When my boyfriend and I started dating, our first trip together was a spring break weekend in the charming town of Cape May. Four years later, we returned for a day trip that reminded us why we love this little Jersey escape so much.
With its iconic Victorian architecture and quaint bed-and-breakfast scene, Cape May is the anomaly of the notorious Jersey Shore beaches. Even in its peak season there is a sense of tranquility, making you feel far removed from the tri-state area. Read on for a full recap of our day in this lovely seaside town:
We started our day at Washington Street Mall, a pedestrian hub for shopping and dining in the heart of historic Cape May. It was a beautifully colorful welcome back to our seaside escape.
You can't have a weekend without brunch, and we spent ours at Tisha's Fine Dining. The lobster roll sliders and crab cake tacos were just the seafood dishes we were hoping for.
Cape May Point State Park is a short drive away from the historic district, but a must-visit for nature lovers. The park includes a rocky (but free!) beach at the foot of the town's lighthouse and a few nature/hiking trails for a change of scenery. You won't find many fellow visitors on these nature trails, making them the perfect stops for some privacy.
The historic district of Cape May boasts over six hundred Victorian buildings that light up the streets with color. Not pictured: the adorable surrey we rented to explore the neighborhood on wheels.
What is a seaside visit without ice cream? We took a break from our surrey back at Washington Street Mall, where we cooled off with Uncle Charley's Ice Cream. I'll take another scoop of this strawberry cheesecake, please!
The best thing about a Cape May inn is its porch. These lovely outdoor lounge areas just make you want to grab a book and a rocking chair for some day-long R+R.
We spent our last meal of the day at Pier House, where Mediterranean and Greek influences are infused into each dish. The salmon and lamb shank entrees were delicious ways to conclude the evening.
After a pleasant (but sweaty) day, we finally made it to the beach for a quiet sunset rest. At this hour the beach was nearly empty, making it feel like a private oasis. The only disappointment was that we had to return home.