ith beautiful beaches, breathtaking Victorian architecture, and first-rate restaurants, it’s no wonder Cape May is on the list of “1,000 Places You Must Visit Before You Die.” America’s oldest seaside resort was declared a National Historic Landmark City in 1976, because when Cape May City nearly burned to the ground in 1878, the reconstruction that followed left a plethora of Victorian era buildings like no other in America. Indeed, strolling or biking down Cape May’s charming streets and admiring the gingerbread homes, painted in as many as seven colors, is a favorite pastime.
About two and a half hours away from New York City and a little less from Philadelphia, Cape May is at the southernmost tip of New Jersey. It’s the Jersey Shore at its best; forget about what you’ve seen on MTV’s popular show featuring Snookie and crew. Because of the canal, Cape May is separated from the rest of New Jersey, both physically and metaphorically.