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    BYOBs in Cape May Part I

    We love to go out to dinner in Cape May. It truly has some of our absolute favorite restaurants. I have mentioned restaurants in so many of my prior posts like A Girl’s Trip in Cape May and Planning a Cape May Vacation. When deciding where to dine, BYOBs in Cape May are a great option and there are so many of them. This post will cover some of the higher end BYOBs with a follow-up post covering the rest. I resisted using the term “fine dining”, because I think that really is a very personal thing. What is fine dining for one person, it just an average restaurant to…

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    Bed & Breakfasts in Cape May – Part I

    Bed and Breakfasts in Cape May are one of the things that make it such a unique shore destination. Sadly, a few of them have closed in the past few years, but there are still many that are fabulous options for your stay. This was such a fun post to write! There is so much rich history in the B&Bs of Cape May and they each have their own special story and vibe. I decided to focus on larger Bed & Breakfasts this time and cover some smaller one in another post. ‘Large’ is defined having at least 10 rooms and in one case there are as many as 31.…

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    Cape May Nature Center

    Our family just loves the Cape May Nature Center. I don’t even know how many times we took the kids there when they were little. Gerard and I still go today. Last fall we participated in a monarch butterfly tagging session. It was extremely educational—even more than we thought it would be. Tucked away on the harbor by the Coast Guard base on Delaware Avenue, it is a wonderful location for all sorts of fun activities. The Nature Center has so much to offer it is challenging to know where to start.  It was founded in 1992 and then adopted by the New Jersey Audubon Society in 1995. It is…

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    Jewelry in Cape May

    I love buying gifts for family and friends in Cape May, because it feels like there’s an extra special connection. Buying jewelry in Cape May can be the perfect present! I covered Shopping in Cape May in a past post, but jewelry deserves a post of its own in my humble opinion. Like so many other topics I have covered, there are so many options it would be daunting to try to cover them all. I will stick to some of the shops that have a big jewelry focus and try to hit all the budget points. High End There are several in this category and many carry items that…

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    Planning a Cape May Bachelorette Party

    Cape May is an awesome destination for a bachelorette party! Seriously, on any given weekend you are likely to spot at least one if not 5 or more out and about. You can always tell them by their matching shirts, or hats and of course the bride sash or veil is always a giveaway. Planning a bachelorette party in Cape May can be a ton of fun, but also a bit overwhelming. You can go so many different directions and how do you please everyone? I am going to cover a few suggestions of venues and activities, as well as where you can go to get a little extra help.…

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    9 Great Cape May Coffee Shops

    Finding great coffee in Cape May is (thankfully) so easy! Our family loves a great cup of java and although we can make it at home, there is just something about coffee shop coffee—am I right? Frankly, the hardest thing will be to choose which one(s) to visit. Just like in my earlier post 4 Awesome Cape May Bakeries, they each have their own personality. Let me give you a run down, so you can plan accordingly… Washington Mall Area Coffee Shops Magic Brain located at 31 Perry Street at the entrance of Carpenter Square Mall has been a coffee lovers favorite of visitors and locals alike for years. Talk…

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    Cape May’s seasonal beach tags — not just for locals

    Beach tags are required at all Cape May beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend for everyone over the age of 11 years old.  Beach tags are provided free of charge to both active members of the US military and veterans — United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, as well as members of the United States Coast Guard and the New Jersey National Guard. Our family would completely ignore any thoughts of buying “season” beach tags before we bought our beach house.  Why would you want to spend that kind of money when you are not going to be at the beach for the entire…

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    The Coast Guard in Cape May

    So many people love Cape May as a vacation destination—and rightly so! I wrote about it in one of my earliest posts, What is Cape May known for?  However, there’s something else that is so much more significant—the Coast Guard in Cape May. If you’ve ever walked around Washington Mall, you’ve likely seen the recruits out and about. Many of the shops and restaurants treat them to special privileges which just makes me love Cape May even more. Two local spots that frequently support the “coasties” (as they are affectionately called) are Coffee Tyme and Primal restaurant. Once, years ago, my daughter, my husband and I were in the Ebbitt…

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    Breakfast in Cape May

    Breakfast in Cape May is a wonderful thing! There’s literally so many options that it can make your head spin. I covered bakeries and coffee shops in two prior posts, so I’ll stick to sit-down breakfast for this one. Where to begin??? I know a lot of people are somewhat passionate about breakfast, as am I. There are some really strong opinions about favorites, and it can be quite a debate. I’ll do my best to cover the breakfast scene (feel free to silently insert the word brunch if that resonated more with you) in Cape May. Warning—this will be a long post. Note each link takes you directly to…

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    e-Beach Wagons-the Ultimate Beach Cart

    I hesitated when I was first approached about writing a blog post about e-Beach Wagon in Cape May. As you may know, as part of my goal of giving back a little, I write complimentary posts for small businesses and new authors/artists. Just a few examples are: Bayshore Design Studio, Cape May Beach Reads (featuring author Laura Quinn) and  Tale of Two Oysters. Helping the local community is part of the reason I do this. All of these are things my family enjoys and appreciates. e-Beach Wagon is quite simply an electric motorized beach cart capable of traveling over uneven terrain and carrying over 300 lbs of gear. My hesitation…