State 2: New Jersey | Cape May

The vibe of Cape May is the complete opposite of what someone typically thinks of when hearing “Jersey Shore.” Cape May is lively, yet quaint. It is great for families, couples and friends.  There are beautiful beaches galore, with some of the most spectacular sunsets, wineries, breweries, distilleries, scrumptious restaurants, great shopping and fun attractions.

I am someone who always likes to be on the go, so I love that Cape May has so much more to offer than just beaches. I have been going to Cape May regularly since my boyfriend’s family bought a house there. Last weekend we ventured to the Emlen Physick Estate, which is a gorgeous Victorian home from the 1800s. You feel like you step back in time when entering the house. On the guided tour, you will be led through the parlor, living room, dining room, kitchen as well as the upstairs bedrooms. You will see how people lived over 100 years ago while soaking in the contemporary style of the era’s architecture, clothing, furniture, appliances and décor. 

Bedside Table at Emlen Physick Estate

I highly suggest this 45-minute tour. But if I were to go back, I would buy my tickets at the house rather than online to save the convenience fee. There is also free parking on site. 

Another favorite place to go in Cape May is the Cape May County Zoo. I’ve been several times and keep going back year after year. As you will see as I continue with my posts, I love visiting zoos across the county. This one is especially fantastic as it is free! Some of my favorite animals there are in the “Africa” section where you will find giraffes, zebras, a snow leopard, cheetah and more. 

Grants Zebras

A few months ago I also visited the Cape May Lighthouse. There is free parking here as well. Climb up the winding stairs right up to the top where you can look out. You can walk around the top to see the view from different angles. Stop along the way at each landing to learn about the lighthouse’s history. 

Lighthouse Stairs

Now onto the eats! I’ve visited The Mad Batter twice for dinner and am in love with the White Bean Vegan Ravioli. As I mentioned in my last post, I am dairy-free so I was so excited to see a non-dairy ravioli option on the menu. The drinks are good as well and I would recommend the Aperol Spritz. 

A quick spot to pop in for lunch right off the beach is McGlade’s on the Pier. Sit inside or outside on their enclosed patio with a nice beach breeze and sandy view. 

For fine dining, make a reservation at Peter Shields Inn. Put on your favorite dress or suit jacket and indulge in their array of fresh seafood. It is BYOB, but you can also purchase bottles of wine on site from the local Cape May Winery, which is on my short list to check out soon.

For a fun night out, head to Nauti Spirits. Typically I don’t love distilleries as I’m not into flights of liquor, but this distillery has a bar with a good selection of mixed drinks featuring what they distill right on site. My favorite is The Lemon Tree (vodka-based lemonade). Several drinks are on tap, and they also have some non-alcoholic options including Cold Brew on tap and Hot Chocolate in the colder months. This venue also frequently has live music and always has lots of board games, including a huge outside Jenga, which we played this weekend. 

Sunset on the Bay

Ready to plan your trip to Cape May? You won’t regret it as you will be able to fill your schedule if you so choose or relax and enjoy breathtaking sunsets. 

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