Henry Sawyer Inn

722 Columbia Ave., Cape May, New Jersey, 08204, United States
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  • Families100
  • Couples90
  • Solo100
  • Business0

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Travel Tips for Cape May

You simply must wander around...

by richiecdisc

You simply must wander around the narrow streets of Cape May. The Victorian buildings create a timeless quality that is not often seen in the US and certainly not at the Jersey shore. I’d woken up early as usual and had finally decided to make the trip down to Cape May to take photos for VirtualTourist, as I’d planned all summer. It was a glorious morning, the kind that is typical of Jersey shore Septembers. After all the tourists have gone away, we always sneak out our best weather. It was sunny and dry, with crispness in the air that belayed fall. The drive down was fast and soon I found myself on the Cape May beachfront for the first time in years during the day and perhaps ever at this early hour. It was only 7:30 and must say the town had a lot more charm than on typical afternoon forays to show visiting friends the quaint Victorian town. It’s popularity coupled with narrow streets and insufficient parking makes for hectic driving conditions at best, but at this hour the streets were deserted. I drove down to snap a photo of the Sea Mist, a great old Victorian Inn, knowing the lighting would be just perfect. Once on the small boardwalk I noticed a school of dolphins effortlessly swimming along shore, just a tad out of zoom’s reach. I got back in the car and drove up a few blocks, got back out and on the beach. Damn, they’d managed to out swim the car! I did this one more time and wouldn’t you know it, just not close enough. I’d run out of road at this point so just wandered around taking some other photos and then a small walk through the bird sanctuary. I got a few good photos so here they are. But as human are wont to do, I can’t help thinking about the one that got away.

I’d gotten a link from Steve...

by richiecdisc

I’d gotten a link from Steve (brdwtchr) one day telling me about the world class birding in Cape May. It was sure news to me, and great too, though everyone thinks me a beer and beach guy, I enjoy birding as well. I made plans to check it out as soon as possible, but as with most plans they didn’t come to pass until nearly the end of summer. I have a bird paradise right in my own backyard, just over the bridge from North Wildwood and I was content to watch breeding ospreys and fishing egrets in abundance. Still, with this world-renowned spot just down the road, I had to make the trek down to see what it was all about. It was easy enough to find the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge and in no time I was on a nice circular nature trail winding through the dunes and ponds in search of some fine-feathered friends. Aside from a large flock of swans, it was disappointing until I happened upon a smaller pond and saw reflected in its mirror like waters, a perfectly still white egret, in regal fishing pose. For a change, I’d put my zoom on before getting on the trail and this seemed like a golden opportunity to get a very good close up shot of the marvelous creature. Creeping up, he noticed my approach easily but it appeared he was in no fear and I readied my camera. Before I knew it, he was up and off. I watched him through the zoom, transfixed by his graceful flight. I’d missed a perfect reflection shot, but here I was missing a fantastic bird in flight, focused and through my zoom, seemingly trigger shy. Didn’t see another bird all morning and tried to remember his nice image without tarnishing it much with my own ineptitude. This crap photo will always serve as a reminder....

And you are never far from...

by Anders100

And you are never far from home what did I bump in to
a Swedish Gift Shoop where they played Swedish music and where selling Swedish cristall and they had the same sett of China for sail as my mother have.And of curse Dala Horses one of Swedens national symbols.

Low Key Bistro

by gilescorey about The Blue Pig Tavern

I may have said this before, but my sister had warned me there were few good eats in Cape May, and she was right. That said, she directed me straight to the Blue Pig Tavern, a short, rainy walk from our stay, and a charming corner of Congress Hall. Relief!

Cheery pastel walls, colonial fixtures, hardwood floors and, of course...kids. Nice little lunch spot, and unlike many other restaurants in town, has a bit of low-key class. I'm sure I had crabcakes. That's all I ate while in Cape May. Can you blame me? Have you ever ordered crabcakes in Los Angeles? That's all I'm saying.

I remember enjoying my meal, but finding the plating and the side dish bizarre. Still, good spot!

Beautiful Dining

by evilprebil about The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel

We try to find new restaurants each year to try, but sometimes its hard to get rid of the old favorites. However, this might have to be included on our next trip. It was dark when we arrived for a late dinner and the reception area had the look of many other fine victorian houses. The dining room however was stunning. I wasn't prepared for the opulent chandeliers and the red glow the room had. It was a very romantic setting with low lighting. The service was impeccable with no waiting for anything we desired, but yet never feeling hassled or over-attended to. The menu itself was very interesting and food well prepared. Decent wine list, though a little pricey overall. Everything we tried was good such as the tuna tartare, lime calamari and the pistachio dusted scallops.


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