Gazing at Cape May, New Jersey

Every summer, I go to the sweetest little town on the East Coast with my family. We escape to Lewes, Delaware to take a break from work and surburban life and breathe in the salty air. I will tell you all about Lewes and why it is one of the greatest beach towns in my next post. For now I want to tell you about our adventure across the Delaware Bay to New Jersey. We almost always stay at a condominium 5 minutes from the beach, coincidentally only about half a minute away from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. While my memories of the beach usually include watching the ferry come in from condo decks and hearing the horn blow, I've never actually taken the ferry. So when one of our vacation days looked overcast, I suggested we go across the bay and seen the pretty little Victorian town that I had heard so much about.

So sit back and enjoy the pictures. There were a few cute shops and a very busy beach-typical retail street. But truly, the best part of Cape May is just strolling down shady streets and being transported by the architectural beauty of another era.

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I do have a few recommendations so that you can fully experience the history of this place. You can visit The Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington Street. It was built in 1879 and includes grounds with a stable and carriage house. You can tour the inside of the main house which is fully furnished for the Victorian period. This gives you an idea of what the interior of these gingerbread houses would have looked like and a feel for the way of life. In the stables you can eat a darling lunch at the tearoom and browse the Cape May books and prints for sale.

Not to be missed is the antique 1928 firetruck in the old firehouse. This little museum is open for you to walk in anytime and explore at your own pace.

Also, I thought I would leave you with an idea of where to see the best historical houses. Below is a map where I have marked the streets where I found the best Victorian homes to be. The purple arrow indicates the direction of the Emlen Physick Estate. The star marks where the Firehouse Museum is located.

Cap May historic district map
Cap May historic district map