Shore Trip Confessional: Peeing on the Garden State Parkway

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Last week I played hooky from my day job and drove to Cape May. The goal: Lock myself into a hotel room facing the ocean and work on a possible book project while enjoying what I consider a profound luxury — room service.

I was more than halfway there, on the Garden State Parkway just over the bridge between Ocean City and Sea Isle, when the front passenger tire blew. I pulled off to the side of the road, and after the shaking in my hands stopped, reached into my wallet to pull out my AAA card.

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Charming Cape May B&B Gets National Attention

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Popular with tourists, this Victorian inn was built in 1905 on one of Cape May’s oldest streets and boasts 30-plus years in the hospitality business. Now that it’s on the market, Curbed National has taken note of the merits of this long-established bed & breakfast.

The aptly named Windward House Inn, in Cape May’s historic district, could become a private residence or remain an inn, though Cape May B&Bs are still struggling in Sandy’s wake. Could this account for the property’s $90K price cut of four days ago?

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Cape May Ranked No. 1 Jersey Shore Destination for Renters

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In the wake of Ocean City’s ranking as No. 1 for vacation home buying, Cape May gets in on the action as the No. 1 shore destination for renters. The rankings were released by FlipKey, a TripAdvisor product that serves as a HomeAway-style portal for users who want to rent vacation homes.

However, as Jen Miller points out on the Philly Post, the results–derived from reservation requests made through FlipKey–are probably not as scientifically reliable as a study from Johns Hopkins, say.

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Looking for a Modern Cape May Beach house? Look No Further.

Spotlight Listing: Spacious and modern Cape May beach house

Yes, Cape May is littered with charming Victorian homes—its historical architectural is one of the main reasons people visit—but there are modern abodes for people looking for that Cape May experience with a 21st-century twist. Take this eight-bedroom, beachfront property, for example. It boasts custom woodwork, Brazilian walnut floors, and gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar, stainless-steel appliances, custom cabinets, wine bar and more. And it’s professionally furnished and decorated—a turnkey bonus.  Of course, since it’s the shore, you’ll want ample opportunity to take in the beautiful views, which is easy to do from the decks and wraparound porches of this modern Cape May beach house.

1401 Beach Ave, Cape May
Price: $3,895,000
Bed: 8
Bath: 6
Listing #: 151121

Life’s a Beach in Cape May

Neighborhood Watch: Cape May

Do summertime temperatures have you thinking about a beach getaway? Us too. So why not day dream about a Cape May getaway?

A popular vacation spot since the mid-19th century, Cape May continues to attract visitors and residents year round with its unique charms and sunny beaches. Due to its seemingly endless supply of well-maintained Victorian buildings, the entire city is designated a national historic landmark. Its historical charm is nicely complement by a rich arts and culture scene—the town hosts popular events like the Exit 0 Jazz Festival and the Cape May New Jersey Film Festival throughout the year.

Of course, Cape May is probably best known for its beaches–the Travel Channel even ranked it in America’s Top 10.  It’s also recognized as one of the top bird-watching locations in the North East, especially during the fall. At that time of year, throngs of Monarch butterflies also drop by before continuing their 2,000 mile migration to Mexico, a must-see event for naturalists.

Whether you’re looking for a charming new place to call home, or a spot to retreat to during the summer months, Cape May’s rich culture and beautiful beaches are bound to win you over.

Of course, homes like this only serve to sweeten the pot.