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The Lobster House experience is not to be missed when visiting Cape May and the Southern New Jersey shore. Whether for luncheon, dinner or cocktails, inside or dockside, you are sure to have a satisfying and memorable experience at The Lobster House.

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

Responsible for every aspect of the dining experience, Executive Chef Carl Messick, is committed to delivering exceptional service, and a menu that incorporates seasonality and is respectful of sustainability. As an avid fisherman, Carl is passionate about sustaining our resources and will never showcase any fish in danger of being overfished.

Spirit Catcher Photography is owned and operated by Tina Giaimo. Photos in the gallery include images from Cape May & Cape May County, Western USA with additional images created by Don Merwin. We are both nature lovers and enjoy photographing the beauty of the world around us. We hope you will find that special piece that fills your life with joy as you look at it. Thanks for visiting our page or shop, stop back as we are always creating more images.

Janet Payne Jewelry

“I start most days with a simple walk on the beach. This has become a morning ritual to start my day in a peaceful place. Pocketing treasures along the way makes me mindful of gratitude. The jars of sea glass quickly multiplied. ‘What are you going to do with all this sea glass?’ was the question I was often asked. The reply was always the same. “I’m going to make jewelry, someday. “ That someday happened in 2006. That is how Janet Payne Jewelry began, with a simple walk on the beach.”—Janet Payne

The Saltwater Cafe—“A unique twist on all the great standards you’d expect from a cafe, plus some delicious exclusive recipes found only here….and a marina view which can’t be beat!”

The Chalfonte Hotel Established in 1876, the historic hotel is recognized as the oldest original hotel in Cape May. Located jut two blocks from the beach and steps from the heart of town, the hotel offers a unique seashore experience defined by warm, Souther-style hospitality.

The Nature Center of Cape May was founded in 1992, with the twin goals of creating a responsible stewardship program for open space surrounding Cape May Harbor and providing environmental education for people of all ages. The Center’s focus on “hands-on” activities reflects a philosophy of personal responsibility for education.

Cape May Yoga

Lia Antonicello believes the connection between our body and mind through the poses and pranayama brings more awareness to ourselves. The time on our mat is meant to open us up to release negative emotions and energy so that we may create space for positivity, light, love, and peace in our hearts.

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The Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes place twice a year, spring and autumn, in the national historic landmark city of Cape May, a picturesque beach town on the very southern tip of New Jersey.

The Festival presents international touring artists in concert settings on two main stages- Schmidtchen Theater (cap. 1200) and Cape May Convention Hall (cap. 800). In addition to the concerts, a vibrant club schedule is presented throughout each Fest weekend in the bars and restaurants lining the beachfront and center of town, featuring many genres of music. You might find yourself one minute second-lining to a New Orleans brass band, and, in the next, snaking through town behind a 22-piece Brazilian drum bloco. The joy of the Festival is in the discovery of incredible music and musicians you may never have known existed.

West Cape May Christmas Parade

Always the first Saturday in December, The WCM Community Christmas Parade sets the stage for the areas holiday season. Now in its 55th year, the parade steps off at 5:00 pm sharp from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane in the City of Cape May. A small army of volunteers assembles an unforgettable hometown memory each year!

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Cape May Stage, an Equity theater founded in 1988, performs at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse on the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets.

East Lynne Theater Company, an Equity professional company specializing in American classics and world premieres, has its main stage season from June–December and March, with school residencies throughout the year.

Cape May is home to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), established in 1970 by volunteers who succeeded in saving the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from demolition. MAC offers a wide variety of tours, activities and events throughout the year for residents and visitors and operates three Cape May area historic sites—the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, the Cape May Lighthouse and the World War II Lookout Tower.

The Center for Community Arts (CCA) offers African American history tours of Cape May, arts programs for young people and is transforming the historic Franklin Street School, constructed in 1928 to house African-American students in a segregated school, into a Community Cultural Center.

Home of the famous “Cape May diamonds” that show up at Sunset Beach and other beaches in the area, they are clear quartz pebbles that wash down from the Delaware River. They begin as prismatic quartz (including the color sub-varieties such as smoky quartz and amethyst) that get eroded out of the host rock and wash down 200 miles to the shore. Collecting Cape May diamonds is a popular pastime and many tourist shops sell them polished or even as faceted stones.

The Cape May area is also world-famous for The Cape May Bird Observatory for migrating birds, especially in the fall. With over 400 bird species having been recorded in this area by hundreds of local birders, Cape May is arguably the top bird-watching area in the entire Northeastern United States. The Cape May Warbler, a small songbird, takes it name from this location.

Cape May is also a destination for marine mammal watching. Several species of whales and dolphins can be seen in the waters of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, many within 10 miles (16 km) of land, due to the confluence of fresh and saltwater that make for a nutrient rich area for marine life. Whale and dolphin watching cruises are a year-round attraction in Cape May, part of an ecotourism / agritourism industry that generated $450 million in revenue in the county, the most of any in the state.

Fisherman's Memorial

The Cape May Fisherman's Memorial, at Baltimore and Missouri Avenues, was erected in 1988. It consists of a circular plaza reminiscent of a giant compass, a granite statue of a mother and two small children looking out to Harbor Cove, and a granite monument listing the names of 75 local fishermen who died at sea. The names begin with Andrew Jeffers, who died in 1893, and include the six people who died in March 2009 with the sinking of the scalloping boat Lady Mary. The granite statue was designed by Heather Baird with Jerry Lynch. The memorial is maintained by the City of Cape May and administered by the Friends of the Cape May Fisherman's Memorial. Visitors often leave a stone or seashell on the statue's base in tribute to the fishermen.

Cape May is proud to present the brand new The Harriet Tubman Museum! The museum recognizes Harriet Tubman's courage, compassion and conviction as well as the history of abolitionist activism and the African American community in Cape May and its surrounding region.

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Cape May is a city at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula in New Jersey where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It was designated in 1976 as a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings, making Cape May the only city in the United States wholly designated as such. That designation is intended to ensure the architectural preservation of these buildings.

Cape May Point about two miles west of the City of Cape May, borders the Bay, while Cape May City borders the Ocean. Cape Island Creek, a tidal "creek" and marsh, originally divided the site of the city from the rest of Cape May, but its southern end has long been covered with landfill. The Cape May Canal, built in 1942, now divides both Cape May City and Cape May Point from the rest of the peninsula.

Tourism is the dominant industry. Cape May's economy runs on shops, restaurants, lodgings, and tourist attractions on Washington Street Mall, along the boardwalk and elsewhere throughout town. Many historic hotels and B&Bs dot the landscape. Commercial and sport fishing are also important to Cape May's economy. The Cove Beach host hundreds of swimmers, sunbathers, surfers, and hikers each day. Located at the very south west end of town, with a totally unobstructed view each day of the sunset Marine mammal watching, bird watching, and other forms of eco-tourism have become equally important. A small wine growing area is adjacent to Cape May and tours of several wineries are available.

Cape May began hosting vacationers from Philadelphia in the mid 18th century and is recognized as America’s first seaside resort with numerous buildings in the Late Victorian style, including the Eclectic, Stick, and Shingle Styles, as well as the later Bungalow style, many with gingerbread trim. Following the construction of Congress Hall in 1816, Cape May became increasingly popular in the 19th century and was considered one of the finest resorts in America by the 20th century.

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