An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
As record-breaking temperatures plague the country (according to Al Roker, 19 states have heat advisories today) I’ve given up on summer and have set my sights on a cooler September. Don’t get me wrong — I love the summer and everything it offers. I do not love the recent off-the-charts temperatures and debilitating humidity. Is it cooler near the shore? I hope so, for all of you living and visiting Cape May this August.
Now my plan is to visit Cape May in September. I’ve been there for Labor Day Weekend, but I won’t count that since it is the finale of summer. As I peruse upcoming events, I’m intrigued by the 14th Annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival, which runs from September 18-26. I’m thinking of taking this opportunity to delve into some of the restaurants I’ve yet to try and to educate myself on different cuisines. During the festival, there will be a host of events: Mad Batter Beer School, Cape May Wine School, gourmet lunches, a beer-tasting dinner, a chowder contest, chefs’ dine-arounds, and classes, seminars and tastings. Some of the participating restaurants include Marie Nicole’s, Axelsson’s Blue Claw, Cucina Rosa, and The Washington Inn (none of which I’ve tried!).
I haven’t visited the Cape May Stage since I saw the fantastic Doubt. Shame on me, but I either wait too long to secure the tickets (they sell out rather quickly) or I run out of time when I’m visiting! Too much time has passed, so I need to return, and Happy Days, starting August 25 and running through September 25, looks like a good starting point. Lynn and Ron Cohen star in this Samuel Beckett play focusing on the meaning of humankind’s existence and how we relate to ourselves, the universe, and the passage of time. If you plan on visiting in September, reserve your tickets now by calling (609) 884-1341 or go online to www.capemaystage.com to purchase tickets.
September also happens to be the last time you can partake in the Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventure. Take a cruise on the Spirit of Cape May up the Delaware Bay to view historic lighthouses while learning about local legends, the architecture of the late 19th and early 20th-century lighthouses, and facts on fishing and spawning grounds, all while having access to fantastic photo opportunities! The cruise departs on September 18 at 10am from the Miss Chris Marina and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch for $99 per person. Contact (609) 884-5404 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Try to stay cool for the remaining weeks of August. Until next time…