Cape May is America’s oldest seaside resort; it has welcomed visitors for generations with its hospitality and Victorian charm. Combine Cape May’s location, architecture and hospitality with its year round calendar of cultural, and family-friendly events, and it’s clear that this is a destination for all seasons.
The picturesque Victorian landscape has maintained its turn-of-the-century look and feel by implementing an active historic preservation contingent. As a result, the entire city of Cape May was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Unlike other popular East Coast seaside locales, Cape May stays open year-round and thrives during the shoulder season, with a variety of activities every weekend through Christmas. Cape May hosts a world-renowned jazz and music festivals. Not one, but two top-notch theater companies. It boasts award-winning wineries; top restaurants with menus ranging from finger food to fine dining; funky shops with unique merchandise no big box stores here.
In autumn and early winter, Cape May experiences much warmer temperatures than interior regions of New Jersey and in the spring and summer, ocean breezes help to keep the shore town’s temperatures cooler. Hence, its nickname: “Cool Cape May.”
Cape May becomes a Victorian Christmas Village, sparkling in its holiday finery. From the pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Preview Weekend into the new year, visitors can enjoy day and evening holiday house tours, wine-tastings, crafts marketplaces, merchant hospitality nights, and, of course, seeing Santa come to town during the annual Christmas Parade always the first Saturday in December.
Do you consider yourself a “Foodie” Cape May, New Jersey has been named to the top 20 best food towns by Conde’ Nast . From five star to finger food you can find it all. Dine out and savor a taste of the shore, one course at a time following the national trend to provide special menus for every palate including menus featuring vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free choices .
Don't forget...New Jersey is the Garden State and that means from farm to table, the freshest fruits and vegetables in season are used. The same is true with seafood - Cape May is one of the largest ports on the East Coast and many of the seafood choices are delivered to restaurants within hours of being caught. Scallops, flounder, striper, weakfish are some of the 40 different species of fish are routinely caught here on commercial fishing vessels, charter boats and from the shore. And if you don't catch your own, local fish markets offer all kinds of seafood, ready for a steaming pot or a sizzling grill.