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Cape May, America's First Seaside Resort

28 May 2009  Long time visitor, columnist for Exit Zero magazine in Cape May and author of The First Resort, a historical book detailing the city's 400-year history
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

1. Cape May is a B&B mecca, moreso than anywhere in the country. From the fanciest of the fancy at Queen Victoria to the no-frills approach in a historical home that Poor Richards offers, there is quite literally something for everyone.
2. Contrary to popular opinions, nearly all Cape May B&B's offer private bathroom, luxury amenities and many extras like fireplaces, whirpool tubs and two-person showers.
3. There are a considerable amount of hotels in town, many of them oceanfront. From the basic hotel rooms offered at The Grand Hotel, Montreal Inn and Atlas to the 'condotel' condominiums offered at Summer Station to the luxury accomodations available at The Sandpiper and Congress Hall, Cape May offers an equally impressive assortment of hotels and motels.
4. A hidden gem in the city for someone looking for a basic motel room at a good price is the Victorian Motel. It's two blocks from the beach and directly across from the famous pedestrian mall.
5. Cape May is a city steeped in history. The area was first charted in 1609 and over the years has played an integral part in the country's history. The US Department of the Interior has named the entire town a 'National Historic Landmark'. The city was the country's very first resort, playing host to crowds trying to escape the colonial cities of Philadelphia and New York, along with serving as a Summer Whitehouse for multiple Presidents.
6. Cape May has one of the largest collections of Victorian architechture in the world. Because of two devastating fires in the late 17th century, much of the early city was wiped out and replaced. Many of those structures remain standing and Cape May has become known as one of America's prettiest cities.
7. Cape May has been named by The Travel Channel as one of the Top 10 beaches in America.
8. Next to the beach and the rich history, Cape May is famous for its abundance of restaurants that range from basic beach fare to ultra-luxurious.
9. Complimenting all those restaurants are the many candy stores in town, including The Original Fudge Kitchen, which has been featured on The Food Network. The Fudge Kitchen makes its own chocolates, truffles, fudge and so much more. No trip to the city is complete without a stop.
10. Another great product of the small-town atmosphere Cape May fosters is the large amount of wonderful small businesses. Some of the local favorites are the homemade soap shop A Place On Earth, the kitchen mecca known as Kiss the Cook, the traditional small-town bookstore Atlantic Books and the seashore-themed gift shop that has consistently blown visitors away for nearly 30 years, The Whale's Tale.

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  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Large groups, Seniors, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall