Why’s Everyone Freaked Out About Cape May Beach?

Photography by Ryan Collerd; photograph illustration by Alyse Moyer.

Photography by Ryan Collerd; photograph illustration by Alyse Moyer.

If you really squint at the shape of New Jersey, it looks like a malformed hand pointing angrily at the ocean. And the fingertip that’s jabbing at Mother Nature is Cape May, the southernmost city in the state, where my family has owned a home since 1964. For the most part, Cape May is a sleepy Shore town with an everybody-knows-everybody vibe. It’s the sort of place where most residences, even businesses, don’t lock the doors. Read more »

Tropical Storm Hermine Could Dampen Your Labor Day Weekend Plans

If you have Labor Day plans this weekend, you might want to move them inside.

Tropical Storm Hermine is moving north toward the mid-Atlantic region, bringing a likelihood of strong winds and heavy rain to our area.

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Tens of Thousands of Fish Wash Up in Multiple N.J. Fish Kills

Peanut Bunker via Brian Gratwicke, license,

Atlantic menhaden, aka peanut bunker by Brian Gratwicke via Creative Commons license,

Another day, another fish kill at the Jersey Shore.

This Sunday, thousands of dead fish washed up at the Atlantic Highlands marina in Monmouth County.

On Saturday, about 15,000 to 20,000 dead fish washed up in Little Egg Harbor in Ocean County. Earlier last week, more dead fish popped up in Keansburg in Monmouth County.

So what’s causing these fish kills? Per the Asbury Park Press, the state Department of Environmental Protection says that “most likely, these large groups of fish are bring chased by predator fish from colder waters, into warmer waters.” Read more »

Old-Fashioned Clambakes at Congress Hall

Often the scene of weddings, on Tuesdays in August, the Great Lawn will be home to a clambake.

Often the scene of weddings, on Tuesdays in August, the Great Lawn will be home to a clambake.

As much as we are in denial, the last few weeks of summer are approaching quickly. If you’re spending them down the shore, I am definitely jealous, but also have news about a fun event for you. Congress Hall in Cape May will be hosting clambakes every Tuesday through August 23rd.

Hosted on the Great Lawn, there will be live music and games every week. Ideal for those Tuesdays when you really just can’t find a reason to leave your beach chair and make dinner.

You can buy dinner for two people for $70, for up to six people for $180, and for up to eight people for $250. Each family-style meal is full of shrimp, mussels and middle neck clams with sides of Jersey corn and cucumber tomato salad. 

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Field Guide: 5 Best Workouts at the Jersey Shore

Best workouts at the Jersey Shore.

Photo by Istockphoto.

If you’ve spent most of your summer glued to your beach chair, it’s probably time you got a quality sweat session in. After all, you’ve got to counteract a summer’s worth of beachside beermosas somehow. To point you in the right calorie-burning direction, we got five Philly fitness pros to dish on their favorite Shore workouts, from killer yoga classes to beach boot camps. Take your pick, soon-to-be-reformed beach bums. Read more »

Manco & Manco’s Is Moving into the Old Strand Theatre in Ocean City

New Manco & Manco location - Ocean City, New Jersey - rendering

A rendering of the new Manco & Manco location on the Ocean City boardwalk.

The owners of Manco & Manco Pizza may still be waiting sentencing on their federal tax evasion case, but business continues to boom.

Yesterday, Manco & Manco announced it was moving its 9th Street location, on the Ocean City boardwalk, into the storefront of the old Strand movie theater. Read more »

They Do Exist: Five Hip Jersey Shore Hotels To Book This Summer

The Star's sunflower-yellow exterior | Photo courtesy of Cape Resorts

The Star’s sunflower-yellow exterior | Photo courtesy of Cape Resorts

The B&B: The Gables // The French influence is strong in this renovated five-room Victorian, thanks to toile bed linens, gilded furniture in the library, and a proper garden dining area. Reserve the Bailey Lloyd room; it’s not the swankiest (that’s the Victoria & Albert), but its sloping walls, cherry red claw-foot tub and iron stove exude coziness. For dinner, nab one of the courtyard or porch tables — the chef changes up the seafood-heavy menu daily. // Starting at $180 per night; 212 Centre Street, Beach Haven.

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The Shore Runs for Nature Lovers and History Buffs to Put on Their Bucket Lists

Photo courtesy RunCape

Photo courtesy RunCape

If the Shore is your second home in the summer, go ahead and put one of these running tours on your summertime to-do list: RunCape, a newly launched running tour business helmed by two Jersey runners, is offering a slew of three-mile running tours throughout the summer that will seriously up your knowledge about the history and nature of Cape May while helping you get your runner’s high on.
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Heading to the Jersey Shore? Don’t Head Out Without Our Guide to the Best Shore Eats

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Heading down to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy yourself but don’t head out without Philadelphia magazine’s guide to the Best Shore Eats. It has everything you need from the best shore pizza to the best boardwalk eats of Ocean City and Wildwood. And of course we also list the 20 best restaurants from Cape May to Long Beach Island.

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