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WHERE TO EAT, SHOP, STAY & PLAY

In America’s Original Seaside Resort


Cool Cape May Summer 2016 to Spring 2017 © Exit Zero Publishing 109 Sunset Boulevard, Suite D Cape May, NJ 08204 Tel: 609-770-8479 Fax: 609-770-8481 www.exitzero.us and online store at www.ezstore.us Editor/Designer JACK WRIGHT Staff Photographer ALEKSEY MORYAKOV Contributing Photographers CHARLES RITER & WERNER TEDESCO

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Inside This Book FEATURES From the Editor................................ 5 Amazing! What to Find Where.......... 6 Just Do It!......................................... 18 Summer Activities............................ 30 Discount Deck Promotion................ 50 Fall Activities................................... 54 Winter Activities.............................. 66 Spring Activities............................... 70 ADVERTISERS’ INDEX Food & Drink Aleathea’s......................................... 164 Avalon Coffee................................... 146 Backstreet........................................ 76 Beach Creek.....................................78 Blue Pig Tavern................................. 80 Boiler Room..................................... 82 Bonnie’s Toppings............................147 Breakfast in the Sky.......................... 86 Brown Room.................................... 84 Bungalow No. 7................................ 148 Cabanas........................................... 149 Cape May Fish Market...................... 88 Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom....... 150 Delaney’s Irish Pub........................... 90 Domino’s Pizza................................. 151 Ebbitt Room..................................... 92 E. M. Hemingway’s.......................... 94 Empanada Mama’s Cantina.............. 152 Exit Zero Cookhouse........................96 Fine Fellows Creamistry................... 153 Fins Bar and Grille............................ 98 5 West Pub....................................... 100 410 Bank Street................................. 154 Freda’s Café...................................... 164 Fresco’s............................................ 155 Gecko’s............................................. 165 Harbor View..................................... 102 Harpoon Henry’s.............................. 104

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille............... 106 Island Grill....................................... 156 Jamaica Me Hungry.......................... 165 Joe’s Fish Co..................................... 108 Jumbo’s............................................ 157 Key West Tacos................................. 158 La Verandah..................................... 110 Louisa’s Café....................................159 Lucky Bones..................................... 112 Mad Batter....................................... 114 Magnolia Room ............................... 116 Marie Nicole’s.................................. 118 Mario’s Pizza.................................... 120 Merion Inn....................................... 122 Ocean View...................................... 160 Oyster Bay........................................ 124 Peter Shields Inn.............................. 126 Quincy’s Lobster Rolls...................... 161 Rusty Nail........................................ 128 Saltwater Cafe.................................. 130 SeaSalt............................................. 132 That’s Amore.................................... 134 Tisha’s ............................................. 136 Two Mile Landing ............................ 138 Ugly Mug.......................................... 140 Uncle Bill’s Pancake House............... 162 Union Park Dining Room.................. 142 Vincenzo’s Little Italy....................... 163 Washington Inn & The Wine Bar...... 144 Wineries and Breweries Cape May Brewing Company............ 174 Cape May Winery & Vineyard.......... 170 Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery...... 172 Turdo Vineyards & Winery............... 175 Shopping Across the Way................................178 Antiques Emporia............................ 212 A Place on Earth............................... 180

Bath Time......................................... 182 Bay Springs Farm Alpacas................ 240 Beach Bling Etc................................. 184 Bird House of Cape May................... 240 Cape Atlantic Book Company........... 213 Cape May Gourmet.......................... 186 Cape May Honey Farm..................... 214 Cape May Olive Oil Co......................215 Cape May Peanut Butter Co..............216 Cape May Roasters........................... 188 Cape May Sports Memorabilia.......... 217 Cape May Wicker............................. 190 Caroline Boutique............................ 241 Carpenter’s Square Mall................... 218 Colors.............................................. 241 Cotton Company.............................. 219 Dellas 5 & 10.................................... 242 Exit Zero Beach Store ....................... 192 Exit Zero Store & Gallery.................. 194 Flying Fish Studio............................. 196 Galvanic........................................... 198 Good Scents..................................... 220 Great White Shark............................ 221 Green Street Market......................... 200 Happy Baby...................................... 222 Henry’s Fine Jewelry......................... 242 Lace Silhouettes............................... 223 Louisa’s Chocolate Bar...................... 224 Mary Ann’s Fine Jewelry................... 226 Miss Demeanor................................ 227 No. 5 Trading Co............................... 243 Original Fudge Kitchen..................... 228 Out of the Past Antiques................... 243 Patricia Jackson Jewelers.................. 229 Pink Victorious................................. 202 Red Oak Trading............................... 230 Sea Bags........................................... 204 Seaside Cheese Company................. 231 SOMA NewArt Gallery..................... 232 Splash.............................................. 233

Sunset Beach Gift Shops................... 206 Sunset Liquors................................. 234 Tea by the Sea................................... 235 Tommy’s Folly.................................. 236 Victorious........................................ 208 West End Garage.............................. 237 Whale’s Tale..................................... 238 White............................................... 239 The Wine Cellar................................ 210 Health & Beauty Accent on Beauty............................. 246 Cape May Day Spa............................ 254 Millenium Administrators................ 248 North Beach Health Club.................. 250 The Well Center for Massage............ 252 Activities Aqua Trails....................................... 276 Beach Plum Farm............................. 277 Cape May Bird Observatory.............. 278 Cape May Carts................................ 279 Cape May Film Festival.................... 280 Cape May Inlet Watersports............. 258 Cape May-Lewes Ferry..................... 281 Cape May Lighthouse....................... 282 Cape May National Golf Club........... 260 Cape May Stage................................ 262 Cape May Whale Watch & Research....283 Cape May Whale Watcher....................284 Dark Star Pirate Cruise.........................285 East Coast Jet Boat Adventures............264 East Lynne Theater Company........... 286 Ecoventures...................................... 266 Emlen Physick Estate....................... 287 Exit Zero Jazz Festival....................... 268 Historic Cold Spring Village............. 270 Morey’s Piers.................................... 272 Nature Center of Cape May............... 288 Naval Air Station Wildwood............. 289

Trolley Tours.................................... 290 WW II Tower.................................... 291 Services Aleksey Photography........................ 294 CCC Taxi.......................................... 303 Corinthian Yacht Club ...................... 300 Crystal Marry Us.............................. 296 DeSatnick’s Window Fashions............ 301 Exit Zero Publishing......................... 298 MP Myers Photography.................... 302 WKR Management........................... 303 Real Estate Apex Realty — Theresa Senico.......... 312 Chris Clemans Sotheby’s.................. 306 Coastline Realty............................... 313 Coldwell Banker............................... 314 Dellas Agency.................................. 315 Desatnick Real Estate....................... 317 HomeStead Real Estate.................... 308 Jersey Cape Realty............................ 310 Long and Foster................................ 316 Accommodations Buckingham Motel........................... 320 Capri................................................ 336 Carroll Villa Hotel............................ 322 Dormer House.................................. 342 Henry Sawyer Inn............................. 324 Heritage Inn..................................... 342 Hotel Alcott...................................... 326 Hotel Macomber.............................. 328 John Wesley Inn................................ 339 La Mer Beachfront Inn...................... 330 Mainstay Inn.................................... 337 Montreal Beach Resort..................... 332 Mooring B&B................................... 338 Ocean Club Hotel............................. 334 Queen Victoria................................. 340 Rhythm of the Sea............................ 341


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From The Editor

t’s been 11 years since I first wrote a note to introduce this new idea of an inroom guide book for Cape May. I wasn’t sure how it would take off, to be honest. I knew it was a pretty nice book, packed with useful and entertaining information, and lots of beautiful photographs. But, still... you can never tell how things will turn out. Well, turns out this book has grown into what I would have to say is the indispensable, quintessential guide to America’s Original Seaside Resort. And, as the book has evolved, so has the town. As I sat down to edit the stories inside these pages, it struck me that there is an incredible array of

things to do in this area. And I’m guessing that many (if not most) of you don’t know about all of them. Over the last couple years you may have noticed that Cape May has been receiving some major acclaim in travel magazines and

on websites. Lists like the best beaches in America, best places to live, most romantic places to visit, best town for Christmas... there’s been some pretty high praise. All of it well deserved, I would say. Wouldn’t you? One of the articles inside this book is headlined “Amazing.” Here’s why — as writer Diane Stopyra points out, you can experience so much natural phenomena and inspiring wildlife in such a small area that it’s really remarkable. From whale-watching to bald eagle spotting, the sight of monarch butterflies migrating, or the magic of riding your bike past a thicket illuminated by fireflies... if you want a break from what are some of America’s best beaches, well, there’s enough here to get you through quite a few vacations. There’s also a very comprehensive activity guide inside. You can go from the peacefulness of a kayaking trip through the back bays to the kaleidoscopic assault on your senses that is the Wildwood boardwalk, where you will find the world’s best seaside amusement park (take a bow, Morey’s Piers). Or you could try horseback riding, yoga on the beach, and then there’s the 199-step trip to the top of Cape May Lighthouse. I know there are many of you who have been coming to Cape May for years and have yet to scale to the top of the lighthouse. So what are you waiting for? The views of Cape May Point are adorable — it looks like a perfect little town from a Hollywood movie set from up there. (Mind you, it looks like that from any height or angle. Gotta love the Point.) Enjoy the stories, and enjoy leafing through the pages, where you will find this area’s best places to eat, drink, shop, stay and play. Isn’t that what the perfect vacation is all about? JACK WRIGHT


Amazing

Glowing jellyfish, fireflies that light up the night, bald eagles, ancient Indian artifacts... there are some remarkable discoveries on our little island. You just need to know where to look. Article by DIANE STOPYRA


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FRIENDLY FIRE This image shows a lively colony of lightning bugs, aka fireflies. Cape May has several sites where these little guys put on a show.


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8 COOL CAPE MAY DISCOVERIES f you’re looking for a new career, a better life, or even just a date for Friday night, you’re on your own. We can’t help you find any of that and quite honestly, we’d rather not be involved. Seeking out those things can be stressful — so stressful, in fact, we sometimes forget that searching should be fun. What follows is a list of the less obviously significant things people search for in Cape May, along with a guide to finding them. And who knows, maybe these tiny searches for the little pleasures of Cape Island will lead to a bit more happiness after all...

BOO BOY Craig McManus, author of the Ghosts of Cape May books, began channeling spirits at a young age. Opposite: The ghost crab, a secretive little creature. You need patience to track him down, but isn’t he so cute?

Ghosts Craig McManus is a gifted psychic medium and author of The Ghosts of Cape May series, and he knows a thing or two about the stuff that goes bump in the night. Hauntings, he says, don’t involve the headless ghouls you see in Hollywood blockbusters. “They are far more subtle than that,” he says. Examples: A slamming door, a hushed conversation in a distant room. “There are ghosts tucked away in all those historical layers of Cape May,” Craig says. For this reason, the hotels and B&Bs of Columbia Avenue and Jackson and Perry, some of the oldest roads in Cape May, have been the scenes of many paranormal experiences. An encounter can happen anywhere, anytime, says Craig. We’ve heard about friendly ghosts frequenting local restaurants, guest rooms, and beaches. “It’s random,” Craig says, “They don’t come out every Thursday to rattle the chains in a certain attic.” So if where you are isn’t all that important, what is? Here are four points to remember when searching for ghosts... 1. “Be open-minded,” Craig says. “If you have a skeptical spouse, it’s best to leave him or

her at home.” (It’s also best to leave a grumpy spouse at home, but this has nothing to do with ghosts.) 2. Shoot for the off-season. In the summer, there are 50,000 tourists here. “That’s a lot of noise and distractions,” Craig says. 3. And finally, don’t search TOO hard. “It’s a lot like looking for love,” Craig says. “It’s more likely to happen when you’re not trying.”

Ghost Crabs If you’d rather leave the paranormal activ-

ity alone, there is a different kind of ghost you might enjoy searching for — the ghost crab. “They’re hunkered down during the day, when there’s less chance of being eaten by gulls,” says Gretchen Whitman, Director of the Nature Center of Cape May. These cool-looking critters come out of the sand under cover of dark to wet their gills at the water’s edge. For a $5 donation, the Nature Center will provide you with a flashlight as you head to the beach from Mount Vernon Avenue. (For more info, call 609-8988848.)

Horseshoe Crabs These hardy creatures have been around for at least 300 million years — scuttling around before the arrival of the dinosaurs. The species is more closely related to a spider than a crab, but for some reason people feel an affinity for these living fossils that you just don’t see when it comes to spiders (or crabs, for that matter). Perhaps it has something to do with the way the horseshoe crab has saved so many human lives, not directly (that we know of), but via their


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10 COOL CAPE MAY category the warmer months are best. Because they hunt for food where the marsh meets the water, a kayak is ideal. Jeff runs Aqua Trails along with his wife Tracey, and they will rent you the gear and host you on a full moon tour, held throughout the summer. Call Aqua Trails at 609-8845600. The other bioluminescent creatures common to these shores are single-celled algae known as dinoflagellates. In the late summer and early fall, Gulf Stream eddies bring the clearest ocean water, along with clouds of these tiny planktons. When disturbed, a couple hundred thousand will emit a sparkly blue light that Jeff describes as “Fantasia-like.” He once experienced this while on a boat under the toll bridge leading to Wildwood Crest. “You might only see this a couple of times in a lifetime,” he says.

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inching along Higbee Beach is a major part of Delaware University’s annual horseshoe crab census. Every year in May and June, thousands of crabs head to the Higbee shoreline to mate. Actually, the females head to the shore. The males simply hitch a ride on their backs. John Loesch

blood, which contains a clotting agent used to test intravenous drugs for potentially fatal bacterial contamination. The horseshoe crab is also essential to Red Knot shorebirds, who feed on the crab eggs in order to survive yearly migrations to the Arctic. Sadly, the horseshoe population is rapidly decreasing. Overharvesting is largely to blame;

the horseshoe crab makes great bait for conch and eel fishermen. To monitor their numbers, the University of Delaware’s Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service organized the first census of horseshoe crabs in 1990. Volunteers tracked numbers during breeding, when thousands of the creatures pile onto the shoreline. To this day, kind-hearted souls gather at sites along the Delaware Bay that are loaded with crabs mating. Higbee’s Beach is just one hotspot. “I have been taking part for five years now,” said Carol Ridler, horseshoe crab enthusiast and server at Lucky Bones. “Once you participate, you get hooked.” The census happens in May and June, usually during full moons.

Glowing Jellies We know, we know — why on earth would you want to search for jellyfish?! They’re slimy, freaky-looking, potentially paniful. However, they also have special powers. Jeff Martin, Oceanography and Marine Biology teacher at Lower Cape May Regional High School, says, “These guys glow.” The comb jelly (not technically a jellyfish, but a jelly-filled ctenophora) doesn’t sting us, but it does use its sticky tentacles to catch plankton and crustaceans. When disturbed, it turns into a “blob of light.” The result is a beautiful greenish-bluish glow: bioluminescence. If you’d like to search the comb jellies out,

Even during the winter months, the time of year when diversity is at its lowest, Cape May Bird Observatory recrods around 150 feathered species on Cape Island. But there isn’t enough space here to tell you how to search for all of them, so we figured we’d single out the majestic bald eagle. Throughout the 1980s, New Jersey was down to a single nesting pair, primarily because of the DDT pesticide. By incubating and introducing eggs from other areas, the state was able to restore the population; today, there are more than 100 eagle pairs in New Jersey. It doesn’t seem like it would be all that hard to spot one of these birds; the signature white head and tail on an otherwise dark body are unmistakable. But, according to Brian Moscatello, a lifelong naturalist who leads field trips for the observatory, “It takes five years for an eagle to reach that plumage.” To spot an eagle who hasn’t yet


DISCOVERIES COOL CAPE MAY 11 Members of the Cape May Beach Patrol told us how silly it is when people ask what time the dolphins will be out — they follow the tide, after all, and the tide is always changing — but there are ways to increase your chances of a spotting. 1. Get attacked by a shark, and hope a dolphin comes to your aid. We don’t recommend this approach. 2. Book a boat tour. You have two options in town. The Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center, located at Utsch’s Marina, started local tours back in 1987. The Cape May Whale Watcher is located at 1218 Wilson Drive, at the harbor. 3. If you’d rather have a more private dolphin-spotting experience, charter a smaller boat, says Mark Allen, the marketing specialist for South Jersey Marina. “The misconception is that the marina is all about fishing,” Mark says, but plenty of people rent a six-pack (a boat that seats six), before grabbing an actual six-pack of YOU GLOW! You may associate it with parts more tropical, but bioluminescence DOES happen here. The image above shows the glow emitting from a cloud of plankton which has been disturbed.

achieved adult coloring, keep your eyes peeled for the largest bird in the sky. The bald eagles, which weigh 10 to 12 pounds, have a wingspan about six-and-a-half feet — that’s two-anda-half feet bigger than any other Jersey hawk or owl, and a foot-and-a-half bigger than the osprey. Another dead giveaway? Bald eagles glide, even in powered fight. “They’re very steady, regardless of wind,” Brian says, “with flat, airplane-like wings.” Bald eagles can be seen all year long, although sightings are most common in the late summer and early fall. For your best chance, keep your eyes peeled around mile marker 3.2

on the Garden State Parkway, the spot with water on either side. But since you can’t exactly pull your car over there, Brian recommends bringing binoculars to Cape May Point State Park or the Nature Conservancy’s Migratory Bird Sanctuary. “No matter where you find yourself,” he says, “just look up.”

Dolphins The dolphin love in Cape May is real. And for good reason — there are documented cases of dolphins coming to the aid of humas. We’re thinking about Todd Endris, the 24-year-old surfer attacked by a 12-foot Great White off the California coast in 2007. After Todd’s back was mauled, a pod of dolphins encircled the surfer, allowing him to make it back to shore. According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, such rescue stories date all the way back to ancient Greece.

beer from Collier’s or Sunset Liquor. Then they hit the water with their closest friends or, even, family dog. 4. To get really up-close-and-personal, check out an Aqua Trail’s Cove to Higbee Beach kayak tour — dolphins are spotted on 95% of these trips. Owner Jeff Martin says paddlers are often close enough to “smell the dolphins’ breath,” and boy is it bad. “That’s what a fish diet will do.” 5. Stand on the beach and wait. You’re bound to see a pod eventually (Cape May is that popular of a calving area), especially if you’re at the Cove. Because this is where the ocean opens into the bay, dolphins look for bait fish here.

finned friends Jeff Martin of Aqua Trails knows that being inches away from a dolphin is an exhilarating experience... if you can stand their breath.


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MASTER OF THE SKIES Bald eagles, once on the verge of extinction, are often seen in Cape May, if you keep your eyes peeled. This beauty was shot by local photographer Werner Tedesco this past winter. Opposite: The quintessential Cape May diamonds, in the surf at Sunset Beach.


category COOL CAPE MAY 13 Indian Artifacts When Henry Hudson sailed around the Cape in 1609, it was already inhabited by the Kechemeche Indians. According to Bob Murphy, a roofer who grew up just south of the Cape May Canal, these Native Americans carried “fannybags” full of stones, scrapers, knives and arrowheads. Bob’s been searching for such artifacts for 18 years, and he calls the practice addictive. “They’re little treasures. In the early spring, when I’m not fishing or hunting, I look for these.” If you’re looking to start your own search, Bob warns that patience is key. “You might go 10 or 15 times and not find anything and then, all of a sudden, there’s three in one trip.” He also says that you need a discerning eye. “An itsybitsy piece of stone that is chipped might turn out to be an arrowhead someone used 5,000 years ago.” Other finds are more obvious — Bob knows local firemen who have dug up caches of beaded necklaces, shards of pottery and ceramic pipes. Bob recommends searching any plowed agricultural fields or beach, although “bay beaches tend to turn up more than ocean-side shores.” He’s also had luck searching in a skiff

along the canal, just behind Lucky Bones. But it’s likely there are hot spots Bob hasn’t discovered yet. “I’ve heard stories of old-timers bringing home five-gallon buckets worth of artifacts, but no one wants to reveal their secret spots.”

Cape May Diamonds The late, great Marvin Hume was known as “rock man” around Cape May, and for good reason. As a young man, he owned a science and nature store in Atlantic City that sold minerals, gems, shells, and fossils. Forty years ago, he opened Cape May’s Sunset Beach gift shop, overlooking Sunset Beach, where he continued sharing his knowledge of geology (and his charm) until his death at the age of 94 in 2015. Of the most popular items in Marvin’s shop, now run by his son, are the Cape May diamonds, which aren’t true diamonds, but quartz crystals (although it’s tought to tell the difference). The crystals travel through the Delaware Water Gap, where they’re tumbled for hundreds of years, until the tide washes them ashore, many of them on Sunset Beach. You can search

for them yourself here (Marvin used to recommend the fall and winter, when the wave action is heaviest), or you can search for the finished products — cut by professional diamond cutters, tumbled, and mounted on rings, earrings and pendants — in the store. “The crystals are not valuable,” Marvin once told us, “but finding them is joyful.”

Monarch Butterflies Every year, weighing just half a gram each, Monarch butterflies make the 2,000 mile journey from eastern Canada to Mexico. The tiny travelers — sometimes tens of thousands of them, sometimes millions — pass through Cape May. Pete Dunne is a prolific nature writer and ambassador for the Cape May Bird Observatory, which hosts the longest continuous quantitative study of Monarchs in the world. “They’re beautiful,” he says, “and our species

delights in beautiful things. We like creatures that take great risks. The idea of a great migration is evocative.” The best time to experience this evocative migration for yourself is the middle of September through the first couple of days in October. Because the concentrations are cold-front driven, a cooler day might bring the best luck. A northwest wind is also important, as this is what drives the butterflies to the coast. The animals don’t stay long; if they even spend the night, it’s only to “go to roost,” or catch a few Zs, before moving on. Insider tip: When they sleep, the Monarchs festoon a tree. “It’s generally a conifer or a spruce,” Pete says, “with a southern exposure that catches the first sunlight in the morning.”


14 COOL CAPE MAY DISCOVERIES Sea Glass Sea glass comes from broken bottles, windows, and plates that have made their way into the ocean. In the water, salt leeches lime out of the glass, making it porous. Once near a shoreline, the glass is tumbled in the tides until it becomes worn smooth and frosted in appearance. Darlene Eldredge, affectionately referred to as “the funky mermaid,” has made a career out of sea glass searching in Cape May. She uses her finds to craft jewelry — award-winning pieces for sale at Splash, just off the mall on Carpenter’s Lane. But for Darlene, it’s not about the acclaim; it’s about the joy of searching. “This is a big treasure hunt,” she says. One of her coolest finds? A lightbulb, circa 1920, “full of water and sand but still intact.” It’s not unheard of for searchers to come across shards of soda cans from the 1960s, 18th-century gin bottles, or Great Depression-era plates. For someone just starting out, Darlene recommends bayside spots, including Higbee Beach. A map from the 1970s shows that an ocean dumping ground used to exist right off this shore — a good thing only in terms of sea glass searching. The Cove and Poverty also give up a lot of aqua-colored glass which, Darlene says, “is the most coveted, gorgeous color.” If you prefer to do your searching in a shop, Darlene warns against being fooled by “disreputable people” who sell imitation sea glass. The real thing, she says, will have “c-shaped etchings” on the surface. “It’s not as simple as it sounds,” she says. Not, indeed. On sea glass excursions over the years, Darlene has come across more than she’s bargained for, including 50-pound turkeys, stranded seahorses “taking their last breaths in a tidepool,” and a group of coyotes who, she says, once led her out of the woods when she was lost.

glass works Don’t be fooled by people peddling fake sea glass. The real deal will have c-shaped etchings on the surface. Higbee and Sunset Beach are great places to search. Opposite: Cape May is a stop-off during the great monarch migration.

Buried Treasure It’s believed that Captain Kidd may have hidden his bountiful treasure here, because Cape May was a popular stopping point for pirates in need of fresh water in the 1600s. Well, that, and Captain Kidd may have had a girlfriend here, according to legend. At the end of his life, the sailor-turnedpirate was brought up the east coast to New York, before being shipped to England, where he was hanged, leaving generations of Cape Mayans to wonder about the “x” on Kidd’s map...

Lightning Bugs Some people call them fireflies. Some call them lightning bugs. Kyle Rossner, entomologist and Cape May Court House local, says there’s probably a town somewhere in West Virginia that calls them sparkle bugs. “It’s depends on what the common vernacular dictates,” he says. But whatever we call them, we are drawn to the glowing little insects. They appear in literature, pop culture, even Taylor Swift lyrics. “They’re harbingers of summer,” Kyle says, “so it’s hard not to be stoked when you spot them. They’re charismatic.” The same bioluminescence that lights up the glowing jellies gives these fireflies (which aren’t really flies at all, but beetles) their backside bulb — pretty to us, scary for would-be predators. “That light turns off birds and bats,” Kyle says.


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16 COOL CAPE MAY category for this “treasure hunt,” it’s best to look on the coastal plain. Hunters will have the best luck the week before Labor Day and on the secondary dune, or the side facing away from the water. While the fruit grows on the entire lower peninsula — including Cape May Point State Park and along the harbor — Higbee Beach is a hunter’s heaven. In August, the Nature Center hosts a “What’s Yum About Beach Plums” workshop here. But what exactly are you searching for? Joe Alvarez, the “local guru of wild beach plum hunting,” says the plant, which ranges between eight and 12 feet, looks a great deal “like a cherry tree.” The fruits, which are generally the size of a nickel, can be deep blue, purple, rosy or yellow. You’ll know they’re ripe when they’re sweating sugar onto your fingertips. Once you find them, Joe says, bring them up to your lips, or use them to make cordials, cobbler, cheesecake, etc. Just make sure to stay on path; aimlessly traipsTREASURE HUNT Whether you choose to believe that Captain Kidd buried treasure in Cape May, you CAN find some goodies on the beach, if you look hard enough. Indian arrowheads are often found at Higbee Beach.

That light also attracts potential mates. And, sometimes, dinner. The females of one group mimic the flash patterns of females from a different group, so they can lure in the males and eat them. Of course, not all glows are created equal. “There are different colorations,” Kyle says. “Some are steady light, some flash. It’s a show.” If you’d like to see the show for yourself, Cape May is a good spot to start. “They like wet areas,” Kyle says. “Wetlands, wet woods, wet fields.” You’ll have the best luck between May and August, but peak season is June and July.

Beach Plums Because it grows wild on natural dunes from Maine to North Carolina, the Beach Plum tree withstands depleted soil and harsh gusts of salty air… and it looks that way. Gnarled and windblown, this isn’t the cutest shrub you’ll ever see. But for those who’ve gotten a taste of the sweet, tart fruits that bloom on these branches every April, the Beach Plum tree is a thing of beauty. Fanatical hunters won’t give away their favorite spots, especially since development on Jersey’s barrier islands has depleted the population. But since 2010, when the beach plum was named the official fruit of Cape May County, keeping hot spots under wraps has proved difficult. David VanVorst, president of the Cape May County Beach Plum Association, says that

ing through the dunes causes erosion, the very thing the beach plum trees help prevent. But if you’re not yet ready to set out on your own search, look into one of Joe’s summer beach plum tours, sponsored by the Cape May Library and the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension Service. If you’d rather cheat, Lucky Bones and the Washington Inn serve mojitos and mimosas made with beach plums; Love the Cook on the Washington Street Mall sells a Beach Plum vinaigrette, jam and jelly; while Natali Vineyards, the only winery in the world to do so, sells a pure beach plum wine for just $20. Whatever you are looking for this summer, happy hunting. sweet find The beach plum tree blooms in April, but you can enjoy the pure Beach Plum wine sold at Natali Vineyards anytime.


LIGHT SHOW Midsummer in Cape May yields some wonderful sightings of lightning bugs, or fireflies. The corner of Central Avenue, near the farm market, often offers a light show. This, by the way, IS a real photograph, though it wasn’t shot locally.

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Just Do It!

A famous old lighthouse, a world-class amusement park, a nationally acclaimed zoo, award-winning wineries and brewery, horse-riding, parasailing, paddleboarding, and a wonderful living history museum. Every day doesn’t have to be a beach day... Compiled by the editors of EXIT ZERO


Morey’s Piers MAY was voted category COOL CAPE 19 Best Seaside Amusement Park in the world last year.


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Family Activities

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Cape May offers a kaleidoscopic variety of activities that you can enjoy with the family. Here is a list of ideas to get you started.

Historic Cold Spring Village Ever wonder what it was like to live in Cape May 200 years ago? The answer can be found at this open-air living history museum, a sevenminute drive from town. Through interactive upcoming events like Hands-On History, Ghost Investigations, and Civil War, Time Travel and Seafarer’s (pirates!) Weekends you can experience different time periods and have a great time. The many authentically restored homes amid idyllic shaded areas make it hard not to feel like Abe Lincoln’s in office… and it’s even easier when the Civil War re-enactment rolls into town. Cold Spring is a can’t-miss for history buffs. Give them a call at 609-898-2300 or visit their website at hcsv.org.

To the Boardwalk! Morey’s Piers have been providing fun and games to families on the Wildwood boardwalk for decades. There’s a reason they were recently voted Best Seaside Park in the World! (Yes, the world.) Dare to take on some epic roller coasters like the Sea Serpent, scare yourself silly with the Ghost Ship attraction, or check out the revival of the KONG ride 35 years later as you soar 60 feet in the air circling the legendary giant gorilla. From the Ferris wheel to delicious curly fries you won’t leave disappointed. Also for some cool activities on a hot summer day visit their water parks Raging Waters or Ocean Oasis. Cape May-Lewes Ferry Take a trip over to Lewes, Delaware, a small, quaint seaside town, then make sure you check out bustling Rehoboth Beach, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse or Cape Henlopen State Park. The CMLF offers special events and boat rides, including musical boat cruises like Rock the Boat and Tropical Tuesday cruises (reservations required). Check online for the next performance of the Summer Concert Series on the Cape May green. Free admission and parking too! You can also take advantage of the tax-free shopping at the outlets. Or just enjoy the quiet and vastness of the bay on the deck of the ferry as you watch for dolphins and whales. The 24-acre Cape May Terminal has free mini-golf and waterfront dining at On The Rocks with live music every night. Go for a family outing or enjoy drinks on the ferry or the terminal waterfront for a romantic evening with your beloved. For more information, call 800-64-FERRY or

Whale and Dolphin Watching Dolphins are fairly common in the waters off Cape May, but it’s still a joy to see them. Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center offers you the chance to see them up close. You might even see some whales. Tours take off at Utsch’s Marina on Rt 109 (previously on Wilson Drive). There are also Teen Cruises, Groove Cruises and wildlife tours, to get a closer look at the beautiful birds and marine life of Cape May. For directions or more information, call 888531-0055 or visit them on the web at capemaywhalewatch.com. Cape May Whale Watcher offers a a Sunset Cruise, a Grand Lighthouse Cruise and weekend specials. Located at the Miss Chris Marina on Wilson Drive. Contact at 609-884-5445 capemaywhalewatcher.com (both establishments are free for 6 and under kids). Cape May Family Treasure Hunt Discover the fun of exploring Cape May and uncovering its architectural elements from a kid’s perspective. Packet includes a clue sheet

and map that will take you on a self-guided discovery tour. Packets for the entire family are available for $5. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Antiquing For a different kind of treasure hunt, check out the amazing variety of antique shops that are available in Cape May — just don’t get disheartened when you see your favorite childhood toy selling for $100. Here are some treasure troves (all 609 area code): Antiques Emporia, 405 West Perry Street (898-3332), Bridgetowne Antiques, Broadway and Mechanic (884-8107), Out of The Past Antiques, 394 Myrtle Avenue, corner of Perry (884-3357), Cape May Antique Center, 1228 Route 109 (898-4449). And although it’s not an actual antique store, do not miss West End Garage, on West Perry Street. A world away from cellphones and iPads... Historic Cold Spring Village is a great place to spend a family day out.

This shopping mecca always has some great antiques from various vendors. Cape May Lighthouse, Oil House, Museum Shop The structure, built in 1859, has 199 steps leading to the watch gallery with a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Admission to the Visitors’ Orientation Center and the ground floor of the Lighthouse is free. Tower admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. For more information, call 800-275-4278 & 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Bay Springs Alpaca Farm Near the end of beautiful New England Road, Warren and Barbara Nuessle live what they call the “alpaca lifestyle” — quiet and simple. Visit them between 10am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays (you can also visit their section in West End Garage on weekdays) and see how alpaca fiber is spun into yarn, or shop at their store, which carries many alpaca related items (forget wool; go with an alpaca sweater this winter!) Don’t forget to greet the grazing alpacas — they make it all possible. Call 609-884-0563 or visit bayspringsalpacas.com for more information. Beachcombing at the Cove A naturalist from the Nature Center of Cape May helps you explore the ocean, beach and dunes of the Cove on Wednesdays from 8:309:30am. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (3 and under free) and can be purchased in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, or on the day of the tour at the Second Street Pavilion on the promenade in Cape May. Contact at 609-884-8848 or visitnjaudobon.org. World War II Lookout Tower Museum Fire Control Tower No. 23 on Sunset Boulevard


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22 COOL CAPE MAY just do it! is New Jersey’s last freestanding World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. After the award-winning restoration, visitors can now climb to the sixth floor spotting gallery while reliving the homeland defense efforts during World War II. The ground floor of the tower is fully accessible. Entrance fee is $6 for adults and $4 for children (3-12). Call 609-8845404 or visit capemaymac.org. Birding by Boat and Wetlands Wildlife Safari Join the crew aboard the Osprey, a 36-passenger environmentally friendly pontoon boat. Since 1993 Captain Bob has been sharing the wonders of our coast. Enjoy a fully narrated tour as you get up-close views of ospreys, migrant shorebirds, clapper rails, herons, gulls, and terns. Also cruise through tidal wetland preserves, learning about one of the most productive habitats on the planet. Trips sail daily from the Miss Chris Marina at 1212 Wilson Dr. from April to November. Call 609-898-3500 or visit ospreycruise.com or birdingbyboat.org for more information and booking. Aviation Museum The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, a few minutes north of town, has a wonderful collection of planes and helicopters all set in a building. At its peak during WWII, it accommodated 222 planes and 17,000 takeoffs and landings per month. Young or old, the awe of flight will catch you like a net. The museum is open daily from 9am-5pm. Admission ($12 adult $10 children) will get you a free tickets to Cold Spring Village during the month of August! Also don’t miss the Airfest event on Labor Day weekend! Across the road is another mustsee, the Vietnam Memorial Museum, which features a special garden commemorating the 21 fallen soldiers from Cape May County. Call 609-886-8787 or visit usnasw.org.

Emlen Physick Estate Tour The Emlen Physick Estate, on delightful, treelined Washington Street, is Cape May’s only Victorian house museum and offers an entertaining and educational experience that will delight adults and at least some children. Tours cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.

Head for the heights. This page: World War II Tower at Sunset Beach. Werner Tedesco Right: Breakfast in the Sky on the Ferris wheel; and the famous Cape May Lighthouse. Werner Tedesco

Road Trip It seems silly to suggest leaving Cape May, but when the road calls, it’s hard not to answer. Grab some gas and try out route 147 (Ocean Drive). It runs through Wildwood Crest, Stone Harbor and the Doo Wop-fashioned hotels of Wildwood are a block away. It’s also teeming with good eats; Two Mile Landing Restaurant and Marina (609-522-1341), Harbor View (609-884-5444) and H&H Seafood (609-8844555). All have a great selection of food and fresh seafood you can only find at the shore. Or why not explore Cumberland County, home to bald eagles and Port Norris, the one-time oyster capital of the world? Make sure you don’t miss the A.J. Meerwald, the lovely and historic Delaware Bay oyster schooner in Cape May August 14-30th. Cape May County Zoo Recently voted the fifth best zoo in the United States and 13th best in the world, Cape May County Zoo is spectacular. It has 550 animals representing 250 species from around the globe and admission to the zoo and park is free of charge. The zoo features a reptile room, world of birds and an African Savanna within its 200 acres of natural wooded areas. Pack a lunch and get over there! Open daily from 10am-4:45pm, the zoo is just off Exit 11 on the Parkway. While the zoo is free, donations at the entrance are appreciated. You can visit the county website at capemaycountygov.net or cmczoo.com or call

609-465-5271 for more information. Harbor Safari A marine biologist leads you through an informational tour of Cape May’s beach and marsh habitats and the ecosystems you’ll find there. Tours are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am-12 and begins at the Nature Center of Cape May on Delaware Avenue. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.

Breakfast in the Sky Imagine a picnic in the sky complete with white linens and china, along with culinary delights created by Chef Wally Jurusz (formerly of Pelican Club and Lucky Bones). Yes, there’s breakfast, then there’s THIS breakfast — aboard a Ferris wheel. Advance reservation required. Up to four guests per car. For reservations call 609846-1624. Runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday from July 23 through August 22. As a headsup, it costs $90 per car with two guests, and $40 per additional person. Definitely worth a whirl.


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Miniature Golf Nothing like putting around Cape May and working on your short game and there are plenty of locations to do so. Cape May Miniature Golf on Jackson Street features sculpted greens, lush landscape, and real sand traps. There is also beachfront mini-golf available at Ocean Putt, on the corner of Beach and Jackson. Check out the Stockton Inn’s course on Beach amd Howard as well as a mini golf course at the shops at Sunset Beach — each hole has ocean views!

Dr Physick’s Neighborhood Walking Tour Designed for those who like history up-close and in detail, this tour features knowledgeable guides who will lead a stroll down the streets of Cape May’s Historic District. Tours are offered Wednesdays at 10am. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Buy Fresh Produce New Jersey is the Garden State for a good reason. There’s some great farmland in the area.


24 COOL CAPE MAY just do it! Markets like Duckie’s on Broadway, Central Park on Central Avenue, No Frills Farm on Bayshore Road, Rea’s Farm Market and Beach Plum Farm on Stevens Street provide fresh local produce. Support local business and cook a delicious meal with fresh ingredients! Keeper’s on Duty This informational session is the perfect prelude to a climb of the Cape May Lighthouse. Learn the historic beacon’s story, as told by one of the current keepers at the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park. All Keeper’s on Duty sessions are free and open to the public, and will be offered Sundays at 11:00am. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Parasail You don’t need to be a daredevil to let your body rise 500 feet above the ocean. Parasailing has become a popular pastime that lets you soar in the air and see Cape May from a view many people never have. Plus, all of the boat captains are Coast Guard certified so the trips are extremely safe. There are two options to choose from: East Coast Parasail in Cape May at Utsch’s Marina (609-898-8359), eastcoastparasail.com; and Atlantic Parasail at the Two Mile Landing restaurant and marina on Ocean Drive highway (609-522-1869), atlanticparasail.com. Lighthouse Storytime Bring your young children to the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) to listen to nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories. Story time is at 12:00-12:30pm every Sunday and admission is free. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Sunset Beach For a marvelous evening follow Sunset Bou-

levard until it ends, then watch the sun sink beyond the jutting concrete ship, the USS Atlantus. “God Bless America” is played as fallen veterans are honored while their casket flags are lowered each evening from May until September (a 40-year tradition). After the ceremony, grab some food at The Grille, shop for souvenirs, or play a round of mini-golf. You can always take a peaceful walk along the beach strewn with Cape May diamonds. For more information, visit sunsetbeachnj.com. Self-Guided Audio Tour of Cape May Discover the Historic District of Victorian Cape May at your own pace with Acoustiguide Inform hand-held units. The $10 tour package comes complete with a map and index for 96 historic buildings on 69 sites. To start off on your own tour, stop by the Hill House, located at 1048 Washington Street (The Emlen Physick Estate), from 9am-2:30pm. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac. org. Murder at the Physick Estate A crime has been committed at the Emlen Physick Estate on Washington Street. Interact with a cast of suspicious characters, look for clues and try to solve the mystery inside the Estate. Afterwards, interact with your evening’s performers over coffee and dessert. Crimes are committed Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30pm. Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit the MAC organization online at capemaymac. org. Arcade A trip to the beachfront is not the same without a trip to the arcade. Grab your quarters and treat the kids to games, lights and prizes or relive beloved childhood memories. Skee-ball and photo booths? No one can turn that down!

Cape May Arcade has two locations, one on Beach Avenue at Convention Hall and the other at Beach Avenue and Jackson Street. Higbee Beach It used to be a bit of a scandalous place (nude bathers — gasp!). Not anymore, though (well, not usually). Head down New England Road until it ends, walk the path — aka Mosquito Alley — towards the beach and enjoy a splendid shore. Teddy Bear Tea & Princess and Pirate Parties The Carriage House Tearoom and Café, located on the Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington Street, sets the stage for fun as you enjoy a tasty, family-friendly lunch. Lunches are offered Sunday at 12pm. Lunch is $23 for adults and $15 for children. Also available are the Princess and Pirate Luncheons for the same price and on Tuesdays at 12. Reservations are required and lunch is included in the price. Check online for specific dates, as it is not a weekly event. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Carriage Ride Forget about the car, bike or your own two feet; let the clip-clop of a horse’s trot guide you through the town in style. Taking a carriage is a truly unique, historic and romantic way to see the town. Besides, it beats parking. Cape May Carriage Company is based at Ocean and Washington Street. Call 609-884-4466 for more information. Online booking and in person reservations only capemaycarriage.com Fisherman’s Wharf Tour Take a guided tour of Fisherman’s Wharf at the Lobster House Restaurant, and learn how your


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A day trip on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a fun addition to your vacation itinerary. And yes, that IS a bald eagle in the foreground. Werner Tedesco


26 COOL CAPE MAY just do it! seafood gets from the sea to your table and discover how Cape May has become a major fishing port. Tours are offered Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. Admission is $10 adults and $7 children. For more information, call 609-8845404 or visit capemaymac.org. Emlen Physick Estate Children’s Tour This tour is set to let children find out what life was like more than 125 years ago at the Emlen Physick Estate that was built in 1879. Starting June 21, tours will run Monday and Wednesday at 10:30am, and tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tour Try out this guided tour of Cape May’s Historic District, followed by a guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate, located at 1048 Washington Street. Tickets are $22 for adults and $14 for children. Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Painting Parties at Art Block Take a break from the summer heat wave and utilize this creative outlet. Art Block is a new paint-your-own pottery store at 108 Liberty Way. Down a cozy little side street near the Original Fudge Kitchen on the Cape May Mall check it out for a fun activity that you can keep forever or give as a gift. For more information, call owner Ivona Stanoeva on 917-536-2047. West Cape May Farmers Market The Farmers Market offers fresh local produce and beautiful locally picked flowers. You’ll also find live music, antiques, clothes, trinkets, jewelry and much, much more. Don’t forget the food from local venders and businesses (the best BBQ you’ll every eat)! Support local Cape May Businesses! Every Tuesday from 3:30 to

An afternoon spent sipping wine overlooking the vineyard at Cape May Winery... there are half-a-dozen local wineries. Check them out!

7:30 pm from late June to early September. Located in the Backyard Park of West Cape May Municipal Complex, 720 Broadway.

Romantic Activities Cape May is a great getaway for couples. Here are a few ideas for activities that you and your loved one can enjoy together. You will notice that some of these events are family-friendly,

too — we’ll let you be the judge of that. Local Wineries Southern Jersey is emerging as a serious winegrowing region — even The New York Times says so. The lovely Cape May Winery, on Townbank Road has a weekly Grill Night, Oyster Sundays, tastings and tours. Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Rio Grande has a beautiful wine bar and offers tastings and food pairings. Turdo

Vineyards is yet another option with tasting 12-5 daily. Call 609-884-1169 for Cape May Winery or visit capemaywinery.com. Call 609846-7347 for Hawk Haven or visit Hawkhavenvineyard.com. Call 609-884-5591 for Turdo Vineyards, or visit turdovineyards.com. For Willow Creek Winery, call 609-770 8782. Cape May Brewing Company Head over to Cape May Brewery for free tours,


category COOL CAPE MAY 27 With a standup paddleboard session, you can combine fitness with fun on your vacation. There are several different options in Cape May.


28 COOL CAPE MAY just do it! tasting and tour package deals or just to enjoy a cold one. There are always at least 20 beers to try at any one time. On a hot, summer’s day, the Bog (cranberry shandy) is a great call. And the Honey Porter is wonderful any time! If you’re a hops fan, the Cape May IPA has won awards, and the Coastal Evacuation is a double IPA. Call 609-889-9933 or visit capemaybrewery.com. Seriously good beers! Cape May After Dark Trolley Ride Take this romantic trolley ride through the moonlit streets of Cape May as a guide tells tales of Victorian romance. Tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall information booth. Tours are offered Mondays and Wednesday at 7:45 and 8:45pm. Adult tickets are $12 and $8 for children. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. Get a Massage Although Cape May is already relaxing, why not make it even MORE relaxing? Try these local miracle workers: Cape May Day Spa (8981003), Artizan Salon and Spa (884-4499), Accent On Beauty (884-7040), Sea Spa at Congress Hall (884-6543) The Well Center for Massage (884-3177), Evolution Salon (889-6900). Local Theatre Cape May Stage, based in a beautifully renovated church in the center of town, is the city’s premier Equity professional group and features a season that’s packed with drama, comedy, music and superb performances. Call 609-8841341 or visit capemaystage.com. East Lynne Theater specializes in Early American Theater and is well worth a visit. They operate out of the First Presbyterian Church on Hughes Street. Call 609-884-5898 or visit eastlynnecompany. org. For a bag of laughs, you can’t go wrong at Elaine’s Dinner Theater, on Lafayette Street — call 609-884-5898 for reservations.

Sporty Activities Cape May doesn’t just have to be about relaxing. There are a lot of physical activities to get out and try. You may even lose a few calories. Good thing given that lovely dinner you’re dreaming about tonight. Golf Cape May National Golf Club has “three of the best holes in New Jersey” according to The Jersey Golfer and is nestled in 50 acres of private bird sanctuary. Visit Cape May National at cmngc. com or call 609-884-1563. But, if it’s your wedge that needs some work, Cape May Par 3 will let you play 18 holes for just $15.95. No bag? No problem. Cape May Par 3 rents clubs for just $2. Visit them at capemaypar3.com or call 609889-2600. Laguna Oaks is another beautiful 200-acre course off exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. For more information call 609-4654560 or visit lagunaoaksgolf.com Bike Ride It’s no secret to tourists and locals alike: Cape May is a biking town. Have you even tried to navigate the streets of Cape May during rush hour? It’s enough to make you want to start jogging places. But have no fear; there are bike rentals that beat braking (and braking again, then honking, then braking once more). Cape Island Bike 727 Beach Avenue or 135 Sunset Boulevard (609-884-8011), Shields Bike Rentals 11 Gurney Street (609-898-1818), Village Bicycle 605 Lafayette Street (609-884-8011), Congress Hall Bike Shop (888-944-1816) Nature Trails Near the lighthouse in the Cape May Point State Park are several trails weaving through ponds, dunes, marsh and forest. There are different levels of difficulty marked by colors, and most of the trails have wooden walkways. Even on the longest trails, breathtaking scenes in a tran-

quil setting will make you wish it were longer. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes. It is a 2-mile loop for all hiking skill levels. Also check out South Cape May Meadows on Sunset Blvd. It’s a beautiful nature preserve! Yoga Join Sharon Fruchtman on the lawn of Congress Hall. The classes start at 8:30am daily and pre-registration is required. Stop by the front desk of Congress Hall or call 609-884-8421. If it’s indoors that you desire to do downward dog, then don’t hesitate in visiting Balance Pilates, located at 600 Park Boulevard in West Cape May. Call Judy Heany at 609-884-3001. Another option is joining the “gypsy yogini” Karen Bosna for classes all over Cape May. Call 609-827-8886 or visit yogacapemay.com Tennis The William J. Moore Tennis Club — named after the first black (as well as the oldest) tennis pro in America — rents rackets, balls, and courts. It’s located next to the Physick Estate and there are always a variety of local characters up for a game, match, or set. The courts are open to the public daily for just $15 per hour and a half. For more information call 609-8848986. Horseback Riding At Hidden Valley Ranch, you can take lessons in the pastimes of heroes and kings under the watchful gaze of Nancy, the toughest, but ultimately most lovable instructor you could ever hope for. Call Hidden Valley Ranch at 609-8848205 for more information. Fishing Cape May is one of the busiest commercial fishing ports in the US. The sport fishing is big business, too... AND lots of fun. South Jersey Marina boasts a top-notch selection of boats

with crews who know these waters better than anyone. Try the experienced team of Stalker Fishing Charters (609-972-5218) or the Miss Chris fleet (609-884-3939). For all your bait and tackle needs, stop by Jim’s Bait and Tackle on Route 109 by the harbor (609-884-3900). Tidal Marsh Tour by Kayak Explore Cape May County’s most beautiful and untouched salt marsh via sit-on-top kayaks. It’s a great way to see nesting ospreys, herons, egrets, and assorted crabs. There are two options to choose from: Aqua Trails at 1600 Delaware Avenue in the Nature Center (609884-5600), aquatrails.com) and Miss Chris Marina (609-884-3351, misschrismarina. com). Regular rentals also available as well. Call Cape Kayaks on 609-884 1224. Stand Up Paddleboarding See the beauty of Cape May from a different perspective, while giving your core the workout of it’s life. Paddle yourself around the island with friends or family. There are plenty of places to rent or take a tour or even a SUP yoga class. SUP Cape May supcapemay.com (609-827-1086), Steger Beach Services stegerbeachservice.com (609-884-3058). Parasail You don’t need to be a daredevil to let your body rise 500 feet above the ocean, nor do you need wings. Parasailing has become a popular pastime that lets you soar in the air and see Cape May from a view many people never have. It may be a view to die for, but we can assure you that you won’t be risking anything – the boat captains are Coast Guard certified and extremely safe. There are two options to choose from: East Coast Parasail in Cape May at Utsch’s Marina (898-8359) and Atlantic Parasail at the Two Mile Landing restaurant and marina on Ocean Drive highway (522-1869).


just do it! COOL CAPE MAY 29 Cape May boasts the fourth busiest commercial fishing port in the country. It’s home to thriving marinas — and all sorts of opportunities for fun fishing trips. Werner Tedesco


Summer In Cape May Long, dreamy beach days, and balmy evenings


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32 COOL CAPE MAY summer events All summer long, through October 10 Tommy’s Folly: The 200th Anniversary of Congress Hall Guest curated by Curtis Bashaw, the man behind the renovation of Congress Hall, and Exit Zero publisher Jack Wright, this exhibit features the history of Congress Hall, one of America’s most illustrious hotels. In the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Admission is free. Open daily; times vary. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. May 19-22 Spring Sidewalk Sale Time to stash those boots and heavy winter jackets. For a whole new wardrobe — or a whole new anything — hit the Washington Street Mall from 9am-7pm. Visit washingtonstreetmall. com. May 20 Sunset Lighthouse Cruise The beauty of the Delaware Bay is best experienced at sunset, and that’s exactly what you’ll get aboard the Spirit of Cape May. Along with seeing two lighthouses and hearing about their history from the captain and former lighthouse keepers, you will enjoy a wine tasting at each landmark... with hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is also available. $55 adults, $25 children ages 7-12. Departs from the Miss Chris Marina at 6:30pm. Purchase tickets in advance or online. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org May 21 Armed Forces Day Ceremony at the World War II Lookout Tower The fully restored World War II Lookout Tower is the perfect setting to pay tribute to the dedicated men and women who have helped preserve our freedom. 11am. Free admission. Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near

Cape May Point. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. May 21 Grand Lighthouse Cruise Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each fivehour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain’s Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. 10am to 3pm. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Call 609-8845404 or visit www.capemaymac.org. May 21 Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Let the light of the full moon guide you up 199 stairs to the starry top. The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. 8-10pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, or visit capemaymac.org. May 28 Kiwanis Club Annual Yard Sale We can promise great finds... with your name on them. Kiwanis Clubhouse, 1041 Beach Avenue. 7am-2pm. Call 609-884-8888. May 28 Tanya Tucker Concert She’s a modern-day country legend, who has inspired many of the artists you hear on the radio today... and she’s coming to Cape May. Cape May Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-8849563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. May 29 – June 16 Cape May Music Festival Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber jazz,

as well as Celtic and brass band music (and Bach’s Lunches, listed here!) at the 27th annual Cape May Music Festival. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. May 29 Cape May Music Festival: Atlantic Brass Band Opening the 27th Annual Cape May Music Festival at 8pm is the 35-piece Atlantic Brass Band, a long time Cape May favorite, under the baton of Salvatore Scarpa. They’ll present a rousing concert of American music, perfect for a Memorial Day weekend celebration. Cape May Convention Hall. Admission is free. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. May 30 Memorial Day Ceremony Amidst all the barbequing and beach-playing of a long weekend, it’s important to remember the reason for the holiday. Honor America’s fallen heroes at this event, held at the Columbia Avenue All Wars Monument at 9am, and at Cape May Convention Hall at 11am. Call 609-8849565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com May 31 Cape May Music Festival: New York Chamber Ensemble They’ll rock your world... and your eardrums. 8pm. General admission is $20, Seniors $15, Students $5. Episcopal Church of the Advent, 612 Franklin Street. Call 609-884-5404 or visitcapemaymac.org. June 1 Cape May Music Festival: Bach’s Lunch Enjoy a mini-concert by members of the BayAtlantic Symphony, as well as Tea Luncheon at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048

Washington Street, 12:30pm. $30 per person. Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. June 2 Cape May Music Festival: Traditional Celtic music concert Deirdre Reilly Deirdre Reilly’s warm, engaging style, powerful voice and dynamic stage presence have made her one of the top entertainers in Irish music today. With fans from Los Angeles to Dublin, Deirdre is a hit with audiences of all ages no matter where she goes. At Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue. 8pm. Admission is free. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit www. capemaymac.org. June 4 Fashion Show Get some inspiration for your next fierce look. 300 block of Washington Street Mall. 11am. Visit washingtonstreetmall.com. June 4-5 The Race of Gentlemen This living history event celebrates America’s racing and hot rodding heritage on Wildwood’s beaches. Founded by the Oilers, a car/motorcycle Club establshed in 1947. For exact times and locations, see theraceofgentlemen.com. June 4-5 Free Village Sampler Weekend Visit select buildings and learn about the trades and crafts of the “age of homespun” at Historic Cold Spring Village. Take guided walking tours and receive special discounts at the Country Store. Enjoy children’s crafts and activities. Free! Call 609-898-2300. June 5 Cape May Music Festival: Champagne Jazz Brunch at Aleathea’s Linger over a Sunday morning champagne


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34 COOL CAPE MAY summer events brunch buffet at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, with live jazz from The Great American Songbook, featuring Mary Lou Newnam (saxophone, clarinet and flute) and Sonny Troy (guitar). 10am. $35. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. June 6 Dr Emlen Physick’s 161st Birthday Party & Croquet Challenge Join the Friends of the Physick Estate and celebrate the 161st birthday of Dr. Emlen Physick, Cape May’s illustrious Victorian citizen, on the grounds of the 1879 Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Watch or join a croquet match. Wear your summer whites and root for your favorite players. 11am-2pm. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. June 7 Cape May Music Festival: New York Chamber Ensemble Concert They’ll rock your world... and your eardrums. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Streets. General admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5. 8pm. Call 609-8845404 or visit capemaymac.org. June 8 Cape May Music Festival: Bach’s Lunch Enjoy a mini-concert by members of the BayAtlantic Symphony and an elegant Tea Luncheon at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. 12:30pm. $30 per person. Call 609-884-5404. June 9 Cape May Music Festival: Bay-Atlantic Sympony Concert

The Race of Gentlemen Vintage Car and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races happen on June 4-5 at Spicer Avenue beach in Wildwood.

The festival’s orchestra, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, performs an all Bach Brandenberg Concertos program at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street, with Conductor Jed Gaylin. General admission is $25, seniors $20, and students $10. 8pm. Call 609884-5404. June 11-12 Boardwalk Craft Show Hunt for rare finds... and get a tan while ou’re at it! Promenade. 10am-5pm. Call 609-884-9565,

or visit discovercapemaynj.com. June 11-12 Hands-On History At Historic Cold Spring Village, try your hand at crafts and trades from the 1800s. Blacksmithing, basketweaving, woodworking and more. Step inside the Village’s 26 restored, historic buildings and interact with historical interpreters to learn and create... the way our ancestors did! Children can get their ‘Past-port’ stamped for each handson activity they complete, and redeem it for a free treat in the Country Store. Call 609-898-2300. June 12 Cape May Music Festival: Fifth Annual George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert

Come to Cape May Convention Hall to celebrate with friends and fans with an evening of selections from the Great American Songbook, under the direction of Barry Miles, featuring performances by some of George’s favorite colleagues. 8pm. General admission is $25, Seniors $20, Students $10. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, or visit capemaymac.org. June 14 Cape May Music Festival: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players New Jersey’s premier chamber ensemble returns to Cape May to perform at 8pm. with another program from the classical repertoire. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Streets. General admission $20, Seniors $15,


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36 COOL CAPE MAY summer events Students $5. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, or visit capemaymac.org. June 15 Cape May Music Festival: Bach’s Lunch Enjoy a mini-concert by members of the BayAtlantic Symphony and an elegant Tea Luncheon at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. 12:30pm. $30 per person. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. June 16 Cape May Music Festival: New York Chamber Ensemble Concert They’ll rock your world... and your eardrums. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Streets. General admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5. 8pm. Call 609-8845404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac. org. June 18 Grand Lighthouse Cruise Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each fivehour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse, as well as continental breakfast buffet and Captain’s Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. 10am-3pm. Tickets are $85 (adults), and $70 (children ages 7-12). Call 609-8845404. June 18-19 Military Timeline Weekend At Historic Cold Spring Village, you’ll want to check out this exhibition of various conflicts spanning several centuries including the English Hundred Years War, Boer War, American Revo-

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lution and Civil War, World War II, Korean War and more. Call 609-898-2300. June 20 Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Let the light of the full moon guide you up 199 stairs to the starry top. The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. 8-10pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-

4278, or visit capemaymac.org. June 24 Sunset Lighthouse Cruise The beauty of the Delaware Bay is best experienced at sunset, which is exactly what you’ll get at this event. Aboard the Spirit of Cape May, you’ll see two lighthouses and hear about their history from the captain and former lighthouse keepers. At each landmark, you will enjoy a wine tasting

with hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is also available. $55 adults, $25 children ages 7-12. Departs from the Miss Chris Marina at 6:30pm. Call 609-8845404. June 25 Cape May Hops Festival New in 2016! Celebrate the beginning of summer at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, with a day devoted to regional and local craft


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38 COOL CAPE MAY summer events beers, great food, local wine, live music, crafts and collectibles and kids activities. Admission is free. 10am-6pm. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. June 25-26 Cape May Quilt And Fiber Arts Show Historic Cold Spring Village’s 29th annual Quilt Show has expanded into a full-scale event celebrating all forms of fiber arts. In addition to voting for your favorite quilt, guests can take in workshops and demonstrations on knitting, crocheting, wool dyeing, even sheep shearing. Call 609-898-2300. June 27 Cape May Summer Concert Series: Rita Coolidge This pop/contemporary/country/jazz artist is a two-time Grammy award winner. Cape May Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com July 2 Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast If you don’t like pancakes, you’re kind of a freak. Lucky for all of you non-freaks out there, Kiwanis — the global organization dedicated to serving children of the world — will host its annual pancake breakfast at Convention Hall. 7:30-11:30a. Visit discovercapemaynj.com. July 2 Independence Parade Who says the Fourth of July celebration has to happen on the fourth only? We’re just as happy about our independence on the 2nd. The parade kicks off on Beach Avenue at 1pm. Call 609-8849565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. July 2 63rd Army Band Concert See the band that played at the 100th birthday

celebration for the Statue of Liberty, and at the Vietnam Memorial dedication in Washington, DC. Now they’re coming to Cape May Convention Hall! Kicks off at 7pm sharp. Call 609-884-9565. July 2-3 Independence Day Celebration Historic Cold Spring Village, the living history museum just a short drive from downtown Cape May, will host afternoon concerts, family

activities and traditional fun. Patriotic programs, including The Story of Old Glory and live music, take place both days. Call 609-898-2300. July 3 USCG Sunset Parade In this colorful ceremony, you’ll see bands, marching troops, even cannon fire. Open to the public and free to attend. Children are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. Be seated by 7:45pm.

July 3, 4 Dinner and Fireworks Here’s an exclusive chance to see the area’s Independence Day fireworks from the ideal vantage point: atop the Cape May Lighthouse. Participants will be transported by trolley from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth to the Red Store in Cape May Point for a seasonal, five-course dinner. Then, hop back on the trolley for a short ride to Cape May Lighthouse, where you will climb to the top to watch the


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40 COOL CAPE MAY summer events fireworks. Limited to 12 people. 6:15pm. Tickets $100. Call 609-884-5404.

flute) and Sonny Troy (guitar). 10am. $35. Call 609-884-5404.

July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza Summertime is THE time for simple American pleasures — like running through sprinklers, chasing ice cream trucks and, of course, enjoying fireworks. From Congress Hall’s lawn or the surrounding beaches and streets, you’ll see a fivestar show while savoring ocean breezes. 9pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj. com.

July 11 Cape May Summer Concert Series: Rhonda Vincent & the Rage She’s the “queen of bluegrass,” according to the Wall Street Journal, and she’s coming to Cape May Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com July 13 Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at its base. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.

July 6 Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at the base of the lighthouse. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, or visit capemaymac.org.

July 14 Children’s Theater Series: “Alice in Wonderland” Things get curiouser and curiouser at Cape May Convention Hall. See the show that will help you believe six impossible things before breakfast. 10:30am. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com.

July 6 Croquet on the Lawn Gather family and friends and join in a friendly croquet game on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Equipment provided. Game begins promptly at 10am. Free parking. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.

the Miss Chris Marina at 6:30pm. Call 609-8845404, or visit capemaymac.org.

July 8 Sunset Lighthouse Cruise The beauty of the Delaware Bay is best experienced at sunset, which is exactly what you’ll get at this event. Aboard the Spirit of Cape May, you’ll see two lighthouses and hear about their history from the captain and former lighthouse keepers. At each landmark, you will enjoy a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is also available. $55 adults, $25 children ages 7-12. Departs from

July 8-10 Promenade Art Show We love hand-crafted pottery and jewelry, paintings of classic Cape May scenes, and awesome photography. We love them even more when they’re local. And EVEN more when we can peruse the goods next to the ocean. On the Cape May promenade from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com.

July 9-10 Jersey Cape Foodways Weekend At Historic Cold Spring Village, you’ll get historical cooking demonstrations, and local food and beverage vendors. Call 609-898-2300. July 10 Champagne Jazz Brunch at Aleathea’s Linger over a Sunday morning champagne brunch buffet at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, with live jazz from The Great American Songbook, featuring Mary Lou Newnam (saxophone, clarinet and

July 16 “Check Your Cover” Skin Screening Shame on all of you bronzed beach gods and bunnies; sun-worshipping is bad for your skin! (Okay, okay... we’re just as guilty.) Rather than avoid the beach altogether (like that’s possible), get your skin checked at Cape May Convention Hall. 9:30am-12:30pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. July 16 Seventh Annual Cape May Beach Volleyball Tournament Diving and lunging and spiking... oh my! Steger


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4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org. July 20 Croquet on the Lawn Gather family and friends and join in a friendly croquet game on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Equipment provided. Game begins promptly at 10am. Free parking. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.

July 16-17 12th Annual Celtic Festival At Historic Cold Spring Village, celebrate traditions of the Celtic Highlands with live entertainment: music, dancing, crafts, beer pavilion and more. For performance lineup, call 609-898-2300.

July 21 Children’s Theater Series: Ronald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” See this beloved young adult novel come to live at Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, at 10:30am. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj. com.

July 17 Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt Kids aged three to 10 will follow Captain Kidd (What? You didn’t know he’s still around?) on a treasure hunt on the beaches in front of Cape May Convention Hall. Remember: ‘x’ marks the spot. 1pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. Your kids will thank you for it. July 18 Cape May Summer Concert Series: Chubby Checker He’s the only artist to have five albums in the Top 12 at once. Twist on over to Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. July 19-23 Shakespeare at the Estate: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” On the outdoor stage at the Emlen Physick Estate at 6pm, “love will look not with the eyes, but with the mind” in this REV Theatre production. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students (ages 15 and older) and free for children under 15. Bring a blanket or chair. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. July 19 Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

MOVIES ON THE BEACH From the second Thursday in July to the last Thursday in August, enjoy this recent but already entrenched Cape May tradition. Behind Convention Hall, lay out on the beach and enjoy a classic family movie. The lineup ALWAYS includes Jaws, which has drawn 1,000 people. And if you don’t think Jaws is a family movie, well at least it’s definitely a classic. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce at capemaychamber.com.

Let the light of the full moon guide you up 199 stairs to the starry top. The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. 8pm-10pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. July 20 Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at the base of the landmark. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-

July 22 Sunset Lighthouse Cruise The beauty of the Delaware Bay is best experienced at sunset, which is exactly what you’ll get at this event. Aboard the Spirit of Cape May, you’ll see two lighthouses and hear about their history from the captain and former lighthouse keepers. At each landmark, you will enjoy a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is also available. $55 adults, $25 children ages 7-12. Departs from the Miss Chris Marina at 6:30pm. Call 609-8845404. July 23 The Summer Club This cabaret-style variety show is a surefire crowd pleaser. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. July 23-24 Railroad Days Historic Cold Spring Village will be lined with model railroads, garden displays, vendors and


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44 COOL CAPE MAY summer events more. Discover all things locomotive! Call 609898-2300.

August 3 Family Fun Days at the Cape May Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at the base of the landmark. 9am-2pm. Free. Call 609-884-5404.

July 25 Cape May Summer Concert Series: The Hit Men Cape May The Hit Men comprises performing and/or recording members of groups such as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Elton John. Playing Convention Hall at 8pm. Call 609-8849563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com.

August 3 Croquet on the Lawn Gather family and friends and join in a friendly croquet game on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Equipment provided. Game begins promptly at 10am. Free parking. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.

July 25 Christmas in July at the Cape May Lighthouse There will be games, crafts, gifts... and Santa. Forget the snow, forget the cold weather, bask in the sun and celebrate Christmas this summer from 10am-2pm. Admission to the grounds is free. Admission to climb the lighthouse is $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. July 27 Michael Grasso Illusionist He was named Illusionist of the Year by the Society of American Magicians, and he’s coming to Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. July 27 Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at the base of the landmark. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404. July 28 Children’s Theater Series: “The Princess and the Pirate” Our hero and heroine fall madly in love... but their

Pirates invade Historic Cold Spring Village on the weekend of August 27-28 at the popular Seafarers’ Weekend — a perfect family weekend event. Photograph by Aleksey Moryakov

fathers aren’t the least bit happy about it. Find out what happens at Convention Hall. 10:30am. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj. com. July 30 Jersey Cape Antique Auto Show Drool over approximately 50 antique cars on display in Rotary Park, in the cente rof downtown Cape May. 10am-2pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovecapemaynj.com. July 30-31 Hands-on History At Historic Cold Spring Village, try your hand at crafts and trades from the 1800s: blacksmithing,

August 4 USCG Sunset Parade In this colorful ceremony, you’ll see bands, marching troops, even cannon fire. Open to the public and free to attend. Children are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. Be seated by 7:26pm.

basketweaving, woodworking and more. Step inside the Village’s 26 expertly restored, historic buildings and interact with historical interpreters to learn and create... the way our ancestors did! Children can get their ‘Past-port’ stamped for each hands-on activity they complete, and redeem it for a free treat in the Country Store. Call 609-898-2300.

August 4 Children’s Theater Series: “Pinkalicious the Musical” Uh-oh — Pinkalicious eats too many pink cupcakes and turns — you guessed it — pink! See her shade at Cape May Convention Hall at 10:30am. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com.

August 1 Cape May Summer Concert Series: The Spinners Theis ryythm and blues vocal group has been wowing crowds since 1954, and they’ll wow you at Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com.

August 5 Cape May Baby Parade If you’re a sucker for cute things — or if you still use a sucker — you should probably turn up for the baby parade, starting at 11am on Congress Street and Beach Avenue. There is live music! Call 609-884-9565.


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46 COOL CAPE MAY summer events August 6 The Summer Club This cabaret-style variety show is a surefire crowd pleaser. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com.

picnic foods. Think: steamed crabs, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, corn on the cob, and potato salad. Enjoy live music on the outdoor stage, see jugglers and acrobats, and peruse a farmers’ market. Admission is free. 11am8pm. Call 609-884-5404.

August 6-7 Down On The Farm Weekend At Historic Cold Spring Village, visit with your favorite barnyard animals, make take-home crafts, enjoy a horse and carriage ride with Levi the Horse and celebrate all things on the American farm! Call 609-898-2300.

August 7 National Lighthouse Day at the Cape May Lighthouse Enjoy family activities at the base of the lighthouse including pirate-hat making, games, music and craft vendors. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.

August 8 Cape May Summer Concert Series: The New Christy Minstrels You’re going to want to see this Grammy Awardwinning folk group at Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj. com. August 5 Sunset Lighthouse Cruise The beauty of the Delaware Bay is best experienced at sunset, which is exactly what you’ll get at this event. Aboard the Spirit of Cape May, you’ll see two lighthouses and hear about their history from the captain and former lighthouse keepers. At each landmark, you will enjoy a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is also available. $55 adults, $25 children ages 7-12. Departs from the Miss Chris Marina at 6:30pm. Call 609-8845404. August 6 Fifth Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival Come to the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, and experience what CBS NY named one of New Jersey’s Top Five Summer Festivals! This all-day fete features local craft beer and favorite summer

August 10 Family Fun Days at the Cape May Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at the base of thelandmark. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, or visit capemaymac.org. August 10 Michael Grasso Illusionist He was named Illusionist of the Year by the Society of American Magicians, and he’s coming to Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. August 12 41st Annual Peach Festival Mmm-mmm, those Jersey peaches! Check them out with The Women’s Community Club at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church Hall from 8:30am-2pm. Call 609-886-6016. August 13-14 Classic Car Show & Cruise At Historic Cold Spring Village, vintage cars and

trucks are on site for your drooling pleasure from 11am-3pm. Call 609-898-2300. August 13-14 Promenade Craft Show Because this is the perfect time to find that perfect souvenir. 10am-5pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. August 14 Champagne Jazz Brunch at Aleathea’s Linger over a Sunday morning champagne brunch buffet at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, with live jazz from The Great American Songbook, featuring Mary Lou Newnam (saxophone, clarinet and flute), and Sonny Troy (guitar). 10am. $35. Call 609884-5404 or 800-275-4278. August 15 Cape May Summer Concert Series: The Fifth Dimension They do pop. They do R&B. They do soul. Even a little opera. Don’t miss them at Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. AAugust 17 Family Fun Days at the Cape May Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, is a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique vendors at the base of the landmark. 9am-2pm. Totally free to enter! Call 609-884-5404. August 17 Croquet on the Lawn Gather family and friends and join in a friendly croquet game on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Equipment provided. Game begins promptly at 10am. Free parking. Free admission. Call 609-884-5404.

August 18 Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Let the light of the full moon guide you up 199 stairs to the starry top. The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. 8-10pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404. August 20-21 Paranormal Pursuits At Historic Cold Spring Village, experience all things unexplained. Enjoy ghostly tales, presentations by paranormal investigators, a phrenology experience, and ghost tours. Call 609-8982300. August 22 Cape May Summer Concert Series: Hugh Panaro with the Cape May Pops He’s a Broadway actor with a startlingly good voice... and startlingly good looks. See why he’s so popular at Cape May Convention Hall. 8pm. Call 609-884-9563, or visit discovercapemaynj. com. August 27 Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale America’s Ambassadors of Song are headed to Exit Zero! At Convention Hall, 8pm. Call 609884 9563, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. August 27-28 Seafarers’ Weekend Pirates invade Historic Cold Spring Village! Catch the action with pirate fight shows throughout the weekend. Take in exhibits (antique boats!) and activities (duck decoy carving!) and sing-alongs. Call 609-898-2300. August 31 The Angelus Chorus Sacred music. Secular music. 60 brilliant voices. Boom. Cape May Convention Hall. 7pm. Free!


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America, celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a series of fun events. Photograph by Charles Riter


48 COOL CAPE MAY summer events Call 609-884-9565. September 2 Rich Reinhart Junior Clamshell Pitching Tournament It’s a rite of passage at the Jersey shore. Contect kicks off on Windsor Beach, across from Congress Hall. BYOC (Bring your own clamshell) if you have a lucky one. Otherwise, they’ll be provided for you. Free to participate! 11am-3pm. Call 609-884-9565. September 3-4 Summer Send-Off Craft Show This way, you can bring a little summer home with you. Be on the promenade, or be square. 10am-5pm. Call 609-884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. September 3, 4 Hands-on History At Historic Cold Spring Village, try your hand at crafts and trades from the 1800s: blacksmithing, basketweaving, woodworking and more. Step inside the Village’s 26 restored, historic buildings and interact with historical interpreters to learn and create... the way our ancestors did! Children can get their ‘Past-port’ stamped for each handson activity they complete, and redeem it for a free treat in the Country Store! Call 609-898-2300. September 4 USCG Sunset Parade In this colorful ceremony, you’ll see bands, marching troops, even cannon fire. Open to the public and free to attend. Children are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. Be seated by 6:36pm. September 9-18 20th Annual Cape May Food And Wine Celebration Indulge in the “restaurant capital of New Jersey,”

and a lineup of events (listed here!) for those who —simply — love good food and wine. Attend one or attend all... it’s up to you. Call 609-884-5404. September 9 Cape May Food And Wine Celebration: Cape May Wine Trail Spend the day visiting (and being impressed with!) Cape May County’s wineries, and sampling the unique flavors of each. Begin with lunch at The Carriage House Café & Tearoom, 1048 Washington Street, then board the trolley to Willow Creek Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery and Natali Vineyards. $75 includes lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard, and a wine tasting glass. Noon-5pm. Call 609-884-5404. September 10 Cape May Food And Wine Celebration: Chocolate Lover’s Feast It’s like Christmas for chocolate lovers. At the Blue Rose Inn, enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. 1pm. Admission is $40. Call 609-884-5404. September 10-11 Revolutionary War Encampment At Historic Cold Spring Village, the American Revolution comes to life with reenactors and encampments from both Loyalist and Patriot militia. Field camps, weaponry, programs and more. Call 609-898-2300. September 15-18 Fall Sidewalk Sale Stroll the charming streets of Cape May while taking advantage of unreal bargains from local merchants. Washington Street Mall and citywide. 9am-7pm. September 16 Cape May Food And Wine Celebration:

Cape May Wine Trail Spend the day visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Begin with lunch at The Carriage House Café & Tearoom, 1048 Washington Street, then board the trolley to Willow Creek Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery and Natali Vineyards. $75 includes lunch, wine tastings, and a wine tasting glass. Noon-5pm. Free parking. Call 609-8845404. September 16 Sunset Lighthouse Cruise The beauty of the Delaware Bay is best experienced at sunset. Aboard the Spirit of Cape May, you’ll see two lighthouses and hear about their history from the captain and former lighthouse keepers. At each landmark, you will enjoy a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is also available. $55 adults, $25 children ages 7-12. Departs from the Miss Chris Marina at 6:30pm. Call 609-884-5404. September 16 Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Let the light of the full moon guide you up 199 stairs to the starry top. At Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. 8-10pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). For more information call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. September 17 Cape May Food And Wine Celebration: Harvest Brew Fest Catch the craft beers buzz at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street! Celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Southern New Jersey during this all day event featuring local food, local produce, local beer, local wine, and local talent, plus crafts and collectibles and kids activities. Free admission. From 10am-6pm. Call 609884-5404.

September 17 Grand Lighthouse Cruise Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of them stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each five-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each landmark, a continental breakfast buffet and Captain’s Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. 10am-3pm. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Call 609-884-5404. September 17 Foster 100 A group of intrepid cyclists of all abilities will bike 100 miles from Philadelphia to Cape May in order to raise funds and awareness for wounded combat veterans via the nonprofit Team Foster. Expect catered rest stops and a huge sense of accomplishment. For more information on the cause, or how you can participate, visit TeamFoster.org. September 17 - September 18 Civil War Weekend At Historic Cold Spring Village, re-enactors bring to life military encampments, demonstrations of infantry and artillery drill, weaponry, camp life and more. Vendors of reproduction period merchandise. Battle reenactment at 2pm both days. Call 609-898-2300. September 18 Cape May Food And Wine Celebration: Champagne Jazz Brunch at Aleathea’s Linger over a Sunday morning champagne brunch buffet at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, with live jazz from The Great American Songbook, featuring Mary Lou Newnam (saxophone, clarinet and flute), and Sonny Troy (guitar). 10am. $35. Call 609884-5404, or visit capemaymac.org.


The Civil War Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village on September 17-18 is a must-do family activity. The Village is only 15 minutes from downtown Wildwood. Opposite: Pirates galore at the Village’s Seafarers’ Weekend on August 27-28. Photographs by Aleksey Moryakov


50 COOL CAPE MAY special promotion

Vacation in a box!

Have Fun in Cape May and Save Hundreds! Presenting the greatest collection of money-saving offers you’ve ever seen... elegantly packaged as a designer deck of cards. Turn the page for more details.


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THE EXIT ZERO DISCOUNT DECK 2016 USUALLY, something that seems too good to be true is just that. Well, here’s the exception to that rule! The Exit Zero Discount Deck, from Exit Zero magazine, really IS everything it appears to be... which is THE best way to enjoy Cape May while saving a lot of money. To be precise, you would save $450 if you used all 52 cards in the elegantly designed pack of cards. And all you pay is $20. Go for dinner at one of the featured restaurants, followed by a trip to one of Cape May’s finest stores and you’ll already have got your $20 purchase price back, and that’s just two cards you used! But don’t just keep them for yourself. Give them as gift certificates to friends and family members. And unlike many other special offers, there are no exceptions or blackout days. These cards are good for every single day this year, through December 31, 2016. So if you want to eat at one of Cape May’s finest restaurants on a Saturday night in August, bring along your Discount Deck! You can buy The Exit Zero Discount Deck from the Exit Zero Store and Gallery, 109 Sunset Boulevard, our beachfront store at 316 Beach Avenue and Jackson, online at www.ezstore.us (with free shipping)or call us on 609-770-8479 and pay by credit card. You will also see it for sale at selected establishments around town. There’s never been a better way to enjoy Cool Cape May! It’s a Vacation in a Box!


special promotion COOL CAPE MAY 53 } participating restaurants Aleathea’s Save $5 on breakfast/lunch — minimum spend $20. Backstreet Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend $50. Blue Pig TAVERN Save $10 on breakfast — minimum spend of $20. CAPE MAY Brewing Company Save $5 on a minimum spend of $30. CAPE MAY Fish Market Save $10 on lunch/dinner — minimum spend of $50. CAPE MAY Winery Save $5 on a minimum spend of $45. delaney’s irish bar & grill Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend $50. THE Ebbitt Room Save $15 on dinner — minimum spend $75. empanada mama’s Save $5 on lunch/dinner — minimum spend $30. exit zero cookhouse Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend of $40.

Oyster Bay Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend $50. SeaSalt Save $5 on breakfast — minimum spend $15. SeaSalt Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend $30. Tisha’s Save $10 on breakfast/lunch — minimum spend $30. Ugly Mug Save $10 on lunch, dinner — minimum spend $50. washington inn Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend $50. Zoe’s CAPE CAFÉ Save $5 on B/L/D — minimum spend $25.

} participating stores A Place on Earth Save $5 on a minimum spend of $30. Bath Time Save $5 on a minimum spend of $30. Bird House of cape may Save $10 on a minimum spend of $35.

ORIGINAL FUDGE KITCHEn Save $3 on a minimum spend of $20. red oak trading Save $10 on a minimum spend of $50. seaside Cheese Save $5 on a minimum spend of $30. TOMMY’S FOLLY AT CONGRESS HALL Save $10 on a minimum spend of $40. Wanderlust Save $10 on a minimum spend of $40.

} participating salons & spas accent on Beauty Save $5 on a minimum spend of $25. Artizan Salon & SPA Save $5 on a minimum spend of $25. Sea Spa at congress hall Save $15 on a minimum spend of $75.

} participating activities birding by boat Save $3 on any trip. Minimum spend of $28. Cape May Stage Save $10 on a show ticket. (Regular $38)

5 West Pub Save $10 on lunch/dinner — minimum spend $30.

Cape may gourmet Save $10 on a minimum spend of $35.

Harpoon Henry’s Save $5 on lunch/dinner — minimum spend $25.

Cape may Olive Oil Company Save $10 on a minimum spend of $35.

Harry’s OCEAN BAR & GRILLE Save $5 on B/L, beach service — minimum spend $20.

Cape may peanut butter company Save $5 on a minimum spend of $25.

hawk haven vineyard Save $10 on a minimum spend of $50.

Exit Zero store & gallery Save $10 on a minimum spend of $40.

Island Grill Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend $50.

Exit Zero beachfront store Save $10 on a minimum spend of $40.

Mad Batter Save $10 on dinner — minimum spend $50.

Exit Zero magazine Save $5 on a magazine subscription.

MagicBrain CAFÉ Save $5 on a minimum spend of $15.

Flying Fish studio Save $10 on a minimum spend of $40.

East Lynne Theater company Save $10 on a show ticket. (Regular $32) Ecoventures Save $20 on kids camp. Minimum spend of $70. historic cold spring village Save $5 on a minimum spend of $12.

Merion Inn Save $15 on dinner — minimum spend $75.

Good Scents Save $10 on a minimum spend of $50.

Miss Chris Kayak rentals & TOURS Save $5 on a kayak rental. Minimum spend of $20.

Cape may Whale Watch & research Save $10 on a trip. Minimum spend of $30. East Coast parasail, Jet ski & jet Boat Save $10 on some fun. Minimum spend of $40.


Fall In Cape May For many, it’s the most magical time of year


Photograph by Charles Riter


56 COOL CAPE MAY fall events September 24-25 Historic Cold Spring Village Sampler Weekend Free admission! Visit select buildings and learn about the trades and crafts of the ‘age of homespun’! Take guided walking tours and special discounts at the Country Store. Enjoy children’s crafts and family activities. Call 609898-2300. September 24 Kiwanis Pet Parade Take your dog... or cat... or sloth... or goldfish (although that would be difficult) to Kiwanis Park, where you can show ‘em off! Location TBD. 10am. Call 609-884-8888. September 24 5th Annual Dragon Boat Festival Row... row... row! Raise money for a favorite charity and have a wonderful time on the water. Cape May Harbor. 9am-5pm. Call 609-8845508, or visit capemaydragonboat.com September 24 Kiwanis Roast Beef Dinner Tasty for a cause. 1041 Beach Ave. 4:30pm-7pm. Call 609-884-8888. September 24 Murder Mystery Dinner Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for an original mystery at Aleathea’s Restaurant, 7 Ocean Street. Enjoy a four-course dinner as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $50 per person. 7pm. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. September 30-October 2 Mid-Atlantic Police & Fire Survivors Weekend The Mid-Atlantic Police & Fire Survivor weekend is pleased to join with the Cape May County

Paddle power! The instantly popular Dragon Boat Festival will be held on September 24 at the harbor.

Above (and previous page): Beach Plum Farm Fall Festival is held every Saturday in October at a secluded farm on 62 acres in West Cape May

Police and Fire Emerald Society to welcome the survivor groups of the Mid-Atlantic region to North Wildwood in support of the survivors of those police and fire personnel who have lost their lives in the service of others. Events are held at 2nd & Surf Avenues and at Lou Booth Amphitheater in North Wildwood. Festivities include a ceremonial wreath arrival, family night dinner party, pool side cookout, motorcycle thrill show by the Philadelphia Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, public safety expo, candlelight vigil, morning prayer service, and more. For more information, call 609-522-2030 x1503 or visit MidAtlanticSurvivors.org for a detailed schedule of events.

children. 10am-4pm. Free admission and parking. Call 609-884-5404.

October 1 Autumn Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show Celebrate the fall season with your family at the beautiful Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region will display and sell their wares on the lawn. Festival includes hands-on activities and games for

October 1 Jersey Shore Beach’n Boat Fishing Tournament The Jersey Shore Beach ‘n Boat Fishing Tournament is a season-long, inshore, multi-species fishing tournament that challenges anglers of all skill levels to compete for cash prizes. It runs annually from April 1 through November 30 and is open to anglers of all ages. Enjoy fishing

October 1 Cape May Wine Trail Spend the day visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Begin with lunch at The Carriage House Café & Tearoom, 1048 Washington Street, then board the trolley to Willow Creek Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, and Natali Vineyards. $75 includes lunch, wine tastings at each vineyard and a wine tasting glass. Noon5pm. Free parking. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.

anywhere in NJ salt water. Weigh-in fish at “No Bones Bait & Tackle Shop” or any of our other participating weigh-in stations along the New Jersey coast. Please visit BeachNBoat.com or call 609-423-4002 for more information. October 7-10 Cape May’s 44th annual Victorian Weekend Celebrate Cape May’s Victorian heritage with private home tours, murder mystery dinners, living history programs, renowned lecturers, workshops, and performances. Call 609-8845404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac. org. October 7-9 Murder Mystery Dinner Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for an original mystery at Aleathea’s Restaurant, 7 Ocean Street. Enjoy a four-course dinner as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $50 per person. 7pm. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.


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The famous Abbey building on Gurney, adjacent to the iconic Stockton Cottages. Photograph by Charles Riter


58 COOL CAPE MAY fall events October 7-31 Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate The grounds of Cape May’s original haunted house, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, have been transformed for the spooky season. Scarecrow Alley is a highlight. Walk the grounds and vote for your favorite ghoulishly gruesome or foolishly funny scarecrow. Free admission to the grounds. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.

dinner as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $50 per person. 7pm. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.

October 7 Mad Batter Beer Dinner Celebrate Oktoberfest with a four-course comfort food menu paired with craft beers, at the Mad Batter restaurant, 19 Jackson Street. 7:30pm. $65 per person. Seating is limited to 60. Call 609-884-5404. October 8 Cape May Wine School At the Washington Inn, 801 Washington Street, this class will refine your palate. 1pm. Admission $40. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 9 5th Annual Lessons of History Distinguished Lecture Series — Joan Dempsey Presents At Convention Hall at 4pm will be: “Our Nation’s Security: How Intelligence History Affects the Future.” A ‘Meet the Lecturer’ reception to follow. Admission is $25 for lecture only, $45 for lecture and reception (before Labor Day), or $30 lecture only, $50 lecture and reception (after Labor Day). For tickets, call 609884-5404, or visit capemaymac.org. October 9 Victorian Weekend Crafts and Collectibles Show Dealers from throughout the region display

The headliner at the fifth annual Exit Zero Jazz Festival on November 11-13 will be legend Wynton Marsalis. Don’t miss him, and don’t miss THESE guys (opposite) — New Orleans Swamp Donkeys!

and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, from 10am to 4pm. Free admission. Free parking available. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-2754278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 14-31 Halloween Happenings in Victorian Cape May Three weekends of specially-themed tours and events including Walks With the Ghostwriter, Scarecrow Alley, Midnight at the Physick Estate, Historic Haunts Combination Tours, and Phantoms of the Physick Estate will help you get into the “spirit” of the season. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.

October 14-30 Carroll Gallery Exhibit Pencil in the “Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Members Show” at the Carroll Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Admission is free. Open daily; times vary. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 14-15 Murder Mystery Dinner Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for an original mystery at Aleathea’s Restaurant, 7 Ocean Street. Enjoy a four-course

October 14-15 Fabulous 50s and Beyond Celebration Friday night features a Nifty ‘50s Dance Party at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 7pm-11pm Tickets are $15 per person. A FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park in Wildwood on Saturday from 11am - 5pm featuring classic cars, food and craft vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour, and live entertainment. Saturday night features a star-studded concert at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7pm featuring Bobby Rydell, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Shirley Alston Reeves. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 25, 2016 at 9am Tickets are $49.50 for stadium seating or $65.50 for floor seating, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or Ticketmaster. com. Tickets are also available at the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce (3306 Pacific Avenue) or at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office the weekend of the event. Doors open at 6pm. For more information on this fun event, visit Wildwoods.com or call 609-729-4000. October 15 Harvest Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show For that favorite festive tchotchke, hit the Cape May Convention Hall from 10am. Call 609884-5404, or see capemaymac.org. October 15 Harvest Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show Crafters and antiques dealers from throughout the region will display and sell their wares at Convention Hall from 10am to 4pm. Admission $2. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.


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60 COOL CAPE MAY fall events October 15 Grand Lighthouse Cruise Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each five-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each landmark, a continental breakfast buffet, and a Captain’s Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. 10am-3pm. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 15 Lizzie Borden — Tea And Confessions Who was Lizzie Borden, and what really happened on the fateful day her parents were hacked to death in the family home? Meet Lizzie Borden and get swept up in the story of one of the most notorious women in modern history over afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. 2:30pm. $30. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 15 Chocolate Lover’s Feast It’s like Christmas for chocolate lovers! At The Blue Rose Inn, enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. 1pm. Admission $40. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 15-16 Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey Weekend New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations will host this “Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey” weekend. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help

raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. YOU can support and preserve the maritime history of our state. Begin the Challenge at any of the participating lighthouses, and purchase a tri-fold souvenir pamphlet ($1) to be stamped at each lighthouse as proof of visit. Hours of operation for each participating lighthouse can be found on the lighthouse and museum websites, and at lighthousechallengenj.org, njlhs.org and visitnj.org. October 16 Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Let the light of the full moon guide you up 199 stairs to the starry top. The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. 8pm-10pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609884-5404. October 21-23 NJ Audubon Cape May Autumn Festival/ The Bird Show This island is the birding capital of the universe, and we have the show to prove it. Convention Hall. 10am-5pm. Call 609-884-2736, or visit birdcapemay.org. October 22 Typhoid Mary — Dinner is Served Mary Mallon “Typhoid Mary” was identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early 1900s and, over her objections, was quarantined after investigators connected her to numerous deaths from the disease. Meet “Typhoid Mary” and hear the terrible story of one of the most notorious women in modern history over afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. 2:30pm. $30. For more information please call 609-8845404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac. org.

October 22 Cape May Beachfront Glow Run Just in time for Halloween, sign up for this 5k through West Cape May, promoting pedestrian safety. You’ll get glow-in-thedark threads! 5pm. Call 609-884-9565. See discovercapemaynj.com. October 23 Trick or Treat on the Mall Get your sweets from local merchants. Washington Street Mall. 12-2pm. See washingtonstreetmall.com. October 23 Halloween Parade Have you always wanted to be an astronaut? A doctor? Mayor Mahaney? Here is your chance. Dress in costume or just spectate; Perry Street at Congress Hall is a clutch watching spot. The parade kicks off at Rotary Park. Registration begins at 1:30pm at Perry and Washington Streets, Judging at 2pm, parade at 3pm. Party to follow at 4pm at the Physick Estate. Call 609884-9565, or visit discovercapemaynj.com. October 28-29 Murder Mystery Dinner Join the Impromptu Players who will set the scene for an original mystery at Aleathea’s Restaurant, 7 Ocean Street. Enjoy a four-course dinner as you contemplate the clues, interact with the cast and help solve the mystery. $50 per person. 7pm. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 29 The Notorious Bride of Frankenstein Frankenstein’s monster has taken a bride, and she’s coming to afternoon tea. Meet “The Bride of Frankenstein” and hear her story over afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048

Washington Street. 2:30pm. $30 per person. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. October 31 Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate Some spooky characters are waiting at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, with treats for good little ghosts and goblins and pirates and princesses. 5pm to 7pm. Free! Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. November 4-6 Sherlock Holmes Weekend New mystery for 2016! Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson, for a weekend of mystery and intrigue in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Melpomene’s Mask.” Get into the spirit of things by donning Victorian attire. Stalk the gaslit streets in search of clues and compete for the $250 grand prize and a variety of other valuable gifts as you attempt to solve the mystery. Full weekend packages are available at $200 per couple or $105 per person and include the welcome reception, performances, tour, luncheon and gift. Weekend overnight packages are also available. For more information call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. November 5 Sherlock Holmes Weekend: Search for Clues Tour Travel from inn to inn in Victorian Cape May while you try to solve the murder mystery for 2016, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Melpomene’s Mask.” 1pm-3pm. $15 for adults, $7.50 for children (ages 3-12). Tour begins and tickets are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. For more information call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit apemaymac.org.


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The centerpiece of Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland is the magnificent tree. Photograph by Charles Riter


62 COOL CAPE MAY fall events November 5 Fall Arts And Crafts Festival More than 40 vendors will sell hand-made novelties including seasonal decorations and gift items. 10am-4pm. Convention Hall. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.

The magnificent Mainstay Inn at Christmas time. Opposite: Congress Hall hosts a month-long Winter Wonderland event that includes a shopping village, train rides and an old-style carousel. Photographs by Charles Riter

November 5 Sole Man Run, Run for Character Take part in the 5k or in a one-mile fun walk. Either way, your registration fee goes to a good cause: a scholarship program in memory of local luminary, Gene Sole. Kicks off in front of Confention Hall. 8am. See solemanrun.com. November 11 Veterans Day Ceremony Honor those who have served with this special commemorative event. Columbia Avenue All Wars Monument. 11am. Call 609-884-9565. November 11-13 Exit Zero Jazz Festival Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis is the headliner for the fifth annual fall festival. Venues throughout Cape May are taken over by other superb musicians from various genres. An absolute can’t-miss event. For ticket information, please see exit0jazzfest.com. November 18-January 1 Cape May’s Holiday Season Get ready for six weeks of special holiday tours and events including Holiday Preview Weekend (Nov. 18-20), 43rd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours (December 3, 10 and 17), plus Lamplighter Christmas Tours, Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides, Emlen Physick Estate Christmas Tours, Holiday Inns Tours, Evening Holiday Lights Trolley Rides, Evening Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides, Santa’s Trolley Rides, and more. Call 609-884-5404 or

800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. November 18, 2016-January 1, 2017 An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit See holiday traditions through the years on display, complete with a Dickens Village and model trains all beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree. At the Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 through

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Gallery is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); hours vary. Free admission. Sponsored by the MidAtlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information or gallery hours, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. November 18-20 Holiday Preview Weekend Get a head start on the Holiday season! Santa

and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings. Enjoy a wide variety of holiday tours and food and wine events to get you into the Christmas spirit. Visit the Estate on Saturday at 7pm as Santa arrives to flip the switch for the festive tree-lighting ceremony. That evening the Estate will be open for free, self-guided tours. For kids, there are Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself.


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64 COOL CAPE MAY fall events Grown-ups will enjoy holiday ghost tales during Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. November 18 Mad Batter Wine Dinner Savor the flavors of this five-course seasonal menu paired with wine at the Mad Batter restaurant! Limited to 60. $75 per person (tax and gratuity included). 7:30pm. Call 609-8845404.   November 20 Brunch, Bingo & Lace Grab your best girlfriends and enjoy time away from the holiday to-do list as you play a little bingo, enjoy a fashion show by Lace Silhouettes/Cotton Company, and win some great prizes at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, all while enjoying a delicious brunch. $25. 9:30am. Call 609-884-5404. November 25-December 31 Winter Wonderland Cape May’s magnificent Congress Hotel and its Grand Lawn becomes the setting for a festive fairytale. A 35-foot tree sits in the middle of the lawn, flanked by a tented shopping village arranged around the swimming pool, while the Congress Hall Express train does circuits around the grounds and kids shout with joy as they ride the classic carousel. There are booths selling hot chocolate, elves wandering the grounds dispensing candy canes and four Breakfast with Santa events. Yes, it’s as magical as it sounds. Visit www.caperesorts.com. November 25, 26 Holiday Crafts Fair This is a must visit for those on your holiday gift lists. Shop for unique hand-made gifts and seasonal decorations. 10am-4pm. Cape May Convention Hall. Admission is $2. Call 609-

884-5404 or 800-275-4278. December 2 City of Cape May Tree Lighting You’ve never seen Rotary Park more beautiful. Or more jolly! Be sure to say hi to Santa (or plead your case). 7pm. Call 609-884-9565. December 3 Cape May Wine School Refine your palate at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington Street. 1pm. Admission is $40. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. December 3 Crafts at Christmas Don’t be a last-minute shopper. Cape May Convention Hall. 9am-4pm. Call 609-8849565, or see discovercapemaynj.com. December 3 43rd Christmas Candlelight House Tour This self-guided walking tour, the main attraction of Cape May’s festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, and “An Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit” in the Carroll Gallery. Limited shuttle service. 5:308:30pm. Adults $28, children $20 (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. December 4-6 A Dickens Christmas Extravaganza Immerse yourself in the storied world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily. Included in the Extravaganza is a Dickensian-style feast along with a wine tasting and a holiday tour of Cape May. All-

inclusive packages are available at participating inns. Some events are available for individual purchase. Call 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. December 4 Chocolate Lover’s Feast Christmas is coming early for chocolate lovers. The The Blue Rose Inn, enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. 1pm. Admission is $40. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. December 8-9 Annual Hospitality Nights This is a heart-warming experience, and not just because of all the free wine and cheese... although that doesn’t hurt. It’s a real chance to meet the lovely folks who run businesses on the Washington Street Mall, and to remember how wonderful — and important — shopping locally can be. 7-9pm. See washingtonstreetmall.com. December 9 Mad Batter Wine Dinner Come home for the holidays and enjoy this five-course seasonal menu paired with wine at the Mad Batter restaurant! Limited to 60. $75 per person (tax and gratuity included). 7:30pm. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org. December 10 43rd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour This self-guided walking tour, the main attraction of Cape May’s festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the

Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, and “An Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit” in the Carroll Gallery. Limited shuttle service. 5:308:30pm. Adults $28, children $20 (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org. December 10 City of Cape May Holiday Reception and Cumberland County College Jazz Band and Wind Symphony Concert Get in the spirit of the season with this band, comprising student and community musicians. Convention Hall. 7pm. Call 609-884-9565, or see discovercapemaynj.com. December 14 The Angelus Chorus Sacred music. Secular music. 60 brilliant voices. Boom. Convention Hall. 7pm. 609-884-9565. December 16 Roller Skating Begins! It’s a Cape May tradition! Adult, teen and toddler times available. Convention Hall. Call 609-884-9565. See discovercapemaynj.com. December 17 43rd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour This self-guided walking tour, the main attraction of Cape May’s festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, and “An Old-fashioned Christmas Exhibit” in the Carroll Gallery. Limited shuttle service. 5:308:30pm. Adults $28, children $20 (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit capemaymac.org.


The Virginia hotel is invaded by a pack of mischievous Santas every holiday season. Photograph by Charles Riter

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68 COOL CAPE MAY winter events January 14-April 9 Carroll Gallery Exhibit: African-American History Did you know Harriet Tubman once worked as a cook in Cape May? See the import of the AfricanAmerican community on Cape May at this annual Carroll Gallery exhibit on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Expect light refreshments on opening day. Admission is free. Hours vary. Call 609884-7525 or see CenterforCommunityArts.org.

Ballroom and Grand Lawn of Congress Hall, Cape May’s most famous hotel, and raise money for the Fund for Cape May, a non-profit set up specifically to channel funds into beautification projects in America’s Original Seaside Resort. The first two balls raised around $375,000, with funds going to the beautiful renovation of Rotary Park in downtown Cape May. This is a must-see event. Please visit.fundforcm.org. February 18-19 Crafts and Collectibles in Winter The region’s most sought-after collectibles dealers and craftspeople come together for a two-day show featuring an array of handmade items, jewelry, glassware and more. 10am- 4pm. Convention Hall. Admission is $2. Call 609-8845404 or 800-275-4278, or visitcapemaymac.org.

January 18-March 29 Lunch and Learns Bring a bag lunch and hear talks on popular topics of history, culture, science and the arts during weekly Lunch and Learn presentations every Wednesday at the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Admission is free for MAC members and $5 for non-members and includes beverages. 12pm. Call 609-884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.

March 17-19 Sherlock Holmes Weekend New mystery for 2017! Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr Watson for a weekend of mystery and intrigue. Stalk the gaslit streets in search of clues and compete for the $250 grand prize and a variety of other valuable gifts as you attempt to solve the mystery. Full weekend packages are available for $200 per couple or $105 per person and include the welcome reception, performances, tour, luncheon and gift. Weekend overnight packages are also available. Call 609884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.

January 27 13th Annual Exit Zero Burns Supper Party like a Scotsman in this quirky, rollicking event that celebrates the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns, whose acclaimed body of work includes “Auld Lang Syne.” A three-course Scottish meal is served (choose from haggis and fish and chips), some of Burns’ poems are recited and songs sung, and best of all, there is a wonderful display of bagpipery from the Irish Pipe Brigade. The event is held simultaneously at both the Ugly Mug and Delaney’s Irish Pub. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds go to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Contact Exit Zero magazine, publishers of this book, at 609-770-8479, or buy online at exitzero.us. It’s always a sell-out! February 11 Third Annual Ice Ball Come enjoy the magnificently decorated

The Ice Ball and Exit Zero Burns Supper, winter’s top events. Photographs by Aleksey Moryakov

March 17-19 Tenth Annual Singer Songwriter Cape May Hundreds of musicians from all genres head to America’s Original Seaside Resort every March to take part in music conferences and discussions and, best, of all, to perform throughout town in various venues which, apart from headliner concerts at Congress Hall on Friday and Saturday nights, are absolutely free! For information, visit www.sscapemay.com.


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72 COOL CAPE MAY spring 2017 events April 21-April 23 Exit Zero Jazz Festival Experience world-class sounds at various venues throughout town, including Cape May Convention Hall and the instantly classic Jazz at the Physick Estate outdoor stage, where you get to enjoy great music, along with locally crafted beers and good food. In short, it’s one of the best events of the season! Previous festival headliners have included Wynton Marsalis and Dr John. Visit exit0jazzfest.com. And don’t forget, there’s a fall festival, too, in November!

Let the light of the full moon guide you the 199 stairs to the starry top. The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. 8pm-10pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org. May 20 Armed Forces Day Ceremony at the World War II Lookout Tower The fully restored World War II Lookout Tower is the perfect setting to pay tribute to the dedicated men and women who have helped preserve our freedom. 11am. Free admission. Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit capemaymac.org.

April 28-October 9 Carroll Gallery Exhibit: “Cape May’s Stormy Past: From the Pages of The First Resort” In the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, learn just how vulnerable Cape May is to the elements. Hurricanes, nor’easters, and blizzards have all left the city with a flood of memories and haunting images of utter devastation. Exhibit curator Ben Miller, author of Exit Zero’s bestselling book, The First Resort, provides visitors with an unforgettable look at iconic storms that have ravaged Cape May, and a greater appreciation for the awesome power wielded by Mother Nature. Admission is free. Open daily; times vary. Call 609-8845404.   April 28-May 7 Cape May’s Spring Festival Celebrate the arrival of springtime in America’s first seaside resort with private homes tours, ghost tours, murder mystery dinners, food and wine events, living history programs and much, much more. Call 609884-5404. May 10 Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

May 28 – June 15 Cape May Music Festival Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber, jazz, Celtic and brass band music and Bach’s Lunches at the 28th annual Cape May Music Festival. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Food&Drink

Seriously good food from some of the best restaurants in South Jersey to good old-fashioned pizza slices... Cape May runs the gourmet gamut


BACKSTREET

Simply delicious... this gem of a joint has irresistible downhome cooking, a friendly staff and bonus points for plenty of free parking!

WHERE IS IT? Owners Theresa McGlade and husband Tony Lombardi say their place is “off the beaten path,” but it’s actually a very short walk through historic Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? When you arrive at this intimate establishment, slices of warm ciabatta bread kick off your gastronomic journey. The specials will provide you with a wide variety of culinary surprises to choose from, such as the baby lamb chops or the jumbo lump crab imperial. Everything is made from the freshest of ingredients. Favorite dishes include a divine maple-glazed salmon and the pan-fried crab cakes with a seafood sauce. Missing the big-city restaurants? You’ll want to try the sushi-grade ginger soy tuna — the flavors will dance across your tongue. Backstreet is a hometown favorite celebrating

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its 17th year in business, consistently attracting both travelers AND locals. You’ll always find Tony in the dining room with a big smile, assuring that all guests are taken care of. In the kitchen is chef Theresa, who studied at the Culinary Institute of America, and brings more than 25 years experience to the kitchen. Theresa loves to combine the freshest of foods into nightly sensations and, quite often, the specials are more extensive than the menu. We recommend the panfried fish in lemon caper sauce. And here is a local tip... when they have the seasonal fruit cobbler, order yours at the beginning since they are baked to order. INSIDER TIP Backstreet is reasonably priced, offers plenty of FREE parking and serves breakfast Saturday and Sunday at 9am. Simply delicious is their motto and you’ll know why after you dine here.

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Lobster Bisque Creamy goodness! Grilled Asparagus Topped with jumbo lump crab. Warm Goat Cheese Salad Fresh greens with a basil-balsamic vinaigrette, topped with pecan-crusted goat cheese. Pan-Fried Jersey Tomatoes Served with a remoulade sauce. Baby Lamb Chops Encrusted with a Dijon mustard sauce and seasoned breadcrumbs. Crab Imperial Baked jumbo lump crab in a white wine cream sauce. Chilean Sea Bass With a sweet key lime drizzle and topped with a macadamia nut crust. Caribbean Jerk Grouper With a mango purée and sweet cream sauce. Filet Mignon Grilled 6 oz filet over mashed potatoes — bleu cheese and garlic butter can be added. Bananas Foster With vanilla ice cream.


Breakfast & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $14-$33 « BYOB « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, AE « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


beach creek oyster bar & grille

Enjoy the setting sun while dining on the waterfront deck and listening to live music. A true island experience.

WHERE IS IT? Beach Creek is on the waterfront at Schooner Landing, just off the foot of the bridge into Wildwood. WHY SHOULD I GO? Too many reasons to count: excellent food, awesome drinks, killer views/locale, and amazing live entertainment. If you haven’t been to Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grille for any or all of the above reasons, you need to remedy that situation. We’ll start with the vibe: hip but warm, modern but relaxed and casual. Let the live music, the water views and the chill atmosphere de-stress you, while you unwind with a glass of wine or perhaps a house cocktail. Do yourself a favor and sample one of their mojito specialties — trust us, they’re outstanding here. Ready to order? Good luck with that — with so many tempting and imaginative menu choices, you’ll be glad Beach Creek is not open for breakfast and lunch too, or you’d never get out of here. (Then again why would you want to, really?) Beach Creek’s chef, Jim Koch, has been here

since the restaurant’s inception, and the quality and attention to detail here are second to none, from appetizers to dinners to desserts. There is seating outdoors to better enjoy the scenic waterfront view, or relax inside in the sleek, casual dining room. Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grille is open seasonally for dinner and drinks. They also have a Happy Hour that has been very popular with locals and visitors alike, complete with live music. If you want to take full advantage of Beach Creek’s waterfront location, pull up for dinner and drinks in a boat — there’s plenty of boat dockage. If you’d rather arrive by car to enjoy the gorgeous view and incredible food, there is ample room in Beach Creek’s parking lot. INSIDER TIP Follow Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grille on Facebook and Instagram, to stay right on top of the line-up of live entertainment each day. There is so much wonderful local talent to be seen and heard here, you may want to pencil in your visits around your favorites.

BEACH CREEK OYSTER BAR & GRILLE « 500 West Hand Avenue, Wildwood « (609) 522-1062 « www.beachcreek.net

Tuna Carpaccio Paper-thin sushi-grade tuna slices, drizzled with wasabi, sesame oil and topika caviar. Pulled Pork Beer braised with rosemary and onion, shredded then topped with jack cheese and served on toast points. Roasted Garlic and Onion Soup au Gratin A new twist on a classic, and topped with a blend of five cheeses. Sold! Sea Bass Champignon Chargrilled and served with a lobster risottostuffed portobello cap and garlic-sautéed spinach in a light broth. Mediterranean Salad Mixed greens topped with lump crabmeat and shrimp, with diced tomato, red onion and a lemon dill vinaigrette. Grand Marnier Glazed Duckling Crispy duckling half, glazed with Grand Marnier and served with sautéed spinach and whipped sweet potatoes. Desserts Chocolate Layer Cake, the creamy Tiramisu, or the featured Fruit Cobbler of the night. Make sure to save room for dessert.


Photos by Michael diAntónio

Dinner Only « Price Of Entrées: $18-$50 « Full Bar « No Bookings « Wheelchair Accessible « Accept V, MC, D, AE « Parking, Boat Dockage « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


BLUE PIG TAVERN

By day or by night, inside or out, this is a place where the food and the vibe are irresistible WHERE IS IT? In the corner of Congress Hall, Cape May’s most famous hotel. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because you will feast on signature American tavern fare, while enjoying the simple pleasure of a meal prepared from scratch. The menu utilizes local seafood as well as fruits, veggies, eggs and irresistible Berkshire pig from Cape Resorts’ Beach Plum Farm, less than two miles away. And don’t miss the tomatoes, featured in their specialty Tomato Sandwich menu. On sunny days, the Blue Pig Tavern’s lush garden patio is a great spot to start your day with a breakfast of, say, Eggs Blackstone or a refreshing smoothie. Later in the day, linger over lunch as you sip a cool drink and people-watch. Inside, each of the Blue Pig’s dining areas provide a different mood. One has an airy garden feel with a large skylight. The second room feels more like a classic tavern, with vintage-style mirrors. Here, large banquettes lend a warm, cozy feel. And there is a beautiful enclosed porch, as well as a garden patio. On crisp or chilly evenings in spring, fall or winter, the magnificent fireplace in the Blue Pig Tavern comes alive. Enjoy one of their famous Blue Plate Specials by the fire. INSIDER TIP Come thirsty! The restaurant offers its own beer — The Blue Pig Tavern Ale — plus a fine range of draft beers, along with delicious beverages that include farm fresh juices, utilizing produce from Beach Plum Farm.

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www.caperesorts.com/bluepigtavern

Turkey Avocado Club House-roasted turkey, avocado, bacon, mayo, rustic multigrain bread. Blue Pig Tavern Burger House-ground and hand-pressed fresh daily, along with a choice of gourmet toppings, including the irresistible-sounding Beach Plum Farm free range eggs, aged cheddar and housecured bacon. Barnegat Light Scallops Chef’s daily preparation of locally caught day boat scallops, paired with fresh produce from Beach Plum Farm. Steak and Cake Grilled New York strip steak, jumbo lump crab cake, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sauce Béarnaise. Braised Pork Shank Tender, slow-cooked pork shank, stone ground cheddar, grits, glazed carrots and parsnips, pomegranate glaze. Homemade Pies Freshly made, using seasonal ingredients, often from Beach Plum farm.


The chef at the Blue Pig agrees that food made with love tastes better. “And so does food grown with love,” he says. At the Blue Pig, most of the produce is coming straight from the Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May, so you know it’s fresh and, of course, always grown with love. Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and dine inside or out.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $14-$36 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « Free Valet Parking « Takeout « Kids’ Menu


BOILER ROOM

Featuring wood-burning, brick oven, artisanal pizza within Cape May’s iconic subterranean nightclub

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WHERE IS IT? In the lower level of Congress Hall, Cape May’s grand old beachfront hotel.

Thin-crust, Brick Oven Pizza Flavors include Margherita, Pepperoni, Berkshire Ham, Smokey Pulled BBQ and Beach Plum Farm Vegetable. Craft Beer on Tap Blue Pig Tavern Ale Flying Fish, NJ Allagash White Allagash, ME Coastal Evacuation Cape May Brewery, NJ 60 Min IPA Dogfish Head, DE Merry Monks Weyerbacher, PA Honey Porter Cape May Brewery, NJ

WHY SHOULD I GO? The Boiler Room debuted a wood-fired brick oven last season, serving fresh pizza in flavors such as Smoky Pulled BBQ, Pepperoni and Margherita. They also introduced craft beer on tap, adding to what is already one of the town’s favorite hot spots. The Boiler Room at Congress Hall has the look and feel of a Manhattan nightclub. The bar and tables are stainless steel, the walls are the exposed brick from the old hotel’s original boiler room and the crimson shades add to the moody vibe. This place sounds as good as it looks. Throughout the season you’ll find more than enough reasons to dance the night away, with top-shelf entertainers providing live blues, swing and vintage rock. There’s a reason why this has become one of the liveliest dance floors in America’s Original Seaside Resort. INSIDER TIP Twelve flat-screens throughout the room make sure that no one misses any of the action on game days. End your night with something sweet off their dessert menu.

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(609) 884-6507 « www.caperesorts.com/boilerroom


Lunch, Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $9-$16 « Full Bar « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « Free Valet Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


THE BROWN ROOM

This is Cape May’s Living Room. Cape May’s fun, sophisticated, and very cozy, living room. Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Housed in Congress Hall, Cape May’s magnificent landmark hotel. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Brown Room is called Cape May’s living room, but let’s be clear — when we say “living room,” we don’t mean the kind of space where you zone out in front of a sitcom in your PJs. This particular living room is a bit more sophisticated, and a lot more fun. Sure, it’s a comfortable space, just like a living room should be. The cushy brown sofas are a delightful place to rest after a long day at the beach, or strolling the historic streets of Cape May, while the roaring fire, housed in a magnificent fireplace, lends a cozy feel in cooler months. But the chocolate walls, the antique paintings, and the tiger-print carpeting, especially when paired with a marble and dark wood bar, create an energy that will put a smile on your face. There’s no television in this living room; just good conversation,

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good company, and skilled bartenders to guide you through a drinks menu highlighted by cocktails both new and classic, along with a good wine list, plus beers that include Congress Hall’s own Blue Pig Tavern Ale. And here’s a fun fact: This is the site of Cape May’s first legal bar after the end of Prohibition in 1933. So it’s no surprise you feel a sense of authenticity and history in the room. INSIDER TIP The Brown Room frequently hosts acoustic guitar and piano players. While you take in the vibe, order food from the small bites menu (courtesy of the Blue Pig Tavern). Or, in season, step outside to the Veranda Bar for an entirely different experience. There, comfortably ensconced in a teak rocking chair, fanned by the breezes from the Atlantic, you can select from a large raw bar menu and expertly prepared cocktails featuring ingredients delivered daily from Beach Plum Farm. Bliss!

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Drunken Theatrics Inspired by Franklin Pierce, who enjoyed a nice whiskey during his stay at Congress Hall. Bulleit Bourbon, lemon juice, strawberry simple syrup, ginger beer, bitters. The Medicinal Defense To honor Ulysses S. Grant, a heavyspirited drinker who enjoyed his whiskey. Redemption Rye, Peychaud bitters, sugar, Absinthe wash, lemon peel. Whiskey Smash Inspired by James Buchanan. Woodford Bourbon, lemon juice, blackberry simple syrup, mint. The Gentleman Boss Inspired by Chester A. Arthur, this drink was popular in New York during the time he was running for office. Blue Coat Gin, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, lime juice. Whiskey Warrior In honor of Benjamin Harrison. Dewar’s White Label, Laphroaig 10 year, lemon juice, honeyginger syrup. juice, soda. malts.


BREAKFAST IN THE SKY

Imagine a picnic in the sky aboard the 156-feet-tall giant Ferris wheel, complete with white linens and china along with your choice of culinary delights Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Only about 160 feet above sea level atop the Giant Ferris Wheel located on Morey’s Mariner’s Landing Pier at Schellenger Avenue. WHY SHOULD I GO? The first meal of the day is said to be the most important, so make it special with the warm, golden glow of the morning sun reflecting off the Atlantic Ocean while you’re whisked away on a dreamlike adventure 160 feet above sea level for about forty-five minutes. The view high above the ocean and boardwalk is one that you’ll remember for a lifetime! Morey’s first meal of the day is said to be the most important, so make it special with the warm, golden glow of the morning sun reflecting off the Atlantic Ocean while your whisked away on a dreamlike adventure 160 feet above sea level for about forty-five minutes. This is a view you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Advanced booking is required and each gondola can seat up to 4 people. Dates and times are limited to Saturday, Sunday and Monday starting the last week in July through August so be sure to book early by calling 609-846-1624 and visit moreyspiers.com for more information and a detailed menu. Every meal is served with bottled water, coffee, hot tea, specialty tea, fresh squeezed juice and assorted bread basket but you do need to choose your entrée at time of booking. Their gourmet menu offers something for everyone’s taste. Your complete experience will last approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. INSIDER TIP Visit moreyspiers.com for specials, events, and the Beachfront Blog. For the social savants, be sure to follow Morey’s Piers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

BREAKFAST IN THE SKY « Mariner’s Landing, Wildwood « (609) 846-1624 « www.moreyspiers.com

Shrimp and Lobster Omelet Served with your choice of American, pepper jack, Swiss or goat cheese, home fries and toast. Shrimp, Crab and Chanterelle Crepes Crepes stuffed with chantrelle mushrooms, grilled shrimp and crab. Topped with lobster sauce and caviar, served with homefries and toast. Freshly Made Belgian Waffle Includes Jersey Fresh fruit and maple syrup. Cheese Omelet Served with your choice of American, pepper jack, Swiss or goat cheese, and includes home fries and toast. Jersey Tomato BLT with Fried Egg Toasted sourdough, crisp Lancaster County bacon, lettuce, tomato, herb mayo and home fries. Spinach and Fontina Quiche Served with Lancaster County bacon, home fries and toast.


Breakfast Only « Price Of Admission: $84 for two guests ($40 per additional person) « Booking Required« Accept V, MC, D, AE « Off-Site Parking


CAPE MAY FISH MARKET

Your mother may have told you not to get fresh, but at the Cape May Fish Market, it’s the ONLY way to be

WHERE IS IT? Conveniently located in the heart of the Washington Street Mall, between The Ugly Mug and Love the Cook. WHY SHOULD I GO? For so many shore town seafood restaurants, a good gimmick is more important than a good product. But hanging fishing poles and buoys and plastic crustaceans on the wall of an eatery does not make up for serving a previously frozen fish. At the Cape May Fish Market, the nautical decor is kept to a minimum. Here, the focus is on the food. The only gimmick is a highquality product. Whether you choose to dine al fresco on

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the Washington Street Mall (world-class peoplewatching!) or inside in the intimate brick dining room, you can count on your meal being fresh, and as local as possible. But the folks at Cape May Fish Market won't think it’s fishy if seafood just isn’t your thing. They also have a wide variety of sandwiches and entree salads. Plus, they have an extensive kids’ menu too. INSIDER TIP On the way home, stop by the Ugly Mug or Delaney’s for a cocktail. These are the sister restaurants of the Cape May Fish Market. And don't forget to ask about private parties — Cape May Fish Market is a great venue for a wide range of events.

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Oysters on the Half-Shell The justifiably famous Cape May Salts. Simply delicious. Shrimp or Crab Salad Crisp, delectable... and healthy, too! New England Clam Chowder The classic soup, done right. Broiled or Fried Seafood Combo Dinner Filet of fish, scallops, shrimp and crab cake. Served with French fries, coleslaw, roll, butter and a variety of sauces. Clams over Pasta Served with a delicious red or white sauce. Filet Mignon Because you might not be in the mood for fish. Grilled Swordfish or Tuna Fresh and tasty! Kids’ Chicken Fingers It will keep them occupied and satisfied. Kids’ Fried Shrimp The little ones love it, every time. Lobster Roll A house specialty.


Lunch, Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $10-$35 « BYOB « Booking A Table Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « No Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


delaney’s IRISH PUB & GRILL

Welcome to a recent addition to Cape May’s thriving food scene... and Irish bar and grill. Cheers to that!

Blackened Chicken Seared in a cast-iron skillet with Cajun spices. Baby Back Ribs A full rack broiled to perfection in a smokey BBQ sauce — the tender pork ribs pull right off the bone. Jersey Scallops A half-pound of sweet juicy sea scallops, broiled or fried just right. Seafood Pasta Scallops, shrimp, crabmeat and lobster (red sauce or white sauce: white wine, butter, herbs and garlic). Seafood Fra Diablo Shrimp, scallops and clams in a spicy marinara sauce, served over pasta. Fisherman’s Platter Jumbo shrimp, scallops and flounder. Broiled or fried. Baked Stuffed Flounder Stuffed with Delaney’s jumbo lump crabmeat mixture. Taste of Ireland Bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, shepherd’s pie, Irish meat loaf, roasted pork loin and Guinness barbecue glazed-salmon.

WHERE IS IT? In the heart of the Washington Street Mall, on the corner of Jackson Street. It’s the site of the former Jackson Mountain Café. WHY SHOULD I GO? An Irish bar and restaurant is a solid addition to any town, which is why the opening of Delaney’s was warmly welcomed by locals and visitors. Delaney’s has enjoyed some rave reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp, especially for their burgers, crab cakes and shepherd’s pie. The Delaney’s experience is what you would expect from an Irish bar and grill — good comfort food and an excellent liquor and beer selection, including, of course, a well-poured pint of black gold, aka Guinness. Look at the photograph on the right and you will see a pretty serious bar just beckoning you to come pull up a stool. Just like Delaney’s Cape May sibling, the Ugly Mug, this is a spot you can enjoy with your family during the day (either indoors or taking in the sights of the mall on the outdoor patio), or indulge in some late-night partying — there is regular live entertainment throughout the year. INSIDER TIP If you haven’t been to visit for a while, you will notice a major change — Delaney’s underwent a recent renovation which gives it the authentic feel of an Irish bar. The dining room got a makeover, with new booths and tiled floor. And a new double-deck bar (with an overhang you usually only see in old British and Irish bars) adds a nice touch.

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Lunch, Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $13-$28 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « No Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


the EBBITT ROOM

For years it’s been known as one of the best restaurants in South Jersey... now it has a buzzy bar scene to add to the experience WHERE IS IT? In the Virginia Hotel, a half block from the beach on Jackson Street. Oysters Rockefeller Creamy spinach, apple-wood smoked bacon, bread crumbs. Steak and Cake Petit filet mignon, lump crab cake, potato pave, asparagus and Romesco sauce. Pan Roasted Half Chicken Black truffle bread pudding, dijon brussels sprouts, caramelized onion jus. Caramelized Sea Scallops Smoked bacon, celery-potato confetti and potato-clam sauce. Beach Plum Farm Deviled Eggs With chef’s daily preparations — ridiculously tasty! Pale Ale Calamari Pickled bell pepper hash, ginger aioli. Sticky Toffee Pudding Dulce de leche ice cream. Sweet Ricotta Doughnuts Cinnamon sugar, currants, Amaretto syrup. Prohibition Cocktails Experience resurrected classics like the Sazerac and the Old Fashioned.

WHY SHOULD I GO? It’s “the town’s most beloved restaurant,” says The Philadelphia Inquirer, while The New York Times raved about a “superb” experience. But don’t regard this as a special occasion kind of restaurant — although the Ebbitt Room menu is acclaimed, the vibe is relaxed and buzzy, thanks largely to the U-shaped bar that flows into the dining room and creates a great energy and flow. The menu, which includes dishes both inventive and familiar, draws ingredients from Cape Resorts’ Beach Plum Farm, as does an impressive drinks list (featuring some spectacular mocktails). On warmer nights, enjoy sampling from both in the outdoor garden area or on its breezy front porch, or opt for listening to live jazz piano in a comfy lounge, courtesy of the skilled hands of acclaimed pianist Paul Sottile Jr. No matter where you dine, feel free to come dressed in your Sunday best, or in your finest flip-flops. The front porch is Cape May’s favorite place to start your evening, end your day or people-watch. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and small plates such as the farm cheese and cured meat board, or Ebbitt Room char-broiled burger with house-cut truffle parmesan fries. The restaurant offers an Early Seating Menu — the three-course prix fixe is $35+ per person, 5-6:30pm, except Saturdays. INSIDER TIP The Ebbitt Room can handle large parties, in either the main dining room, the outdoor patio or the Richmond Room.

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(609) 884-5700

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www.caperesorts.com/ebbittroom


Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $29-$38 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Accept V, MC, AE, D « Complimentary Valet


E. M. HEMINGWAY’S

Enjoy oceanfront views while feasting on USDA prime meats and locally caught fresh seafood

WHERE IS IT? Oceanfront at corner of Beach and Philadelphia. WHY SHOULD I GO? Hemingway’s has great, reasonably priced, seasonal menus, complemented by superb service. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hemingway’s offers an array of unique beef and seafood. There is always a reason to join them for any season — whether it be to watch the big game on the six HD televisions in the bar area or to have a romantic dinner in the dining room. Liven up the night with DJ and dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Located oceanfront in Cape May, visit Hemingway’s for a fantastic dinner, cool drinks or to just dance the night away. INSIDER TIP Check out Hemingway’s Cape May Facebook page for daily specials — keep up with Sunset Dinner Specials and Holiday Specials.

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1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-5611

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www.hemingwayscapemay.com

Fine Meats A meat connoisseur’s paradise! Feast on prime signature meats from local farmers and abroad. Offering filet mignon, New York strip steaks, juicy rib eye and more. Hemingway’s can satisfy the pickiest of palates. Prime Rib Night Every Wednesday dine on Hemingway’s slow-cooked prime rib year-round! Exciting New Menu Award winning Chef Jon Davies has created a menu that’s gaining rave reviews. His Seafood Bolognese and Prime Rib Empanadas are not to be missed! Hearty Breakfast Start your beach day off with Belgium waffle, an overstuffed omelet or granola and yogurt at the á la carte or buffet-styled breakfast. Lunch Specials Crispy spicy tuna rolls or keep it traditional with a Hemingway’s Handmade Angus burger. Daily Drink Specials Served year-round by their friendly bartenders. Be sure to try craft beers and wines by the glass.


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $16-$34 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout « Kids’ Menu


exit zero cookhouse

Used to be you had to travel 40 miles to get a curry. Not any more! Anyone up for award-winning Indian and Thai food? WHERE IS IT? On Sunset, off Broadway — in the brightly colored Carribean cottages.

Some Menu Highlights

WHY SHOULD I GO? Last summer, Jack Wright, publisher of Exit Zero magazine, took his hot Cape May brand and applied it to a... restaurant! Seemed like a crazy idea, but the Cookhouse was a big hit. It was recently featured in New Jersey Monthly as one of the Best 30 New Restaurants in NJ. Jack, whose native Scotland is a hotbed of wonderful Indian food, was frustrated by having to drive 40 miles up the Parkway to enjoy Indian cuisine. So he decided to open a curry house next door to Exit Zero’s HQ. Curry lovers will get a kick out of the Cookhouse’s twist on the classics... the Thai Lobster is the Rolls-Royce of the menu, a complex combination of flavors that will have your tastebuds dancing till they drop. The other best-seller is Coconot Shrimp, a curry that delivers a tangy, sweet-and-spicy combination that you’ve probably never experienced in typical curry houses. And yes, there ARE non-curry dishes. Lobster and Crab Pot Pie is superb. And there is always a fine pasta dish. The decor, as you might expect from the Exit Zero people, is edgy and fun. The tables are imprinted with covers from the peppy periodical, and the glassware is so cool you’ll want to buy it. (You can!) For a special treat, grab one of the 18 seats out on the pleasant deck.

Acclaimed Soups The Thai Shrimp became an instant classic. People have said they want to bathe in it! Then we added Bombay Crab, which won an award at a chili-chowder cook-off. Great Salads Our Exit Zero Salad, Watermelon and Walnuts, and Mozzarella and Tomato are excellent. Indian Curries Favorites include Butter Chicken, Mango Chicken and the Mango veggie. Thai Curries The Thai Lobster is unmissable, as is Coconut Shrimp and Thai Red Chicken. Lobster and Crab Pot Pie The most popular non-curry dish on the menu. Delicate crust pastry, filled with generous dollops of quality seafood. Lobster and Shrimp Macaroni Some customers have called it the best in town. We won’t argue! Creamy Homemade Ice Cream Curry, cinnamon, raisin; star anise with pistachios; and chocolate chipotle.

INSIDER TIP Red wine doesn’t pair very well with curry, though white and rosé do. Beer goes best of all. Head to Sunset Liquors across the road and check out their great selection — citrusy brews are perfect!

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109 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May

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(609) 305-5203

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www.ezcookhouse.com


Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $14-$24 « BYOB « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout « Kids’ Menu


FINS BAR & GRILLE

Located in a beloved Cape May Victorian, come see a remarkable transformation into a bar and restaurant that’s got people talking

WHERE IS IT? Carpenter’s and Decatur, right off the mall in the middle of historic Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? Fins is adding a real splash of color and excitement to Cape May’s restaurant scene. Its location, one of the historic city’s beloved Victorian landmarks, has been given a top-to-bottom renovation, and the result is a bar and restaurant the likes of which the historic city has never seen. First there’s the bar, which has been moved into the center of the room. And no wonder — this is a bar that deserves your attention, given it’s a 1.5-inch thick rippled glass top with edgelit LED. Behind that sits a 600-gallon saltwater fish tank that separates the bar from a dining nook. Look up while you’re eating in that nook and you’ll feast your eyes on a ceiling mural in the form of a magical underwater scene. That glass top bar is a favorite place to order dinner (as well as sample from a superb drinks list) and so, too, is the new outside patio. There are also some nifty stainless steel booths along a wall, with a simulated wall of flowing water —

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people love booths! The chic decor was the work of Raymond Haldeman, acclaimed for designing hotels, restaurants and bars in Philadelphia, Miami, Palm Beach and San Juan, Puerto Rico. So, what about the food? Thankfully, that’s up to the same standard. Favorite entrées include Cape May Seafood Chowder, a tasty reminder that you’re in one of the busiest commercial fishing ports in America. There is also a daily selection on the Today’s Catch lineup, from Scottish Salmon to Mako Loin. For some seriously good food from the land, how about the 10 oz Kobe Burger, which comes with irresistible truffleparm fries. INSIDER TIP Try to snag a seat at the bar in front of the saltwater aquarium or at one of the tables on the other side. It’s as close as you’ll get to immersion in sea life without getting wet. Check their website or Facebook for Happy Hour info, to view menus and to see their entertainment schedule.

142 Decatur Street, Cape May « (609) 884-3449

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www.finscapemay.com

Tuna Tartare Asian cucumber salad. Lobster Roll Chilled Maine lobster salad, brioche roll. Lobster Cobb Salad A huge seller! Mixed greens, avocado, apple-smoked bacon, corn, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, buttermilktarragon ranch dressing. Cape May Seafood Chowder Traditional creambased chowder with shrimp, scallops, clams and bacon. Pan Roasted Crab Cakes Creole remoulade, whipped potatoes, asparagus, lemon thyme vinaigrette. Steak Frites 10 oz hanger steak, green beans, truffle parm fries, horseradish cream. Fins Pie Delicious flatbread with jumbo lump crab, 3 cheeses, arugula, and an avocado lemon thyme aioli. Beer and Wine They have a 20 tap system and the beers change with the seasons. Fins also has four wines on tap.


Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $18-$34 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « No Parking « Takeout Available « Kids' Menu


5 WEST PUB

Fabulous food and cool cocktails in a casual pub atmosphere... you’re going to love this sister restaurant to Tisha’s Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? On Bayshore Road in North Cape May, five miles west of their sister restaurant Tisha’s (also featured in this book), hence the name. WHY SHOULD I GO? If you have ever eaten at Tisha’s, on Washington Street Mall, you will know that the food is going to be excellent. But 5 West Pub is not your typical Cape May eating experience — owners Paul and Jennifer Negro were inspired by the gastropub phenomenon, which originated in London in the late 1990s and later came to the States. The idea? Combine the best elements of a classic pub and a fine restaurant for an experience that delivers excellent food and drinks, and a fun, buzzy vibe — at affordable prices. The result is an establishment where you can do one of the following: 1. Visit after work (if you’re a local) or after

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a hard day at the beach (if you’re a visitor) for a relaxing drink and a casual dinner. 2. Go for a date with your other half. 3. Hang out with a group of friends and sample a bunch of small plates — because, let’s face it, the dish your friend ordered usually looks better, so this way you get to share. 4. Grab a booth and take the family — the menu has a large selection of appetizers, and great choices for the children, too. Add in the affordable wine list (mostly everything under $25 a bottle), more than a dozen draft beers, including craft, and you’ll see why 5 West Pub has quicky established itself as a Cape May staple.. INSIDER TIP In season, you can sit outside on their pet-friendly patio... there is even a big screen TV.

3729 Bayshore Road, North Cape May

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(609) 889-7000

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www.5westpub.com

Crab Cake Tacos Fresh avocado, house slaw, tomato relish, cilantro and pepper mayo. Pan-Seared Local Scallops Bacon and onion marmalade with horseradish cream, and scallops as fresh as the ocean breeze! Brick-Oven Pizza Thin crust and irresistible — choose from Margherita, Bruschetta and Pizzazz. Jamaican Jerked Chicken sandwich Marinated in authentic jerk spices and grilled to perfection. Finished with house-made cole slaw and Swiss Gruyere cheese. Blackened Mahi Mahi Sandwich Blackened in a cast-iron skillet with Cajun spices, baby greens, remoulade sauce and coleslaw, on a ciabatta roll. Happy Hour Happy Hour occurs everyday at 5 West from 3-6pm and all day on Sunday. Half Price Wine by the Bottle Fridays That’s right — half price all day on Friday.


Lunch and Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $6-$20 « Full Bar « Handicap Accessible « V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


HARBOR VIEW

You might as well block off your whole night. Between the food, the views, and the vibe, you won’t want to leave. WHERE IS IT? Right on the harbor, between the Cape May bridge and the bridge to Wildwood Crest.

Grilled Portabella Mushroom With brie, pine nuts and grilled veggies, served with balsamic vinaigrette. Jumbo Shrimp, Scallops Skewered with pineapple and mango over rice. Seafood Fra Diablo Lobster, scallops, shrimp, mussels and clams over linguini, with a spicy marinara sauce. One of the house favorites. Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Tuna served rare with an Asian cabbage slaw, soy dressing, wasabi and pickled ginger Veal Medallions Sautéed with lobster, shrimp, scallops and pasta ribbons in a Champagne cream sauce. Seafood Sampler Shrimp, scallops, flounder and crab cake, served with rice pilaf and a fresh vegetable. Surf and Turf Baked 8 oz lobster tail and grilled 8 oz filet mignon. Served with drawn butter, baked potato and broccoli. Resistance is futile.

WHY SHOULD I GO? The Harbor View may be the most aptly named restaurant in the county. You’ll want to linger long after you finish your bowl of locally famous she-crab soup or your ridiculously juicy char-broiled burger, simply to take in the seascape. And you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to where you linger. Year-round, sip a cocktail at the classic downstairs bar, or watch an osprey soar over the Cape May skyline from one of many oversized windows in the upstairs dining room. On the outside deck, there’s a laidback vibe, complete with frosty drinks and live bands pumping everything from hot reggae to Sinatra classics. The music sounds almost as good as the water lapping against boats the docked in the Harbor View marina. No matter where you choose to dine, the Harbor View will impress you with its thoroughness. The restaurant features 19 different kinds of shrimp, and 35 gourmet burgers cooked 130 different ways, and no, that's not a typo. If you opt for seafood, you're guaranteed fresh. As a fishermen, owner Captain Fred Ascoli wouldn’t stand for it any other way. Captain Fred loves the water, and he loves the fact that you’ll have every opportunity to enjoy it at his restaurant. For the best spot in the house, pull your boat right up to the dock. INSIDER TIP The Harbor View deck is dog-friendly.

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954 Ocean Drive, Cape May

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(609) 884-5444

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wwwharborviewcapemay.com


The Harbor View’s outside bar (opposite) is one of Cape May’s most irresistible spots. It’s the ideal place to relax and unwind, if your tastes happen to run to the Caribbean way of life. The indoor dining room has great harbor views and a menu that will satisfy.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $6-$30 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V & MC « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


HARPOON HENRY’S

A little slice of paradise on the bay in North Cape May... this place has a Caribbean flair, live music and spectacular sunsets!

Warm Crab and Spinach Dip One tasty appetizer! Marinated and Grilled Wings Don’t miss this classic. Coconut-Fried Grouper A taste of the tropics. Seafood Pasta Clams, shrimp, scallops, sundried tomato sauce. Poor Man’s Surf and Turf BBQ ribs and shrimp. Henry’s Fish Sandwich Fried grouper, sautéed onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese with a red pepper sauce. Prime Rib Mouth-watering prime rib which gets rave reviews. Tropical Salad Mixed greens, tomato wedges, cucumbers, carrots, mandarin oranges, pineapple, with coconut and pineapple vinaigrette. Conch Fritters The classic Caribbean snack. Onion Rings Tasty onion rings served by the foot or half foot. Weekly Specials Even more choices.

WHERE IS IT? On the bay in North Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? You won’t need a harpoon here — the sea life comes to YOU. Some of it will be nicely prepared on the plate, and some of it, like the dolphins, will be swimming across the road from where you’re dining. While you watch for Flipper under a sinking pink sun, we recommend sampling from the restaurant’s well-rounded menu of beach cuisine or sipping on one of Harpoon Henry’s 150 frozen drinks. One reviewer called this hotspot “a Florida Keys place that must have washed north in a hurricane.” And no Key West locale would be complete without the kind of mellow entertainment (live music nightly in season!) that makes you want to breathe deep, kick off your shoes, and order another round. Which is exactly what you’ll find at 91 Beach Drive. INSIDER TIP This is a family place. There’s a sandbox for little kids and corn hole games to play. There’s also a nightly conch-blowing ceremony at sunset, just like they do in the Florida Keys. And don’t fret if it’s cloudy at sundown. Harpoon Henry’s will provide a great sunset for you — Ed’s wearing it in the photo to the right. Sundays from 1-5pm, feature beer, mussels, wings and more for only $5, plus great music by popular band, Blondage.

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Beach Drive @ Browning, North Cape May

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(609) 886-5529

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www.harpoonhenrys.net


Spectacular sunsets, a choice of 150 frozen drinks, islandinfluenced entertainment, a nightly sunset conch blowing ceremony and a location right on the beach, with both outside and covered dining — what more could you possibly want? Happy Hour? They do that, too, from Monday to Friday, 3pm-5:30pm

Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $10-$24 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


Harry’s ocean bar & grille

A new look and feel for 2016 — enjoy a completely redesigned open-air dining room and oceanfront patio bar, with unparalleled panoramic views

WHERE IS IT? At the oceanfront Montreal Beach Resort, on Beach Avenue at Madison. WHY SHOULD I GO? Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest — the late, great Harry Hirsch knew this well. When he opened his first restaurant more than 40 years ago, he knew it had to stand out. The food had to taste great and be reasonably priced. The service had to be courteous, but relaxed. It had to be the kind of place where you could pull up a chair and stay a while. In 2010, the Hirsch family introduced a new Cape May eatery — Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille — named after the family patriarch. It instantly became a hot spot, offering some of Harry’s favorites like sliders, mouthwatering burgers and Cape May’s great seafood. Harry’s also boasts one of Cape May’s largest beer menus, with dozens of bottles and 14 rotating draught

selections. For 2016, The Hirsch family underwent an extensive renovation to unveil an exciting new look for Harry’s. An expansive indoor/outdoor bar unites the newly remodeled open-air dining room and al fresco patio. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as happy hour every day from 4pm-6pm, Harry’s creates a laidback vibe perfect for its oceanfront location. Don’t want to stop the fun? Head upstairs to the rooftop bar for fresh cocktails and small bites while listening to great local musicians. It also boasts one of the best views in Cape May. And if you need grab a bottle of wine on the way out, stop at the Wine Cellar, located in the same building. INSIDER TIP Want to enjoy Harry’s with your feet in the sand? Hungry beach goers can enjoy chair side delivery from Harry’s Beach Service, located at the Montreal Beach Club.

HARRY’S OCEAN BAR & GRILLE « Beach at Madison Avenue, Cape May « (609) 88-HARRY « www.harryscapemay.com

Summer in Cape May Salad Mixed greens tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette, fresh apples and berries, candied pecans and bleu cheese, and served with a yogurt poppy seed dressing. Tastes as good as it looks. Assorted Sliders Beef, crab cake, tuna, and buffalo chicken sliders. Fourteen Drafts Local and domestic microbrews, including the best-selling Cape May Brewing Company’s IPA. Enjoy fun daily happy hour food and drink specials. Beach Avenue Burger An 8 oz black Angus burger topped with a crab cake and chipotle mayo. The best of both worlds! Fish and Chips Cape May IPA beerbattered cod served with crisp fries and malt vinegar. Not your ordinary fish and chips! Lobster BLT Classic lobster salad, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato on toasted multigrain.


NOTE: Harry’s New England Clam Chowder is a three-time consecutive winner of the Cape May Chamber of Commerce Chili & Chowder Cook-off (2014, 2015 and 2016).

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $8-$24 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, D, AE « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


joe’s fish co.

Enjoy a casual, contemporary family meal overlooking the lights and action of Surfside Pier at 25th Street and the Wildwood Boardwalk

WHERE IS IT? Morey’s Surfside Pier at 25th Street in the heart of the Wildwood Boardwalk, a short drive from downtown Cape May. Look for the giant fish hanging at the front of the pier and the smell of fresh seafood and margaritas. WHY SHOULD I GO? Joe’s is home to the beach’s finest fare. In this classic seafood house you can find finger-licking, oyster shucking and French fry munching pleasure with the freshest seafood menu on the island. Joe’s offers a variety of oysters, crab dip, fresh unique salads, signature crab cakes, fish and chips, grilled local fish, NJ lobster bake, all in addition to the nice assortment of favorites for all of you landlubbers out there. Pair your meal with a wide selection of local craft beer, a variety of wines or indulge in one of Joe’s signature cocktails. You are on vacation, aren’t you? No matter what delectable menu option you choose for your entree, don’t forget to save room for the house made key lime pie! Want to make your visit to Joe’s Fish Co. even more memorable? Head to the upper deck overlooking the lights and action of Surfside Pier and the white sandy beaches of Wildwood for a little different feel than the downstairs seafood house. This second-floor deck features lively libations and live entertainment on the weekends along with a slightly different, more laidback menu. You’ll also get to experience the salty Atlantic breezes and cool ocean air that so many people flock here to enjoy. INSIDER TIP Visit moreyspiers.com for specials, entertainment schedule, and the Beachfront Blog. For the social savants, be sure to follow Joe’s Fish Co. on Facebook.

JOE'S FISH CO. « 25th Street and Boardwalk, North Wildwood « (609) 729-3700 « www.moreyspiers.com

Steamed Clams The classic Jersey Shore tradition. Coconut Shrimp Batter-dipped and served with a curry mustard sauce. Crab and ShrimpStuffed Flounder Served with a light lemon cream sauce, baked potato and vegetables. Broiled Cape May Scallops A local favorite in a light lemon cream sauce. Seafood Pasta Shrimp and scallops in a brandy-lobster cream sauce served over penne pasta. Grilled Meyer Ranch Bistro Steak Natural Angus sirloin steak with red wine chipotle sauce on the side. Chef Walter J’s Cuban Spiced Chop A 10 oz pork chop with avocado salsa. Brick-Oven Pizza A variety of twelveinch pies that will please any appetite. Joe’s Fish Co. 1/2 Beach Burger With your choice of cheese and bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Margaritas The beach classic.


Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $8-$27 « Beer and Wine « Wheelchair Accessible « Accept V, MC, D, AE « Off-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


LA VERANDAH

A truly Victorian experience with truly tasty food

WHERE IS IT? In the historic Hotel Alcott (see Accommodations), off Beach Avenue.

Some Menu Highlights

WHY SHOULD I GO? La Verandah is a superb three-star restaurant located in Cape May’s second oldest hotel, an Italianate-bracketed villa that has been beautifully renovated, but not at the expense of its Victorian charm. The cascading vines on the front porch, swaying in a gentle Atlantic breeze, beckon you inside a high-ceilinged dining room. Soft, natural light dances across the French doors, hardwood floors, and palm plants of this clean, sleek space, home to a magnificent wide-hanging staircase that is one of the earliest of its kind in the country. If you like to dine al fresco, choose a cozy table on the front verandah to enjoy the calming sights and sounds of a summer evening while dining on French-influenced cuisine. South Jersey magazine awarded this kitchen the esteemed Golden Fork award, recognizing dining rooms and menus that “stand out” from among the “finest restaurants across South Jersey.” La Verandah also offers private dining for groups of eight and more in a lush inner garden, where a bubbling fountain, chirping birds and soft tunes provide the background for great cuisine and company.

Romano Crusted Scallops Flambé Pan-seared with cognac and served in a fennel vermouth sauce. Salmon Victoria Fillet of salmon encrusted with potato and seared crisp, served with sautéed spinach and sweet corail sauce (a ridiculously tasty French seafood sauce). Petite Filet Grilled filet of beef served with potatoes au gratin finished with port wine demi and shiitake mushrooms. Imperial Seafood Galette A tantalizing crab and lobster cake with an asparagus and haricot vert sauté, finished with a whole grain mustard sauce. Chicken Di Parma Breast of chicken stuffed with prosciutto, provolone and artichoke hearts with a white wine lemon caper sauce over sautéed arugula. In other words, a plate full of treats.

INSIDER TIP According to The Knot magazine, and countless Victorian-minded brides, this is the perfect venue for an elegant wedding by the sea.

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107-113 Grant Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-5868

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www.hotelalcott.com


South Jersey magazine thinks this is one of South Jersey’s finest restaurants.... and you will, too. This is French-inspired cuisine at its best.

Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $19-$32 « BYOB « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, AE « No Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


LUCKY BONES

Reliably good food, irresistible thin-crust pizza, the city’s biggest selection of draft beers, and a buzzy vibe that will keep you coming back for more WHERE IS IT? On your left as you cross the harbor bridge into town. Cape May Scallops Wrapped in Bacon With a horseradishbeet cream. Baby Back Ribs With tangy chipotle barbeque sauce. Rocket Salad Fresh arugula, olives, brick ovenroasted vegetables, shaved fennel, fresh mozzarella, creamy vinaigrette. Thin-Crust Brick Oven Pizza Eight flavors, all of them great. Includes the shrimp and lobster pie. Lucky Bones Burger Grilled 10 oz choice ground beef. Cuban SpiceRubbed Pork Chop One of the bestloved dishes in town... succulent pork, secret sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, red wine jus. Famous Mussels in Gorgonzola BasilTomato Sauce With bucatini, grilled bread. Cape May Vineyard Clams Fusilli, chopped clams, tossed with olive oil, garlic-herb butter, dry white wine.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Lucky Bones is operated by the Craig family, who run the Washington Inn, a fine dining institution, and Cape May Winery. It’s a place where you can eat well, in a casual atmosphere. A place where you can get a slice of pizza and a glass of wine... along with a great glass of beer. Lucky Bones has an everchanging rotation of some of the country’s finest microbrews. As for the pizza... brothers David and Michael spent four months taste-testing pies all over New England (1,000 in total), before purchasing a brick oven. They labored over every decision, from the restaurant’s name (ask your server what it means!) to the type of glassware served at the bar. Most importantly, they wanted the menu to be just right — “bar food but better.” The restaurant is now famous for its ability to serve consistently excellent food — and for its lively bar scene. From 11am to midnight, customers have the option to graze at the bar, while choosing from a wide selection of tapasstyle appetizers. Or, in the dining room, they can opt for a more traditional meal of meat, poultry, fish, an imaginative salad or, of course, pizza And if you’re on the go, call (609)-884TO-GO for curbside pickup. INSIDER TIP Pick up a copy of the beautiful 256-page book, The Essential Lucky Bones Cookbook. It’s packed with recipes, tips, great photos, and stories.

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1200 Route 109, Cape May

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(609) 884-BONE (2663) « www.luckybonesgrille.com


Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $6-$22 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible« V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


MAD BATTER

Food and atmosphere so inviting, you’d be mad not to try it...

WHERE IS IT? Just half a block from the beach and the Washington Street Mall on gorgeous Jackson Street, in the Carroll Villa Hotel. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Mad Batter building was erected in 1882 as a beautiful seaside retreat house for families. When Harry Kulkowitz found himself playing poker there, nearly 100 years later, he recognized the restaurant potential of the space, with its sweeping front porch. This year they celebrate 40 years of family, food and fun. Harry, a resourceful man who was responsible for locating German troops by listening to the enemy’s radio transmissions during World War II, scoured junk yards for kitchen equipment, built a garden terrace, added skylights, and hung a yellow-and-white awning over the front porch, where visitors and locals have been enjoying great food ever since. (The Mad Batter has been voted Best Brunch by both New Jersey

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Monthly magazine and CapeMay.com.) The restaurant also hosts art exhibits and live music nights, hangs the artwork of local artists, and serves as a venue for social organizations. As for the menu — it features vegan and vegetarian options, gluten-free choices, as well as seafood, steaks, and pasta. Now you can feel even better about being a Mad Batter groupie — they installed solar panels, and the bar is made of recycled glass, shell and concrete. Owners Mark and Pam continue to investigate and be aware of other opportunities to decrease the negative aspects of energy on our planet. They would like their carbon footprint to be the memory of a good drink, a great meal or a pleasant hotel stay. INSIDER TIP Take advantage of their daily happy hour specials, great wines, craft beers on tap, a great martini list, mimosas made with freshly squeezed orange juice. Check out their Open Mic Nights and live music, too.

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(609) 884-5970

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www.madbatter.com

Some Menu Highlights Orange and Almond French Toast A rich batter of heavy cream, eggs, fresh orange juice and almonds. Chesapeake Bay Benedict Poached eggs on a toasted English muffin with jumbo lump crabmeat and caper hollandaise. Waldorf Chicken Croissant Chicken, apples, grapes, walnuts, celery, red onion tossed in a creamy Waldorf dressing on a croissant. Mad Batter Crab Cakes Two of the restaurant’s championship super lump crab cakes with four cheese macaroni and remoulade. Apple Salad Romaine and radicchio with Granny Smith apple, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, crumbled bleu cheese, cranberry vinaigrette.


As if the front porch overlooking beautiful Jackson Street weren’t enough of a draw, the food here is mouth-watering... especially the breakfasts (witness the lines in summer)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $19-$30 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Not Handicap Accessible « V, MC, AE, D « No Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


THE MAGNOLIA ROOM AT THE CHALFONTE HOTEL Celebrating 140 years of seaside beauty, relaxation, legendary cuisine and classic cocktails

Dot’s Southern Fried Chicken There’s no other fried chicken like it. Miss Helen’s Crab Cakes Crabmeat held together with fresh herbs and Miss Helen’s secret sauce. Lucille’s Clam Chowder Probably the tastiest clam chowder ever. Chalfonte Corn Pudding One taste and you'll think you’re in the Deep South. Prime Rib au Jus The classic dish is in good hands at the Magnolia Room — tasty, tender, and irresistible. Sea Scallops Broiled scallops with lemon, garlic and white wine. Shrimp Scampi Jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic, white wine and butter, served over herb rice. Vegetarian Entrée of the Day Ask your server. Daily Breakfast Buffet Starts at 8:30am daily, in season. Sunday Buffet Starts at 5:30pm — a Southern-style feast!

The elegant dining room, where classic Southern food is enjoyed. Right: Lucille Burton continues the Skillet Sisters’ Legacy. WHERE IS IT? In the magnificent Chalfonte Hotel on Howard Street, two blocks from the ocean, in Cape May’s Historic District. WHY SHOULD I GO? When Helen Dickerson was running the Magnolia Room kitchen, which she did for more than 70 years, she expected good, old-fashioned Southern manners from her crew. Her daughters, Dot Burton and Lucille Thompson, seamlessly continued the tradition, running the kitchen together for 50-odd years, until Dot’s passing last year at the grand old age of 88. Craig LaBan

of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Any time you get a chance to have an 80-plusyear-old Southern chef cook for you, do it. Make that two 80-plus-year-old chefs with a century-old chicken-frying pan, and it’s worth changing your plans.” Chalfonte matriarch, Lucille, and Dot’s daughter, Tina, will lovingly continue The Magnolia Room’s legacy (and famous recipes). As for that Southern-fried chicken, it’s prepared in huge cast-iron skillets. The secret is in the addition of thickly sliced onions. It’s a trick that must work, because the dish was named one of

the 10 best in the country by USA Today. The restaurant regularly receives national acclaim, with features on the Discovery Channel’s Home Matters and on the Food Network’s Tyler’s Ultimate. INSIDER TIP You can either eat inside the Magnolia Room, a casual-but-elegant space in the old Cape May style, or dine on the charming veranda. There’s nothing more Southern than spending the night in a rocking chair outside the Chalfonte. Wherever you choose to dine, stop by the King Edward bar, a classic watering hole, to kick off your evening.

THE MAGNOLIA ROOM « 301 Howard Street At The Chalfonte Hotel, Cape May

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(609) 884-8409

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www.chalfonte.com


Irresistible classic Southern food that’s received national acclaim, particularly the famous Southern fried chicken, is enjoyed in a magnificent old hotel that’s the epitome of oldstyle relaxation. Before and/or after dinner, check out the charming King Edward bar (left). Right: The hotel is an elegant setting for weddings.

Breakfast, Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $10-$34 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, AE, D « No Parking « No Takeout « Kids’ Menu


MARIE NICOLE’S GRILL AT DIAMOND BEACH

Just across the bridge from Cape May, a relaxing evening of delicious food and handcrafted cocktails await you WHERE IS IT? Over the charming little bridge as you enter Wildwood Crest. Spicy Seafood Risotto Sautéed lobster, shrimp, scallops & mussels, spicy tomato crab broth. Bone-In Veal Parm 14 oz chop, pounded, breaded, homemade tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, fresh pasta. Shrimp Prosciutto Three grilled U-10 shrimp, wrapped with fresh basil & prosciutto, balsamic drizzle. ‘Chopped’ Wedge Grape tomatoes, red onion, crumbled gorgonzola, bacon lardons, green goddess dressing, balsamic drizzle. 16 oz NY Strip Warm potato salad, caramelized brussel sprouts and bacon, onion jam, crumbled bleu. Penne Gorgonzola Penne pasta, jumbo lump crabmeat, crispy proscuitto, sweet peas, gorgonzola cream sauce. Pan-Seared Salmon and Scallops Sweet pea risotto, champagne beurre blanc.

WHY SHOULD I GO? It’s the ideal location to enjoy an evening out in a relaxed, yet sophisticated environment. Whether you choose to relish the summer breeze while dining on the terrace, prefer a quiet corner table in the main dining room or linger over cocktails at the bar, this is the place to unwind. Start your evening at the newly extended bar, offering handcrafted cocktails and martinis, plus a vast selection of craft beers and wines. Enjoy appetizers from the casual bar menu, featuring a charcuterie board with assorted meats and cheeses, and fried calamari with cherry peppers, capers and kalamata olives tossed in a white wine sauce — both are great for sharing! Marie Nicole’s offers raw bar classics including house favorite, lobster and crab tini. Don’t want to leave the cozy new bar? The dinner menu is available — or try the signature burger (made with steak trimmings), topped with aged cheddar, caramelized onions and truffle mayo. Although the space is intimate, you never feel crowded or rushed. As for the menu, there are timeless classics with a modern twist, from expertly prepared prime meats to fresh seafood and pasta. The Mediterranean ahi tuna with roasted fingerling potatoes, French beans, heirloom tomatoes and olives never fails to impress. Be certain to save room for the housemade desserts — warm apple crumb with caramel ice cream is to die for! Marie Nicole’s was voted Best of the Shore by both Philadelphia and South Jersey magazines and is proud to except the Wine Spectator Award Of Excellence for the past 11 years. INSIDER TIP Daily happy hour 5-7pm featuring halfprice wines by the glass, house martinis and a small plates menu. Don’t miss their 3-course menu: $25 before 6pm or $35 anytime.

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9510 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood Crest

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(609) 522-5425

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www.marienicoles.com


Dinner Only « Price Of Entrées: $18-$38 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, AE, D « Onsite Parking « No Takeout « Kids’ Menu


MARIO’S PIZZA and italian eatery

Delicious pizza? Check. Freshly made Italian classics? Check. Free parking? Check? Delivery to the beach or hotel in season? You bet! WHERE IS IT? Centrally located, in the Acme shopping center, just steps to the Washington Street Mall — which is so convenient, because you can carbo-load prior to shedding some calories with a session of quality retail therapy.

Awesome Fries Smothered in mozzarella and bacon, served with ranch dressing for dipping. Oven-Baked Specialties Meat lasagna, baked ziti, stuffed shells, manicotti, ravioli. Homemade Cannoli Made in-house — have with espresso! Margherita Pizza Mario’s top seller — four cheeses, chunk tomato, garlic, fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil. Kids’ Menu Hot dog, spaghetti and meatball, chicken tenders, grilled cheese — plenty to choose from to keep the wee ones happy here. Cheese Steaks The hottest selling non-pizza item here is the cheese steak, and we’re here to tell you — it’s good enough to satisfy the toughest Philly native critic. Salads Fret not if you’re watching your carbs — the salads here are varied and hearty, from Garden to Buffalo Chicken to an Antipasto for Two.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Because… pizza? You don’t really need us to explain this to you. And it’s not just good pizza — it’s excellent pizza, served by the slice or as a whole pie. And salads and pasta and French fries... When the Fusco family bought Mario’s Pizza in 2013, the decision was made to change… nothing. After all, as the old saying goes — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But you don’t have to take our word for it — check out their 4.5 out of 5 ratings on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. If you build your own dough and pizza sauce in-house, they will come. Mario’s also makes their own bread for their paninis and their own scrumptious garlic knots in-house, as well as their cannolis, but we’re putting the dessert cart before the pizza horse here. Their best-selling pizza is the Margherita, but there is also the regular thin crust, as well as seven specialty and six gourmet pies from which to choose. Don’t forget the calzones and stombolis, and their cheese steak is also a very hot commodity. But lest you think this is simply a pizza and sandwich joint… you’d be wrong. Delectable pasta dinners — Shrimp Scampi, Stuffed Shells, Chicken Marsala and Eggplant Parmigiana to name but a few — would make any Italian grand-mom proud. We were also surprised at all the TripAdvisor comments on their French fries… until we tried them. Sure, you can get the regular fries. Or you can get the sweet potato fries, or the cheese fries or the Old Bay Fries. But why do that when you can get the Awesome Fries? They are aptly named. This family-friendly place isn’t just for take-out, either — it comfortably seats 48 inside, and another 15 outside in season, with plenty of parking. It’s a perfect spot for a birthday party — they do that, too. And did we mention catering? Office parties, showers — whatever the occasion, you’ll be able to feed your guests very comfortably. Mario’s has got you covered. INSIDER TIP You can enjoy whole wheat or even gluten-free pasta here. In season, Mario’s will deliver your order to your hotel room or even the beach! Plus they have free parking, too.

MARIO’S PIZZA AND ITALIAN EATERY « Washington Commons, 315 Ocean Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-0085 « www.mariosofcapemay.com


Some photographs don’t need much in the way of description. We COULD tell you these pizzas, salads and sandwiches look mouthwatering, but your salivary glands probably clued you in already.

Lunch, Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $3.50-$18.95 « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


MERION INN

In the middle of the Historic District, a classic, beautiful bar, great food and world-class music

Market Salad Seasonal veggies from local farms. Chesapeake Bay Oysters Breaded and fried to order with spicy chipotle rémoulade. Yellowfin Tuna Wasabi mashed and spicy Asian slaw. Local Scallops and Catch of the Day Changes weekly. Something that never changes? The quality of the dish. Crab Cake Duet One Maryland-style and one Santa Fe. Both delicious. Filet Mignon, NY Strip, Prime Rib Served au poivre, blackened, roquefort or scampi-style... it’s your choice! For Vegetarians Grilled veggies, feta and Israeli couscous; grilled portobello with spinach and melted manchego. $18.95 Express Dinner Scaled-down entrée with salad/dessert. Real Strawberry Shortcake You may find it impossible to resist, and who are we to judge?!

WHERE IS IT? In the heart of the Historic District, a block from Cape May’s beach and the mall. WHY SHOULD I GO? This 1885 classic Cape May seafood and steak house offers live piano music nightly and features ever-changing regional and seasonal specialties as well as Merion classics such as stuffed lobster tail, two kinds of crab cakes and that most decadent of comfort foods — the Merion potato cup. The restaurant has a strong, multi-generational following among locals and long-time summer visitors. Newcomers discovering this gem for the first time and those “coming home” to the Merion are drawn by its well-executed menu offerings, dress-up or dress-down relaxed ambiance, cozy candlelit dining rooms, climate-controlled outdoor patio and elegant turn-of-thecentury bar — the oldest in Cape May, and the best place to get a martini, says Philadelphia magazine. In addition to classic cocktails, the Merion offers a reasonably-priced and varied wine list. And although the late, great George Mesterhazy is no longer the Merion’s house pianist, his legacy is celebrated by a roster of great jazz musicians who hold forth every night during the season. INSIDER TIP Why should early birds get all the perks? The Merion Inn offers early bird AND night owl menus, in addition to a late-night café menu and post-theater bento box. The budget-stretching $18.95 Express Menu (a smallplates menu) is offered all night and features scaled-down portions of selected entrées and sandwiches with a small salad and dessert. New this year is a $35 three-course prix fixe dinner that’s another great deal.

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106 Decatur Street at Columbia Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-8363

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www.merioninn.com


Newcomers discovering this gem for the first time and those “coming home” are drawn by its well-executed menu, nightly live piano music, dress-up or dress-down relaxed ambiance, cozy candlelit dining rooms and turn-of-the-century bar.

Dinner Only « Price Of Entrées: $17-market « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « No Takeout « Kids’ Menu


Oyster Bay steak and seafood house A Cape May classic now has a fabulous new 28-seat bar — yet another reason to visit!

Oysters Rockefeller Oysters baked the traditional way and glazed with hollandaise. Fried Tomatoes with Crab Meat Panko-crusted tomatoes, fried and topped with spicy New Orleans remoulade sauce. Spinach and Brie Salad Toasted almond brie over curly spinach with croutons, red onion, dried cranberries and a strawberry-infused vinaigrette. New York Strip Steak Cooked to order, served with roasted shallot and peppercorn sauce, topped with Boursin cream. Veal San Marco Tender medallions of veal, breaded and pan-fried, topped with marinated tomoatoes and melted fontina cheese. Cajun-Spiced Pasta Lightly spiced shrimp, scallops, clams, mussells and diced tomatoes, sautéed in natural seafood broth, served over linguini.

WHERE IS IT? On Lafayette Street, opposite the Acme. WHY SHOULD I GO? Oyster Bay is one of those restaurants you know is going to be good, even before you take a bite or read a review. It’s one of those spots that has all the signs... 1. It’s not the kind of place that snags you with a waterfront view. And it’s not inside one of the restored mansions or B&Bs that draw tourists with their history. It’s just a simple building, a little off the beaten path. And it’s STILL busy. 2. Oyster Bay attracts locals as well as tourists, always a good sign. 3. Chef Chris Holl is also the owner, meaning he cares that much more. The meat/seafood combos are varied, so you can try something new, even when ordering an old favorite. Filet mignon topped with jumbo lump crab meat anyone? 4. In 2014 the restaurant introduced a great new way to enjoy the Oyster Bay experience. There’s now a stunning, 28-seat cherry wood bar, with a bar menu. Now, that IS exciting. INSIDER TIP Parking meters? Psssh, what meters? There are plenty of free spots at Oyster Bay ­— as many spots as martinis.

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615 Lafayette Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-2111 « www.oysterbayrestaurant.com


Oyster Bay was already a popular spot with locals and longtime Cape May visitors, but the addition of the new bar (above) created one of the buzziest new scenes in town. Come and sample the great bar menu.

Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $19-$29 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « No Takeout « Kids’ Menu


PETER SHIELDS INN

Fine American cuisine and oceanfront accommodations... voted an OpenTable ‘Top 100 Romantic Restaurant’ in America

WHERE IS IT? On the eastern end of Beach Avenue. WHY SHOULD I GO? Maybe you’ve spent your afternoon fighting traffic in the heat just to get here. Maybe you spent your beach day keeping your children from throwing sand. Maybe you need a vacation from your vacation. Peter Shields Inn and fine dining restaurant, located in a gorgeous Georgian revival mansion, can be just that. In fact, a trip to Peter Shields (or PSI as locals and regulars call it) is a vacation for all five of your senses... 1. Hear: As you eat, in one of five dining rooms or on the outside porch, you might hear ocean waves, or the distant laughter of beach goers. 2. See: Take in the beautifully renovated space, and its elegant, understated decor. Enjoy the natural light bouncing off the candle on your table in the sun room, the romance of the the bride’s dining area, or the sleek, sexy vibe of the zebra room. And take in the magnificent

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ocean views, the perfect backdrop to a memorable dining experience. 3. Feel: Opt for the Chef’s Table, set on a private balcony overlooking the ocean, for a feeling of complete privacy. Dine on a 7-course prix fixe meal the chef creates for you. Available during the summer months only. 4. Smell: Get a whiff of the ocean air and freshly cut flowers that adorn your table before your food arrives. After that, you won’t be able to smell anything but the mouth-watering flavors of an award-winning chef. 5: Taste: You’ll have to experience for yourself... INSIDER TIP Peter Shields isn’t just a summer favorite; it’s a wonderful place for a winter’s meal or getaway. The off-season is the perfect time to take in a sunset and sunrise over the ocean from one of the hotel’s nine guest rooms... this is one of the few places you can do both. Then retire in front of the cozy fireplace.

1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-9090

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www.petershieldsinn.com

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare Avocado, compressed mango, micro cilantro, miso vinaigrette. Jumbo Lump Crab Salad Smoked salmon, mâché, almonds, basil aioli. Grilled Octopus Salad Nicoise salad, caper berries, kalamata puree and aged balsamic. Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras Brioche toast, seasonal fruit compote, red wine. Alaskan Halibut Melted leeks, chantrelles, potato gnocchi, white balsamic. Grilled Filet of Beef Asparagus risotto, balsamic onions, wild mushrooms, bordelaise. Veal Porterhouse Barley risotto, baby carrots, haricot verts, truffle aioli. Chocolate Tasting Panna cotta, cocoa biscotti, hot chocolate “espresso,” chocolate hazelnut ice cream. Toffee Pudding Caramel, vanilla ice cream.


This is one of the most romantic restaurants on the island; it’s a great place to fall in love... but it’s also a great place to fall in love with food.

Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $30-$50 « BYOB « Booking Advised « Not Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « Free Street Parking « No Kids’ Menu


RUSTY NAIL

Go ahead, let your hair down... this is beachfront dining at its coolest

Some Menu Highlights Chef Jimmy’s Pig Roast Jimmy Burton is famous for his pig barbecues. See why at the Nail, Mondays in season from 4pm! Signature Boardwalk-Style Cones Featuring conch fritters, fried clam stripes and Rusty Nail fries with a signature seafood spice.

WHERE IS IT? Across the street from the beach. Just follow the surfers.

Raw Bar Featuring oysters, clams, lobster, shrimp, crab.

WHY SHOULD I GO? This place first made a name for itself in the ’70s, when lifeguards, surfers, and beautiful beach bunnies gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May (a statistic confirmed by Exit Zero magazine). Today, it’s still the favorite bar/restaurant of sandy beach-goers; it’s the only one in town to actually discourage shoes. This popularity is due, in part, to the Nail’s draft beer, which is the coldest in town, a fact once again confirmed by Exit Zero in a cold beer test. It’s no wonder Travel & Leisure magazine named it one of America’s Top 10 Beach Bars. Something you should probably test out for yourself is the fire pit, the only of its kind in South Jersey. Employees have said that when someone thinks to rest his or her beer on the edge of this pit, it’s a lot like the first girl to say yes to a dance — everyone wants in. For those who’d rather be inside, the live music is always pumping. If you’re looking for some kind of mind-numbingly loud electronic beat, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. This is the kind of mellow entertainment that makes for a mellow vibe — the kind you’ll want to leave only in order to check out the dolphins playing in the surf across the street.

Baja Grilled Fish Tacos Grilled Mahi, corn, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheddar cheese, black beans and guacamole. Jersey Style Lobster Roll Fresh lobster salad on a fresh-baked roll, with green leaf lettuce and tomato. Jersey Clam Bake With 12 clams, six mussels, six shrimp, red skin potatoes, grilled corn and clam broth. Signature Cocktails Including Beach Plum Farm Berry Mojito, Sandy Banana, The Hammer and so many more! Canine Cuisine This isn’t only a place where humans get to chill — the Nail also offers a menu for dogs. There’s the Wrangler Roundup (lean ground turkey), the Surf Board (real chicken and carob) and even a Hot Diggity-Dog (minus the bun).

INSIDER TIP It’s a great place to wake up with a seaside breakfast — and children’s meals are served on a frisbee.

RUSTY NAIL « 205 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-0017

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www.caperesorts.com/rustynail


The Rusty Nail’s laidback, surfer-style vibe is authentic — it’s not a marketing scheme. The people who come here really ARE beach people. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, a sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young and old are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and The Rusty Nail’s beach blanket comfort food.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $11-$29 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout « Kids’ Menu


saltwater cafE

A cool spot right on the harbor... good food, good vibe, with wonderful views of the waterfront. This is a place you have to try.

WHERE IS IT? Saltwater Cafe is located at South Jersey Marina — on your left after you cross the main bridge coming into Cape May, and just before the little harbor bridge. (If you’re leaving Cape May, it’ll be on your right...) WHY SHOULD I GO? Because who doesn’t want an exceptional, reasonable meal in a relaxed environment? The husband-and-wife team of Rick and Colleen Weber, who run South Jersey Marina, opened Saltwater Cafe in the summer of 2013. Since then, visitors have been impressed by the quality of the food and the fresh, cool vibe. There’s a casual-but-elegant feel, with bright greens and blues balanced with patterns and rattan chairs. The service is friendly and efficient and, if you snag a seat in the newly expanded, canopied outdoor area, the views of the water and the boats coming and going at the marina add some serious ambience to the experience.

It never hurts to have a go-to, no-fail breakfast spot, and you can go ahead and add Saltwater Cafe to your list now. Whether you’re looking for something healthy and simple, like fresh fruit or a smoothie, or you want to go all out — think Belgian Waffle with whipped cream and awesome hot coffee — you’ll find it here. If it’s a yummy lunch you’re after, Saltwater’s got you covered there, too, with a gourmet selection of soups (when we checked in, the soup of the day was an amazing curried carrot), salads, sandwiches and sides. Order up an Arnold Palmer — half iced tea, half-lemonade — to give your lunch a true summertime flavor, no matter what time of year. The cafe is open from 7am-2pm daily, serving breakfast and lunch. INSIDER TIP After your meal, pop next door to Fathoms, South Jersey Marina’s cool clothing and accessories store.

SALTWATER CAFE « 1231 Route 109, Cape May « 609-884-2403 « www.saltwatercafecapemay.com

Banana Split Banana, fresh-cut fruit, granola and vanilla yogurt. Feelin’ Groovy Omelette Egg white with goat cheese, portobello mushrooms, herbs, tomatoes and guacamole. Sunrise Smoothie Strawberries, banana, and yogurt. Creamed Chipped Beef Served the way it should be: over toast, with home fries. Nicoise Salad Grilled salmon, redskinned potatoes, green beans, hardboiled eggs, olives, tomato, and red onion, tossed with Dijon vinaigrette over fresh greens. Soups Homemade Chili, Roasted Corn and Crab Chowder, or the soup of the day. Saltwater Fish Sandwich Grilled fresh and served with lettuce, tomato, avocado and a lime-garlic aioli. Roast Beef and Provolone Served with red onion, tomato and horseradish sauce on a fresh ciabatta roll.


Inside, the decor at Saltwater Cafe is casual-but-elegant. Outside... well, it doesn’t get much better than this — eating freshly prepared food overlooking South Jersey Marina.

Breakfast & Lunch « Price Of Entrées: $5-$13 « BYOB « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout « Kids’ Menu


SEASALT

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner with spectacular beachfront views

WHERE IS IT? Appropriately, right across from the sea, on Beach Avenue at The Ocean Club Hotel. WHY SHOULD I GO? Not often does an establishment strive to look out of place, but that was the goal of SeaSalt’s proprietors. The plan, they said after opening in the summer of 2011, was to be the spot that makes passersby say, “This looks too modern for Cape May.” SeaSalt, with its black wood-and-granite tables, custom-made mother of pearl barfront, and river rock decor, is five stories of architectural sex appeal. It’s the place to be when you feel like a change from Victorian ambiance. Sipping on a cocktail underneath an umbrella on the outside terrace, enjoy the spectacular view (you’ll be so close to the water, you’ll smell the sea salt) and the unpretentious food (although the seafood menu draws inspiration from Chef Rexhepi’s travels all over

Blue Crab Bisque With roasted corn and chives. Fine Herb Mixed Green Salad Asparagus tips, bleu cheese and a limepepper vinaigrette. Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio With horseradish creme fraiche, micro-green salad. Red Snapper and Salmon Roe Ceviche Fresh and fantastic — served with chilidusted tortilla chips. Scallop au Poivre With cauliflower purée, balsamic reduction. Whole Grilled Branzino Served with a lemon butter sauce and vegetable succotash. Skate Milanese Heirloom tomato salad, 25-year-old balsamic. Swordfish Puttanesca Served with grilled asparagus and white anchovy. 28-Day Aged Rib Eye Red wine reduction, grilled ramps. Totally irresistible. Ginger Scallion Poached Chicken Served with roasted potatoes.

the world, he keeps it simple, saying, “I’m not doing molecular gastronomy”). Speaking of the chef, SeaSalt’s founder, the late Nick Neza, first saw Rexhepi on a cooking show, only to realize that the chef was a distant cousin of his. And then there’s the entertainment. After you’ve toured the turret-topped cottages and historical B&Bs of town, head to SeaSalt for a party that is anything but old-school. Local guitar players, jazz trios, salsa bands, and DJs all contribute to a vibe that’s equal parts New York and South Beach. INSIDER TIP Ask about the Tiki Bar lunch service available on the beach and on their patio! Large party? Opt for a chef’s tasting of six courses, served family style at a table fit for a king; made of mesquite wood, it took 10 people just to carry it into the building.

SEASALT RESTAURANT « 1035 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-7000

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www.capemayoceanclubhotel.com


At SeaSalt you can enjoy a spectacular breakfast and dinner — with a view to match, either inside or on the deck. If you need a break from bronzing on the beach, simply walk across the street to SeaSalt’s poolside tiki bar, which serves lunch and, in the evening, transforms into a Cape May hotspot, complete with a mother-of-pearl bar, live music, and the option of indulging in a delicious chef’s tasting

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $8-$20 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, M, AE « On-Site Parking « Takeout « Kids’ Menu


THAT’S AMORE

The birth of a new tradition in Cape May. Classic Italian dishes and rustic cuisine with a new twist!

WHERE IS IT? On the Washington Street Mall, adjacent to Congress Hall. WHY SHOULD I GO? That’s Amore is a fresh newcomer to the Cape May restaurant scene and it has been generating rave reviews since it opened at the Perry Street end of the Washington Street Mall. The dining room is as cozy and inviting as the menu. Elegant, eclectic and trendy could all describe the vibe here at That’s Amore, but the old-school classics that Chef Alfredo Fischioni creates are about as downhome as you can imagine. The wildly popular Sunday Gravy dish features everything you’d see being served in an Italian household after church on Sunday: sausage, meatballs and shredded pork served over pasta, gnocchi or risotto in a heavenly red sauce; or gravy for the purists. If that’s not enough to get your mouth watering, they also offer a Create Your Own Pasta entrée that allows guests to create their own meal using any one of the hundreds of combinations possible. That’s Amore is all about the love of food and the recipes of the chefs’ youth, shared around the family table. Family influences are clear throughout their menu and it will take just one bite to see why. Browse online to get an idea. And if you’re looking for a great spot for a big gathering, That’s Amore has a private party room for up to 60 people, serving Hawk Haven Wines, and with plenty of gluten-free dining options. They also maintain a policy of adults and young adults only (12+ years old). INSIDER TIP Planning a visit with a party of eight or more? Try the Chef’s Table and let Chef Alfredo prepare a multi-course feast complete with amazing creations of his choosing, just for you and your guests. Available in six, eight and ten courses.

THAT'S AMORE « 301 Washington Street, Cape May « 609-898-FOOD (3663) « www.thatsamorecapemay.com

Arancini di Riso Mom’s specialty rice balls. Seasoned rice stuffed with mozzarella and lightly fried. Topped with red gravy and grated cheese. Calamari Caesar Salad Classis caesar salad, fried calamari, sweet vinegar peppers and parmigiano shavings. Perfect for sharing! Lobster Ravioli Tender pockets topped with cognac, baby shrimp, marscapone and shallots. Pork Osso Buco Slow braised pork shank in red wine, garlic and rosemary served of parmigiano risotto. Hurry, the daily quantity is limited. Wild Caught Sticky Walnut and Fig Salmon Served over wild mushroom parmigiano risotto. Seared Scallops Served with a white bean and roasted tomato ragout and braised fennel. Create Your Own Pasta Pick a sauce, pasta and topping. Hundreds of combinations just waiting to be created!


Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $18-$34 « BYOB « Booking Advised « Accept V, M, D « No Parking « Takeout Available


TISHA’S

Located on the Washington Street Mall, this landmark location has been serving delicious meals in Cape May for over 20 years

WHERE IS IT? Smack-dab in the middle of the Washington Street Mall.

Some Menu Highlights

WHY SHOULD I GO? We’re a big fan of risk-takers, so owner/chef Paul Negro is okay by us. For starters, he’s not afraid to completely change the direction of his life. At the age of 23, Paul was working as a mechanic in South Philadelphia. But a talent for cooking — and the passion to match — pushed him to pursue a culinary career instead. One bite of his clam chowder and you’ll know — Paul has not misjudged his calling. And Paul doesn’t play it safe with his menu, either. Many chefs, when they come across a winning formula, will avoid making too many (if any) alterations. That doesn’t happen at Tisha’s. Here, daily specials come and go, well, daily, while the more “established” items hang around for no more than a month. Every dish is influenced by the season — this, Paul says, allows plenty of opportunities to showcase all that can be done with new American food, full of Italian accents. Something else we love about Tisha’s: many of the dishes are still made using the cookbooks of Paul’s mom, for whom the restaurant is named. Which means they’re made with love. And that’s always the most important ingredient.

Lobster Bisque A delicious, perfectly seasoned soup. Cajun-Fried Oysters Hand-breaded in Cajun panko, on baby greens, with pepper cream. Lobster Risotto With sautéed lobster tail. BBQ Buttered Shrimp Sautéed shrimp on toast rounds with BBQ butter sauce, finished with fontina cheese. The ultimate appetizer. Tuscan-Grilled Chicken and Shrimp Boneless chicken and jumbo shrimp marinated in olive oil, ginger, garlic and cilantro, rolled in a panko crust and grilled, set on garlic-mashed red skins and drizzled with cilantro oil. Thai Salmon Seasoned and grilled to your liking, finished with jumbo shrimp and sugar snap peas, sautéed in a sweet and spicy Thai lime sauce.

INSIDER TIP For an especially romantic evening, dine by candlelight on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. Just make sure you make a reservation ahead of time. And don’t forget to check out their sister restaurant in North Cape May, 5 West Pub (also featured in this book).

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322 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(609) 884-9119

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www.tishasfinedining.com


The food is New American with a strong Italian influence. Enjoy great pasta, as well as blackened and grilled fish dishes, paired with intriguing sauces. Another favorite is veal au poivre.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $18-$35 « BYOB « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « V, MC, AE, D « No Parking « Takeout (B & L) « No Kids’ Menu


TWO MILE LANDING RESTAURANTS & MARINA Local seafood, choice steaks and spectacular sunsets at two waterfront restaurants

Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Located on Ocean Drive at the foot of the Cape May toll bridge on your way to Wildwood Crest, Two Mile Landing Restaurants and Marina offers the most expansive and unobstructed waterfront views in the area. WHY SHOULD I GO THERE? Two Mile offers two restaurants at one location. If you’re up for a casual afternoon or evening, The Crab House has an indoor dining room, three outdoor eating areas, and three bars. The vibe here is relaxed, fun, and familyfriendly. Singing along to the live music isn’t frowned upon — it’s encouraged! The music is live daily in season. The Crab House has a fun, loud, lively atmosphere with casual sandwiches, fresh seafood and frozen drinks to remind you that at The Crab

All-You-Can-Eat Blue Claw Crabs Garlic crabs, local lobster, snow crabs and Alaskan King crab legs. Cape May Clam Bake Shrimp, clams, scallops, mussels, lobster and Blue Claws, potatoes and corn in a garlic butter broth. Crab Cake Sandwich Choice of broiled or fried, served with tartar or cocktail sauces. BBQ Baby Back Ribs Tender and delicious, and slathered with the Crab House’s own in-house barbecue sauce. 2 Mile Stuffed Chicken Filled with prosciutto, pesto and smoked mozzarella with an herb Asiago and breadcrumb coating in lemon butter sauce. Raw Bar Shrimp cocktail, clams on the halfshell, Delaware Bay oysters — or treat yourself and get a little of everything in the Shanty Sampler. Lobster Tail The perfect location to enjoy this delicacy.

House it’s always summer vacation. If you’re looking for a slightly more formal feel, 2 Mile Restaurant offers a more upscale menu and atmosphere that makes an effort not to take itself too seriously. It doesn’t need to. The cocktails and cuisine speak volumes. All the casual fine-dining marks are hit here — spectacular steaks, succulent house-caught seafood, exquisite appetizers, artisanal pizzas and more. Choose from the martini menu, or select from 21 beers and 12 wines on tap alone. (Or try their famous freshly squeezed Orange Crush.) Then kick back, relax and enjoy the waterfront views and service. INSIDER TIP On your boat for the day — or your kayak? Dock at Two Mile and relax with lunch, dinner or cocktails.

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1 Fish Dock Road, Wildwood Crest

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(609) 522-1341

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www.twomilelanding.com


Lunch & Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $6-$32 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « V, MC, AE, D « Parking and Boat Dockage « Takeout « Kids’ Menu


UGLY MUG

If you really want to experience Cape May, make it a point to show your own mug (ugly or otherwise) at the Mug WHERE IS IT? In the heart of the charming Washington Street Mall. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Mug isn’t just a bar and restaurant that’s been around for over half a century; it’s a genuine local legend. From the ceiling hang mugs that are turned to face the sea when their respective Mug-loving owners pass on. Then there’s the famous Froth-Blowing Contest that’s been held since 1954. Whoever blows the most froth out of the glass wins a trophy — and, of course, serious bragging rights. The Mug is not only a classic, traditional bar — it’s a full-service family-friendly restaurant, too, offering a selection of appetizers, sandwiches and entrées which you may enjoy in three different ways... 1. Nestle into the cozy wooden booths that now occupy both dining rooms in the Mug — perfect for a more intimate eating experience. 2. Position yourself on one of the bar stools, and partake in the hottest dining movement of the moment — eating at the bar, while either catching up with the sports news on one of the flat-screen TVs, or conversing with the friendly bartenders. 3. Seat yourself at an outdoor table on the patio overlooking the bustling Washington Street Mall, which is the ultimate people-watching spot in the city.

Grilled Crab Cakes They’re handmade by the Mug’s chef Gary Romberger, and they’re among the best in town. Handmade Burgers With a variety of toppings. Grilled Panini Sandwiches There’s always a great selection. Crab Mug In a casserole, broiled, topped with cheese. You’re probably salivating as you read this. Cheesesteaks The South Philly classic, done right. Chili Cheese Dog Served with pickle and chips — does anything go better with a cold beer? Corned Beef Sandwich Topped with coleslaw and Russian dressing. Fried Crab Patty Sandwich Actually, this goes pretty well with a cold beer, too!

INSIDER TIP The corned beef and pastrami used by the Mug in their signature sandwiches come from the world-famous Carnegie Deli in Manhattan. And the locally made crab cakes, from Chef Gary Romberger’s Cape May Crab Factory, are among the best in town.

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426 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

Ocean Burger With shrimp salad and sharp cheese. Chicken Chipotle Panini Sandwich This delicious treat delivers a kick.

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(609) 884-3459


Some bars try to be authentic, and some bars will spend lots of money to LOOK authentic, then there are places that really ARE authentic. It takes decades for that kind of look to be achieved, or in the case of the Ugly Mug, more than half a century.

Lunch, Dinner « Price Of Entrées: $12-$25 « Full Bar « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « No Parking « Takeout Available « Kids' Menu


UNION PARK DINING ROOM

Elegant ambience, great food, spectacular beachfront setting... this is romance personified

WHERE IS IT? In the historic Hotel Macomber (see Accommodations), on the corner of Beach Avenue and Howard Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? After a long day on the beach, you’re feeling relaxed and refreshed. Sun-kissed, you’re looking pretty good, too, and so is your significant other. The two of you take one last dip in the water, one more deep breath of ocean air, and head home to shake off the sand. Watching the sun sink lower in the sky, you decide to open a bottle of wine. That’s when you realize — you’ve been so caught up flirting with one another, you didn’t notice it’s dinner time, and you’re hungry. Wanting to keep this romantic evening going, you stick a cork in that bottle of wine and bring it with you to a romantic restaurant — Union Park was included in NJ.com’s Most Romantic list three times. Your table is ready when you arrive, but you decide to enjoy another glass of wine in the rocking chairs of the front porch before you head in. You’re too busy holding hands and stealing the occasional kiss on the cheek to notice that the sky is now a

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Oysters Half-dozen of the justifiably famous Cape May Salts, chili lime, cocktail sauces. Foie Gras Seared, apple walnut bread, poached apples, balsamic syrup. Seafood Plateau Lobster, shrimp, mussels, crab, oysters. Tartare Trio Steak, salmon, tuna, crème fraiche, toast. Kobe Beef Burger Boursin cheese, caramelized onions, fingerlings, chipotle ketchup. Shrimp and Scallops Cucumber noodle pad Thai, ginger lime cream, smoked soy. Colorado Lamb Whipped potato, caponata, merguez sausage, garlic rosemary au jus. Filet Mignon Whipped potato, dolce gorgonzola, caramelized onions, au poivre sauce South African Lobster Union Park has become famous for this dish — butter-poached lobster served with mascarpone risotto and pancetta.

kaleidoscope of vibrant pinks and oranges. Once inside the dining room, your heart skips a beat. You’re being led to a candlelit table with an ocean view, or to a cozy spot in front of the fireplace. Your server is unobtrusive, allowing you to enjoy this rare evening away from kids and work, but attentive enough to make you feel as though you’re the only customers in the room. Union Park is available for both casual and elegant parties, receptions, special occasion dinners and complete weddings. Their facility can host groups up to 125 people, depending on the type of reception you desire. Book the entire restaurant, for the ultimate beach wedding, or just one of their three private rooms available for groups of eight to 45 guests. It’s BYOB, though local wine is available. INSIDER TIP In season, Union Park has fabulous outdoor seating, offering some of the best views of the beach and the Cape May promenade. And be sure to check out their other restaurant, Pacific Grill in Wildwood.

Beach & Howard Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-8811

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www.unionparkdiningroom.com


Pacific Grill, Wildwood

Union Park Dining Room, with Executive Chef John Schatz at the helm, offers one of the finest dining experiences in Cape May. From the romantic ambiance and excellent service to private dining rooms and superb food, Union Park is the place to be for every occasion.

Dinner Only « Price Of Entrées: $18-$35 « BYOB « Booking Advised « Not Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « No Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


WASHINGTON INN & THE WINE BAR

For decades, it’s been a quintessential dining experience. Now there’s another reason to check out this iconic restaurant... the buzzy Wine Bar. WHERE IS IT? On beautiful, tree-lined Washington Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? You probably noticed — there’s been a quiet revolution in the restaurant scene. More and more customers are gravitating from the table to the bar, preferring the buzzy scene that savvy restaurants are creating by offering a more relaxed, convivial way to dine. Nowhere is that more evident in Cape May than the Washington Inn. For decades, it’s been one of South Jersey’s most acclaimed restaurants. With good reason. Today, guests can still expect a memorable meal at a cozy fireside table, or on one of the restaurant’s airy summer patios. But, for many, the restaurant’s Wine Bar is the place to be. Why stick to the traditional appetizerand-entrée method when you and your companions can graze, tapas-style from the menu, while perusing the Wine Bar’s extensive list, via an iPad supplied to you for that purpose. Scroll through 600 selections as you check out the details and the labels. Enjoy selections by the glass, or try the flights of wine for the ultimate tasting experience. If it sounds like the ultimate wine-tasting experience, that’s because it is! And if you have trouble choosing, ask the sommelier for direction. Or seek out Marty Santry, who is everything an old-fashioned bartender should be.

Escargot With sweet poached garlic, tomato, fennel, orange zest. International Cheese Plate Queso Mahon, Roaring Forties Blues Tasmanian Cow’s milk, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, Chimay Grand Cru. Fennel-Dusted Cape May Scallops Fresh off the boat, served with parmigiano risotto and sundried tomato vinaigrette. Herb-Crusted New Zealand Lamb Red bliss potatoes, oven-roasted Roma tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese. Vegetarian Risotto Roasted vegetables, parmigiano, EVOO and balsamic drizzle. One of the superior veggie dishes on the island. Hawaiian Snapper White corn, lobster mushroom succotash, seafood butter. The Chocolate Mousse Tower Rich chocolate mousse surrounded by a dark chocolate lattice, with seasonal berries and topped with fresh whipped cream.

INSIDER TIP The Wine Bar is a local favorite and serves incredibly fresh oysters every night, which are just $1 until 6pm. Small plates or a full dinner are also avilable at the bar. The popular wine flights offer fun and varied options, which is probably why there’s always plenty of action here. Of course, it could also be their incredible selection of wines by the glass. And don’t forget that with the exception of Saturdays, all dinner reservations made after 9pm get 20% off the entire check!

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801 Washington Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-5697

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www.washingtoninn.com


The Washington Inn is an unforgettable experience in an unforgettable environment. Enjoy wonderful food and the largest wine cellar in South Jersey — there are around 10,000 bottles. Start your night with a drink at the charming bar, which exudes old-style charm.

Dinner Only « Price Of Entrées: $18-$34 « Full Bar « Booking Advised « Handicap Accessible « Accept V, MC, AE, D « Valet Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu


AVALON COFFEE

Great coffee, freshly made sandwiches and treats... the perfect place for pre- or après-beach treats!

WHERE IS IT? On Gurney Street, a halfblock from the beach. WHY SHOULD I GO? Coffee was declared illegal three different times — once in Europe, once in Germany, and once in 16th-century Mecca. Call us crazy, but the thought of banned coffee only makes us crave it all the more. Thankfully, there’s Avalon Coffee. For when you’re hankering for a micro-roasted pick-me-up, or you just want to feel like a 16th-century rule-breaker, this Gurney Street spot has got you covered. And there’s more than just joe here; grab a fresh bagel, gourmet sandwich, smoothie, or sweet treat on your way to sunbathe or shop the mall. INSIDER TIP Trust us, you’re going to want to order a breakfast sandwich; Avalon Coffee uses nothing but the freshest eggs.

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7 Gurney Street, Cape May

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(609) 898-8088

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www.avaloncoffeecompany.com

Micro-Roasted Coffees Imported from all over the world, for your particular enjoyment. Specialty Coffee Drinks Espressos, cappuccinos, café lattes. Frozen Coffee Drinks Cool cappuccinos, mochaccinos, caramel lattes. Old-World Hand-Rolled Bagels The best kind! Neufchatel Cream Cheese Lighter, more flavor. Bakery Goods Muffins, croissants, scones, crumb cake, cookies, sticky buns, cinnamon sticks, Danish pastries. Breakfast Sandwiches Two eggs and cheese with bacon, sausage, ham or pork roll. Specialty Sandwiches Waldorf chicken salad, tuna salad, Shore Famous turkey, chicken breast, egg salad, lox. Famed Smoothies You’ll love them! Catering Trays Available Your party is ready to go!


BONNIE’S TOPPINGS SELF-SURF FROZEN YOGURT & CUSTARD If you want something done right... do it yourself!

Some Menu Highlights Creamy Frozen Yogurt Many delicious flavors to choose from including nonfat Alpine Vanilla, Hershey Kisses Chocolate, Very Strawberry, Peach Mango Tart, Original Tart, Irish Mint, New York Cheesecake, Pomegranate Raspberry Tart, Blueberry Acai Tart, low fat Red Velvet Cake, low fat Cake Batter, low fat Dulce de Leche (caramel) and more. Amazing Endless Toppings White chocolate chips, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, Oreo bits, granola, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, mini Gummi Bears, mochi rice cake pieces, walnuts, crushed peanut butter cups, sprinkles, brownie bits, mango, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, peaches, caramel syrup and more. “Make Your Own Sundae” Birthday Parties Stop in for more info. Frequent Buyer Card Discounts Loyalty is rewarded!

WHERE IS IT? In Washington Street Commons, near the ACME. WHY SHOULD I GO? It’s healthy, fun, and delicious. And Bonnie’s Toppings lets you have it exactly the way YOU want it. How often does that happen? You grab a cup, swirl your favorite flavor of nonfat or lowfat froyo and surf the toppings bar to your heart’s content. There are more than 20 tasty tidbits to choose from. The froyo is high in protein and calcium, low in cholesterol and sodium, and has the culture your body craves. You can go low key or crazy, with everything from from Alpine Vanilla and Peach Mango to Irish Mint and Cake Batter smothered with Jersey Blues and Graham Cracker Crumbs to Mochi Bits and Gummi Bears. All ages and sweet tooths can be satisfied. And with the rotations of the flavors and toppings, there is always something new! INSIDER TIP If you ever find yourself with a hankering for the good stuff outside of Cape May, check out their Avalon and Stone Harbor locations. And remember, frozen yogurt isn’t just for the summer months — Bonnie’s Toppings offer pumpkin and eggnog flavors for the off-season.

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315 Ocean Street, Unit 8B, Washington Commons, Cape May

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(609) 961-3341

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www.bonniestoppings.com


BUNGALOW NO. 7 BEACH BAR

South Beach style meets Diamond Beach elegance at this breezy beach oasis a short drive from downtown Cape May

WHERE IS IT? Right on the ocean behind the Icona Diamond Beach Resort, on Atlantic Avenue. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because even though Diamond Beach is just a short ride outside of Cape May, you’ll still feel like you’re a world away from it all. Bungalow No. 7 is a beach bar with a tropical attitude and you’ll know it right away when you arrive. They’re serving light and refreshing cocktails with gourmet cuisine in an absolutely incredible surrounding on a white-sand beach. Bungalow No. 7 is contemporary classic meets seaside splenfor and is an ideal spot to enjoy a light lunch or dinner with an ocean view. In the evening, stake your claim to one of the bar’s cozy sofas surrounding a fire pit for small plates and signature cocktails. INSIDER TIP Step right off the beach to enjoy their ‘No Shower Happy Hour’. They also play host to some great bands from around the area — so be sure to check out their entertainment schedule online.

BUNGALOW NO. 7 BEACH BAR « 402 E. Rochester Ave, Diamond Beach « (609) 224-1124

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www.bungalow7beachbar.com

Food on a Stick Try some of Bungalow No. 7’s handy skewers, like the Chicken Satay with Thai chili for a fun and portable lunch. The Icona Cheeseburger Have it cooked your way with lettuce, tomato and onion on a fresh roll. Spring Greens with White Balsamic Because it’s always swimsuit season at Bungalow No. 7! Moonshine Pulled Pork Sandwich An American classic served with a slice of cheddar cheese. Kobe All Beef Hot Dog It’s a slice of pure Americana, but now you can enjoy the classic hot dog with an extra helping of quality — and taste. Purification Cocktail A light and refreshing drink made with gin, basil, cucumber and rosemary. One sip and you’ll be smitten. Bungalow No. 7 Punch Enjoy the island vibes in the sun and sand with this signature cocktail made with a blend of rums and fresh juices.


CABANAS

The classic open-air beachfront restaurant and bar offers family-style dining, local craft beers, refreshing island cocktails, and a great selection of wines Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? In downtown Cape May on the beachfront at the corner where Beach Avenue meets Decatur Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because the most discerning of Cape May goers (locals and tourists alike) want to be oceanside, enjoying a fun-and-fine restaurant experience, with unforgettable entertainment. Whether it be Sunday morning brunch with live steel drum music or a late-night party vibe that lifts you out of your chair and straight to the dance floor, Cabanas has you covered. When you’re looking to find your rhythm on vacation, you don’t have to wander far off the beach to find it. Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill is action-packed, with all the amenities. For starters, the food features a Caribbean flair, all fresh, all local, and made from scratch daily (don’t miss the award-winning fish tacos). After a fun beach day, stop in for happy hour while

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chilling in the ocean breeze and choose from local craft beers, homemade margaritas, and local wines — all on special. Cabanas isn’t just a place to have fun — it’s an openair beachfront destination with all the amenities. It is a family-friendly establishment (kids four and under eat free) where tourists and locals love to play. In season, they are open for weekend breakfast featuring hand crafted bloody marys and mimosas, lunch and dinner with free wi-fi, and high-def sports action. When it’s time to start the party, you can count on live entertainment — from rock and roll to reggae. Grab your friends and head to Cabanas for some magical memory making. INSIDER TIP Cabanas does brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to noon. Every Monday is kids’ night at Cabanas.

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(609) 884-4800 « www.cabanasonthebeach.com

Sesame-Crusted Tuna With ginger, seaweed salad and wasabi. Crabby Flat Bread Baked flatbread topped with fresh crab meat, sharp white cheddar cheese, garlic rub, herbs and crab seasoning. Grilled Mahi-Mahi Salad Served in a taco bowl and topped with mandarin oranges, apples, strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes, pineapples and grilled mahi-mahi. Sizzling Tequila Fired Fajitas Served atop a sizzling skillet of peppers and onions, with tortillas, shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream and house recipe pico de gallo. Beer-Battered Fish Tacos Atlantic cod, with cabbage, mango pineapple salsa, fresh avocado and drizzled with chipotle mayo. Jerk Chicken With French fries, Caribbean slaw and mango mayo dipping sauce.


CARRIAGE HOUSE CAFÉ & TEAROOM

From hearty and casual café fare to an elegant tea luncheon... this is the best of both worlds

The Classic Tea Luncheon A Cape May favorite, and very likely to become yours, too! Soup or salad, assorted tea sandwiches, and a sweet plate, all accompanied by a loose leaf tea service from Philadelphia’s House of Tea. There’s also an Elegant Afternoon Tea to finish off your perfect beach day. Salads Enjoy a classic chicken Caesar or a hearty salad of the day. Quiche The daily special shows off the chef’s creativity. Signature Sandwiches All of the tried and true classics plus some more inventive selections for any taste or appetite! Delectable Desserts Go on, indulge yourself, and eat dessert first! You won’t be sorry you did with the Carriage House’s flourless chocolate torte, panna cotta or the sweet of the day.

baked tea breads and scones, great combo meals, an afternoon tea, and a kids’ menu. Another recent addition is take-out: If you can’t stop for a leisurely lunch, grab and go. We know you want to get to the beach!

WHERE IS IT? At the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Carriage House Café and Tearoom’s menu runs the gamut from casual café fare, like sandwiches and soups, to healthy and hearty salads and quiches to that Cape May favorite, the classic tea luncheon. You’ll also find freshly

INSIDER TIP The Carriage House Café & Tearoom is located on the grounds of the Physick Estate. An 1879 Victorian house museum and one of the finest examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in America, the estate is open for tours. The setting is drop-dead gorgeous, and you can dine outside overlooking the beautiful gardens or indoors in the air-conditioned, original horse stalls. Dine from noon to 4pm; open daily, late April through October. Reservations are recommended. The Carriage House is a perfect setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays or any special events.

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1048 Washington Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-5111

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www.capemaymac.org


DOMINO’S PIZZA

For the times when you want something familiar, something fast, and something reliably good... here’s the cheesy solution Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? At 2200 Bayshore Road in the Villas, just a few minutes from downtown Cape May. WHY SHOULD I ORDER? Local franchise owners Rob and Adelia Jonas have owned and operated the Bayshore Road location for eight years. They take pride in providing exceptional customer service and a wide variety of delicious menu items. Rob and Adelia’s Domino’s Pizza is nationally recognized for outstanding service and product. If you’re in Cape May and are looking for reliable, good food at a great price, try Domino’s. It isn’t just pizza — the menu offerings also include pasta, stuffed cheesy breads, oven-baked sandwiches and wings. Before you place your order, be sure to check out the coupons available online at www.Dominos.com. You can also customize your order on the website. Choose a Domino’s specialty pizza or create your own. Add stuffed cheesy bread, soda and chocolate lava crunch cakes to your order. Decide between pickup and delivery. At Domino’s, the choice is yours. INSIDER TIP For the compulsive and the curious, Domino’s has a specifically engineered Domino’s Tracker that keeps you up-to-date on the status of your order from the moment it’s prepared to the second it leaves the oven and heads in your direction. All you need is the phone number you used for the order.

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2200 Bayshore Road, Villas

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(609) 886-5800

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www.dominos.com

Stuffed Cheesy Bread Oven-baked breadsticks stuffed with cheese, and covered in a blend of cheese made with 100% mozzarella and cheddar. Seasoned with a sprinkling of garlic, parsley and Romano cheese. Eight pieces of delicious, cheesy indulgence! Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake Crunchy on the outside with molten chocolate fudge on the inside. Wings Marinated and oven-baked and then sauced with your choice of hot, sweet mango habanero or BBQ sauce. Pacific Veggie Pizza Red peppers, baby spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives, cheeses made with 100% mozzarella, feta and provolone, sprinkled with garlic herb seasoning, on a cheesy Parmesan Asiago crust. All of it fresh, all of it good! Build Your Own Pizza Puts YOU in charge.


empanada Mama’s Cantina

If you love eating Brooke Dodds’ sweet and savory treats at local festivals, you’ll be glad to know she has a cool and cozy eatery on the island

WHERE IS IT? You can find Empanada Mama’s cart at all of the festivals around town — strawberry, lima, tomato etc — and at West Cape May Farmers Market. Now you can also get your empanada fix at the establishment on Park Boulevard in West Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? Owner and West Cape May native Brooke Dodds is full of energy, and passionate about food. She honed her skills behind the line at a couple of acclaimed Cape May restaurants. Later, while snowboarding in Vermont, she became inspired to start her own business selling empanadas, a South American snack that resembles a hot pocket. She returned to Cape May, debuted her product at her son’s second birthday party, and built up a loyal following. Now eightyear-old Connor is his mom’s official taste-tester, and he must be doing a good job — as well as running a brickand-mortar eatery, mom cooks up empanadas at some

Beef & Caramelized Onions Lest you think empanadas are a delicate, feminine kind of food… Brooke describes this as her “guy flavor.” Classic Chicken and Cheese This is comfort food at its best. Potato Broccoli Cheddar It’s a classic, can’t-gowrong kind of flavor. Black Bean and Corn One of several great vegetarian options. Pork and Provolone with Spinach or Carrot Ginger Dill Hey, just because empanadas are a festival food doesn’t mean they’re not foodie-friendly… Pineapple Guava For those of you who want sweet AND savory. Irish Potato It goes to show — with empanada, the possibilities are endless. The perfect treat around St. Patrick’s Day! Jamaica Tea Brooke’s signature Hibiscus tea that was is so popular at the West Cape May Farmers Market.

of the island’s most popular festivals, including market specials, using fresh produce from the local Enfin Farm. Brooke stuffs her handmade dough with both sweet and savory offerings, which make them ideal for either a meal or a dessert. “The most rewarding thing is when people order just one,” Brooke said, “then start to eat it, turn around and order three more. I’m just a simple businesswoman trying to make it work, like a lot of people in a small town. I want to make ends meet, be a good mom, and find that balance.” INSIDER TIP Brooke’s empanadas are baked, not fried, using fresh, local ingredients when available. So they’re healthy AND irresistible. As well as meat and poultry, there is vegetarian and vegan on the menu. And if you’re not an empanada fan, there will be other simple, quality menu offerings to choose from. Be sure to check Empanada Mama’s Facebook page.

EMPANADA MAMA’S CANTINA « 600 Park Boulevard, West Cape May

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(609) 972-3977

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www.empmamas.com


Fine fellows creamistry

Fill your bowl and your soul at Cape May’s new ice cream HQ — your tastebuds will be glad you did Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Along the beachfront, between Perry and Jackson Streets. WHY SHOULD I GO? Fine Fellows Creamistry is not just an ice cream shop — they’re blending creamery and artistry in the most delicious way possible. They also offer America’s oldest ice cream brand, Bassett’s Ice Cream, here in America’s Original Seaside Resort. The Philly Style ice cream creations will please every palate, and the varied menu has everything you could ask for. Choose between the decadent sundaes, classic milkshakes, homemade ice cream sandwiches and bars, hand-scooped pints, freeze frames (their handmade version of a slushie), old-school floats, Italian ice, retro candy, and the impressive Liege Style Waffle that will melt your heart AND your ice cream. Fine Fellows also offer gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free menu items. Iin town for an extended stay? Ask about the frequent

taster card! The Scooper in Chief, Dustin Piccolo, and his Partner in Treats, David Kinsey, are excited to bring their whimsical but delicious Creamistry to families in Cape May. Who doesn’t remember running with wild abandon towards the iconic sounds of the neighborhood ice cream trucks of our youth? Dustin and David have recreated that feeling of carefree and fun on the beachfront of Cape May. Walking into their shop makes you feel like you’ve been transported home. It’s true, when you’re here, you’re family! So sit, taste, and above all... enjoy! INSIDER TIP Fine Fellows’ premium ice cream has been hand crafted for over 160 years at America’s oldest ice cream company, Bassetts Ice Cream in Philadelphia. This high quality ice cream ensures that their customers get the very freshest and creamiest treats around.

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(609) 854-4934

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Liege Style Waffles A traditional Belgian street treat made with imported Belgian Pearl Sugar. Try the Honey Bee Arthur, the Barney Rubble, or the Create Your Own Adventure Waffle (build your own). Sundaes Try the Lauper: Strawberry Ice Cream topped with Fruity Peebles, gummi bears, marshmallow sauce with whipped cream and cherry. Milkshakes Try the Beach Boy (peanut butter ice cream with Reese’s Cups and chocolate sauce), or the Karate Kid, aka the Grasshopper (mint chocolate chip ice cream with crushed Oreos, and chocolate topped with whipped cream and a cherry). Freeze Frames Their version of a handmade slushie. Try their mango apricot freeze frame blended to perfection with seltzer. A true thirst quencher and nondairy! Ice Cream Sandwiches Salted caramel and Belgian chocolate dipped bars.

Facebook: finefellowscreamistry « Instagram: @finefellowscreamistry


410 BANK STREET

The New York Times says it’s worth the drive just to eat here, and that’s a review you can bank on

Blackened Sea Scallops With Louisiana remoulade sauce. Gulf Stream Crab Terrine Layers of jumbo crab, fresh avocado and Jersey tomato. MacadamiaEncrusted Mahi-Mahi In a vanilla rum sauce. Canyon–Caught Swordfish With lobster and crab, Champagne cream sauce. Blackened Prime Rib Fruit-wood smoked, slow-roasted and blackened to order — 410 isn’t just about amazing fish. New Orleans Voodoo Shrimp A Cajun classic with a touch of black magic. You’ll be entranced – they guarantee it. Baby Rack of Lamb With a French country Pinot Noir demiglaze. Served with truffle butter mashed potatoes. 410’s New Orleans Style Bread Pudding With warm bourbon whiskey sauce. Called “better than the best of New Orleans.”

WHERE IS IT? Hidden behind dense tropical foliage, a block from the mall. Look for the slate path through overhanging vines that lead to the 1840 carriage house. WHY SHOULD I GO? Walk through the garden of the wisteria-covered cottage, beneath the slowly spinning fans stirring the rich aromas of mesquite grilled fish and steaks, and be transported to Key West or old town New Orleans. The flavor palettes of the Caribbean, French New Orleans and hints of Asia merge into a unique cuisine that the New York Times calls “powerfully addictive.” Judging from the large number of guests who travel from New York and Washington just to dine at 410, it works. In what was once a stable and residence for drivers of the Victorian era horse-drawn fire wagons, Chef Chet has built on the 410 legacy that transformed fine dining in New Jersey. Service is mature and experienced, and made one critic feel “as if dining on a private yacht.” Recipient of the International Five-Star Diamond Award, and in 2015 was voted Best French Restaurant in South Jersey in the NJ Monthly readers’ poll. And Condé Nast Traveler calls 410 Bank Street “One of Cape May’s best known

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restaurants.” Bring your appetite: dinner is bold and exciting, and your server will guide you through a dozen nightly specials. INSIDER TIP With direct contacts with local fishing boats, this is the place for fresh fish and seafood. They also offer pre-theater dinner and show packages for Cape May Stage (located next door) and East Lynne Theater (just down the block).

410 Bank Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-2127

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www.410bankstreet.com


FRESCOS The ambience of a seaside trattoria, an award-winning new chef, trawler-fresh seafood... this is modern coastal Italian cuisine at its best Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? On Bank Street’s ‘Restaurant Row,’ next door to sister restaurant 410 Bank Street in an 1880 Gothic-style grand Victorian home. WHY SHOULD I GO? Frescos offers casual-but-fine dining in Mediterranean-themed dining rooms, or on the intimate veranda overlooking Bank Street. The vaulted second-floor dining room is Cape May’s preferred spot for private parties and rehearsal dinners. Few things are as magical as dining on Frescos’ beautifully crafted cuisine, under the glow of Venetian blown-glass lamps, looking out over the bricked courtyard and historic Bank Street. And most of all, because the staff are as passionate about service as they are about great Italian food, at Frescos, you the guest are truly the star. Chef Ido grew up dining on the just-caught seafood of the Mediterranean coast, and draws inspiration from the small family-owned seaside trattorias that lined the shore. Working with the freshest of local seafood, produce and meats, Chef Ido blends a respect for the classics with culinary technique that has earned his “modern coastal cuisine” international accolades. The New York Times called Frescos’ innovative cuisine “a triumph.” ZAGAT rates Frescos one of the Top Italian Restaurants in America 2015 and the readers of NJ Monthly consistently vote Frescos Best Italian Restaurant in Southern New Jersey. INSIDER TIP Frescos is just steps away from Cape May Stage — enjoy pre-theater dining specials, or stop by post-show for a light meal or housemade dessert and fresh fruit gelato.

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412 Bank Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-0366

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www.frescoscapemay.com

Cape May Calamari Pan-fried, with robust Sicilian tomato dip. Bosc Pear Salad With field greens, honey-glazed walnuts and gorgonzola. Basil-Stuffed Shrimp Wrapped in prosciutto, with local melon and fig jam. Sicilian Crab Torte Fresh crab meat with crisp angel hair pasta. Probably the most innovative crab dish around! This is likely the most interesting and tastiest crab dish you will ever try. Jumbo Scallop And Shrimp Pescatore In lobster Champagne cream sauce over homemade pasta. Osso Bucco Frescos Award-winning braised veal shank. If you want to savor this acclaimed dish, you need to get your order in early! Veal Chop Saltimbocca Veal chop layered with prosciutto, mozzarella and sage. Roast Duck Breast With mission figs and whipped sweet potatoes.


ISLAND GRILL

Locally sourced ingredients and a cool decor make this a fun, and fine, restaurant experience WHERE IS IT? Behind Collier’s Liquors. WHY SHOULD I GO? The quality, service and ambience of this Cape May dining staple have always been above-par. But last year, owner Carol Herforth renovated the space and totally changed the menu. The results, typically for the Island Grill family, are impressive. So why make a change when Island Grill was already established as a must-visit? “We wanted to work more closely with the local farmers and fisherman,” Carol said. “I’m a big fan of classic, sophisticated cuisine, so we thought we’d shoot for cleaner, leaner, more sophisticated flavors.” And they achieved it. Island Grill’s emphasis is on the most contemporary coastal cuisine, utilizing the finest and right-this-minute freshest of local ingredients. The Herforth family has also spiffed up the warm, welcoming atmosphere, and the fresh, clean flavors of the cuisine are the happy byproduct of people whose hallmark has always been customer satisfaction. Another thing you’ll notice at Island Grill is that the menu is seasonally inspired, which is what happens when you source your products locally. Whatever is fresh and available right now is what you’ll find on your table tonight. Island Grill restaurant is open daily for dinner in season, and it is BYOB. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-theminute information.

Some Menu Highlights Crab and Beet Salad Fresh beets, delicate crab meat and pickled celery, accented with tarragon in a lemon aioli. Lobster Mac and Cheese Succulent lobster meat, pasta, and four cheeses — asiago, parmesan, goat cheese and locatelli. Pan Seared Sea Scallops Plump local scallops with bacon, charred okra, sweet corn puree and basil. Crab Cakes A standby done right, topped with a fine herb hollandaise, sweet corn and leek succotash, and potato gratin. Pan Seared Black Sea Bass Seared to perfection, and served with roasted spring onion, cherry tomato, pea and lettuce jus, and horseradish foam. Bone-In Grilled Pork Chop Hearty chop with an onion soubise, served with a smoked tomato great northern bean sofrito and grilled Japanese eggplant.

INSIDER TIP Island Grill can also cater your private party or event... just call them for details.

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311 Mansion Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-0200


jumbo’s

Indulge in steaks, gourmet pizza or fresh seafood from the raw bar while enjoying the view on Jumbo’s heated outdoor deck. Bliss. Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Morey’s Mariner’s Pier at Schellenger Avenue in Wildwood, a short drive north of Cape May. Just let the glow of the Giant Ferris Wheel take you to Mariner’s Pier and the smell of fresh boardwalk pizza bring you to Jumbo’s. WHY SHOULD I GO? Jersey Fresh is the flavor at Jumbo’s. Enjoy re-imagined boardwalk classics in a family-friendly atmosphere overlooking Wildwood’s award-winning beaches and Morey’s Mariner’s Pier. Jumbo’s Boardwalk Grille & Eatery offers full-service dining that features seafood, steaks, gourmet pizza, sandwiches and more. Indulge in succulent shellfish from the raw bar, treat your friends to a basket of Chef Wally’s famous Cuban spiced fries or quench your thirst with one of the 11 craft beers on tap. You can also enjoy a selection of wines or sip a Jumbo’s signature daiquiri in the indoor or outdoor dining

areas. The housemade crab and shrimp cakes and fried clam strip po’ boy seafood sandwich are Morey favorites, paired with a freshly squeezed orange daiquiri or mojito! Don’t forget to try the ridiculously alluring Corona-ritas! Jumbo’s offers a heated outdoor deck area to allow guests a comfortable outdoor dining experience even on chilly evenings. This back deck can also host your private parties, birthday party, retirement party or family get together. Jumbo’s offers a children’s menu and is open every day at 11:00am throughout the summer. Be sure to bring your appetite because they don’t call it Jumbo’s for nothing! INSIDER TIP Visit moreyspiers.com for specials, events, and the Beachfront Blog. For the social savants, be sure to follow Morey’s Piers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

JUMBO’S « Mariner's Landing and Schellenger Avenue, Wildwood « (609) 729-3700 « www.moreyspiers.com

Coconut Shrimp Jamaica meets Jersey in a batterdipped jumbo shrimp encrusted with sweet coconut and paired with a tart citrus dipping sauce. Jumbo’s 1/2 lb Beach Burger Their special blend made with prime cuts of American beef and topped with lettuce, tomato, fried hot cherry peppers, your choice of cheese and french fries on the side. The perfect boardwalk meal. The Pizza Stone Traditional boardwalk pizza served hot and fresh. Raw Bar Featuring peel-andeat shrimp coated with Old Bay spice or Chef Walter’s Cuban Spice. Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Steak Fresh 6oz tuna steak on a roll with lettuce, tomato and spicy wasabi sauce. Buffalo Chicken Wrap Crispy chicken tenders tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce with blue cheese and chopped celery.


Key West tacos

Enjoy quirky Key West decor and breezy island music as you dine on some of the freshest ingredients around. It’s taco time!

WHERE IS IT? At the corner of Park Boulevard and West Perry Street. You’ll know it as soon as you see it. WHY SHOULD I GO? When you arrive at this quirky taco shop, you will immediately find yourself transported to the Florida Keys with the kitschy Key West décor and breezy island music. And just like you’d expect, they’re serving nothing but high-quality tacos, burritos and quesadillas using the freshest ingredients available. The goal is not only to make you a memorable meal, but for you to enjoy it in a laidback, Key West-style vibe. It’s something you’ll recall long after you’ve finished your last bite. After journeying around the world to stop in the Caribbean, the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico, chef/ owner Craig Leisey knew it was taco time. Key Weststyle taco time, in fact. Craig knew that Cool Cape May had its own laidback beach vibe and wanted to create

Islander Steak Taco Tenderloin tips marinated with teriyaki, ginger and sesame, served with island slaw and pico de gallo. Islamorada Quesadillas A gigantic flour tortilla stuffed with your choice of land-loving or seafood favorites and smothered in melted cheddar jack cheese. Served with sour cream and salsa. Tavernier Burritos Choose between the fresh seafood options, steak, chicken or even ahi tuna as the filling. Then it’s mixed into a big burrito shell with cheddar jack, dirty rice, refried beans and island slaw. Claire’s Nacho Salad Fresh spring mix topped with shredded cheddar, peppers, onions, tomatoes, black beans, jalapenos, marinated olives, grilled corn and lots of corn chips. J.B.’s Famous Fish Tacos Blackened fish served with chipotle tartar, marinated shredded cabbage and pico de gallo. This one is a locals’ favorite!

a casual dining experience where visitors could stop by for a great meal in the quirky dining room, the sandfilled outside seating area, or grab their meals to go. Founded in 2009 in West Cape May, Craig decided to open up Key West Tacos with one goal in mind: serve the best beach food in the area in a relaxed atmosphere at affordable prices. It was an instant success with the locals, beachgoers and sun seekers from around the world. As Craig would say, “Live, Love, Laugh and, of course, Tacos.” INSIDER TIP The prices may be small, but the menu at Key West Tacos has an extensive selection and there is something for everyone here — including gluten-free and vegan options. They also offer catering services for events of any size, including beach picnics, porch parties, home gatherings, rehearsal dinners and wedding parties.

KEY WEST TACOS « 479 West Perry Street, West Cape May

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(609) 898-8226

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www.keywesttacos.com


LOUISA’S CAFÉ

When food is made with this kind of love, and these kinds of pure ingredients, you know it’s a meal you are going to remember Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Tucked just off the Washington Street Mall, on Jackson Street, close to Collier’s Liquor Store (handy since the restaurant is BYOB). WHY SHOULD I GO? Long before the farm-to-table trend invaded America, Louisa’s espoused this philosophy, and served food to match. The tiny-but-iconic eatery was established in 1980 and has been dishing out incredibly fresh and delicious food in their small, historic building ever since. The menu is all regional fare — fish caught from the Atlantic Ocean and

Delaware Bay, plus vegetables, fruits, herbs (and beautiful fresh flowers) from West Cape May’s Beach Plum Farm, augmented by produce from other New Jersey farms. The kitchen philosophy is to cook simple, expertly seasoned dishes that are lovingly prepared and made from fresh, first-rate ingredients. The menu changes often but the one constant you’ll find here is their dedication to a great dining experience. INSIDER TIP Take a little piece of the restaurant home with you — the iconic Louisa’s Cookbook is back in print.

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609-884-5882 « www.louisascapemay.com

Ginger Sesame Noodles A Louisa’s classic — served cold with peanuts, cucumber and scallions. Crab Cakes If they aren’t already, will likely become one of your favorite dishes here. Served with homemade tartare sauce. Local Flounder Simple, fresh and delicious. Just like food should taste. With dill horseradish sauce. Grilled Atlantic Salmon Another favorite tradition here — served with lemon barbecue sauce. Snapper Bluefish If you like your fish with a kick, this is the one to try. With hot pepper spices. Vegetable Cakes As good as they are healthy. Another dish they just can’t take off the menu at Louisa’s. With spicy catsup sauce. Louisa’s Chocolate Pie Louisa’s has become famous for its homemade desserts. Try this and you’ll see why. With orangeapricot glaze.


OCEAN VIEW

Classic downhome dishes, a beautiful view of the beach... and very affordable prices

WHERE IS IT? Beautifully located, on the beachfront and Grant Avenue. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because this is a classic family restaurant, which locals (and, therefore, savvy tourists) love. Although the Ocean View is famous for its breakfasts, it’s also an excellent and wallet-friendly venue for lunch and dinner. Few things in life are more satisfying than sliding into a comfortable restaurant booth and feasting your eyes on a menu that’s full of mouthwatering options. (Or you can sit yourself at the counter for a classic diner experience.) A favorite dinner dish is chicken of the sea, which is chicken breast stuffed with crabmeat and topped with shrimp sauce. And when all that beach play gives you an appetite, the Ocean View has a great lunch menu, including a roast turkey pita, or shrimp salad pita, Philly cheesesteak wrap, Italian sausage wrap, and a whole lot more. INSIDER TIP Take a look at the name again: do you think maybe the view is among the best in town? You’d be right.

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Beach and Grant Avenues, Cape May

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(609) 884-3772

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www.oceanviewrestaurant.com

Ocean View Omelette Ham, mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheese — it’s the classic omelette for a good reason! Philly Cheesesteak Wrap A classic comfort food. You know you want it. Monterey Chicken Panini Paninis have become one of the favorite sandwich selections, and this one is divine. Seafood Combination Lobster, shrimp, flounder, crabmeat, scallops and fish. Turkey Club Salad With roasted turkey breast, Virginia ham, and crispy bacon. Crab Imperial En Casserole A classic comfort food. Penne Á La Siciliana Peppers, provolone cheese, chopped tomato, basil, olive oil and garlic. Honey-Dipped Fried Chicken Baked Virginia Style Ham With sweet sauce.


QUINCY’S ORIGINAL LOBSTER ROLLS Bringing a little taste of New England to Cape May WHERE IS IT? On Beach Avenue, right across from Convention Hall.

Some Menu Highlights

WHY SHOULD I GO? What can we say about Quincy’s? It’s a place where you can take a few minutes out of your day to relax, see a friendly face, and enjoy delicious lobster rolls, while remembering all those great experiences you’ve had during past and present summer vacations — particularly those enjoyable days here in Cool Cape May In 2012, a group of friends were discussing the great times they’ve had at different beach spots during family summer vacations. They kept coming back to memories from the Jersey Shore and those familiar great times; but memories of the beauty and laidback lifestyle of a New England vacation popped up, especially those mouthwatering lobster rolls they all enjoyed so much. As the story goes, this great group of friends wanted to recreate and share those good times, especially the food, so a few years later that dream became a reality when their first store opened in Berwyn, PA. Fast-forward a couple more years, and their second location was launched with the opening of their beachfront location here in Cape May. Now visitors and locals alike can enjoy a classic lobster roll... or two.

The Classic Maine lobster meat served on a lightly buttered and toasted New England-style, split-top bun with a light bead of mayo, with a lemon-butter drizzle and a dash of seasoning. Maine Liner Perfectly chilled lobster salad served atop a lightly buttered and griddle toasted New England-style, split-top bun. No Carb Lobster Boats Any roll can be prepared on two deliciously fresh and crisp baby romaine leaves. Crab Roll Sweet Jonah crab served on a New England-style, split-top bun with a light bead of creamy horseradish sauce, garnished with lemon butter and seasonings. Land Lovers Organic chicken tenders, grilled cheese and hot dogs are available if seafood isn’t your fancy. Take Out Because there is no better place than the beach to enjoy a classic lobster roll.

The difference between The Classic and The Maine Liner rolls? The former features lobster with a light bead of mayo (left), the latter features lobster salad (above).

INSIDER TIP Follow these guys on social media to capitalize on promotions. They have a Lobster Roll Happy Hour Mondays Thursdays and kids eat free on Wednesday nights. They are also a BYOB establishment, so feel free to come with beer or wine. And YES, credit cards are also welcome!

QUINCY'S ORGINAL LOBSTER ROLLS « 709 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 600-3571 « www.quincysoriginal.com


Uncle Bill’s pancake house

Because fantastic flapjacks make for happy families — and because they serve up a lot more than pancakes!

WHERE IS IT? Just a few steps from the beach, in front of grand old Congress Hall. WHY SHOULD I GO? Bill isn’t your uncle (or, at least, chances are pretty good that he’s not). But guests are consistently treated like family when they dine here. And they’re consistently treated to a delicious meal. In fact, the most consistent thing about Uncle Bill’s... is its consistency. Ever walk by a restaurant and get instantly hungry? Perhaps you were just sightseeing, but then those smells

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hit you, your appetite was sparked, and the tummy started rumbling. This is what happens when you pass by Uncle Bill’s. The lovely aromas drift about 30 feet around the restaurant (we’ve made exhaustive scientific measurements over a series of days) and you’ll see people streaming into the place from all angles for breakfast, brunch and lunch. And once inside, you’ll find out that the hearty breakfasts don’t disappoint. And the fact that many of the booths

in this circular building have views of the Atlantic Ocean doesn’t hurt. For an even better view, try and snag one of the new outside tables — a perfect spot for breakfast or a filling lunch from their extensive lunch menu. And remember — pancakes are great for lunch too! INSIDER TIP Breakfast is served all day — visit before 9am and after 11am to avoid the crowds. Uncle Bill’s now accepts credit cards, but there is also an ATM on-site if you need to grab some cash for the rest of your beach day.

Chocolate-Chip Pancakes The classic sweet-andsavory combination. Always a good way to start the day. Blueberry Pancakes Great taste, AND a healthy blast of antioxidants! Yeasty Old Fashioned Buckwheat Pancakes You’ll enjoy this blast from the past! Served with whipped butter and syrup. Hawaiian Ham Steak A thick slice of smokecured ham, garnished with a generous slice of grilled pineapple, with three potato pancakes. Peach Waffle Topped with peaches and crowned with whipped cream. Super tasty! Creamed Chipped Beef Served on a waffle or toast and heaped with tender, creamy good stuff. Enticing Lunch Menu Fresh soups, salads and sandwiches, daily specials. Pet-Friendly Patio Complete with water and treats for your furry best friend. Takeout and Delivery So convenient!

Beach Avenue and Perry Street, Cape May « (609) 884-7199 « www.unclebillspancakehouse.com


VINCENZO’S LITTLE ITALY & PIZZERIA

Want home-cooked food that will satisfy you, your family, AND your wallet? Guess what — you found it. Some Menu Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Go over the West Cape May bridge and head toward the ferry. Turn right at Bayshore Road and drive a half-mile — Vincenzo’s is on your left, across the street from Wawa. WHY SHOULD I GO? This is a REAL Italian restaurant, reasonably priced and family-friendly, with food that will have you talking with your hands... and wishing you spoke better Italian — just so you could rave about it properly. So what’s the restaurant like? It’s bright, spacious, and it smells like all the best things to ever come out of your grandmother’s kitchen, including sauce pies, pizza,

pasta dishes and mouth-watering seafood entrées. And the staff... they’re as friendly as an old-fashioned Italian grandma, too. Everything on the menu is served at the height of freshness. All dishes are prepared in the traditional Italian way, so if you’ve been craving something just like mama (or grandma) used to make, you won’t get closer than you will here. The portions are generous, too, because you should eat — it’s a good thing. INSIDER TIP Vincenzo just expanded his pizzeria section and it can now host bigger groups and even private parties.

Vongole Alla Casino Clams blended with onions, green pepper and Italian breadcrumbs, topped with bacon and baked to perfection. Penne Alla Giovanni White cream sauce with broccoli, red peppers, sundried tomatoes and grilled chicken breast over penne pasta. Shrimp Fra Diavolo Shrimp sautéed in garlic with a spicy marinara sauce over pasta. One of the house favorites. Flounder Mediterranean Broiled flounder with seasoned fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs. Veal Alla Vincenzo Tender milk-fed veal sautéed with butter, fresh tomatoes, lump crabmeat, mushrooms, herbs in a wine sauce. Chicken Saltimbocca Alla Romana Sautéed in butter, topped with ham and melted mozzarella cheese. What’s not to love?

Breakfast & Lunch « PriceITALY Of Entrées: $4-$9 « BYOB « No Reservations « Handicap Accessible Only « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids’ Menu « 3704 VINCENZO’S LITTLE & PIZZERIA Bayshore Road, North Cape May «« Cash (609) 889-6610


ALEATHEA’S

FREDA’S CAFE

Superb food and an elegant bar in a historic hotel with amazing ocean views

Cozy and downhome, but with the quality and style of the big city

WHERE IS IT? In the 120-year-old majestic Inn of Cape May at Beach Avenue and Ocean.

WHERE IS IT? On the corner of Beach Avenue and Jackson Street.

WHY SHOULD I GO? This could be Cape May’s best-kept secret for a special seaside dining experience. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine, with an assortment of fresh fish and steaks, served in a Victorian setting with ocean views and porch dining. Aleathea’s is a family business that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu appeals to both families and those looking for upscale romantic dining. Aleathea’s has a great porch bar, with an extensive beer and wine list. Happy hour is Sunday through Friday from 3-6pm with daily food specials. Be sure to set aside a Sunday afternoon from 3-6pm for their Sunday Fundays on the lawn featuring live music and great specials. This is a pet-friendly event that happens every Sunday in July & August.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Chef Steve Howard and his wife, pastry chef Carol, came to Cape May via the Plaza Hotel in New York, and they’ve managed to combine big-city quality with small-town atmosphere. Freda’s has a cozy café style that makes for an intimate dining experience. And the food is superb. The rack of lamb, stuffed with a layer of chopped pine nuts, feta, and spinach has few equals. There’s a reason this place has been in business (and busy!) for two decades. If you want a delectable snack for the beach, be sure to try Freda’s Deli and Gourmet Shop (609-884-0707, next door). Also, Freda’s is BYO — and Collier’s liquor store is just around the corner.

INSIDER TIP The staff at Aleathea’s will cater to your needs with the best value in town for showers, birthdays, reunions, business meetings and weddings. Be sure to browse all of the cool antiques in the lobby before or after you dine, you may just find that perfect treasure.

INSIDER TIP Pastry chef Carol bakes custom-designed cakes for almost any occasion. From weddings to birthdays (and everything in between), Carol’s cakes are absolutely beautiful (inside and out). Call her today to set up an appointment.

ALEATHEA’S « 7 Ocean Street @ The Inn of Cape May « (609) 884-5555 226 « www.innofcapemay.com

FREDA’S CAFE « 210 Ocean Street, Cape May « (609) 884-7887


GECKO’S WEST PERRY CAFÉ

JAMAICA ME HUNGRY

WHERE IS IT? On West Perry Street, right next to Wilbraham Park in West Cape May.

WHERE IS IT? Just over the bridge in Wildwood Crest, along scenic Atlantic Avenue.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Gecko’s moved from Carpenter’s Square Mall after 15 years and decided to change things up, offering a satisfying and high-quality all-day menu, featuring regional dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients, making for a great addition to the local food scene. Gecko’s is offering tasty soups, such as green curry and lentil, tomato chipotle and roasted butternut squash soup to name a few. Pair it with a delicious salad, a gourmet sandwich or panini, and you’ll be all set. Try quinoa salad topped with shrimp or hummus, with flatbread. Or something more substantial — creative pasta specials, gumbo, stews... Vegeterians and vegans can find some great things on the Gecko’s menu. How about black bean and roasted corn cakes, bruschetta camponata, waldorf salad made with wheat berries, or a vegetarian panini. Enjoy it all with coffee, one of Susi’s desserts, and free wi-fi.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Jamaica Me Hungry is the perfect spot in Wildwood Crest to stop in before, during or after the beach. Its oceanfront location inside of the Regal Plaza Beach Resort features a laidback vibe, reggae music in the background, friendly staff and insanely delicious food that consistently earns them TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award year after year. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and their menu features eclectic tropical themed food throughout. You’ll find great omelets, fresh seafood and classic American fare, but the real show-stopper are the jerk barbecue ribs. They’re slow smoked over hickory wood for hours then grilled with their smokey BBQ sauce. One bite will make you a believer.

Get ready for a seriously good eating experience!

Gourmet breakfast, eclectic lunch and out-of-this-world jerk BBQ ribs

INSIDER TIP If you were obsessed with the house salad at Gecko’s (and most people who ate there were), the good news is that Chef Randy’s secret recipe lives on!

INSIDER TIP Traveling with a large group? Don’t miss the family night dining specials each week in season where you can feast on all you can eat ribs every Wednesday night, or head over for half priced wings when you purcase any entree on Thursday night. Be sure to try the jalapeño mac and cheese while you’re there!

GECKO’S WEST PERRY CAFÉ « 479 West Perry Street, West Cape May « (609) 898-7750

JAMAICA ME HUNGRY « 9501 Atlantic Ave, W. Crest « (609) 522-2311 « www.jamaica-me-hungry.com


The Guide To Eating Out In Cool Cape May Aleathea’s

Phone Number

B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Price Range Of Entrées

Is It BYOB Or Is There A Bar?

Should I Book A Table?

884-5555

B,L,D

$10-$35

BAR

YES

Accessible?

Credit Cards Accepted

Is There On-Site Parking?

Is Takeout Available?

Is There Food for Children?

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Is It Wheelchair

Avalon Coffee

898-8088

B, L

$3-$9

N/A

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Backstreet

884-7660

B,D

$13-$29

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC,AE

YES

YES

YES

Beach Creek

522-1062

D

$18-$50

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Blue Pig Tavern

884-8422

B,L,D

$12-$26

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

The Boiler Room

884-8421

Cocktails

N/A

BAR

NO

NO

V,MC,AE,D

YES

NO

NO

Bonnie’s Toppings

961-3341

Ice Cream

N/A

N/A

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Breakfast in the Sky

846-1624

B

$42

N/A

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

The Brown Room

884-8421

Cocktails

N/A

BAR

NO

NO

YES

NO

NO

Bungalow No 7

224-1124

L,D

$6-$16

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Cabanas

884-4800

B, L, D

$14-$22

BAR

NO

YES

V, MC, AE, D

NO

YES

YES

Cape May Fish Market

770-3790

L,D

$10-$35

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Carriage House

884-5111

L, Tea

$8-$18

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Chalfonte Hotel

884-8409

B,D

$10-$34

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

NO

YES

522-1341

L, D

$7-$25

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

770-8559

L,D

$13-$28

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Crab House Delaney’s

Domino’s Pizza

V,MC,AE,D

V,MC,AE,D

886-1211

L,D

$6-$21

N/A

NO

YES

V, MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

884-5700

D

$26-$33

BAR

YES

NO

V,MC,AE,D

VALET

NO

NO

E.M. Hemingway’s

884-5611

B,L,D

$16-$34

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Empanada Mama’s Cantina

972-3977

B,L,D

$5-$15

BYOB

NO

YES

NONE

YES

YES

YES

Exit Zero Cookhouse

305-5203

D

$14-$24

BYOB

6 or more

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

The Ebbitt Room

Fins

884-3449

L,D

$18-$34

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Fine Fellows Creamistry

854-4934

Ice Cream

$5-$10

N/A

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

5 West Pub

889-7000

L,D

$6-$20

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

410 Bank Street

884-2127

D

$25-$37

BYOB

YES

NO

V,MC,AE,D

YES

NO

YES

Freda’s Café

884-7887

L,D

$21-$32

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC

NO

YES

YES

Frescos

884-0366

D

$18-$29

BYOB

YES

NO

V,MC,AE,D

YES

NO

YES

Gecko’s West Perry Café

898-7750

L,D

$10-$30

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC

NO

YES

YES

Harbor View

884-5444

B,L,D

$6-$30

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC

YES

YES

YES

Harpoon Henry’s

886-5529

L,D

$10-$25

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,D

YES

YES

YES


The Guide To Eating Out In Cool Cape May

Phone Number

B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Price Range Of Entrées

Is It BYOB Or Is There A Bar?

Should I Book A Table?

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille

88-HARRY

B,L,D

$8-$24

BAR

Island Grill

884-0200

D

$13-$26

BYOB

Jamaica Me Hungry

Accessible?

Credit Cards Accepted

Is There On-Site Parking?

Is Takeout Available?

Is There Food for Children?

8 or more

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NONE

YES

YES

YES

Is It Wheelchair

522-2311

B,L,D

$9-$24

BYOB

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Joe’s Fish Co.

729-3700

L,D

$8-$27

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Jumbo’s

729-3700

L,D

$9-$28

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Key West Tacos

898-8226

L,D

$8-$16

BYOB

NO

YES

NO

NO

YES

YES

La Verandah

884-5868

D

$19-$32

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC,AE

NO

NO

YES

Louisa’s Cafe

884-5882

D

$19-$22

BYOB

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

YES

Lucky Bones

884-2663

L,D

$6-$22

BAR

8 or more

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Mad Batter

884-5970

B,L,D

$19-$30

BAR

YES (Dinner)

NO

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Marie Nicole’s Grill

522-5425

D

$19-$44

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

NO

YES

Mario’s Pizza

884-0085

L,D

$3-$19

BYOB

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Merion Inn

884-8363

D

$17-Market

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

NO

YES

Ocean View

884-3772

B,L,D

$9-$30

BYOB

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

Oyster Bay

884-2111

D

$19-$29

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

NO

YES

Peter Shields Inn

884-9090

D

$30-$50

BYOB

YES

NO

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Quincy’s Lobster Rolls

600-3571

L,D

$8-$14

BYOB

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES YES

The Rusty Nail

884-0017

B,L,D

$10-$22

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

Saltwater Cafe

884-2403

B, L

$5-$13

BYOB

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

SeaSalt

884-7000

B,L,D

$8-$22

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE

YES

YES

YES

That’s Amore

884-3663

D

$18-$26

BYOB

YES

NO

V,MC,AD

NO

YES

NO

Tisha’s Fine Dining

884-9119

B,L,D

$7-$35

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES (B,L)

YES

Two Mile

522-1341

D

$12-$35

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

The Ugly Mug

884-3459

L,D

$12-$25

BAR

NO

YES

V,MC,AE,D

NO

YES

YES

Uncle Bill’s Pancakes

884-7199

B,L

$4-$9

BYOB

NO

YES

NONE, ATM

YES

YES

YES

Union Park

884-8811

D

$18-$35

BYOB

YES

NO

V,MC,AE, D

NO

YES

YES

Vincenzo’s Little Italy

889-6610

L,D

$8-$28

BYOB

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

YES

YES

YES

The Washington Inn

884-5697

D

$18-$34

BAR

YES

YES

V,MC,AE,D

VALET

YES

YES


Wineries & Breweries

“The New York Times” is raving about the wine in Cape May County. And now we’ve got a brewery that’s also winning serious acclaim. What’s NOT to be happy about!


170 COOL CAPE MAY Wineries & Breweries

CAPE MAY WINERY AND VINEYARD

Treat yourself and make a day of it at the county’s oldest winery and vineyard... this is where your wine trail begins! WHERE IS IT? On Townbank Road, just a few minutes from downtown Cape May.

Winery Highlights

WHY SHOULD I GO? Cape May Winery opened for business in 1992. The Craig family, owners of the Washington Inn, bought it in 2003, with winemaker Darren Hesington in charge. Since then, this delightful site has grown into a must-visit destination. The winery has more than 20 varieties and is the fourth-largest producing winery in New Jersey. Cape May Winery houses a warm, welcoming, and very large tasting room, a gift shop and port wine cellar. They have even added two more production buildings outside to increase their winemaking ability. Picture yourself on the second-floor deck overlooking the lush vineyard, or the patio, surrounded by vines as you sip the winery’s selection of award-winning vintages. A highlight this summer will be Wine Tasting Grill Nights, on Wednesdays. At 6pm the doors open for wine and cheese, and at 7pm the buffet is served, cooked by the Washington Inn. During regular hours, the winery is BYOF — bring your own food. In the cooler months, relax by the living room fireplace and sip a superb port, along with a bite (or two) of chocolate. Tastings are offered every day, year-round. Complete wine tour are also offered throughout the year, and special tours can also be arranged.

Cape May Cabernet Medium-bodied, with aromas of spice and oak, and flavors of cherry and chocolate. Cape May Merlot Full-bodied in richness and depth, with plum and blackberry flavors. Cape May Cabernet Franc Medium body and spicy, with dark berry flavors. Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay Rich and complex, with aromas of melon and peach and flavors of toasted oak. Cape May Pinot Grigio Balanced and crisp, with flavors of vanilla and citrus. Isaac Smith Port A delicately sweet bouquet. Flavors of spice and black cherry. Pairs well with chocolate. Isaac Smith Red Reserve A Bordeaux-style blend with floral notes, flavors of blackberry, red currant and spice. Isaac Smith Apple Slightly sweet. Crisp, with aromas of Fuji and Granny Smith apples.

INSIDER TIP Private labels make great gifts or party favors and can be created to your specific design.

CAPE MAY WINERY AND VINEYARD

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711 Townbank Road, North Cape May

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(609) 884-1169

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wwwcapemaywinery.com


Winery « Price Of Wines: $5-$26 « Handicap Accessible« Accept V, M, AE, D « On-Site Parking


172 COOL CAPE MAY Wineries & Breweries

HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD AND WINERY

Take a trip out to this fun, inspiring spot, where the fine wine is only part of an unmissable experience Winery Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Off the beaten path, but only a 10-minute drive from Cape May, on Railroad Avenue in nearby Rio Grande.

Taste Wine tasting, wine by the glass and bottle, gourmet cheese plates served daily Tour Guided vineyard and winery tour — call for reservations. Dine Enjoy a culinary experience that is not to be missed at the breathtaking vineyard setting — call for details and hours Summer Weekly Events Fridays — vineyard concert series, sunset tours, dinner. Saturdays on the Crushpad and Sangria Sundays — winetasting, tours, wine flights, live music, lunch/dinner. European-style Red Blends Quill and Talon. Limited Production Signature Series Wines Albarino, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Viognier, Gewurztraminer. Hours Hawk Haven is open every day all year — summer 11-7; spring/ fall 11-6; winter 12-5.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Because it is SO worth a visit, whether you indulge in vino or not. Todd and Kenna Wuerker have created a casual place that is intimate and fun, warm and cool all at once. Situated on a sprawling 100-acre farm that has been in their family for generations, this relatively new enterprise has been a huge success. The emphasis is on fun — there is no sense of the stuffiness that one can find at some wineries. It’s a comfortable, casual place, with a welcoming bar that invites you to sit down and sample a glass of one of their awardwinning vintages. Relax and unwind with a bottle of wine and a gourmet cheese plate in the Barrel Room or on the Crushpad with an amazing view of the vineyard. INSIDER TIP Interested in some one-on-one time with the knowledgeable staff or the wine maker? Stop in midweek for a more intimate and educational wine-tasting experience.

HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD & WINERY

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600 S. Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande

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(609) 846-7347

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www.hawkhavenvineyard.com


Winery « Price Of Wines: $5-$40 « Handicap Accessible« Accept V, M, AE, D « On-Site Parking


174 COOL CAPE MAY Wineries & Breweries

CAPE MAY BREWING COMPANY

They started small and have taken off — try the beer and you’ll see why. Enjoy it at many local bars AND visit the brewery! Brewery Highlights

WHERE IS IT? In the industrial-chic complex of the Cape May Airport, less than a 10-minute drive from downtown Cape May, in a converted warehouse.

The Bog This cranberry wheat ale is blended with lemonade to create the perfect summer shandy. Light and refreshing while still packing tons of flavor. Honey Porter Not too roasty, with a subtle smokiness balanced by a faint hint of sweetness from local Cape May honey. The light body and drinkability will change your opinion of dark beers. Coastal Evacuation Hurricane season hits hard, and CMBC hits back with this Double IPA. Tons of Centennial hops dominate the flavor from start to finish. Cape May IPA A gateway IPA, this beer emphasizes a ton of hop flavor and aroma, but none of the bitterness. It will make hopheads and casual beer drinkers happy. Devil’s Reach This strong Belgian Ale is one of their most sought-after beers. Coming in at a whopping 8.4%, it’ll creep up on you with its deceptively light body and easy drinking finish.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Cape May County’s first microbrewery began with only three guys and a passion for brewing. Most of their equipment was homemade and tastings were only held for a couple hours on Saturday. Much has changed since those early days. Now open daily from 12-8pm, Cape May Brewing Company has as many as 23 beers on tap at a time, a rotation of the 100+ seasonal and year-round varieties they produce. Take a tour of their two production facilities — one, a 15,000-square-foot warehouse with a 30-barrel brewhouse; the other a designated space for experimental brewing. Then enjoy a four-sample tasting with souvenir pint glass, or try one of their allnatural, scratch-made sodas. Once you find something you love (and we guarantee you will) take it out in a 32- or 64-ounce growler, a six-pack or retail keg. Sure, CMBC has grown out of using homemade equipment, and sure, they’re now one of the 50 Best Breweries in America, according to Yahoo Travel. But there’s a lot about Cape May Brew Co. that has not changed. They have made sure to stay to their roots, and despite tremendous growth, you can expect to see any one of the owners working hard — pouring beers, giving tours, and chatting with customers all about THE BEER. INSIDER TIP They do not serve food at the brewery, but take advantage of their BYOF policy and pack a picnic lunch or grab takeout from your favorite local joint.

CAPE MAY BREWING COMPANY

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1288 Hornet Road, Cape May « (609) 849-9933

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www.capemaybrewery.com


Wineries & Breweries COOL CAPE MAY 175

TURDO VINEYARDS AND WINERY Award-winning wines in a truly beautiful setting

Winery Highlights Tasting Room Wine tastings, wine by the glass and bottle purchases. Private Tastings and Parties Offering private tastings and parties for groups of eight or more. Perfect for bachelorette parties, birthdays, or a weekend getaway. Nero D’Avola

WHERE IS IT? On Bayshore Road, North Cape May, at the corner of Ferry Road. WHY SHOULD I GO? In 1998 Sal ‘Turi’ Turdo set out with a vision. Since then, his winery has welcomed thousands of visitors. He believes that you must prove yourself every year, with every vintage — with the main focus being quality, not quantity. Since his first vintage of Turis, in 2002, he has released 11 award-winning vintages. Great wines are produced in the vineyard. Since the fruit they use is 100% estate-grown, they can control the yield, hang time, and fruit quality to ensure the finest wines possible. Turdo is well known for growing and producing many varieties of wines not easily found on this side of the Atlantic. The most popular are Italian reds like Nero D’Avola, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto. All Turis wines have won multiple awards and medals from prestigious international competitions. Turdo is family-owned and operated. It all begins with Sal — his vision, commitment, and determination is what turned the five acres he purchased 16 years ago into a fully operational vineyard and winery. His wife Sara, and son Luca have been an integral part of the winery’s success. And here’s something to savor as you sip — Turdo is the only NJ winery to be 100% solar powered. INSIDER TIP Turdo was awarded Best Wine Shop in Philadelphia magazine’s Best of the Shore 2010, and was the recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2012 and 2013.

TURDO VINEYARDS AND WINERY

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3911 Bayshore Road, North Cape May

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(609) 884-5591

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www.turdovineyards.com

Turdo is one of only two American producers of Nero D’Avola, a grape indigenous to Sicily. It’s intensely ruby red in color, with aromas of black cherry and wild blackberry, followed by notes of vanilla and black pepper. Grillo Turdo is the ONLY producer of this Sicilian white varietal. Zesty, yet pleasant, with complex flavors or pineapple, pear, lime zest, minerals and citrus pith, tightened with a clean, briny acidity for a crisp, finish. Custom Wine Bottles Perfect for wedding or shower favors, as well as corporate gifts. Includes custom label, artwork, font and capsule color.


Shopping Maybe it’s time to update that swimsuit, or party dress. Or maybe you want to shop charming streets for quality souvenirs. You’re in the right place!


Across the way

Ever wonder into a store where the products AND the staff make you smile? Welcome to one of thoses places.

Lenny and Eva Jewelry Handemade in Nashville. Meaningful quotes and sentiments make each piece a form of selfexpression. Bungalow 360 Bags Quirky canvas bags perfect for the beach or anywhere. Made with non-toxic water based dyes, and ecofriendly cotton canvas. Kelly Rae Roberts Art Mixed media prints that are meaningful and affordable. Jane Jenni Personality Products From the midwest comes a fun line of mugs, plates, stickers and pins that are pictogram puzzles of personality types. Are you a happy camper, or a drama queen? Switchplates Handmade ceramic switchplates that help make every room special. Compendium Books and Cards To help you remember what matters in life. Chavez for Charity Jewelry These affordable bracelets and necklaces give 25% of the price to a range of wonderful charities.

WHERE IS IT? Handily located on the first block of the Washington Street Mall, just across the way from their sister store, Madame’s Port. WHY SHOULD I GO? The husband-and-wife team of Chris and Margaret are enthusiastic members of the group of young entrepreneurs who are breathing new life into America’s Original Seaside Resort. Chris and Margaret love the products they sell — and that passion comes through in this fun, quirky gift store. And when you put that love into every product you carry, guess what happens? You find little treasures to occupy every shelf and every corner, and that often brings a smile to the customers’ faces. From Across the Way’s nifty reusable bags, to their charming jewelry, their fun and inspiring books and cards, you will find gifts for loved ones (and yourself!) that go the extra mile. When you combine high-quality, fun (and useful) merchandise with excellent customer service (you WILL be greeted with a smile at Across the Way), what you get is an authentic and really enjoyable shopping experience. INSIDER TIP Across the Way also have a location in Stone Harbor, off exit 10 on the Garden State Parkway, at 268 96th Street.

ACROSS THE WAY

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304 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(609)-884-4199

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www.acrossthewaycapemay.com


Shopping in Across the Way is a kaleidoscoping and inspiring experience. Everywhere you look you will find things you just need to have, either for yourself or for a friend or family member. It’s a shop that encourages you to browse. So take your time. There’s no rush.


A PLACE ON EARTH

A gorgeous, imaginative, inspiring store where quirky, beautiful soaps and lotions are handmade at a new local factory!

Body Spread This is A Place On Earth’s newest creation — sublime, absurdly rich, fragrant lotions. Bath Salts As much fun as sand art when you were a kid, these salts transform your bath. Soy Lotion Candles It’s a candle AND a moisturizer! Light the candle until a small pool of oil is liquid. Wait a minute or so for the oil to cool and then dip your fingertips in oil or pour a small amount on your palm to massage into skin. Monster Spray Rids closets, under beds and dark halls of pesky monsters, with the added bonus of a soothing lavender scent to help you sleep! Bare Naked Lady Spray Tested on every naked lady they could find. (Does not repel ladies like Monster Spray repels monsters.) Monkey Farts You read it right! A Place On Earth’s best-selling scent. And yes, it does have essence of banana.

WHERE IS IT? At the top of the Washington Street Mall, right by the information kiosk. Look for the stairwell leading down from Winterwood Gift and Christmas Gallery. A Place on Earth also opened up a new factory and outlet store at Cape May Airport, next to Cape May Brewing Company. So go check that out, too! WHY SHOULD I GO? Let’s discuss the differences between the supermarket soaps and the soap Canyon Allen and his mother Rose make. We’ll start with the amazing scents, like Fresh Cut Grass, Key West Key Lime, Sex On The Beach, Tangerine Chamomile. Next, they are hand-stirred, cured in wooden molds and hand-cut. Only plant life is used to make them — olive, coconut palm and other vegetable-based ingredients are integral. Then organic botanicals are mixed in, like lavender flowers, ground oats or rosemary. The scents come from essential oils and are tested on family and friends — not Fido or Thumper. Their new Body Spread is awesome — the richest, creamiest, best-smelling lotion you’ll find. There are also hand-cut soap rocks to exfoliate, and Monster Spray, a lavender-scented sheet and room spray that will lull you (and more importantly, your kids) to sleep. INSIDER TIP The buffet-type countertop features fun sugar scrubs like Death By Chocolate and Cuban Mojito. Grab a ladle and start scooping. They’ll take your shower to another level!

A PLACE ON EARTH

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526 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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1-866-400-soap

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www.aplaceonearth.com


BATH TIME

Give your skin and soul a nourishing, uplifting treat. This beautiful, award-winning store is an oasis of bathing luxuries.

WHERE IS IT? Look for the rubber ducks in the window at 318 Washington Street Mall. WHY SHOULD I GO? Join Bath Time as it celebrates its 22nd year as Cape May’s exclusive shop for bathing luxuries from around the world. In addition to the numerous awards and accolades it has received since 1994, Bath Time recently enjoyed worldwide acclaim as the winner for Visual Merchandising at the 64th annual Retailer Excellence Awards. Seasonal-scented lotions, Cape May Blends bath salts, plush robes, Turkish towels and hundreds of exotic soaps are a few of the many items that make Bath Time an oasis for the spa lover and discerning shopper. Bath Time also features a wide variety of men’s shaving accessories and products. Whether in need of a shave cream, shave mug or badger hair brush, Bath Time has it. Be sure to visit the Fragrance Blending

Bar where a member of the staff will assist you in sampling over 100 natural oils from florals, musks and fruits to airy, beach scents and garden-fresh herbals. Choose a single fragrance or combine to create a signature scent that is blended into the liquid bath product or lotion of your choice. Not sure which fragrance to pick? Want to create a scent that evokes a special mood or a childhood memory? The trained Bath Time staff loves those challenges! Egyptian Musk, Tea Rose and their most popular Summer Rain are just a few of the countless delights you’ll experience at the blending bar. INSIDER TIP Be sure to ask the staff about their favorite items.... they should know, because not only do they sell these great products, they use them, too! Visit the website, www.bathtimecapemay.com, and friend Bath Time on Facebook for special announcements and contests.

BATH TIME « 318 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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Cape May Blends A Bath Time exclusive — a unique, natural, customscented line of bath and body products. Choose the product and fragrance and they’ll blend it while you watch. Baronessa Cali Sublime products made in Sicily from the finest Italian olive oil. Beautiful Textiles Robes, bed jackets, lounge wear, and authentic Turkish towels. Sea Sponges The classic way to bathe — choose from a wonderful selection. Bath Time’s Top Ten Cape May Soap Co. Primal Sliced Soaps Pre de Provence Neste Danti Farm House Fresh Nest Candles KHall Cali Greenwich Bay Deep Steep Rubber Duckies Who wants to be alone in the tub? Not us. More than 45 different kinds, from well-dressed bath buddies to gentle giants. Irresistible.

At Bath Time’s Fragrance Blending Bar, a fragrance specialist assists a customer in creating her own signature scent

(609) 884-9234 & 800-424-BATH

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www.bathtimecapemay.com


BEACH BLING ETC

Whitewashed floors, tin ceiling, and a parade of beautiful and fun jewelry. But just wait till you see the prices! It’s the best of surprises.

Bracelets You need something sparkly to show off that summer tan. Necklaces Beach Bling’s stock sells out consistently, so you can expect new arrivals every week. Earrings Two giant wall displays mean there are plenty to choose from — whether you’re a dangly-inclined girl, or prefer something slightly more subtle. Scarves Pretty and pastel — they’re perfect for a day on the beach or an evening out. Handbags Beach Bling bags are so smart and stylish you won’t believe the low price tag! You can even buy a fun summer color without making a huge investment. Hairbands So beautiful and unique — flowers, bling, beads, lace and more. You’ll find one for every occasion. Hats Great assortment of styles and colors to keep the sun out of your eyes — or to give you that chic beach look. As low as $12.

WHERE IS IT? In Washington Commons shopping center, on Ocean Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? For the welcoming atmosphere, beachy chic ambiance, whitewashed floors, tin ceiling, vintage chandeliers and, above all, the beautiful, unique jewelry displayed on vintage tables at fabulous prices. In the summer of 2013, city girl Angela Lindner, deciding it was time for a change, sold her Fifth Avenue apartment. She had spent 25 years in the Big Apple, running the New York office of a women’s fashion label. Angela and her mother Gerry, a retired real estate broker, launched a Hamptonesque jewelry and accessory store, Beach Bling, etc. On the back wall of this inspiring space hangs a refurbished 1920s armoire which beautifully displays merchandise. Large antique picture frames have been repurposed to showcase a vast variety of earrings. With its intoxicating scent and soft music, this serene shopping experience is interrupted only by the surprise of a price point so fair, it’s intoxicating in itself. Many of the items are trend jewelry in the $10-$30 range. Considering the store’s high-end feel, many customers have walked on by, assuming the merchandise was out of their price range, before discovering what a hidden pearl this place truly is. Says Angela, “We try our best to keep it affordable. My mother and I work in the store ourselves, and we pass our savings along to the customers.” Says Gerry, “Because she is a seasoned pro in the fashion industry, we all benefit from Angela’s great eye!” INSIDER TIP If you see something you like, buy it. It likely won’t be there an hour later. And be prepared to spend some time in this beautiful shop — there is a lot to see and take in.

BEACH BLING ETC « 315 Ocean Street, #20 Washington Commons, Cape May

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(609) 408-5978

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www.beachblingetc.com


Cape May Gourmet

What a fresh idea... a specialty food store and purveyor of fine foods. This is one of the coolest gourmet foods store you’ll find.

WHERE IS IT? In the Washington Street Commons, directly across from the end of the Washington Street Mall. WHY SHOULD I GO? If you’ve ever fruitlessly searched for that specialty culinary ingredient, or consider youself a true foodie, Cape May Gourmet is sure to please all of your senses. Brought to you by the creative minds behind Cape May Olive Oil Company and Cape May Peanut Butter Company, Susan and Carl Spatocco, their third artisanal installation here in Cape May offers all of the out-of-the-ordinary items that we can’t live without. From fresh ravioli and an abundance of long-cut pastas made fresh daily in-store (think noodles of the spinach and squid-ink variety) to small batch sauces and carefully crafted condiments by Chef John Guinane (yes, they even have a full time Chef), this colorful shop is brimming to the edges with freshly baked breads, a variety of spices, cheeses, cocktail mixers and delightfully delicious finds like bacon jam and wine sauces. Thinking about diving into that cabernet wine sauce, but not sure if you’ll love it? Luckily for you, there are always plenty of product samples out so you can try many

of the products before you buy. Getting ready to entertain guests, or are you planning a party? Stop by Cape May Gourmet to pick up all of the supplies you’ll need for the ultimate charcuterie tray. Better yet? Call ahead and have the knowledgeable staff select the perfect assortment of meats, cheeses, spreads and more. You can also stop in anytime to grab any of their freshly baked goods from behind the counter. INSIDER TIP They offer catering services and can create the ultimate sandwich tray, pasta dishes, sampler platters and more.

CAPE MAY GOURMET « 315 Ocean Street, Cape May

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(609) 898-8500 « www.capemaygourmet.net

Hot Sauce Need something to spice up your pantry? They have a huge selection of the wildest hot sauces. Try the pineapple ghost pepper sauce — a wicked combination of sweet and spicy. Condiments Cape May Gourmet carries a massive selection of the latest and greatest condiments, like red raspberry wasabi mustard. What’s NOT to love about that? Baking Supplies If you consider yourself more of a baker than a chef, you’ll love the hardto-find items they carry, like peppermint extract. Freshly Baked Goods From muffins and breads to lunch on-the-go, there is always something in the oven. Perfect for a beach picnic or lunch on the deck. The Hard-toFind Items Sardines in lobster oil, anyone? Homemade Pastas Even grandma will be jealous! Can’t find what you’re looking for? You can get it made to order here.


CAPE MAY ROASTERS

You may have left your favorite coffee spot — the one that serves the can’t-start-your-day-without-it blend — at home. These guys have you covered. WHERE IS IT? Cape May Roasters ground their product at the Cape May County Airport, in the same stretch that houses Cape May Brewing Company. But it’s where they sell it — in a variety of restaurants, stores and B&Bs in town, including Love the Cook and Depot Market Café — that you really want to be. WHY SHOULD I GO? Luckily for those of us who can’t function without our morning cup of joe, Cape May Roasters — the little bean company brought to you by the people behind Love the Cook, Lucky Bones and the Washington Inn — is in its sixth season… and smelling/tasting better than ever. The coffee — about 400 to 500 pounds of it a week — is roasted in a particularly aromatic building where, at any given time, about 55 burlap sacks contain beans, many of them organic, from around the globe: Hawaii, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Columbia. These beans will be poured into a steel Loring SmartRoast Machine that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. While it’s possible to operate this device remotely, these guys prefer to take a more hands-on approach to ensure a perfect process. One taste of the final product, and you’ll understand why. When the beans are the perfect color and temperature they are flavored, bagged and labeled by hand, then shipped to local wholesalers who have the option of using their own private label. We agree.

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404 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(609) 884-9292

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One sip and you’ll immediately taste the difference that just-ground coffee provides. Take a taste test to experience it for yourself — we’re pretty sure you will agree. INSIDER TIP Cape May Roasters uses decaffeinated beans made via the Swiss Water Method, which helps keeps desirable oils intact.

Pretty Girl A cool new line featuring coffees from farms owned/ operated by women. Cape May Breakfast Blend Coffee The top seller, this well-rounded blend of South and Central American beans has a creamy mouth feel that’s slightly chocolately and delightfully earthy. Organic Selection Think Bali Blue Moon (rainforest certified), Timor (fair trade), and Costa Rican La Amistad. Decaf Nor’easter Deep, dark, rich, clean, and clear, this favorite decaf blend is a stormy mix of beans with a creamy, nutty, and full finish. Pecan Sticky Bun It’s dessert in a cup — sweet, smooth, buttery cinammon, succulent maple, and nuts. Jamaican Me Crazy A tropical blend of cream, caramel, vanilla, and Kahlua flavoring makes you, well, crazy about this coffee... it’s one of the best sellers. Pumpkin Spice More than 5000lbs were sold last fall.

www.lovethecook.com, www.capemayroasters.com


CAPE MAY WICKER

Looking to establish your own backyard haven or sunroom getaway? This is the place to go for that and a whole lot more.

WHERE IS IT? Two convenient locations for your shopping pleasure — 203 Sunset Boulevard, an easy walk (or a very easy drive!) from downtown Cape May; and 1930 Route 9 in Clermont, a 15-minute drive north of America’s Original Seaside Resort. WHY SHOULD I GO? Cape May Wicker is family-owned and has been providing locals and visitors with bargains, gifts and furnishings since 1982. Owned and operated by the Wenzel family, Cape May Wicker features its own line of furniture, the NorthCape collection, which includes outdoor wicker patio furniture as well as indoor wicker fashioned of real rattan. Cape May Wicker carries unique gifts, souvenirs, candles and even casual women’s attire brought in from all over the world, and with prices that are very easy on the wallet. Many loyal customers come in on a weekly basis. Why? Because they know that Cape May Wicker is never the same store twice, and if they don’t visit often, they might miss a great deal on that irresistible item for their home, patio or garden! INSIDER TIP The company also make their own cushions and offer a wide selection of fabrics. You can come in and buy factory direct.

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203 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May « (609) 884-1849

Outdoor Wicker Cape May Wicker’s own NorthCape brand is simply an excellent value for designer looks at discount prices. Cushions Sofa and chair cushions take a beating in a wellloved shore house. Choose from dozens of in-stock fabrics to freshen up your furniture, indoors and out. Hand-woven Baskets Willow baskets for storage, laundry, gifts, home decorating. Useful AND stylish, these represent a win-win. Nautical and Beach Decor Hundreds of unique decorations to make your beach house a little more beachy. Candles and Country Cape May wicker has scented candles, country decorations and artwork to add comfort and warmth to your home. Open Year-Round Cape May Wicker is open all year for your convenience. Call ahead for off-season hours.


EXIT ZERO BEACH STORE

A beautifully designed store on the beachfront that’s bursting with cool merchandise that you’ll just have to take home!

Cool Beach Clothing There’s more than EZ-themed merchandise here. There’s a sexy range of tops, pants, PJs and bags, all designed with the beach in mind. Items Inspired by the Octopus! The octopus is the new logo of Exit Zero — chosen because it’s smart, friendly and gets its tentacles into so many things, just like the people at Exit Zero, who operate a thriving publishing company, a restaurant and two-and-a-half retail stores. (Check out their HQ on Sunset Boulevard and their gallery in West End Garage.) Lots of Things with Anchors on Them! There is a best-selling range of beautiful scarves, gorgeous ceramics, pillows, bottle openers, hooks...

WHERE IS IT? On Beach Avenue, near the corner of Jackson Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because this store only opened in the summer of 2013 and is the latest expansion of the evil Exit Zero empire which threatens to swallow Cape May whole. Sorry, we got carried away there. It’s actually a ridiculously cool store — walk in and look up to see the ceiling tiles that are imprinted with inspiring oceanic messages. And we think you’ll love the caféstyle string lights that illuminate the place. It’s like an old-fashioned carnival vibe. As for the merchandise, it’s among the coolest swag you will find in Cape May. There are all sorts of goodies you will want to take home to remind you of the beach. Many of them have the words Exit Zero imprinted on them and many of them don’t. What they DO have in common is that they are of the highest quality, usually either designed and made by our own creative team or sourced from other US artisans.

Quality T-Shirts Probably the coolest, sexiest range of T-shirts in town. Kids’ Clocks Featuring sharks, whales, submarines, pirates, octopi and more! The sharks are huge sellers.

INSIDER TIP Don’s miss the great new Graphics Collection by artist Mike DeMusz. It’s a super-cool update of the series of Cape May scenes he began 10 years ago. A must for your beach (or city) home!

EXIT ZERO BEACH STORE

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316 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 770-8479

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www.ezstore.us


EXIT ZERO SUNSET STORE & GALLERY

The coolest selection of Cape May souvenirs plus maritime-themed accessories and home accents... it’s SO much more than just a T-shirt shop!

Fabulous Pillows There are all kinds of beautiful, maritimethemed, top-quality pillows, featuring anchors, cool sea creatures and old prints of Cape May. Exit Zero FleeceLined Hoodies Looking for that extra layer on a chilly evening? Slip on one these stylish zip-up hooded sweatshirts, embroidered with the Exit Zero logo. They’re fleece-lined on the inside, waffleknit on the outside, and guaranteed to keep you comfy.

WHERE IS IT? Chattel House Village on Sunset Boulevard, opposite the Shell gas station. They’re in the blue and green stores at the end of the row of colorful cottages.

Beach & Tote Bags There are a whole bunch of styles to choose from. There are bags perfect for carrying your beach gear and even ones that will carry a laptop.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Because they expanded their store into a beautifully designed 2,500-square-foot shopping emporium that really DOES make people say “Wow!” when they walk in the door. And because they’re the people who publish this book, as well as Cape May’s unmissable magazine Exit Zero. This is where you will find Cape May’s coolest souvenirs and beach-themed accessories and home accents. There is a wide range of beautifully designed T-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, baseball caps, car magnets, wine glasses, coffee cups, travel mugs, postcards, greetings cards. The list of cool stuff goes on... and on... and on. And plenty of the merchandise does NOT feature the Exit Zero logo but is heavily influenced by the ocean. If it ain’t maritimethemed, it ain’t in here. (Okay, apart from a couple items with bikes and birds on them...) There is a huge selection of prints and artwork by Exit Zero Staff Artist artist Mike DeMusz, prints of exquisite color Exit Zero covers by Victor Grasso, wonderful photography from artists like Charles Riter and Werner Tedesco, and a series of vintagestyle posters by Marie Natale that were featured on covers of Exit Zero color issues.

Quality T-Shirts The Exit Zero Store & Gallery only uses the best quality shirts. No cheap tees that will shrink to half their size after the first wash. Even better, each piece is locally printed at The Flying Fish. Wear them with pride!

INSIDER TIP If you buy an Exit Zero Discount Deck for $20 you will instantly receive $10 off your purchase in here. Ask for details!

EXIT ZERO SUNSET STORE & GALLERY

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109 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May

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(609) 770-8479

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www.ezstore.us


FLYING FISH STUDIO

Welcome to the home of beautiful, original tees, clothing and accessories, designed and printed here on the island

Tees and Sweats So many designs, how can you choose? Lovely colors and fabulous graphics on a wide selection of shapes, styles and sizes. Hats and Bags The Flying Fish’s own line of messenger bags, field bags and beach totes printed with quirky fun images, and hats... they have so many, guy hats and girl hats — plus caps, sun hats, warm hats and fun hats. Beachwear Casual clothing for day and night — outfits that can take you from fun and sun at the Cove beach all the way to dinner and drinks at the Rusty Nail. Art for the Home Prints using the Flying Fish’s recycled screen frames, hand-printed blankets for beach or bed, painted fish for the wall — all one-ofa-kind and made in West Cape May. Accessories Finish off your Flying Fish outfit with accessories for all seasons — scarves, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more.

WHERE IS IT? On Park Boulevard, across from the CVS pharmacy in West Cape May. Look for all the locals. WHY SHOULD I GO? Want to snag something high quality and unique that is made locally? Here at the Flying Fish they design and hand-print each and every one of their cool, offbeat garments — so we can guarantee you will NOT find them anywhere else! Owner Sue Lotozo has been having fun for the past 20-odd years, creating and designing. The Flying Fish folks have an entire line celebrating Cape May life and traditions... this along with their Beach Series is sure to provide something for everyone. There is a bit of heart and soul in everything they do, so go visit to see what’s new. INSIDER TIP If you’re a business owner and want your staff to look comfy AND cool, the Flying Fish does wholesale orders. The Exit Zero Store and Congress Hall get most of their merchandise printed at Flying Fish Studio — there’s a vote of confidence for you!

FLYING FISH STUDIO

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130 Park Boulevard, West Cape May

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(609) 884-2760

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www.theflyingfishstudio.com


Galvanic

The merchandise and the vibe are a giddy mixture of substance and style. Cape May has never seen a store like Galvanic.

WHERE IS IT? On the 500 block of the Washington Street Mall, right across from The Original Fudge Kitchen WHY SHOULD I GO? Yes, it’s the only men’s clothing store on the island, but it’s so much more than that. The name Galvanic means “to have an electrifying effect.” And it’s true — there’s a lot to be said for the store’s industrial vibe, complete with concrete floors, old-school gymnasium-style lighting and walls made of reclaimed wood from North Jersey barns and rescued from the ruins of Atlantic City’s boardwalk, postHurricane Sandy. But it is Galvanic’s merchandise that is the most enticing reason to visit. The staff pick brands that they truly love and believe in, with a product line that includes everything from men’s grooming products to classic tees and dress shirts. “We look for product that can be worn by both my younger brother and my dad,” says owner Ryan Platzer. “We really try to mix the modern with the classic.” And this is no one-stop shopping experience — you will want to visit and revisit, since the Galvanic team is constantly evolving the merchandise as well as the look of the shop itself. INSIDER TIP Follow Galvanic on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming events. Or log onto www.shopgalvanic.com.

GALVANIC « 514 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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Iron and Resin This entirely American-made line features classic, timeless styles. Herschel Studio Collection While Galvanic stock the core collection of bags, they also carry the Studio Collection, which is only available in select retailers around the world. Levi’s Denim They carry three separate lines in order to please every customer. From the Made and Crafted to LVC, they’ve got it. OurCaste This brand reflects a modern interpretation of your childhood surf-and-skate wear. Waltzing Matilda Handmade leather goods from a local craftsman. From wine bags to belts he makes it all. You often find Mike hammering away on leather in the front of the shop. Shinola Based in Detroit and dedicated to producing Americanbuilt products, including watches, bicycles, leather goods and journals of the highest possible quality.

(609) 600-2608 « www.shopgalvanic.com « Facebook: galvanic514 « Instagram: @galvanic514


GREEN STREET MARKET

Indulge yourself at this full-service health and gourmet grocery store

WHERE IS IT? At their new location in Rio Grande, a quick drive from downtown Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? Take advantage of this vacation to relax, improve your health, and generally feel better about yourself. You’re only a short drive to what your body deserves — Green Street Market is a full-service grocery store that features fresh organic produce, meats, vegan and vegetarian meals, wheat/gluten and allergenfree foods, natural and organic personal care products, vitamins and supplements, gourmet specialty items, books, CDs and pet supplies. They even have a juice bar

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Organic Produce Locally grown, fresh, and better tasting than any mere fruit or veggie you’ve ever experienced from a supermarket. Who knew that environmentally conscious choices were this yummy? Organic/Wild Meats And Fish Wild eco-fish salmon isn’t just healthier; this little fishy’s free agency in a wild world just gives him more flavor. And real beef, from healthy, organic grass-fed cattle, tastes better than anything you’ve had in your burger recently. Specialty Items Can’t find it? Just ask. Cosmetics Cut down allergic reactions to cosmetics and personal care products when you choose all-natural ingredients. Stop putting petroleum on your pores! Healthy Pets If it’s bad for you, it’s probably bad for Fluffy and Rex, too. Protect their health, coat, skin and eyes with organic pet food — it’s all here.

and community cafe using only organic ingredients! Visit them online to view their menu. Whether you want to fill a picnic basket for an afternoon at the beach or need ingredients for a delicious healthy gourmet dinner, Green Street Market has it all. As you might expect, the atmosphere is tranquil and welcoming, with knowledgeable staff. INSIDER TIP Green Street Market is family-owned and operated, with a well-trained, dedicated staff to address any questions or concerns you have. And they have a Holistic Health Counselor on staff — learn while you shop.

3156 Route 9 South, Rio Grande

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(609) 463-0606

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www.greenstreetmarket.com


PINK VICTORIOUS

Big-city fashions and a gorgeous selection of accessories for every occasion... in a beautiful Victorian space

WHERE IS IT? In the famous Pink House on Perry Street, across from Congress Hall. WHY SHOULD I GO? This jewel of a store recently underwent an exciting expansion, so now there’s an even wider variety of clothing, shoes, accessories and estate jewelry with double the inventory on two full floors. Looking for a fabulous cocktail dress, or a super chic Frye bag? They’ve got them. And don’t forget a fabulous statement necklace to top off that ensemble! No matter the season, Pink has it all, courtesy of the discerning eye and impeccable taste of the Victorious team. They’re celebrating 20 years in business, which is family owned and operated. Coco Chanel said it best: “Dress shabbily, they notice the dress — dress impeccably, they notice you.” If dressing impeccably is a priority, whether it’s a fancy night out or just hanging at the bar, Victorious at the Pink House is a priority stop. INSIDER TIP It’s not just about clothes and accessories — check out some funky sandals, beach hats, sexy heels and a killer shoe and boot collection. And stop by the newly renovated Victorious in the Washington Commons for even more fabulous finds.

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33 Perry Street, Cape May

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(609) 898-1113

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www.victoriousincapemay.com

Free People Popular bohemian lifestyle brand that attracts the fashionforward while still being ageless and beachy. BB Dakota Modern lifestyle brand designed by a mother-and-daughter team. Their goal? To bring smart designs to strong women, at a price that’s irresistible. Hobo Sleek, seductive and sought after. Freebird A line of handmade customized boots. Applying recycled and vintage to fashion in a new way. Julie Vos Semi-precious stones and luxe gold tones are this designer’s main medium. Her affinity for color and rich textures is the reason editors refer to her collection as wearable luxury. Frye Shoes and Handbags America’s oldest shoe company — craftsmanship without match. Pink also carries a large selection of exclusive Frye handcrafted leather handbags.


SEA BAGS

Consider it the perfect storm of style and authenticity — sails transformed into ridiculously cool and pleasing tote bags and must-have accessories WHERE IS IT? At 103 Liberty Place, in the little lane off the mall — 507 Washington Street Mall to be precise. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because Cool Cape May got a little bit cooler when this Mainebased company unleashed their fabulously authentic range of bags via a new store on the Washington Street Mall. As anyone who has ever lived near the ocean knows, any day on the water is a good day. And Sea Bags are made of these days. Sea Bags are born as sails and transformed into nautically inspired accessories that bring customers great happiness. You see, Sea Bags believe that sails soak up sun, salt, smiles and adventure. Although they clean their sails before turning them into bags, the materials retain the essence of what they once were, where they’ve been and what they’ve done. It’s this previous life that makes each bag unique, different from any other bag. Anywhere. Each and every Sea Bag has an artisanal quality because each and every one is meticulously designed, sewn and finished by skilled Maine craftspeople — we’re talking world-class sewers, artists, graduates of top-notch design schools. The thought, care and skill that goes into each bag is evident. They carefully select and cut reused sails, taking into account unique stitching details, grommet holes and wear patterns. Each panel is completely unique. Artisans hand-splice the rope handles. And stitchers finish the bags with great care. Every bag is as rugged as they come and each one is a little different than the next.

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Anchor Tote This bestseller is a go-to gift for anyone with wanderlust, beloved for its durability, generous compartment, and bold graphic statement. Wristlets Perfect for a night out on the town. Carries everything you need — cell phone, money, driver’s license, lip gloss and keys. Vintage Bags In the hands of Sea Bags’ expert artisans, the sail markings make the vintage designs as unique as the vessels they were once on. Wine Bags Even though these bags are meant to be re-gifted, there is no shame if you decide to keep it to hold magazines or towels in the guest room. Nautical Chart Placemats The ideal gift item for mariners of all types. Toiletry Bags So versatile — holds any of your favorite items. Featuring the same recycled sailcloth durability of Sea Bags totes, in a smaller, zip-top design, they’re perfect for personal items.

And here are some more reasons to love Sea Bags... 1. Customers can custom design a tote that reflects their own style and personality. 2. All Sea Bags products are handmade on a working waterfront in Portland, Maine. 3. Sea Bags are committed to keeping production in the US, staying green, and being involved in the community. 4. Sea Bags’ products range from nautical-inspired totes and travel bags to home decor and accessories. 5. The Cape May location was the first Sea Bags store located outside of Maine. INSIDER TIP Sea Bags trades Bags for Sails! If you have a retired sail, Sea Bags will even pay the shipping to get it to Maine and get you a Sea Bags product in exchange.

507 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(207) 939-1202

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www.seabags.com


SUNSET BEACH GIFT SHOPS, GOLF & GRILLE

One-stop gift shopping, a magnificent mini-golf course, a charming seaside eatery, PLUS one of the top 25 beaches in America, according to TripAdvisor!

Cape May Diamonds What’s a girl’s best friend? Whatever her age, she’ll love looking for quartz pebbles on the beach (they make a 200-mile journey from the Delaware Water Gap until the churning currents around the Concrete Ship fling them onto the beach). Shells The most varied, and reasonably priced, shell selection north of Florida. A great way to spend a family afternoon. Good Eats It is a proven fact that the gourmet and specialty foods, soups and candy they have at Sunset Beach will make you smile. Treasures Of The Earth A unique and affordable variety of jewelry. Plus, in their rock shop you’ll browse minerals, fossils and rocks that will interest the eager eyes of the curious to the serious collector. Apparel Hoodies and hats, T-shirts, dresses and footwear for the entire family.

WHERE IS IT? Head down Sunset Boulevard until you’ll see the red light that marks the end of the road and the start of your adventure. WHY SHOULD I GO? Many reasons! For starters, Sunset Beach was named in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 US Beaches. And no wonder — sunsets are spectacular here. And don’t worry that your kids will be over the whole sunset thing — there’s plenty of other stuff to do. There’s a beautiful miniature golf course, and more fun can be had browsing the browsing the cool merchandise! Hungry? Sunset Beach Grille serves burgers, dogs and other classics. Sunset Beach is also home to one of the most enduring Cape May traditions — the lowering of the American flag every night at sunset in the summer to the sounds of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America”, followed by a moving rendition of “Taps”. Come an hour or two before the ceremony and search for Cape May diamonds, shiny quartz stones that wash up on this stretch of beach. Or, head into the gift shop and buy some already polished and set in beautiful jewelry. Sunset Beach is open year-round. INSIDER TIP You can actually spend the night at Sunset Beach! The cottage sleeps four and has a great deck, too. Visit their website for rates and availability. Be sure to check out their newly renovated Rock Shop. Designed to look and feel like a cave, you’ll think you were pulling gems right out of the earth. Word has it that a rock sluice is coming, too.

SUNSET BEACH GIFT SHOPS, GOLF & GRILLE « 502 Sunset Blvd, Cape May Point

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(609) 884-7079

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www.sunsetbeachnj.com


VICTORIOUS

A stunning array of new and antique jewelry, accessories and home decor in a spectacular setting

WHERE IS IT? Three locations in Cape May — one in Congress Hall, one just across from Congress Hall in the Pink House, and one in Washington Commons near the Acme. WHY SHOULD I GO? Victorious rhymes with ‘glorious.’ Coincidence? Perhaps not. They offer a huge selection of fine antique and estate jewelry and focus on antique engagement rings and wedding bands. Customers always stop in for the perfect piece of timeless jewelry or to browse the stunning selection of new jewelry.

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Add a stunning museum-like setting (minus the stuffiness) and a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and, well, we think they’re on to something here. When you get right down to it, the jewelry and the high-end handbags are the icing on the cake of any outfit, and Victorious has them both in spades. The jewelry runs the gamut from ornate and vintage to right-thisminute and fabulous, and they specialize in rare platinum and diamond pieces. Manager Jen Papendick is a G.I.A graduate gemologist, ready to explain the difference between VVS and VS, so you needn’t trouble yourself

Congress Hall Shops, 200 Congress Place, Cape May

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(609) 898-1777

and can better focus on the task at hand. Jen and her staff will help you the new or antique ring, bracelet, earrings or necklace that speaks to you. Victorious also carries new jewelry from brands like Julie Vos, Uno de 50 and Pyrrha. They also have stylish goodies like Hobo handbags, sweet clutches and a wide variety of accessories. INSIDER TIP Make sure you check in regularly, since there are always intriguing new goodies to be found in the store. Victorious is open year-round.

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www.victoriousantiques.com

Antique Diamond Rings Fantastic original antique diamond right-hand rings and engagement rings. Diamonds range in size from .10cts to 3cts plus. Diamond Eternity Bands All sizes. Diamond weight starting at .25cts to 5cts, and up. Victorious also has colored stones, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Great for wedding bands or stacking! Vintage Gemstone Jewelry Platinum, gold or white gold. Sapphire, emerald, ruby, tanzanite, colored diamonds, sapphires, opal, amethyst, aquamarine, quartz and more — unique and high quality. Estate Jewelry One-of-a-kind bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces. Modern, Victorian, Edwardian, Deco and retro styles. Fashion Jewelry and Handbags From Frye, Hobo, LaVie, Satya and more.


THE WINE CELLAR

Cape May’s only beachfront liquor store and wine shop is ready to serve you

Customer Service The Wine Cellar is owned and operated by the Hirsch family, which means you can expect superb customer service, and expert knowledge. Wine A huge selection, whether you are a fan of French and Italian, Napa Valley, or South America. It’s all here, and at price points for every occasion. Beer A large selection of domestics, and imports, along with an expertly selected range of specialty craft beers, made in America. Liquor An extensive range of Scotch and Irish whiskey, plus some of the best smallbatch bourbons and ryes from American distilleries, along with a superb selection of all the spirits you need for every occasion. Beach Supplies There’s more than liquor here! Shop for necessities such as sunblock, beach toys and coolers. Ice They have you covered.

WHERE IS IT? At the Montreal Beach Resort, on Beach Avenue and Madison. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because there are a lot of excellent restaurants in Cape May, and the majority of them are BYOB! Which is where Cape May’s only beachfront liquor store, a proud member of the Montreal Beach Resort family, comes in. Browse a carefully selected, comprehensive selection of wines from around the world, including Cape May County (there are half a dozen wineries in the area). The Wine Cellar also features a great selection of domestic, imported and craft beers, as well as a wide array of your favorite liquors and spirits. Staffed by friendly and knowledgeable employees, The Wine Cellar prides itself in supplying delightful and tempting libations. The Wine Cellar offers the classics, along with an ever-changing landscape of new products, specials and recommendations. Whether you are planning a large party or an intimate dinner, the friendly staff is here to help you choose the perfect beverages for your event. The store will also place special orders for any of those hard-to-find items that you may have in mind. INSIDER TIP The Wine Cellar offers customized beverage packages available for weddings, birthday parties, reunions and other special events. Stop in or call for details.

THE WINE CELLAR « Beach at Madison Avenue, Cape May « (609) 884-6114

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www.montrealbeachresort.com


ANTIQUES EMPORIA

Ramp up your beach vacation with an exciting and eclectic shopping expedition. This is a browsing wonderland.

WHERE IS IT? Just down the street from Swain’s Ace Hardware on West Perry Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? The best thing about antiquing? You never know what you’re going to find around the next corner. It could be a quirky piece of furniture you just need to take home. Or maybe it’s a one-of-a-kind piece of costume jewelry. In Antiques Emporia, prepare to be surprised and delighted on a regular basis. Especially by the room full o’mermaids! Everything from mermaids bottle openers to a three-foot illuminated mermaid to watch over your garden pond or pool. You’ll also find clocks and watches, vintage postcards, magazines, books, sports memorabilia, artwork, old kitchen knick-knacks, lamps, dishes, dolls, toys — plus musical instruments, guitars, drum sets and a collections of vinyl records. Remember those? INSIDER TIP Visit Tea by the Sea while you’re there, where you can get tea and all your brewing supplies. Tea and antiques... now there’s a combination you can’t resist.

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405 West Perry Street, Cape May

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Sports Memorabilia Whether you’re looking for baseball cards, signed footballs, team yearbooks, autographed jerseys there is something for every sports fanatic. Handbags Can’t afford the “real thing”? Check out these variations on the popular styles — no one will guess. Jewelry Beautiful sets of sparkly fun, fit for a princess in a wide range of styles. At these prices you can afford to be generous, whether it’s a gift or for little old you! Musical Instruments Including guitars, drum sets, and also vinyl records... remember those? Artwork Unusual and surprising, the art here is worth seeing — from charming old prints and paintings to the sad clown era. Your wall will thank you for it. Nautical Pieces An entire room of sailboats, buoys, lighthouses, old salts, and portholes. Take home a piece of the ocean.


CAPE ATLANTIC BOOK COMPANY A city like Cape May should NOT be without a book store. Thanks to these guys, it isn’t...

WHERE IS IT? In the middle of Washington Street Mall, inside the City Center mall, home of the only escalator in Cape May!

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harles Whitecar Miskelly was a hard-working boat builder and failed chicken farmer who struggled to provide for his family during the grindingly tough prewar years in Cumberland County, NJ. In what spare time he had, Miskelly tapped away stories on a typewriter held together with fishing wire. One of those stories, about a British sailor shipwrecked in the early 17th century off the coast of what is now Cape May, NJ, caught the attention of the famed Philadelphia publisher J. B. Lippincott. The company (which published world-class writers such as Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Jack London)wanted to publish Miskelly’s book in the 1940s, but the author, who was as proud and stubborn as he was ignorant of typical publishing policies, refused to let them change a word of his story. His manuscript went back in the box, where it lay for six decades until his grandson brought it to the attention of Exit Zero Publishing in Cape May, the setting for Miskelly’s book. Now, fifty years after the author’s death, his riveting, beautifully written story about an unforgettable character called John McJack, who befriends the Cape’s Lenni-Lenape indians and eventually tries to lead them to safety from the tightening grip of the white settlers, can finally be shared with the world.

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WHY SHOULD I GO? Books and beaches go together like milk and cookies. But, in case the sun doesn’t shine every day, books and rocking chairs on rainy day porches go great, too! Point is, your vacation isn’t complete without a good read. And if you like to enjoy Cape May in the off-season, the good news is that Cape Atlantic is open year-round. This independently owned and operated business sells fiction and nonfiction, mystery and romance, and books for all ages. A plethora of local authors and artists line the shelves. You can pick up a copy of Sherlock Holmes in Cape May, written by local high school history teacher Steve Leadley, while Weird NJ’s Guide to New Jersey will help you on your quest for all things quirky in the state. The store also stocks THIS book, along with other Exit Zero Publishing titles. INSIDER TIP Cape Atlantic Book Company has limited space, but make up for it in customer service. If you’re looking for a title, and can’t find it, they will do the looking for you. Call the shop, tell them the title and author, and they will get it shipped to Cape May. All you have to do is stop by the store and pick it up.

Mary Ann Castagnetta Winner of the Purple Dragonfly Book Award in 2011, Castagnetta is a local children’s author. Bubble Gum Dreams and Elephant Soup are the two books she’s written so far. Jersey Shore Boardwalk Mysteries This is one of co-owner Patrick Young’s favorite books. The series takes place on a fictional boardwalk. The Great Lost Cape May Novel In the 1940s, famed Philadelphia publisher J. B. Lippincott wanted to print a novel written by a Milville shipbuilder called Charles Miskelly, but after a dispute with the author, it lay in a closet for nearly 60 years. Then the author’s grandson brought it to Exit Zero Publishing, who finally published this fine novel. New York Times Bestsellers Cape Atlantic Book Company stocks the current hardcover and paperback bestsellers.

CAPE ATLANTIC BOOK COMPANY « 421 Washington Street Mall, Cape May « (609) 846-7688 « www.capeatlanticbookcompany.com


CAPE MAY HONEY FARM

There are few things that offer an amazing taste experience AND the power to heal. Honey is one of them. Experience the pure and all-natural kind.

WHERE IS IT? On Sunset Boulevard, behind the Exit Zero Store and Cookhouse. WHY SHOULD I GO? Buying from the Cape May Honey Farm is a sweet experience because… 1. You get to support owners Doug and Andi Marandino, two of the hardest-working people on the island. Along with raising toddlers, the Marandinos harvest honey from three apiaries around some of the finest and most natural areas of West Cape May. To top it all off, all of their bottling and labeling is done by hand. 2. The shop has a charming rustic aesthetic, with handmade shelves fashioned from hive boxes. 3. The honey is not an imitation product and it’s not adulterated, like the stuff you might find in the market. And it’s not pasteurized, meaning all of the good-for-you particles are still intact. “When you buy grocery store honey, you don’t always know what you’re getting,” says Doug (that’s him harvesting honey). “Possibly Chinese honey that’s been laundered through several different countries.”

Honey, Honey, Honey It all comes from beekeepers — and it’s loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Pollen Just a dash on your cereal or in your yogurt works to lower cholesterol and up your B12 levels, which helps your nervous system and the production of red blood cells. Honeycomb Delicious with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, or sharp cheese! Royal Jelly Used for centuries to rejuvenate the body and fight aging. Pure Beeswax Candles Long-burning and non-toxic they purify the air from dead skin cells and dust particles while they burn. Madagascar Vanilla Honey Sweet and decadent, this exotic honey is the latest buzz. Foodies Take Note Take home honey mustards, a variety of spreads, honey balsamic and even honey-roasted coffee!

4. Stop by their tasting bar and try a sample. There are many varieties; some meant to cure different ailments, from bronchitis to insomnia and anxiety. 5. There are bee-born, health and beauty-promoting products, from lip balms to night creams. “Nothing the bees make goes to waste,” Andi says. 6. When you pop in, you might learn a fascinating thing or two — bees do a dance called a waggle and pollinate one-third of our food supply. “I’ve come to understand how really important they are,” says Andi. INSIDER TIP Do you suffer from allergies? Try the Wildflower Honey — it works wonders.

CAPE MAY HONEY FARM « 135 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May

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(609) 425-6434

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www.capemayhoneyfarm.com


CAPE MAY OLIVE OIL COMPANY

Enjoy an exquisite gourmet experience... there is so much more than olive oils to indulge in

WHERE IS IT? On Carpenter’s Lane, tucked behind the Washington Street Mall. WHY SHOULD I GO? For their 25th anniversary, Carl and Susan Spatocco traveled to Napa Valley, California. While there, they sampled olive oils and spreads, which they enjoyed so much that plenty were brought home. Inspired by these savory souvenirs, the couple decided to open up a shop of their own, where others could enjoy gourmet food products as well. Here, you will experience a wide variety of flavorful olive oils, including Butter, Chipotle, and Black Truffle Garlic. Despite the name, Cape May Olive Oil sells much more than just olive oil. Balsamic vinegars, dips, spreads, pure

cane sugar with flavoring, and infused sea salts can be found throughout the store. The pastas are handmade locally. Fresh bread is delivered daily from Atlantic City’s Formica Brothers, who are famous for White House Hoagies. If you’re unable to make it to the store yourself, the online version is always open. INSIDER TIP Cape May Olive Oil is a full tasting room. At one point or another, every item in the store is put out for customers to try. Be sure to visit their sister stores, Cape May Peanut Butter Company and Cape May Gourmet, both are within walking distance. Plus, show your shopping bag from any of the family’s stores and get 10% off your purchase.

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(609) 898-4441

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www.capemayoliveoilcompany.com

Bacon Olive Oil Sauté it with red onions and white raisins, then caramelize. Use as a topping for your next fish dinner — you will be very glad you did! Citrus Habanero Olive Oil A hot and spicy oil, fantastic for spicing up a bland dish. White Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar All the white balsamic vinegars are interesting, but the White Pineapple version makes a salad dressing you won’t soon forget. House Olive Oil Yes, they have their own house oil for you to purchase. Containing two Spanish olives and one Italian olive, it’s packed with flavor. Flavor-Infused Gourmet Sea Salt It’s a necessary nutrient and not all salt is created equal. Sprinkle the Murray River (Australia) on a fresh salad or rim your martini glass with infused Chipotle for a new cocktail experience. Gift Cards The perfect gift and always the right size.


cape may peanut butter company

A gourmet store stacked with all kinds of sweet and savory treats inspired by the American classic

WHERE IS IT? On Carpenter’s Lane, right off the Washington Street Mall. WHY SHOULD I GO? We are in the midst of an artisanal revolution, and Susan and Carl Spatocco are at the forefront. You may have already fallen in love with Cape May Olive Oil Company… now you can fall in love with their second venture, which offers a variety of nut butters and other peanutinspired products. (PS: their THIRD version, Cape May Gourmet, is also featured in this book). All of the former are either ground on the premises, or bought from small-scale producers. “We don’t carry mass-produced products,” Carl says. “It’s important that everything we offer is of the highest quality.” Nestled inside are various treats. Peanut butter biscotti dipped in dark chocolate and

Nut Butters Ten flavors to choose from, including almond, chocolate, sunflower, cappuccino, hazelnut, cashew, sunflower, natural, honey roasted and organic. Jams and Jellies Over 40 flavors including carrot cake, habanero, oatmeal stout, India pale ale and of course, grape and strawberry. Sandwiches There’s Fireside Delight (chocolate peanut butter and Fluff), Monkey’s Uncle (peanut butter and bananas), the Hot Stuff (peanut butter and pepper jam) and more. Coffee, Tea & Cocoa NJ’s Crescent Moon beverages plus their own Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix. PB Dog Treats The CMPBC has healthy dog treats made from their peanut butter. And they donate 10% of treat sales to Animal Outreach of Cape May County. Pet-Friendly Courtyard Relax and enjoy your PB treat... friendly pets are welcome.

sprinkled with sea salt and crispy cannoli shells filled with peanut butter mousse are just two examples of the goodness created by Pastry Chef Lisa Palmieri (yes they even have a Pastry Chef). Admit it… a peanut butter sandwich makes you nostalgic for your childhood; it’s one of the reasons that more of these are sold to adults than kids at Cape May Peanut Butter Company. The simple pleasure of the PB&J is mirrored by the simple, clean aesthetic of the store itself. Out back is a beautiful, pet-friendly courtyard with umbrellas for you to savor your treat. INSIDER TIP Be sure to visit their sister stores, Cape May Olive Oil Company and Cape May Gourmet, both within walking distance. Plus, show your shopping bag from any one of the family’s stores and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase.

CAPE MAY PEANUT BUTTER COMPANY « 516 Carpenter’s Lane, Cape May

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(609) 898-4444 « www.capemaypeanutbutterco.com


CAPE MAY SPORTS MEMORABILIA

High quality sports cards and memorabilia at really, really reasonable prices. It’s a win-win every time!

WHERE IS IT? At 405 West Perry Street in Antiques Emporia, right on the corner where Cape May meets West Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? Whether you ARE the sports nut in your life, or you know and love a sports nut, this is the motherlode of sports-oriented finds in the area. It doesn’t matter what your game is — football, baseball, hockey, basketball and more — they are all represented here in the form of yearbooks, vintage trading cards, as well as PSA and JSA-authenticated framed items and signed baseballs, bats and programs, to mention but a few. There is a large selection of New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia teams on display here, so no infighting necessary with whatever fan you happen to be shopping with, thank you very much. INSIDER TIP Visit their website, capemaysportsmemorabilia.com, to tour the store or shop online. Sign up for their mailing list and you will receive information about new collections available and discounts throughout the year. Click on the eBay link on the Cape May Sports Memorabilia home page if you are looking for current auction items. Is there a specialized gift you are searching for? Click the “contact us” tab and email them your special requests.

CAPE MAY SPORTS MEMORABILIA « 405 W. Perry Street, West Cape May

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Vintage Baseball Cards Whether you’re looking for early 1900 cards, stars, rookies, complete sets, team sets, and starter sets or lots, look here. Signed Sports Memorabilia Baseballs, bats, jerseys, equipments, cards, books and much more. Yearbooks And Programs Cape May Sports Memorabilia focuses on carrying New York and Philadelphia baseball and football teams, along with a wide variety of other teams. Baseball Programs They have quite the collection of programs from All-Star and World Series baseball games of your favorite teams. Sports Books Cape May Sports Memorabilia carries a large selection of vintage hardcover book titles, including some hard to find books... for example, My 66 Years in The Big Leagues by Connie Mack for the Phillies fans.

www.capemaysportsmemorabilia.com


CARPENTER’S SQUARE MALL

Art galleries, photography, eclectic shops, authentic Mexican cuisine, a day spa, great cappuccino, fresh baked treats and free internet

WHERE IS IT? On Perry Street, in the historic Star and Wave building, across from Congress Hall, and just half-a-block from the Atlantic Ocean. WHY SHOULD I GO? Cape May is an artistic town, and it has shopping to match. Art Décor Gallery features antique and contemporary prints for collecting or decorating. SOMA NewArt Gallery showcases the amazing and ever-changing works of the area’s best emerging artists and hosts new artists openings each month during the season. Enjoy stunning Cape May photos at Spirit Catcher Gallery. Across the hall, recharge with a cup of joe while you surf the web at MagicBrain Café, which features Lavazza and custom roasted organic coffees. Find jewelry, home décor and exotic clothing from around the globe at No. 5 Trading Co. Browse the latest colorful creations at Off The Wall Art by Peri. And new for 2016, be sure to visit the new restaurant, La Doña, for authentic cuisine of the Oaxaca region of Mexico, or satisfy your sweet tooth at Pretty Tasty Cupcake Boutique. While you’re here, you can also get a massage at The Well. So many choices! INSIDER TIP Art galleries, eclectic shops, a restaurant, and coffee shop with wi-fi — Carpenter’s Square Mall is a great place to while away a rainy afternoon or summer evening.

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MagicBrain Café Coffee, cappuccino, pastries, and more. Art Decor Antique and decorative prints, Audubon and natural history lithographs. La Doña Richly flavored tacos and tortas, exotic moles and stews plus vegetarian dishes with a kick. Dine under the stars. Soma NewArt Gallery Showcasing art by the best emerging artists on the East Coast. Off The Wall Art By Peri Fanciful original art and playful prints, handcrafted jewelry and fashion accessories. Spirit Catcher Photography Award-winning photographs from local artists. No. 5 Trading Co. Exotic clothing, jewelry and art from around the world. Pretty Tasty Cupcake Boutique Gourmet cupcakes baked daily. The Well2 Stop in for a chair massage, or table tune-up.


COTTON COMPANY

Purveyor of all your island needs, offering contemporary fashion for men and women

Vineyard Vines Classic, preppy styles for both men and women with clothing, bags, flip-flops, and beach accessories. Columbia and Patagonia Whether you need casual wear for your fishing trip, active gear for a hike in the dunes, or a jacket for the chilly beach nights, they’ve got it here. These lines offer up fresh styles for men and women. Tribal A line of separates and sportswear for the modern woman, Tribal prides itself on perfect fit, color, and styles at reasonable prices. Try on their amazing Flatten It pant and capri in petite and missy lengths. Southern Tide New this season! An appreciation for classic design, good fit and craftsmanship. They offer unique sport shirts, pants, polos and swimwear. Guy Harvey The original Guy Harvey t-shirt is a staple in the closet of everybody and anybody living the coastal lifestyle!

WHERE IS IT? On the Washington Street Mall, next to The Original Fudge Kitchen. WHY SHOULD I GO? Check out the newly expanded Cotton Company and see what everyone is talking about. It’s a refreshing approach to fashion — Cotton Company’s philosophy embraces “style for all”, with misses, men’s, and plus size collections. Cotton Company brings together the best of the best in every fashion category. Enjoy designer labels and unique boutique pieces all in one shop with expert stylists on staff to interpret the trends to fit you, your look and lifestyle. INSIDER TIP Looking for the perfect look for strolling the Cool Cape May surf? Cotton Company features a swimwear shop with men’s and women’s styles from designer and boutique brands. They even feature sizes S-3X!

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517 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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www.cottoncompanyforall.com


GOOD SCENTS A store that smells great, looks tantalizing and nourishes body and soul WHERE IS IT? Corner of Carpenter’s Lane and historic Jackson Street.

Shop Here Often? Everybody likes belonging to the “in crowd,” and you can too! Ask about their Free Secret Club and collect points at each visit to receive a $10 coupon. All you need to do is shop — they’ll take care of the rest. Earth To Ocean Designs Custom handmade jewelry from the Jersey Shore consisting of sea glass, sea pottery, shells, coral and precious stones. Pieces are delicately wrapped in plated copper, each with its own originality and unique design. Music With scents and sights, you must consider sounds! Good Scents carry hard-to-find titles in World, Yoga, Meditation, Blues, Jazz and Celtic categories. Want to hear it? They’ll play it. Books Check out their corner of inspirational (but not hokey) books. They will make you giggle, make you think, and maybe propel you to do great things.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Your eyes, nose and ears won’t know what to do first. The aromatic blending of candles and incense floats you through the door, the twinkling of lanterns, jewelry and giftware dance before your eyes; as you listen to the rhythms of classical, jazz and world grooves. All kinds of unusual goodies at every turn, like Candleabra, a metal insert that turns any wine bottle into a candle; and handcrafted mosaic lamps and lanterns from Turkey. Try Zents, a great collection of heavenly fragranced body products made for layering, or Naked Bee, natural skincare and sunscreens made with honey and aloe. If you love good candles, you’ll want the natural soy ones from Sweetgrass Farms and Root. There are loads of great things, like handmade ceramic genie lamps, a quirky selection of cards and books, incense from all over the world, plus jewelry and where-did-you-get- that? accessories. INSIDER TIP Join Good Scents’ Free Secret Club and collect points during each visit to receive free $10 coupons and special discounts. All you need to do is shop there.

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327 Carpenter’s Lane, Cape May « (609) 884-0014

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www.goodscentscapemay.com


GREAT WHITE SHARK

T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, beach essentials and Cape May souvenirs galore

WHERE IS IT? Situated on the middle block on Cape May’s charming Washington Street Mall. You can tell by the folks gathered out front laughing at the shirts in the window. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Great White Shark has the largest selection around of heavyweight sweats and hoodies, plus a great selection of Jerzey sweatpants and Soffe shorts for every member of the family. They also carry a great assortment of beach bags, sunglasses, beach towels, tank tops and longsleeved tees.

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T-Shirts Great quality, including a big selection of garment-dyed shirts in a variety of colors. Don’t miss a humorous selection of T-shirts for everyone in the family, especially that person who’s hard to buy for. You likely won’t leave this store without laughing. Sweatshirts All of the sweatshirts are top quality, with a variety of 50/50 and 80/20 cotton count. The feathered, openbottom garment-dye sweats can’t be beat. Many Sizes Great White Shark carries a huge selection of sizes for the whole family, starting with kids from 2T through youth 18-20 in most T-shirts, sweats and hoodies. Adult sizes start at XS and go up to 6XL in almost all stock. Gifts The store has gifts that you can’t find elsewhere — they’ll make your day. You’ll also find jewelry, car decals, magnets, beach towels, visors, key chains, and more.

Even with all of that, Great White Shark is still best known for their huge selection of T-shirts, with unique designs and some with hilarious sayings, available in sizes up to 6XL. They’ve also got jewelry, car decals, caps and unique souvenirs, so there really IS something for everyone. INSIDER TIP Great White Shark offers free shipping in the US on orders over $75! That’s just not something you see every day. Here’s a special deal just for our readers: Mention you saw this write-up in Cool Cape May and get 10% off your purchase.

410 Washington Street Mall, Cape May « (609) 884-1811

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www.greatwhitesharkcapemay.com


HAPPY BABY

Your baby won’t be the only one gurgling with delight at this beautifully curated selection of clothes and goodies!

WHERE IS IT? Happy Baby has moved! From Jackson Street to that vibrant pale blue building on the corner of West Perry and Myrtle Avenue. WHY SHOULD I GO? We all want the best for our little ones, but sometimes finding the best products can be a tricky business. Not when you visit Happy Baby — they’ve been selling sweet, simple style with a little edge for eight years, enchanting parents (and, let’s face it, the babies, too). Stylish, earth-friendly apparel can be found in modern and bold patterns and prints. And there is more than clothes on offer — decorate your little one’s space with Happy Baby’s chic nursery decor. While your baby gurgles happily (and dressed

oh-so-chic), you can be contented by the fact that so many of the beautiful products in this store are handmade by artisans, right here in the USA. We love the store’s motto, and we bet you will, too... “Peace, Love and Babies.” Hear, hear. INSIDER TIP Happy Baby has an array of products made from organic Egyptian cotton, considered the most luxurious cotton in the world. It is strong, soft, resilient, and made from 100% natural fibers. Grown and manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals, organic cotton is gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin, and the pure fibers allow their skin to breathe naturally. This makes all of us happy!

HAPPY BABY « 405 West Perry Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-5922

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www.happybabycapemay.com

Hats There are fun baby sun hats, soft cotton hats with bright flowers, silk shantung bows with pearls and crystals, beautiful satin bows, and hip new Urban Baby Bonnets. Original Handmade Monster Onsies One of a kind, each using 1970s fabric Layettes Chic, organic clothes for newborns made in Los Angeles. Blabla Stuffed Animals A celebrity favorite, these handknit cotton animals are fair trade. Jellycat London maker of luxury plush toys. Chew Beads 100% silicone teething jewelry that are BPA, phthalate, cadmium and lead free. Soft on gums and a great sensory tool. Hair Accessories Featuring one-ofa-kind, handmade headbands. 100% Egyptian Cotton Toys You’ll fall in love with these luxuriously soft cotton toys — just remember, they’re not really for you, though...


LACE SILHOUETTES

Lingerie and sleepwear for real women. Specializing in bra fittings, sizes 30A-44H!

WHERE IS IT? On the Washington Street Mall, across from the Ugly Mug. WHY SHOULD I GO? Whether you’re looking for sexy or sensible, this is one-stop undergarment and sleepwear shopping for you, or for the woman in your life. Lace Silhouettes is known for their team of Bra Therapists — any bra issue you’ve got, the expert fitters at Lace Silhouettes can help you select the size and style that will fit and flatter. Here you’ll find top brands like Wacoal, Hanky Panky, Natori, Chantelle and Cosabella, as well as hard-to-find independent designers. And don’t forget the world’s most comfortable camisole in a rainbow of colors. Another fan favorite is the Wish Wrap — a luxurious, super plush, one-sized wrap with an inspirational meaning behind each color. Getting married? Make it a honeymoon to remember with special bridal lingerie. Lace Silhouettes specializes in bridal trousseau, from traditional peignoirs to updated, flirty babydolls — and of course the right foundations for underneath your dress. INSIDER TIP Around 80 percent of women are not wearing the right-size bra. One visit to Lace Silhouettes will rectify that situation. Adjust your bra, adjust your attitude.

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429 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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www.lacesilhouetteslingerie.com

Bra Fitting Bra fittings are available every day, by walk-in and by appointment. A consultation with a Bra Therapist will have you walking out the door with your spirits (and your girls!) lifted. Lingerie Sexy lingerie from European brands, practical panties for every day, and everything in between. Also featuring Wolford hosiery. Sleepwear Pajamas, nightshirts, gowns, and robes. Whether you’re looking for a classic gown from Karen Neuberger or an updated pajama from PJ Salvage, there’s something for everyone. Check out their featured UGG loungewear for truly stylish comfort. Shapewear Shapewear is no longer just a celebrity secret — it’s practical, wearable, and it will make you look fabulous. Ask a team member how you can look slimmer and feel more confident with shapewear from Spanx or Yummie Tummie.


LOUISA’S CHOCOLATE BAR

The coolest little chocolate bar, serving American-made artisan chocolate bars, bon-bons and caramels

WHERE IS IT? Just off of the Washington Street Mall, on Jackson Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? One word: chocolate. Okay, two words: Amazing chocolate. The selection is loaded with a variety of confections made with beans grown around the world, many of which are made in the United States. So whether you’re looking for a bar made from coca beans grown in Peru, or Bequet caramels (considered by many as the best in the country) from Bozeman, Montana, this place is like a cathedral and a market combined. Louisa’s Chocolate Bar beats out their competition for a couple of reasons: their chocolatiers’ use of fair-trade beans, and their courteous service. We’ve all had our classic store-bought chocolate bar before, but these chocolates and confections will open you up to a sweet experience you didn’t even know existed in domestic chocolate. From Brooklyn and Philadelphia to Portland and Los Angeles, their shelves are stocked with products made from some of the best chocolate beans on earth. INSIDER TIP There are over 500 types of chocolate combinations (even bacon chocolate!), most of which are “bean-to-bar,” meaning many of the chocolatiers are making their own chocolate straight from the coca beans.

LOUISA'S CHOCOLATE BAR « 106 Jackson Street, Cape May« (609) 884-5519« www.louisascapemay.com

Louisa’s Signature Line of Chocolate Bars Their custom confectionary creation made just for you. The perfect gift for the sweet tooth in your life. Available in a variety of choices. Drinking Chocolate Drinking chocolate? Yes, drinking chocolate. An easier way to deliver perfection to the soul. Pick it up and make it right at home. Famous Homemade Dessrts Not only do they have insanely good chocolates, they also have an insanely good restaurant right next door. Their very popular desserts from next door are available at the chocolate shop to take home by the slice. Chocolate For All Tastes They carry a whole line of chocolate that is nut-free, and have soy-free, glutenfree and vegan chocolates. They also have white, milk and dark chocolates of all types.


MAC MUSEUM SHOPS

Want to take a little of Cape May home with you? These shops will do the trick.

Carriage House Shop They have truly pretty souvenirs, all with that oldfashioned feel that says “Cape May,” plus a large assortment of well-chosen books, from Cape May’s colorful history to its controversial ghosts, as well as ever-popular classics. Choose from lovely teapots and accessories, plus a selection of Harney’s Tea. There’s lots for children, too, from playsets and fun stuff, to beautifully illustrated books. Lighthouse Shop Everything already mentioned, plus clothing items that prove you climbed the lighthouse, or warm you on a brisk evening beach walk. The lighthouse’s image is also reproduced in matted photos, prints, notecards, bookmarks, and posters. Member Savings If you become a member of MAC, you will get a 10% discount off any purchases in either of the museum shops.

WHERE ARE THEY? There are two shops run by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC): The Carriage House Museum Shop, at the Emlen Physick Estate on Washington Street; and Cape May Lighthouse Museum Shop at Cape May Point State Park. WHY SHOULD I GO? These stores not only comprise a great shopping experience, but every time you make a purchase at either one, you’re contributing to the restoration of the three historic sites operated by this multi-faceted non-profit organization: the magnificent 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, which is the city’s only Victorian house museum, the Cape May Lighthouse, and the World War II Lookout Tower. The Emlen Physick Estate is home to the Carriage House Museum Shop, an emporium of delightful collectibles. You’ll find a large assortment of books, an array of jewelry, clothing, and a treasure trove of tea-related items, plus a variety of Harney’s tea — along with the mixes to make your own scones to serve with it. INSIDER TIP The Cape May Lighthouse Museum Shop is housed in the lighthouse’s original oil house. There you will find a large collection of lighthouse models, including collectibles in a range of sizes, plus nature and maritime-inspired items.

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MARY ANN’S FINE JEWELRY

It might be the smallest shop on the mall, but it’s packed full of beautiful things

Jewelry Discover a large selection of quality estate and contemporary jewelry that you’ll love. Come on in and browse — you’ll see something that catches your eye! Diamonds They don’t call these a girl’s best friend for nothing... and Mary Ann’s is willing to unite a girl with her best friend. White as well as colored diamonds. Plus, Mary Ann’s also buys diamonds (and other jewelry) by appointment. Lladros They carry quite a large selection. Layaway Sometimes you find a piece of jewelry that you MUST have but cannot immediately pay for it... Mary Ann’s will put it on layaway until you can! Rolex Watches The leading name in luxury watches, Mary Ann’s has a large selection of stainless steel Rolexes as well as gold Presidential Rolexes. Lalique Gold Coins Silver Dollars Antique Dolls

WHERE IS IT? On the Washington Street Mall, next to The Original Fudge Kitchen. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because Mary Ann’s sells stunning estate and new jewelry, featuring a large selection of traditional and fancy-colored diamonds. They also have beautiful opals, sapphires, pearls, plus precious and semi-precious stones, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, chains, engagement and wedding rings. If you’re in the market for tanzanite, you’ll be delighted to know that Mary Ann’s has one of the biggest displays along the shore. Mary Ann’s also have fine porcelain vases, cut glass, Rolex watches, pocket watches, cameos, Hummels and Royal Douton, just to name a few selections. Mary Ann’s may be the smallest store on the mall, but talk about bang for your buck — it has some of the nicest jewelry around. Mary Ann’s also buy diamonds, gold and silver. Call for an appointment with a friendly and knowledgeable expert to see what your treasures are worth. Plus, free estimates are available. INSIDER TIP Visit Mary Ann’s other store, Antiques and Coins Unlimited, the next time you’re up the road, at 15 N. Black Horse Pike in Runnemede.

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511 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(609) 898-8786


MISS DEMEANOR

Causing trouble in Cape May since May 2010. In a good way. WHERE IS IT? At the corner of Jackson and Broad Street. Don’t miss their free customer parking lot!

Around the World The ladies don’t just buy at the same old trade shows in New York City. Each year they take a trip where they spend time looking for the perfect additions to their store. This is why Miss Demeanor has such a fresh and original look. This summer you can expect exquisite textiles or handmade jewelry from Central America. Maaji Colombian sisters Manuela and Amalia Sierra are the creators of Maaji swimwear. Unexpected prints, textiles and sweet details are present in both one-piece and two-piece suits. If you want to be a standout on the beach this summer, mix and match pieces to customize your look. Made in USA During 2014 Miss Demeanor made a decision to phase out ALL mass-produced items in favor of thoughtfully and ethically produced items, made in the USA whenever possible.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Miss Demeanor is headed into its seventh year, and this hip boutique continues to evolve and generate plenty of buzz and attention. The store was opened by a mother/daughter team in spring of 2010 and hasn’t looked back. They’ve never been your “run of the mill” beach town shop and have set themselves apart with their dedication to providing transparently manufactured goods. They exclusively stock goods and clothing that are made either in the United States or are produced using fair or direct trade. They’ve become known for their classic and stylish inventory and they’re loved by their customers for providing classic wardrobe staples at varying price points. The space is sleek and craftily outfitted with retro black-and-white tile, stacks of vintage suitcases and an array of swaying palm–frond fans for those warmer days. Miss Demeanor is always a cool place to chill out. The real draw, of course, is the clothes. Beach wear, tees, outerwear, dresses, hats and jewelry can all be found here with a huge selection for every style. You can shop Julia’s heirloom-quality house made collection in their store this summer. INSIDER TIP Shop a full selection of their clothing on their website and keep an eye on what’s new by following their carefully crafted Instagram account, @shopmissdemeanor. They also opened their second location at 1729 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia in April of last year, so be sure to visit them in Philadelphia, too!

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223 Jackson Street, Cape May

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(609) 770-7613

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www.missdemeanor.com


THE ORIGINAL FUDGE KITCHEN

Hard ice cream, licorice, chocolate truffles, almond clusters, coconut clusters... and did we mention the world-class, homemade fudge?

Creamy Fudge Black Forest, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Seasalt Caramel, Bing Cherry Vanilla, Vanilla Nut... hungry yet? No matter the weather, The Original Fudge Kitchen always has someone serving free samples. Why? Because one taste will cause you to abandon all New Year’s resolutions. Anyway, a little of what you fancy does you good. And don’t forget: every autumn, make sure you enjoy Pumpkin Fudge! Holiday And Special Occasion Headquarters Hearts made of whipped creamy fudge for Valentine’s Day. Irish Potatoes for St Patrick’s Day. Easter eggs with all kinds of shapes, sizes and centers. Not forgetting traditional Christmas candies. You name the occasion, and they have a treat for it! Irish Potatoes These confectionery delights are made of fresh cream and coconut, hand-rolled and dipped in fresh cinnamon.

WHERE ARE THEY? Washington Street Mall, and the promenade, near Convention Hall. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because their motto is “Simply the best” for a reason. Chances are good that you won’t get past the front door without trying a piece of something special. There’s always a smiling employee waiting outside with a tray of treats. Take a taste, then stroll inside and soak in the smells of freshly whipped fudge, and feast your eyes on an incredible range of colorful candies and irresistible chocolates. The fudge is whipped right here by expert candy makers and is the same recipe that’s been used by the Bogle brothers — Joe and Paul — for more than 40 years. Picking out favorite candies isn’t easy, what with chocolate-covered strawberries, pretzels, licorice Scottie dogs, licorice allsorts (still Joe’s favorite), chocolate truffles, candy seashells, malt balls, almond clusters, and more to choose from. Joe and Paul own six stores along the South Jersey coast in case you’re in the mood for a day trip! INSIDER TIP The Original Fudge Kitchen is open every day of the year, rain or shine. You can shop online at fudgekitchens.com and be sure to check them out on Facebook by typing The Original Fudge Kitchen.

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728 Beach Avenue & 513 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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800-23-fudge

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www.fudgekitchens.com


PATRICIA JACKSON JEWELERS A remarkable selection of jewelry inspired by the sea, crafted on the premises

WHERE IS IT? On Bank Street, next to Cape May’s famous 410 Bank Street restaurant. WHY SHOULD I GO? Entering Patricia Jackson’s for the first time, your first thought might be, “Why haven’t I been here before?” Looking at the diamonds and brilliantly colored stones in unique rings, bracelets and necklaces you realize this is not like jewelry you’ve seen elsewhere. Unlike other area jewelry stores, all pieces are designed and made on the premises. The recognizable oval shape of Pat’s Cape May charm and mile-marker shape of her Exit 0 charm are just two examples of this originality. All the sea life charms have been molded from shells found on Cape May beaches, capturing the splendid simplicity of Mother Nature. Custom work is Patricia Jackson’s signature. They can design pieces from your existing jewelry or create something original just for you. All designs are available in platinum, 18k, 14k gold and sterling silver. They are experts on platinum engagement rings and creating wedding bands to complement your existing ring. Pat also offers expert repair on all fine jewelry. INSIDER TIP They offer free jewelry cleaning and inspection while you wait. Customers are delighted with Pat Shannon’s expert cleaning, and return faithfully year after year.

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414 Bank Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-0323

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www.patjacksonjewelers.com

Radiant-Cut Diamonds Patricia Jackson is the exclusive, original Radiant Cut Diamond dealers in South Jersey. All GIAcertified diamonds in unique platinum settings. Colored Gemstones No finer quality, colored gemstones can be found. Each one is hand selected and set in original designs in platinum, gold or sterling. Multicolored sapphires and tourmalines are their specialty. Freshwater Pearls Come and browse the largest and most unusual collection of freshwater pearls ANYWHERE. There are pearl strands as large as 14mm in natural shapes and colors. Sealife Collection Authentic collection of sea life gathered from the Cape May beaches, molded and cast in gold and sterling silver. Original and beautiful. On-Premises Jewelers No other local store offers on-premises jewelers for custom work and repairs.


RED OAK TRADING A new store on the mall that’s packed with fun and fashionable goodies WHERE IS IT? The 300 block of Washington Street Mall, Cape May’s shopping mecca.

Mona B. Bags Rustic, cool, practical, durable. This US designer’s collection combines a mix of new and up-cycled military fabrics. Red Oak has totes, wine bag, handbags and more. Stylish Accessories From scarves to hats to necklaces to bracelets — finish off your look by browsing through Red Oak’s wonderful range, many crafted in the USA. Zacasha Balinese Tassel Necklaces Known as the original tassel necklace, these gorgeous handknotted crystal and Mala bead tassels are made by Balinese artisans working from their homes on the island of Madura. The Giving Keys It’s jewelry, but not as you know it. Wear and embrace the words on these keys, then pay them forward to someone who needs the message more than you. Men, Too From stylish cocktail books to felt hats, Red Oak has plenty of cool gifts for the guys!

WHY SHOULD I GO? Because Red Oak Trading, which opened its doors in 2014, is part of a new breed of irresistible, artisanal-minded stores that stocks exciting, quality, often handmade merchandise — no tacky souvenirs here. And because it’s from the same people behind Good Scents, one of Cape May’s best-loved stores. Inside Red Oak, you will find an eclectic selection of handbags (warning: this place is handbag heaven!), jewelry, clothing and accessories, many of them handcrafted in America, along with a fun-andfashionable range of imports, such as Balinese jewelry and handprint tees from Thailand. And as a bonus, their quirky selection of on-trend books will entertain the guys! In other words, Red Oak is a must-stop on your Cape May shopping itinerary. INSIDER TIP There is nothing the folks at Red Oak love better than mixing fashion with customer service. Don’t be shy! Ask them to help, and you’ll discover surprising new outfits and accessories that are perfect for your body and style.

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324 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(609) 827-8320

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Facebook: Red Oak Trading


SEASIDE CHEESE COMPANY

Perfect if you’re hosting a party, for after-dinner treats, or a quality beach picnic... this is cheese headquarters! WHERE ARE THEY? In the bustling strip of stores along Park Boulevard, near the CVS pharmacy in West Cape May.

Cheeses (Of Course!) More than 200 different cheeses from many different countries to satisfy any palate, and the list just keeps growing. Bellavitano Merlot Features a rich and creamy texture with a taste reminiscent of an aged, premium cheddar. Cream Of Balsamic If you haven’t tried this delicious elixir, you MUST! Four great flavors, and it’s amazing on cheese. This is a must-try. Seaside Beach Pails The perfect beach snack — a sand pail filled with crackers, spreads and nuts. Gift Baskets A made-to-order cheese tray is a great gift, and Seaside will ship it anywhere in the USA. Private Tasting Looking to do something a little different this weekend? Grab a loved one (or two), and a bottle of wine (or two), and come in for a private tasting — a very special experience. Tastings by reservation only.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Seaside Cheese has established itself in very short order as a must-visit for both locals and visitors to Cape May all year-round. The question is: however did we get by without it all those years? Steve and Barb White’s store is truly a gem. The cheeses (and other various savory snacks) are superb, the service is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Whether you’re hosting a party or invited to one, make it easy on yourself and order a cheese plate or two. Your party host (or guests) will love you for it. The selection of cheeses and accoutrements can be a bit dizzying, but steady there — Steve, Barb and company stand ready to assist you in your decision making process. There won’t be a detail overlooked in your gift basket, always a perfect offering. Are you looking for something more substantial to munch on? Seaside Cheese also offers a small but scrumptious sandwich menu... but only the menu is small. The sandwiches are quite generous in size. Seaside Cheese is open seven days year-round, from 10-6pm MondaySaturday and 10-4pm on Sundays. INSIDER TIP Reserve the newly renovated tasting room for a birthday, anniversary, reunion, or ANY kind of special get-together. Call for details.

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110 Park Boulevard, West Cape May

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www.seasidecheesecapemay.com


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SOMA NEWART GALLERY

In downtown Cape May a New York-quality gallery, showcasing regional, emerging and established artists 2016 art shows Exhibit 1 April 30 to May 30: Linette Childs, Gallery One; Karen Rose, Gallery Two; Carol King Hood, Gallery Three Exhibit 2 June 4 to July 4: ‘Brine’: A Group Exhibit of Contemporary American Artists — curated by Victor Grasso Exhibit 3 July 9 to August 7: Jim Inzero, Gallery One; Frank Kallop, Gallery Two; Mary Santry, Gallery Three Exhibit 4 August 13 to September 11: Victor Grasso; Gallery One, Two and Three. Exhibit 5 September 17 to

ABOUT THE GALLERY Now entering its 10th year, the dramatic success of SOMA, Cape May’s first fine arts gallery, has propelled this Victorian town to the forefront of the visual arts scene in southern New Jersey. Owner Janet Miller opened SOMA with a vision of a Manhattanstyle gallery showing and promoting the work of artists with connections to Cape May and the Jersey coast.

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“There is so much talent here. I hope SOMA can continue to be both a focus and a stimulant for new art from our many recognized artists, as well as nurturing new talent,” says Miller. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing exciting regional talent as well as emerging and mid-career artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. There are four exhibition galleries and the range of

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work includes paintings, photography, video installations and sculpture. So join those in the know, come out for SOMA’s opening night meet-the-artist celebrations (and enjoy some great food from Frescos), attend a casual artist’s talk, or just drop by to look at great art in a cool setting. Check their website or Facebook page for announcements of upcoming exhibits.

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October 16: Stan Sperlak, Gallery One, Two and Three. All Artist Openings are held on the first Saturday night, from 6-9pm.


SPLASH

Looking for seaside keepsakes that really shine? Pick up something special at the Whale’s Tale’s fabulous sister store.

WHERE IS IT? On the fabulous flipside of the Washington Street Mall at 513 Carpenter’s Lane just two blocks from Whale’s Tale. WHY SHOULD I GO? If you like Whale’s Tale you’ll LOVE Splash! They have handpicked the finest selection of jewelry, local fine art, home décor and American handcrafts. You’ll find handmade one of a kind jewelry from name designers and local artisans, even Cape May Diamonds. Find gifts inspired by the sea from sea glass to fused glass, along with handcrafted pottery, beautiful lamps and mirrors. Stop in and see what’s making a splash! INSIDER TIP Want to take home a piece of Cape May and support local artists? Consider a piece of pottery by Susan Ross, sea glass jewelry by Janet Payne, photography by Anita Roth or jewelry designed by Laura McPherson. These are but a few of the many talented local artists represented at Splash. Most of the staff know the local artists and can give you extra insight into their work.

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(609) 846-7100

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www.whalestalecapemay.com

Cape May Sea Glass Splash has the largest selection of sea glass jewelry anywhere in town, handpicked from the beaches of Cape May. With sea glass in all shapes, sizes and colors each of their designers has their own unique style. Choose from simply elegant to bold and splashy. Deborah Richardson Jewelry Deborah Richardson’s jewelry is evocative of the curved, organic forms of nature — of grapevine tendrils, river ripples and cloudlike swirls. It is handmade through the processes of hammering, milling, stamping, and soldering sterling silver, bronze and 14 karat gold. Simply elegant to dress up or down! Meet the Locals Each month Splash hosts an artist reception where you can meet the talented local artists and craftspeople that Splash represents and enjoy some light refreshments.


SUNSET LIQUORS

The quirky Wild West vibe will make you smile... the selection of wines, spirits and craft beers will make you giddy

WHERE IS IT? 106 Sunset Boulevard, on the left if you’re heading toward Sunset Beach. WHY SHOULD I GO? Sunset Liquors opened in 2012, becoming the first establishment in West Cape May’s 128-year history with a liquor license. But this is only one reason the store has created such a buzz. The 3,000-square-foot building, owned by the O’Hara family, has a fun Wild West vibe. It’s sided with reclaimed cypress wood from the underground mushroom boxes of Amish farms, and decorated with wine barrels from local vineyards. But unlike the Wild West, the building has a calming feel. This isn’t your typical warehouse-style liquor store — think Edison lightbulbs in homemade fixtures instead of harsh fluorescent lighting. The look is a combination of boutique and homey, which isn’t easy to pull off — but it works. Contributing to this boutique feel is a selection of 180 craft beers. The wine selection, four aisles large, is massive, including varietals from California to Australia to New Zealand, and in prices ranging from $5.49 to $250. Liquor more your thing? They’ve got everything from a $9 bottle of tequila to a $2,400 bottle of cognac. On the off-chance you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let the friendly crew behind the counter know, and they’ll do their best to have it ordered. INSIDER TIP With the Mix-of-Six wall, you have the freedom to create your own sixpack. This way, if you try something new and don’t like it, you won’t be stuck with five unwanted beers in the fridge. Sounds like a plan.

SUNSET LIQUORS « 106 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May « (609) 435-5052 « www.sunsetliquorsnj.com

Customer Service Sunset Liquors is family owned and operated and the staff pride themselves on first-class customer satisfaction. One visit and you’ll see they hit it out the park. Wine A large stock of imported, domestic, local, organic, and value wine. A large higher-end selection available, too. Beer Sunset Liquors specialize in craft brews, with 180-plus varieties. The best thing? Mix your own six-pack! They also have a large selection of domestics, and imports. Liquor Whether you are looking for a bottle of Jack or an equisite bottle of small-batch bourbon like Bulleit, these guys have it all. Private Parties Hosting a party, a wedding, or special event? From ice to cups, they have all the necessary supplies. Free Delivery Year-round... now that IS great customer service!


TEA BY THE SEA

If you love tea, or know someone who does, you’re about to enter paradise... be prepared to be delighted!

WHERE IS IT? On Perry Street, just before you enter West Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? You’ve probably heard that tea is good for you. But this is no old wives’ tale. Science really backs it up. Drinking tea can help prevent many kinds of cancer and heart attacks, due to its high concentration of antioxidants. It also could help provide protection from UV rays (though you should still use sun screen!) and some scientists believes it can help fight Alzheimer’s and could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. All this from that tasty cup sitting in front of you! And there are so many ways to enjoy it, from a pitcher of iced tea in the summer, or hot doused with honey as a warm-up in winter, or black tea served with milk, the way the British like it (served with a chocolate cookie!). When you’re in Cape May, Tea by the Sea is the best place to find it. You’ll find books on tea, recipes for little treats, new flavors, old favorites... plus a selection of Keepers of the Light candles, jewelry, cards and books. They also a great selection of dessert teas to please the sweet tooth without the calories. INSIDER TIP Tea by the Sea sells a variety of flavors of scone mixes that are really easy to make. Visit during the holidays, particularly if you’re a fan of wassail, which they carry at that time. Please note, Tea by the Sea does not SERVE tea. You’ll do the brewing at home.

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405 West Perry Street, Cape May

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(609) 898-4832

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www.teaincapemay.com

So Many Blends More than 300 varieties on offer, including a new range of Wellness teas. Teapot Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings For the tea lover, you can find miniature porcelain or crystal teapots mounted in sterling silver to wear on your wrist or neck — quirky, right? Bonus: You will find matching earrings for all the necklaces. Keepers of the Light Candles Made here in New Jersey, these candles’ wonderful scents make the tea shop smell like freshly baked cookies, cakes and pies. Now also available in votives — it’s all the weekender needs to make their accommodations smell so good! This company hires physically and mentally challenged folks as a way of giving back to the community. Cape May Teapots Cute line of teapots with a Cape May Lighthouse design. Cards and Children’s Books Will entertain the kids on rainy days.


TOMMY’S FOLLY & TOMMY’S FOLLY HOME Necessities and luxury goods for you and your home, a beautiful selection of souvenirs... AND a coffee shop!

WHERE IS IT? Off the lobby in the retail wing of magnificent Congress Hall. WHY SHOULD I GO? Congress Hall has a little bit of everything and so does its gift shop, Tommy’s Folly. It’s four amazing shops in one — a coffee shop, general store, boutique and home store all in one location. Tommy’s Folly offers guests an array of items from the essential to the pleasure seeking. 1. Tommy’s Folly Boutique offers a stylish collection of designer clothing and accessories for women and men. 2. Tommy’s Folly Coffee Shop has a variety of breakfast-to-go goodies and afternoon snacks, including hot sandwiches and yummy desserts made in-house daily. Grab a bite and head out to the veranda or grand lawn to enjoy. 3. Tommy’s Folly General Store has anything you might have forgotten to pack — how about a good book, sunscreen or a beach toy for the little ones? The General Store has a great selection of branded Blue Pig and Congress Hall items. 4. Tommy’s Folly Home carries the bedding, table linens and china used in the hotel, Don’t forget to bring home one of the many keepsakes to choose from to remind you of your vacation all year long. INSIDER TIP Join Tommy’s Folly Boutique Buyers’ Club for members-only rewards and discounts, and follow @TommysFollyBoutique on Instagram to see posts of new merchandise.

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200 Congress Place, Cape May

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(609) 884-6522

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The Boutique Check out their collection from Sail to Sable women’s clothing or head to the beach in new cover-ups from Cool Change, Poupette St. Barths and sandals from Italian designer Emanuela Caruso. For men, the store proudly carries the beloved Johnnie-O line, as well as swim suits from Island Company and Congress Hall UPF50 shirts from Hiho. For kids, there are classic styles from Marco and Lizzy, boys tees and shorts from Tailor Vintage and boys and girls swimwear from the British line, Sunuva. General Store Stop in for limited edition Bicentennial clothing and souvenirs including a custom bag from LoLo, Blue Pig pajamas, Halloween costumes and socks. Home Store Shop for Congress Hall throw blankets, items from their redesigned guest rooms, and blown glass Bicentennial Christmas ornaments.


WEST END GARAGE

The coolest place to shop in town. Here you’ll find the best of what Cape May has to offer!

Local Artists Photography, paintings and wood carvings are just a few treasures wrought by local talents. Local Shops Many local favorites are here, such as A Place on Earth, Good Scents, Flying Fish, Louisa’s Chocolate Bar, Mariah’s, A Rose is a Rose and the Exit Zero Store and Gallery.

WHERE IS IT? On West Perry Street, across from CVS, in West Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? If you can’t find something to love at the West End Garage, then we’re sorry, you’re probably just not paying attention. What a find this place is! Featuring more than 60 vendors, both local and out-of-town, there is just extraordinary stuff at every turn. You name it, they’ve got it, along with favorite Cape May merchants like Bridgetown Antiques, The Birdhouse of Cape May, The Madd Potters and the Exit Zero Store and Gallery. Local photographers and artists display their many wares here, plus there are antiques, home furnishings, books, jewelry, vintage clothing, gourmet food including olive oils, vinegars, sauces, jams,

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484 West Perry Street, Cape May

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candy... the list goes on and on, and the inventory changes all the time. We’re told that some regulars come in weekly, just to see what’s new. And there are bargains to be had. You could easily spend a couple of hours browsing in here, with plenty of beauty to be had at any price point. Since it is a co-op the vendors themselves usually staff the place, so you can count on friendly, exceedingly helpful and knowledgeable service. If you’re looking for the same-old, same-old, you’ve come to the wrong place. INSIDER TIP Take the advice of Philadelphia magazine, which voted it Best of the Shore and wrote, “the West End Garage concentrates a day of plodding into one delightfully efficient stop.” We couldn’t agree more!

www.thewestendgarage.com

For Your Home Antique furniture and accessories, vintage memorabilia, local artwork, candles plus the hard-to-find Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint. For Your Body All your favorite soaps, lotions and bathroom accoutrements plus one-of-a-kind fragrances. For You New and vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, leather bags, hats galore and lots of jewelry. For Your Soul Browsing through beautiful things in a cool environment? Priceless.


WHALE’S TALE

For over 40 years, this Cape May landmark store has been a browser’s paradise... and now it’s better than ever

WHERE IS IT? On “the block with the clock,” beginning of the mall, near Congress Hall. WHY SHOULD I GO? Open all year, Whale’s Tale is a Cape May tradition, locally owned and operating for over 40 years. Chuck and Hilary Pritchard continue to surprise customers with their eclectic variety of creative, carefully chosen gift items, jewelry, cards and nature-themed toys and books that you won’t find anywhere else in town. Whether you are looking for Crabtree and Evelyn soaps and fragrances, guidebooks to birding and sea glass hunting, sea life-inspired art and jewelry, or something for the kids, Whale’s Tale is the best place to look. There is truly something for every one, toys for newborns to teens, books for kids to adults, jewelry from whimsical and fair trade to sophisticated, even a card for that special someone. INSIDER TIP The children’s section is amazing! You’ll find beautiful educational, fun, toys, puppets, puzzles and books, all of the finest quality. Many of the children’s books are by local authors and are signed editions, including The Legend of the Cape May Diamond, Cape May A to Z and In the Land of Exit Zero.

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312 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(609) 884-4808

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Jewelry Sterling silver horseshoe crabs to sea glass and pearls, you’ll find something to fit your style here. Gifts for the Nature Lover Whether you love birds, sea life or just the beach, you’ll find nature inspired gifts and jewelry including, sun catchers, glass and metal work, pottery and even rainbow makers. Books Browse through books on Cape May History, bird watching, sea glass and shells or pick up a hand-tooled leather journal and start the book you’ve been meaning to write! Greeting Cards They’re famous for a selection of cards for every occasion! Visit their card room and plan to stay awhile. Customer Service Their customer service is their hallmark. The staff at Whale’s Tale greet each customer as a special guest. They have won Best of Cape May Awards for six years straight. Now that’s something to spout about!


WHITE

Immerse yourself in a soothing and serene environment, courtesy of the design professionals at White

WHERE IS IT? In one of the last 19th-century original storefronts on the historic corner of Hughes and Ocean streets. A block from the end of the Washington Street Mall. WHY SHOULD I GO? To engage all your senses and transcend the clutter. White carries elegant home furnishings, unique gifts and sophisticated accessories. White’s design professionals consider the shop a blank canvas to create custom, personal environs. Antique and modern blend beautifully, and gorgeous glassware and jewelry entice the discerning shopper. There are candles, frames, mirrors, lighting, linens, garden, bath and art to tempt you. INSIDER TIP Viviane has two decades of experience in interior design and her work has appeared in many publications. Stop in and ask your decor questions — Viviane is always happy to share her love of design!

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Mathura Designs You’ll be completely captivated by this handmade custom jewelry line featuring crystals, druzy, agate, turquoise and fossils. Irresistible one-of-akind jewelry. Custom Furnishings Handmade lighting and customized furniture so you can choose your color, fabric and size to create your own look. Washable faux leathers in glorious colors provide the perfect finishing touch to any room. Voluspa Candles You’ll love these 100% cotton wick candles with natural waxes of coconut and apricot, all produced in California. Long and clean-burning, the scents are sophisticated and luxurious. Professional Design Services Put the cutting-edge design products and services of White to work for you. You can maximize your rental property’s income potential — don’t forget that well-designed homes photograph better.


BAY SPRINGS FARM ALPACAS

BIRD HOUSE OF CAPE MAY

WHERE IS IT? On beautiful, pastoral New England Road, near Higbee’s Beach.

WHERE IS IT? You can’t miss the bright yellow-and-green Bird House of Cape May — it’s just past Broadway on Sunset Boulevard at the Chattel House Village... Exit Zero’s neighbor!

Cute creatures, gorgeous yarns, beautiful gifts, all in a serene setting!

WHY SHOULD I GO? Owners Warren and Barbara Nuessle live the “alpaca lifestyle,” a quiet, simple existence, raising these friendly, adorable animals, which have wonderfully thick coats in a spectrum of colors. The 10-acre farm is a great destination for a fun family visit. Children love the alpacas, who are as curious as they are cute. Come check out how the alpaca fiber is spun into yarn, then purchase a sweater, scarf, blanket or hat made from that yarn in their warm, inviting onsite store. If you like to knit, you can choose from the varied selection of colors and weights and devise your own alpaca creation. As Barbara, a dedicated knitter, says, “Alpacas are literally sweaters on legs.” Don’t forget the socks! Warm, thick alpaca socks are just the thing to keep your tootsies warm in colder months. The farm is open Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

This great store is paradise for nature lovers of all ages

WHY SHOULD I GO? Since 1995, The Bird House has offered the best selection of quality birdhouses, feeders and nature gifts. Hand-made of cypress, cedar, mahogany and copper, these designs will enhance your backyard (or your interior!) for years to come. Created by nature and crafted by artists, the collection of gourd birdhouses, gourd lamps and seasonal decor are unique, durable and beautiful. Their huge assortment of hummingbird feeders will amaze you. The Bird House also has garden accents, wrought-iron pieces, nature-inspired home decor, and Jingle Bird wind chimes, reproductions of American folk art painted right here in Cape May. The Drunken Dragonfly Garden Stake is a must have!

INSIDER TIP If you want to get up close and personal with those snug sock providers, you can get to know the alpacas by name online at www.bayspringsalpacas.com.

INSIDER TIP The Bird House of Cape May offers a large variety of handmade and richly scented wax pottery (no flame, no mess, no worries!). The store also carries natural bug and bee repellents, 100% soy candles, tide clocks, local carvings and original art.

542 New England Road « (609) 884-0563 « www.bayspringsalpacas.com

109 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May « (609) 898-8871 « www.birdhouseofcapemay.com


CAROLINE BOUTIQUE

A contemporary boutique that features beautiful clothing and accessories

COLORS

Casual, fun, and your go-to for lines like Life is Good and Fresh Produce

WHERE IS IT? On the Washington Street Mall, near Ocean Street. WHERE IS IT? On the hip Carpenter’s Lane between Jackson and Decatur Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because Caroline Boutique is shaded by trees in a tranquil 130-year-old carriage house that has an island feel, but with urban sensibilities. The boutique, which has been a Cape May fixture for over 30 years, is as much a social center for seasoned regulars as it is a shopping haunt for returning visitors looking for quality contemporary, casual clothing such as as Johnny Was, AG, Michael Stars, Velvet, Wilt and James Perse to name a few. INSIDER TIP Be sure to like the Caroline Boutique Facebook page so see great new merchandise and get your weekly fashion inspiration, or check out their website. And the shop receives fresh new merchandise almost every day, so be sure to check in early and often, or just give them a call to see what’s new! 4oo Carpenters Lane, Cape May « (609) 884-5055 « www.carolinebtq.com

WHY SHOULD I GO? You’ll find the softest, most comfortable clothes around — they’re the biggest retailer in the mid-Atlantic for Fresh Produce. This coordinated line is all about color and comfort. They also stock an irresistible selection of the red-hot Life Is Good items, with T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more. And if you’re looking for a pair of ridiculously comfortable Crocs, look no further! Colors stocks every imaginable hue, from the bright summer to earthy tones you can wear all year. There is also a great selection of cotton dresses, capris, skirts, fitted and fun T-shirts. Celebrate summer with day-to-evening looks and styles for every attitude. Colors owners Lynda and Steve Haley and their staff will greet you with a smile as you walk through the door. And you’ll still be smiling when you leave INSIDER TIP The Haleys have been on the mall for more than 25 years, with the motto “Live life with lots of color.” 518 Washington Street Mall, Cape May « (609) 884-0336


DELLAS 5 & 10

HENRY’S

WHERE IS IT? On the Washington Street Mall — look for the old-fashioned red and white sign.

WHERE IS IT? On the beautiful Washington Street Mall.

WHY SHOULD I GO? There is always at least one thing you forget to pack for vacation, whether it’s a personal item or some essential something for the beach. Relax. Dellas has been at the perfect vacation game for a long time, and they’ve already thought of everything you forgot, plus a bunch of other things you don’t even know you need yet. And the even better news is that Dellas have expanded to offer more clothing, souvenirs, stationary and all of the good things you expect to find in a classic 5&10. There are beach chairs, umbrellas, bathing suits, toys, games, candy, souvenirs, something for those scorch marks on your back — as well as seashore stalwarts like postcards and beach books — all here. Relive the vintage 4 ’ 0s and ’50s at the coffee counter and soda fountain, and enjoy an old-fashioned egg cream, coffee, or milkshake while listening to the ’50s-era jukebox or watching sports, news, or TV shows on their 55-inch flat-screen HDTV. INSIDER TIP Dellas also operates a real estate agency — check out their rentals or sales listings.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Because Henry’s, Cape May’s Landmark Jeweler, brings decades of experience to its selections, offering unique designs of uncompromising quality, to provide you matchless value. That’s why Henry’s has been voted among America’s Top 50 Designer Retailers! In presenting his elegant displays of both classic and contemporary styles, as well as his signature Victorian Treasures Collection, Scott Thomas — award-winning jewelry designer — personally selects each gem. Discover an array of distinctive creations you won’t find in other stores — from affordable, fun accessories to museum-quality colored gemstones and diamonds — all in a casual, no-pressure atmosphere. Stop in and see for yourself why Henry’s — with its unique array of fun, fashion and fine jewelry — is a favorite destination for area locals as well as Cape May visitors. INSIDER TIP Henry’s is your exclusive source for original Cape May inspired designs, and also for the latest from Pandora as well as Alex and Ani.

501-503 Washington Street Mall, Cape May « (609) 884-4568 « www.dellas5and10.com

407 Washington Street Mall, Cape May « (609) 884-0334 « www.henryscm.com

In a city famous for its history, this five-and-dime has rolled back the clock

Cape May’s Landmark Jeweler since 1972


NO. 5 TRADING COMPANY

OUT OF THE PAST ANTIQUES

WHERE IS IT? In Carpenter’s Square Mall, located on Perry Street, opposite Congress Hall.

WHERE IS IT? On the corner of West Perry and Myrtle.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Because No. 5 Trading Co. is overflowing with Fair Trade items bought directly from local artisans in Southeast Asia. It’s as if you crossed the road from the beach in Cool Cape May and found yourself in Thailand or Vietnam Add color and flair to your wardrobe with a kaleidoscopic array of scarves, then go on a treasure hunt through a dramatic selection of ethnic jewelry that is surprisingly and delightfully affordable (you’ll be enjoying cheap thrills throughout your visit to this glorious little store). Then there is clothing you don’t see everywhere else... colorful cottons from Thailand, silks from India and batiks from Indonesia.

WHY SHOULD I GO? Everywhere you look are lovely surprises — a tea set from the 1920s, a cylinder from a turn-of-the-century Edison phonograph, a Wallace Nutting handcolored photograph, tiny books from the 1940s and trinkets that would have been found in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and lounges from the first half of last century. This shop is full of distinctive hard-to-find treasures. The best way to describe this shop? If your granny and HER mother had good taste and managed to keep, in a collection of big boxes in the attic, many of their kitchen items, reading materials, and other household goods, and you opened all those boxes and placed them in a very cute little store... that’s what Out of the Past is like.

Beautiful, exotic goodies at surprisingly affordable prices

INSIDER TIP For true eastern handiwork, don’t miss the selection of djembe drums and didgeridoos, bone blow guns, and the mystical Garuda, Ganesha, Buddha and Quan Yin carvings, made by talented Balinese artists. These are not your typical seashore home decor items — a trip inside No. 5 Trading Co. is a truly authentic shopping experience. Carpenter’s Square Mall, Cape May « (609) 898-6013 « www.no5trading.com

It’s like a perfectly ordered grandmother’s attic

INSIDER TIP You never know what you’re going to discover here. So even if you don’t find something that tickles your fancy on one particular visit, come back again. And make sure you check their Facebook page (Out of the Past Antiques) for regular updates. 394 Myrtle Avenue, Cape May « 609-884-3357 « www.outofthepastantiques.com


Health& Beauty Treat yourself with a massage, pedicure, facial or hairdo... or maybe sneak in a workout on your vacation. Either way, go spoil yourself — you ARE on vacation.


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ACCENT ON BEAUTY With awesome haircuts and color treatments, facials, pedicures, manicures, massage and more, this is paradise found! Some salon Highlights OMG Massage 90 minutes of massage that will un-knot those tight, sore muscles. OMG also includes a facial mask from the Delta River in Alaska. AND just when you think it can’t get any better, hot vanilla oil is drizzled on your back as a final treat. Collagen Facial Just might be the best facial you will ever experience. After your skin is cleansed, exfoliated and thoroughly massaged, a cooling, soothing collagen mask is applied that will help give your complexion an uplifted, brighter, tighter appearance. As a bonus, you get to take a mask home with you for a second pick-me-up. Specialty Certified Stylists Deva curly haircuts, straightening services and Bayalage available. Friendly, Professional Staff Add luxurious, quality treatments and staff who make you smile, and you’ll realize why so many people keep coming back to Accent on Beauty.

WHERE IS IT? Located on beautiful old Cape Island, aka America’s Original Seaside Resort. WHY SHOULD I GO? Everyone needs to escape the stress in their lives. Vacations, whether for a week or just one hour, are perfect for taking time out to replenish your body, mind and soul. Accent on Beauty is the place to be if you want THE best facials, massages, manicures, pedicures or haircare. Popular vote garnered this salon the honor of first place for Best Day Spa on the Jersey Shore! In order to bring you the absolute best service, the staff is proud and eager to elevate their craft to the next level through continued education and research. The energy here is laidback, friendly and positive. Just what you’re looking for! Try Accent on Beauty for a refreshing, rejuvenating and “beautifying” change of pace. Enjoy the sun, the surf AND Accent on Beauty ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? Appointments are necessary — book one when you arrive in town or call ahead, since they go fast at this popular salon. Kindly give 24 hours notice if you are unable to keep your appointment.

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From the initial consultation to the rehearsal dinner, and especially to your big day, Accent on Beauty has you completely covered. Let their bridal design experts and make-up artists enhance your beauty every step of the way. When choosing a salon for your wedding day always remember that at AOB your special day is THEIR specialty.


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MILLENIUM ADMINISTRATORS An exclusive health insurance agency for the individual or employer

WHY SHOULD I CALL? Because even when you’re on vacation, your healthcare shouldn’t be. Millennium Administrators is the agency of choice for all of your health insurance needs, big and small. They are the experts in designing and managing custom health insurance benefit plans that contain costs for employers as well as individuals. They deliver everything from traditional to innovative benefit designs, fully insured plans, self funded insurance plans, broker services to third-party administrator services (TPA) and more. You’ll know right away that you, and your healthcare coverage are in good hands. Their service is uncommonly personalized and they always have an agent on call to immediately address your issues. Their staff has unparalleled expertise in managed care dating back to the mid-1980’s for some of the industry leaders including Aetna/U.S. Healthcare and Independence Blue Cross. INSIDER TIP Millennium benefits Administration Company, founded in 1998. Millennium prides itself as a “healthcare cost containment advocate” without sacrificing the quality of healthcare benefits. Today, Millennium supports many union funds, municipalities, and employer groups large and small.

MILLENNIUM ADMINISTRATORS « 900 Ashbourne Way, Suite B, Schwenksville, PA « (610) 222-9400 « www.millennium-tpa.com


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NORTH BEACH HEALTH CLUB

It’s the gym where motivation — not intimidation — is the name of the game. It’s the perfect place for vacationers! Some Gym Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Where fitness goals are met... in the North Cape May Acme plaza on Bayshore Road, a short drive from downtown Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? For over 20 years North Beach have been changing lives! It’s the place vacationers and locals have gone to work out. They’re known as the friendly feelgood gym for a reason. Everyone is welcome here and you’ll feel right at home. Vacation is an especially great time to get in shape — there’s no excuse NOT to do something good for your body and soul (as well as all that relaxation and beach time, which is also good for your soul, naturally). North Beach offers a variety of classes so that your workout never gets stale. Dabble in spin, boot camp, yoga, sports agility, HIIT, nonstop cardio, boxercising, low-impact, abs & strength classes... and a CrossFit room offering Olympic lifting and classes like Endurance, Body Sculpt and functional training WODS. You won’t miss a rep, stride or step while you’re here in Cape May. North Beach has 16,000 square feet of cardio, weights and classes (at least 55 of them) in a well-appointed, ultra-clean, fun environment. The classes are the best in South Jersey — and personal trainers are always available to put you through a great workout. INSIDER TIP North Beach offer a range of passes that fit every need — a daily is $13, twoday is $20, a weekly is $43 and a 10-pass punch card is $75. The passes are perfect if you want to add a little exercise into your vacation.

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Yoga Beginner and power classes are available. Spin Sign-in 30 minutes prior to class or use a DVD from North Beach’s collection and spin any time of the day! CrossFit Offering daily WODs and open gym. Zumba and Bokwa Try the hottest dance/exercise classes around. Interval Training Many of their group classes are based on the proven system of hi/low endurance work using weights, bands, dumbells, steps and kettlebells. Low Impact Senior classes are big here! Personal Training The most experienced personal trainers in South Jersey are available for individual or group workouts. Beach Body Use Body Bar and Cardio Kickboxing to get ready for the beach. Classes Galore! North Beach hosts at least 55 classes every week.


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THE WELL CENTER FOR MASSAGE Live well, be well, stay well... tap into The Well and they’ll help you do all three!

Treatment Highlights

WHERE IS IT? Corner of Broadway and West Perry, behind Dock Mike’s. Plus, The Well2 is the drop-in location in Carpenter’s Square Mall, across from Congress Hall. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Well has been in Cape May for nearly a decade and their therapists are the most experienced in the area. They won’t try to pamper you, and they don’t promise to fix you, though you may feel that way. What they CAN promise is that they will listen to what you and your body are telling them. You may need deeptissue massage, you may need a light touch, or more likely a combination of both. The menu is not pumped up with gimmicky treatments — just massages performed by therapists who know what they’re doing. Bottom line: Massage should

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no longer be thought of as an indulgence. The most serious threat to our health could be the stress that we suffer on a daily basis. Finding a balance between doing what you need to do to live and living to do the things you love is the key to a happy, healthier life. So make time for yourself, and check out The Well Center for Massage — they also offer massage-centered body treatments and holistic skin care. There motto? Stress is inevitable, suffering is optional. INSIDER TIP Check in 10-15 minutes early for your appointment. And for the ultimate healthy treat, visit the Eat Well at the Akroteria outdoor food court on Beach Ave. There are fresh fruit “fojito” drinks, freshbaked bread, pizza and more.

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Well-Being Skilled therapists help you find the key to well-being in this deeply relaxing and eclectic 75-minute treatment. Hot Lava Moist heat packs warm the muscles of the neck and back for a deeper more relaxing massage. Thai Massage Rhythmic compression and stretching open the joint spaces, leaving you feeling longer, lighter and energized. Inner Body Experience Top-of-the-line package combines Ginger Sling body wrap, 60-minute massage, mini-facial and scalp treatment. Sweet Feet Add a 15-minute foot scrub, rub, and wrap to any massage. Beach Head A 15-minute hair and scalp rub to hydrate and destress. Table Tune-Up In a rush? Stop by the Well2 in Carpenter’s Square Mall for 20 minutes on the table or 10 on the chair. In season only.

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CAPE MAY DAY SPA

For the perfect escape, let Cape May Day Spa pamper you. It was again voted one of the best in South Jersey. Some Spa Highlights

WHERE IS IT? On the corner of Columbia Avenue and Jefferson Street, in Cape May’s Historic District. WHY SHOULD I GO? Vacations are designed to supply you with an escape from everyday life. Cape May Day Spa will not only give you that feeling of serenity, they’ll also provide you with a true getaway experience, filled with relaxation for both your body and soul. This spa is a state-of-the-art, stand-alone facility that is designed solely to create your perfect escape from the everyday grind. In fact, by adding a spa visit to your vacation itinerary, you’ll feel like you’ve added a whole extra day of vacation. Check out the Spa Shop, too. Whether you want to spoil yourself or treat a friend, you’ll find a great selection of skin care products by AVEDA and Phytomer. The Day Spa offers a variety of packages and has been recognized by NJ Monthly Magazine as one of the best in NJ for several years running. INSIDER TIP The Cape May Day Spa has the only couples room in Cape May. This stateof-the-art room allows couples to soak in an oversized whirlpool tub and enjoy side-byside massages.NJ Monthly magazine as one of the best in New Jersey.

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Sweet Escape for Two By candlelight in the couples’ room, soak in the whirlpool tub and enjoy a side-byside couple’s massage. Finish with chocolates and teas in the lounge. Stress Express Two therapists pamper you with a pedicure and facial. While enjoying the customized mask, your shoulders, neck, hands and feet are massaged, followed by a manicure and a cup of chai. Perfect Trio During the warming effects of hand and foot paraffin treatment, your therapist begins a Swedish-style aromatherapy massage, along with foot reflexology. Enjoy a cup of chai at the end. Mothers-To-Be Package Rest and rejuvenate before your bundle of joy arrives! Relax your mind and body as you enjoy a European facial and 50 min Prenatal Massage, followed by a manicure and pedicure then a cup of Chai, salad and fruit and cheese plate.


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Evolution Salon & Spa

From your scalp to your toes, and all points in between, here’s a place where you can rejuvenate that special person... you! Some Salon Highlights

WHERE IS IT? North Cape May, in the Cape Shopping Center across from Wawa on Bayshore Road. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because if anyone deserves to be pampered, it’s you, right? Opened in March 2013 by Holly Patrick, Evolution is a full-service salon and spa offering everything any gal — or guy — in need of some TLC could want. Holly, who worked in the beauty biz for seven years prior to hanging up her own shingle, says being the boss is good. “It’s been a learning experience, but brings me pure happiness,” she told us. Looking to get rid of some of your stress? Perhaps a massage is just the ticket, and Evolution has a menu to choose from: whether you just need an invigorating scalp massage, a classic Swedish massage, or the fivestar Evolution Signature massage, you’ll be right as rain. Sometimes a new hairdo is all it takes to rejuvenate, and Evolution offers excellent cuts, coloring, blow outs

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Hair Care From a do-over, like a perm or a brand new color, or simple maintenance like protein or detox treatments. Nails You’ll Notice From simple paraffin treatments, to the fullon spa-style manicure. And don’t forget your toes. Weddings Pre-game-day pampering in the form of special occasion hair and make-up. Waxing Get rid of that pesky razor for good, and let Evolution wax your way to sleek, smooth, sexy skin. Skin Care Soothe and refresh your skin with a luxurious facial from a full menu of Dermalogica skin care treatments. Massage If it’s true that beauty comes from the inside out, the perfect massage will ensure your most relaxed, revived, beautiful version of you. Something for everyone, from a quick scalp invigoration to a maternity massage. Stress be gone.

and other treatments, including a detoxifying treatment, which removes chlorine and well water deposits, a must if you spend time at the shore. Need a bit more attention than that? No worries — Evolution offers waxing services, manicures and pedicures (including an Express Pedicure, for those of us on the go), and a full menu of facial skincare treatments. Go to their comprehensive website to select what you’d like, and follow them on Facebook for special offers. Evolution proudly uses and carries Redken and Pureology hair care products and the Dermalogica skin care line. Call for an appointment, or walk-ins are always welcome. INSIDER TIP: Evolution is not just for ladies. “We cover men head to toe, too!” says Holly. Haircuts, manicures, pedicures and facials are all available for your favorite gentleman.

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Activities Broadway-quality theater, world-class music, a theme park to rival Disney, a splashy selection of water sports, golf courses, museums and... well, boredom is NOT an option.


CAPE MAY INLET MARINA WATERSPORTS

Go dolphin watching and sightseeing on a speedboat, enjoy the view of a lifetime while parasailing and zip across the water on waverunners. All at one location!

WHERE IS IT? They’re just a scenic 10-minute drive from downtown Cape May. Head north out of town, passing the Lobster House restaurant and continue over the canal bridge. Be sure to stay in the right-hand lane of the bridge and veer right onto Ocean Drive towards the Wildwoods, when you reach the stoplight at the foot of the bridge (you DO NOT want to get on the Parkway). Continue on Ocean Drive for 1.5 miles, continue past Lund’s Fisheries and over the drawbridge. They are located just 200 yards past the bridge on your left side — just look for the yellow building and signs out front. There is plenty of free parking and bathrooms. Use Google Maps or call for directions but please do not rely on your car’s GPS system for accurate directions.. WHY SHOULD I GO? If you want a great experience on or above the water, you came to the right place. Choose between parasailing, dolphin watching and waverunners, or do all three activities! Fly high above the Wildwood beachfront with Atlantic Parasail and see the coast like never before. Their professional captain and flight technician handle every aspect of your journey and ages six and up can fly.

You can also climb aboard Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch Speed Boat to enjoy the thrill of seeking out those irresistible bottlenose dolphins that inhabit our waters. The dolphins will entertain you playing in the boat’s wake like you’ve never seen before and provide some incredible photo-ops. As their customers say, this trip is a must-do! Looking for something even more thrilling? Hop on a new Yamaha Waverunner at Wildwood Waverunners to quench your need-for-speed as you cruise across the water. They guarantee customer satisfaction and their trained staff will give all operators and passengers a hands-on briefing before heading out to the riding area. It’s all great family fun! They are the closest marina to the ocean, so you get to spend more time doing your activity and less time getting there. INSIDER TIP They are open mid-May thru September 15 and reservations are highly recommended. Go to www.CapeMayInlet. com to reserve your space and save money using the promo codes offered.

CAPE MAY INLET MARINA WATERSPORTS « 1001 Ocean Drive, Wildwood Crest « www.capemayinlet.com


CAPE MAY NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

Whether you want championship-level golf or a lovely walk that includes a 50-acre bird sanctuary, play “The Natural”

WHERE IS IT? Two miles outside of Cape May, a few minutes from the ferry terminal. WHY SHOULD I GO? Cape May National at dawn: fog lifting, birds singing, waterfowl landing in the lakes, huge bass leaping, ospreys circling overhead then diving to capture a fish for breakfast. No houses here — just a private sanctuary for you. Mark Twain was right about a lot of things, but he can’t have known about Cape May National when he wrote, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” One of the most natural courses ever built, it surrounds a 50-acre bird sanctuary and started a new trend in environmentally sensitive course design. This par 71 championship course welcomes all levels of play. There are pros at a number of events throughout the year. If your swing isn’t what it used to be, try the chipping greens and driving range. Either way, it won’t take long to understand why the course receives accolades. The 18th hole was featured on the cover of the “50 Best Golf Holes in New Jersey,” while Pub Links magazine said,

“Cape May National is like going back to see an old girlfriend — perhaps the one you should have married. It might be the most beautiful golf course in the state.” Cape May National is the proud home of the world’s longest putting greens. So add a new dimension to your vacation, any time of year… proving Mark Twain wrong, and turning an ordinary walk into a beautiful game. INSIDER TIP Stay and play packages are available with The Chalfonte Hotel.

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CAPE MAY STAGE

An Equity theatre company featuring a season of war, passion, intrigue, magic and laughter... in a beautifully restored theatre WHERE IS IT? The Robert Shackleton Playhouse on Bank and Lafayette, in downtown Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? No visit to Cape May is complete without a visit to Cape May Stage. Many people are surprised to learn that this jewel box of a theatre with only 134 seats is one of the most respected theatres in the nation with Tony Award winners and nominees acting, directing and designing plays that resonate for its audience. “Being open” is the theme for their 2016 season, which is explored through hilarious comedies and poignant dramas. Cape May Stage is a must-see for theatre-goers of all ages. The Whipping Man By Matthew Lopez May 25 to June 24: With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ending, this play is about redemption, forgiveness, the lasting scars of slavery and the responsibility that comes with freedom. The New York Times calls it “haunting, striking and powerful.” Sex with Strangers By Laura Eason June 29 to July 29: “A juicy summer beach play. You can’t savor it surfside, but just like a pageturner, this smart comedy pulls you in and keeps you wondering what’s coming next.” — New York Daily News Barefoot in the Park By Neil Simon August 3 to September 9: One of the most beloved comedies in American Theatre. Follow newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they navigate their lives with Corie’s loopy mother, neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, and their five story walk-up apartment. A play about letting go and discovering the joys of life. Disgraced By Ayad Akhtar September 14 to October 14: The 2013 Pulitzer

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Prize winner comes to South Jersey. The most produced play in the United States in 2015. Don’t miss this explosive play where an innocent dinner party turns into a intense discussion of race, faith, and politics.

anyone visiting Cape May during our gorgeous holiday season. The box office opens a half-hour before show time and is located inside the theatre lobby. Tickets can be purchased by calling (609) 770-8311 and may also be purchased in person at the ticket kiosk in front of the theatre (weather permitting). Tickets will be held at the box office until the time of show, and must be paid for in advance. Visit capemaystage.org at any time to book your tickets directly using the secure online ticketing system. And be sure to find Cape May Stage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and announcements. Ticket prices: $38 adults, $33 seniors (62+), students $18. Performance schedules and times vary. Visit capemaystage.org or call (609) 7708311 for details.

Buyer and Cellar By Jonathan Tolins October 19 to November 18: A comedy where Alex More, a struggling actor in LA takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day the star herself shows up. Can their newfound friendship survive in the outside world? “Hilarious! Beyond brilliant ”— Entertainment Weekly One Christmas Carol By Douglas H. Baker November 25 to December 31: The East Coast premier! With one actor and over 35 distinct characters, this one-man tour de force is an intimate and spirited evening of theatre that everyone in the family will love! A must for

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(609) 770-8311 « www.capemaystage.org


EAST COAST JET BOAT ADVENTURES, PARASAILING & WAVERUNNER Experience the newest adventure activity in South Jersey, and a whole range of fabulously fun water sports

WHERE IS IT? In Cape May, at Utsch’s Marina in Schellenger’s Landing. Make a right at the base of the Route 109 bridge and follow the U-turn signs until you get to Utsch’s Marina. WHY SHOULD I GO? Quite a few reasons, actually! East Coast Jet Boat Adventures is the hot new activity in South Jersey. Experience a 45-55 minute ride aboard the fastest and only true New Zealand-style jet boat on the east coast that can operate in the open ocean. The boat is powered by twin supercharged diesel 700hp engines which allows for incredible acceleration, speed and maneuverability. Then there’s the fact that East Coast is the only parasail and jet ski company on the island. No need to go over bridges, pay tolls or sit in traffic. You have to experience the high-flying thrill and panoramic views at the Jersey Shore. You don’t need any skills or experience whatsoever... East Coast’s Master US Coast Guard-Licensed captains and crew will take care of everything for you. Last but not least... if you are looking for a cool and refreshing way to enjoy your vacation, try renting a personal watercraft, also called a Jet Ski or Waverunner. This is a great way to live life to the fullest this summer without breaking your budget. INSIDER TIP Reservations are recommended for all water sports. Do all of them and save BIG! Call today for details. Book online and save 15%. Just use code CCM16.

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Ecoventures

Join them for day camps, eco-tours, surf lessons and more, all taught by marine biologists. Your gateway to adventure starts here!

WHERE IS IT? EcoVentures daily kids programs are held out of The Grand Hotel at 1045 Beach Avenue in Cape May, but they offer surf lessons and eco-tours at various locations around town. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because vacations are meant to be enjoyed, and EcoVentures gives both kids and parents the chance to do just that. They offer daily adventure programs for boys and girls, ages 5-13, that give children the opportunity to experience beachside activities like boogie boarding, skimboarding, snorkeling, hands-on crafts and more, all while learning about marine biology and the environment. Meanwhile, mom and dad are free to enjoy a peaceful day at the beach of poolside, soaking in the vacation they had imagined. Looking for a private family excursion? Their CPR/First Aid certified biologists provide coastal eco-tours that let families discover the wild side of Cape May while learning about Cape May’s rich history and the vital role that the ocean and bays play in our area. EcoVentures also offers private and group surfing lessons most mornings, and guarantee that they’ll have you standing up and surfing by the lesson’s end, so visit www.EcoVenturesUS.com for details. INSIDER TIP Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested for all programs. Register directly online or call the number below. And be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see the latest promotions and specials.

ECOVENTURES « Inside the Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May « (609) 742-5656 « www.ecoventuresUS.com


EXIT ZERO JAZZ FESTIVAL

Twice a year, America’s original art form turns the nation’s oldest seaside resort into a veritable music village. Are you ready to party, Cape May?

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL Music moves to center stage twice a year (April 22-24 and November 11-13) in Cape May’s ongoing festival of the senses, when the Exit Zero Jazz Festival transforms the historic seaside town into a mecca of world-class music. Not only does this festival attract a loyal fan base every year, it also attracts blockbuster jazz, soul, R&B and blues icons, NEA Jazz Masters, Grammywinning legends, and crowd favorites. Grab your front row seat and experience firsthand how the transcendent power of music, the energy of the ocean and the famed light of Cape May create some unforgettable moments. The Spring Edition (April 22-24) celebrates two icons of American music as 22-time Grammy Award Winner, Pat Metheny, joins legendary jazz bassist, multi-Grammy Winner, and the most recorded bass player in the history of music, Ron Carter, for two intimate performances in the Schmidtchen Theater at Lower Cape May Regional School on Saturday, April 23. Headling on Friday, April 22 will be star of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet to Stardom, Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton. Organized by a resident of Cape May, Spy Boy Productions’

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Michael Kline, a veteran in the jazz business, Kline seeks to have Exit Zero Jazz seen as on the level of iconic festivals like Monterey and Newport. “With Cape May as our setting we already have an iconic location. It’s our goal to produce Festivals twice a year that match the beauty of Cape May,” he says. In fact, both the Spring and Fall Editions of the Festival feature major headliners performing in the 1,170 seat Schmidtchen Theater and in Cape May Convention Hall. But the soul of the Festival, both spring and fall, remains the Pop’s Pass club series, which allows festival-goers to stroll from club to club soaking up the exhilarating sounds of jazz, blues, funk, and New Orleans style music — all for an affordable price that will leave you feeling jazzed. Seriously, this Pass is the easiest and most efficient way to see the entire Festival while giving you the freedom to explore different venues for one low price. Congress Hall is the official hotel partner of Exit Zero Jazz and offers special festival hotel packages providing the best value for fest-goers. For ticket and Festival information call 609-849-9202.

609-849-9202 « www.exit0jazzfest.com


HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE

Enjoy a wonderful living history museum, with 26 restored buildings on a beautiful 30-acre wooded site ABOUT THE VILLAGE The 1800s come to life in 26 restored historic buildings where interpreters in period clothing demonstrate blacksmithing, woodworking, pottery, tinsmithing, basket weaving and open-hearth cooking. Visitors make personal connections with the past through interactive, educational, hands-on family activities. The Village features special weekend events, free weekday horse-drawn carriage rides, a Welcome Center, Country Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. The Village is open Tuesday-Sunday from late-June through Labor Day. The 2016 calendar… June 4-5: Village Sampler Weekend June 11-12: Hands-On-History June 18-19: Military Timeline Weekend June 25-26: Quilt & Fiber Arts Show July 2-3: Independence Day Celebration July 9-10: Jersey Cape Foodways July 16-17: 12th Annual Celtic Festival July 23-24: Railroad Days July 30-31: Hands-On-History August 6-7: Down on the Farm Weekend August 13-14: Classic Car Show August 20-21: Paranormal Weekend August 27-28: Seafarers’ Weekend September 3-4: Hands-On-History September 10-11: Revolutionary War Camp September 17-18: Civil War Weekend September 24-25: Village Sampler Weekend

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MOREY’S PIERS

The quintessential Wildwood experience, Morey’s Piers offers three beachfront parks with amusement rides that range from slow and steady to extreme thrills

WHERE IS IT? Follow the screams, laughs and the scent of Curley’s Fries and get ready to go wild world’s best seaside park! WHY SHOULD I GO? Morey’s Piers is a classic seaside amusement park that’s been family owned since 1969. Voted the best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today. Morey’s Piers has more than 100 rides and attractions spanning 18 acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers offers the pure joy of an amusement park and the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk. Morey’s Piers offers THREE piers packed with wild rides ranging from mild to high-intensity, including six world-class coasters and extreme rides as well as traditional favorites like the old-fashioned Carousel, bumper cars and the spinning Tea Cups. Surfside Pier mixes family fun with thrills in an environment fueled by neon colors, bright lights and music. Get ready for high-energy with thrilling attractions like “it”, The Great Nor’Easter coaster and AtmosFEAR. And their newest attraction, KONG, has returned to Surfside Pier! Over 60 feet

high, the reincarnation of this classic ride features the Eighth Wonder of the World in an “I love WW” t-shirt as he swings from a lighthouse. Fly around in the airplanes as they circle KONG and then take a trip through KONG & Co. under the ride for skate apparel, KONG gear, Morey’s Piers merchandise and a seat to relax. Mariner’s Pier brings your childhood memories back to life with an atmosphere of a traditional seaside amusement park filled with rides like the Bumper Cars, Carousel and the Giant Wheel. Swing high in the sky on the Wave Swinger featuring 72 vignettes of art depicting Wildwood’s colorful history. Adventure Pier is the pier that rocks, packed with high thrill extreme rides, a wooden coaster and the 3-Point Challenge Basketball Game. Soar over the beach on the SkyCoaster, feel the G force of the SkyScraper or shoot your way to the moon on the SlingShot. A stage will feature School of Rock and live entertainment all summer long. Plus 98.7 The Coast and 106.3 WJSE will liven up the pier that rocks at the onsite Boardwalk studio. Got game? Visit the World Cup Soccer Challenge and compete like the pros. Continued on next page

MOREY'S PIERS « 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood « (609) 729-3700 « www.moreyspiers.com


MOREY’S PIERS

Rated one of the world’s top three seaside amusement parks, with two water parks, three piers, five restaurants... and more than 100 attractions!

Visit Jumbo’s on Mariner’s Pier for seafood, steaks, giant pizzas, a raw bar and more casual fare. Grab a slice at the quick service counter or sit down for a family meal inside or outside on the deck. Joe’s Fish Co., on Surfside Pier, offers savory seafood with an eclectic twist. Joe’s also offers unique salads, fish & chips and landlubber favorites. Enjoy a selection of beer, wine or mixed drinks at Jumbo’s & Joe’s. At Ocean Oasis, get your grub on at Stubborn Brother’s Beach Bar & Grille with lively libations and a mouthwatering menu. Behind Raging Waters Water Park, Wrecker’s Beach Grille offers lunch and snack items including cheesesteaks, wraps, burgers, salads and more. Visit both locations from the beach or the water park. Swim up to Trader Sam’s in River Adventure

to enjoy a refreshing River Float served right in the river. Turn breakfast into a wild adventure aboard Morey’s Piers 156-foot high Giant Wheel. Breakfast in the Sky is an incredible mix of delicious food and stunning views. Guests will be whisked away on a dream-like journey, leisurely soaring high above Wildwood on Morey’s Pier Giant Wheel, while indulging in a unique culinary experience complete with fine china, white linen tablecloths, and a wheel-side service. It’s a MUST-DO for anyone visiting the Wildwood Boardwalk. INSIDER TIP Visit Moreyspiers.com for insider tips, events and great weekday specials. For the social savants, be sure to follow Morey’s Piers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

MOREY'S PIERS « 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood « (609) 729-3700 « www.moreyspiers.com


AQUA TRAILS

Explore Cape May’s wetlands under a full moon, as the sun sets, or in daylight. Or try paddle boarding — a fantastic full-body workout!

WHERE IS IT? At The Nature Center of Cape May on Delaware Avenue. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because it doesn’t really matter what type of Cape May experience you’re after — from a romantic escape to an educational one, from a physical workout activity to a couple of hours of family fun — Aqua Trails covers the bases. Owned and operated by local high school marine biology teacher Jeff Martin and his wife Tracey, Aqua Trails is one of those no-fail, put-it-on-the-to-do-list kind of places. Think of the photo ops as you glide along in your kayak, encountering all measure of aquatic flora and fauna. The colors alone are enough to provoke jealousy among your Facebook friends and Instagram followers. The background paintings by local artist Stan Sperlak on the website will give you a good idea of what you’ll encounter on your tour. And you can pick your pleasure — tidal marsh tours, where you’ll get up close and personal with the wetlands and the exotic birds for which Cape May is so renowned; sunset tours, where you can get views of the spectacular sunsets from a different perspective; and the wildly popular full moon tours. There are even a couple of road trips scheduled each year — check the website for details. There are also two kayak summer camps for kids ges 12-16. In 2013, paddle-boarding was added to the Aqua Trails itinerary, and it’s been a huge hit. They offer a variety of tours, lessons and rentals for all ages. Not only is it a new and fun way to navigate the harbor, it’s a killer work-out — for when you’ve had enough of lounging on the beach. Those vacation Margarita calories aren’t going to burn themselves off, after all. INSIDER TIP Forget your sunscreen or your waterproof phone or camera case? They’ll hook you with a loaner as a courtesy — along with maps of area waterways, snacks and water bottles, too!

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BEACH PLUM FARM

Enjoy farm-fresh produce, activities, events and a laid back vibe on this quaint farm in West Cape May

WHERE IS IT? Tucked away in quaint West Cape May. Take Sunset Boulevard towards Cape May Point and turn right onto Bayshore Road, then left onto Stevens Street. WHY SHOULD I GO? Regular visitors to Cape May are used to being spoiled with the freshest seafood, but the 62-acre Beach Plum Farm will spoil you with farmfresh produce. The Ebbitt Room, Blue Pig Tavern and Rusty Nail are all served by the farm, which is less than 2 miles away from the restaurants. More than 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown and harvested for the restaurant’s kitchens. Three mornings a week, fruit and vegetables are hand-picked at the farm and delivered so their chefs can develop daily menu specials around them. Be sure to stop by the farm when you are in town to take in the experience. During summer months guided tours are available to the public. Self-guided tours are offered year-round. If you’ve ever wondered where your food comes from, stop by and see for yourself. And be sure to say hello to all the chickens, ducks and pigs. INSIDER TIP Just like the seasons, Beach Plum Farm’s fresh offerings ebb and flow. Their very popular Farm Market is open year-round (visit them on the web for current hours of operation) and you can sample and take home berries, tomatoes, herbs and more. They are famous for their eggs — both of the chicken and duck variety. These eggs are the best you’ve ever tasted. Beach Plum Farm also offers seasonal events and activities, so be sure to check them out online.

BEACH PLUM FARM « 140 Stevens Street, West Cape May « (609) 602-0128 « www.caperesorts.com/beachplumfarm


cape may bird observatory You’re in a world-class natural paradise, and this is the HQ!

WHERE IS IT? Cape May Bird Observatory’s information center and store is located on East Lake Drive, just off Lighthouse Avenue at Cape May Point — but their events will take you into the wonderful outdoors at many locations around Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? Stop by the Northwood Center and you will find a great range of binoculars and spotting scopes ideally suited for birdwatching; a range of unique clothing designs; gift cards; books and more. The store not only offers you some wonderful seasonal ideas for wildlife and birdwatching gifts for you and your loved ones, it also serves as your first stop to get you on the road to enjoying the fabulous birdlife of Cape May. Pick up a copy of CMBO’s quarterly events schedule and you can soon be joining us as we explore the very best of wildlife watching around Cape May. Events run throughout the year and range from easy-going, two-hour strolls through the state park to two- or three-day workshops — you choose the level that works for you! Ever wondered what those birds are that hang out on the beach through the summer? Why are the birds where they are? And where do they go when they are not around? If you have never tried a bird walk before, come on one of the beginner sessions, where CMBO’s fine cadre of volunteer leaders will help you realize that Cool Cape May has Cool Cape May Birds too! If you are a first-timer, they have loaner binoculars just waiting for you to arrive — and bring the kids, too!

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INSIDER TIP The events run right through the year so, if you enjoy CMBO walks in the summer, hurry back in fall as another spectacular Cape May hawk migration takes place — right over your head! And even when you’re not in Cape May, you can order any gear you need through their online store at www.FeatherEdgeOptics.org. Proceeds even benefit the Observatory!

www.birdcapemay.org


CAPE MAY CARTS

Navigate Cool Cape May in style without paying for gas

WHERE IS IT? Right on the edge of West Cape May and just up the street from the CVS Pharmacy on Park Boulevard. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because driving an open-air golf cart is just good old fun and you’re on vacation; so why not? Technically considered Low Speed Vehicles, these carts are the perfect way to get from one place to the next while navigating the beautiful streets of Cool Cape May. These carts may be considered “low speed,” but they’ll zip along just fine and are able to travel on roads with speed limits of 35mph and below. And what’s the rush anyway? You’re on vacation! Slow things down a bit, help out the environment while crusing in your electric vehicle and get a chance

to really soak up the sights of our magical seaside town with the wind in your hair. Leave your car where it is and jump in a Cape May Cart to see the town, hit the beach, head over to a winery or go bar hopping. They have a full fleet of vehicles and offer four and six person carts, all of which are equipped with seatbelts, windshield wipers, headlights and blinkers. Visit them at www.capemaycarts.com for pricing and more details. INSIDER TIP All of their carts will travel about 30 miles when fully charged, but every cart comes with an onboard battery charger and plugs right into a standard 110v outlet. They also offer pick-ups and dropoffs so you don’t have to leave your car!

CAPE MAY CARTS « 600 Park Boulevard, West Cape May « (609) 600-3865« www.capemaycarts.com


CAPE MAY FILM FESTIVAL Movies. Workshops. Community.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The 16th Annual Cape May Film Festival will take place November 11-13 at the West Cape May Borough Hall. Cape May Film Festival hosts the best independent films being made in New Jersey or being screened for the first time in the Garden State. Meet the directors, producers, actors. Enjoy the best films ever — not on TV, not on Netflix — only at the threetime winner of the New Jersey People’s Choice Award for the Favorite Film Festival: Cape May Film Festival.  Join them for their Oscar Party at the Mad Batter. Call or write for details.  And their calendar of events doesn’t stop there! Each June, the annual Cape May Film Camp provides young filmmakers with the opportunity to learn how to conceptualize, write, shoot, edit a new short film — then screen it in front of a live audience! And visit www.capemayfilm.org to learn more about all the other great films they’re showing at the best venues throughout Cape May. At East Lynne Theater Company, see the Silent Film series with live organ accompaniment featuring Steamboat Bill (August 7), The Lodger (October 23), and The Sheik (November 13). Become a member of the Cape May Film Society — membership is free! By supporting the Cape May Film Society, you ensure that generations to come won’t forget what it’s like to sit with fellow film lovers and laugh, cry, and enjoy great movies together.

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cape may-lewes ferry

From the beautifully located outdoor restaurant to the boat trip itself, and the delights of nearby Delaware... there are so many reasons to head for the ferry!

WHERE IS IT? In North Cape May, a short drive from downtown. WHY SHOULD I GO? Because it’s fun AND practical. Take the 80-minute ride between Cape May and Lewes, Delaware. Bring your car and enjoy the outlet shopping and a beautiful state park at the other end. The ferry is a great way to cut a few miles off your trip. If you just feel like a day trip, walk on as a passenger and leave your car in the free, well-lit, security-patrolled parking lot—you can even bring a bike for free. In Delaware, a seasonal shuttle goes to historic Lewes, the Tanger Outlets, or connects to Rehoboth Beach, a hip and fun resort with excellent restaurants and shopping. But the ride alone is worth it. Stroll the decks, eat, drink, shop — all three boats in the fleet are very smooth and very comfortable and each features an outdoor Lido Bar with drinks and pub food. Check out the themed musical and tasting cruises — Rock the Boat features rockn-roll favorites on Friday nights in July and August; while, during September and October, the Wine Lover’s Sunset Cruise features tapas with wine pairings. They also host FREE concerts at the gorgeous terminal grounds every Wednesday night in July and August. At each terminal, you can relax and eat at On the Rocks bar/restaurants in Lewes or in Cape May. It’s a great place to kick back and enjoy the company of family and friends. INSIDER TIP If you have a wedding, birthday, business meeting or special event coming up, either of the terminals boast spectacular waterside settings.

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CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE

Welcome to one of the area’s most irresistible attractions... a landmark with a fascinating story (and a terrific view!) WHERE IS IT? In beautiful, tranquil Cape May Point State Park. WHY SHOULD I GO? There’s something special about a lighthouse. Tall and regal, a sentinel guiding mariners back to a safe harbor. The Cape May Lighthouse is one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the United States. It has helped navigators enter the Delaware Bay since 1859, and is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. In 1857, the Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the present lighthouse. Its design is attributed to Civil War General George Meade. The tower is made of brick, with both an exterior and interior wall. The outside wall has a diameter of 27 feet at the base and 10 feet, 6 inches at the top. The cylindrical interior wall supports the 199 step, cast-iron spiral staircase. Both walls rise 145 feet to the watch room and outside gallery, which sit beneath the lantern at the top. The beacon was first lit October 31, 1859. Its original lamp was fueled by oil. In 1938, that lamp was replaced by an electrical beacon, which eliminated the need for lighthouse keepers. This beacon flashes every 10 seconds and is still visible 24 miles out to sea. The United States Lighthouse Service was discontinued in 1939 and its equipment and personnel were transferred to the United States Coast Guard. As electronic navigation aids began to reduce the need for lighthouses, Cape May’s sentinel fell victim to Coast Guard budget cuts. It was reactivated at the end of the war, and

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has continued to serve as an active aid to navigation. In 1983, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), began negotiations with the US Coast Guard to lease the lighthouse, with the goal of restoring it to its original condition, opening it to the public, and interpreting its history. Ownership of the Lighthouse was ultimately transferred to the State Park Service, which has leased it to MAC since 1986. In addition to completing a 15-year (1987-2002) $2 million restoration of the lighthouse, MAC also restored the Oil House on the lighthouse

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grounds, creating a fully accessible visitors orientation center. In the Oil House, visitors who cannot climb the tower’s staircase can see the view in a vivid photo mural, reproductions of the information exhibits on display in the tower, and a 12-minute video depicting the climb to the top. The oil house also contains the Lighthouse Museum Shop with a fascinating array of lighthouse nautical memorabilia and souvenirs. The landmark is one of the most popular attractions on the Jersey Cape, and it has also become a popular site for weddings and engagements, as well as other gatherings.

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CAPE MAY WHALE WATCH & RESEARCH CENTER An unparalleled seafaring safari through the coastal Atlantic Ocean will show you marine life like never before

WHERE IS IT? Just 10 minutes from downtown Wildwood, they are located at the very south end of Wildwood Crest. Take Pacific Avenue from anywhere and head south into Wildwood Crest. The road will turn into Ocean Drive. Continue past the Crest Tavern and then pass the Two Mile Landing Crab House, both on your right. Travel quarter-mile further and they are on the right. Look for the yellow building but DO NOT go over the toll bridge into Cape May. There is plenty of free parking and bathrooms. If needed, please call for directions since GPS may not work. WHY SHOULD I GO? If you are seeking a sun-filled, breeze-blowing-through-your-hair, flying-onthe-ocean kind of day, then jump aboard the Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch Speedboat. They offer the most up-close-and-personal tour anywhere at the Jersey Shore. Cruise along the beaches of Wildwood and Cape May, experiencing sea life at its best. Enjoy the thrill of seeking out those irresistible Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins. With only 49 seats available, reservations are strongly advised. Thunder Cat is located just a few hundred yards from the Cape May Inlet — so maximize your time with the dolphins and create an unforgettable fun family vacation thrill ride. INSIDER TIP They’re open from mid-May through mid-September. Your 90-minute excursion departs at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm — and 5pm when needed. Reservations are recommended — book at Thundercatdolphinwatch.com. Save $5 each person when you book online. Promo code: WWB5OFF. All major credit cards accepted. Space is limited so please call ahead. Be sure to bring your cameras to capture the moments. Thunder Cat also offers cold refreshments and snacks. And no, you will NOT get wet!

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCH & RESEARCH CENTER « Utsch’s Marina, 1121 Rt. 9, Cape May « (609) 898-0055« www.capemaywhalewatch.com


cape may whale watcher

Beautiful, awe-inspiring, romantic, fun... there are lots of adjectives to describe a trip on the Cape May Whale Watcher. Book a trip today – sightings are guaranteed! WHERE IS IT? At Miss Chris Marina, the second right after the big Parkway bridge coming into Cape May, or third left after the little bridge when you’re leaving Cape May. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Cape May Whale Watcher is the largest and fastest whale and dolphin watcher at the shore. The size and speed offer maximum viewing with less ride time. And given that Cape May is noted for its large seasonal population of bottle-nose dolphins, you won’t be disappointed. Sightings are guaranteed on the Cape May Whale Watcher! (Free ride coupon if no sightings are made.) And not only dolphins hang around these waters — humpback and finback whales are spotted. You can also take a trip up the Delaware Bay to see lighthouses, many of which can only be viewed by boat. This trip is about five hours long and includes a light buffet. Great trip for lighthouse fans. If you prefer to stay around Cape Island, then there are three daily options during the season. In the morning, there is a 10am (complimentary pastry and coffee), then a 1pm and, finally, the sunset cruise, at 6.30pm. On the sunset cruise, enjoy complimentary pizza and hot dog or choose the option of dinner aboard the boat. In all cases, call ahead to verify trip times and to make reservations. ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? Try the new Sunset Lighthouse Cruise (aka Wine Cruise) on Fridays to see two lighthouses, and enjoy a wine tasting by a local vineyard, such as Cape May Winery or Hawk Haven. This also includes dolphin watching and a sunset.

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DARK STAR PIRATE CRUISES

Join the roughest swaggerin’ scallywags that ever sailed the seven seas for a fantastically fun voyage

WHERE IS IT? At the intersection of Sweetbriar Road and Park Boulevard. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Dark Star, a 50’ authentic Pirate themed ship, sets sail daily to take buccaneers, both young and old, on a scenic voyage through the coastal waterways around Cool Cape May while entertaining riders with fortunes of tales, tunes, and treasures that would turn Blackbeard green with envy. When you step onboard, you’ll instantly become a crew member yourself as their fully interactive show puts you right in

the middle of the adventure with sword fighting, singing, water cannon battles and treasure hunting. The Dark Star may sail the high seas under the pirate flag, but parents can rest assured knowing this 49 passenger vessel is fully Coast Guard inspected and certified. . Join their adventure and learn to speak like a pirate yourself as the scurvy pirate crew test your lingo as you scour the seas for ye pirate booty. Be sure to batten down the hatches though, there may be some ship-to-ship fighting as well!

DARK STAR PIRATE CRUISES « 6200 Park Boulevard, Wildwood Crest « (609) 729-3275 « www.darkstarpiratecruises.com


EAST LYNNE THEATER COMPANY

Celebrating its 36th season of spectacular American classics! New York Times calls it one of the top 75 theaters offering summer productions in N. America. ABOUT THE THEATER COMPANY East Lynne was the first Equity professional theater in the country to focus on classic American plays and new works based on American literature and history. The forgotten gems of the past revitalized by ELTC, provide a portal to the past for a better understanding of the present. This award-winning company is recognized for both artistic excellence and cultural significance by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. ELTC operates year-round with touring shows, workshops, and school residencies, and performs at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, an ADA-accessible venue with excellent acoustics and sightlines. Season tickets, group rates, and packages for dinner-show, B&B-show, and for bus/private tours are available. Shows run four nights weekly, Wednesday through Saturday, except where noted. Most tickets: $32; $27 seniors and those with disabilities plus up to three companions; $17 students and military (active/retired); ages 12 and under free. For information and reservations call 609-884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org. Mr. Lincoln May 11 (2:00pm), May 12 — May 21 at 8:00pm (No show May 15-17): This production was so popular in 2015 that it returns with Tom Byrn reprising the role of the President. In Herbert Mitgang’s play, Lincoln’s life flashes before him as John Wilkes Booth aims his pistol. Reviewer Howard Shapiro for WHYY called Byrn’s performance a “tour de force.” Rodgers’ Romance (NJ Premiere) June 15 — July 23 at 8:30pm: This charming musical revue is directed by David-Michael Kenney who created it for Sellersville Theatre and reprised it at Act II Playhouse in Pennsylvania. Four singers present twenty-four songs by Rodgers and Hart, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, accompanied by Charles Gilbert. It’s also a trivia competition, with the winner of the night receiving a gift certificate to a local business! Student Workshop Production July 5 at 8:00pm, Free Admission: The play TBD. Dracula July 27 — September 3 at 8:30pm: Based on Bram Stoker’s novel,

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Howard Deane’s adaptation opened in London in 1924, but before its New York opening in 1927, American John L. Balderston was hired to revise it. Bela Lugosi and Frank Langella played the title role on Broadway in this famous adaptation before making film versions in 1931 and 1977. Dracula is a thrilling play and terrific fun for the whole family! Biography September 21 — October 15 at 8:00pm (no show on October 5, added show on October 9 at 7:30pm): An internationally known portrait painter is planning to publish her autobiography. Trouble is, it could jeopardize an old flame’s bid for the United States Senate. When this scintillating play opened on Broadway in 1932, Brooks Atkinson’s review for The New York Times said, “S. N. Behrman can write comedies that shine with the truth of character.” Just in time for an election year! Poe by Candlelight October 22 at 8:00pm: ELTC’s actors read their favorite Poe stories. Last year’s event quickly sold out! Tickets $12 Detectives Holmes and Carter November 4 and 5, also March 17 and 18, 2017 at 8:00pm; ELTC’s popular radio-style production with the same cast of seven going from Holmes’ Victorian England, to Carter’s Manhattan during World War II, presenting Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Red-

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Headed League and Nick Carter and the Voice of Crime on the same night. Tickets: $27/$17 Yuletide Tales November 25, 26 and December 4, 8, 9 at 8:00pm; December 10 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm: Based on American Christmas stories, they are adapted and performed by ELTC’s artistic director, Gayle Stahlhuth, who brings thirty-plus characters to life in her completely memorized, unique storytelling style. Writers over the past ten years from whom she’s adapted include Alcott, O. Henry, and Baum. This year, she’s looking to Hawthorne and Twain. Tickets: $27/$17 Tales of the Victorians June 9 — December 31: Taste treats and listen to an ELTC actor present a story at historic venues at 4:00pm on Thursdays during the summer, for $12. In November and December, enjoy stories told by an ELTC actor on Ghosts Of Christmas Past Trolley Rides, co-sponsored with Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. Silent Sunday Film Series With live organ accompaniment by Wayne Zimmerman Co-sponsored with The Cape May Film Society. Tickets $15 August 7 at 8:30pm: Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) starring Buster Keaton October 23 at 8pm: The Lodger (1927) directed by Alfred Hitchcock November 13 at 7pm: Final Night of Cape May Film Festival; The Sheik (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino

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EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE

No trip to Cape May is complete without a visit to the town’s only Victorian house museum

and you may be lucky enough to run into Dr Physick himself. House tours reflect the changing exhibits and themes so each time you visit you will encounter a different aspect of the Victorian lifestyle Dr Physick and his family enjoyed. MAC has also restored the Carriage House on the estate, built in 1876. Today, it houses the Carroll Gallery, home to changing exhibits, a museum shop filled with wonderful and unique treasures, and the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, a

WHERE IS IT? Halfway down beautiful tree-lined Washington Street, at #1048, between Madison and West. WHY SHOULD I GO? Back in 1970, the Emlen Physick Estate on Washington Street was slated for the wrecker’s ball. Luckily, a group of people banded together to form what is now the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and prevented that. Today, stepping through the front door is like stepping back in time. This fully-restored 18-room mansion was designed for Dr Emlen Physick, descendant of a wealthy and famous Philadelphia family, and his widowed mother, Mrs Ralston and maiden Aunt Emilie. Although Dr Physick followed the family tradition and completed his medical training, he never practiced, but lived the life of a country gentleman in Cape May.

Attributed to the renowned architect Frank Furness, this 1879 mansion is one of the finest examples of Stick Style architecture in America. The estate caused a buzz in town when it was constructed in this avant-garde style; most cottages were still being built in the conservative Italianate, Gothic and Mansard styles. The exterior of the Estate is distinguished by Furness’ trademark oversized features, including gigantic upside-down corbelled chimneys,

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hooded “jerkin-head” dormers, and the huge stick-like brackets on the porch. Inside you will also find the distinct signature of Furness, who designed much of the interior molding, fireplaces, and even furniture. Many original furnishings are on display throughout the house. Many of the furnishings were luckily saved, and others have found their way back to the Physick house. The history of the estate comes to life through knowledgeable interpreters,

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NATURE CENTER OF CAPE MAY

Explore all the amazing things around the cape... this is a children’s wonderland!

WHERE IS IT? On Delaware Avenue, near the US Coast Guard base. WHY SHOULD I GO? The Nature Center offers adult, family and children’s programs, from guided kayaking trips, cycling tours, family hikes, private garden tours, beginner birding field trips and wildlife-friendly gardening programs. Summertime brings children’s day

camps, Monday through Friday throughout July and August, for preschool through ninth grades. It’s designed with summer visitors in mind — campers may attend just one day or all summer. The Nature Center’s day doesn’t end with the setting sun. Join them for evening family programs, including full moon kayak tours, evening campfires and moonlight

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beach strolls in search of bats, ghost crabs and other nocturnal creatures. Fall is the time to enjoy the change of seasons and the panoramic view from the welcome center’s three-story observation tower. It’s also the perfect time to join migrating Monarchs for a tour of the wildlife meadows and gardens.

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NAVAL AIR STATION WILDWOOD

When education and pure fun combine, special things happen. Welcome to one of those special places!

WHERE IS IT? Just north of the island, take Broadway/ Seashore Road to Breakwater Road, turn left. Look for all the planes about a quarter-mile on your right and follow signs to museum. WHY SHOULD I GO? History! And airplanes. How can you need more reason than that? The Cape May County Airport is built on what used to be a naval air base during the Second World War, a place where brave young men trained to fly the “quirky” SB2C Helldiver. And by “quirky” we mean, in the words of one pilot, “the worst airplane ever built.” Only the bravest or most reckless of pilots flew the Helldiver — and they lived, trained and worked right here. Surrounded by undeveloped wetlands, they disturbed few while dive-bombing over sparkling rivers and farm fields (before heading off to the South Pacific, where the

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Helldiver sank more enemy ships than any other plane in the war). Their presence is still felt, more than 70 years later, because the Aviation Museum is still exactly the way they left it. But, oh, the difference 70 years has made in aviation! And you can see that difference made clear as you get up close and personal with the F-14 Tomcat, F-16 Fighting Falcon, the UH-1 Huey, the T-33 Thunderbird, and a Coast Guard rescue helicopter you can actually sit in. And they recently added a US Coast Guard Humvee. INSIDER TIP The museum has interactive exhibits, videos and original posters from the era. A blast for vets, their grandkids and history buffs of all ages, the museum is always growing. Naval Air Station Wildwood was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, so look for even more exciting things to happen!

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TROLLEY TOURS

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the very best way to explore America’s Original Seaside Resort WHERE IS IT? The trolley tours are all over town, beginning and ending on Ocean Street at the Washington Street Mall.

seen some of the mansions you’ll be hearing about. Wealthy Victorians of the late 1800s who traveled here for the health benefits of ocean bathing and breathing in that sea air along the strand called them “cottages,” a major understatement. Cape Mayhem Trolley Tour: Explore the strange beliefs, superstitions and mysteries from the Victorian era in this half hour trolley tour through the gaslit streets of Cape May. Hear stories from Cape May’s history that are bizarre, unexplained or just downright weird! Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour: Get to the spirited side of Cape May, which has dozens of documented hauntings to brag about. MAC works with psychic medium and ghost writer Craig McManus who has visited homes, hotels and B&B inns, and has provided the MAC guides with the stories about who lived where, and why they’re still around. Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: McManus has also visited the Cape May Lighthouse, and found a few stray keepers of the past who can’t bear to leave. On this evening tour, you can climb to the top and learn more about this 1859 sentinel, or just admire it from the ground. Best of all, you’ll come away from your tour relaxed and refreshed. After all, you’ve just gone from traveling 80 mph to 8 mph. It’s time your life slowed down a little, and Cape May is a perfect place to do it. For more information, contact MAC — see below.

WHY SHOULD I GO? The first thing you want to do when you get to Cape May is park your car and toss the keys on the dresser or desk until you’re ready to head for home. After that, there are two perfect ways to see the town: walk (which is also good for you and makes you feel less guilty about splurging at a great restaurant tonight), or hop aboard one of MAC’s red trolleys. Guilt aside, this is even better because you also get the added benefit of guides who know the ins and outs of the town’s colorful past. Trolley tours run the gamut: History, romance, and even ghosts and you’ll find them at all times of the day and into the evening hours. You’ll also find trolley tours geared to young visitors and trolley tours for the holiday season, so you can see the town when it turns into a Dickens village. To make your life easier (you are on vacation, after all), check out our Trolley 101: Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour: Designed for the first-timers, this provides a quick overview of the town and an introduction to the many cultural, historical, and natural attractions we’re so proud of. Historic District Trolley Tour: The town is justifiably proud of its Victorian heritage, and this is where you want a guide who knows his or her stuff. The architecture is amazing and the history behind it is as colorful as the paint colors. Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour: If you’ve driven along Beach Avenue, you’ve

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How a local landmark was lovingly brought back to life, offering a fascinating glimpse into wartime Cape May WHERE IS IT? At the end of Sunset Boulevard, one of the most magical spots on the island. WHY SHOULD I GO? For years, many visitors who rode out Sunset Boulevard, and even some locals, wondered about that concrete tower sitting in the weeds, looking forlorn. It just so happens that the tower is New Jersey’s last freestanding World War II Lookout Tower and it’s now looking much less lonely as visitors come to its doors to climb to the sixth-floor spotting gallery and learn about its part in homeland defense. The tower is owned by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks, and is leased to Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Restored and opened to the public by MAC, the tower pays tribute to the men and women who bravely served in the armed forces, with a Wall of Honor dedicated to local World War II veterans. An All Veterans Memorial on the deck behind the tower honors veterans of all US wars. You’ll also see equipment used to determine firing coordinates for massive guns on both sides of the Delaware Bay. Each level of the tower includes interpretive panels and photos that explain its function, as well as Cape May’s important role during World War II. The tower was part of the immense Fort Miles system to defend the Delaware River and Bay from enemy ships. It was used for spotting enemy ships and aiming guns to fire on them and was one of 15 towers that helped aim batteries of coastal

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artillery, stretching from North Wildwood to Bethany Beach, DE. The Wall of Honor on the third level of the tower is dedicated to remembering and honoring residents of the Cape May area who served their country during World War II. A computer on the second floor holds several interviews with area World War II veterans. Visitors will be able to hear first-hand experiences from veterans like Winnie Rosewag, who was a scout for the US Army and was the first man out of his unit to find the enemy. Hear how he landed in Normandy at D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Meet US.Navy vet Vince Panzano, who was a crewman

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on a ship that participated in D-Day and transported famous people like Roosevelt, Churchill, and Eisenhower. Panzano also witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. Hear Marvin Hume describe his adventures during six Pacific invasions. Vince Pale tells his story of how he was the only survivor when his bomber was shot down over Germany and how he was imprisoned in the infamous Stalag 17. US Army vet Ed Kent describes how he landed on D-Day and was wounded shortly after. Marine Corps veteran Joe Moke explains how his first and last battle of the war was Iwo Jima, because he was wounded shortly after he witnessed the flag raising atop Mount Suribachi.

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MP MYERS PHOTOGRAPHY Make your magical memories last forever!

ABOUT THE ARTIST There’s a reason that Cape May County attracts artists... the light is so beautiful, and Mary Pat Myers expertly takes advantage of that. You can see the results on this page — the natural light lends a magic to the photography that artificial lighting simply cannot capture. Mary Pat opened her Cape May studio in 1990 after falling in love with the town, and has run her studio gallery for 25 years. She specializes in children’s and family portraits — parents have been known to cry at her work (in a purely positive way!). In addition to her amazing family and children’s beach photography, Mary Pat captures the essence of childhood in her sweet storytelling portraits. So capture your family’s time in beautiful Cape May with a call to Mary Pat. Her photographs have a classic, timeless appeal that makes moments unforgettable.

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611 Jefferson Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-6354

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www.mpmyersphotography.com


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WKR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

CCC TAXI

With a concierge service, too... one call really does it all!

You’re on vacation, so leave the driving to someone else

ABOUT THE COMPANY WKR Property Management and Concierge Service operates with a simple philosophy: get the job done, whatever it may be. In terms of property management, their services range from daily walk-throughs to hurricane and storm preparation, carpet cleaning, landscaping and everything else in between. When it comes to concierge service, their offerings include child and pet care, watering flowers, planning personal parties, food shopping, or whatever else you may need done. WKR Property Management is fully staffed with all the trades necessary to handle your smallest concern or your largest problem. You name it and they will make sure it’s taken care of. Their resources are unlimited and they are available around the clock every day!

ABOUT THE COMPANY Clean and Comfortable Cab, or CCC Taxi as they’re known, may be a relative newcomer to the avenues and alleyways of Cool Cape May, but they have a philosophy of delivering superior performance and excellent customer service. They are committed to providing safe, reliable, on-time taxi service, and they train their drivers to take care of each customer, providing each one with a safe, comfortable and pleasant experience. They also maintain high standards for clean, well-maintained vehicles to get you where you need to go comfortably and efficiently. Sometimes parking can be tough here in Cape May, so once you get settled in to your hotel, bed and breakfast or rental home, you may not want to deal with the hassle of heading back out on the roads. You could also be in a new land with new streets and don’t want to get into the classic “do we need directions” argument with your better half. Give CCC Taxi a call and let them be your navigator and/or designated driver. Your cab fare might end up being cheaper than feeding the meters (or getting a dreaded ticket)!

1400 Texas Avenue, Unit 2, Cape May « (609) 884-8444 « wwww.wkrservices.com

Washington Street, Cape May « (609) 408-3637« www.cccptaxi.com


Real Estate Needing a bigger place to house that growing extended family? Consult the experts when it comes to finding a Cape May rental (or maybe a place of your own).


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CHRIS CLEMANS SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Over 26 years of setting the standard of excellence for the real estate profession in Cape May

ABOUT THE COMPANY Chris Clemans Sothebys International Realty is proud to be celebrating over 26 years of setting the standard of excellence for the real estate profession in historic Victorian Cape May. Christina P. Clemans and the individuals on her team are well trained, educated and knowledgeable about all aspects of the exciting real estate market in America’s Original Seaside Resort, integrating modern technology and marketing with professionalism to provide listing, sale and rental clients with exceptional personal service. In addition to providing Sotheby’s global outreach, Chris’s involvement in leadership on the local, state and National Association of Realtors brings invaluable knowledge and expertise to her clients. Every professional on the Chris Clemans Sotheby’s team is actively engaged in community organizations and local activities throughout the county, keeping abreast of information important to buyers and sellers of real estate as well as visitors to Cape May, volunteering their time and energy to the town they love. The Chris Clemans agents live here, work here,socialize here, raise their families here and take the business of helping others do the same very seriously indeed. Their dedication to our area is clear from their more than three decades of service to the Cape May community they support with pride as well as the real estate profession they represent with integrity. Whether you are looking for a summer home, new residence, investment property, bed and breakfast inn or the perfect vacation rental, you need look no further than the professionals at Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty.

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1159 Washington Street, Cape May « (609) 884-3332

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www.chrisclemansSIR.com


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HOMESTEAD REAL ESTATE

Friendly, award-winning agents who will find the home of your dreams or place your family in the perfect rental

ABOUT THE COMPANY Whether you’re looking for a property to rent, buy or sell in the greater Cape May area, Homestead Real Estate is here to serve you from their beautiful headquarters on the corner of Broad and Bank Streets (on the site of the old Wawa) — right in the heart of Cape May. Homestead’s broker/owner Dagmer Chew and her agents are committed to Cape May in every way… because it’s home. A lifelong resident of Cape May, Dagmer has been helping people find their home in this town for over 20 years, working with an experienced team of professional and caring agents. The central tenets of Homestead are collaboration, personal service and creativity — always seeking out the “newest and best” in services, technologies and practices that the industry can offer, and

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delivering them with good old-fashioned customer service. To best showcase the breadth of Homestead’s presence in the marketplace, they recognize the importance of investment in website functionality as portals to sales and rentals. Their sales team adheres to the high standards required in an ever-changing industry, and are continually expanding their knowledge about the complex and vibrant market in Cape May. Because they are members of this close-knit community, they instinctively know how to best serve as guides and informed resources. On the rental side, Homestead has invested in a dedicated rental department. Homestead is the only local member of VRMA

502 Bank Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-1888

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(Vacation Rental Management Association) and prides itself in being at the forefront of the vacation rental industry. They’re the only agency to offer easy credit card and digital lease transactions, as well as drive-thru check-in and check-out procedures, making arrival and departure a breeze. Their mobile app (CapeMayYourWay) helps guests become locals in a jiffy — with lots of information on local establishments and attractions, plus GPS capabilities, and access to important property details — all at visitors’ fingertips. Whether it’s the blooming spring, beachy summer, vibrant fall or tranquil winter, Homestead is ready to serve you in Cape May, the Resort for All Seasons!

www.homesteadcapemay.com / www.homesteadcapemayrentals.com


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JERSEY CAPE REALTY

You want integrity, superb customer service, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff? You want to call Jersey Cape. ABOUT THE COMPANY It might happen at the local Wawa, or perhaps at the local theater, or at one of Cape May’s art functions. Or maybe it will happen at the fishing dock, or at one of Cape May’s many excellent restaurants. What are we talking about? Bumping into an agent from Jersey Cape Realty! That’s because the company, started in 1988 by Dee Lanzalotti, is comprised of agents who know this area inside out and who choose to live and work here (not that it’s a tough place to live and work!). Jersey Cape has established a reputation that’s synonymous with integrity and has a team that’s very qualified — Dee’s brother, Jim Cheney (a certified real estate appraiser) joined the firm in 1997, and is supported by colleagues who work hard to maintain that hard-earned reputation. After practicing law in Philadelphia, Henry Lanzalotti decided to join the firm with his mother Dee in 2008. Jersey Cape offers the following services: • Residential Sales • Summer Rentals • Bed & Breakfast Sales • Vacation & Investment Properties • Commercial Sales • Land Development & Sales Remember, your dream of owning a home in Cool Cape May starts here! Why not give Jersey Cape a call, even if it’s just for an exploratory chat.

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739 Washington Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-5800

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www.jerseycaperealty.com


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APEX REALTY, THERESA SENICO Offering quality, expert local service with that personal touch

ABOUT THE COMPANY Theresa is a licensed broker-salesperson with Apex Realty, who have been a part of the Cape May community for more than 30 years, and who specialize in sales along the Delaware Bay side of the Jersey Shore. She is knowledgeable in every aspect of the real estate market and committed to providing quality service to buyers, sellers and investors. Theresa is proud to have received, for the last 13 consecutive years, a New Jersey Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence Award. Along with the technological knowledge and marketing expertise that today’s market requires, she provides oldfashioned service and dedication to her clients. If you are looking to buy or sell a home, or if you simply have property management needs, Theresa will provide you with the top-notch service you deserve. Call her today. The office is located just outside of Cape May on Bayshore Road in Villas.

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2505 Bayshore Road, Villas

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(609) 408-4655/800-894-2739

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www.jerseyshorehomesbytheresasenico.com


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COASTLINE REALTY

Family-owned and operated full service real estate office with expert local knowledge and award-winning realtors — families serving families!

ABOUT THE COMPANY Coastline Realty specializes in waterfront and luxury properties along the Cape May and Cape May Point coastline. Carol Menz, GRI, SRES, CRS, SFR, ABR is the broker/owner of Coastline Realty, an independent, family-owned and operated office that’s been in business since 1974. New for 2016, they’ll also be opening a brand new office location at 941 Columbia Avenue, right by the iconic water tower. Coastline Realty’s agents can show you any home in the Cape May County Multiple Listing Service. Looking to relocate or sell your home and would like one of their agents to assist with the process? They’ll prepare you a package of homes listed and sold in your desired neighborhood. Looking for vacation rentals for the summer season or offseason. Do you need a home large enough for a wedding group or family reunion? They have plenty to choose from. Select from their

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many vacation properties. Availability goes fast so call today or visit their website! Why should you call Coastline? • Because being one of the top offices in town is hard work and they work hard for you. • Selling or buying a home is a complex process and Coastline agents are your full-service experts. Honesty, integrity and trustworthiness are the building blocks of their reputation. • They know the Cape May area — all of the best restaurants, nightlife, boating, and best places to visit, all year-round. • They are knowledgeable in Cape May, Cape May Point and West Cape May zoning, historic preservation, construction, investment properties, hotels, B&Bs, interior design. They know who’s who — the plumbers, electricians, handymen, and so on. • They are savvy negotiators with your best interest at heart

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and have real estate skills that are surpassed by none. • Their experienced team of realtors know the inventory of available properties and will help find your dream home. Be assured Coastline will manage your entire transaction from marketing to SOLD! • They have been a Cape May County Chamber of Commerce member since 1974 and have experience marketing, selling and renting properties in every price range in the county. • Friends and family have no concerns when they give out Coastline’s name and number. They want to be your friends for life, not just during your real estate experience. Call and chat today! Ask about designations held by agents at Coastline Realty: Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR); Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI); Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR); Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

www.coastlinerealty.com


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COLDWELL BANKER SOL NEEDLES REAL ESTATE Cape May’s first real estate company. Five generations, more than 100 years later, it’s still run by the same family.

ABOUT THE COMPANY In 1901, Sol Needles started the first real estate office in Cape May, and to this day it’s stayed in the family. Sol’s daughter Catherine took over in 1922 and ran it with part-time help for 40 years until her son Barney joined in the late 1950s. Barney took over the business in 1963 and, in 1976, Bill Bezaire, the former husband of one of Barney’s daughters, joined the office. That same year, another of Barney’s daughters, Lynn Gleeson, came on board. In 1987, Sol Needles joined forces with Coldwell Banker, giving them national recognition. And in 1999 Lynn and Bill bought the business from Barney and have kept the firm one of the leading real estate companies in the area. Coldwell Banker maintains a major portion of the market share in the city and many of the salespeople are perennial recipients of the multi-million dollar sales award. However, Coldwell Banker manages to maintain the feeling of a small, family-run business, now in it’s fifth generation with Bill’s son Chris Bezaire, Lynn’s son, Mike Gleeson and Lynn’s neice Kasey Tomlin in the business. So you KNOW that when you deal with Coldwell Banker, you’re getting local knowledge and expertise. And when you mix expertise with experience and a very friendly team of agents, you know you’ve picked the right real estate company.

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512 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

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(609) 884-8428

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www.cbcapemay.com


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DELLAS AGENCY

This family-owned and operated real estate agency has been providing continuous, courteous service since 1934

ABOUT THE COMPANY The Dellas family has operated a real estate business in Cape May for 81 years — since 1986 it has been operated by broker/owner Kim Marie Dellas, who took over from her mom and dad, Margaret B. and Norman E. Dellas. So you know you’re in very capable hands. In 2013, the company expanded, introducing Dellas Property Management, under the leadership of Kim Marie Dellas and property manager Burt E. Myrick III. So, as well as providing potential buyers and renters with all the information and expertise they need, the company can also offer expert service to property owners, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dellas will carry out repairs year-round (even in summer), along with maintenance, property inspection and winterization. Dellas have also expanded their team — Amelia “Amy” Drake now works in rentals, property management, and as an assistant to broker Kim Marie Dellas. Sandra A. Bezaire and Carol D. Anderson are agents; Christine Jones is their rental department specialist; Barbara Morella is a salesperson; Norman E. Dellas III is a referral agent; while Eileen M. Abadie and Elizabeth Anne Dellas anchor the bookkeeping department. Regular Cape May visitors will also know that Dellas operate the iconic 5 & 10 store next door. Where else can someone make a purchase from a penny to the price of a property for sale, shop for today’s merchandise and relive the vintage years of the 40s and 50s, including the good old coffee counter and soda fountain?

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309 Decatur Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-3488

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www.dellasagency.com


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LONG & FOSTER REAL ESTATE Thinking of buying or selling in Cape May or beyond? Stop by for a chat with a full-time Long & Foster agent. They’re ready to help, year-round. ABOUT THE COMPANY The Long & Foster name has been synonymous with integrity and dedication within the real estate industry for decades. That’s why Gail Wilsey Morrison, Broker/Owner of Wilsey Realty, LLC, was proud to merge her office with Long & Foster, which is located on the corner of Lafayette and Bank Street in the heart of downtown historic Cape May. This level of commitment is why Long & Foster signs now grace the front lawns of so many properties in Cape May and beyond. “We see your signs everywhere, so we decided to stop in,” is a frequent remark made by buyers, sellers and visitors looking for the perfect vacation rental. Long and Foster Real Estate’s prime location, with on-site parking, is wonderfully convenient for clients and customers. Their fully renovated office, winner of an Historic Preservation Commission award, is a comfortable business setting with private conference rooms available to accommodate clients. Long & Foster Real Estate fully embraces the technology that has revolutionized the real estate industry. They offer an excellent, user-friendly website that assures sellers and landlords high exposure for their properties. Technology is a wonderful tool, but getting buyers and sellers to the closing table, or getting a lease signed, still requires having the best people, and Long & Foster Real Estate has exceptional realtors. They offer an experienced sales team, alongside the best support staff, all working together to exceed their clients’ expectations.

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(609) 884-1007

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www.wilseyrealty.com « capemay@lnf.com


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deSatnick Real Estate

Take a highly competitive and energetic team, using every technological resource available, and you have a company that’s ready to do business! WHERE IS IT? On the corner of Lafayette Street and Madison Avenue, adjacent to Cape May City Elementary School. WHY SHOULD I GO? If you’re looking to own a cherished piece of Cool Cape May, or want to find the perfect place to call home during a week-long vacation, the team at deSatnick Real Estate is standing by to make it happen. Broker/owner Todd deSatnick is a longtime Cape May resident and studied the market well before obtaining his license. His in-depth knowledge of the local market have helped the brokerage explode since it opened in 2007. With a team of 26 agents, deSatnick’s services range from commercial and residential sales and acquisitions to assisting landlords and guests with rental properties. The deSatnick team knows that they need to be where the buyers are, so the staff is very well-versed in social media and digital marketing skills. Just as each established relationship maintains the crew’s credibility, each fruitful relationship supports their cause. Everyone on the deSatnick team — including the office’s administrative personnel — is a licensed real estate agent. “We want anyone who calls the office to be able to speak with a licensed representative at any given time,” Todd says. Follow-through is the deSatnick modus operandi, and the proof is in the product. “We are,” says deSatnick, “determined, sustainable, and committed to excellence.” Front, from left: Ashley Peoples, Sheila Korol, Gina Peterson, Melanie Starace, Todd deSatnick, Kendra Heminway, Chad deSatnick, Nikki Cramer, Kathleen Satt, Stacy Hutchinson, Megan Hunter, Sarah Mormello, Colleen White, Justine Kelly. Back, from left: Brian Coen, Harold Griest, John King, Christopher Ohrenich, Jerome Inderwies, James Peoples, Ryan Griffin. Not pictured: Andrew Catanese, Timothy Mucha, Nicholas Mucha, Lewis Ostrander, Kevin Quinn, Tod Shoffler.

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1001 Lafayette Street, Cape May

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609-884-1300

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INSIDER TIP The website is comprehensive, whether you want to browse listings, get to know some of the agents, or peruse the gallery of great rental properties available, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

www.desatnickrealestate.com


Accommodations Welcome to the city that put bed and breakfast inns on the map. Choose from charming Victorian cottages... or go modern at a beautifully equipped resort hotel.


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BUCKINGHAM MOTEL

An oceanfront locale with family rates and comfort. Walk to it all or just enjoy your view.

WHERE IS IT? Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, down on the east end of Beach Avenue. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? Because the Buckingham has the best rates at the beach. And not only that — it is within walking distance of Cape May’s excellent restaurants, shopping, fishing areas and the city’s famed Historic District. Take advantage of Cape May’s varied seashore activities and things to do like dolphin and bird-watching, fishing and boat trips, bicycling and surfing, plus many and varied trolley tours, festivals, theaters and so much more. Or just relax on the sparkling white sandy beaches with a good book. Cape May is a quaint family-oriented seaside resort, rich in Victorian architecture, gourmet restaurants and B&Bs. From your room at the Buckingham Motel, you can watch the sun rise (and set) and the dolphins swimming. There are several different room types and efficiency units, some with oceanfront views. There is also a one-bedroom apartment, with full kitchen, bath, sleeping up to five, with housekeeping service. All the amenities you need for the perfect seaside family holiday are here at the Buckingham: coffee makers, AC and heat, cable color television, off-street parking, daily maid service, in-room telephones, barbeque grill, bike rental and more. So, for a family holiday that WON’T break the bank, give the Buckingham a call.

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1111 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-4073

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www.buckinghammotel.com


Lunch & Afternoon Tea « Price Of Entrées: $8-$18 « Booking A Table Advised « Handicap Accessible « V, MC, AE, D « On-Site Parking « Takeout Available « Kids' Menu


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CARROLL VILLA

In a city full of special buildings, on its most beautiful street, sits a very special place... with a very friendly vibe

WHERE IS IT? Half a block from the beach and the beautifully renovated mall on gorgeous Jackson Street, in the heart of the Historic District. WHY SHOULD I GO? This is a special place in a city that’s rightly famous for its architecture. The Carroll Villa offers a wonderful combination of a grand, historic building with an unpretentious, creative and very welcoming atmosphere. Built in 1882 as a seaside escape for families, it was modeled after the Italian villa style. It has an imposing, sweeping porch, tall front windows, a symmetrical facade and a cupola. For a romantic weekend, a family vacation, or a unique conference site, the Villa offers 19 contemporary Victorian guest rooms, blending period antiques with restored pieces and modern accents for a brighter and fresher style. Enjoy private baths, AC, refrigerators, flatscreen TVs, free wireless internet, and more. Large conference and meeting rooms offer comfortable and ambient environments for corporate meetings, workshops, family reunions, weddings and rehearsal dinners. This year they’re celebrating 40 years of family, food and fun. This family-run hotel is also home of the nationally acclaimed, locally famous Mad Batter restaurant. This means that staying here will get you a delicious full breakfast every morning. There’s no better way to start another special day in Cape May.

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(609) 884-9619

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www.carrollvilla.com


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HENRY SAWYER INN

A magnificent old jewel with all the modern amenities you are looking for... it’s an irresistible combination

WHERE IS IT? On Columbia Avenue, one of the most beautiful streets in this beautiful resort town. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? This cozy gabled house sits in the very center of the Historic District, a place where it’s easy to forget what century you’re in. The Henry Sawyer will gently remind you of the present day with modern amenities like air-conditioning, TVs, whirlpool baths, a private fridge and wireless internet access... before lulling you back into the past with cozy fireplaces, meticulously decorated rooms and the wide, breezy front porch. Mother-daughter team, Barbara and Mary Morris, have ensured that no detail is overlooked in this gorgeous home. Beach-goers will find attention has

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722 Columbia Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-5667 / 800-449-5667

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been paid to every comfort: chairs, towels, hot and cold après-beach showers you can use even after check-out; no detail has been overlooked. Antique lovers will be impressed by the Henry Sawyer’s collection and history buffs will appreciate how much care has been put into researching the house and its occupants. You can enjoy your delicious homemade breakfast under the watchful eyes of the Hummel collection in the custom built dining-room cabinetry. Book a room with a private veranda, or make new friends during afternoon tea while rocking on the porch... the Henry Sawyer is perfect for every season. Feel free to email any questions right to the innkeepers at henrysawyerinn@verizon.net.

www.henrysawyerinn.com


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HOTEL ALCOTT

A simpler, quieter existence with all of life’s comforts. A perfect combination!

WHERE IS IT? On Grant Street, just off Beach Avenue. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? The Hotel Alcott is a Cape May gem. It has old-world charm everywhere you look — in the 31 custom guest rooms and suites, in the beautiful lobby, in the verandah lined with wooden rocking chairs and decorated with plants and flowers, in the luscious center courtyard with a gurgling fountain, and in the exquisite antiques that add finishing touches. This is truly a charming retreat from your “real” life. But of course, along with this charm you will also find all the modern features of a full-service hotel. The Hotel Alcott’s custom guest rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed for comfort with pillowtop mattresses, custom down duvets, plush European linens, in-suite robes and slippers, flatscreen LCD televisions, complimentary wireless internet service and expansive, relaxing verandahs. If that wasn’t enough, the Hotel Alcott houses the three-star La Verandah restaurant (see Food & Drink), which is as elegant and fine as the building itself. You can choose between the high-ceilinged dining room, restored to its 19th-century magnificence, or the outdoor verandah. So, if your idea of a perfect vacation includes sitting on a rocking chair on a beautiful verandah, or in a verdant courtyard, reading a book and sipping a cold drink as you are refreshed by breezes from the nearby ocean, then Hotel Alcott is your kind of place.

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107-113 Grant Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-5868 / 800-272-3004

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www.hotelalcott.com


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HOTEL MACOMBER

A magical old landmark building houses a gorgeous hotel and one of New Jersey’s finest restaurants

WHERE IS IT? The Macomber is a family-run seashore hotel located on the corner of Beach Avenue and Howard Street in Cape May, a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? Built at the turn of the century, the Macomber was the last Historic Landmark building erected in Cape May and, at the time, was the largest frame structure east of the Mississippi River! Recently renovated, this grand shingle-style

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mansion is within walking distance of all local attractions. Situated just a few steps from the beach, its relaxing, airy rooms catch the salty breezes and romantic sunsets. The main floor includes a large living room and a bright solarium overlooking Beach Avenue. Rockers on the ocean-front verandas tempt you to linger and relax. The Hotel Macomber offers cheerful, breezy bedrooms, nearly all with ocean views,

727 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-3020

moderately priced. Please note that all guest rooms are non-smoking. The ground level offers quaint shops, services, plus a great place to enjoy breakfast bagels. And there’s more... the hotel is also home of Union Park (see Food & Drink), an elegant, awardwinning restaurant — it’s one of Cape May’s finest. Hotel Macomber is available for weddings, conventions, reunions and more. Call for more details.

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LA MER BEACHFRONT INN

A contemporary, beachfront inn directly across the street from the ocean with a swimming pool. Enjoy luxurious comfort!

WHERE IS IT? Directly across from the Atlantic Ocean, at the corner of Beach and Pittsburgh. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? Because La Mer Beachfront Inn features the ultimate contemporary facilities, with 141 spectacular rooms that beautifully combine comfort and convenience. You can relax by the heated pool and order a cocktail from the Sand Bar Lounge. Or enjoy fine cuisine at The Pier House, an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rooms at the La Mer are accessible by three elevators and indoor halls, and each room is beautifully appointed with style and modern convenience like granite wet bars with microwaves and refrigerators, safes, high-speed wireless internet and incredible views. They also have a very modern fitness center, meeting rooms for guests’ special occasions and a fully equipped business center if you absolutely must do some work while you’re here. And here’s a major bonus — they provide more than 50 percent covered, off-street parking... a real rarity in America’s Original Seaside Resort. The hotel is constantly updating itself to continue satisfying its guests’ modern-day needs. Most recently they have become eco-friendly by offering guests charging stations for electric cars. And that’s something to celebrate!

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Pittsburgh and Beach Avenues, Cape May

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(609) 884-9000

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www.capemaylamer.com


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Montreal beach resort

With an oceanfront setting, and everything you could possibly need (from swimming pool to a patio bar and restaurant), this is the ultimate one-stop destination!

WHERE IS IT? On Beach Avenue at Madison. WHY SHOULD I GO? Now more inviting than ever, the Montreal Beach Resort celebrates 50 years of memories in 2016. Standing prominently at Madison Avenue and the beach, the property has been lovingly owned and maintained by three generations of the Hirsch family, who’ve made countless improvements over five decades. This summer, they’ll unveil a deluxe, all-new look for their restaurant, Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille, and the panoramic patio bar with expansive ocean views. Harry’s will feature a fresh, new design to match the celebrated cuisine and spirits.

The Montreal Beach Resort is a true Cape May resort. Unlike many seaside retreats, the resort stays true to its core value of treating customers like family — maintaining the family-friendly atmosphere upon which it was built, while keeping amenities modern and appealing. In fact, it is one of a few hotels along the entire Jersey Shore to remain under the continuous management of one family. The property not only features 70 wellappointed rooms, a large oceanfront pool and two panoramic sundecks, it is also located directly across the street from the beach, making it the ideal choice for families and couples, as well as for business or social gatherings. And for those who live nearby,

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there’s no better way to escape the everyday than with a staycation at the Montreal. Need more? The property also features a full-service Beach Club to take the experience to a whole new level. Located directly on the beach in front of the Resort, this exclusive club features luxurious private cabanas, umbrellas, beach chairs and attendants to look after your every need. It’s available seasonally, with both guests and public beachgoers welcome. INSIDER TIP Want to enjoy Harry’s menu items with your feet in the sand? Hungry beach goers can enjoy beach service from Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille.

(609) 884-7011 / (800) 525-7011 « www.montrealbeachresort.com


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OCEAN CLUB HOTEL

All the comforts of home, with the added luxury of beachfront recreation at its best... this is the way to stay in Cape May!

WHERE IS IT? Perfectly situated at 1035 Beach Avenue on the eastern end of Cape May’s beautiful beachfront. WHY SHOULD I GO? Location, location, location. Plus, you want to be pampered, don’t you? Although the Ocean Club Hotel’s greatest amenity is the beachfront location and accessibility to everything Cape May has to offer, it’s also a chic destination in its own right where no detail has been overlooked. The Ocean Club Hotel is redefining the luxury Cape May hotel experience with its blend of sophisticated style and breezy comfort. Let’s start with the rooms — 90 total, with several options for your stay, including Cape May’s first cabana rooms, poolside, with two luxury chaise lounge chairs, table and privacy curtains. There are soaking tub rooms, one and two-bedroom suites and efficiency wet-bar rooms with fridge, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. Don’t want to even make your own toast on vacation? No problem — their oceanside restaurant,

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SeaSalt (see Food & Drink), is at your service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an al fresco seating option. It’s always happy hour on vacation — just take a seat at their ocean view bar for a cocktail. And if you can’t even manage to get out of your luxury chaise lounge to get into the restaurant, that’s okay too — there is poolside AND sun deck food and beverage service. Spellbound with bliss on the beach? Take advantage of the beachside service for lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels. Back in your room, you’ll find such luxuries as custom-designed furnishings, private balcony with panoramic ocean views, pillow-top mattresses with luxury linens, hi-def TVs with premium channels, wireless internet service, in-room phones with voicemail and free local calls, complimentary morning newspaper, iPod docking station, in-room safe, bellhop and concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. In short... enjoy all the comforts of home with the added bonus of an ocean in the front yard. Now that’s what we call a vacation.

1035 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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www.oceanclubhotel.com


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CAPRI

A classic American motel by the beach, with all the amenities you need, plus ping-pong, shuffleboard... and a whole lot more

WHERE IS IT? On Beach Avenue, at the corner of Madison, close to all the amenities in historic Cape May with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? Because the Capri is the classic American motel with the 21st-century amenities you expect. A vacation here is a truly fun experience, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. There is ping-pong and shuffleboard if you want a little break from the beach (as if!) or some fun and games before dinner. There is a lovely swimming pool, with a kiddies’ pool, too, an ice machine and sun deck, plus gas barbeque grills for those nights

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when you want to cook up a treat for friends and family. Other welcome amenities include daily maid service, an elevator, cable TV, AC, telephones, shower room and restroom at the pool to save you a trip upstairs, plus laundry facilities and parking (one car per unit). Once you check in, just about everything you could need to have a nice, relaxing vacation is right there. Doesn’t seem like the folks at Capri are missing anything. All they need is you and your loved ones! Give them a call and see how they could make your vacation dreams come true.

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(609) 884-4727

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www.caprimotorlodge.com


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MAINSTAY INN

One of America’s most famous B&Bs is a Cape May jewel

WHERE IS IT? On Cape May’s beautiful B&B boulevard, Columbia Avenue. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? Because it’s not only a jewel in the crown of Cape May’s B&B industry... it’s also one of the most renowned inns in the country, having been acclaimed in many magazines and newspapers — including the cover of New York magazine, when it was hailed for helping to usher in the B&B revolution in Cape May. The Mainstay benefited from a restoration that was stunning and meticulous. Its six guest rooms are furnished with splendid antiques, much as they were in the 19th century, but now all have private bathrooms with tub and shower. “Architecturally, no inn, anywhere, quite matches the Mainstay, an Italianate villa with a broad veranda, built in 1872 as a gambling and entertainment club for gentlemen,” says Condé Nast Traveler. The Mainstay was also featured in the travel book, 1000 Places To See Before You Die. So what are you waiting for?!

THE MAINSTAY INN

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635 Columbia Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-8690

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www.mainstayinn.com


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MOORING BED & BREAKFAST

Comfortable elegance, irresistible homestyle breakfasts... all of this right next to the beach. That’s a win-win-win!

WHERE IS IT? On Stockton Avenue, in Cape May’s Historic District, just one building behind the beach. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? The Mooring is something of an anomaly. It was designed as a guest house when it was built in 1882, unlike the vast majority of Cape May inns, which were originally intended as private homes. It has eight guest rooms and two suites, each with private bath, AC, ceiling fan and period furnishings. Several have ocean views, two have a private porch, and all have TVs, not that you should have much cause to be watching the screen — Cape May has so many more inspiring visual treats. The Mooring’s dining room features tables for two, rather than larger, communal tables, which means you can enjoy the bountiful, home-cooked breakfasts with a little more privacy. Breakfast is plated and served to guests individually, and each day they offer three choices of hot entrée (a specialty French toast or Belgian waffle, and two different egg selections, cooked to order). Complimentary on-site parking is available, as well as free street parking on Stockton Avenue — another good thing.

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801 Stockton Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884~5425

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www.themooring.com


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JOHN WESLEY INN

Antiques and amenities harmonize at this Cape May classic

WHERE IS IT? On Gurney Street, half-a-block to the beach. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? This is an American classic, one of the Stockton Row cottages. Built in 1869, the house was painstakingly restored in 1983 and is one of the finest examples of its kind in the country. The charm of yesteryear is balanced with amenities such as LCD TVs, DVD, iPod stations, safes, and a guest solarium with a wet bar. Every boudoir has a

JOHN WESLEY INN « 30 Gurney Street, Cape May « (609) 884-1012 « www.johnwesleyinn.com

private bath, fireplace and real closets for our guest’s enjoyment. The Inn provides on-site parking, highspeed internet, beach towels, chairs and coolers. Each morning, Bonnie provides an elegant, varied breakfast to start the day…followed with afternoon refreshments. There is also the Carriage House (inset), offering a one- or two-bedroom apartment. Each has two floors, complete kitchens, central air and private balconies. In season, they are rented weekly. Off-season, weekend rentals are available.


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THE QUEEN VICTORIA

Welcome to one of the nation’s finest bed and breakfast inns

WHERE IS IT? On Ocean Street, a short stroll from Cape May’s beautiful beaches, fine restaurants and varied shops. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? Because The Queen Victoria is a gem and one of the country’s finest B&Bs. The 35 inviting, romantic rooms and suites with private baths are decorated with Victorian-era antiques. A hearty breakfast is served daily, and guests are treated to a delicious afternoon tea, British-style. Enjoy the facilities of four impeccably restored 1880s buildings with picturesque porches, cozy parlor with gas-log fireplace, and pantry areas with complimentary cold beverages, ice, hot chocolate, plus an assortment of fine teas and gourmet coffees. You’ll be pampered during your stay at The Queen Victoria with all the extra touches, including a surprising array of amenities, unparalleled customer service, and twice daily housekeeping (with bedside chocolates at evening turn-down). Situated in the heart of Cape May’s historic district, The Queen Victoria is just steps from Cape May’s beautiful beach, shopping and amazing restaurants. Complimentary bicycles are available for longer excursions to Cape May’s other great destinations like the Cape May Lighthouse, World War II Lookout Tower and Sunset Beach. The Washington Post chose The Queen Victoria as one of seven perfect places to escape the cold-weather blues. Whatever the season, The Queen Victoria is the ultimate in elegance and comfort.

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102 Ocean Street, Cape May

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(609) 884-8702

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www.queenvictoria.com


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Rhythm of the Sea

Innovative food, plus an idyllic atmosphere and location

WHERE IS IT? On Beach Avenue, between Philadelphia and Reading. WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? The closest you can stay to the beach in Cape May is at this intimate inn with a European flair and an unpretentious air. Owners Robyn and Wolfgang Wendt make you feel at ease. With their love of travel and taste for adventure (Robyn is from New Zealand, Wolfgang is German) they love to surround themselves with intriguing people and they get a kick out of sharing their wonderful Craftsman home. Away from the noise and congestion of downtown, this handsome Swiss Chalet-style bungalow is

decorated in the Arts and Crafts Movement aesthetic. With the ocean as their front yard they offer fragrant sea breezes, genuine hospitality and ‘Gemutlichkeit!’. In other words, a perfect beach house. Chef Wolfgang is the mastermind behind the breakfasts you’ll enjoy at this inn. The breakfast creations evolve around a contemporary American menu. With the chefs having Culinary Institute of America training, their philosophy is that it all begins with exceptional ingredients. Breakfast dishes are a treat, cooked individually, served in the dining room around conversation-inducing round tables set for four. What better way to start your Cape May day.

RHYTHM OF THE SEA « 1123 Beach Avenue, Cape May

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(609) 884-7788/800-498-6888

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www.rhythmofthesea.com


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DORMER HOUSE

Come for the tea... stay for the night (or week!) This is one special place.

HERITAGE INN

Across the street from the beach... this is what you call the perfect location!

WHERE IS IT? Perfectly located right in the center of Cape May’s beachfront on Beach Avenue.

WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? The Dormer House is a distinctive Cape May B&B that’s still one of the most popular in this historic city. It’s a magnificent center hall Colonial-revival home, built in 1899 for marble dealer John Jacoby of Philadelphia, who was also the founder and first Commodore of the Cape May Yacht Club. Today, you can still enjoy the “gracious living and entertaining” he envisioned when he built the house. But you can also take advantage of flat-panel widescreen TVs, wireless highspeed internet access and irresistibly comfortable Serta pillowtop mattresses. And if you want a perfect holiday vacation, join the Doherty family for Christmas at the Dormer House. Sixteen columns of garland and bows, glistening with holiday cheer, welcome you. The warmth of the Grand Hall and open staircase are accented by a 15-foot tall tree. It’s one of Cape May’s Christmas highlights!

WHY SHOULD I STAY THERE? They say location is everything; if so, booking a room at the Heritage Inn will help you make the most out of your Cape May vacation. Across the street from the promenade, right in the center of the beachfront, and walking distances from some of Cape May’s best restaurants... this is where you find the Heritage Inn. Family-owned and operated for more than 45 years, the Heritage Inn has a tranquil atmosphere that caters to both familyoriented vacations as well as the perfect couples getaway. Staying at the Heritage Inn gives you options. Not feeling the beach today? That’s fine — sunbathe at the pool or on the rooftop deck overlooking the beachfront while the kids swim the day away. Walk along the promenade or through the shops at the Washington Street Mall. The Heritage Inn knows that vacations are for relaxing, which is why you don’t have to worry about finding parking — all guests can use the onsite lot. The Heritage Inn features extra large motel rooms with either two double beds or one king, and some rooms come with a full kitchenette. They’ve got the location, the amenities and the personalized service... all you have to do is bring your family, and relax.

800 Columbia Avenue, Cape May « (609) 884-7446 / 800-884-5052 « www.dormerhousee.com

721 Beach Avenue, Cape May « (609) 884-7300 « www.heritageinncapemay.com

WHERE IS IT? On Columbia Avenue, Cape May’s B&B wonderland.


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¯Every year, Cape May’s essential guide book gives you the lowdown on how to enjoy America’s Original Seaside Resort – it’s brought to you by the publishers of Exit Zero magazine, your guide to having fun in Cape May. For more information, visit www.exitzero.us. ¯If you are looking at this book in the room of a local motel, hotel, B&B or inn, please DON’T take it with you — leave it for the next guest. Buy your own copy — it’s an irresistible deal at $19.50. The book is for sale at the Exit Zero Store and Gallery at 109 Sunset Boulevard; at our beachfront store at 316 Beach Avenue; at a few other fine local stores; or online at www.ezstore.us. Enjoy! cover photography by charles riter

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