SPEND THE DAY

Spend the Day in West Cape May

If you have only one day to spend in West Cape May, start your morning by waking up in the Gilded Age luxury of The Wilbraham Mansion. You might find yourself in  a historic room with a twelve foot ceiling and chandelier or you might be enjoying a suite with a 2 person jacuzzi tub and gas fireplace. Take a dip before you leave for the day in the indoor heated pool. They're the only B&B in Cape May that has one!
 
Walk out the front door, turn left and proceed down Perry street. A block down you will encounter a delightful shop called Out of the Past Antiques. Jeannie scours the country auctions and estate sales across the mid Atlantic to bring you a hand-picked selection of rare and unusual collectible items. Check out the variety of goods right in front of you– CHINA & POTTERY - Limoges, Spode, Stangl, Russel Wright, ironstone transferware • DEPRESSION GLASS • PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS • JEWELRY - costume • FURNITURE • TOYS – dolls and dollhouses • SEWING notions • CLOTHING • PAPER – postcards, trade cards • MEDICAL

Stop by and enjoy the continually changing array of antiques for sale. We guarantee you will see something out of your past.
As you walk out the front door of Out of the Past Antiques you will be facing another gem. Tea by the Sea is right in front of you. Go inside and discover the world of tea. This shop is heaven on earth for the tea drinker. Discover their full line of fine china, children’s sets and miniatures. With over 250 fine and specialty teas from around the world, this shop has everything the tea drinker needs or wants. Whether you’re looking for the perfect iced tea blend or a rare white tea, their knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect tea and accessories to fulfill your personal or gift needs.

As you leave Tea by the Sea with bags in hand walk back down Perry Street to the end of the block. Stop at Key West Tacos and enjoy something special for lunch. You will find yourself transported to the Florida Keys with breezy island music and Key West décor. Serving nothing but high quality tacos, burritos and quesadillas using the highest quality ingredients, Key West Tacos provides some of the best beach food in the area using the freshest ingredients at affordable prices. Their Blackened Grouper. Ahi Tuna, and lump crab tacos are hard to keep in stock, while the meat lover can’t get enough of the pulled pork and steak tip tacos. Even the veggie lover has great alternatives here!


Walk down Leaming Avenue and turn right on Broadway. A half block down on the left is Cape Island Home and Garden. As you walk into their outdoor space and greenhouses you will see exotic, colorful varieties of plants that splash color from one end of the property to the other. But the beautiful plants are just half the story. Make sure you see the custom mosaic birdbaths, unique gourds, handcrafted bird houses and bird feeders. Don’t forget to take in the custom herb planters with the aromatic herbs and healthy veggies. This place is a one of a kind for the outdoor planting enthusiast.

Call ahead to the Bridgetowne Antiques and tell Ursula you are coming. Walk south on Broadway. One block down on the left is Bridgetowne Antiques. The back yard is filled with eclectic garden items and found objects that might be exactly what you need to finish off your space. Go inside and discover the one of a kind treasure that has been eluding you for decades.
Tacos not your style? Turn right on Park Boulevard and go a half block down to Seaside Cheese Company. Open the door and you are greeted by a daily sample tray of cheese and the knowledgeable staff. Artisan cheeses of all varieties are waiting for you as well as homemade hummus, specialty meats, olives, roasted peppers, Le Bus bread, pate, jellies and jams. Numerous sandwiches that combine these ingredients are available. The Seaside Panini (brie, fig spread and walnuts) is not to be believed and the Paris Panini (French ham and cheese) is amazing. The combinations are endless and the sandwiches are memorable. Whether you are picking up lunch or wedges of cheese, Seaside Cheese Company is not to be missed.

Once you have decided on your lunch, walk the half block back to Wilbraham Park and enjoy a leisurely lunch alfresco. The picnic tables are shaded by 50 year old trees and it is likely a comfortable breeze is keeping you cool.
 
Now that you are properly fueled, walk north on Park Boulevard three blocks and step into The Antique Doorknob. Be amazed at the selection of original restored building artifacts, antique Victorian lights, preserved historic hardware, wrought iron and stain glass. Be careful not to linger more than an hour or two, you have much more of West Cape May to explore.

 

Proceeding south on Broadway again, it is time to go get pampered.  The Well Center for Massage offers a relaxing experience set in a tranquil environment. Their highly trained massage therapists offer a wide variety of massages with special add ons. Try The Well Being Massage with a Sweet Feet add on and try to keep it a secret. If massages aren’t your thing, try an Oat and Honey Body Wrap with mini facial. The Well Center for Massage believes stress is inevitable but suffering is optional. After one treatment, you will understand how right they are!

As you leave The Well Center for Massage, go around the corner to Sunset Boulevard to The Bird House of Cape May. Anchored  at the brightly colored Chattel House Village (They're the yellow one!), The Bird House offers home decor and backyard birding products like the finest collection of bird houses made in the USA: functional, stylish, cypress/cedar/mahogany, copper roofs, Victorian styles, eclectic, and traditional. They also offer great bird feeders, including squirrel proof feeders (yes, really...)  Ask the owners for suggestions!

The Bird House also carries unique gifts inspired by nature. Be sure to pick up their all-natural bug repellent products for when you're on the beach, on the trail or hosting in your own back yard.
Now that you’ve loaded the bags from The Bird House in your car, you’re thinking, what’s next? The answer is a visit to The Willow Creek Winery. This 50 acre vineyard and eco farm is located in the center of farm country in West Cape May. It produces premium sustainable wines that are grown and bottled on site. The bottling and tasting complex is a 12,000 square foot building with post and beam construction. It is impressive and is situation near the center of the vineyard to maximize privacy. Willow Creek offers tours on their eco carts and wine and sangria tastings from 11:00am thru 5:00pm. For Wine Pairing dinners, call the winery directly. 

To end the day in West Cape May, you are probably thinking about one last edible adventure.  Go back to 600 Park Boulevard and stop at Good Earth Organic Eatery. Try the local flounder baked with apple or the local baked sea scallops with marjoram and breadcrumbs served with veggie quinoa. New produce includes fresh, local shelling peas from Hazlett Farm in Goshen, NJ. Soon to arrive will be local blueberries and raspberries. It's wonderful to eat seasonally and savor the gifts of summer when the good Earth provides them. They are so much yummier.

Believe it or not, the day has slipped by and we still have over 80% of the town to see. I guess you'll just have to return to West Cape May another time and plan to stay a little longer.  See you soon

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