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Month: September 2017

CarMax has selected Cape May as one the top places to visit this fall

Along with Hilton Head, South Carolina, Point Reyes, California, West Beach, Alabama and Cape Blanco Oregon, nationwide car retailer CarMax has selected Cape May as one the top places to visit this fall. CarMax editors offer tips before your trip and lots of suggestions for the right kind of ride. Read “Best Places to Travel this Fall” and see for yourself. We’re delighted to know that they too appreciate beautiful Cape May.

Storm Safety Guide: A Q&A on Preparing for Hurricanes on Vacation

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With all of this wild weather lately, we want to equip all of Cape May’s fall and winter tourists with helpful information on what to do in the event of a big storm or hurricane. Keep your family safe and sound while on vacation by using our tips below to prep for bad weather.

We answer five common questions about hurricanes and provide resources for finding out more about New Jersey’s tropical storms and precautions to take when dealing with them.

What defines a hurricane?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone that forms over tropical or subtropical waters. When a tropical storm’s winds reach 74 mph or higher, it is classified as a hurricane. A hurricane’s maximum winds are rated 1 through 5 by weather experts; the higher the rating, the greater the storm’s potential for property damage.

When is the Atlantic hurricane season?

The Atlantic hurricane season technically starts on June 1st, and comes to an end on November 30. However, tropical storms or hurricanes can develop outside of that timeframe. Tune in to our local news stations (Cape May’s 6ABC Action News is a great resource) to stay updated on upcoming storms.

What can I do to prepare for a hurricane on vacation?

New Jersey’s Office of Emergency Management recommends creating a kit of safety and emergency supplies. Items may include:

  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Important medications

For a full list of what to put in your emergency kit, click here.

Make a plan with your family about what to do during a storm: have a predetermined meeting place, note the quickest ways to leave your beach house and get everyone to safety, and make sure to have an out-of-state contact your family can check in with and stay with should the hurricane become dangerous. Review these plans your family and practice any drills!

How will I know if it is time to evacuate?

Local county or state emergency management officials will notify Cape May neighborhoods of the need to evacuate via the Emergency Alert System messages on local radio and TV. Officials may also opt to alert areas via community notification systems such as “Reverse 911,” which sends messages to telephones.

What is Cape May’s evacuation route?

Click on this PDF here to see Cape May’s evacuation route; as you’ll see noted on there, you will follow blue circular signs that say “Coastal Evacuation Route” to safety. For a list of other New Jersey evacuation routes split up by county, please click here.

Please remember that all evacuation plans are flexible and could change based on the nature of an emergency. Rest assured though that when Cape May’s law enforcement send out the order to evacuate, they will provide specific information about the roads you should take; authorities will direct traffic and block roads that are hazardous.

Stay safe, readers! Does anyone have storm-preparation advice or practices they’ve used that have been successful in the past during hurricanes? Comment below!

6 Kid-Friendly Activities During Beautiful Fall in Cape May

Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Cape May; the summer crowds are gone, but there’s still just as much to do and see, and the weather is absolutely gorgeous! We’ve rounded up our top six events and activities that are must-dos for you and your kids down the shore this autumn.

Celebrate fall with live music, delicious food and fun activities at Beach Plum Farm. Every Saturday from 11am – 7pm September 30th through October 28th, Beach Plum Farm on Steven’s Street in West Cape May will be hosting its “Fall on the Farm.” Sit in the shade, listen to the SunDogs play, and sip on a local craft beer while your kids enjoy the farm’s hayrides, pumpkin picking and decorating, and face painting.

Explore the exciting 85 acres of Cape May Zoo. The Zoo is open from 10am – 4:30pm all week long and is the perfect place to take your kids for a great day of animal sightseeing. Bonus: donations are encouraged, but admission is otherwise free! Check out the annual “Boo at the Zoo” event on Saturday October 28th, where visitors are invited to wear a costume and partake in games, candy-eating, entertainment, an inflatable obstacle course, a magic show and more.

Bring your family to the 26th Annual Pumpkin Festival. On Saturday October 21st, head to Historic Cold Spring Village for festive games and pumpkin painting while snacking on hot dogs and funnel cake. If you and your kids are feeling brave, test your courage inside the spooky haunted house at the Village Barn before you leave.

Encourage your kids’ inner artist by getting creative at the Cape May County’s Art @ The Library.  After reading a picture book, children are invited to freely draw characters, themes, scenes, animals, anything that stems from the book using a variety of art materials. These events run from 3:30pm – 4:30pm on Thursdays in Cape May at the library.

Walk through Scarecrow Alley at Cape May’s Physick Estate. From October 7th – October 31st, the Estate will be transformed for Halloween; Scarecrow Alley showcases homemade scarecrows, from spooky to funny. Have your kids vote for their favorite; they’re also welcome to submit a scarecrow for display – there may be an awesome prize for them if theirs wins!

Spot dolphins and whales on the Cape May Whale Watcher. Sailing from March until December from the Miss Chris Marina, the Whale Watcher is a great activity for the entire family. Breathe in the fresh ocean air while your kids learn fun facts about the sea life surrounding you while on the water. Children 6 and under can sail for free with a paid adult!

Are there any other activities that you’ve brought your kids to in Cape May during the fall season that we missed? Leave suggestions in the comments!

9/11/17 Patriot Day Memorial at Cove Beach

Every year on September 11th, The Kiwanis Club of Cape May and the City of Cape May gather the city together at Cove Beach for a beautiful and moving Patriot Day ceremony to remember and commemorate the lives lost in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93.

Community leaders took turns sharing a few words about 9/11 and reminding attendees about the heroic actions and sacrifices of the police, firefighters and other emergency personnel who helped so many that day. Attendees this year sang This Land is Your Land and America the Beautiful, followed by a moment of silence as the flag at 2nd and Beach Avenue was lowered.

Two members of the Kiwanis Club shared a poem towards the end of the ceremony called ‘We’re Still Standing’ written by a 7th grade student named Hannah Schoechert. The poem was an amazing reminder of the strength, endurance and hopefulness of this nation.

Those twin towers
Standing tall with pride,
Fell with grieving hearts.
Stunned, America cried.
But we’re still standing.
Bin Laden tried
To crush our land,
But we stood our ground
With our flag in hand.
And we’re still standing.
Red for valor
And the blood that fell.
White for purity
Our heroes tell.
Blue for the justice
That will be done,
Proving once more
These colors don’t run.
And we’re still standing.

Where to eat outside in Cape May

Summer isn’t over quite yet! Get your fix of warm weather dining al fresco at one of Cape May’s many beautiful restaurants. You’re on vacation and shouldn’t have to be doing any research, obviously, so we went ahead and compiled a list of all the hot spots to eat in town that have fun outdoor seating options. Take a look!

410 Bank Street

In the canopied garden or on the veranda, enjoy the tasty creations of Chef Chet Saign, such as local-caught tuna, lobster, and the restaurant’s famous steaks and prime rib dishes.

Bella Vida Garden Cafe

A quaint, charming little cafe with amazing home cooking – think soups, fresh greens, wraps and seafood. Plus, their custom roasted Costa Rican coffee is delicious. They have seating outside in their pretty garden, and even a “pampered pooch patio” for man’s best friend.

Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall

Classic American comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sit on the Blue Pig’s sunny porch during the warmer months, and in the winter, head inside to enjoy your hearty meal near the restaurant’s cozy fireplace in the main dining room.

Cold Spring Grange

Cold Spring Grange embraces the “farm to table” concept and uses only the best ingredients for mouth-watering entrees such as soft shell crab, seasoned salmon and grilled flank steak. This two-story building, Grange Hall, is the only building in Historic Cold Spring Village which stands on its original site.

Egg & Dart

New restaurant near Washington Street’s Acme shopping center. Unbelievable breakfast sandwiches made with the freshest eggs. Outdoor seating too, so you can have your breakfast and coffee while people-watching!

Fins Bar & Grille

A fun and hip place to hit happy hour with friends. Enjoy live music, outdoor seating and the wonderful menu that boasts great appetizers, ample choices of seafood (order the crispy calamari) and amazing flatbreads.

Harbor View

Go here if you love watching the sunset! Accessible via car or boat, with indoor or outdoor deck seating with fantastic views of the water.

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille

The largest indoor/outdoor bar of any Cape May beach! You can sit and enjoy your dinner with one of over 30 choices of draft and bottled beers while overlooking the beach at the oceanfront Montreal Beach Resort.

La Doña Restaurante Mexicano

Open for lunch and dinner with a beautiful red porch for sitting outside. Authentic Mexican cuisine with a menu that features seafood, meats, and vegetarian dishes prepared with fresh, locally-sourced products. Take the owner’s advice and BYOT (Bring Your Own Tequila!).

La Verandah

Located in the historic, exquisite Hotel Alcott. Dine on the intimate porch and enjoy the ocean breeze or enjoy your meal in the elegant dining room inside; you can’t go wrong either way.

Lobster House

This waterfront restaurant’s five dining rooms and full bar offer a family-friendly dining experience in a nautical setting. Enjoy a cocktail before dinner on the 130 foot-long authentic Grand Banks sailing vessel, the Schooner American, moored dockside.

Mad Batter Restaurant

Open year-round and famous for its breakfasts; we recommend the award-winning buttermilk pancakes! Visitors can dine on the beautiful and breezy front porch in-season, the garden terrace or the skylit dining room.

Magnolia Room

Traditional Southern cuisine that includes delectable fried chicken and corn pudding. And don’t forget about dessert here! The blueberry cobbler is a must-try. Enjoy your meal on the restaurant’s verandah during a warm summer night.

Mario’s of Cape May

A family-run business with a huge variety of pizzas, complete with homemade sauce! Try their salads and garlic knots too. Located in the Washington Commons Mall, with seats inside and outside.

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

Executive Chef Carl Messick prepares all contemporary cuisine to perfection. Dine in one of the Zagat-rated restaurants five luxurious dining rooms or on the porch overlooking the sea.

Quincy’s Original

Tasty lobster, shrimp and crab rolls and other assorted seafood choices in a lively and casual setting. Located on Beach Ave., right on the Boardwalk.

Saltwater Cafe

Open for breakfast and lunch. Take in the South Jersey Marina views while choosing from the unique and delicious food here, like the crabby benedict, the seasonal berry pancakes or the ‘feelin’ groovy’ egg white omelet.

Sapore Italiano

High-quality Italian dining and impeccable service. Located on South Broadway with indoor and outdoor seating. Be sure to save room for the tiramisu for dessert.


Flavorful dishes with hints of Mediterranean and Asian influence. Grab a drink at the low-key Tiki Ten35 outside while you listen to local bands.

Stewart’s Root Beer

Wonderful burgers and milkshakes to eat in or out for a quick refuel while walking Washington Street.


Enjoy your American/Italian cuisine indoors or outdoors here! Fine dining, open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Ugly Mug

Local hot spot! Right on Washington Street, where you can sit under an awning outside right on the Mall. Great sandwiches and seafood entrees here. Try the chowder!

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

Over 15 types of pancakes, waffles and french toast, and omelets to test out at this classic breakfast staple in New Jersey! Pet-friendly outdoor seating.

Zoe’s Beachfront Eatery

Generous portions of delicious food – they roast their own turkey and beef! Dog-friendly patio for sitting outside.