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Located between Avalon and Wildwood along the southern New Jersey coast, Stone Harbor offers many charms. Unlike other Jersey Shore towns like Belmar and Seaside Heights with their reputation as a party town, Stone Harbor offers a refreshing and tranquil ambiance for families. Pristine beaches are within easy reach, and the town center is dotted with beloved local businesses like Springer’s, an ice cream shop that has been in business for over 90 years.
And when the boutique property The Reeds at Shelter Haven opened in 2013, it solidified Stone Harbor’s reputation as one of the top destinations on the Jersey Shore. The 58 rooms and suites sport a modern coastal design and an aquatic palette of grays and blues, while three of the hotel’s four restaurants (Buckets, Star Water Grille, and Pizza Pub) combine lively dining with breathtaking views of the sea. bay. (The sunsets are particularly spectacular.) Spanning two levels, Salt Spa The Reeds is a sparkling oasis of rejuvenation with its Turkish bath, Brine salon, and hair and makeup studio.
While the resort’s natural surroundings are nothing short of spectacular, it turns out to be important for the environment as well. In particular, salt marshes are a habitat that many wildlife depend on for their survival. Diamondback Terrapin turtles, for example, can only live in brackish water (a mixture of fresh and salt water) of salt marshes. But as females have to head to higher ground to nest and lay eggs from late spring to mid-summer, many end up crossing busy roads – which can lead to accidental death from cars.
To raise awareness, The Reeds at Shelter Haven has teamed up with its neighbor The Wetlands Institute for a special “I Break for Turtles” package (a fun riff on the city’s unofficial motto “I brake for the turtles”) which is just as fun as it is educational.
Founded by Herbert Mills in the late 1960s and covering 6,000 lush acres, the Wetlands Institute aims “to educate people about the important role of salt marshes in the ecosystem and how to conserve them,” explains Devin Griffiths, Organization Marketing and Communications Specialist. . And there are so many interactive ways for guests of all ages to learn about the importance of the salt marshes, from the Salt Marsh Aquarium and Terrapin Station for kids to bird watching on the salt marsh trail. On top of that: what you see and learn depends on what time of year you visit. (Which means: there is always something new to experience.)
As to how the partnership came about, Griffiths says it was a natural fit: “People come to this luxury hotel and spa, but there’s a reason The Reeds chose to be here. . They are concerned about the health of the environment, just like us. They understand that salt marshes are a truly unique habitat that benefits both animals and humans. “
The “I Break for Turtles” package includes the following and will be available until May. For more information or to reserve, please call (609) 368-0100.
- Accommodation in luxury rooms
- A Wetlands Institute experience (will vary depending on time of year) which offers a variety of programs, including access to the Salt Marsh Aquarium
- An adoption of a newborn turtle through the Wetlands Institute, which includes a digital adoption certificate and photo of a terrapin, as well as a subscription to the annual Wetlands Institute terrapin e-newsletter
- Two “Diamondback” cocktails specially created at the SAX or the Water Star Grille
- A stuffed turtle with information about the Diamondback Terrapin turtles
* A portion of the proceeds from each package sold will benefit the Wetlands Institute.