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    Get Away to Cape May - Making Vacation Memories for more than 200 Years!

    For over 200 years visitors have turned to Cape May to refresh the mind, body, and soul. Offering the best of the Jersey Shore, offers single family homes, spacious townhomes, and beachfront condos. Warm inviting cottages are available weekly or for the whole summer. Pet Friendly vacation rentals can be found in all the areas we serve Cape May, West Cape May, Cape May Point, and Offshore/ Bayside. HomeStead Real Estate Co. will find the perfect rental to suit your family's vacation style.

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    Cape May picked by Trip Advisor 2011 as the 2nd best Beach Destination in the U.S!

    Top 10 Beach Destinations in the United States

    1: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    2: Cape May, New Jersey
    3: Panama City Beach, Florida
    4: Miami Beach, Florida
    5: Sanibel Island, Florida
    6: Clearwater, Florida
    7: Honolulu, Hawaii
    8: Captiva Island, Florida
    9: Poipu, Hawaii
    10: Siesta Key, Florida

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    Cape May picked as one of the prettiest towns in America!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - in this case, these five experts bBy Rob Baedeker, Rockport, Maine.

    The overall picture may come into slightly sharper focus after November, but that hasn't stopped us from finding the 20 prettiest towns in the homeland right now. From Bisbee to Cape May, they've each got something special that should put them on the savvy traveler's radar. Identifying America's prettiest towns is by definition a subjective undertaking - prettiness, to adapt an old saying, is in the eye of the beholder. So when we asked five experts for their lists of the country's prettiest towns, we left the definition of "pretty" up to the judges themselves.

    "Ward's picks include Flagstaff, Ariz., which combines those natural and manmade elements into what he describes as a "definitive little Western town, where fine brick buildings on every block hold lively hotels, bars, stores and restaurants, and the majestic San Francisco Peaks soar to the north."

    For Bob Krist, author of "Travel Photography: Documenting the World's People and Places" and host of PBS' "Restoration Stories," a selection of the U.S.'s prettiest towns ended up revealing a common denominator: tradition. "They're the kind of places that don't exist much anymore," Krist says of his list, which includes the coastal Maine town of Rockport and the southern New Jersey resort of Cape May.

    Krist adds that his picks share a photogenic richness that results from the "integrity of the traditional architecture. You can look down a street in Cape May (N.J.) and see seven or eight beautiful Victorians all in a row. It's an architectural integrity that existed before strip malls and before things got homogenized with aluminum siding."

    While the towns here comprise a diverse array of locations, sizes and architectural styles, our expert's selections lean heavily toward the East, and New England picks figure prominently in their selections. Three of our five panelists chose New Hampshire towns (Portsmouth and Hanover) as among the nation's prettiest, and destinations in Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island are also sprinkled among the experts' choices.

    "The Rough Guide to the USA" co-author Greg Ward is the sole panelist whose choices drifted wholly away from the Eastern Seaboard. Among the traveler writer's pretty-town favorites are Springdale, Utah, situated near Zion National Park, and Galena, Ill., which Ward describes as a "peaceful, verdant" town that "seems barely changed since local boy Ulysses S. Grant was elected president in 1868."

    Sarah Tuff Dunn, describing her first visit to Park City, Utah, says, "I was struck by just how blue the sky was, and how dry the air, during a ski trip one March. I was used to soggy or icy conditions back East. After I skied seemingly bottomless powder at nearby Deer Valley, the whole town of Park City (which looked like a candy village, thanks to all the different colors of the Victorian buildings) seemed like it was on some crazy high from the sun, the snow and the altitude."

    Photographer Krist sums up the intangible quality shared by the pretty towns on his list: "They haven't been homogenized, they still have their local character - and the charm is real.

    Featured on Yahoo! Travel - Cape May, NJ

    CAPE MAY was founded in 1620 by the Dutch Captain Mey, on the small hook at the very southern tip of the Jersey coast, jutting out into the Atlantic and washed by the Delaware Bay on the west. After being briefly settled by New England whalers in the late 1600s, it turned in the eighteenth century to more profitable farming and, soon after, to tourism. In 1745 the first advertisement for Cape May's restorative air and fine accommodation appeared in the Philadelphia press, heralding a period of great prosperity, when Southern plantation owners, desiring cool sea breezes without having to venture into Yankee land, flocked to the fashionable boarding houses of this genteel "resort of Presidents."

    The Victorian era was Cape May's finest; nearly all its gingerbread architecture dates from a mass rebuilding after a severe fire in 1878. However, the increase in car travel after World War I meant that vacationers could go further, more quickly and more cheaply, and the little town found itself something of an anachronism, while the gaudier charms of Atlantic City became the brightest stars on the Jersey coast. During the 1950s, Cape May began to dust off its most valuable commodity: its history. Today the whole town is a National Historic Landmark, with over six hundred Victorian buildings, tree-lined streets and beautifully kept gardens, and a lucrative B&B industry. It teeters dangerously on self-parody at times, thanks to its glut of cutesy olde shoppes, but if you avoid the main drags and wander through the back streets, you'll find an appealing combination of historical authenticity and good beaches. Information by Rough Guides

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    Cape May picked by AAA World as Romantic for Date/ Wedding Destination!

    DATE NIGHT - Good Day Sunshine
    Whether you're looking for a special place to celebrate your relationship or need a slam-dunk first impression spot, you won't have to travel far. The following ideas are just what the love doctor ordered.

    LIVING IN THE Mid-Atlantic certainly has its perks, from the proximity to big cities to being within driving distance to countless beaches, but for the most part, the region is lacking when it comes to one of romance's most iconic moments: a beautiful sunset over the ocean. We are, after all, situated on the East Coast. But don't give up hope to re-create a picturesque evening normally reserved for those on the West Coast. Instead, head to SUNSET BEACH IN CAPE MAY, where you'll be able to witness the sun dip into the horizon over the water, You can park and watch the spectacle from your car, or for a more memorable experience, bring along a blanket and picnic for a romantic dinner.

    GETTING HITCHED - Think Victorian
    Ready to take the big plunge? Turns out you have more options than you may have believed. Our area offers wedding opportunities for people of nearly every taste.

    JUST A FEW miles south of Wildwood is historic and romantic CAPE MAY. Thinking of gingerbread houses, quiet streets and beautiful sunsets on the water? Think Cape May. With venues like The Southern Mansion, Congress Hall and the historic Emlen Physick Estate leading the way, this Victorian town offers a variety of settings from grand to intimate. If you have your heart set on a beach wedding, add in a sunset over Delaware Bay on Sunset Beach in Cape May Point. For more info see: &

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    AAA Recommends Cape May as the place to visit in the Off Season!

    2 Days, 1 Night in Cape May - If 'quaint' is your cup of tea, America's first seaside resort offers the perfect blend of hospitality by Stacy Tillilie.

    While slews of cities and towns across America boast the label "quaint," perhaps no other destination in the country lives up to that label like Cape May, a Victorian seaside resort on the southernmost tip of New Jersey-so southern that it sits below the Mason-Dixon Line-that it's called the Capital of Quaint.

    Cape May's history dates back to the mid-1700s when Philadelphians began patronizing the town for its healthful air and laidback lifestyle. By the 1800s, the town was in its heyday, drawing many of the rich-and-famous from New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. New grand hotels and guest houses soon followed to accommodate the new influx of visitors-putting Cape May on the vacation map.

    Today, Cape May remains true to its Victorian heritage with the second-largest collection of Victorian-era homes in the country (following San Francisco). In fact, in 1976 the entire city of Cape May was designated a National Historic Landmark, a title that only a small handful of U.S. towns has achieved. Cape May is also home to more bed-and-breakfasts than you can shake a cinnamon stick at, and although you'll find the occasional franchise store, most shops in town are family-owned and operated.

    Memorial Day to Labor Day is high tourist season here, but even during winter, when most of its neighboring shore towns go into hibernation, Cape May welcomes guests with special tours, festivals and activities-along with lower hotel rates and fewer crowds-most every weekend. Here are a few suggestions on how to spend a weekend this winter.

    Day 1: Saturday, A Treasure-Trove of Architecture

    Cape May has many guided and self-guided architecture tours on tap, including walking tours of historic inns, trolley rides through the historic district and audio tours. But for a twist on the traditional talking points tour, explore Cape May's architectural landmarks clue by clue on a Family Treasure Hunt. Geared toward both adults and kids, the self-guided treasure hunt includes a clue sheet, map and answer sheet. Packets are available at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth and cost only $5.

    A Grand Estate - When the clues lead you to the Stick Style architecture of the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian house museum designed by Frank Furness in 1879, take some time out to explore the museum's changing exhibits, representative of the Victorian Cape May lifestyle. Also check out the gallery's collection of teapots, serving pieces and other unusual gifts. The proceeds from your purchases help support the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, operators of the estate.

    The Un-Mall - The Washington Street Mall offers old-fashioned Main Street shopping-but without the street. Boutique-style stores flank three blocks of a pedestrian promenade (open to traffic only between blocks at Ocean, Decatur, Jackson and Perry Streets) in the heart of Cape May. The Mall features everything from clothing shops, jewelry stores and art galleries to gift emporiums, toy stores and candy shops.

    For a souvenir that's quintessentially Cape May, check out Cape May on Canvas, offering the largest selection of Cape May scenes-such as "digital paintings" of Victorian Row, the Physick Estate and Congress Hall-by Scott Griswold, Jr. You can also shop for unique Christmas decorations, including ornaments of famous Cape May B&Bs, year-round at the Winterwood Gift and Christmas Gallery, housed in a historic brick bank built in 1895. And for nostalgic five-and-dime shopping, check out Dellas 5 & 10, a Cape May staple since 1947; there's even a soda fountain counter inside. For more snacks, The Original Fudge Kitchen and Kohr Bros. frozen custard are local favorites.

    The 'Ugly' Meal - You may want to save your appetite, however, for a bite at The Ugly Mug on the Mall, which opened in 1926. The menu is the same for lunch and dinner, featuring everything from pub-style grub to surf-and-turf entrees. Feeling adventurous? Try the famous Ocean Burger, a hamburger topped with shrimp and sharp cheddar cheese. You also can't go wrong with a seafood dish like the Shrimp Mug, a casserole combining shrimp and the fresh catch of the day.

    But perhaps more than the food, the Mug is known for its festive atmosphere based on the motto "Mix a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense is pleasant now and then." As for the decor, what's with the mugs hanging from the ceiling? Following pub tradition, they belong to members of The Ugly Mug club. The mugs facing the ocean belonged to those members now deceased. (And if you still have the stamina later-and a babysitter for the kids-return to The Ugly Mug after 10 p.m., when the pub turns into a happening nightspot with live music or D.J.s and dancing.)

    Congressional Quarters - After a long day of touring and shopping, head a few blocks up Perry Street toward the ocean to Cape May's landmark hotel. Congress Hall first opened in 1816 as a boarding house and through the centuries has hosted U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and Benjamin Harrison. Expanded and completely renovated, the hotel features 108 modern guest rooms and five suites-yes, with private bathrooms-as well as on-site restaurants and lounges including Cape May's first tavern and post-Prohibition cocktail bar. When reserving your room, request one of the many guest rooms in the hotel's L-shape design for a postcard-perfect ocean view.

    Day 2: Sunday - The Early Birder - Let nature take the course on your second day in Cape May. Located smack-dab along the Atlantic Flyway, the area is one of the top birding hotspots on the continent and, hands down, is the number-one birding location on the Eastern Seaboard. Hotspots include Higbee Beach, harboring New Jersey's last stand of dune forest; the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge; and Cape May Point State Park. Depending on your timing, you may be lucky enough to catch some glimpses of hawks, gulls, loons, scoters, eagles, owls and more. You can perch yourself on one of the observation platforms or explore the many trails in hope of sightings. Or, check out the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory, hosting many guided walks and workshops in the park and surrounding areas, including Take a Kid Birding. (Preregistration for many programs is required.)

    A Bird's-eye View - Exploring Cape May Point State Park, you can't miss the lighthouse, standing 157 feet, 6 inches tall. Built in 1859, the lighthouse still operates as a beacon with its light visible 24 miles out to sea. The grounds, ground floor, tower and watch room gallery are open to the public. For the ultimate bird's-eye view, climb the lighthouse's 199 steps via a cast-iron spiral staircase.

    Diamonds in the Rough - From the lighthouse, head to Sunset Beach at the Point, where you can comb the sands for Cape May diamonds. These quartz crystal "diamonds" wash up on the shore here in great quantities, thanks to the tidal flow against the hulk of the Atlantus, the partially sunken concrete ship visible from the shoreline. When polished and faceted, these crystals look like bona-fide diamonds to the untrained eye. (It's said that, before the advent of technology, many a pawn broker had been duped by a Cape May diamond.) The Sunset Beach Gift Shop has a wide collection of finished Cape May diamond rings, earrings and necklaces, which you can also purchase online.

    Go Fish - Before crossing back over the bridge toward home, stop at Fisherman's Wharf for a close-up look at some impressive fishing and pleasure boats docked in the harbor. Time it right, and you can watch the boats coming in with their catch of the day. Large commercial boats fish off the shores of Cape May, making the town the second-largest commercial fishing port on the East Coast.

    And for some the best fresh seafood on the island, no visit to Cape May would be complete without dining at The Lobster House on the harbor. (Get in line early, though, for reservations are not accepted.) With its own fleet of fishing boats, The Lobster House catches and prepares fresh seafood daily. Try the Lobster House Specialty, comprised of lobster tails, scallops and shrimp served over linguine with garlic butter. And a great way to end your meal and your weekend stay in Cape May is with a warm serving of bread pudding drenched in butter rum sauce that will leave you satisfied yet hungry for more both at once.

    For more information: Family Treasure Hunt, Washington Street Mall Information Booth, 609/885-5404 or 800/275-4278,

    Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, 609/884-5404

    Washington Street Mall, 1048 Washington Street, 609/884-5111,

    Cape May on Canvass, 412 Washington Street, 609/884-8716,

    Winterwood Gift and Christmas Gallery, 526 Washington Street, 609/884-8949,

    Dellas 5 & 10, Washington and Decatur Streets, 609/884-4568,

    The Ugly Mug, 426 Washington Street, 609/884-3459

    Congress Hall, 251 Beach Avenue, 888/944-1816 or 609/884-8421,

    Cape May Bird Observatory, Northwood Center, 701 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point, 609/884-2736,

    Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park, Delaware Bay entrance, 609/884-8409,

    Sunset Beach, Cape May Point, 800/757-6468,

    The Lobster House, Fisherman's Wharf, Cape May Harbor, 609/884-8296,

    The information in this story was accurate when it was published on the AAA World Web site in January 2009, but details such as dates, times and prices may have changed since then. We suggest you verify such details directly with the listed establishments before making travel plans.

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