An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
Cape May fever is spreading across north Jersey, as my sister-in-law Meredith and her husband Lazaro headed southbound on the Garden State Parkway last week. That Wednesday morning, I had heard the reports of violent rain hitting parts of South Jersey. That afternoon I started receiving text messages from them — “Is there really an Exit Zero? Where do we eat?” Due to the extreme precipitation, they found themselves apprehensive of traveling too much further into town. I returned a message — “Do you see Lucky Bones? Go there.” Perfect. About an hour later I received a reply from Meredith — “They may have the best fries I’ve ever eaten.” That’s a pretty stellar endorsement for Lucky Bones. Lazaro had the Cuban pork sandwich and Cuban black bean soup and thought both were excellent (he’s also Cuban, but I’m sure that had no effect on his review).
The next day had better weather, and they discovered the Cape May County Zoo (a personal favorite of mine) and saw the snow leopard cubs (we’re an animal-loving family, so the zoo is a particularly pleasing activity). They found a room at the Hotel Alcott, located at 107-113 Grant Street (609-884-5868) for a very reasonable price and were extraordinarily pleased! The location was only a block away from the beach and it was an easy walk to the Washington Street Mall. Meredith described it as having the charm of a B&B with the convenience of a hotel (helpful and friendly staff, continental breakfast, clean and comfy). I’m sold.
We’re also a huge free-sample-loving family – I can’t even explain what goes on at department store counters when Meredith and I are unleashed. So, Meredith and Lazaro were in heaven as they strolled the mall and picked on samples at Best Darn Kettlecorn and the Fudge Kitchen. Meredith confessed to eating approximately half a pound of fudge samples, which honestly I think I have surpassed in past years.
The night ended with dinner at Mad Batter, sitting on the porch and enjoying a filet mignon with crab cake and a NY strip steak (both scrumptious options).
The consensus was that they enjoyed their stay immensely and will definitely visit again and plan for a longer trip. They were both impressed by the beauty of the town. Also, they had a pleasant parking experience, utilizing the free street parking after 10pm and parking in the lot near Collier’s during the day.
Another couple converted to Cape May lovers!