Today, in our ongoing series, Beautiful Places in New Jersey, we feature Cape May.
This charming town at the southernmost point of the state reveals hidden visual treasures around every corner. The bright white and blue landscapes of the beach, the lighthouse at Cape May Point, and the funky little shops along the side streets are all impressive, but it is the Victorian architecture that is the star of the show here.
The Inn of Cape May that looks like an enormous Victorian wedding cake with its shingles, windows and Mansard roof all painted in shades of white to light gray. Contrast it against the dark and brooding Inn at 22 Jackson that we nicknamed the Marauder because of its dark blue, white and purple color scheme. Then there’s the Abbey Bed and Breakfast on Gurney that looks like some transplanted church from a small town in Switzerland with its Gothic Revival tower. Countless other surprises await you down the tree lined streets of America’s first resort.
Jackson Street features a row of colorful Victorian homes that are now bed and breakfast inns. The Puffin, shown in the foreground, has a huge wraparound porch and a barn like roofline. Next is The Saltwood House, with its distinctive bright orange awnings, matching rocking chairs and wicker couches. The Windward House is painted a brilliant teal color and has striped awnings. See more photos from our Cape May getaways featured below.
Other Cape May spots to see
- Whale’s Tale: a gift shop with Christmas ornaments, rare sea shells, jewelry and more
- Mariahs: a gift and home decor shop with great style
- Bath Time: Soaps, rubber ducks, bath-body items, custom blends and bath related gifts
- The Ebbitt Room: Contemporary upscale fine dining
- Washington Inn: Traditional fine dining, great wine list
- Mad Batter: Great breakfast & lunch on the porch
- Congress Hall: Martinis and cocktails
- Ugly Mug: Afternoon snack and people watching