Friday, August 30, 2013

Nostalgic Recipe! Cape May, New Jersey!

Add a cup of Cape Cod, a tablespoon of Martha's Vineyard and a pinch of New Orleans. Mix together and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Savor for a few days, enjoy the beaches, fine dining and an area steeped deep, in history. Carefully bake at 85 degrees and smother with sun screen. You have created the perfect and relaxing sea side resort of Cape May, New Jersey!
We have wanted to visit Cape May, New Jersey for quite some time now. I am happy to say that I can finally cross it off my bucket list! However, that list continues to grow every time we visit a new area. Cape May, a bit off the beaten path of our usual interstate 95 route to and from Florida. Visiting our children and extended family in Massachusetts we are usually anxious to reach either destination. We bypass this little gem promising to visit next year! Well folks this was the year and we are so glad that we did!
Cape May, is said to be the oldest sea side resort in the United States. Located in the southern most tip of New Jersey, it houses over 600 historical structures. Many constructed during Victorian times.
We stayed in a bed and breakfast built in 1879. The stairs creaked all the way up to the third floor and the doors were hard to lock. I must say I loved everything about it. Hubby not so much! He is such a romantic! The inn keepers were gracious and breakfast delicious at, Beauclaires B & B. Located in the heart of the historic district, one block from the ocean. Such a treat! 
We enjoyed a historical tour of the district by trolley. Later we strolled along the tree lined streets and marveled at the beautiful and stately architectural structures that proudly reside here. My instrument of capture was happily engaged.
We viewed gorgeous porches, bay windows, roof ornaments, gingerbread trim, brackets, cornices, cupolas, finials, turrets, concave and convex roofs and other features to numerous to mention. All very inviting and a feast for the eyes. Sensory overload, all the while trying to envision myself living in these glorious times!
Very much a family destination, bicycles and people carrying beach chairs a very common sight! Horse and buggy rides carrying adventuresome tourists through the gas lantern lit streets, completing the evening ambiance.
We later enjoyed some fine dining, tablecloths and all. This experience put a great big smile on hubby's cute little face!
The adventure continued with our departure on the Cape May/Lewes Ferry, car and all! This was an awesome experience and very well done. The best part of this 85 minute ride, was that we bypassed the craziness of the 495 outer belt around Washington, DC. We encountered very little traffic all the way down to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Some light traffic in the Norfolk, VA area, then west to Emporia, VA, to catch 95 south. We stayed in Wilson, North Carolina for the evening.
The following day we made it through Jacksonville, Florida to St. Augustine.  We decided to stop here for the night enjoying a great dinner in the heart of the city. We last visited here about 15 to 20 years ago. Also an incredible destination.
Cape May, has left us with fond memories and cravings to return someday soon. Never to bypass this sweet little gem, ever again. At least that's the menu plan!!!
Glorious structures at every turn!
An invitation to enjoy at every glance! Cape May, the icing on the cake and a delicious dessert, never to be forgotten! 
So sad to leave our loved ones, but so glad to be home!!!

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13 comments:

Nancy said...

I have been thinking about you and wondering how you were doing...So glad to see this beautiful post and now I have to visit Cape May. Your photographs are just as amazing as this place looks...

You will never believe this, but we lived in Wilson for 14 years before moving to the foothills of NC...So many wonderful memories from the time we spent there....

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend...

Mersad said...

Cape May is almost unbelievably colorful and surreal. And your perfect images look like right out a coloring book. Thank you for sharing.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Debbie said...

you really captured the beauty of cape may.....so near and dear to my heart!!

such a fun and colorful place, i am sooooo happy you enjoyed your time there, it's hard not to!!

The Artful Diva said...

I've never been to Cape May - but after seeing your photos, I know I'll be adding it to my Bucket List!

hootnonny said...

Are you sure you weren't in Candy Land?! Would be a happy place to live, I bet!

Hope you're home safe and sound.

Gail Fevig said...

Never knew the beauty existed there. Only had heard about the whales. Loving it. Thanks for sharing.

Pam Schneider said...

What a dream! So good of you to share your experience with me....Welcome back home!

Lisa Gordon said...

One of my very favorite places to visit, and you have captured its charm so perfectly, Rosemary!

Henrietta Hassinen said...

That place is so gorgeous, I love old buildings: This place looks like candy land or something, out of this world:)

Sharon Wagner said...

Holy cow. Such lacy beauty. Spectacular architecture.

Chris said...

Hi Rosemary, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

Amy Burzese said...

Ah. Now I see what inspired your later doodling. These homes are so pretty. I need to add this area to my growing list.

sharon said...

I love cape may and you got some fantastic shots

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