April 26, 2010

Welcome to Cape May NJ

America's prettiest cities were announced this week.
They include Cape May , NJ located at the very tip of the Garden State and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Rightly so. It is a Victorian town with gas lamp lined streets, horse drawn carriages and homes to knock your socks off. Many of those homes are now bed and breakfasts and the rooms are lovely , the amenities are gracious and its all on the beach.
There is no wild night life, no wild board walk. It is a family town and there are no amusements per se. There is a nice book store, very nice restaurants, shops and boutiques , a movie theatre and some live theatre but that's it. When in Cape May it's about quiet relaxation, good food and lovely ocean.
You can take a trip to the very tip of the Cape of New Jersey to search for Cape May diamonds, clear pure quartz crystal that can be cut like a diamond. You can buy jewelery made from it and explore the light house.
There is a small zoo, and if you do like wild, Wild Wood has a huge jazzy boardwalk with every imaginable kind of ride and beach food known to mankind.
The beaches in Wild Wood are extremely wide by the way.
Then there is Atlantic City not too far north and you can lose all your money in the beautiful hotel casinos there.
The restaurants in AC are really beautiful.

Here is how the article describes Cape May

"Cape May was founded in 1620 by the Dutch Captain Mey, on the small hook at the very southern tip of the Jersey coast, jutting out into the Atlantic and washed by the Delaware Bay on the west. After being briefly settled by New England whalers in the late 1600s, it turned in the eighteenth century to more profitable farming and, soon after, to tourism. In 1745 the first advertisement for Cape May's restorative air and fine accommodation appeared in the Philadelphia press, heralding a period of great prosperity, when Southern plantation owners, desiring cool sea breezes without having to venture into Yankee land, flocked to the fashionable boarding houses of this genteel "resort of Presidents."

Maybe you would like to come live here? For a simple 1,900,000 you could own this simple cottage by the sea yourself.

The beaches are not too shabby either.
We have concerts in the park all through the year.
Winter is a busy time as the Victorians open their homes for Christmas tours.
Downtown has no traffic , cars are not allowed so you can wander safely.


  1. Hi Annie,
    What beautiful Victorian homes. You know that 1,900,000 for that house by the sea is a good deal actually.Some houses on our coasts are more than that but CA is ridiculous when it comes to real estate. The next time I get on your coast I need to visit areas I have never seen before and that one is high on mu list. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful evening.
    Hugs, Dru

  2. Hi Annie,
    What a beautiful place. I LOVE all the gorgeous homes, the whole area.
    Thank you for sharing, I certainly would like to visit there someday.

    Take care and have a wonderful evening.

  3. We visited Cape May years ago when my children were young, It was so beautiful and your photos show that it thankfully still is!

    When my husbvand retires in a few years we hope to visit many places like Cape May again.

    PS I'd love to live in that house but I'd need to win Mega Millions first ..lol!

    PS--I'd love to

  4. Hi Anne, I came from Judy's place. I enjoyed my visit her tonight. I think Cape May is beautiful and sometimes we just need peace and quiet, well maybe just the laptop. :)

  5. You're selling your house for $1.9M? Where will you live?

  6. Hello Annie, what a charming place, I love all the beautiful houses, so dreamy! :) Thanks for sharing these pretty pics. Have a happy day.

  7. No anonymous , it's not my house.
    My house would fit inside that garage.

  8. Definitely putting Cape May on my list of places to visit. My cup of tea, for sure! I thought maybe some would be B&B's. We have some in Monterey, CA- Victorians turned into B&B's- 7 Gables Inn is one. I love that 3rd one from the bottom but that looks like a modern day construction in the Victorian style. Thanks for the tour! :) (((Hugz)))

  9. Hi Annie;

    I love this post. Beautiful photos of the Victorian Homes in Cape May. We spent a lot of summer vacations there (and in Wildwood). I loved going to Cape May. The boutiques, shops and restaurants were wonderful. Maybe someday I'll get to visit again. Have a lovely evening my friend. Hugs

  10. Hi Annie! What a beautiful place!! So peaceful & serene. I guess I never think of areas like that when I think of NJ, but you have shown me how much beauty your state has. Would love to visit there. Thank you for sharing this Annie. Hugs!

  11. Hi Annie - me again. Do you have a linkie? If not, could you make one for your blog (or I could do one)...I want to put your linkie on 'my reads' page. Hugs!

  12. If I had $1,900,000.00 extra in my checking account, I just might buy that gorgeous cottage by the sea. When I look at the gorgeous homes, I can't help but think about those who lived in them so long ago and what their lifestyles must have been! Gorgeous!

  13. That house looks like it might be about 6,000 square feet. I know from experience, that living in a large house of only 3,000 square feet, when by yourself, can be a bit odd feeling. I really need to start spending more time with people!

  14. My house is just around 1000 sq feet. Not very large at all.
    Some apartments are larger.

  15. Wow! Gorgeous place. Maybe one day I will get to visit there.


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