WELCOME to the online edition of the 47th Annual Jersey Cape Vacation Guide

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30 days... the best of the jersey cape

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Jersey Cape Online Vacation Guide, your one stop source for vacation information and happenings in Cape May County, NJ. Be sure to check back often for the best of events, attractions, dining and lodging information as we will continue to feature the gems of the Jersey Cape from the local’s perspective and always feel free to contact us with your questions about vacationing and visiting our area at info@cmcchamber.com

There's still so much to enjoy at the Jersey Cape this autumn season. We invite you to visit for a day, a weekend or for a week of relaxing fun.

Nature lovers enjoy perfect fall days for birds and butterflies. Mark your calendar for the
Cape May Autumn Birding Festival, October 24 - 26 where friendly and easy-paced field trips to birding hotspots are led by the finest naturalists. Beginners and experienced nature lovers will enjoy a variety of field trips and workshops.

Fall is happening at
Historic Cold Spring Village with ghost walks and investigations every Friday and Saturday in October, advanced ticket purchase is suggested. The fun and free Pumpkin Festival takes place on Sat., October 18th, 10am to 4:30pm. Then step back in time on Sat., Nov. 8th for the annual Candlelight Walk from 6 - 8 pm. Luminaries will line the paths guiding you through the Village's restored historic buildings where wine, beer and light fare from favorite local eateries will be served.

The fun continues in
Ocean City where the Fall Block Party & Fireworks event takes place on October 11th. Then warm up for the unique Trail of Two Cities run/walk on Nov. 1st where participants cross the 9th St. bridge between Ocean City and Somers Point, registration required. Book your rooms at two of Ocean City's finest hotels the Watson's Regency and Flander's Hotel.

Sea Isle City is serving up the goodies at the October 11th
Italian Festival and Octoberfest on October 18th with a packed lineup of food and fun. It's more fun to stay over, so book your room at the warm and cozy Colonnade Inn.

Sounds of the past come alive in the Wildwoods for the
Fabulous 50's & Beyond Celebration October 17 & 18, tickets are $15. A free street fair on Sat., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. features classic cars, food, crafts, entertainment and The Johnny Cash Show! The Saturday night concert features Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party with Johnny Tillotson, The Tymes, Gene Chandler - The Duke of Earl, Fred Parris & The Five Satins, along with special guest Bill Haley's Original Comets!

Victorian Weekend in Cape May, October 10 -13 is the best time of year to visit. Enjoy entertaining murder mysteries, historic house tours, food and wine events and more. Get your tickets for East Lynne Theater's production of "Within the Law" running October 9 -12 or enjoy a screening of "Spooky Comic Classic Shorts" silent Film shorts with some of silents greatest stars! Live organ accompaniment performed by Wayne Zimmerman. Then mark your calendar for Cape May's Sherlock Holmes Weekend Nov. 7 -9, limited tickets available.

Visit the
Stone Harbor Harvest Festival on October 25th from 11 am - 4 pm for family fun including a scarecrow contest, trick or treating in the shops, food and hayrides.

Stay informed on the latest and greatest Jersey Cape events, specials, and more by browsing this site or by contacting the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce at 609-465-7181 or
info@cmcchamber.com

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCH & RESEARCH CENTER

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Presenting an unparalleled seafaring safari to the oceanic wonders of the Atlantic. Thrill to breathtaking sights of the world's largest mammals surfacing and breaching. Enjoy the antics of man's best friends - the dolphins, as they cavort and frolic right alongside the boat. See pelagic birds soaring overhead. And stay alert for the sudden photo opportunity, by a seldom seen, rare and endangered species, for you to capture its essence on film. www.capemaywhalewatch.com

ZIPPY’S BIKES

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Zippy’s stocks a full line of bicycles from pre-owned bikes, fixies, beach cruisers to kids bikes. Also offering daily and weekly rentals with free pick-up and delivery available. Services include Bike Exchange, Pre-Owned Bikes, Convenient Buy-Back Program, Full-Service Repair Shop, Unique Accessories, Apparel and Beach Carts. Credit cards accepted with only 3-1/2% Sales Tax.
www.zippysbikes.com

EAST LYNNE THEATER

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Founded in 1980 to produce provocative classics and history-based contemporary entertainment that deal with the uniquely American experience. The Equity professional actors, directors, musicians, and designers work together throughout the year to create quality productions not seen anywhere else. This year's theatrical theme is "What Makes a Legend?" join them this season for drama, laughs and intrigue.
www.eastlynnetheater.org

STOCKTON INNS

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Discover why generations of Cape May visitors make Stockton Inns their home at the Jersey Shore. Known for its service excellence, a variety of lodging choices, and perfect beach access, our Cape May Inn is your ideal vacation destination. The beach and famous Cape May boardwalk are right across the street. Romantics love choosing rooms at the 1872 Victorian Stockton Manor. Families love the spacious well-appointed motel rooms and casual atmosphere at Stockton Inn.
www.stocktoninns.com

GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIER

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Check out the Thrill Zone with all new rides and attractions ready this summer! Still with all of your traditional favorites, Gillian's is a must visit as part of your Jersey Cape vacation. Day or night Gillian's is your families destination for fun!
www.gillians.com

PERIWINKLE INN

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Introducing the “new” Periwinkle Inn Hotel. This newly renovated, sparkling cosmopolitan style hotel is sure to please. Epitomizing chic design while offering guests a high level service. With sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean the Periwinkle Inn has a distinctive waterfront location with easy access to all the restaurants and all that Cape May has to offer. With a large 5 star pool surrounded by lush gardens it’s an ideal location for your Cape May vacation. www.periwinkleinn.com

SNOW LEOPARD ROCK CLIMBING WALL

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Now you can get an even better view of the Cape May County Park & Zoo by scaling the new Rock Climbing Wall. The new Snow Leopard Mountain Climbing Wall will help raise funds towards the Snow Leopard Habitat and Maternity Den project to break ground this fall. The new snow leopard habitat is the highest priority and the most expensive project to date in our Big Cats Fund. The Zoo Society's goal is to raise $250,000 for the first phase of this project, and they are halfway there! The new exhibit will include a water feature, elevated land forms, cooling elements to beat the summer heat and a visitor area for close-up viewing of these magnificent cats. Donations can also be made online at www.capemaycountyzoo.org www.capemaycountyzoo.org

THUNDER CAT BOAT RIDES

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If you are seeking a sun filled, breeze blowing through your hair, flying on the ocean kind of day, then jump aboard the Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch Speedboat. Offering up close and personal tours, cruises along the beaches of Wildwood and Cape May while experiencing sea life at its best! Enjoy the thrill of seeking out those irresistible Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins. In addition to playing with our dolphin friends, you will also see migrating birds, sea turtles and other marine life. You will have the same opportunity to spot a Humpback Whale or Finback Whale, as all local captains’ work well together in spotting these occasional whale watching events.
www.thundercatdolphinwatch.com

PORT-O-CALL HOTEL

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An idyllic family vacation resort noted for its excellent service and fine surroundings. This Ocean City, New Jersey hotel is located in the heart of it all and overlooks the Ocean City Boardwalk and beach, but you will want to enjoy the pool area too! Offering spectacular beachfront accommodations with breathtaking ocean views while providing an uncompromising commitment to guest service. Enjoy morning strolls, boardwalk bike rides and all this Ocean City hotel icon has to offer.
www.portocallhotel.com

MAD BATTER RESTAURANT

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Located in the historic Cape May hotel, The Carroll Villa Hotel, this award winning restaurant offers a great breakfast menu, delicious lunches and unique dinner options. The Mad Batter is home to musical entertainment, art exhibits and is open to private group events all year .www.madbatter.com

THE REEDS AT SHELTER HAVEN

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The Jersey Cape's new boutique hotel offers 37 distinctively designed guest rooms and suites that encompass fresh seaside breezes and breathtaking sunsets… a natural ambience to rejuvenate and inspire you. Enjoy seaside’s best in comfort and serenity. Abundant and refined amenities lend themselves to so much more than rest. Designed to exceed the comforts of home, all accommodations at The Reeds are rich in appointments, elegance and easy style with warm rustic tones and fine furnishings. www.reedsatshelterhaven.com

SHORE GATE GOLF

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Shore Gate Golf Club opened in 2002 to rave reviews and has maintained its first-rate standards ever since. It is the only golf course at the Jersey Shore to have been named to both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine's list of best new public golf courses nationally. It has been repeatedly ranked among the top 20 public golf courses in New Jersey by Golf Digest. www.shoregategolfclub.com

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCHER & SPIRIT of CAPE MAY

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The 110 foot Cape May Whale Watcher has been whale and dolphin watching in the Cape May, Wildwood, Stone Harbor area since 1993 and continue a long history with the all new 110 foot air-conditioned Spirit of Cape May. Offering the largest and fastest marine mammal watching boats in New Jersey and the only boats with the never expiring marine mammal sighting guarantee. Enjoy Dinner Cruising with the PRIME RIB Dinner CRUISE Buffet Upgrade on the sunset cruise, as well as Famous Lighthouse Cruises. Sailing from March until December from the Miss Chris Marina Dock in Cape May, NJ- with Daily Fishing, Boat Rentals, Kayak Rentals and Tours, Bird Watching Tours. Enjoy free parking and visit www.capemaywhalewatcher.com or call 1-800-786-5445 for more information. www.capemaywhalewatcher.com

AVALON, NEW JERSEY 9-11 MEMORIAL PARK

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This new September 11th Memorial Plaza is located one block north of Veterans Plaza on Dune Drive in Avalon. The focal point is a 1,800 pound steel I-beam artifact recovered from the site of Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in New York City. This artifact will stand 9’-11” tall, and will respectfully lean at an angle of nine degrees and eleven minutes towards Manhattan. The plaza includes a scored concrete walkway that leads visitors to a circular walking area and a small wall that will include subtle bronze lettering that reads “all that is good will endure”. Features include ground set-up lights that will shine at the plaza during the evening hours. An interpretive sign will welcome visitors to the plaza and also serve as recognition for benefactors who have made the plaza possible.
www.avalonboro.org

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCHER & SPIRIT of CAPE MAY

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The 110 foot Cape May Whale Watcher has been whale and dolphin watching in the Cape May, Wildwood, Stone Harbor area since 1993 and continue a long history with the all new 110 foot air-conditioned Spirit of Cape May. Offering the largest and fastest marine mammal watching boats in New Jersey and the only boats with the never expiring marine mammal sighting guarantee. Enjoy Dinner Cruising with the PRIME RIB Dinner CRUISE Buffet Upgrade on the sunset cruise, as well as Famous Lighthouse Cruises. Sailing from March until December from the Miss Chris Marina Dock in Cape May, NJ- with Daily Fishing, Boat Rentals, Kayak Rentals and Tours, Bird Watching Tours. Enjoy free parking and visit www.capemaywhalewatcher.com or call 1-800-786-5445 for more information. www.capemaywhalewatcher.com
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