was first explored by the
Dutch West India Company in 1621. It
is one of the first beachside resorts in the nation and in the late
1800s became a getaway from New York for executives and other
celebrities. It has Victorian architecture and has a lot of "summer"
homes. A number of U.S. presidents have visited the resort.
and your dog can visit the resort town as well. Along with neighboring
towns, the southern beaches of New Jersey can make for a great
lodging in Cape May
choose between beach hotels and
smaller, vacation rental or B&B type lodging. The Beach Shack,
205 Beach Avenue, offers "Standard Shack, Family Shack and suites"
along with a large dog-friendly restaurant patio complete with a dog
menu. The Tide Winds Motel, in Wildwood, offers pet-friendly lodging 2
blocks from the beach. The Surf 16 Motel has a fenced in dog run. For a
very dog-friendly experience consider staying at the Billmae Cottage in
Cape May. This B&B offers dog-friendly 1 and 2 bedroom suites
private porches. Owners Bob and Linda offer dog-friendly "Yappie Hours"
on the porch from time to time. If you plan on camping
in the Cape May
consider the Holly Shores Campground
which offers a 3/4 acre fenced dog park with water and benches.
It also has themed weekend events. The Big Timber Lake
Resort and Pine Haven Camping Resort are other options.
Most visitors arrive at Cape May by Car either from Philadelphia or New
York from the North or Interstate 95 from the south. A scenic and
interesting way to arrive here is on the Cape-May
from Lewes Delaware.
The large ferry can take your car
across the Delaware Bay and you and your dog can enjoy the scenic views
from the deck.
attractions in Cape May
should visit the Historic Cold Spring
Village at 720 Highway 9 South. This open air history museum depicts
18th century life throughout its 22 acres. Well-behaved dogs on leash
are welcome in all outdoor areas. For boating with your dog
consider renting a boat at Miss Chris Marina at 1218 Wilson Drive. They
rent 14 foot and 16 foot motor boats. Leashed or carried dogs are
welcome on the Cape May Whale Watcher, a 110 foot whale and dolphin
watching tour boat. You and your dog can also explore the Wetlands
Institute which is a conservation area for the coastal ecosystem. Make
sure to make time for a visit to the Rusty Nail Restaurant. This huge,
dog-friendly patio located at the Beach Shack Hotel is a well-known
surfer bar from the 70s. They even have a doggy menu and doggy beer
available. Other dog-friendly restaurants in town are the Blue Pig
Tavern at Congress Hall and Zoe's Beachfront Eatery.
in New Jersey are dog-friendly mostly during the off-season and it is
hard to find dog-friendly beaches in the peak summer season. Cape May -
Lower Township Beaches on the Delaware Bay are dog-friendly year round.
The Lower Township area is the only year round dog-friendly beach in
the area. During the summer peak season the Stone Harbor Beach allows
dogs between 80th and 83rd Streets from dawn to 9 am and from 6 pm
until dusk and dogs have full access to the beach during the
off-season. Dogs have off-season access to the beach at Cape
Point State Park and the Higbee beach Wildlife Management Area. Dogs
are permitted on the Cape May Beach from Madison Avenue through Poverty
Beach area from November 1 to March 31. There is an
off-leash dog park
Lafayette Street in Cape May. A pass is
required for each dog and the pass costs $20 per year or $10 per week.
When in Cape May be sure to take your dog to the Woodland Pet Boutique
for treats and dog toys. You may also want to check out the Cape May
Winery and Vineyard or the Turdo Vineyards and Winery for dog-friendly