Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CAPE MAY BLOG: New Webcam Adds Another Live Cape May Ocean View

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Looking for Something to Do in Cape May? Take a Boat Ride on the Tiny Cruise Cape May Ferry Line

Looking for Something to Do in Cape May?   

Take a Boat Ride on the Tiny Cruise Cape May Ferry Line or use the Water Shuttle Service.

We’ve been boating in the Cape May area for over 20 years, and we are pleased to report the launch of a new Harbor Ferry service with point to point shuttle in a small Harbor Cruise boat. You can jump on the small shuttle and check out the local restaurants and bars, not have to worry about parking and call once you need a return pick up. You can also take a tour of the local Cape May harbor scenery aboard the Tiny Cruise Line in Cape May.

Cape May Tiny Cruise Liner now offers local service. 609-602-1118

The Tiny Cruise Cape May Ferry launches from South Jersey Marina, and the cruises are offered at 11am, 1:30 and 4:00PM for $20 per passenger. You can enjoy a relaxing cruise through the harbor to see the NJ fishing fleet, wildlife, the US Coast Guard Bases and more. You can also hop on for a ride for restaurant to restaurant for $5.00 per passenger.
The Fantail Launch boat seats 14 passengers comfortably.  

Loading Passengers aboard the Tiny Cruise Line in Cape May NJ.609-602-1118

This is a special boat that replicates riverboats from the early 1900's.  New to Cape May, this Tiny Cruise Line takes visitors all around the harbor, to and from restaurants, around the smooth waters and any other shallow spots you'd like to see that those other big tour boats just can't go!  Don't worry about sea sickness, we stay in the calm waters and never venture into the open ocean waters.  This is a boat ride fun for all!
Passengers can be dropped off from selected Cape May Restaurants.

Captain Doug Ortlip and his team will entertain you and your friends as they guide you through the waters full of wildlife and fun!  This particular boat is one of only two made in the United States, the other is in Boston.  Captain
Doug has decided to bring "Fancy" to Cape May to honor his father's vision of sharing his love of fishing, story-telling, and making new friends. 

You can also plan a special service pick up with the Tiny Cruise Line.

Please don’t forget that Water Shuttle Service is available….Just Hop On & Hop Off!  The Tiny Cruise Cape May Ferry can stop and pick you and your crew up at the following locations (or the available dock nearby ) South Jersey Marina
  • The Lobster House
  • Harbor View Restaurant & Deck Bar
  • Two Mile Inn
  • Osprey Landing
  • Harbor Cove
  • Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May
Just call 609-602-1118  Just $5 per person per ride!

Captain Dan O'Niell, Operator  Call 609-602-1118 for more details or pick up during scheduled hours.  You call also check out the Cape May website here for the Tiny Cruise Line.

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CAPE MAY BLOG: Bringing Back Sign of the Day

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Looking for Something to Do in Cape May? Visit a Local Farm Stand or Market

Looking for Something to Do in Cape May? Visit a Local Farm Stand or Market

Cape May Summer Farm Stands - Farm Fresh to Your Table

Shopping at a local farm stand in Cape May is the easiest way to eat Cape May local produce and support our farmers. Within a short drive in Cape May there are many local farm stands located in Cape May ,West Cape May, Cape May Courthouse and Lower Township. You can also plan a shopping market visit by visiting the local farmers market at the Cape May Ferry, West Cape May or Lower Township's markets.  We recently toured the Beach Plum Farm which is now open to the public to pick up some fresh product for our week end.

Beach Plum Farm

Here is a brief list o Farm Stands in Cape May County:

  • Duckies Farm Stand
  • Beach Plum Farms
  • No Frills Farm - 1028 Seashore Road, Cape May
  • Legates Farm Market - 3400 Bayshore Road, Cape May
  • Rea’s Farm Market - 400 Stevens Street, West Cape May
  • Lehner Farms and Nursery - 175 South Route 47, Green Creek
  • Marlboro Farm Market - Route 47 N, Goshen
  • Myers Farms - 425 Route 47 N, Goshen
Duckie's Farm Stand in West Cape May

Cape May Ferry local Farmers Markets

Beginning June 30, 2012 and continuing through August 25, 2012 the local farmers market will be open every Saturday at the Cape May Ferry weather permitting from 9 AM until 1 PM more than 20 vendors have signed up to participate in the market. Some of the goods and programs available include fresh vegetables and flowers local Cape May berries, farm fresh eggs, grown herbs and homemade breads and baked goods. You can also find crab cakes, salads and oils, as well as local coffee roaster.

West Cape May Farmers Market - each Tuesday (3:00-7:30pm), late June through early September. The Market is located in the Backyard Park behind the West Cape May Municipal Complex, 732 Broadway. Featuring not only fresh produce and herbs, but, among others, purveyors of antiques, live art demonstrations, fresh coffee, barbecue, seafood and kettle corn. Limited free parking.

Lower Township's Farmers Market -each Friday (3:00-7:30pm), early July through early September. The Market is located at 2600 Bayshore Road, behind the Lower Twp. Municipal Building.

You can also click here for a list of 19 Jersey Fresh farm stands in Cape May County. Please also clik here to see what's in season for New Jersey farm Stands

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Looking For Something to Do in Cape May NAS Wildood Air Musuem

Visiting the Naval Air Station Aviation Museum, Wildwood in Cape May NJ.

We recently visited the Naval Air Station Wildwood with our kids, as we were looking for a day trip to enjoy on a rainy afternoon that was close to Cape May NJ. The Naval Air Station or "NAS" Wildwood is only six miles from the center of Cape May NJ, located off of route 9 in at the Rio Grand Airport. It's very easy to find and has free parking for cars, vans or campers.

This non profit museum is located in an restored aircraft hanger which served as active duty dive bomber training facility during World War II. This hanger now houses several antique airplanes, aircraft exhibits, interactive displays for kids and you can climb up into a real aircraft field control tower which is great fun for the kids. In total they have over 26 airplanes on display for you to check out.

This is a great venue for younger kids or military historians, they have an abundance of planes and some interactive displays for children . You are visiting a restored hanger and the entire tour is about one hour or two hours depending on how long you stay. The cost was $10 per daily adult and $8 for children . You can also bring small well behaved dogs inside the hanger with you for the tour.. You can also sit in a number of the aircraft cockpits and in one helicopter which a is lots of fun and makes for a great photo opportunity with the children.. Great fun and the have a diner at the field or you can bring lunch and save the money. This was a great day as the kids enjoyed the interactive displays and actually got to sit in the cockpit of a few aircraft as we snapped their photos....don't miss this non profit museum located only minutes from Cape May, New Jersey.

You can click on the link below to get half price coupon for children's http://capemayresort.com/Cape-May-Digital-Coupons.html

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Looking for Something Do in Cape May ? Shopping at the West End Garage

Shopping at the West End Garage in Cape May NJ

If your are looking for a great place to shop for unique gift items and collectibles check out the West End Garage in Cape May. This garage has been created into a unique marketplace featuring antiques, collectibles, local art and one of kind artist creations and local estate jewelry. The West End Garage is a great way to spend a rainy day shopping for local antiques and one of a kind creations. You can expect the pricing to be slightly higher than your local gift shop, but please keep in mind that you are purchasing one of a kind antiques and custom prepared higher end goods. The shop attendants are very helpful and if you are luck you can meet our local Cape May Artist working the booths and showcasing the individual booths and showcasing the fine goods...very well done. We personally visit this shop almost every week end and and have purchased several decoration and collectible items. If you go early you are next door to the Cape May Bake Shop for a coffee and fresh baked goods, and don't forget you are across the street from the West Cape May Park.. Don't miss this fun and uniques indoor market in Cape May, you are not only supporting our local Cape May artist you are also re-purposing older antique items which is the green thing to do. The West End Garage is located at 484 Perry Street in Cape May, 609 770 8261. The shop hours are Sunday to Thursday 10am-6PM, Friday-Saturday 10am-8PM. The West End Garage supports over 20 local artist with various mediums for sales, as well as art classes and events.

Shopping in Cape May at the West End Garage

Inside the West End Garage Cape May
Outside Entrance The West End Garage Cape May
Outside Window Shopping the West End Garage Cape May NJ

Looking for things to Do in Cape May NJ

Summer Images of Cape May New Jersey, Top Ten Things to Do in Cape May.

Looking for things to Do in Cape May NJ? Check out this short video on summer images taken in Cape May NJ.Looking for Things to Do in Cape May NJ this week end..check out these local things to do in Cape May. Spend a day at the beach, or go Dolphin and Whale Watching. Visit a local winery or check out the lighthouse and sunken ship at Cape May State Park.  Cape May offers beach lovers Victorian architecture, fine dining, bird watching, boating and fishing in addition to world class resort and vacation accommodations.​http://capemayresort.com/Things-to-Do.html

Here is a simple top 10 list of things to do in Cape May, and don't forget to add shopping and going to the Cape May beaches to your list.
  1. Cape May County Park & Zoo  Route 9,  West of Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway
  2. Cape May County Museum  In The John Holmes House 504 Route 9, Cape May Court House 465-4274
  3. Historic Cold Spring Village Located on Route 9, three miles North of Cape May City. 609-898-2300
  4. Sunset Lake & Turtle Gut Park And Memorial West Cape May
  5. Cape May Lighthouse
  6. Cape May Point, Cape May
  7. Shipwreck Atlantis In Delaware Bay at Sunset Beach, Cape May
  8. Emlen Physick Estate 1048 Washington Street, Cape May 884-5404
  9. Cape May County Bird Observatory 707 E. Lake Drive, Cape May 884-2376
  10. Aviation Museum 500 Forrestal Road / Cape May Airport Rio Grande, NJ  609-886-8787 

Looking for Something to Do in Cape May ? Launch Your Boat for Free at Spicers Creek Boat Ramp

Looking for a Free Boat Ramp to Launch your Boat in Cape May?

Cape May Boat Ramp, Spicers Creek Boat Ramp - if you are looking for a decent "Free" Boat ramp to launch your boat in Cape May, check out the ramp behind Lucky Bones across from the Lobster House. This ramp is good concrete ramp with plenty of water at high tide, be careful at low tide as the ramp has a very quick drop off and deep whole at the end the concrete apron. You can only load in one boat at a time due to the finger pier and limited width of the ramp. So please have all of your equipment ready and boat prepared to minimize the wait time for the next boat that will be launched.http://capemayresort.com

If you would like more information on how to launch your boat in a safe and orderly way please check out the tips here  http://saltfishing.about.com/od/boatsandequipment/a/aa090717a.htm

We have included a second shot of the ramp on You Tube for you to view before you travel down to this Cape May Boat ramp location.

Cape May Light House - Looking for Something to Do in Cape May .

Visit the Cape May Lighthouse and  Cape May Point State Park

Cape May Lighthouse is part of the Cape May Point State Park . This park is a major migratory stop over for shore birds and also a stop over for butterflies. This park has a number of trails for walking and you also will get a great view of the ocean beach side. On most days you can see dolphins playing off shore from the lighthouse less than a hundred yards from the beach side. In addition to the Lighthouse, you can also check out the World War II bunker of visit the World War II tower, which is an old range site.

This park is the southern most tip of New Jersey, and is usually a quiet relief from the busy town of Cape May. If you are going to the Park or the Lighthouse don't forget to stop in at the Red General Store for a breakfast, lunch or ice cream or ice tea for a refreshment.  If you continue down Sunset Drive you will get to Sunset Point, every night they have a flag ceremony at sunset and play God Bless America. This  is one of our most favorite spots in Cape May, it's always a surprise to visit this special location during each season to check out the local wild life and enjoy the sunset, don't miss it if you come to Cape May. Don't forget to hunt for Cape May Diamonds at the point, or you can always visit the Sunset Point gift shop and pick up a shell or collectible. The Cape May Lighthouse Visit this fully restored 1859-vintage structure, one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the United States, which offers a breathtaking s acces

Looking for Something To Do in Cape May Today ? Cape May County Zoo

Looking for Something To Do in Cape May Today?

Visit the Cape May County Zoo located on Route 9 only five miles or a 10 minute drive from the center of Cape May, New Jersey. Plan for a day outdoors with some walking for about two hour stay, pack your lunch or eat at the Zoo. The park has many shaded stations to stop and rest , and concession areas. The best part of your trip is that the admission to the Cape May County Zoo is free, and you can make a donation at your own discretion.

If you use the picnic shelters, wedding gazebo and groups visiting by bus or passenger vans are required to pay and make a reservation.

Parking is free, and you can expect the parking lot to be very full during the Summer Months. This is a great spot for the kids or adults to enjoy a day.  I would expect to plan a full half day or you can do the Zoo in about 2-3 hours.

The Cape May Zoo was recently rated number three in the country, and a fantastic resource for all visitors with spending a lot for a great day. Pack a lunch, bring a digital camera for some great shots, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Looklng for Something to Do in Cape May? Visit the Hawk Haven Winery in Rio Grande NJ.

Looking for Something to Do In Cape May?    Visit the Hawk Haven Winery in Rio Grande NJ.

We recently took a trip to Hawk Haven Winery in Rio Grande NJ. you can check out the You Tube Video here. We are local and go all the the time they have a tasting room and great outdoor crush pad to hang out . The lunch is excellent and we also attended a very nice  wine pairing dinner over the winter . This is a great place for lunch or drinks as a day trip  without the Cape May Prices.  The staff is friendly and attentive .They also have a dog  friendly policy for the outdoor area for well behaved dogs . This is a local gem, support it !

Looking for Something to Do In Cape May? Visit the Cape May Fishing Fleet

Looking for Something to Do in Cape May NJ.

Visit the working fishing fleet in Cape May NJ, and have fresh Seafood at The Lobster House Cape May.

Located overlooking Cape May Harbor in historic Cape May, NJ, The Lobster House has proudly provided guests a variety of dining experiences for over four generations. Open for luncheon and dinner year-round, 7 days a week, the main waterfront restaurant five dining rooms and full bar offer upscale family friendly dining in a uniquely nautical atmosphere. The commercial fishing fleet at The Lobster House dock offloads and ships millions of pounds of seafood annually and supplies much of the fresh seafood served here. Come and enjoy an atmosphere unparalleled almost anywhere!

During most months, casual dockside dining is an incomparable way to enjoy both the food and extraordinary waterfront view. Watch the commercial fleet at work while enjoying freshly cooked seafood from the Take Out, which is available to be eaten dockside or taken home, or from The Raw Bar which has both an indoor bar & dining room and its own individual menu.

One of the most unique features of The Lobster House is the 130 foot-long authentic Grand Banks sailing vessel, the Schooner American which is moored dockside. The Schooner is an outdoor cocktail lounge offering a full bar, luncheon menu and Lobster House specialty appetizers during the evening. A destination in itself, the Schooner has an unrivalled waterfront ambiance and is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail before dinner while watching yachts pass by.

The Lobster House experience is not to be missed when visiting Cape May and the Southern New Jersey shore. Whether for luncheon, dinner or cocktails, inside or dockside, you are sure to have a satisfying and memorable experience at The Lobster House. You can check out the The Lobster House's website here.