Friday, July 16, 2010

Returning Home, By Way of Cape May

For all of the changes that this vacation ushered in (this week and those to come), it ended with a day spent in the past.

With the kids enjoying several days back home with their grandparents, The Husband and I drove down to Cape May for lunch and shopping before heading home.  It's a special town for us (and many other people, I'd imagine.)  Before Betty and Boo, this was often our vacation destination of choice.

If you've never been to Cape May, it's also special place historically. It is the nation’s oldest seashore resort and is on the national Register of Historic Places. Several famous people are known to have visited, including Presidents James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S. Grant, and Benjamin Harrison, as well as Abraham Lincoln before becoming President. (During our vacation, The Husband's beach read was Henry Clay: The Essential American, which mentioned that Clay visited Cape May for "salt baths.")

It's a colorful town, with pinks and purples and yellows on hundreds of Victorian houses located throughout the town, many of them bed and breakfasts. The first one we stayed in - more than 10 years ago! -  is currently for sale (anyone have $1.5 million to spare?) so we daydreamed a bit about that.  (It isn't pictured here; my camera was being tempermental.)

(This is The Mainstay Inn and which is my favorite Cape May bed and breakfast that we've never stayed in.  It was built as a private gambling club in 1872.)

We walked around the town a little bit, had lunch and ice cream, and I shopped while The Husband sat on a bench.

And then, it was time to set sail for home.

copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles) If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.


Trisha said...

I love old towns and houses so it looks beautiful to me!

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Oh, Trisha, you would absolutely love this place.

Anonymous said...

We spent the weekend without kids in Cape May - first time in 15 years since our last "big" anniversary weekend getaway. We were lucky to have sunny and hot beach weather and had an altogether great time.