Hotel at a Glance: The Red Cottage
The Red Cottage has all the requirements for a classic Cape May seaside vacation. This charming red and white Queen Anne Victorian building sits on the town’s most venerable street, half a block from both the beach and downtown. That means you can walk to quaint shops and restaurants, or, if you like, park yourself on the roomy front porch with a cup of coffee and watch the world go by.
- A continental breakfast is included with your stay; you’ll also get a 15% discount for dining at the Ebbitt Room.
- Rent a bike or surrey at the onsite bike shop to explore the area.
- Local fare is served in the hotel’s Ebbitt Room, an upscale restaurant where chefs uses vegetables from the nearby Beach Plum Farm. Head to the Blue Pig Tavern, another onsite eatery, for classic American pub fare.
- Rooms and suites are all different, but some units have private entrances, separate sitting areas, and claw-foot tubs.
- Work out in the 24-hour fitness center.
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 Travel Channel named the town’s coastline 1 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.
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