Spring is here! We just spent the most lovely Easter weekend in Cape May, NJ. It’s only a 2.5 hour drive from Brooklyn and it’s such a great getaway from the city! We were there for Easter (which has its own fun activities) but I can assure you that any Spring/Summer weekend or week will be amazing.
If you stay near the town center, everything is walkable. However if you are trying to get a bit farther out to the wineries or farms, there are always UBERS, LYFTS or these free golf carts! What fun! We never got to ride on one of the free carts, because it was a pretty busy weekend. But just give them a call and see if they are available. Just be sure to tip!
We had a lot of kids in tow, so we definitely leaned towards the kid friendly activities, but honestly this place is great for all ages. A few of us girls escaped the kids and hubbies for an hour and had great drinks at The Ebbitt Room.
When we first arrived, it was a bit too chilly for a walk on the beach, so we headed to Ocean Putt Golf on the corner of Jackson Street & Beach Avenue. It’s the perfect size for kids, but I have to tell you I enjoyed myself as well. I got 5 over par by the way. And that was while helping a 3 year old. 😉
EGG HUNT #1
On Saturday morning we headed over to the elementary school for the Cape May Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt. It’s so fun after living in Brooklyn, because this is just so sweet and so old school and so un-Brooklyn. You gotta love it. The kids met the Easter Bunny (although they may want to revamp the costume, he seemed a bit worse for the wear), hunted for eggs per age group (0-3, 4-6, 6 and up) which worked very well, and frolicked in the grass.
Then we headed to Congress Hall, the gorgeous building that is central to Cape May. I LOVE Congress Hall! It’s just so atheistically appealing with its yellow exterior and outdoor adirondack chairs! It felt totally Easter-y! Congress Hall is one of the oldest seaside hotels and the rooms are all names for Presidents and members of Congress who have stayed there! Fun Fact!
While we were there, they had tons of fun activities for the kids. Definitely check out their Concierge page for current activities happening there! The kids LOVED the train ride that took them on a large loop around the grounds. The cost is $3 a kid. Bonus – their is a bar outside for you to fill up your sippy cup while the kids ride! Win Win.
Of course the weekend was also filled with egg decorating! Zoe made a “love wins” egg which we placed prominently in the center. There is just something so pleasing about an Easter basket in a sun dappled garden.
Oh and then the next day…the Big Man left some goodies! No really. He was there.
THE MAD BATTER
After a toast to their good fortune, we all headed over to an early breakfast at The Mad Batter. This place is adorable, super kid friendly, AND has the best pancakes in the world…according to Zoe. The Dining Room is bright and airy and they have fabulous front porch seating in nice weather.
EGG HUNT #2
After breakfast there was ANOTHER egg hunt at Congress Hall. Seriously this place is not lacking in egg hunts and Easter bunnies. It was a bit of a mad house, like a Black Friday rush on the eggs, but the kids still had fun and got to see the Easter Bunny (who looked way more put together than the last one). Also The Blue Pig, the mascot for a fabulous restaurant and coffee shop in Congress Hall, made an appearance!
BEACH PLUM FARM
Finally we headed to brunch at Beach Plum Farm which was the perfect spot to bring a large family with kids. They had large picnic tables set up on the lawn and a lovely buffet featuring fresh eggs and bacon from the farm. You could BYOB which definitely saved some money, and there was a lovely set up of juices and teas.
There was so much fun stuff to do with the kids! They could feed the chickens, take a hay ride, have story time AND meet new baby piglets! The kids loved it!
Then we headed to the beach! A trip to Cape May would not be complete without sand between our toes! The beach was lovely and not crowded at all. But keep in mind, this was in April, I’m sure it gets pretty dense during the peak season. The kids played and sang and got their feet wet. They definitely did NOT want to come home.