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Things to do Along the New Jersey Shore

From our favorite local events and entertainment to fun on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Seaview staff happily share their insider intel for getting the most out of your Galloway getaway. Read on to find out what we’re excited about right now.

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    Thanksgiving at Seaview

    This Thanksgiving, don’t settle for the ordinary. Skip the cooking and bring the whole family to Seaview for our Thanksgiving Feast. This full buffet will feature all of your Thanksgiving favorites as well as delectable new additions that will spice up your meal.

    Start off with some bites off of our artisanal cheese and charcuterie board. Enjoy the finest domestic and imported cheeses alongside cured meats. Accompany your cheese and meat starters with some homemade soups, like the white bean and kale, or a freshly crafted salad like the roasted golden beat salad.

    No Seaview buffet would be complete without our famous raw bar. Devour endless oysters, clams, and all your other favorites. Of course, we can’t forget it’s Thanksgiving. Our carving stations will become your most visited spot. Accompanying the herb-crusted whole turkey is a honey glazed bone-in ham. The meats don’t stop with the carving station. Half of a dozen entrees like apple cider-braised beef short ribs and roasted winter root vegetables will take up the remainder of your plate.

    Make sure to save some room for our bourbon pecan pie and many other gourmet sweets. Reserve your spot today and join us for the best Thanksgiving around.

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    Trunk or Treat in Galloway

    Figuring out how to celebrate Halloween with the family can be a bit tricky when you’re on vacation. You don’t know where to trick-or-treat, but that doesn’t mean the kids aren’t demanding full-sized candy bars! This year, the answer to your troubles is the pre-Halloween trick-or-treat extravaganza known as Galloway Trunk or Treat.

    Trunk or Treat is an annual event where local volunteers and various non-profit organizations all gather around to decorate the trunks of cars and fill them with loads of candy and other treats. Children can then walk around to each trunk and fill their bags with as much candy as they can hold! While they’re encouraged to dress in their Halloween spookiest, there’s absolutely no pressure to do anything other than enjoy some Halloween fun.

    This year, Trunk or Treat will take place on October 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Municipal Complex at 300 E Jimmie Leeds Road. The festivities are partnered with the Annual Towne Center Halloween Event, so if you enjoy Trunk or Treat, come back the next day for a larger, free Halloween event full of music, shows, crafts, and round two of trick-or-treating!

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    Authentic Celebration with Oktoberfest at Historic Smithville

    Guests looking to take a short day-trip around the Galloway area have many great options other than Atlantic City. The smaller towns in the area have a very rustic atmosphere and can be some of the coziest places in New Jersey. One such town is Historic Smithville and on the weekend of October 5th, the town hosts one of the best Oktoberfests on this side of the Atlantic!

    Oktoberfest in Historic Smithville means over 100 pop-up shops with local, artisan crafters showing off their rendition of German culture. This is combined with the best brats, beer, and other German favorites around. Keep your belly full and stein topped off as you explore the lederhosen packed stalls and meet the friendly locals.

    In addition to Oktoberfest, Historic Smithville will be hosting an art walk on September 21, a car show on September 27, and an Italian festival on September 28. With so much going on and such a short distance away, be sure to make this quaint village a stop on your Galloway journey!

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    A Seafood Buffet to End Them All

    There’s a reason why locals get very excited about this time of the year. Year-long alarm reminders have been going off like crazy, which can only signal the start of Seaview’s Seasonal Seafood Buffet. Well technically, the buffet began July 25th, but regardless, we invite you to join us every Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm until September 5th, as we host the best seafood buffet in New Jersey.

    With so much excitement around seafood, and the amazing local produce that New Jersey offers, seafood buffets may seem like a dime a dozen. For regular buffets, this may be the case, but Seaview’s Seasonal Seafood Buffet is anything but regular. Guests will enjoy the finest lobster and snow crab claws around. The crab cakes are so meaty that you’ll wonder why they’re even called cakes. The raw oyster bar has only the most pristine selection, and steamed options are always cooked to perfection.

    No description will truly do this buffet justice. The selection feels endless and many brave souls attempt to try everything and fail. If you can find it in your heart to stop drooling for longer than a couple of minutes, make your reservation today. A buffet this popular tends to get pretty busy! 

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    See a New Side of New Jersey at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

    Galloway, New Jersey often feels like its own little paradise away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but just close enough to still get the perks. What most people don’t know is that Galloway is also a little retreat from civilization. Visitors of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge will quickly find themselves away from all the cares in the world as they step forth onto pristine, undisturbed lands.

    This nationally renowned wildlife refuge is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The refuge invites you to celebrate by taking advantage of its prime location for migratory birds. New flocks are constantly coming in and out so this refuge is a bird watcher’s dream. Additionally, visitors are welcome to partake in other recreational activities like fishing, photography, hiking, and hunting. Those wishing to truly capture the beauty of New Jersey must make sure to add this wildlife refuge to any to-do list!

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    Atlantic City - a Unique Blend of Art and Culture

    It’s no secret that Atlantic City is a prime choice for lively entertainment. However, this idea often overlooks an important part of Atlantic City - its arts and culture scene. This summer, compliment your luxurious stay at Seaview with an enriching trip to Atlantic City.

    Patrons of fine live performances will find a lot to do in Atlantic City. Dante Hall Theater of the Arts hosts plays, concerts, and other performances. The Atlantic City Ballet has been dazzling guests for over 30 years with renowned dancers and expert choreography.

    If museums are more up your alley, then look for further - Atlantic City is home to the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. Here, over 11,000 unique artifacts are presented on rotation and guests are in for a treat. Additionally, the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum invites guests to celebrate the history of New Jersey ports, shores, and everything else shipping related. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center has an excellent aquatic mammal museum and is a first-responder to stranded whales and other large mammals. However you want to explore the culture of New Jersey, Atlantic City is a great place to start!

  • A double bed room at Seaview, a Dolce Hotel with morning light coming in through the windows

    Cheers to New Beginnings

    This summer, set your sights for the shore of Galloway, New Jersey and be one of the first to experience the grand reopening of Seaview, a Dolce Hotel. Since its inception in 1914, Seaview has become a historic center that has hosted a plethora of artists, musicians, actors, and more. Now, we mark the beginning of a new future and invite you to join us as we unveil the result of our six-month multi-million dollar full renovation.

    Seaview has fully transformed its 296 guest rooms with your comfort and relaxation in mind. A modern finish paired with cool, blue tones will remind you of the Bay’s enduring coastal beauty and legacy. As Seaview aims to be a retreat for both leisure and businesses travelers, our redecoration includes redesigns of our 21 meeting rooms in an effort to help better stimulate productivity and creative thinking. You will be able to ditch the boring mid-day coffee breaks and welcome fresh, energizing all-day refreshments designed with a simple idea in mind: thoughtful foods for thoughtful minds.

    We are also happy to announce the reopening of the legendary Main Dining Room. Experience the acclaimed Sunday champagne brunch, summer Clam Bakes, and only the freshest, locally -caught seafood. With so much excitement planned this summer, come join us as we usher in a new era of an old classic.

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    Swing Over for a Remarkable Weekend

    Over the years, the Ladies Professional Golf Association has become so popular that even a small tournament featuring one or two superstars draws a huge crowd. Well, how about one that averages an attendance of 96 out of the top 100 players on the money list? This year, from June 7 to June 9, Seaview, A Dolce Hotel is proud to host the annual ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer - one of the largest tournaments in the world showcasing top female golf talent.

    The tournament will conveniently be held right on Seaview’s own Bay Course and we offer a combined package that not only includes tournament admission, but also the opportunity to swing the day away at our sister course, Pine Course. Families can also share hours of fun at The Oreo Family Fun Zone. With fans flocking from all around the world, spaces are limited so make sure to reserve your unforgettable weekend sooner rather than later!

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    Start Planning Your Spring Wedding

    There may still be a chill in the air, but it’s never too soon to start envisioning your spring wedding next year. The Northeast is known for its long winters, followed by a lovely spring blooming with life. Here at Seaview, our surrounding grounds are about to come to life with gorgeous blooms, bright green foliage and a calming breeze up our sprawling 670-acre golf course. We suggest visiting us soon to get a feel for what your spring wedding 2020 could look like for you and your guests. We highly recommend playing a round of golf while you're here. That way, you can pass along details to your wedding guests who may want to partake in a round or two during their stay. We can’t wait to help you bring your wedding to life!

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    Say “Yes” On the Most Romantic Day of the Year

    As we approach February 14th, many couples will take the holiday as the opportunity to take their relationship to the next level. With so many engagements happening around this time, a wise couple will make sure to book a venue far in advance! Here at Seaview, we have a multitude of award-winning venues to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a scenic outdoor wedding, lavish indoor reception, or an intimate gathering to tie the knot, our hotel has been recognized by The Knot for 4 consecutive years! With our hotel currently undergoing renovations, those looking to stay on property during their wedding experience will be privy to the newest upgrades we’re making to our rooms, suites and dining facilities. To get started on planning your wedding, please contact us at (609) 748-7660 to speak to one of our onsite event coordinators and let us do the heavy lifting for you. Have a happy Valentine’s Day lovers!

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    Choose The Dream Venue for Your Wedding

    Right behind the bride or groom’s attire, location is what you fantasize about most when it comes to planning your dream wedding. After all, the perfect setting serves as the backdrop to your love story and it’s important to set the right tone. Perhaps an intimate ceremony in a gazebo is all you’ve ever wanted? Or a 400-guest reception in a grand ballroom? Whatever fantastic venue you’ve always had in mind, here at Seaview we have the versatility to accommodate the wedding of your dreams.

    Our indoor and outdoor venues, with the capacity to accommodate as many as 400 guests, can suit intimate or grand ceremonies, lavish or understated receptions, and various pre- and post-wedding events too. Choose from one of many spaces such as the Bayview Ballroom, Bayview Terrace, Centennial Pavilion, Presidential Ballroom, Oval Room, Main Dining Room, and Oval Lawn. Give us a call today to schedule a tour and start planning your dream wedding!

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    Lake Meone Makes for a Magical Christmas

    Delight in a display of over 120 floating Christmas Trees constructed from over 50,000 Christmas lights that magically float atop Lake Meone. Historic Smithville has quite the holiday treat!

    Thursday through Sunday, as soon as the sun sets at about 4:30 p.m., an orchestrated show of lights and music floats across the lake. Lights dance and follow one another while holiday favorites can be heard all throughout the village.

    Whether on one side of the village or bridge or the other, the show can be seen and heard all around. The show runs from Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, January 6 so don't miss out! 

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    Enjoy the Holidays at the Historic Smithville

    Take in the adorableness of Historic Smithville, located in Southern New Jersey. Smithville is composed of a collection of quaint wooden clapperboard-style houses, local shops, and restaurants. Smithville has a rich and vibrant history, from farmers fighting the British for their land to tales of the infamous Jersey Devil and his sightings at the swamps. November in Smithville means Fire on the Lake at the beginning of the month and the Holiday Light Show at the very end of November. It also means visiting the Talking Christmas tree, plenty of opportunities to get your Christmas shopping done at the 70+ shops, and about 7 taverns to quench your thirst and elevate your spirits.

    Bring a full wallet and an empty stomach as there are plenty of samples to be tried and stores filled with clothes, soaps, cheese, wine, crafts, pottery, spreads, and more to shop from. Smithville is located just a few miles from Atlantic City and the beaches of Jersey. Enjoy the quiet and the serenity of this tiny town and a lovely view of Lake Meone. Smithville makes for a great day trip, and a wonderful opportunity for two, just you, or the entire family!

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    Climb Aboard the Atlantic City Boardwalk

    Built in 1870, The Atlantic City Boardwalk still stands long and proud, reeling in hundreds of visitors every year. Wonder at the expansive, over 4-miles-long American landmark. Built in 1870, The Atlantic City Boardwalk, still stands long and proud, reeling in hundreds of visitors every year. With the beach lining one side and vendors, and confections lining the other, there’s no tiring of this walk. The boardwalk was made to be enjoyed at all hours of the day. For early risers, you can head out and run or bike the expanse of the boardwalk as early at 6 a.m. Enjoy the glow of the Atlantic Ocean in the daytime and soak in the enormous neon signs that liven the boardwalk at night. Fishing and surfing are popular during warm-weather months. But even in cooler weather, the dozens of alluring casinos, restaurants, shops, bars, and clubs offer visitors plenty of entertainment all year round.

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    Jammin’ At The Jazz Fest

    If you love jazz, make plans now join like-minded music lovers for the Exit Zero Jazz Fest, scheduled November 9-11, 2018 at the Cape May Convention Hall and various venues around town. Highlights of the three-day weekend include more than 40 sets by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz artists, including five-time Grammy winner and newly minted NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves and two-time Grammy winner Marcus Miller. The fun kicks off with the traditional pre-opening benefit concert on Thursday, November 8. This year, the fest gives a nod to the birthplace of jazz in “A Night in New Orleans: A Benefit Concert for Music Connects” featuring the legendary Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers. Score a three-day pass, a single-day pass, or pick the performances you can’t miss at exit0jazzfest.com. And if you’re wondering about the festival’s name, that’s easy: It’s named for the exit to Cape May off the Garden State Parkway.