The Reeds at Shelter Haven
9601 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, N.J., (609) 368-0100, www.reedsatshelterhaven.com
Cost: $229-$419, suites $379-$589; two-night minimum on weekends, three nights in summer.
Drive time: About two hours.
The scoop: Airy rooms with soft, beachy colors and contemporary décor make this 37-room boutique hotel overlooking the bay the perfect Shore getaway.
Amenities: A roof-garden sundeck with two hot tubs and a plunge pool; complimentary valet parking, beach tags, towels, chairs and umbrellas; two on-site restaurants.
Don’t miss: A morning yoga session followed by a buffet breakfast, all on the sundeck. Take a self-guided tour of the interactive ecological exhibits at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor.