Travel Guide | Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Lighthouse

Travel Guide | Cape May, New Jersey

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to pack my overnight bag and head down to Cape May for a well planned “me day” adventure.

And, in case you don’t know what a “me day” is … it’s a day that’s all about you! So, if you want to kick back and watch TV all day, so be it … just do all of the fun things that you want and like to do!

Now, I’ve been to Cape May before, but with my family, never alone. So, this trip was definitely one to appreciate, because I got to do all of things I wanted to do without the long sighs and eye rolls from my husband and kids.

The Itinerary

So, the plan was to explore as many places as I could, before the rain. The forecast called for rain around 8 PM and I wanted to be back on the road and halfway to my next destination.

To come up with my itinerary, I googled “best places to visit in Cape May” and “fun places to visit in Cape May”. TripAdvisor was the first to come up with a lot of cool places for me to visit and the best part were the rankings and in depth reviews. In depth reviews make the decision process ten times easier, if you ask me!

Surprisingly, the Jersey Shore Alpacas came up first, but I figured why see one animal, when you can check out the Cape May Zoo and see all types of animals and reptiles, too! So, the Cape May Zoo went down first on my list of “things to do”. I can check out the alpacas another day.

Next, I remember hearing about dolphin and whale watching tours … I figured, how cool would that be to venture out on a boat and see some dolphins? I googled “best dolphin watching tour in Cape May” and I got Thundercats Dolphin Watch. With a five star rating and pics and videos to support their high rating, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. The dolphin watch tour was second on my list.

Next, I wanted to learn a little history about Cape May, so I picked the Cape May Lighthouse.

And, since I’m a wine lover, I knew I couldn’t leave the area without visiting one of the local wineries … so, I decided to check out the Cape May Winery & Vineyard.

My last stop would be a nice restaurant, but I was going to wait and see where the locals suggest I dine to get the ultimate Cape May experience and the recommendation I got was The Lobster House.

My itinerary and links to visit:

Cape May County Zoo – 10 AM – 12 PM
Thundercat Dolphin Watch – 1 PM – 2:30 PM (12:30 PM check in time)
Cape May Lighthouse – 3 PM – 4 PM
Cape May Winery & Vineyard – 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
The Lobster House – 5:30 – 7 PM

Cape May County Zoo | 707 N Route 9 | Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

The Cape May County Zoo opens at 10 AM on Saturday, so I was up and on the road at 8:30 AM. I wanted to get there early and beat the crowd. The morning’s weather was perfect! Sunny with clear skies! I arrived at the zoo a few minutes after 10 and was ready to make my rounds. A couple of things that I love about the Cape May Zoo is that you pay what you like to visit and the grounds are quite enjoyable to walk around. I’m a huge fan of the big cats and giraffes!

Thundercat Dolphin Watch | 1001 Ocean Drive | Wildwood Crest, NJ  08260

Granted TripAdvisor listed Thundercat Dolphin Watch as one one of the “best” dolphin watch tours in Cape May, I still had to check out their Facebook page. And, I was still impressed by the reviews and the pictures! I visited their website and found that they offer daily promotions. For Saturday, I was able to save $5 on the $32 ticket cost. I love saving money! I opted for the 1 PM tour time, because it wasn’t too early and it wasn’t too late … perfect time to be out on the water. Tour end time was 2:30 PM.

Check in was a breeze! You don’t have to bring anything, you just have to give your name. After that, you just walk over to the boat and line up, until the team is ready to board. When boarding, it’s really no need to be picky about the seats, because the team makes sure you see the dolphins on all sides. But, if you want to get a good picture or video of the “best dolphin show”, you have to sit on the back row. You’ll see what I mean when you watch my video!

My thoughts …

I truly enjoyed the Thundercat Dolphin Watch Tour and I would highly recommend checking them out, if you’re looking for something fun to do out on the water! The tour takes you out to the ocean and up along the Wildwood beaches (Wildwood Crest, Wildwood, and North Wildwood). Snacks are sold around the halfway mark of the tour at a fairly reasonable price.

Cape May Lighthouse | 215 Light House Avenue | Cape May Point, NJ  08212

Next on my itinerary was the Cape May Lighthouse. And, I have to be honest about this tour … I enjoyed it, but I have to admit that halfway through the tour, I was asking myself, “what the heck were you thinking?” By this point of my “me day” it was about 90 degrees outside. I’m inside this lighthouse that is quite narrow with one open window halfway through … the second window was closed … and the 3rd was a port window! I can laugh now, but as I went higher and higher it got hotter and hotter and the sweat was pouring off my face … I was HOT! I’m not a quitter and I wanted to see the view from the top, so I kept pressing on … and when I got to the top, the view was amazing and so was the breeze!

Cape May Winery & Vineyard | 711 Town Bank Road | Cape May, NJ  08204

Now, I’ve been to quite a few wineries in South Jersey for wine tastings and other events, but Cape Winery & Vineyard was a fun and welcoming place for this solo traveller.

Once you walk inside, you’re greeted and told about the various events taking place at the winery. They offer two different tastings for $10 and the one I chose allowed me to sample six wines. I love wines that are either sweet or fruity or a combination of the two. I enjoyed their Isaac Smith Apple wine, Lighthouse White, and the Lighthouse Red.

When I finished my tasting, I headed out back to check out the live entertainment and grab a small bite to eat. They had tapas on their menu, so I ordered one of their lobster sliders. Buzzers are handed out when you place an order, so you’re able to move around and check out the grounds of the winery.

While I waited for my order, I went back inside to get a glass of their Lighthouse Red. I came back out and found a table and waited for my buzzer to go off to pick up my order. It was about eight minutes or so, before the buzzer went off for my food. I picked up my order and returned to the same table. The lobster slider looked so delicious, that I couldn’t wait to take a bite …  and it was very delicious! No complaints froand that’s when a couple sitting at the table next to me invited me to join them at their table for some cheese and crackers.

How cool is that?

They asked if I was waiting for someone to join me and I shared with them that I was out on a “me day” adventure. They thought it was the coolest thing that I was out on my own and had explored so much of Cape May in a short period of time. We talked about other things, as the entertainer played his guitar and sang … careers, retirement, and my next destination! I shared with them that I was in search of a seafood restaurant to check out for dinner. And, they both recommended that I check out The Lobster House in Cape May.

The Lobster House | 906 Schellengers Landing Rd | Cape May, NJ  08204

The Lobster House was about five minutes or so from the winery. The parking lot was packed, but I was able to find a spot. I went inside and gave my name to be added to the waiting list. For a party of 1, my wait time was estimated to be around thirty minutes, which wasn’t bad, because I had nothing but time. The wait time was pretty spot on when I was seated at a table with a view of the marina.

Dining should always be an experience, so I ordered their shrimp cocktail and their Lobster House specialty, which consisted of lobster tails, scallops, and shrimp over garlic butter linguine. Bread and butter is also served. The wait for my meal was an acceptable amount of time, because when it came out I was ready to dig in!

The cocktail shrimp were jumbo and chilled. The entree was very pleasing to the eye and quite delicious! The seafood was well seasoned and very tasty. I can honestly say I wasn’t too crazy about the pasta, because the sauce was a bit on the runny side, making it a little messy to eat. Other than that, it was good … and I can definitely see myself eating it again in the future.

Review of Raclette NYC

Review of Raclette NYC

The Raclette NYC, located at 511 E 12th Street, is definitely a restaurant you should add to your bucket list of restaurants to visit while in New York City!

I made the reservation a month in advance, since we would be visiting during Mother’s Day weekend. Making a reservation is a “must”, because the place can get packed and they don’t have a lot of tables. Our reservation was for 6:15 and we were seated at 6:15! I love service like this, because there’s nothing like making a reservation and still having to wait an additional 20-30 minutes! So, this was a plus!

The server was very friendly and explained everything on the menu – we ended up ordering the Parisienne (marinated skirt steak, sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, and potatoes) the Burger (sirloin patty with caramelized onions), and the Mediterranee (roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and baguettes).

Raclette-menu
Raclette menu

Since we ordered from the Raclettes, we each got to pick a cheese to top our dishes. My girls chose the Classic Thermalized for the Burger and the Mediterranee. My girls are 12 and 14, so they played it safe by choosing the Classic Thermalized. And for the Parisienne, my husband chose the Potato and I chose the Onion. I chose the Onion, because I was having the marinated skirt steak, so I figured what would be a better topping than onions. And boy was I correct, it was definitely an excellent choice!

The Long Awaited Show of the Cheeses

Classic Thermalized on the Burger

Classic Thermalized on the Mediterranee

Potato on the Parisienne

Onion on the Parisienne

The cheese show was just like we expected, after watching numerous videos on Facebook and Instagram. They definitely give you more than enough cheese to enjoy with your meal.

Parisienne
Parisienne

The Parisienne was very tasty. The skirt steak is tender, marinated, and well seasoned. The potatoes were also quite tasty. And, if you’re a fan of asparagus, like I am, they were cooked to perfection!

… and then there was dessert

After dinner, we ordered two of their banana cheesecakes … I must say, they were also very good!

Banana Cheesecake
Banana Cheesecake

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would definitely give the Raclette a 10. Their service is exceptional and their food is phenomenal! I look forward to visiting them again in the summer!

Happy Mother’s Day

To all of the Mothers, Stepmothers, Grandmothers, and Godmothers:

You are beautiful.

You are valuable.

You are necessary.

You are loved.

You are blessed.

May blessings be unto you this Mother’s Day and all to come!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Top 20 Favorite Movies

One thing that I love is a good movie … in no particular order, these are my top 20 favorite movies of all time!

  1. The Color Purple
  2. Stepbrothers
  3. Meet the Parents
  4. Duplex
  5. The Cable Guy
  6. Taken
  7. The First Wives Club
  8. Pretty Woman
  9. Dirty Dancing
  10. Lila & Eve
  11. Sausage Party
  12. Law Abiding Citizen
  13. Casino
  14. A Bronx Tale
  15. Goodfellas
  16. Steel Magnolias
  17. Waiting to Exhale
  18. What’s Love Got to Do With It?
  19. The Five Heartbeats
  20. Mommy Dearest

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Greetings, everyone … thanks for stopping by!

So, my original plan was to have a nice Mother’s Day Gift Ideas post that would’ve given you a decent amount of time to order or pick up a nice, thoughtful gift for Mom on Mother’s Day — but, with less than a week to go until the big day, I have been left to write a Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas post! Which is okay … because how many of us have scrambled to find something at the last minute?! I know I’m guilty, lol … sometimes, you have so much going on that things just slip your mind and you’re left at the mall the night before or even the day of trying to find something that will put a smile on Mom’s face.

So, here goes … last minute gift ideas to go along with Mom’s greeting card … and if you have any ideas, leave them in the comments below! I would love to read your last minute ideas!

Wine – Pick up a bottle or two of Mom’s favorite wine! Cabernet or Pinot Grigio, whatever you decide, it will be greatly appreciated … and if you really want to go all out, pick up a couple of snacks to pair with the wine!

Bouquet of Flowers – A lot of the supermarkets have nice bouquets and arrangements available for purchase, just remember that the longer you wait the less of a selection you’ll have to choose from.

Do Brunch! – Who doesn’t enjoy going out for brunch? Unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis, and coffee, too! And, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to find a spot that does a buffet style brunch with all of the fixings and entertains their guests with the sounds of jazz.

Bath Bombs – If Mom knows anything about Calgon, she’ll love these … these scents are so yummy and relaxing that she’ll be sure to be taken away … and even it’s for only 30 minutes, she’ll love it!

Fragrance Sets – You definitely can’t go wrong here … you can either purchase Mom’s favorite or pick up a new perfume! And, if you go to a department store, they’ll more than likely will have free gift promotions with their fragrance sets!

Blanket – You can never go wrong with a warm, cozy blanket … it’s just something about wrapping up in a blanket, while reading a book or catching up on your favorite show.

Gift Cards – Gift cards are quick and easy! You can build a nice gift out of gift cards … movies, restaurants, retail stores, streaming services (Netflix, Hulu), gaming, etc. I’ve never been a fan of the Visa gift cards, though, because I hate to pay the additional fees – so, I always opt for the cards with no fees or penalties.

Nail Salon Gift CertificateIf Mom enjoys getting her nails done, a gift certificate to her favorite nailery will be much appreciated! Plus, the time to a get a gift certificate isn’t long at all — you’ll usually be in and out in less than ten minutes with a certificate ready to be presented to the recipient! If your gift certificate isn’t given to you in a way that’s ready to be presented, just grab a card and you’ll be all set!

Facial/Body Massage Gift Certificate – This is another in-and-out idea! All you have to do is tell them amount you’re interested in and you’re all set! Some locations will allow you to schedule an appointment, while others will let the recipient reach out to schedule their own appointment! Just the thought of having a massage relaxes my mind, how about yours?

DIY Gift Bag Ideas

Movie Night At Home – Mom’s two favorite movies on DVD, microwaveable popcorn, and a couple of boxes of theatre candy.

Wine Lovers – A couple bottles of wine, snacks (olives, cheese assortment, crackers, and/or mixed fruit), wine glass, wine glass charm, bottle opener, and a wine bottle topper.

Spa Lovers – Fuzzy robe and slippers, eye mask, hair wrap, small candle, bath bombs, body oils, essential oils, and a small oil diffuser.

Lottery Lovers – An assortment of scratch off tickets! (these tickets can be put in the envelope with the greeting card)

Gift Ideas For Moms With Children Under 12

Babysitting – This is one idea that will truly be appreciated by any Mom with small children … a day, a night, or even a weekend of babysitting is a blessing for a Mom that needs to get something done or just wants a break!

Do you have any last minute gift ideas?