Archive. October 2008.
Victorian Weekend converged with a Lima Bean Festival in Cape May, New Jersey this past weekend. Oh, and Somebodyisfromhere.com’s brother got married.
<<< Cape May is not the type of town you want to go on a fling with (see: Miami), but it’s the kind of town you’d want to take home to your mother.
Cape May, the most Southern of Jersey beach towns, is not a normal Jersey Shore town. It’s a time warp with a bizarre hint of both New England and the prebellum South.
The town is a peaceful destination; enjoyable if you like an orgiastic feast of ice cream and pancakes. And who doesn’t? (Somebodyisfromhere.com doesn’t. He prefers Belgian Waffles.) Some restaurants, like Henry’s on the water, close for the winter.
Cape May is the kind of town for which it’s not unusual to see an older couple dress in vintage clothing with a bonnet and umbrella for a woman and a coat with a long tail for a gentleman. Strike that, Somebodyisfromhere.com did see that and it surely was weird.
As the summer concludes, the town relies on specialty events to get by. This past weekend The Lima Bean Festival competed with Victorian Week. This hotel rooms around town went from as low as $99 a night.
The most magnetic of hotels is Congress Hall which is so called because in 1828 its owner was elected to Congress. To the same political end, a handful of Presidents would eventually vacation there.
Although, the building provides one of the town’s (as well as the state’s, region’s, and country’s) more old fashioned getups, the inside offers some of the towns more happening destinations. The Blue Pig Tavern offers good food and indoor/outdoor seating. The Brown Room offers a swanky hotel lobby type destination with a piano and couches. Downstairs is the Boiler Room, a windowless speakeasy with live bluesy rock.
Cape May’s homely walkable strip of stores off Washington Street is across from Congress Hall. In this area there are also choices like the Ugly Mug and Jackson Mountain where you can drink a few.
In the end, there is plenty to do in Cape May for all ages, only some might not know that going in.
My brother got married at Congress Hall. The weather was perfect and the destination was absolutely appropriate for such an occasion. All, it seems, bonuses as the wedding was going to be awesome regardless as the bride and groom are too perfect for each other to have something go wrong.