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On This Day in 2008 – Our New Jersey Vacation (Part 2 of 3)

The date was March 21, 2008.  On that day we were on our second day of vacation in New Jersey.

I didn’t know it when we arrived the previous night, but we had a view of the Atlantic Ocean from our hotel room.  We could see the ocean, as we looked past a large empty lot and several rundown buildings.  It was a beautiful morning — blue sky and brilliant sunshine.  The temperature, though, was a chilly 37 degrees.  The temperature, however, was forecasted to rise into the low 50s, both in Atlantic City and in Cape May.  We ate breakfast around 7:00 am.  As is customary at Comfort Inn, we enjoyed a complimentary breakfast of waffles, hard-boiled eggs, coffee / tea, juice, fruit and pastries.  The waffles were shaped to resemble symbols in a deck of cards.

We checked out of our hotel around 9:00 am, left the car parked at the hotel and walked to the boardwalk.  It was only a short walk to the casinos.  We played the slots in two casinos: Bally’s Wild Wild West and Caesars.  We played $50.00 ($25 each) and walked out of the casino with $97.45.

AtlanticCity200803_027Atlantic City’s Legendary Boardwalk
The Boardwalk was only 100 yards from our hotel.

AtlanticCity200803_001Brighton Park

AtlanticCity200803_004Korean War Memorial at Brighton Park

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Korean War Memorial

AtlanticCity200803_008Bally’s Wild Wild West Casino

AtlanticCity200803_025Wagon at Bally’s Wild Wild West Casino

AtlanticCity200803_018Caesars

 

We left Atlantic City around 11:00 am and arrived in Cape May about an hour later.  We checked into our hotel, the Montreal Inn.  Our hotel accommodations were lovely.  We had a two-room suite — bedroom with two queen-size beds, a combination kitchen, dining room and living room.  We had a full view of the ocean from the living room.

CapeMay200803_005Montreal Inn
Our hotel accommodation was a two-room suite.

CapeMay200803_003Our bedroom

CapeMay200803_001From the living room we had a good view of the Atlantic Ocean.

We ate lunch at the Ugly Mug, located just steps from the Washington Street Mall.

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Entrance to Ugly Mug

The Ugly Mug is one of Cape May’s oldest pubs.  The atmosphere was cozy and intimate featuring a large square bar in the center of one large room.  Surrounding the bar are booths and tables.

CapeMay200803_013The Ugly Mug is decorated with mugs, hundreds of mugs suspended from the ceiling.

We ordered cheeseburgers for lunch.  The cheeseburgers were very good.

After lunch we went shopping at Washington Street Mall.

CapeMay200803_014Washington Street Mall is a pedestrian shopping district.

During our visit to Cape May, the three block pedestrian-only shopping mall was in the midst of a complete re-do including new water and sewer infrastructure, new pavers and a completely new landscape.

We saw the Easter bunny, while at Washington Street Mall.

CapeMay200803_025Bob took this picture of me with the Easter bunny.

Located within the Mall area are several Victorian-style homes.

CapeMay200803_01633 Perry Street
The Pink House, or Eldridge Johnson House
This house reminds me of an elaborately decorated three-tiered “wedding cake”.

CapeMay200803_01842 Jackson Street
The Merry Widow

CapeMay200803_01945 Jackson Street
the Christopher Gallagher House

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17 Jackson Street
Poor Richard’s Inn

This was not my first visit to Cape May.  I visited Cape May one time before, in April 1983.  During that visit, I stayed at Poor Richard’s Inn.  Poor Richard’s Inn looked the same as it did in 1983.

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22 Jackson Street
The Inn

We left Washington Street Mall and drove to Cape May Point State Park, which is 2 miles from the city of Cape May.  Located at Cape May Point State Park is the Cape May Lighthouse.  We took pictures of the lighthouse and took a stroll on a nature trail.  We walked the “Red Trail”, which was .5 miles long.   This trail provided access to both the lighthouse pond east and west.  Each pond has a blind or platform at the water’s edge from which you can view wading birds, ducks and swans.

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Cape May Lighthouse

CapeMay200803_038Nature Trail at Cape May Point State Park

CapeMay200803_044Nature Trail at Cape May Point State Park

CapeMay200803_053We saw this beautiful swan, while walking on the nature trail.

We returned to our hotel, after our visit to Cape May Point State Park.  It was a nice evening, and we went for a walk along the beach.

CapeMay200803_065Bob and I on the beach at Cape May

One Response to “On This Day in 2008 – Our New Jersey Vacation (Part 2 of 3)”

  1. seniorhiker

    Thames for taking us along with you on this day. I haven’t been to either Atlantic City or Cape May, but I would like to see both — especially Cape May.

    Reply

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