There is no sleeping in on Cape May trips. At least a few of us are up and out early every morning to walk on the promenade along side the beach. It can get rather warm so early is best and even then, it can be toasty. But it is always beautiful to look at the beach and ocean. And it is always fun to look at the big Victorian style houses on the other side of the street.
We usually walk for about an hour and then make stop for iced coffee and breakfast. Although we did try a different place later in this trip, this morning we stopped at our traditional location, Avalon Coffee. The iced coffee is great here. I usually have either a bagel or muffin and, honestly, it is a hit or a miss with quality. The bagels are usually good but sometimes the muffins aren't that great. It is also very small inside and, at times, their system of ordering and picking up is somewhat chaotic. The great coffee has been what has kept us coming back here each year, but the other issues are what made us try a different coffee shop during this trip.
Right next to Avalon is a location where you can rent bikes or surreys. We didn't do it this year, but on a previous trip my sister and I rented a 2 person surrey. It was fun but takes some good leg strength to get you going. My recommendation would be to go early in the day. We went in the mid afternoon. Not only was it hot, but there was a lot more traffic on the roads. You ride on the streets and must obey the same traffic rules as cars. We tried staying in residential areas but at times we were on main roads and it was a little tricky.
After coming back from coffee, it was time to do what we do best in Cape May... relax by the pool! We like to use the table and lounge chair area of the pool that is closest to our room so it becomes a bit of a game to watch for the pool gate to be open and then get in there to put our towels and bags on those chairs. Someone from our group is usually stalking the area so as soon as the owner opens the gate (around 10 am), they will go in and secure the spot.
We spent the rest of the day just hanging around pool side. We make our lunch from our salad fixings in our room and then just head right back out to the pool. It is really a great way to relax and enjoy the day.
For dinner, we decided to do a take out night. We ordered a white pizza and garlic knots from Louie's Pizza, walked over to pick it up and then ate it back in our rooms. It was excellent pizza! We were all stuffed but of course, a night in Cape May isn't complete without dessert from somewhere in the mall. There are so many choices, including Ben & Jerry's, Kohrs Bros frozen custard, Dairy Queen and various places with chocolates and taffy. For me, that night I went to a self serve yogurt place. Everyone usually gets their own dessert and then heads back to the room to sit outside to enjoy it.
And that is the description of a perfect day in Cape May!
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