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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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    More Than Just a Pretty View

    As our name suggests, Seaview Dolce offers sweeping seaside views of southern New Jersey’s gold coast. But, this fall, follow the breeze north and discover the lush marshland and teeming coastal habitats you’d be crazy to miss.

    Atlantic City County and Galloway Township are the proud home of 47,000 acres of pristine, protected coastal land, and it’s open to visitors like you. One of the country’s 555 refuges, the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge happens to hold a special place in birders’ hearts as it’s one of the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight paths. During migration season, which begins in September and stretches into November, birders’ flock to the refuge and surrounding coastal areas with hopes to catch sight of loons, gannets, scoters, falcons, hawks, and raptors. But it’s not all about the birds. Forsythe is also your destination for fishing, photography, nature hikes, guided walks, and more. So after your sunrise walk on the bay shore, check in with our friendly concierge to learn what might be on offer that day and plan your visit to our big backyard. Learn more by visiting our website.

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    Experience the Jersey Shore Off-Season

    Sure, the whole world knows Atlantic City for its casinos. But there’s a whole lot more fun to be had that has nothing to do with gambling. We’ve featured the state’s highest lighthouse in Absecon in a previous blog with its 228 steps. But have we mentioned the well-kept secret of the city’s boardwalk extension? You’ll see lots of cyclists, joggers, and walkers stroll the length of the boards, but few may notice how the real estate changes at the end. Where the shop fronts end, the views begin, with largely unobstructed views of the Atlantic’s crashing waves, jetties, and jagged rocks. But don’t end your walk there — rent a bike and breeze down the boardwalk to Ventnor, a short four-mile journey away, to explore the downtown or hang out on the fishing pier. One-Stop Bait & Tackle in the city rents out rods.)Or, if you simply wish to get your feet in the sand, both Brigantine and the southern end of Atlantic City including Bartram Avenue Beach, are ideal stretches of coast. You might even find you have the whole place to yourself!

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    Discover the Charm of Historic Smithville

    What began as a humble stagecoach stop more than 50 years ago has blossomed into a memory-making overnight destination.  Just a few miles north of Seaview is historic Smithville, with a quaint downtown setting snug with more than 60 inviting painted-clapboard shops. Wander along the village’s cobblestone walkways and over the scenic footbridges to discover a hidden New Jersey gem that seems as if it were frozen in colonial time. Thoughtfully manicured grounds and striking attention to detail make historic Smithville a pleasure to relax and explore. If shopping isn’t your thing, watch the carousel spin its magic and the paddle boats float around Lake Meone. Make time to get in a boat yourself to glimpse a sweeping view of the village from the water’s edge. There’s a Car Cruise on September 10th and 27th as well as an antique show on the 13th, all on Smithville’s Village Green. Still not convinced to visit? Let Seaview sweeten the deal by offering you a deluxe room with welcome cocktails for two and a $50 gift card to either the award-winning Inn at Smithville or Fred and Ethel’s restaurant. Book the “Discover Smithville” package today by clicking the ‘offers’ tab on our website and scrolling to the first entry under our Garden State Getaways, or simply click here. Luxury awaits!

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    The Face Behind The Fare: Executive Chef Rodolfo Correa

    Though he oversees the entire culinary experience at Seaview, imparting his special flair on each dish prepared and every cocktail poured, it’s rare that those enjoying his masterpieces ever come face-to-face with the man behind the fare: Executive Chef Rodolfo Correa.

    Spending countless hours orchestrating behind the scenes, Chef Rodolfo, or Chef Rudy to us, and his team have done more than deliver since he’s arrived—even earning a spot in OpenTable’s “100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America” list to start.

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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 as 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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    Explore The Untouched At The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

    Set just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough to still feel within reach, Galloway is one of New Jersey’s cherished escapes. But even beyond its legacy as a favored destination, this township grants access to another side of life—at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Refuge.

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    Down By The Boardwalk

    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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. But that doesn't impact the fun to be had on the beaches, and in the restaurants, currently operating at limited capacity.

    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, and bars offer visitors plenty of entertainment all year round.

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    Plan Your Dream Wedding

    We know that these unprecedented times make it difficult to plan your special day, but we're here to help.

    For decades, Seaview has opened its doors to some truly exquisite weddings. With venues of all sizes and views and professional teams of wedding planners ready to walk you through every step of the way, it’s never too early to begin planning your own world-class wedding.

    Choices are important when planning a wedding, and Seaview offers you plenty of them. Whether you fancy the Bayview Ballroom, Bayview Terrace, Presidential Ballroom, elegant Main Dining Room, or many more, you can be sure your wedding will be unforgettable. The stunning courtyard and surrounding backdrops will add the perfect touch to your perfect day, and outdoor weddings are perfect for today's climate. A beautiful, socially-distanced wedding has never been more possible.

    Seaview offers help for every step of your wedding, including help selecting the perfect honeymoon destinations. Now that you’ve said yes to your person, get ready to say yes to your dream venue too!

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    A Romantic Seaside Escape Awaits You

    With the season of love just around the corner, we can’t help but lean into the romance of our nostalgic hotel and serene 670-acre property. Nestled into a quiet stretch of coastline along Reeds Bay, we offer an intimate getaway for couples who want classic resort-style amenities and fine dining while being close to the excitement of Atlantic City.

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    ‘Tis The Season Of Delicious Dining

    At Seaview, we believe the hallmark of the holidays should be delicious meals to gather around with the ones you love most. Under the direction of our longtime chef, Rodolfo Correa, our culinary team offers several unforgettable culinary experiences for the holiday season plus weekly specials, so you can truly savor the moment whenever you stay with us.
    On Christmas Eve, join us in the Seaview Main Dining Room for hearty Italian Night specials plus a complimentary glass of Champagne to toast to the season. Then on Christmas Day, our kitchen treats you to an exclusive three-course menu featuring festive staples like butternut squash bisque and slow-roasted prime rib.
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    A Seaview Thanksgiving for Everyone

    Every year at Seaview we look forward to hosting Thanksgiving and bringing families together. This year, in a celebration of family coming together, we invite you to experience the holiday with us, in-person or to-go!

    Following CDC guidelines, WHO recommendations, and local standards, guests will dine in a safe and socially responsible environment. Treat your friends, family, and loved ones to a 5-course meal prepared by our longtime Executive Chef, Rodolfo Correa.

    Take it easy this year, and let us handle kitchen duties. This Thanksgiving, we're taking to-go orders, so no one misses out on the celebration. Serving all the holiday favorites, our menu includes a few delights made with an added touch of New Jersey flair.

    Make an OpenTable reservation, or place an order to-go. You have options this holiday, and they're all delicious. From our Seaview family to yours, we can't wait to see you here!

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    Work From Your Seaview Office By the Bay

    Though working from home is convenient there can be unforeseen challenges. Considering the fluent changes in both your work and personal life routine, we've taken proactive steps to give you a much-needed break from the distractions at home. Create the perfect work-life balance in a well-appointed office at Dolce Seaview. Our specially selected suites feature a number of unique designs and amenities to enhance your presentation capabilities and productivity levels so you maintain high performance away from the office.

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    ShopRite LPGA Classic Sponsor Exemptions

    The Annual ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer is returning to Atlantic City on the Bay Course at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel. A must event for golf’s biggest and upcoming stars, Hinako Shibuno, Natalie Gulbis, and Brynn Walker have all accepted sponsor exemptions to this year’s tournament.

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    New Jersey's Tallest Lighthouse

    Just a 20-minute drive from the resort, the iconic Absecon Lighthouse is not only one of the country’s oldest lighthouses; it’s also the tallest lighthouse in all of New Jersey. For just a small fee, visitors can climb the 228 steps to see breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic City Skyline and view the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857. Recently, the lighthouse underwent a multi-million-dollar restoration which expanded the grounds of the property and added multiple amenities. One of the most exciting additions is a stunning replica of the 1925 Lightkeeper’s dwelling, including a museum that exhibits the lighthouse and keeper’s history, shipwrecks, ocean life, and much more! Besides the climbing fee, all other attractions and parking are complimentary and dog-friendly. The lighthouse holds many monthly events, such as a murder mysteries, nighttime climbs, haunted lighthouse tours, and—happening now through August—free yoga every Thursday at 6PM. With all there is to do and see at Absecon Lighthouse, it’s sure to make the top of your list on your next visit to Atlantic City.

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    A Closer Look at Seaview’s Opening

    In 1914, after getting frustrated over a lengthy wait to get on the first tee at a local golf club, Philadelphia businessman Clarence H. Geist made the decision to launch a private golf club of his own. He opened both the Bay Course and the original clubhouse in November of that year, with the official opening occurring on January 9, 1915, at the new Seaview course, followed by Seaview’s first tournament the next week.

    The opening was covered in the February 1915 issue of The American Golfer by the distinguished golf writer and course designer Albert Warren Tillinghast. According to his piece, Tillinghast was impressed to see midwinter play in the North and admired the good quality and contours of the greens. Upon touring the clubhouse, he was charmed by the spacious rooms and harmonious decor, even choosing to stay for dinner and dancing later that night. In summary of his experience, Tillinghast wrote, "The evening was one which Seaview would long remember," and he was right—we continue to celebrate our grand history to this day.

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    Our Response to COVID-19

    We are eager and ready to welcome you back to Seaview! Due to COVID-19, we have increased the frequency with which our facilities are deep-cleaned and sanitized. In order to operate safely, we have implemented new hygiene and social distancing measures for our guests and staff to follow. We kindly ask you to sneeze or cough into your elbow, and if you are feeling any symptoms of COVID-19 during your stay, we ask you to immediately notify hotel management and seek medical attention. We also request that you refrain from engaging in any unnecessary physical contact with other guests or staff and maintain at least six feet of distance from other traveling groups and staff. Occupancy will be limited as necessary to ensure social distancing guidelines if areas begin to get too crowded. We are very excited to get back to normal, but we want to ensure that everything possible is being done to keep everyone safe. With that said, we look forward to seeing you!

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    Get to Know Atlantic City

    Atlantic City has always been a popular destination for guests of Seaview, a Dolce Hotel. Construction on Atlantic City’s world-famous Boardwalk began in 1870, and from then on it has become an American icon. One of the few American beaches with boardwalks, everything you could possibly want is within walking distance, from shops to restaurants to casinos, attractions, and shows. If the ocean is more of your thing, you can swim, surf, fish, or embark on a relaxing cruise. The boardwalk is meant to be enjoyed at all hours of the day, from the daytime when the Atlantic Ocean shimmers in the sunlight to the evening when the glow of the neon lights fills the night sky. While ocean activities are popular during the warm-weather months, Atlantic City has plenty of fun to offer all year round with its unique variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities.

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    A History of Seaview Told Through Golf

    Seaview may have been started as a way for Clarence Geist to avoid long golf lines, but over the years it has transformed into so much more. For over a century, Seaview has been bringing a world-class experience to golf enthusiasts from all over the world, and there’s a bit of something for everyone.

    Throughout the years, Seaview has been the host of many golf championships. In 1942, one hosting of the PGA Championship resulted in a golfing miracle. Sam Snead began his major winning streak on The Pines course, where he sank a 60-foot chip-in. This feature was astonishing enough to warrant the creation of a monument that guests can enjoy. Try your luck on the same hole!

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    Seaview: A Rich Past for a Wonderful Future

    When Clarence Geist saw the lines at his local golf clubs, he decided he had enough and would build his own. Who knew that this recreational decision would lead to the creation of the premier hotel that you see before you today. Over the years, Seaview has built a rich, diverse history that helps gracefully propel it into the future.

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    Feel the Holiday Spirit

    There really is no time of the year like the December holiday season. With so much cheerfulness and excitement in the air, it’s only natural to want to experience as many festivities as possible. Luckily, Galloway has many great surrounding areas that are perfect for experiencing all that winter has to offer.

    Historic Smithville hosts one of the best local holiday attractions: the Christmas Light Show. For all of December and the first week of January, Lake Meone will be marvelously decorated with Christmas lights that are bent and twisted around all sorts of figures. Come any night that you would like and make sure to bring the whole family for an enchanted evening!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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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 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.