Island Hopping: August 5 to August 11

Cape May County is a treasure trove of thrills, games, specialty seafood, happy hour specials, traditional family-style restaurants, beach gear, breakfast favorites and relaxing rituals. Yet with its 620-square-mile span, this Jersey Shore county can be quite daunting. With all this ground to cover, where should you even begin? We’re here with our eighth edition of Island Hopping, offering our map of suggestions of where to “do the shore” for a great week of Cape May County fun.

Swing by Woodbine Meat Market in Woodbine before your day begins to feast on fresh breakfast sandwiches, omelets, bagels, French toast, breakfast meats and hash browns. Open daily at 6 a.m., you can get your day going early, leaving more time for island hopping!

Continue your day on the green at Heritage Links Golf Club in Ocean View. Open to the public, this 9-hole golf course features 2,100 yards of golfing area, 30 par and 113 slope. This is a great place for beginners, and challenging enough for experts as well. Only minutes away from Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon and Stone Harbor, Heritage Links allows you to play a quick game before you hit the beach for the day!

Post tee-time, spend your afternoon shopping until you drop! Hoy’s 5 & 10 has everything you need for your trip to the Jersey Shore, including beach chairs, towels, flip flops, toys, clothing, souvenirs, household items and more. Locations in Stone Harbor, Avalon and Ocean City allow for even more fun in the sun!

Make your next stop L.E.H. Soap Company, where you’ll find the best natural, handmade soap and skincare products, including lotions, body butters, sugar scrubs, bath salts, body balms and fizzies. Check out the summer 2016 line which features fresh, vibrant and fruity scents such as Blueberry Cobbler, Island Breeze, Buttercup, Pineapple and more. Ask about the scent of the month, which is always 25 percent off! Cape May County locations include Marmora and Ocean City.

Create a fun, whimsical outdoor haven at the shore with Wild Garden Accents in Seaville. Browse the collection of feeders, bird houses, fountains and other garden decorations help to compliment your shore home exterior and create a welcoming space for family, friends and your favorite animals. With a variety of themes and colors, these handcrafted accessories will ensure that your outdoor space will be unique in its own way!

Indulge in savory burgers, tacos and brick oven pizza for lunch at Surf Dog Bar & Grill in Woodbine. With daily specials to fit everyone’s budget and a vibe that captures the spirit of the Jersey Shore, this eatery offers a fun environment the whole family can enjoy. Relax inside the cozy dining room, or cool off and have a cold drink at the Sand Bar on the outside patio!

For a “greener” lunch, visit Green Cuisine in Stone Harbor, serving award-winning, naturally delicious lunch consisting of locally raised, hand-picked fruits and vegetables of the finest and freshest quality. Located right on 96th Street in the heart of the main shopping district, you’ll find exotic, crispy salads, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, tropical fruit creations, fruit and yogurt smoothies, and fresh squeezed juices. Gluten free options are available!

Top your lunch off with some popcorn and catch a movie at the brand new Harbor Square Theatre in Stone Harbor. Now open at The Walk at Harbor Square, this new theatre features four silver screens, private balcony suites, a burger bar, craft beers and wines, and live events and shows. Check out Harbor Square Theatre’s Facebook page to see what’s showing!

After the movie, dive into more adventure at the Stone Harbor Book Shop. Located just a minute walk down the street from the theatre, there’s no need to go out of your way to find the perfect beach read. If you still can’t find just what you’re looking for after perusing the shop’s selection of best sellers, classics, history and more, special orders are available!

Satisfy your dinner appetite at the Ravioli House in Wildwood, and Italian tradition on the Five Mile Island. With a warm and inviting ambiance, beautiful murals of towns and villages in Italy, authentic and homemade Italian cuisine, and the soundtrack of soft Italian music, your dining experience will have you questioning if you’re still at the shore. Unwind and enjoy your dinner with a glass of wine, a beer or a cocktail. For dessert, choose from the pastry shop’s vast selection of delightful pastries, cakes and pies.

For a more casual feel, treat yourself and your family to great dining at the Tuckahoe Inn in Beesley’s Point. Stop in before 5 p.m. and take advantage of the early dinner specials. Choose from the diverse menu, and get a house salad or soup of the day, dessert, and coffee or tea with your meal. Dine inside, or enjoy the Back Bay Café with an informal outdoor setting and live music overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay!

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