Maureen Doron of Skirt's Strathmere Escape
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the boutique owner revels in family traditions.
Shore escape: Strathmere (Memorial Day-Labor Day). “My husband and I grew up spending summers in Strathmere. We met when I was 19 years old and we were working at the Charcoal House in Sea Isle City. It’s wonderful that we now have our own home here.”
Shopping: “Of course, Skirt (272 96th St., Stone Harbor; 609-948-4912, shop-skirt.com)! Our Bryn Mawr location has been open for 10 years, so I was really excited to have a Shore location. We have such a loyal Main Line following here. • “Stone Harbor has great shops. My sons play in the arcade, or we go to Hoy’s (219 96th St., Stone Harbor, 609-368-4697).”
Eats: “On a date night with my husband, we always want to go to The Diving Horse (2109 Dune Drive, Avalon; 609-368-5000, thedivinghorseavalon.com). The food is so good.” • “The kids love going to the Deauville Inn (201 Willard Road, Strathmere; 609-263-2080, deauvilleinn.com). My son loves the she crab soup.” • “The gnocchi is to die for at La Fontana Del Mare (1 S. Commonwealth Ave., Strathmere; 609-263-7700, lafontanadelmare.com).” • “The Old Shack (705 Commonwealth Ave., Strathmere; 609-263-7773) is a great place for sandwiches.”
Shore traditions: “The Fourth of July parade in Strathmere is one of the best days of the summer. The kids love decorating their bikes, and the whole town participates.” • “The third week in June, 27 of my cousins and their families all rent houses in Strathmere. We started the tradition a few years ago. We look forward to it all year.”