textures, colors, people & moods of: CAPE MAY

Victorian Ease and Beauty at its Best

Victorian Ease and Beauty at its Best

Cape May New Jersey, right at the tippy bottom of the state, that juts out just a fraction into the Atlantic waters, is a Victorian Architecture and Vintage Attraction Mecca.

It has also become a sort of homage for marriage time outs for both of us.

For reasons still not completely certain to either one of us,  this year we brought the kids { and I would say “guilt” but I lost all of that somewhere in the early to mid 2000s}.

It was a great 4 day trip.

I felt wonderfully blessed- especially the first 2 days of perfect weather and that leisurely vacation bliss.

Come day three when the work of packing up six people for the beach felt like, well, work, and I had yet to get my long walk of solitude down the beach and knew I most likely would not, I admit we started to miss the feel of “our Cape May”  the relief and joy of  “Cape May Escape”.

The last day is never ever any fun:

*two and half hours of simply cleaning up and packing up the apartment we rented

*six hours of driving-the kids awake for every blessed minute

*our once a year foray of fast food drive thru-and just like every time at least one kid gets sick {what do they put in fast food!?…and why do we forget every year!?…seriously…i am not being all…”Oh I am so much healthier than the rest of the rabble”…we really only eat drive thru once a year; always on a vacation driving home and we always get sick of varying and disgusting degrees}

But rest assure, the house of women have plenty of other vices, despite the fact we so infrequently eat fast food junk our bodies can’t process it.

I do drink every night after all.

Anyway.

May is a perfect time for the beach in my opinion.

A tantalizing prelude to all we look forward to in Summer.

The nearly empty beaches and reduced rates for lodging will put any extra spring in any vacationer’s step.

Me and Mr.MS did get a date night out while my cousin and her husband flew kites with and treated my kids to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream {so they did not exactly “suffer” while we were out on the town}.

Cape May is also a restaurant Mecca.

Really, within one half mile of walking distance I bet there are 3 dozen restaurants to choose from.

I think close to 100 within like 5 miles.

All locally owned, not a chain in sight, of every type of cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood and gourmet.

A Cape May Financial Tidbit For The Frugally Minded But Not Too Frugal Diner:

Take advantage of New Jersey’s BYOB laws {bring your own booze}.

From what I understand NJ will only give so many liquor licenses out, so if a restaurant has not obtained one diners have the option to bring a bottle of wine themselves (or anything else I believe).

Stopping at,  of course the conveniently located liquor store nearby, we bought a $12 bottle of white, knowing we would be getting seafood.

Your  waiter will then uncork it, put it in a fancy- smancy silver chill bucket next to your table, and pour, while you make refined small talk about how wonderfully this white pairs the fish pescade (not really it was just on sale).

At that particular restaurant glasses of wine ran between $7 and $9 each.  To have the equivalent bottle worth for both of us (about 4 glasses) would of cost us a $28 to $36 of bill padding.

Tidbit #2:

If the name of the restaurant is not in English, they use real cloth table clothes and candles- there will certainly be: free warm bread.

Thus, taking care of paying for appetizers!

With our, direct from the liquor store cheap drinks, and free bread we felt free to order nice seafood entrees.

Our bill ended up being cheaper than the 20 minute carriage ride our family took right before leaving town.

Man did they take us on that one!

BUT JUST LOOK HOW CUTE THEY LOOK!  AND THEY LOVED EVERY MINUTE.

BUT JUST LOOK HOW CUTE THEY LOOK! AND THEY LOVED EVERY MINUTE.

All in all a really enjoyable time.

And unlike vacations taken in July or August we came home exhausted {the parents} deflated its over all ready {the kids and a little bit of parents}

but…

…with the whole Summer stretched before us.

 

So here are the textures, colors, people & moods of our Cape May as promised:

textures

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people

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& moods

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OUR CAPE MAY.

Cheers.

7 thoughts on “textures, colors, people & moods of: CAPE MAY

  1. Didn’t take me long to find it, did it! Sounds like a typical family vacation with six people (plus two). But also sounds like wonderful memories and happy times. As usual – your photos say it all! And ouch…. the sunburns………….. Your girls will remember it forever!

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  2. my goodness my friend, your photos are wonderful!! they make me miss the beach!! and love the new look of your site!! (though it may not be so new since I’ve been away :).

    Ok, unschooling resources. Though I only unschooled until my kids were 9 and 6 years old, a couple resources I can think of:
    http://www.homefires.com/seminars/teen.asp (Diane Flynn Keith is a fantastic resource, I still get her daily emails to my inbox!)
    http://www.selfdesign.com/index.html (this works in conjunction with a self design counselor, but the website may have some resources for you )
    Books by Grace Lewellyn, the one I read was Guerilla Learning and it was a great intro to unschooling.
    And I will always swear by The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith.
    I hope this helps Leah, please feel free to email me if you have specific questions about what it’s like, etc….
    Good luck!!!
    xoxo

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  3. Leah, I’m so glad you had a good trip! Your little one’s burn made me quiver – ouch!! And I have to say, I love her freckles. My hubs has some freckles, and he said he never liked them growing up, but they’re one of my favorite things about him. And the textures and moods you captured in your photos – love! Definitely made me feel the beach – especially the sand on the feet pic! Got me excited for our trip to the beach next weekend- just the hubs and I. Since we’ve been married, we’ve never gotten away overnight by ourselves. It’s definitely time! 🙂

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