It’s ALMOST that time of year… summertime, which to many of us means long weekends, vacation, beach and fun! As a huge fan of travelling both close to home and across the world, I’ve been lucky to check out many places that I have fallen in love with and plan to return to many more times.
One such place is Cape May, New Jersey. Located on the South-Eastern most tip of The Garden State, and fondly known of as “Exit 0,” Cape May is about 3 hours south of New York City, 2 hours from Philadelphia, and a short ferry ride from Lewes, Delaware. This Victorian town sits right on the beach, and resembles something from the old south, rather than the incorrect perception of the “Jersey Shore” that many people have.
Packed with great restaurants and charming shops, there is something for everyone in Cape May. From Whale Watching (One of my favorite activities) to the Cape May Zoo, the beaches and lighthouses to ghost tours, there is a whole host of activities to do in addition to hanging out at the beach. accommodation ranges from old Victorian B&Bs that are more expensive, to inexpensive beach front hotels that are still walking distance to town and very clean and comfortable.
Some of my tried and true favorites of Cape May:
Gecko’s Restaurant - This restaurant is an absolute gem. Serving up Southwestern cousine with only the freshest, local ingredients. I have never had anything bad at this restaurant, which offers a lot of vegetarian options. The restaurant is mostly outdoors in a gorgeous garden overflowing with bright flowers, with comfortable seating and warm lighting. Gecko’s is a BYOB, which makes it great for groups too!
Grand Hotel – We stayed at this hotel with four friends last Memorial Day Weekend. They have plenty of room options – we chose a townhouse which featured 2 floors, a kitchen, two bathrooms, sleeping for six, and a balcony overlooking the ocean… all at an incredibly reasonable price. A short walk along the beach to town, this hotel also serves up drinks by the (sometimes crowded) pool and has its own restaurant.
Cabanas - Looking to dance to some reggae with a casual crowd that just strolled in from the beach? Cabanas is the place for you. Both a great place to relax and eat some good food during the day, and to dance the night away to live bands and reggae in the night hours!
For more information on Cape May, visit CapeMay.com. In the summer time, you can find yoga on the beach, rent bikes (for one or more people) and it is just an awesome place to spend a few days.