There are perhaps only a few times a year when life is at once hectic and fulfilling – namely the Christmas and New Year celebrations and all that it entails. By the time all the preparations are done it seems that it is time to drag the tree to the curb for recycling and take down the lights.
Carve a little time out for yourself this year for the weekend or even just a night in Cape May. This seaside resort town is only a three-hour trip on the parkway, but it is miles away from ordinary. Victorian houses abound on the tree-lined streets, sometimes tucked next to a quaint clapboard. Yes, this is still technically part of the Jersey Shore, but it feels more like an undiscovered gem of a town on the Eastern seaboard.
Hobokenites will find much to do, as there is fine dining, shopping, and plenty of entertainment to choose from. And did I mention, this is a walking city. Whether you are looking to soak up some local flavor with a stroll down the cobblestone paved Washington Street Mall or stumble upon a local eatery that serves delicious crab cakes, this is the town for you!
There are plenty of great places to stay in the heart of Cape May. One such establishment is the Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave., which is a block from the beach and a short walk away from the retail and dining area. Innkeepers Carrie and Andy are offering holiday deals midweek including, a 15% discount on a two-night stay or a 20 % discount on a three-night stay. All guests of the Victorian Lace Inn in December will receive of copy of their popular cookbook “With A Little Help From Our Friends,” which is a compilation of recipes that have been contributed by guests over the years. Call 609-884-1772 or visit victorianlaceinn.com for more information. Travelers can also visit capemay.com for information on other places to stay, dining options, and more.
Sights to see
November 18 is the start of the holiday activities in town, including house tours in some of the Victorians that recall the splendor and traditions of Christmases past, including the famous Physick Family House. In addition, the annual city tree lighting ceremony will be held in Rotary Park at 7 p.m. on December 2 and the West Cape May parade will be held on December 3. Theater lovers will want to check out the Dickens Christmas show to be held on December 4-6. Shoppers will want to visit the Mall December 8-9 for the special Christmas hospitality nights. For more information, visit, washingtonstreetmall.com.
Visitors can also explore the city on a guided trolley tour or let your feet decide and uncover the sights on your own. Come discover why locals believe off-season is best!
Photos courtesy of the Victorian Lace Inn and CapeMay.com.