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The first thing I noticed when I got off of our bus in Cape May earlier this month was the smell. Clean. Ocean-y. Clean. (Sorry, I live in NYC – I have to mention the clean smell twice.) Even when you’re in town a few blocks from the waterfront you can still smell it. I miss it!
I spent a couple of hours wandering around the town alone, and I wish I’d had several days – I only got to see a small fraction. I started by walking away from the water, away from the shopping area. This was risky for me because I had to be back at Congress Hall at a certain time, and my sense of direction is absolutely terrible! But I’m so glad I took the chance, because I got to see some of the most amazing architecture!
Eventually I was able to find my way back to the more touristy area. Just steps from our hotel is a fantastic blocks-long stretch closed off to cars with the most charming shops and restaurants. It was really the only time I was glad my husband wasn’t there with me, because he’s not a shopper. But I was alone, and did as much browsing as I could, eventually buying souvenirs for the kids. No, not the Hermit Crabs, which were ubiquitous.
I hate to use a word as clichéd as picturesque but…just look at these pictures!
I really enjoyed my time in Cape May, and at Congress Hall especially. Between all of the trips to see family in different parts of the country and my husband’s job, we don’t usually have the time for long vacations. I love that there’s a place so close by that feels like another world, in another time.
I loved everything about my stay, but when I go back I’m going to request a different room location. The first night a lot of people were gathered below my window talking and laughing until about 11:30 at night. It didn’t bother me because I wasn’t going to bed until midnight, but if I’d had my kids with me I think I would’ve been aggravated. On the other hand, there are signs in that area asking people to be quiet after a certain time, so I probably would’ve called the front desk and asked them to take care of it.
Something to keep in mind if you’re making reservations, owner Curtis Bashaw told me that the area knows as “The Annex” is the quietest, and the area where I was – on the third floor, facing the lawn – is the noisiest if people are outside. Also, if you like extra charm, request a room with one of the original bathtubs.
This is the last in this particular series of Cape May posts, but I guarantee you it won’t be the last you hear from me about Cape May.
I’m not the only one talking about Cape May! Check out this video from The Today Show, about celebrating July 4th in Cape May:
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