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Category: This is Cape May

Mystery Photo: The Chalfonte Hotel

The Chalfonte Hotel has been in continuous operation since 1876. This year, it celebrates its 139th season. The hotel was built and established by Civil War Union Colonel Henry Sawyer and features Southern-style cuisine in its house restaurant, The Magnolia Room.


Cape May offers a variety of historic accommodations, including Bed and Breakfast Inns, Guest Houses, and Historic Hotels.

Mystery Photo: 429 Beach Avenue

Featured in yesterday’s mystery photo is 429 Beach Avenue.


The restaurants have gone by many names over the years: The first floor was once Gloria’s, and later Summers and Cheetah’s. It went by Shipwreck and Katie’s Irish Pub before taking its current name, Cabanas Beach Bar and Grille. Upstairs was called Maureen before it changed to Martini Beach, which was a popular bar and restaurant for the last decade. Last summer, Martini Beach was renamed M’Ocean. (And that’s not even an exhaustive list. Phew.)

Mystery Photo: A Place on Earth


The rocket ship in yesterday’s mystery photo sits out front of A Place on Earth, a soap shop on the Washington Street Mall. Their soaps are hand made right here in Cape May.

And they’re not the only local business stirring up their own soaps! In addition to A Place on Earth, you can find local handmade soaps for sale at Green Street Market, Cape May Organic Market, West Cape May Farmer’s market, and Blue Eden in Stone Harbor. You can read about three local woman who have turned soap making into a living in the Spring 2015 issue of Cape May Magazine.

Mystery Photo: 410 Bank Street

Did you recognize the bench in yesterday’s mystery photo? It sits outside of 410 Bank Street, a New Orleans and Caribbean influenced restaurant situated in an 1840s carriage house. We recommend the Macadamia Encrusted Mahi Mahi.


This and over twenty Cape May restaurants are participating in Cape May Restaurant Week, an eight-day event that begins May 31st. Get more information at