An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
I admit, with unabashed conviction, that I am more of an animal person than a people person. I know that there are many who cannot, or will not, begin to comprehend that statement, but I know that there are also those of you who understand. As much as I love my own animals – Norma Jean (pit mix), Polo (Chihuahua/rat terrier) and Betsy (deaf/moderately blind/chubby Chihuahua), Linus and Lucy (rabbits) and Bret Michaels (neighbor’s Beta fish that came to visit and never went home) – I have yet to pack them up, stuff them in the Honda, and traverse down the Parkway on a holiday weekend. However, when this seemingly surreal event does happen, we will definitely be headed for Cape May.
So now I’m wondering, what would we do with them? Surprisingly (I think) the rabbits have already vacationed with us (twice, once involving an unfortunate towing situation off the Parkway at 11:30 at night on Fourth of July weekend). Bret is staying home (he’s in water already so what’s better than that?) so I needed some dog-friendly ideas. First and foremost is the lodging. The Billmae Cottage Guest Suites, located at 1015 Washington Avenue and The Billmae Cottage, Too! located at 1037 Lafayette Street (609-898-8558) offer country charm in a seaside setting with a dog-friendly outdoor shower and a fenced yard. Your first dog is included in room rate.
If you’re considering a beachfront hotel setting, try the Marquis de Lafayette, located at 501 Beach Avenue, which welcomes both dogs and cats (my mother would be so pleased). There are four room styles offered and the pet fee is $25 per night. Other pets may be accepted, so it is best to call ahead and consult with the Pet Room Specialist (seriously!) at 800-257-0432. There’s also the Highland House, located at 131 North Broadway in West Cape May, which accepts “just about all pets”. Contact them for more information (and clarification about that pitch) at 609-898-1198.
Dogs are not welcomed on the beaches in Cape May. However, you may enjoy a beach-bound dog at the Lower Township beaches. But be sure to clean up afterwards!
The Cape May Winery, at 711 Town Bank Road, allows leashed dogs on their grounds and by the picnic tables (just not in the tasting room!) as does the Turdo Winery, at 3911 Bayshore Road. Dogs are also welcome to explore the park by the Historic Cold Spring Village (not the buildings).
Many restaurants which offer outdoor seating welcome leashed, well-mannered pets. Lastly, just think of of the quality time you will spend traveling in the car with your pets.