Our suite at Fairthorne Cottage: Two cushy rooms that include a flat-screen TV and a couch that encourages a long-overdue catnap, and open windows with airy curtains luring us out to the beach. (There’s time for both.) We’ve opted for the Fairthorne’s Pamper Package, which means a relaxing hour-long massage, followed by dinner at nearby Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, where South African lobster tail is the signature dish — the succulent meat chopped and mixed with lump crab before being stuffed back into the shell.
Champagne — another package perk — is for the hot tub (which boasts roughly a zillion air jets), where we turn up the heat so high that muscles go noodley. Sleep comes fast and hard, and we only really wake again after the next morning’s breakfast: an egg poached in a “cup” fashioned from a thin slice of ham, perfect for smashing between toasted English muffin halves. We leave thinking life should always be so delicious.
Book it: 111 Ocean Street, 800-438-8742, fairthorne.com.
Rooms: 10. Rate per night: $230 to $280.
Snacks: Teatime with fresh-baked treats.
Meals on-site: Breakfast.
Don’t miss: The whales. From March through December, you can hop aboard any number of whale-and-dolphin-watching boats; the biggest outfit is the climate-controlled Spirit of Cape May (890 2nd Avenue, 800-786-5445).
While away the hours: Take a ghost tour (see Hauntednewjersey.com) of this infamously haunted town.
Souvenir: A birdhouse; the town is famous for its birding.