Welcome to Cape May, New Jersey

The country's oldest seaside resort

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A little about Cape May

With a rich history, award-winning beaches, designation as a top birdwatching location, and many examples of Victorian architecture, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. Cape May was recognized as one of America's top 10 beaches by the Travel Channel. Come and stroll our streets and enjoy the seaside attractions, shop and eat in our bistros and restaurants.

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The history of Cape May

The town is named for 1620 Dutch captain named Cornelius Jacobsen Mey who explored and charted the area between 1611–1614, and established a claim for the province of New Netherland. It was later settled by New Englanders from the New Haven Colony. What is now Cape May was originally formed as the borough of Cape Island by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 8, 1848, from portions of Lower Township. It was reincorporated as Cape Island city on March 10, 1851, and finally became Cape May city as of March 9, 1869. Cape May began hosting vacationers from Philadelphia in the mid 18th century and is recognized as the country's oldest seaside resort.[20] It became increasingly popular in the 18th century and was considered one of the finest resorts in America by the 19th century. In 1878 a five-day-long fire destroyed square blocks of the town center and as part of the reconstruction efforts replacement homes were almost uniformly of Victorian style.

Contact Information

Address:

Cape May, New Jersey
08204

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Businesses in Cape May, New Jersey

Here is a collection of local Cape May, New Jersey businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Gallery D'May

Art

Fine art gallery

 

Patricia Rainey Studios

Art

The quaintness and character of the rural settings

 

SOMA NewArt Gallery

Art

Metropolitan style gallery dedicated to showing exciting artists

 

Washington Street Gallery

Art

Showing the work of regional artists

 

trendz

Jewelry

Where designer jewelry and art meet the beach

 

Inn of Cape May

Lodging

Let our Victorian Inn take you back to a simpler time

 

King's Cottage

Lodging

Three-story

 

The Dormer House

Lodging

We offer 12 rooms & suites and an attached cottage

 

The John Wesley Inn & Carriage House

Lodging

Memories from another time, comfort for today

 

The Mainstay Inn

Lodging

Twelve spacious guestrooms furnished with splendid antiques

 

The Queen Victoria B&B

Lodging

Painstakingly restored Victorian era buildings

 

The Southern Mansion

Lodging

The largest and most opulent Cape May bed and breakfast

 

Wilbraham Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Lodging

Experience the luxury of the gilded age

 

Jessie Creek Winery

Museums / Attractions

Jessie Creek is harvested and processed on site by hand

 

Willow Creek Winery

Museums / Attractions

Vineyard Tours, Wine Tastings, Bottle Purchases

 

410 Bank Street

Restaurants

ZAGAT named 410 one the top ten restaurants in New Jersey

 

Cabanas Beach Bar & Grill

Restaurants

Featuring delicious food, awesome live entertainment

 

Dellas 5 & 10 Soda Fountain

Restaurants

Old Fashioned Soda Fountain, General Store

 

Lucky Bones Backwater Grille

Restaurants

Well made, well done, well served and offering gluten free

 

Magnolia Room

Restaurants

Nationally acclaimed, you'll see why

 

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

Restaurants

Zagat rated romantic, superbly prepared American fare.

 

Seaside Cheese

Restaurants

200 imported and domestic cheeses

 

Union Park Dining Room

Restaurants

Zagat rated us excellent

 

Washington Inn

Restaurants

Always Classically Cool

 

Yozu

Restaurants

Offering a wide array of Japanese dishes

 

A Place on Earth

Shopping

Our soaps are hand-stirred and made the traditional way

 

Across the Way

Shopping

We specialize in unique gifts and items for the home

 

Antique Doorknob

Shopping

Original restored building artifacts

 

Artisans Alcove Estate Jewelers

Shopping

Where the Past Meets the Present

 

Cape May Cigars and Wine

Shopping

Cape May's source for fine wine and cigars

 

Cape May Olive Oil Co.

Shopping

Providing the finest quality food products

 

Good Scents

Shopping

Scents from across the world

 

Original Fudge Kitchen

Shopping

Old tyme confection shop

 

Pete Smith's Surf Shop

Shopping

We carry everything you'll need to relax at the beach

 

Whale's Tale

Shopping

Creative, carefully chosen gift items

 

Shields Bike Rentals

Tours

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