Things to do in Cape May
It may not be THE Jersey Shore, but there's plenty of fun to be had in America's Oldest Seaside Resort. Good food, fun shopping, and beautiful beaches ...
Where to Stay:
Never been to Cape May? Don't worry, here's a handy map of where you want to look for accomodations:
There are a ton of places to stay in Cape May, especially in the form of B&Bs and house rentals. Some of the places we can personally vouch for include:
Congress Hall ($$$): Book early to enjoy Cape May's landmark historic hotel. It's certainly one of the more pricey accomodations, but well worth it - you can't find a better location. Also, check out one of the sister properties: The Virginia Hotel, or The Star Inn.
Madison Avenue Beach Club ($): This dog-friendly hotel is a tad futher away from the beach, but still an easy bike ride around town.
La Mer Beachfront Inn ($$): Right on Beach Ave, this is a fairly standard hotel. It's not in the heart of town (but only a walk / bike ride away), which means less crowded beaches!
If you're staying with a larger crowd (families, groups of friends), check out Cape May Rentals for avialable houses - often more affordable per person than a bunch of hotel rooms
Where to Eat:
Uncle Bill's Pancake House: A Cape May institution! Basic pancake house with a large & affordable menu
George's Place: Delicious (but very small!) cafe with an excellent menu. Expect to wait, and make sure to try out the Creamed Chip Beef
The Red Store (formerly General Store): An old farmhouse out on Cape May Point with a James Beard award winning chef. Amazing baked goods (try the butter buns!), but it's CASH ONLY
McGlades on the Pier: "Omlette Queen", "Summer Perfection", and "Must Do" are just some of the descriptions for this breakfast spot on the boardwalk.
Mad Batter: The "granddaddy of Cape May's many fine restaurants", they serve up great omlettes in the Carroll Villa hotel
Lunch & Dinner:
The Lobster House: It doesn't get any more "Cape May" than this - don't waste time going to the restaurant - get takeout and eat on the dock!
Lucky Bones: Great for pizza and classic American fare
Westside Market: If you're looking for an authentic Philly cheesesteak, this is the place.
The Dry Dock: Cape May's second-best cheesesteak, and #1 ice cream spot - make sure to get the Crunch Kote (unless you have a peanut allergy)
Blue Pig Tavern: Located in historic Congress Hall, there's a beautiful patio for some al fresco dining.
Panico's: Converted from an old church, Panico's has delicious pizza & Italian food.
What to Do:
Sangria Sundays at Hawk Haven Vineyard - enjoy live music and delicious sangria on the patio!
Cape May Winery - a beautiful location, and you can bring your own snacks while enjoying a bottle of wine on their patio
Cape May Brewery - the tasting room is open every day 12 - 8
Carnival at Congress Hall - every Monday night all summer long!
Paddleboard & Kayak rentals - at the Cape May Nature Center
Jetski rentals - we recommend you head up to Mocean Waverunners in Wildwood where you DON'T have to ride around in circles