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What’s Cookin’? The Recipe Story

What’s Cookin’? The Recipe Story

It’s one of those early fall days in Cape May. As the sun comes up (a little later than we’re used to), the chill in the morning air starts to melt away. The afternoon feels almost like summer, and the salt water is even warmer than it was back in June. As the afternoon turns to evening, visitors gather...

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A Fowl Tradition

A Fowl Tradition

In millions of households across America this Thanksgiving, a similar scene will play out. It may be some sort of modern rendition of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom From Want, with a family gathered around the dinner table, waiting for a matriarch to place the most anticipated centerpiece: the Thanksgiving t...

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The Kitchen Gardens

The Kitchen Gardens

There are a lot of breathtaking places in Cape May. Sunset Beach and the Cove are pretty popular.  Tucked away on Stevens Street in West Cape May, the entrance to Beach Plum Farm seems to find its place among the ranks. As you come up the seashell driveway, the beautiful timber built Farm Market emerges...

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Tommy’s Folly Turns 200

Tommy’s Folly Turns 200

In 1816 the United States was a mere forty years old. The son of a tavern keeper in what is now Cape May had a vision to build the most impressive, three-story hotel where distinguished guests from miles around would come to bask in the glow of its grandeur.  Thomas Hughes built what he called “The Big ...

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Building Traditions

Building Traditions

     One of the beautiful things about the climate of Cape May is that it is always changing. On summer days, the sand on the beach is barely visible amid the crowds of visitors looking to cool off in the salty Atlantic. On crisp mornings in the fall you may find fishermen dotting the shoreline, baiting...

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Fly Me to Cape May

Fly Me to Cape May

Let’s face it- Cape May is pretty famous. We have the best beaches, the best restaurants, and the prettiest historical houses that have been carefully preserved. Those who visit in September and October know that this little island at the southern tip of New Jersey has the ideal weather conditions durin...

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Safe at Home

Safe at Home

      The word ‘home’ often times evokes images of comfort and safety. It’s a haven, a place where you can relax and feel at ease with family and friends. It’s not just four walls, a bunch of nails and sheetrock, but that comfortable place to hang your hat. In Cape May, sometimes it is simply a patch of...

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The First Beach Bums

The First Beach Bums

Horseshoe crabs have been lounging on beaches in the Delaware Bay long before the first human settlers landed on Cape Island. Every spring, volunteers with the Annual Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey gather to count these ancient arthropods as they come ashore at the height of the mating season. The horse...

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The Garden State

The Garden State

On a typical morning in Cape May, vacationers lazily roll out of bed. The smell of bacon fills the air from local restaurants.  The beach quickly fills up with brightly colored umbrellas. Just two miles away at Beach Plum Farm, produce is being harvested and Berkshire pigs are enjoying a hearty breakfas...

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Kings of Cape May

Kings of Cape May

                  Thinking of migrating to the beach this fall? The end of the summer season does not mean the end of fun and excitement in Cape May.  As the days get cooler and the foliage gets warmer, America’s First Seaside Resort becomes a flutter of activity. The red and orange colors that take ove...

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Sweeter Than Honey

Sweeter Than Honey

            The beaches are full of rainbow-colored umbrellas. At twilight, bright sundresses swish in and out of candlelit restaurants. The sound of a steel drum can be heard echoing across the ocean, as bars along the beach get ready for another night in Cape May. Its summertime and this quiet shore t...

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Sightings of the Snowy Owl

Sightings of the Snowy Owl

A Rare Snow Bird

The street light at the crossing of Perry Street and Beach Avenue flashes a bright yellow light. The white sand is covered with a layer of white snow. Twilight warms the polar pall that has fa...

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Cape May Diamonds

Cape May Diamonds

Supernatural Powers Since 1750

In the 1880's as Congress Hall enjoyed its return to glory following the Great Fire of 1878, it continued the tradition of attracting clientele from the elite classes. Legends of these guests ...

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A Day in the Life of David Chanudet

A Day in the Life of David Chanudet

Head Gardener for Cape Resorts

When I arrive at Congress Hall, I begin where I left off the day before, working my way around in a clockwise manner. It’s a continuous cycle; by the time I get around the clock, I have to sta...

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Learning To Look in Cape May

Learning To Look in Cape May

The Best Place in the World for Birders

Cape May is one of the world’s most famous birding spots. Its’ geographic location, sandwiched between the ocean and the Delaware Bay, funnel southbound migrants to its tip. Added to this is a...

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