Last weekend a group of us went to Cape May to celebrate my good friend Jess’ birthday. As a lifelong Cape Cod vacationer, I find myself comparing each beach town that I visit to the one I call home for two weeks out of every year. Cape May is unique in that nearly everyone seems laid-back. (Arriving around 5pm on a Friday, my initial thought was: Does anyone out here lounging on their porch have a job?)
On Friday night, we enjoyed live music at Carney’s and unintentionally crashed a reunion for the class of 1994.
We spent an afternoon and a half browsing the quaint shops for artwork, souvenirs and gifts. I picked up these peanut-butter covered pretzels for dessert at the Cape May Peanut Butter Company.
I picked up this banana toy for my cat, Dots, at Dog Days, a specialty dog store that also has a corner of items for cats.
Many of the stores carry great artwork, prints and inspirational quote cards that are perfect for decorating an office. I liked this one:
The Cape May Winery lets you sample six different wines for $6 and has a great selection of gifts for wine lovers. We enjoyed a delicious brunch at The Mad Batter without having to wait too long on line. There is usually a line down the street for a table!
Another fun place to go shopping is The West End Garage for handmade, vintage, antique and thrifted items.
If you visit, be sure to check out the beautifully colored victorian houses and Congress Hall (which also has shopping indoors, and pretty jewelry!). On October 11, there will be a Lima Bean Festival.