Cape May is one of my favorite day trips while out visiting my family in New Jersey. It is a summer tourist town but there is something a little more laid-back and peaceful about the area, even in the summer.
I was actually able to venture down to this quaint little city a couple times during my visit back east. Once when Matt was in town and once with my Mom. It’s about an hour from where I grew up at the southern most tip of New Jersey and is surrounded by pristine beaches.
One of the things I love about the city is the gorgeous Victorian homes that bring such a beautiful history to the area. Fun fact… it has such a large concentration of Victorian homes within the city, that the entire city of Cape May has been made a historic landmark. The colors and ornate details have such a romance about them. I think that’s why I can’t help but fall in love with them.
The beach along Cape May also has a historical vibe with the striped cabanas that have been dotting the shore line for the last 85 years. I find them so whimsical and fun! The beaches down here are less crowded than other tourist towns along the Jersey shore and make it the perfect spot to get some sun.
Heading west along the shore of the peninsula, you hit the Cape May Lighthouse which dates back to 1859 and is still in operation. This was a grade school field trip spot for me growing up, so I had to make a pit stop to pay a visit once more. While I didn’t scale the 199 steps up to the top since it was such a hot day, I did at least take in the serene view and snap a few pics along side it!
Western Cape May is a little more spread out but still has plenty of great spots in the area. While there I stopped in for a visit at Beach Plum Farm. This spot is an operating farm providing fruits, vegetables, and meats for many local farm to table restaurants. You can even grab a bite to eat right there at the farm’s market. During my visit I tried an egg, cheese, and bacon breakfast sandwich that couldn’t have taste more fresh and delicious!
After grabbing some grub, you can walk the nearby gardens or head back along the path leading to more farmland to explore the vegetation and visit the livestock. I checked out the pigs, ducks, and chickens while there… just be sure to steer clear of the stacks of bee hives producing honey in the back fields!
As you head north out of Cape May, you can end your day with a stop at the Cape May Brewery to sample a few summer brews. The brewery is located next to the Cape May airport and has a laid back vibe. Depending on how nice the weather is, you can sit inside or outside to relax and enjoy a flight.
Visiting Cape May on this trip has given me the itch for an overnight trip here in the future. Do you have any hometown favs of places you like to visit?