It might be tough to believe, but the holidays are looming around the corner. And while the upcoming season is hopefully filled with positive memories, it can also leave many of us feeling spent and emotionally drained. This is when Seaview, a Dolce Hotel, enters the picture.
An easy drive from New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., the 670-acre historic resort that’s hosted luminaries from Grace Kelly to Mick Jagger and tucked away in Galloway on the Jersey Shore is an increasingly rare spot that’s adored by locals, but relatively unknown to outsiders. Meaning: it makes for an idyllic and equally important, convenient escape ahead of winter—no stressful flights necessary. As Seaview’s General Manager Rob Morgan puts it: “Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, family fun, or golf with your friends, Seaview has it all.”
Originally established as a country club in 1914 by American financier Clarence H. Geist, the historic grounds are no longer just home to two championship golf courses, both of which have hosted the PGA Championship. Today, there are 296 guest rooms and 16 suites, two pools—the indoor one was built with the original clubhouse, and used to be filled with saltwater from the bay—a fitness center, two restaurants and a bar, and plenty of ways (imagine tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and naturally, golf) to take in the invigorating, brackish air.
Even better? Seaview is in close proximity to many of the region’s popular attractions. “The South Jersey Shore has some of the best beaches in the entire United States, and we’re within driving distance to all of them,” explains Morgan. “There’s also the excitement of the nine Atlantic City casinos, ‘The Walk’ with over 100 designer outlet stores, Historic Smithville, and the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge—all less than a 20-minute drive away.”
Thanks for a sweeping, multi-million dollar renovation that wrapped in 2019, the already spacious accommodations feel lighter and brighter than ever with calming, coastal-inspired tones of aqua and sand, modern furnishings, and spa-like bathrooms. And if you love traveling with your pet like I do, you’re in luck since Seaview will welcome cats and dogs under 50 pounds with bowls and treats in your room.
Eating and drinking well come easily at Seaview as well, thanks to three options helmed by chef Rodolfo Correa, who takes advantage of South Jersey’s long growing season and sources many ingredients from local farms. (Though the entire menu is well-prepared, don’t miss the exceptionally bright and savory P.E.I. Mussels Fra Diavolo with jalapeno slices and fresh chunks of tomato.)
In the mood for a casual bite? Head to The Grille Room, where the original brick and handmade terracotta floor tiles from 1914 remain and lend the space an unmistakably nostalgic vibe. And the light-flooded Main Dining Room, with its open views of the Bay Golf Course, is a lovely place to begin your day with a hearty breakast and is also home to one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular Sunday brunches with a bountiful spread of fresh seafood, carved prime rib, and bottomless mimosas. And when it’s time for a nightcap, belly up to the Lobby Bar & Lounge. Or better yet, take your drink outdoors to the firepit for a toasty tipple.