Greetings from the fair state of New Jersey! What was supposed to be an extended long weekend in the little town of Cape May with my family has turned into a full-time refugee situation as I await the impact of Hurricane Irma on South Florida from afar. The silver lining to all of this has been that I’ve been able to spend a lot of quality time with family in a beautiful beach town. I got to spend a short weekend in up here earlier this summer, but my extended trip up north has really allowed me to experience many more of Cape May’s highlights. I arrived almost two weeks ago and worked from here leading up to LDW, giving me a chance to hang out with my mom, sister, and niece. Once the hubby and the rest of the family got into town, we kicked off the long weekend festivities with happy hour at Fin’s on Friday night and burgers at home. Saturday was a washout, we spent the afternoon at local bar Ugly Mug for cocktails and wings and headed out in neighboring town Avalon to celebrate my childhood best friend’s birthday that weekend. Sunday and Monday turned into a beautiful beach days with lunches and dinners at some local favorite spots, and lots of walks through the shops in town. Here’s a recap of my favorite restaurants, shops, and activities we enjoyed in Cape May over the extended long weekend.
- Uncle Bill’s Pancake House: I’m not exaggerating when I say that this more than 50 year old breakfast joint is a Cape May institution. I’ve eaten there twice in the past week – I like the silver plate (three silver dollar pancakes with bacon and one egg).
- The Lobster House: I have about a zillion memories of sitting on the dock here, another Cape May institution, picking crabs with my parents and extended family. I was so excited to take Andrew here and teach him all the tricks of the trade on Labor Day.
- Harry’s: Located onsite on the first floor of The Montreal Beach Resort, this indoor/outdoor restaurant has a cute interior and ocean views. Since it’s only a few blocks from our house, I’ve been able to sample a few of the lunch offerings, including the lobster BLT, the famous New England clam chowder, and a really yummy watermelon salad.
- Tisha’s: This cute little spot right on the Washington Street Mall is known for having some of the best food in Cape May. I had a yummy cobb salad with grilled chicken and shared some shrimp tostadas as an appetizer.
- The Ugly Mug: The weather on Friday and Saturday of LDW was actually horrendous, so we spent our Saturday afternoon enjoying drinks and wings at the dimly-lit Ugly Mug on Washington Street. The food is typical bar fare, but stay for the fun, dive bar ambiance.
- Louisa’s: I’ve been hearing Louisa’s touted as the best restaurant in Cape May for years, but had yet to experience it for myself. This little BYOB is known for its simply prepared seafood, served with brown rice and a cabbage slaw with lime vinaigrette. We shared sesame peanut noodles with scallions and cucumbers and a caprese salad to start, and followed it with grab cakes and flounder. The meal was definitely one of the best I’ve had here.
- Washington Inn: A family favorite, I’ve been to the Washington Inn three times in the past week and a half. We eat in the bar vs. the noisy main dining room, and I’m partial to the cioppino and cheeseburger.
- The Boiler Room: Down in the basement of Congress Hall is a late night music club and pizzeria that feels distinctly different from the quaintness of Victorian Cape May. Built right into the foundation of the building, this is a great spot to enjoy delicious meatball appetizers, a shared Caesar salad, and any of the delectable pizzas.
- Cash & Clive: This adorable boutique is definitely one of my favorite finds. Located at the end of the mall over by the Congress Hall, the store stocks some of my favorite retailers like Gorjana, JOA, cupakes & cashmere, and Sincerely Jules.
- Victorious: Just next door to Cash & Clive is estate jeweler and boutique Victorious. I scored some cute Quay sunnies, embellished tassel hoops, and a black Cult Gaia dupe.
- Tommy’s Folly: This boutique in the historic Congress Hall hotel stocks essentials from Endless Rose and Sail to Sable, among other cute brands.
- West End Garage: West End Garage features more than 50 stores under one roof, with 62 vendors from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.Check out antique furniture and accessories, vintage memorabilia, framed artwork, candles and bathroom accouterments.
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