An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
There’s really no inopportune time to plan a Cape May trip, but I have a special penchant for long holiday weekends. I love the anticipation and preparation. Holiday weekends here create fantastic memories and a feeling of total escapism. While everyone else is standing in line at the supermarket buying hot dog buns, I’m biking sand-dusted streets under clear blue skies, taking in the Victorian landscape, and my most pressing chore is deciding where I’d like to eat next. Now that captures the true meaning of holiday!
In the spirit of my New Year’s resolution to be more adventurous, I made a concerted effort to walk into new businesses; shops and eateries alike. I usually have a rigorous routine of certain must-see spots on rotation, but this time I wanted to discover new treasures. As usual, Cape May does not disappoint!
I was initially drawn in by the name — Crepe May To Go. Located in the center of Carpenter Square Mall on Perry Street, it is a fresh take on a delightful treat. I met and spoke with David Tosto, who is co-owner with his brother Wesley, and I love their concept. I scored a freshly-printed menu and a scrumptious strawberry crepe, complete with whipped cream. However, do not categorize this as dessert-only fare — Crepe May also offers breakfast crepes such as the Jersey Fresh with tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms and mozzarella, or a more traditional breakfast indulgence of ham, sausage and cheddar in the country-style crepe. For those looking for a non-crepe item, they also offer paninis.
I’m a well-known shopping enthusiast, and I’m pleased to report that many new opportunities for retail therapy have materialized since my last visit. The Ladies’ Room Consignment Boutique (formerly the Bamboo Shack) on Jackson Street is a truly addictive hotspot. I wandered in and was amazed by the quality of inventory and the layout. The prices are enjoyably affordable, and there is even an armchair available for a weary travel partner. The owner, Mary Beth, is absolutely wonderful and super helpful. She organized her shop by color, and the sheer selection of size and style makes the shopping experience effortless. I bought what is possibly my favorite dress this summer for $17. I’m in love.
I spent four days and three nights in Cape May over this extended Fourth of July weekend and it still doesn’t feel like enough! There’s so much more to share. Until next week…