Top Reasons to Visit Carroll Villa Hotel
- The hotel occupies a historic home that dates back to 1882. The interior, however, is modern and artistic. An onsite gallery hosts rotating exhibits of paintings and photos.
- The innkeepers have made going green a priority. They installed 38 solar panels on the roof, energy-efficient showerheads in the bathrooms, and a new dishwasher that saves 25,000 gallons of water per year.
- Each guest room is individually decorated and has a private bathroom. Room four features a handsome sleigh bed and a rug made from recycled corn.
- A $30 breakfast voucher can be used at the Mad Batter Restaurant on the first floor. You can try house favorites such as the buttermilk pancakes or chorizo and eggs. Feast in the dining room or, if the weather is warm enough, on the garden terrace or front porch.
- The hotel has won awards for its restaurant (Best Brunch in the Best of Cape May) and environmental efforts (Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Conservation award).
- Options one and two include tastings at the Cape May Winery and Vineyard and Hawk Haven Winery.
Cape May, New Jersey: Historic Resort Town near Vineyards
The Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean at Cape May, a tiny 2.8-mile stretch of land on the southern tip of the Cape May peninsula in New Jersey. Known for its cool summer temperatures and clean, picturesque beaches, Cape May has attracted travelers since the mid-18th century and is said to be one of the oldest seaside resort destinations in the United States. Steps from the Carroll Villa Hotel, gingerbread-like Victorian homes as well as quaint shops and restaurants line the streets of the historic district.
Several award-winning wineries can be found in the area, and many are open for tastings and tours. Another spot worth a visit is the iconic Cape May lighthouse, which you can climb to the top of for a sweeping view of the Delaware Bay.
Aside from attracting humans, Cape May has famously been a stopover for more than 400 migrating bird species. That makes it a top destination in the Northeast for bird watchers and marketing strategists trying to test hip new birdseed brands.