Cape May is my all time favorite place to visit in all of New Jersey. From the fresh smell of the salty sea to the unique boutiques and rustic shopping center, Cape May just makes you feel like you're home.
Visiting Cape May has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. Since I'm from North Jersey, it is definitely a hike to get all the way down there, as it's exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway. If you are not familiar with New Jersey, its typically a 3-4 hour car ride for me, depending on summer shore traffic.
With that said, we decided to spend the week of July 4th down there since we all had some time off from work. Being the type of person I am, I decided to really focus on self care and relaxation; and Cape May just so happened to be the best place for this. Don't get me wrong, I definitely had my fun too, but I did try to focus on finding things to do that would benefit my mental and physical health.
Before jumping into this blog post, I just wanted to mention that we rented out a 2 bedroom apartment right on the beach as opposed to staying in a hotel. This was great because it was in a very convenient location, we all had our own space/rooms, and a full kitchen to cook meals, rather than eating out everyday for a week straight. The place we stayed at was called 'Morning Star Villa'.
Things to do:
Yoga on the beach
Since I can't ever seem to get enough of the beach and wanted to focus on self care, I found a yoga studio that hosts beach yoga every morning. The studio that hosted the class is called, 'Balance Cape May'. The class was about $10 to join, which I didn't think was a bad price at all. There were about 30 people in the class, which the instructor noted was her largest class yet.
It was so peaceful just focusing on my breathing while listening to REAL waves crash in the background. I really enjoyed this class and wish I had a beach near my home so that I could have this experience more often.
The last self care activity I signed up for was a massage on the beach. Unfortunately, the person that was supposed to give me the massage got really sick and my massage got moved inside, however, it was still very enjoyable.
The place I went to for my massage was the Sea Spa at the Congress Hall. They are very professional and provided a very memorable experience for me. Complimentary to a spa treatment, they also have a stream room which was nice to sit and relax in for a little while after my massage.
Sea Spa offers two types of massages, a Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. I opted for the Swedish massage.
Places to Eat/Drink
A trip to Cape May simply isn't complete without getting breakfast at the Blue Pig; at least in my family, it's not. This restaurant is actually located inside the Congress Hall Hotel. You do not have to be staying at the hotel to eat here, so I definitely recommend you check it out if your visiting the area.
This restaurant is another place that I've been going to for as long as I can remember. Every time I go I always order something different and I'm never disappointed. Literally everything on the menu is great and you can't go wrong!
I went with my family and the below images are what we ordered.
Harry's Ocean Bar & Grille
It's all in the name but this restaurant/bar is right on the beach. Doesn't get any better than that!
We actually came here a few times during our trip. The bartenders are all so friendly and fun, which made it easily one of our favorite places to drink down there. We also grabbed dinner one night with our drinks. I ordered the chicken stir fry, and if that doesn't look appetizing, I don't know what does.
We went to this restaurant for my birthday dinner. Everything was delicious, I think we all really enjoyed our meals. I ordered the Flat Iron steak, which isn't usually my steak of choice, but it was very tasty.
Aside from the food, the restaurant was absolutely gorgeous. The outside was perfect for pictures and the inside was decorated accordingly.
The Rusty Nail
The Rusty Nail is an outdoor bar and restaurant which is perfect for the summer. The ground is made up of sand and there is a huge bonfire located in the center that everyone pulls their chair around at the end of the night.
This was a fun place to chill out at, especially with the bonfire. My only complaint is that the outdoor area closed at 10pm which seems pretty early to me.
That pretty much concludes this blog post. We hope you find this information helpful on your next trip to Cape May. As always, please be sure to tag us in your pics if you visit any of these places.
Xx Chic Beaches