Sunday, September 20, 2009

Perfect Late Summer Getaway

We spent a lovely day with friends yesterday at Marriott's Fairway Villas near Seaview Resort just outside of Atlantic City.
Nestled among the natural woodlands of Absecon, Marriott's Fairway Villas delivers a classic golf club getaway in gracious old-world style. From the on-site Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa to miles of trails, beaches, beautiful barrier islands and the manicured fairways, this is a top-notch relaxation destination.
We spent a good deal of time at the adult pool at the villas. The weather was perfect and it was quiet and totally tranquilizing. The pool adjoins the spacious Red Door Spa that also includes a fitness center lunch bar and indoor heated pool.
The resort's large welcome center and clubhouse is luxurious and adjoins a larger pool area. There are numerous hot tubs, both indoor and outdoor.
The facility is open to all Marriott timeshare owners year round.
We lunched at the Fairway Villas and then later journeyed to nearby Leeds Point (home of the infamous Jersey Devil) to enjoy crabs at Oyster Creek Inn.
The Oyster Creek Inn has been doing business at the same location as long as I can remember. To call it rustic would be an understatement. Don't go for the ambiance. It's a ramshackle seafood bar and restaurant built on stilts right at the intercoastal waterway. The views are tremendous and the seafood is fresh.
We enjoyed Jersey Crab Bisque and a full plate of Crab Norfolk, an Oyster Creek specialty that features plenty of jumbo lump crab meat. Of course we paired that with french fries and homemade cole slaw.
The ride through the Jersey pines was easy, scenic and exceptionally pleasant.
On the way home we stopped for ice cream at a nearby Cold Stone Creamery.
BTW: Since we departed the pinelands before dark, we never had to worry about the Jersey Devil.

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