May-June 2020

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Photo by Don Pearse

Spa Time at the Shore

Escape for a wellness weekend or a romantic retreat at The Reeds at Shelter Haven, voted New Jersey’s Best Hotel in 2019 by Condé Nast Traveler readers. The 58-room boutique hotel is located in Stone Harbor, a quaint shore town where Taylor Swift summered as a girl and played acoustic shows at Coffee Talk, a local cafe. The hotel opened in 2013 with 37 rooms. A two-story Salt Spa wellness center and 21 more coastal chic rooms were added last year.

Photo by Jessica Orlowicz

Rejuvenate your skin with a body scrub or mud treatment at the spa, which features a Turkish bath with iridescent tiles, a fitness center, Brine Lounge (a light-therapy room with tranquil music and a waterfall) and a living roomlike nail treatment sanctuary.
Options for free outdoor fun include a beach (two blocks from the hotel) with chairs and umbrellas, a roof garden with morning yoga, kayaks and paddleboards to take out on the bay, and a plunge pool.

The hotel’s five places for nourishment include Sax at the Reeds for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Buckets Margarita Bar & Cantina, a taqueria-style restaurant with graffiti wall art and outdoor seating overlooking the bay; and Stone Harbor Pizza Pub for a good slice, craft brews and panoramic views.

The Reeds offers a variety of room types and suites, each with white oak floors, Frette bathrobes and frameless glass showers with rain showerheads.

Midweek rates in May begin at $229; weekend rates begin at $369; prices are higher in summer.

The Reeds at Shelter Haven, 9601 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, New Jersey; 609-368-0100;