The southernmost tip of New Jersey is home to Cape May, a city that calls itself the oldest seashore resort in the nation. A destination for romance and family alike, the town’s charm is linked to its lighthouse, Victorian homes and the delicate balance between historic preservation and chic new renovations. We think they walk this particular line perfectly and invite you to explore – preferably on a bicycle built for two.
From beach days (don’t forget to purchase those beach tags) to plentiful buckets of peel and eat shrimp, Cape May is seaside resort supreme. We recommend a trolley tour for first-time visitors and honeymooners with a penchant for old-school romance, followed by a look at the Emlen Physick Estate, the town’s Victorian house museum. The Cape May Winery is another nearby attraction, complete with tastings seven days a week, which feature a rolling selection of local wines. Plus, the view from the winery’s porch is hard to beat.
For a final dash of historic flavor, make your way to Cape May Point State Park where the Cape May Lighthouse has been a fixture since 1859. A walk through the park’s dunes is nice, but climbing the lighthouse tower’s 199-step spiral staircase is a must.
Food in Cape May is plenty and fresh. The Lobster House is a crowd-collecting hot spot that serves surf’n’turf fresh off its own fishing boats. Meals can also be ordered for take-out, and at the dockside Raw Bar. The Rusty Nail is home to those aforementioned buckets of peel and eat shrimp while George’s Place features a full menu of American-style eats. And a place to lay your heads once you find yourself stuffed with seafood and all biked out? The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast is all vintage aesthetic and a block from the beach.