"VICTORIAN CAPE MAY" Top 5 Page for this destination Cape May by VeronicaG
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We recently spent a lovely weekend in Cape May after a family wedding in Central Pennsylvania. Its just as charming as ever! Please see my new tips in Accommodations, Things to Do, Restaurants and Shopping.
Stately Victorian homes line the streets of Cape May. Bed and Breakfasts attract tourists to this beautiful place, while the sea shore beckons sun-worshippers and builders of sand castles. A trolley carries visitors throughout its streets and Washington Mall (open to pedestrians only) calls them to the shops and eateries.
Cape May offers horse and carriage rides, as well as whale/dolphin watching cruises. Special events such as Victorian Week, Wine tasting weekends and a Jazz Festival draw many people to the small town. House tours are offered often and are worth the price.
Here's a tip: If you can't stay the usual two or three days required during peak tourist season, you might be able to get a last minute reservation that will allow you a one night's stay. Don't expect to find a one night stay, but delight in it if you do! We've been fortunate a few times to find a B&B with a vacancy on the particular day we were there. If you live a distance away it's chancey to do this! See my TIPS for more info.
Cape May was featured in the book, 1000 Places To See Before You Die.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ENJOY HISTORY:
*The Lenni-Lenape Indians were early inhabitants of the area.
*Henry Hudson, on his search to discover the Northwest Passage to the Orient is purported to be the first European to sight the cape of New Jersey, apparently not setting foot on land, though.
*A Dutchman, Cornelius Mey--after whom Cape May is named--explored the land between 1616-24. Mey and fellow Dutchmen were looking into trade possibilities for their country's merchants.
*Around 1631, whalers entered the picture and so began Cape May's rich history of whaling. For more information see: www.usgennet.org/usa/nj/county/capemay/CMhistory.html
The Dr. Emlen Physick estate is open for tours daily (1048 Washington Street). It is in the Stick Style of Architecture built in 1879. Dr. Physick was from a wealthy Philadelphia family. Special tours like "The Doctor Is In" add a realistic flavor to your visit. We felt like we really knew the family after this tour! A small gift shop is on the premises.
Twinings Tearoom (located in a restored carriage house on the property) offers special teas.
For information on the tour or for reservations at the tearoom, call 800-275-4278.
The 157 foot high lighthouse was established in 1823 and is still working. It is on the Delaware Bay at Cape May Point State Park and open daily from April to November. There are199 steps to the top and believe me, I was glad to reach the top! There are t-shirts available that assert this claim to fame--"I climbed 199 steps to the top".
Whalers made Cape May their home base, then eventually other settlers moved into the area. Hours of operation vary according to the season; costs are $5 for adults and $1 for children 3-12. For more information call, 800-275-4278.
- Pros:Victorian homes; period tours; ocean views
- In a nutshell:A STEP BACK INTO A MORE GRACEFUL TIME!
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