-3015
After a laidback cocktail, get spruced up and head to SAX. Opening September 28, this restaurant inside The Reeds offers fireside seating, with a raw bar and items like steak, grilled cheese, and salads.
An after dinner treat is always necessary when on vacation. Springers Ice Cream is a local favorite and their take on the banana split, with bananas, strawberries, pineapple, cherries, and chocolate syrup is our go-to option. Top it off with whipped cream, and you’ve got yourself the perfect dessert. 9420 Third Ave., 609-368-4631
If you're heading to Stone Harbor before the 28th, opt for an after-dinner drink outside at the Water Star Grille’s bar. We suggest the red sangria pitcher—perfect for sharing with peach schnapps, apples, oranges, and pinot noir. 9601 Third Ave., 609-368-0100
A weekend away isn’t complete without brunch, and Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is the go-to in Stone Harbor. Indulge in banana pancakes, hot apple crepes, or the classic eggs and bacon. 308 96th St., 609-368-8129
Time to Shop
Whether you’re looking for a beachy dress that’s still wearable the the fall (think Lily Pullitzer) or a new statement necklace, People People is the ideal boutique. Looking for souviners? Coastal Fix has tons of gifts, jewelry, and handmade items like beach soaps and mugs. 9810 Third Ave., 609-368-3355; 270 96th St., 609-368-3800
Grab a Final Treat
Pick up a delicious pastry from the Bake Shop inside the Reeds for the road. Chef Rebecca Strayer (pastry chef for Sax and Water Star Grille) whips up cookies, cakes, and breads—including gluten-free options! 9601 Third Ave., 609-368-0100