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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!

My Neverending Travel Bucket List

My Neverending Travel Bucket List is a list of all of the things, I would like to do before I’m not in the position to do them anymore. Therefore, as I visit and do the things I’ve listed, I will strikethrough the item and if I blog about it, I will attach a hyperlink to that post. Also, this list will be updated from time to time, as I learn about more fun and exciting places worth visiting!

  1. Bring in the New Year in Times Square, New York City!
  2. Tour the White House in Washington, DC
  3. Go white water rafting
  4. Go kayaking
  5. Go tubing down the Delaware River
  6. Go indoor skydiving
  7. Go whale watching
  8. Go swimming with the dolphins
  9. Go glamping
  10. Go horseback riding along the beaches of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  11. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana
  12. Attend the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana
  13. FLY FIRST CLASS!
  14. Ride in a hot air balloon
  15. Attend a Cherry Blossoms Festival
  16. Go hiking along Buttermilk Falls Trails in Walpack Township, New Jersey
  17. Visit Central Park and Zoo in New York City
  18. Visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York City
  19. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  20. Spend the weekend at a luxury spa
  21. Spend the weekend in a penthouse suite with spectacular views
  22. Visit Iron Plow Vineyards in Columbus, New Jersey
  23. Visit Coda Rossa Winery in Franklinville, New Jersey
  24. Visit Working Dog Winery in Robbinsville, New Jersey
  25. Visit Sharrott Winery in Hammonton, New Jersey
  26. Visit White Horse Winery in Hammonton, New Jersey
  27. Family road trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  28. Visit Niagara Falls on either the US or Canadian side
  29. Visit San Diego, California
  30. Visit the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  31. Visit the US Virgin Islands
  32. Visit Puerto Rico
  33. Attend the New Jersey Renaissance Faire in Bordentown, New Jersey
  34. Go skiing

St Patty’s Day Festival at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, New Jersey

It’s always a good time, whenever the family gets together and heads over to Laurita’s for one of their many festivals throughout the year! This festival was both the Winterfest and St Patty’s Day festival combined. They had the fire pits going, the band playing … it was just a good ole time!

This year’s festival had ice sculptures on display, wolf dogs from Howling Woods Farms in Jackson, New Jersey, and about a dozen food trucks to satisfy all of your food cravings!

The girls and I grabbed a couple of 9″ artisan pizzas from the Red Pizza Express and my husband opted for a couple of empanadas from the Empanada Guy. We were all pretty satisfied with our selections. After our meals, we headed over to the House of Cupcakes dessert truck to satisfy our sugar cravings!

These cupcakes from the House of Cupcakes in Princeton, New Jersey get two thumbs up from us! We tried the peanut butter cup, cookie dough, chocolate rage, and the cookies and cream cupcakes! Delicious!

We ended up not staying too long, it was too cold for the girls. But, it was great to get out and check everything out!

And, what do you know? Two of my favorites are up next and the weather should be much more bearable by then, so we’ll be able to really walk the grounds of Laurita’s and experience all that they have to offer!

I’d Rather Be … in Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania!

I’d Rather Be…

Sitting on the edge of my bed and thinking to myself how much I’d rather be hiking along one of the many trails of Bushkill Falls in Pennsylvania. Stopping every so often to take in the sights and to listen to the waterfalls … wow, this place is so beautiful and peaceful! I’m speechless, at the moment, so I’m going to let the photos that I took last year in May speak for me tonight! 😊