Escape to the warm & cozy Jersey Cape
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If the cold winter forecast is giving you the winter blues, don’t give in to it and hibernate, embrace the chilly temperatures and escape to the warm and cozy Jersey Cape. Cape May County New Jersey is far more than a great summer vacation destination. Fall was a best kept secret that we were happy to share. The holidays caught on and visitors returned to experience the lights and excitement of Cape May, a replica of a Dicken’s Village and one of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in New Jersey, First Night in Ocean City.

Winter at the Jersey Cape is fast becoming the best time to plan that perfect getaway to relax and unwind after the hectic holidays… or not. If the outdoors is more your style, winter birding is at its peak along the beaches and salt marsh areas along the bay. Add to your life list or just take some time to view magnificent bald eagles, hawks and waterfowl that are common to the area. Most winter days are perfect for walking, biking or hiking. Walking and trolley tours, historic tours and wine tours and tastings are also fun ways to spend your time. Museums, art galleries and special events can fill your days and keep you indoors on those really chilly days.

Charming Bed and Breakfast Inns, cozy restaurants and unique boutique shopping, available from Ocean City to Cape May, help you make the best of a winter getaway. Many hotels and motels are open and offer packages and post season rates. Gourmet and casual dining options are available and most don’t require reservations. Check out the “Best Bets” on this website to find the accommodations that are best for you.

The crowds are down and the inside temperatures are turned up to create a memorable getaway that will surely cure cabin fever. Crackling fires, steaming cups of hot cocoa and a hearty meal with local seafood and farm fresh produce will help chase the winter chill. Live entertainment and local theater are great options to dancing to the music of local bands. Ocean views from your private balcony of wind swept beaches and the mesmerizing rhythm of rolling waves will lure you into a sense of comfort and relaxation.

Local wineries, breweries and distilleries add to the allure of a winter getaway, offering that cozy atmosphere you’re looking for, topped off with award winning local wines, craft brews and spirits. From fireplaces to fire pits, there are plenty of warm and cozy places to spend your time. If your idea is to shop and pamper yourself, Cape May County has spas that offer couples massages, jetted tubs and soothing aromatic oils, and thick luxurious robes to wrap yourself in warm comfort and make the perfect ending or start of a perfect day.

The Jersey Cape doesn’t close for the winter, come back and experience the warm and cozy season at the shore. Make your reservations today. Escape to the warm and cozy Jersey Cape.

WHERE TO COZY UP

The Historic Landmark City of Cape May is pretty much open all year long. In the winter, the wide-open fireplace at the Brown Room at the Congress Hall Hotel located at 200 Congress Place is the perfect place to cozy with a loved one or simply chill with a friend. Moveable couches and chairs that are placed throughout the room invite curling up with a blanket and something to sip. Mulled cider with rum, a Congressional Cosmo or a simple glass of wine pairs well with small plates including mini crab cakes and beer battered cheese curds with marinara sauce served to you wherever you find a comfortable nook.

The only thing at FINS Restaurant that can redirect the guests’ attention from the 600-gallon saltwater fish tank is the beauty of the fireplace centrally located in the dining room. In the winter, the restaurant located at 142 Decatur St. treats patrons to an eclectic dining experience featuring succulent seafood choices, a variety of appetizers, salads, flatbreads and a varying selection of main courses. Add to that, 20 kinds of beers on tap, late night specials and live entertainment and you have the ingredients for a great evening out of the town.

The Carroll Villa on Historic Jackson Street in the center of town is one of only five Victorian hotels left in Cape May and the perfect spot for a cozy getaway. It’s an intriguing bed and breakfast hotel with a creative and unpretentious flare. Each of the 19 guest rooms is uniquely and modernly appointed and add to the charm of the property. For a special occasion, guests can order a bottle of chilled wine, fresh cut flowers or a single rose in a memory vase as an added touch. The restaurant at the hotel—the Mad Batter – invites couples to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner by a warm fire or snuggle in a corner booth on the newly designed booth. You will never have to leave the property!

Indulge in a leisurely soak in an over-sized whirlpool tub, just the two of you, followed by a side-by-side massage and an aromatic salt scrub? Doesn’t it sound perfect on a chilly weekend or as part of a cozy escape? The Cape May Day Spa specializes in spa packages that are sure to be an essential element of a great cozy retreat.

The 50-acre Willow Creek Winery located on Stevens St. in West Cape May is a place where you can literally escape. The tasting room is set far back on the grand property and is an impressive, hand-carved, post-and-beam Winery. Hand-made chandeliers imported from Egypt shine light down from the ceiling onto comfortable soft leather couches and chairs that help guests sink into the environment as they sip the latest selection. A beautiful stone fireplace that spans the length of one wall in the winery provides warmth to every nook of the room, and they also have a beautiful fire-pit area outside. Stop by for a sip and stay for a while, add a bite to eat from their assorted tapas menu and you have the perfect wintry escape.

How about enjoying the beauty of the beach from the warmth of your room? Icona Resort located in Diamond Beach, just over the bridge from Cape May, is currently offering a room rate for as low as $99.00 a night per suite. You can check-in and never have to leave the property. With the Atlantic Ocean just steps away to lull you to sleep or add to the ambiance, the hotel has perfectly appointed suites with private views of the beach, ultra soft robes for both of you and a full-service restaurant and lounge in the lobby. It’s the perfect recipe for a cozy weekend with that special someone.

SELECTED EVENTS

COLD SPRING BREWERY FIRESIDE TALKS:
From 4-5pm beginning Thursday January 18th at Cold Spring Brewery, they will be serving up some tasty brews and historical knowledge with the free lecture series Fireside Chats. Gather round the fireplace at Cold Spring Brewery for this free lecture series with Historic Cold Spring Villages own Deputy Director Jim Stephens. The series kicks off with "The First Frontier: Whaling, Whaler-Yeoman and the European Settlement of Cape May County" This lecture is based on Jim's summer and winter distance learning whaling presentation. Next up in the series on January 25th 4p-5p "Did That Actually Happen? Myths & Strange Truths from New Jersey & American History" Did Betsy Ross create the design of the flag of the United States? Was Cape May County invaded by British forces? All these questions answered and more! On February 1st 4p-5p " A Blast Heard in Philadelphia: John Barry & the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet" A discussion of the June 29, 1776 Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet, the only engagement of note to take place in Cape May County during the Revolution. Come on in, get warm, grab a good brew, and find out why that bridge was named after Commodore John Barry. February 8th 4-5p "New Jersey and Booze: Perfect Together" A look at the alcohol industry and alcohol use in New Jersey from the colonial era through the end of Prohibition. What better place to have a lecture on booze than in the cozy and inviting Cold Spring Brewery tasting room?
733 Seashore Road, Cape May, New Jersey 08204. 609-854-3077. www.coldspringbrewery.org

2018 CUMBERLAND COUNTY 17TH ANNUAL WINTER EAGLE FESTIVAL:
2.3.18, from 7am to 4pm. There will be many activities for you and your family to choose from. Go out on one of the guided trail walks, or at the firehall check out the live raptors presented by the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Listen to some of the spectacular speakers on a variety of birding topics, or get engaged in the art activities. Speakers this year will include Clay Sutton on the 30-Year Maurice River Survey, Pete Dunne on birds of prey, and Michael Lanzone on tracking snowy owls. Event starts at the Mauricetown Firehall, 9544 Noble St, Mauricetown, NJ 08329. Website.
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