This past weekend my best friend, Rachel, my mom, and I ventured to our favorite vacation spot: Cape May, New Jersey. It has been a staple in my family for years, but it was Rach’s first time. There’s something about the victorian houses, and tree lined streets that make my heart beat slower. It’s so much more than a beach town!
We left mid morning on Saturday proceeding a late night of packing. Most people hate long car rides, but my mom and I make it fun! We packed TONS of snacks and jammed out. For some reason, we got the giggles around the halfway point and didn’t stop laughing until we got to our bed and breakfast. All in all, the six hour drive was pretty fun.
The three of us checked into our bed and breakfast and dragged our bags (read: portable closets) up the steps to our darling room. The Mason Cottage has been a wonderful place to stay. They provide beach chairs, towels, bikes, as well as an outdoor shower. Even after you check out, you’re welcome to go to the beach while they hold your bags, and then shower in their outdoor shower before heading home. Each morning we were greeted with a two course breakfast. Clearly it was good because Rachel cleared her plate every day!
We dolled ourselves up and walked to dinner. One of the best things about Cape May is how easily accessible everything is. Anything you may need is within a few blocks of your hotel or bed and breakfast. I do have a few favorite restaurants close to our bed and breakfast. To name a few, we love The Mad Batter, The Merion Inn, and Louie’s Pizza. No dinner is complete without dessert, so we make nightly trips to Kohr’s Custard in the shopping square.
Washington Street Mall is a hopping place after dinner. It’s an outdoor mall with tons of unique shops. I was sure to pick up a few things from my favorite, the Cotton Company. They sell Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, and all things preppy! I really wanted a Vineyard Vines Cape May shirt, but they didn’t have my size. I settled for a comfortable Southern Tide sweatshirt.
On Sunday we finally got to go to the beach! You have to purchase beach tags, but it’s so worth it. Rachel and I laid our towels out and got our tan on for a little before hitting a volleyball back and forth. She’s been playing for a very long time, but believe me, I sprawled my heart out in the sand! Eventually we got to hot and wound up jumping into the frigid water. The waves were larger because of the storm that struck a few days before we arrived, but these two mermaids loved it.
If you’ve ever been to a quaint town like Cape May, you’ll know that they commonly offer horse and buggy rides. We took a carriage ride in the evening after dinner, and it was beautiful! Our horses name was Brutus, and let me tell you, he did a fantastic job guiding us around town. Our tour guide taught us a lot we didn’t know about the town despite our family history of going there. We finished our evening with a walk on the boardwalk and some relaxing on the porch of The Mason Cottage.
Today, we woke up to a very yummy breakfast on the porch. Because our bed and breakfast is so accommodating, we were able to pack our bags and leave them there while we hit the beach for the last time. After some hours in the sun, we came back to shower in their outdoor shower. We prettied ourselves up for our last meal at The Lobster House. Eating here is a tradition on the way home. Though I looked like a lobster despite my valiant sunscreen efforts, we ate a delicious meal and met a very cute dog.
Our weekend getaway to Cape May was so much fun. The weather, food, shopping, and beach were all perfect. We’re all pretty tired, but it was a great time. To top it all off, I always had a cute outfit ready. I didn’t overpack either, so maybe my previous blog about packing helped me too! I hope you all get a chance to visit Cape May; I promise you it’s so worth it.