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Spring has sprung!

April showers and May flowers.

That’s what Cape May’s all about in the spring. We even have a festival to honor it called, appropriately enough, Cape May’s Spring Festival (April 22-May 1). Some of us who go back a ways remember when it was called The Tulip Festival – so you get the picture. We’re all about the look, the look, the look.

It is in spring and at Christmas that the innkeepers, guesthouse keepers, and hoteliers work their best magic to transform Cape May into a visual delight.

You can take a tour. One of the most popular tours is the Secret Garden Tour co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. But at the time you are reading this – that tour will most likely be over. So, here’s our advice – take your own tour.

Cape May is not a very big town. The historic district is particularly nice because you can combine a walking tour of the houses as well as the gardens. They do go hand in hand. Take a stroll down Washington Street and don’t forget about the Washington Street Mall – the flowers and trees are in bloom there as well.

Try Decatur Street – The Merion Inn and The Empress are always decked out in their finest florals. Columbia Avenue and Hughes Street are especially impressive. Don’t forget one of our oldest streets in Cape May – Jackson Street. Then there’s Congress Hall on Beach Avenue and the Chalfonte Hotel on Howard Street and, and.

This is just one of those things that you have to see and do firsthand. But until then, how about we take you on a pictorial tour? This is how we Cape May looked at the end of April.