Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Weekend Guide: Cape May in April



I spent this past weekend in Cape May with my parents celebrating my dad's birthday and we had the perfect time! We all kept saying "this has been the perfect weekend!" So I thought I'd share our itinerary on the blog. Going to the beach in the off season is really the best. Here's how to have an amazing weekend in Cape May in April.

Day One

1. Leave early Saturday morning. After gassing up and picking up and bagel and OJ, you should be on the road by 8AM. With less cars on the road this early, it will knock a half hour off the usually 3 hour drive from Brooklyn to Cape May!

2. Pull into Shell Bay, the best trailer park in all of the land. We call in Trailer Chic because it so totally is with it's bright white shell paved streets. Hug parents and give dad his birthday presents. (Magnetic knife strip and DIY cheese kit! Plus a card that makes him teary. Score!)



3. Around 11ish put on your running/walking shoes and head to the sea wall in North Wildwood. It looks like this:



Run your current couch to 5K workout while your parents walk the wall together. Enjoy the ocean and breath that air.

4. Lunch time! Head over to Owen's Pub for burgers and 99 cent draft beers. That's right, I said 99 cents.

5. Head back to the trailer for a Saturday afternoon snooze. Nap and get lost in the book you're loving.

6. Back outside! Find a new beach on the bay side bring chairs, cookies and cheese doodles and set up on the rocks while your dad tries to catch some fish for dinner. The fish aren't biting, but that's not the point of fishing anyway. Enjoy everything around you.

7. Cocktail hour! Whip up some cranberry vodka martinis and have a drink before heading out to Lucky Bones for dinner.

8. Do not go to the tourist trap that is The Lobster House across the street. Head straight to lucky bones and take advantage of their specials! I had the weakfish with string beans and polenta and it was a memorable meal.

9. Go for a walk around deserted downtown Cape May! Look for ghosts in the windows of the old Victorian mansions. Make sure to walk down random side streets and alleys.

10. Consider going back to Owens for an 80's dance party but realize you're pretty exhausted and would rather go back to the house for a night cap.

11. One more vodka martini, share an ice cream sandwich with your dad and call it a day!

Day Two

1. Plan on going to George's Place for breakfast in downtown Cape May, but before you do, have your dad come home with a freshly caught 33 inch striped bass!! Jump up and down because this is exciting.



2. Go to George's and order anything that includes hash-browns. Love every single breakfast bite.

3. Walk down the Cape May boardwalk to the very end and then wander around town for a while.

4. Feel like it's time for a nap but don't want to be cooped up in the trailer. Pack up some chairs and sweatshirt and head to Stone Harbor for a nap on the beach. Make sure to throw a few bite sized milky ways in the beach bag.

5. Head back home for an early dinner of fresh caught striped bass!

Before and After

6. Pack up and head on back to Brooklyn.

And that's it! If you're ever in the Cape May area I highly recommend all of the above activities and places! I hope everyone else had a good weekend. I was planning on posting this Sunday night but blogging time feels harder to come by these days than usual. I'm not really sure why but I'm hoping come summer when I'm off for vacation that I'll be blogging more regularly. But for now, thanks for reading my few posts a week. It means so much to me.

And one more thing. It's always hard to blog after a big national or global tragedy happens. Everything feels a little trivial and disrespectful while commenting on the events also feels out of my league and unnecessary to add my voice to all of the chatter on the internet. Normally I don't comment on the news too often on my blog but came across this lovely post on Tomboy Style this morning and wanted to share. I encourage you to check it out here.  Hope everyone is having the best day that they can.

xo

Sarah

5 comments:

  1. Sarah, you are in my head. I feel but cant express exactly what you said regarding the events in Boston. Your weekend sounded awesome! That rockfish is making my mouth water! Cape May is a place Ive been longing to visit. I am determined to visit there & I thank you for the heads up to things to do & places to eat!

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    1. That's so funny, my dad was just telling me how people in Maryland call stripers rockfish!

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  2. Judging by the look on your dad's face, this was a truly happy weekend. It sounds it! And it looks like a beautiful place. I love the sea! Hope this coming weekend will be a nice one, too!

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  3. Ah it all looks and sounds so delightful! I need a holiday!

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  4. This sounds like an awesome weekend, looks lovely there! :)

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