An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
What could be better than planning a trip to Cape May? Planning someone else’s trip! My in-laws, Ellen and Arnie, made an impromptu decision this past weekend to book a trip for them and their twin pugs, Irish and Puggy Sue. I believe that they were actually inspired by my previous column which discussed the animal-friendly accommodations and activities in Cape May. So after some consideration, they called the Marquis de Lafayette (501 Beach Avenue) and booked a three-night stay. One of the biggest selling points of the hotel? You can keep your pet in the room while you’re out and the hotel will call your mobile if your pet becomes unruly and wanton.
So they embarked on their journey the Sunday before the Fourth of July. What they didn’t count on was the ridiculously-high temperature combined with the pug contingency. Shortly after arriving, their dogs became overheated and they had to pay a trip to the local Acme for some rubbing alcohol. Weary travelers take note – overheated dogs can be cooled off by applying rubbing alcohol onto their paw pads.
I had envisioned them, in my lofty daydreams, of driving in and going for a late lunch at The Lobster House, settling into the room, taking the dogs out for a walk and exploring the town. Instead, they had a bit of stressful time settling the dogs into their new digs and new town. When I spoke with them at 8:00pm (still no lunch/dinner at this point), their plan was just to order something quick for take-out. I referred them to the closest, quickest place I could imagine – Louie’s Pizza (711 Beach Avenue). This is our ace in the hole whenever we feel that we want something quick with little commitment. Louie’s is also directly adjacent to Avondale by the Sea, so it works for us.
The next day held more promise. An early breakfast at George’s Place, a visit to Sunset Beach, one of the dog-friendly beaches, slightly more relaxed pugs. Of course I had to stop calling after every 20 minutes to see what they were doing. I had a list of must-see and must-do that ended up more like a stream of incoherent consciousness: George’s Place oatmeal fantastic, Mad Batter say hello to Bob for me eat a crab cake, go to Linen Outlet near CVS, eat best Dairy Queen ever in Washington Mall, try free fudge sample at Fudge Kitchen, go back for three more samples, Mr Kunz will LOVE Hot Dog Tommy’s, take the ferry for outlet shopping and [deep breath] there’s so much more!
I would be ridiculously jealous if my own trip wasn’t booked the day after they return.