Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Icona
Situated on its own stretch of private Atlantic beachfront, this sleek hotel presents a modern contrast to the vintage motels scattered throughout Cape May and the Wildwoods. Guests can prep beach picnics in their suites' galley kitchens or crack open fresh lobster alfresco when the onsite restaurant reopens come May.
- Nearby attractions: Ride Ferris wheels and sip cherry-topped milk shakes in the Wildwoods, less than 10 minutes away by car.
- Feel the ocean breeze from the private balcony in your suite, which also features a Keurig coffee maker.
- Seaside dining the chef prepares the area's freshest seafood alongside seasonal sides; served poolside on the outdoor terrace or inside Coastal Blue restaurant.
- Make a splash: The large outdoor heated pool and kiddie pool are open seasonally.
- Stay connected with complimentary WiFi.
Cape May, New Jersey: Seaside Resort Town with Victorian Architecture
Long billed as America's oldest seaside resort, Cape May sits at New Jersey's southernmost tip. The setting is so idyllic that the Travel Channel named the town’s coastline one of the top 10 beaches in the country. Aside from beachcombing, popular pastimes here include fishing, whale watching, and bird watching. In fact, the New York Times called Cape May "one of North America's hottest birding spots." You might see bald eagles, herons, and woodcocks. In the spring, keep your eyes peeled for the latter’s intricate mating dance.
After a fire ravaged most of Cape May in 1878, residents rebuilt in the contemporary style of the time, and dozens of their stately Victorian homes remain standing today. Consequently, the Cape May Historic District has earned the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark. Horses and carriages tour the colorful, cottage-lined streets, which have been deemed off-limits to chain stores in order to preserve the classic small-town atmosphere. Along Delaware Bay stands the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Those who climb the tower’s 199 stairs are rewarded at the top with an unbeatable view of the Atlantic Ocean.