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.

About Me

Hi, there! Thanks for stopping by and checking out Love Jennifer.

I’m Jennifer, the woman behind Love Jennifer! I’m a 30-something New Jersey travel and lifestyle blogger. I have lived in the State of New Jersey for ten years and prior to that I lived in Philadelphia, better known as the City of Brotherly Love. New Jersey is a great place to live and explore, because there’s so much to see and do … from our wineries, state parks, eateries, and beaches … you can’t help but love it here! I married my husband, Sterling, in September of 2010, and we have two daughters, ages 12 and 14.

The topics you will find me blogging about are food, travel, beauty, style, and my everyday life as a wife and mother.

My full time job is providing services to the state’s most vulnerable, while blogging is my part time job and also my escape from the monotony of my day to day tasks.

When I’m not working you can find me spending time with my family, searching the web for upcoming online auctions and estate sales, cleaning and decorating our home, reading, binge watching on a show I couldn’t find the time to watch, and usually enjoying a nice glass of wine from one of the local wineries. You’re more likely to be find me at home with my husband and girls during the week, but on the weekends we’re out exploring!

I am known to clean my home while watching/listening to YouTube’s “clean with me” videos and since I’m trying to learn Spanish, I’ve changed the language settings to help me along the way!

About the Blog

I started this blog in the spring of 2018. I currently follow a few nifty blogs that cover an array of topics and figured, ”why not start my own?” “Like really, how hard can it be? I have a lot to talk about and share.” So, this is the end result! Don’t be surprised if you see my blog changing — because as I grow and learn more about blogging, my blog will be updated to reflect that growth. Blogging is truly an art, so I hope you enjoy my blog and the content that I create.

Also, If you ever have any questions or concerns about my blog, please feel free to reach out to me via the contact section of my blog! I would love to hear and communicate with you, so leave me comments about what you thought about my posts!

Enjoy!

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Greetings, everyone!

I have great and exciting news to share! This morning, I woke up to a nomination from fellow blogger Fritzie at Life Travel Soul for the Mystery Blogger Award. I have to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure about the award, so I had to do my homework and find out a little bit more about the Mystery Blogger Award.

I learned today that the Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma at Okoto Enigmas Blog. Enigma created the award, “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Again, I am excited about my nomination and if you aren’t too familiar with Fritzie and her blog, Life Travel Soul, be sure to check it out! Fritzie’s blog tackles life, travel, and everything in between with captivating writing and pictures to match!

So, here are the rules for the Mystery Blogger Award:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link, as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m obsessed with clean, organization, and scents that put me in a relaxing mood.
  2. I like to clean my home while listening/watching YouTube “Clean With Me” videos.
  3. I enjoy long car rides to new and exciting places!

Life Travel and Soul’s Questions for Me:

  1. What are your dream vacation destinations?
    I actually have quite a few dream vacation destinations — Bora Bora, Islamorada (Florida), Maldives, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Hawaii. There are more, but I don’t want to get ridiculous, lol — just know, that I love to have fun in the sun!
  2. What is your all-time favorite quote?
    My all-time favorite quote is “it’s just a chapter in your life … turn the page and move on!” There’s so much truth in this quote — It basically means don’t dwell on an issue/problem, take it for what it is, and move on!
  3. What helps you relieve stress?
    The easiest way for me to relieve stress is to take a nice walk. If I can’t do that, then binge watching The Golden Girls, always brightens my day!
  4. If a magical genie will grant you one wish – what would that be?
    To win one of those huge Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots!
  5. If you’re given a chance to portray a character in a movie, who would that be? What’s the title of the film?
    If I was given a change to portray a character in a movie, I would want to be Baby from Dirty Dancing!

My nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award are …

My Musings

OnlineChild

My Love, My Life, My Thoughts … 

Catching Up With Shania

Red Lips and Rose

M A R I A

Wandering & Wondering

Becoming Proactive

Mamaboo

themindmakeup.com

My Questions:

  1. What are three things can’t you live without?
  2. What decision in your life would you like to go back and change?
  3. Who is your favorite superhero and why?
  4. What would you name your boat, if you had one?
  5. What’s the worst commercial you’ve ever seen? And, why was it so bad?

Here’s a link to my best post!

A Quick Guide to Online Auctions

Before I end, I would just like to share that I am a fairly new blogger. After much thought and consideration, I started my blogging journey in April of 2018. I am very excited to share and grow, because as I’ve learned thus far … bloggin’ ain’t easy, but it is quite rewarding in many aspects!

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