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Results for the 2017 Best of Cape May

By Jessica Leeburg September 1st, 2017 No Comments

The Best of Cape May is CapeMay.com’s annual survey, when we ask you to tell us what businesses you think deserve the title “Best of Cape May.” It took us over two days to crawl through the responses, but we have determined a winner and runner-up for every category in this year’s Best of Cape May. Public voting was open from August 1-25 and we broke previous voting records with over 2,200 votes across 81 categories. Many names on this list are ones you’ve seen before, but we are excited to welcome the newcomers. Here are your winners of this year’s Best of Cape May.

The Best of Cape May: Shopping

Women’s Clothing Pink by Victorious
Runner Up: Cotton Co.

Men’s Clothing Galvanic
Runner Up: Cotton Co.

Children’s Clothing Happy Baby
Runner Up: Lynn Arden’s

Shoes Casales
Runner Up: Pink by Victorious

Accessories Victorious
Runner Up: Whale’s Tale

Jewelry Henry’s
Runner Up: Whale’s Tale

Swim Wear Pete Smith’s Surf Shop
Runner Up: South End Surf Shop

Handbags and Totes Victorious
Runner Up: Red Oak Trading Co.

Candy Original Fudge Kitchen
Runner Up: Fralinger’s

Gifts Whale’s Tale
Runner Up: West End Garage

Home Decor West End Garage
Runner Up: Cape May Wicker

Art gallery or art store SOMA Gallery
Runner Up: Washington Street Gallery

Furniture Cape May Wicker
Runner Up: West End Garage

Antiques West End Garage
Runner Up: Antique Doorknob

Gourmet / Specialty Food Cape May Peanut Butter Co.
Runner Up: Love the Cook

Surfing gear South End Surf Shop
Runner Up: Pete Smith’s

Toys Whale’s Tale
Runner Up: Toy Shop of Cape May

Dog accessories Dog Days of Cape May
Runner Up: Wagging Tail

Cape May souvenirs Sunset Beach Gift Shops
Runner Up: Whale’s Tale

Bath and Body Bath Time
Runner Up: A Place on Earth

Liquor or Wine Collier’s
Runner Up: Sunset Liquors

The Best of Cape May: Dining

Coffee Coffee Tyme
Runner Up: Magic Brain

Tea Coffee Tyme
Runner Up: Magic Brain

Smoothies Aloha Smoothie Co
Runner Up: Chill

Pancakes Uncle Bill’s Pancake House
Runner Up: Mad Batter

Brunch Mad Batter
Runner Up: George’s Place

Hot Dog Hot Dog Tommy’s
Runner Up: Captain Kahuna

Wings C-View Inn
Runner Up: Mad Batter

Burger The Ugly Mug
Runner Up: Lucky Bones

Fish Taco Key West Tacos
Runner Up: The Rusty Nail

Sandwich or hoagie Westside Market
Runner Up: Cappy’s

Pizza TIE! Mario’s and Louie’s
Runner Up: TIE! Cappy’s and Lucky Bones

Outdoor Dining Lobster House
Runner Up: Rusty Nail

Seafood Lobster House
Runner Up: Oyster Bay

Mexican / Tex Mex La Dona
Runner Up: Gecko’s

Italian Sapore Italiano
Runner Up: Panico’s

Steak Washington Inn
Runner Up: Oyster Bay

Crabcakes Lobster House
Runner Up: Freda’s

Ice cream / custard / gelato Kohr Bros.
Runner Up: Uncle Charley’s

Vegetarian Good Earth Organic Eatery
Runner Up: Bella Vida

Fries Lucky Bones
Runner Up: Mad Batter, Curley’s (Wildwood)

Dessert Washington Inn
Runner Up: The Mad Batter

Baked Goods & Pastries Little Store
Runner Up: Madison’s Bakery

Takeout Lobster House
Runner Up: Lucky Bones

Children’s Menu Rusty Nail
Runner Up: Oceanview Diner

Best Place for a Date Washington Inn
Runner Up: Peter Shields Inn

A restaurant worth the splurge Washington Inn
Runner Up: Peter Shields Inn

Best bar for a cocktail The Brown Room
Runner Up: The Mad Batter

Best bar for craft beer The Mad Batter
Runner Up: Ugly Mug

Best venue for live music Mad Batter
Runner Up: Rusty Nail

Best outdoor bar Rusty Nail
Runner Up: Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille

Best happy hour Mad Batter
Runner Up: Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille

Best mocktails Mad Batter
Runner Up: Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille

The Best of Cape May: Leisure

Spa or Massage Cape May Day Spa
Runner Up: Sea Spa

Golf course Cape May National Golf Club
Runner Up: Avalon Golf

Miniature golf TIE! Stockton Mini Golf and Ocean Putt
Runner Up: Sunset Beach Gift Shops

Free or low-cost activity Cape May County Park & Zoo
Runner Up: Cape May beaches

Winery tasting/tours Cape May Winery
Runner Up: Willow Creek Winery

Brewery or distillery tours/tasting Cape May Brewing Co.
Runner Up: Nauti Spirits Distillery

Guided or walking tour Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
Runner Up: Cape May Food Tours

Self-guided tour The Cape May Lighthouse
Runner Up: Beach Plum Farm

Cruise or boat tour Cape May Whale Watcher
Runner Up: Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Bicycle and surrey rental Shields Bicycle Rental
Runner Up: Village Bicycle

Kid-friendly activity Cape May County Park & Zoo
Runner Up: The Cape May Lighthouse

Museum The Emlen Physick Estate
Runner Up: Naval Air Station Wildwood

Thrill/adrenaline rush East Coast Parasail
Runner Up: Morey’s Piers
Honorable mention: “Finding parking” received 3 votes!

Live performing arts Cape May Stage
Runner Up: Convention Hall Summer Concert Series

Food festival/event Cape May Crab & Craft Beer Festival
Runner Up: West Cape May Lima Bean Festival

Holiday festival/event West Cape May Christmas Parade
Runner Up: Congress Hall Winter Wonderland

The Best of Cape May: Accommodations

B&B The Queen Victoria
Runner Up: The Carroll Villa

Guest House Highland House
Runner Up: Antoinette’s

Hotel Congress Hall
Runner Up: Victorian Motel

Campground Beachcomber
Runner Up: Holly Shores

Best accommodation for couples The Queen Victoria
Runner Up: TIE! Congress Hall and The Carroll Villa

Best place to stay with pets Highland House
Runner Up: TIE! Beach Shack and the Marquis de Lafayette

Best place to stay with kids Victorian Motel
Runner Up: Congress Hall

Best place for girls’ getaway The Queen Victoria
Runner Up: Congress Hall

Best swimming pool Congress Hall
Runner Up: Victorian Motel

Best view Congress Hall
Runner Up: La Mer

Best on-site amenities The Queen Victoria
Runner Up: Congress Hall

Most accommodating staff The Queen Victoria
Runner Up: Congress Hall


That’s it for the 2017 Best of Cape May! We hope you found a few new places to try out. Thank you so much to everyone who voted in this year’s survey. If you missed this year’s voting window and your favorites didn’t make the list, please check back next August.

Results are final as published. Winners are determined by a public vote, not by Cape Publishing’s staff, and this list should not be considered endorsement.