An enthusiast’s view of America Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
I feel flattered that my ongoing endorsement of Cape May has led to my in-laws taking a second trip there this summer! From what I know, this was an impromptu excursion, decided upon a day in advance, and their pugs opted to sit this one out.
Since they were pug-less, Arnie and Ellen could explore other lodging options and decided to try the Hotel Alcott (107-113 Grant Street) and took advantage of their freedom and visited the Cape May County Zoo (Exit 11) on their southbound voyage. I’m a persistent voice encouraging everyone to visit the zoo. I’ll even be so bold to say that I’ve enjoyed this zoo more than others in the tri-state area, where the entrance fee is equivalent to a car payment.
I love when people explore new adventures in Cape May and subsequently offer me suggestions. Adventurous spirits that they are, my in-laws decided to visit Historic Cold Spring Village (720 Route 9 South) where they witnessed history come alive and experienced South Jersey living in the late-1700s and 1800s. The consensus is that Cold Spring Village is tremendous fun and worth the extra stop (I concede – I need to broaden my horizons). There are also hand-made goods for sale made by local artisans (rumor has it that I have some handspun yarn coming my way). Upcoming events include the Civil War weekend on September 11-12.
I urged my mother-in-law to take a peek in the Cape May Linen Outlet, figuring there was an outside chance she might fancy it. Not only were in-store purchases made, but there are items on order that will be shipped to Bergen County. This is the place to stock up on everything from seasonal tablecloths to towels, shower curtains, window treatments, bedding, quilts, pillows and more. I am slightly embarrassed to confess the amount of time (and funds) I’ve spent there, but luckily the goods are completely affordable and they carry quality items. Plus, it helps that the employees are super helpful, accommodating, and tolerant of incessant questions and inquiries. Truly a pleasant shopping experience!
Preceding the shopping, there was an excursion on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and lunch in Delaware. The experience was described as delightful (with no hint of seasickness) and recommended as a must-do.
Honestly, I don’t know how I haven’t boarded the ferry sooner, with the promise of outlet shopping on the opposing shore.
It pleases me to no end that my entire family has now had a taste of Cape May.
Here’s to more (shopping) adventures!