205 BEACH AVENUE, CAPE MAY, NJ 08204(877) SHACK-07

a retreat for beach lovers

If a perfect beach vacation means never having to put your shoes back on once you arrive and always being steps from the ocean, then the Beach Shack is the place for you. Stylish and relaxed, the Beach Shack is Cape May's fresh and fun alternative for beach lovers who want a retreat the whole family can enjoy together.
It's a one-of-a-kind island vibe all just a stone's throw away from Cape May's historic downtown. Nestled on Beach Avenue close to Cove Beach, the Beach Shack's spacious accommodations make it perfect for groups and families - even four-legged members, too! The Beach Shack is one of Cape May's few dog-friendly resorts and has a selection of dog-friendly rooms available each night.
At the Beach Shack, you’ll always be close to The Rusty Nail, Cape May’s legendary hang-out for lifeguards, surfers and other beachgoers, who flock to the long bar after hours for the shore’s coldest beers and best vibe. You’ll love the casual outdoor ambiance, friendly welcoming staff, live entertainment and our fresh take on all your seaside favorites like clams, oysters and the great fresh fish. Once you’re settled at one of the tables, it’s not hard to see why Travel & Leisure chose The Rusty Nail as one of "America's Top 10 Beach Bars."
So grab your flip-flops and come let the long, sunny days at the beach flow into nights filled with music and laughter. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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Rooms and Suites

at the Beach Shack

From the moment you say 'aloha' to your guest room, you'll instantly fall in love with the Shack's refreshing island vibe and relaxed setting. Our luxuriously furnished one-bedroom, efficiency, and suite-style accommodations have all the comforts needed for a relaxing family getaway by the beach.
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Dog-Friendly Rooms

at the Beach Shack

Want to bring your dog along on your Cape May beach vacation? We have a limited number of dog friendly rooms available each night! You and your furry friend will enjoy special amenities like use of a Beach Shack dog bed, food and water bowels, a Beach Shack frisbee, a special doggie treat and more.
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Amenities

at the Beach Shack

As a guest of the Beach Shack, you'll enjoy:
  • Private bathroom with hairdryer and personal toiletries
  • Beach Plum Farm soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Individual climate control for air conditioning and heating
  • Television with remote
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • In-room telephone
  • Daily Housekeeping service
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 100% Belgian cotton sheets
  • Kuerig coffee machine with complimentary coffee
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Resort Fee Inclusions

As our guest, you will have an array of Cape Resorts amenities and services close at hand. From dining options to recreation, special events & programming to guided tours, we’re here to help create memories you’ll treasure forever.
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packages

Endless Summer at the Shack

Available August 25th through October 31st, 2019

Savor summer a little longer at the Beach Shack and save. Enjoy a resort credit, late check out and more. Plus, kids eat free!

Just because the pages have turned on the calendar doesn’t mean the summer has to end. The days are still beautiful for touring historic Cape May, taking a bike ride to Beach Plum Farm, or indulging in a good book on the beach.

As our guest you will enjoy:

  • Up to 15% off Room Accommodations
  • $25 Resort Credit, per night*
  • 1pm Late Checkout**
  • Plus: Kids eat free! (If you choose to bring them)***
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*All meals and activities must be signed to your room for the resort credit to apply. No cash value.
**Late Check out does not apply to Friday and Saturday departures.
***Kids Eat Free: For every adult entrée or sandwich purchased off the regular Rusty Nail or Beach Shack Beach Menu, up to two children, age 12 & under, may eat free off the children's menu. Valid during lunch and dinner.

Shop, Sip and Spa at The Shack

Available September 9th through December 30th, 2019

Shop, Sip and Spa at the Shack with welcome cocktails, a shopping tote, discounts at Cape May's finest boutiques, a bakery dining credit and more.

Escape to Cape May with a few friends and indulge in a little retail therapy. Shop Cape May's unique boutiques while catching up with your crew. Pop in and out of the shops on Washington Street, and save a few hours for West End Garage. There's fifty stores under one roof — plus amazing coffee and pastries at the Beach Plum Farm Café and Bakery.

Your package includes:

  • Welcome Cocktails for Two from the Rusty Nail bar
  • Breakfast for Two in the Rusty Nail each morning ($30 credit per room night)*
  • A Shopping Tote
  • A shopping card providing 15% off your purchase at Tommy's Folly Boutique and several shops in Cape May, including Cash & Clive, Victorious, Galvanic, Queen May and more
  • $10 Credit for the Beach Plum Farm Bakery & Café at West End Garage
  • Plus: Save on a $200 Sea Spa Credit when purchased for $170 as a stay enhancement at time of booking.
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* All dining and cocktails must be signed to the room in order for the credit to be applied.

The Heat Is On

Available October 11th through December 27th

The heat is on at Beach Shack, now open through December. Enjoy a Rusty Nail dining and cocktail credit, delicious s'mores cocktails from the bar, and a late checkout. Plus, kids eat free!

Discover a cozy island retreat on Beach Avenue this winter. Warm up by the indoor fireplace at the Nail with a s'mores cocktail and enjoy the signature beach menu through those cooler early winter days. Hop on over to Congress Hall for a relaxing treatment at Sea Spa.

Your package includes:

  • Dining and Cocktail Credit at The Rusty Nail ($40 per day)*
  • S'mores Cocktail for Two
  • Save 20% on a Sea Spa massage with purchase of stay enhancement
  • Kids eat free (should you decide to bring them)**
  • 1pm Late Check out ***

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*Dining and cocktail credit must be signed to your room to be applied.
**Late checkout is based on availability and does not apply to Friday and Saturday Departures.
**Kids Eat Free: For every adult entrée purchased off of the Rusty Nail menu, one child under age 12 may eat free off of the Children's menu. Maximum two children.

Breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and a visit with the big man himself — Santa Claus! Breakfast with Santa can be booked as a Stay Enhancement for stays at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

Santa is coming to Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom! Enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit with Jolly Old St. Nick. This breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, bacon, fruit, buttermilk pancakes, sweet treats, and much more. Kids will get the chance to tell Father Christmas all of their Christmas wishes, while parents snap a pretty picture for the mantle.

December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd
9:00am - 2:00pm
in the Congress Hall Ballroom

Stay Overnight

Book CBreakfast with Santa as a Stay Enhancement along with your getaway. Our Reservations Agents will be happy to help with arrangements.

Breakfast with Santa can be booked as a Stay Enhancement for stays at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

Call to book: (855) 290-8467

Reserve Your Tickets

Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are first-come, first-serve.

Ticket Sales begin November 1st

Christmas Dinner in the Ballroom

Leave the Christmas cooking to the Chefs at Congress Hall this year and join us for a beautiful Dinner in the Ballroom. Christmas Dinner can be booked as a Stay Enhancement for stays at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

Executive Chef Michael Greenstein has prepared a delicious buffet menu featuring Christmas ham, buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and more. Join us in the Ballroom for the afternoon's feast, or choose to start a new holiday tradition this year and stay overnight in one of our beautiful Cape May hotels. When Santa takes his ride around the world, stay with us and wake up in Cape May on Christmas morning. Enjoy our Winter Wonderland, and sip on hot cocoa as you stroll along our Veranda. Walk around Cape May and discover the beautiful lights and charm of our Victorian town at this special time of year.

Wednesday, December 25th
Served from 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Stay Overnight

Book Christmas Dinner in the Ballroom as a Stay Enhancement along with your getaway. Our Reservations Agents will be happy to help with arrangements.

Call to book: (855) 290-8467

Christmas Dinner in the Ballroom can be booked as a Stay Enhancement for stays at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, the Congress Place Suites and the Beach Shack.

Reserve Your Tickets

Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are first-come, first-serve.

Ticket Sales begin November 1st

Aloha 2020!

Beach Shack New Year's Eve Bash

Available December 27, 2019 through January 1, 2020

Say hello to 2020 at The Rusty Nail's Beach Bash this New Year's Eve. Enjoy deluxe accommodations at the Beach Shack, a New Year's Eve dinner celebration for two at the Nail, a recovery kit to bounce back in the morning and a 5pm late checkout on New Year's Day.

We're sending out 2019 with the second annual Rusty Nail New Year's indoor beach party. The heat is on so put on your flip flops and Aloha shirts and dance the night away to a live band. Count down to midnight, and watch as the beach ball drops at midnight.

This package includes:

  • New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner for Two at the Rusty Nail ($75 dining credit)*
  • Open Bar and Champagne Toast along with Savory bites at Midnight**
  • Recovery Kit for two with everything you need to bounce back: juice, bottled water and individual aspirin packets
  • Guaranteed 5pm Late Checkout on January 1st

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Ring in the New Year with friends! Additional adult Party tickets may be purchased as a Stay Enhancement at the time of booking.

After booking your package, please make your reservation for the Rusty Nail New Year's Eve Dinner by calling (609) 884-6542. Dinner is available from 8:30 until 10:00. The New Year's Eve Party ends at 1:30am.

*Dinner must be signed to room for $75 dining credit to be applied.
**Must be 21 years or older to attend the New Year's Eve Party.

Rise, Shine and Relax at the Shack

Available Year Round

Whether it's a sunny summer morning or a brisk late sunrise in winter, there is nothing like waking up in picturesque Cape May.

Rise, Shine and Relax at the Shack

Relax by the pool in the summer, or enjoy shopping along the historic streets when the air starts to cool. Any time of year is the perfect time of year by the beautiful sea in Cape May.

Your package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Breakfast dining credit at The Rusty Nail ($20 per room night)*
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*Meals must be charged to the room for the credit to be applied.

The Benjamin - $100 Resort Credit

Available Year Round

Enjoy wonderful accommodations and a $100 resort credit with the freedom to choose how to spend it. From farm-to-table dining to evening cocktails to boutique shopping, the choice is yours!

The Benjamin - $100 Resort Credit

Benjamin Franklin knew that the key to a good time was good food, good drink, and good company. This wise founding father is the face of the $100 bill, and now can be found as the face of this exciting getaway. With The Benjamin package you will enjoy wonderful accommodations and a $100 resort credit with the freedom to choose how to spend it. From a delicious farm-to-table dinner in the Ebbitt Room, to classic comfort food at The Blue Pig Tavern. Enjoy cocktails in the Brown Room or some well deserved relaxation in the Sea Spa. Grab a cup of coffee and lite-bites from Tommy's Folly or kick back for a Happy Hour at the Rusty Nail. It's easier than ever with signing privileges throughout all of the Cape Resorts Properties in Cape May. How will you spend your Benjamin?

Package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • A $100 resort credit per stay to be used at any Cape Resorts outlets

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congress hall the Virginia sandpiper the star beach shack call to book the red or pink virginia cottages: (800) 732-4236

*Resort credit must be signed to your room to be applied. No cash value.

Paws Up!

Available Year Round

Get waggin' to the Beach Shack with your furry friend!

Paws Up! Beach Shack Dog Room Package

You don't have to leave your best friend behind this summer, bring him along with this ultimate doggie package.

Your package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Rusty Nail dining credit ($25 per day)*
  • A custom Beach Shack dog leash
  • Beach Shack Doggie Welcome Kit including:
  • Use of Beach a Shack dog bed, and food and water bowls
    Mark Your Spot - a list of local points of interest for your dog
    Dog In-Room Door Hanger
    Beach Shack disposable waste bags - 3 per day
    Beach Shack Frisbee
    Special doggie treat
    PLUS: a Beach Shack Dog Leash



Call to Book: 1877-SHACK-07

Please review our Dog Policies.

We have a limited number of dog friendly rooms available each night and they can only be booked by calling 1877-SHACK-07.This package is not bookable online.

*Meals must be charged to the room for the credit to be applied. No Cash Value.

While You're Here

resort life

Beach Service

SEASONAL

Our Beach Attendants guarantee the perfect beach day by setting you up with chairs, towels and umbrellas when you arrive. Order a refreshment off of our Beach Menu and settle in to the sounds of the surf. Learn More

Beach Service is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

Beach Shack Pool Service

SEASONAL

Relax on a lounger at the Beach Shack's Pool. Order a delicious cocktail and bite from the Rusty Nail Pool Menu and soak up the sun as your enjoy this season's bestseller. Learn More

Pool Service is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

congress hall fitness room treadmills and elliptical machine

Fitness Room

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

Being on vacation doesn’t mean having to break your fitness regime. As our guest, you'll have access to Congress Hall's Fitness Room that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just sign in at the front desk.

Fitness Room access is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

Sea Spa

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

The Sea Spa at Congress Hall is a full-service spa that offers unique ocean-inspired treatments in a bright, uplifting atmosphere. You’ll love the fun yellow- and white-striped treatment rooms and the wonderful massages, facials and beauty treatments that feature all-natural products. Learn More.

Sandpiper Fitness Center

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

Need a more advanced workout? As our guest, you'll have access to the fully-equipped fitness center and sauna at the nearby Sandpiper Beach Club. The Sandpiper Fitness Center features state-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment and is available for use at any point during your stay.

Fitness Center access is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

beach plum farm amish barn

Beach Plum Farm Tour

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Set out on a guided or self-guided tour and explore the old and open spaces of Beach Plum Farm, our very own 62-acre working farm in West Cape May.
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Guided Beach Plum Farm Tours are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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Guided Excursions

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Embark on a tour of some of Cape May's hidden gems. Our Guides will lead you out for a tour of Davey's Lake or to Sunset Beach, where you can search for Cape May Diamonds.
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A selection of Guided Excursions is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. Learn More

young girl laughing

Children's Programming

SEASONAL

There's always fun to be had in Cape May. From the magic of our Summer Carnivals to the enchantment of Winter Wonderland, our Programming Team is busy at work creating events and activities the whole family will love, no matter the season.
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A selection of Seasonal Children's Programming is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. Learn More

congress hall shuttle bus

Shuttle Service

SEASONAL

Travel Cape Island with ease on our new Cape Resorts Shuttle. The Shuttle stops at all Cape Resorts outlets and hotels, including Beach Plum Farm and West End Garage.
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Shuttle Service is included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

congress hall bike shop

Congress Hall
Bike Shop

SEASONAL

There’s no better way to get around Cape May than by bike. The city is flat as a pancake and very pretty, the perfect ingredients for a lovely bike ride! Our Congress Hall Bike Shop offers singles, doubles, children’s bikes, surreys and helmets.
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Beach Boot Camp

SEASONAL

Feeling inspired to exercise in the beautiful beach-side setting? Our Beach Boot Camp sessions provides structured exercise in beautiful oceanside surroundings.

Beach Boot Camp Sessions are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

three woman posing at yoga class held on the beach

Yoga

SEASONAL

There’s nothing better than starting your day with a yoga class. Whether on Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn or down on the beach, the combination of an expert instructor and the beautiful setting create one of the best yoga experiences you’ll find anywhere.

Yoga Sessions are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

man and woman walking on beach

Running, Biking, Walking

Being on vacation at the New Jersey shore means being outside as much as you can and there are lots of options to enjoy your workout in the fresh air while staying with us. Ask the Concierge Desk for recommendations for nearby hikes, nature walks and bike paths.

close up of bird on branch

Bird Watching

Cape May is one of the world’s most famous bird watching destinations and enthusiasts travel here from across the country to experience the wide variety of species that inhabit the area and pass through during migration. Check with Congress Hall's Concierge for tips on the best places to spot rare birds.
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Beach Shack
205 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204

it’s easy to find us

Cape May is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The hotel is located right across from the beautiful Cape May beach.

Complimentary On-Site Parking is provided for Beach Shack guests. One (1) space is available per occupied room.

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From Specific Points

From The Garden State Parkway | From The Cape May Lewes Ferry | From New York | From Washington/Baltimore | From Philadelphia