Cape May is the southern most tip of the state of New Jersey. This particular piece of property was "discovered" by a Dutch captain named Coenelius Mey in 1611. Cape May is located at a point where the Atlantic Ocean meets Delaware Bay and is an interesting place to visit because of the many well preserved homes as well as the beach. Additionally, Cape May is well known as a good birder's spot along the Atlantic fly-way for watching migratory birds. We usually visit Cape May several time a year. It's roughly an hour's drive south of Brigantine.
|Enough about birds; what my female travelers want is shopping and Washington Street, a pedestrian Street, offers plenty of that.|
We parked our car in the municipal parking lot behind the liquor store, fed the meter and headed straight for Washington St.
|Need I say more? OK, I like to browse there too, but it would be way more fun if they had Swedish beers or something besides lace and little Jul Tomtar.|
|Two things you can always count on at a beach town are shops selling candy and t-shirts. Cape May does not defy one's expectations.|
|Fralinger's has not quite let go of Christmas yet. They go way back in the salt water taffy business.|
|Sea Air and Sunshine sealed in every box.|
|The price is right but I don't need any more hoodies.|
|Casale's shoes--another "must stop" location for my bride.|
|But enough of merchandising. The other thing that Cape May is known for is it's collection of "painted ladies"; old Victorian era homes that now are for the most part Bed and Breakfast joints.|
|Ok, Ok, I get it--it's the architectural stuff|
|Like the "snickar glädje" on this house. But SOMEBODY has to paint all this stuff!|
|There are lots of fancy signs in Cape May.|
|I've often wondered where Betsy Ross went for vacation. Now I know.|
|An interesting house on Jackson Street|
|Zooming in on the details. I like the iron work around the widow's walk on the roof.|