Every year since I've been 7, my family has gone on vacation to the Southernmost tip of New Jersey, a three hour drive that is worth every single second. Just thinking about Cape May brings a smile to my face as I recall my latest trip in the summer of 2011.
I always make sure my iPod is fully charged and fully equipped with my favorite songs so I can tune out and let myself daydream about all the stuff that's waiting in Cape May as I endure the three hour drive that's generally taken in my mom's Escape, but this year was taken in a Ford Explorer (or as my sister and I liked to call it, the Exploder because it was so big!) that we rented while my dad's Mini Cooper was in the shop. I'm grateful for the Explorer, though, because it allowed my dad and I to squeeze in our guitars so we can jam on the balcony that comes with our suite.
Every time without fail, we have made reservations for the Prince Edward Suite in the House of Royals, which is owned by the same people who run The Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast, located right across the street, and we always feel like royalty because the people and staff are SO friendly, and the owners interact with all of the guests, to make everyone feel at home.
Last year we had quite a lot of activities on our agenda which included shopping in the Washington Street Mall, which is gorgeous and has a huge variety of stores, going to the beach everyday for at least 2 or 3 hours, going bike riding on the complimentary bikes at the hotel, and going for early morning and late night walks around town and on the beach.
Each night we stay, we have a list of our favorite restaurants we enjoy going to, which includes Louisa's Cafe, Martini Beach and The Washington Inn. My favorite dishes in each (respectively) are the pasta with feta and fresh Jersey tomatoes, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and the petite filet.
The second day we were there, my mom and I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and walked 2 blocks to the beach, where we went for a 3 mile walk on the shore, where we saw tons of dolphins feeding in the depths of the ocean. Which is, admittedly, only one of the most fantastic memories that I've created in Cape May, New Jersey, and I can't wait for this year!
"On the way to Cape May, I saw my dreams come true." – Maurice Nugent
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