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.
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.
We ate lunch at the Ugly Mug, located just steps from the Washington Street Mall.
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.
We ordered cheeseburgers for lunch. The cheeseburgers were very good.
After lunch we went shopping at Washington Street Mall.
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.
Located within the Mall area are several Victorian-style homes.
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.
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.
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.