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Ways to describe the town of Cape May New Jersey have usually included a "step back in time" or "regal and serene". When we talk about each of the New Jersey beaches having its own personality, this beach town must be said to have a regal personality. The oldest seashore resort in the United States, and a National Historic Landmark city, this beautiful old town will take you back to a slow moving time when a seashore vacation meant rest and relaxation.
Classic Victorian mansions with wrap around porches invite the visitor to sit with a coffee and croissant in the morning and inhale the fresh breezes off the ocean. Evenings may bring a mint julep, and a feeling of southern warmth and hospitality permeates the spirit. (The southern most city in New Jersey, this "New Jersey" town is actually below the Mason-Dixon line.)
These beautiful B&Bs dot the streets that extend from the ocean inland. There are seventeen Victorian mansions in town that now serve as Bed and Breakfasts, most serving sumptuous breakfasts served in generous proportions and accompanies by fresh fruits and juices and of course, steaming hot coffee and teas. The competition is fierce among these proud grand dames, so each tries to outdo the other with wonderfully home cooked fare. Many B&Bs will also offer light afternoon refreshments.
This is ideal for a break from the beach and before a stroll to one of the many fine restaurants that abound. Your B&B may not serve dinner, but there is no end to the number and variety of Cape May restaurants. Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill is a quintessential beachfront experience, with lunch and dinner all year round, great happy hour specials, and a very full menu. From basic to gourmet, in every price range, you will not go hungry in this great beach resort town.
If a B&B is not your style, there are dozens of inns, hotels, motels, guest houses, Victorian apartments, suites and condominiums, motels, beach clubs and rentals to choose from, all either on the beach or a short stroll from it. Just have a look at Cape May 4u.com for a comprehensive list.
Not to be outdone by its rowdier neighbors to the north, this serene Victorian town does offer its visitors a wide range of entertainment possibilities. But be prepared for entertainment on the low key or high brow side. Cape May is proud to be home to the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC), which offers music festivals, tours by trolley, boat or foot, and food and wine events.
This beautiful town is also well known for ecological events such as birding, whale watching and dolphin tours and of course, fishing.
The events do not stop at the end of summer, and many believe a week at the shore in the fall to be one of the most relaxing vacations there is. MAC continues throughout the year with Halloween activities in October and many events and tours at Christmas.
you say? It is almost a foregone conclusion that anywhere on the Jersey Shore you will find wide expanses of soft, sugar sand beaches, and the beautiful surf of the Atlantic Ocean. What marks the difference between the beaches is the personality of the beach town. Here, you will not find roller coasters and midway style games.
This town is all about a slower pace, gazing at the ocean, dipping your toes in from time to time, strolling through town enjoying the architecture while you choose among the many choices for dinner. Enjoy nature at the Audubon Center or on a whale watch tour and return to the peace and comfort of your lodging, with all the comforts but without the hustle and bustle of the modern day world.
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