Life in Cape May’s Off-Season
I can’t help but feel like I am a part of a very small group of young adults who actually love and appreciate living in Cape May during the off-season. I hear way too many people say they dislike this time of year and complain that there isn’t anything to do. Just because the crowds disappear, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the town anymore. I wanted to take the time to share a few of my top favorite ways to enjoy Cape May in its beautiful state of tranquility.
I’m going to start with the obvious, also one of the most popular activities popular in peak season aside from the beaches – wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Some close mid-week, while others power through. Willow Creek Winery, for example, shortens their hours and their tapas menu but keeps their gorgeous fireplace burning year-round and I have yet to find a better place to unwind.
Magic Brain Cafe is open year-round with adjusted hours of the off-season, but it’s nice to have a place to go for a local cup of joe on the daily. When I go for walks with my son, stopping by Magic Brain is a non-negotiable, especially now that it’s chilly! A quick warm-up for the walk through the mall and some warmth for my hands for the stroll back home. Although restaurants are limited in the off-season, my favorites are open year-round and it’s definitely a bonus. Lucky Bones is a go-to for me. Lunch, dinner, drinks, good conversation, great prices, and the service is awesome.
My husband and I like to go early during the Fall and Winter and just sit and eat & drink at the bar instead of a table. There’s just something really cozy about it. Some of my other off-season favorites are Fins, the Lobster House, Mad Batter, Georges, and Bella Vida. I also feel as if not enough locals have given the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts (a.k.a MAC) a chance to help them explore their own hometown.
You see the trolleys all summer long, you hear the tour guides and educators speaking on the mics, yet you most likely have never taken a tour yourselves. Am I right or am I right? The trolleys run year-round, with special themes. They have everything from ghosts tours to history, homes, and holiday tours. LOCALS: If you didn’t know, they offer memberships! This is awesome for those of you who have rentals and want to supply your renters, family, and friends with all things Cape May. You can check them out here!
Lastly, have you ever just taken the time to walk the promenade while the traffic lights are blinking yellow and there’s not a soul on the beach? Have you strolled along the back streets of the town to look at the homes and Bed & Breakfasts to admire the detailed Victorian architecture? It’s no secret that Cape May is a beautiful town, but it becomes that much more beautiful when you take the time to appreciate the little things. For me, I wouldn’t trade the quiet off-season after a busy summer for anything.
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