Tag Archives: Seven Mile Island

A barrier island one mile out to sea in Cape May County, N.J. Includes Avalon and Stone Harbor. One of the nicest beaches at the Jersey Shore, America, Earth.

Places I went in 2012

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Leesburg, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
McLean, Va.
Purcellville, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Burnham, Pa.
Claysburg, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Baltimore, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Welden, N.C.
Wilson, N.C.
Avalon, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tuckahoe, N.J.
Conway, S.C.
Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.
Pawley’s Island, S.C.

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Places I went in 2011

Every year, I go places and list them. The primary criteria are 1.) Having a sit-down meal 2.) spending the night in that location.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Franconia, Va.
McLean, Va.
Reston, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Annapolis, Md.
Baltimore, Md.
Columbia, Md.
Crownsville, Md.
Ellicot City, Md.
Poolesville, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
Ocean City, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Woodstown, N.J.
Belleville, Pa.
Burnham, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Hershey, Pa.
Hummelstown, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Mercersburg, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Reedsville, Pa.
Springfield, Pa.
State College, Pa.
University Park, Pa.
Washington, D.C.

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Fred’s Tavern isn’t just a popular t-shirt, its a bar too

Fred's Tavern Stone Harbor
STONE HARBOR, N.J. — On Seven Mile Island, Fred’s Tavern t-shirts are ubiquitous. After seeing so many of the t-shirts being worn around, we figured we’d check out the bar there. Could it live up to the hype of scores of vacationers wearing the t-shirt?

After dining at the new Carney’s in Stone Harbor, we checked Fred’s out. Apparently the inside has recently been redone and it looks its age. The walls are largely bare walls. The bar is light granite. On side has a large hearth that would certainly be inviting in something other than the summer months. TVs are visible in almost every direction. Overall though, the atmosphere is not distinctive. It wasn’t that crowded on a Wednesday night though, so it was easy to talk to somebody there.

As for the drinks, taps are varied, with the standard light beer, some craft beers and imports like Foster’s and Bass. I had the latter. My wife had a mudslide. Total came to $9.50 which isn’t bad for a beach town. We enjoyed our drinks and the service we received, but weren’t impressed enough to buy the t-shirt. I did however, by a can cozy for my co-worker, Fred. He appreciated it.

Fred’s also has a liquor store attached to it, the only one in Stone Harbor. The selection is decent, though they did disappoint by one person I was with by running out of Foster’s bottles. There is also a Fred’s Avalon Liquor store which probably affiliated too.

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Carney’s in Stone Harbor is worthy of the old Henny’s space

Carney's Stone Harbor
STONE HARBOR, N.J. — After 75 years, Henny’s in Stone Harbor was sold and closed in 2008. It was going to be knocked down and turned into a resort hotel. Well, the financing for that apparently dried up and the space reamins. Two different restaurants, Blackfish and the White Heron Grill (I think) came and went over two years. Blackfish was needlessly upscale for a casual beach town and not that good to boot. I can’t say what the White Heron Grill was like because we never went. This year though, we tried the third restaurant in 3 years in the old Henny’s space, Carney’s. We were pleased with our experience.

We were promptly seated and server by our waiter, Patrick (I think). He was efficient and patient — clearly this was more than a summer job to him. My wife ordered a pomegranate martini, while stayed dry and ordered a RC Cola. Oddly enough, this was the second place on Seven Mile Island that served RC. It didn’t take long for me to decide that I ought to just have a ginger ale instead. Our waiter was very understanding.

I did not get an appetizer, but my wife ordered oysters on the half shell. The waiter informed us in thorough detail that they and most of Carney’s seafood was local and freshly caught and that Carney’s has a Cape May location that has been around for generations. We appreciated him taking the time to share with us as much information as he did. For the entres, my wife went with Lobster Grilled Cheese. Not being much of a sea food eater, I went with prime rib. The lobster grilled cheese was a hit while the prime rib was good, but a little past medium rare in a few spots. Overall though, we were both happy with our first visit and will likely return next time we’re on Seven Mile Island.

As for Henny’s, it came back as a take-out place.

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What is a trip to down the Shore without a blimp sighting?

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AVALON, N.J. – I have no idea if Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is a good insurance company or not, but they have my appreciation for sponsoring a blimp. For the past several years, I have been seeing it when I visit Seven Mile Island.

I’m a big fan of airships, having grown up in the Goodyear blimp’s flightpath back to Dulles Airport and having grandparents who lived in Lakehurst, N.J., home of the Naval Air Station for lighter than air flight.

Other aircraft I saw during my week at the Shore:

2 Chinook helicopters
3 F-18 jets
2 F-16 jets
2 A-10 jets
1 red biplane
1 old-style bubble canopy helicopter
1 Coast Guard “Airwolf” helicopter (meh, I see them fly over my condo all the time; lower too)
Countless airliners

and of course the ancient monoplanes towing signs. Between them and the blimp, couldn’t help but put a song in my head:

Somebody else enjoyed the blimp:

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