Casual meets chic on Seven Mile Island. By Ken Schlager
IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A BETTER
place to view a Jersey Shore sunset
than the Water Star Grille. Perched
on a little bay in the center of Stone
Harbor, the open-air restaurant attracts a nightly crowd of vacationers to its spacious bar and dining
deck. To the west, the setting sun
paints the sky red and gold as it
slips into Delaware Bay.
The Water Star Grille is one of
two restaurants at the Reeds at
Shelter Haven, a three-year-old
boutique hotel that has given this
South Jersey beach town something it lacked for decades: a high-end resort. The small property—it
has just 37 rooms and suites—fits
unobtrusively into Stone Harbor’s
lively downtown shopping and dining district.
Even the competition views
the Reeds as a welcome addition.
“They’re great for the town,” says
Susan Cawley, general manager of
the family-oriented Concord Suites
in neighboring Avalon. “It’s got a