Friends and frequent readers may have guessed from my many posts featuring Cape May NJ that this charming historic town is one of my very favorite places to visit. While winter finds other nearby beach resorts closing their shutters for a long winter's nap, Victorian Cape May dons her holiday festive finery, trims the tree and decks the halls. Now a yearly "girls getaway" tradition, four friends and relatives headed beachside for a little dose of coastal Christmas spirit. With limited time and budget, we still managed to have the most delightful visit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. So I thought I'd share our
Cape May Christmas To-do List
Get glimpse of Santa(s) at the Virginia Hotel
This elegant hotel adds some Christmas whimsy each year with playful climbing Santas
Admire the "Gingerbread" Houses
Often referred to as "Gingerbread", Many Cape May houses boast intricate Victorian scrollwork and vibrant colors seemingly inspired by their candy covered namesakes
Step Back in Time at Congress Hall
America's oldest seaside resort (1816) began as a large but modest boarding house and grew in popularity and grandeur to host several presidents. John Philip Sousa composed the Congress Hall March in its honor after performing there. Nowadays it is transformed into a winter wonderland, delighting young and old at Christmas time.
OoH and aah over Holiday Lights
You won't want to miss a visit to the historic Emlen Physick Estate, capemaymac.org and their wonderful tree and Dicken's village in their gift shop and tea room. Take one of their trolley tours and learn about the town's unique history. Or simply stroll around the area to admire the houses, shops and B&B's by night.
Enjoy Holiday Shopping (or just browse)
Browse the areas unique mix of shops including Winterwood, a year round Christmas shop or the art and vintage co-op gallery West End Garage.
and of course
Eat Drink and Be Merry
Time out at one of our absolute favorites for award winning eats and
the "Happiest" (and budget friendly) happy hour
The Mad Batter
Of course the real gift was fun times spent with friends and family!
the Joy of the Season
Please enjoy our Victorian Cape May inspired
printable Christmas Card
simply right click on image and choose "open in new window" and print for holiday crafting and giving
Created using images from The Graphics Fairy, cat image from Pinterest, source unavailable