Feature: Cape May - Gem of the Jersey Shore

Cape May, known for its deep history and Victorian beauty, has long been a destination for Philadelphia and Manhattan socialites. Located at the southernmost point of the New Jersey coastline, Cape May is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected seaside resorts. Dignitaries such as Presidents Buchanan, Grant, Harrison and Pierce were among the past vacationers at this resort. And, due to the pervasiveness of striking Victorian architecture, Cape May was designated a national historic landmark on May 11, 1976.

This charming seaside town provides the ideal destination for a romantic getaway. The charming bread and breakfasts, stunning architecture and fabulous gourmet restaurants offer everything necessary for a quiet retreat. It’s easy to escape everyday life while seeing this scenic town during a horse-drawn carriage ride or taking a walk along the pristine beaches. And, for those couples preparing to share their nuptials, Cape May offers a perfect setting for a spring or summer wedding.

Cape May is lined by beautiful sandy beaches and also provides an ideal shore destination for families. From sunbathing and swimming to surf fishing and sand castles, there is much to do throughout the warm summer months. After spending a morning on the beach, a tour through one the historic mansions in town can a good way to escape the sun.

The Washington Street Mall is a great place to visit during any trip to Cape May. A sunny afternoon can be spent walking among the interesting shops and concluding with an early dinner in one of the lively restaurants. There are plenty of amusements nearby geared toward the younger members of the family, such as miniature golf and arcades. And, just a short ride outside of town stands the 120-acre Cape May Park and Zoo.

Finally, outdoors enthusiasts will appreciate the natural setting surrounding the town of Cape May. Birding, fishing, sailing, and whale watching are among the outdoor activities that will captivate visitors to the area. Birders looking for unique specimens will find Cape May offers particular riches - over 400 species of birds have been recorded in the area.

Just a short ride outside of town stands the Cape May Lighthouse, which was built in 1859. The park that surrounds the lighthouse offers picnic areas, trails, and ample opportunity for bird watching. Standing like an ancient sentinel, the ruins of a fortified military bunker watch over the beach near the lighthouse. In the area also lies the interesting Sunset Beach, with the remains of a concrete ship that sunk just off the shoreline.

Cape May offers a plush tapestry of culture and recreation that will appeal to a diverse range of vacation preferences. Its richness has been cultured through years of growth that has been tempered by the historical designation of the community. As a result, Cape May offers much more than most vacation communities without feeling overly commercialized. For a unique getaway, Cape May is surpassed by few.

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