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Cape May Spring Ferry Schedule 2016

Check the Cape May Spring Ferry 2016 Schedule Here

Coming to Cape May or Lewes for the start of Spring? Check the full schedule and make advanced reservations for the Cape May Ferry here. You can also download a Spring Cape May Ferry Schedule here in a PDF form for later viewing.
Cape May Spring Ferry Schedule

Cape May Spring Ferry Schedule

Check out these great upcoming events on the Ferry Calendar!

Special Events at the Cape May Ferry

Save the Date!  Saturday, March 26 — EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST at both terminals. Check out the menu here.

THE MORE THE FERRIER – Special March Flat Rate Fare Promotion

CRAFT BEER PAIRING DINNERS –  First Fridays of the month in Cape May —  Last Beer Dinner of the season on 4/1 with Pinelands Brewing Company

LUCKY 7 WINTER WEDNESDAY GAMBLING IN AC — Next trip 3/9.  Perfect for all who didn’t win Powerball!

New!LUCKY 7 SATURDAY AC TOURS!  3/26

GIFT CERTIFICATES — Need a quick gift? Get a Ferry Gift Certificate. Good all year long. Perfect for birthdays and other special occasions.

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Photo ID required for driver and foot passengers 18 and over.

Vehicle Passengers
To cross the bay with your vehicle, simply call ahead. Each ferry carries 1,000 passengers but holds only 100 cars, so reservations are recommended year-round, especially around holidays and weekends. Check our schedules and fares and reserve your spot online or by calling 1-800-64-FERRY (1-800-643-3779). Don’t make the trip to Cape May or Lewes only to find a full boat! *Should you change your mind about taking your vehicle, keep in mind that the ferry provides free and secure overnight parking and passenger shuttles (mid-June through September) to transport you to a variety of destinations.
Foot Passengers

Park your car for free in our secure lot, walk aboard the ferry and sail as a foot passenger and then take one of the frequent shuttle buses (mid-June through September) to your shopping destinations or other points of interest.

It’s so easy-just park in our free, well-lit and security patrolled lots. Then purchase a round-trip foot passenger/shuttle service combo ticket, and we’ll transport you to many of the places you want to be.

Overnight Parking

If you plan to leave your vehicle overnight in our parking lots, you must register your tag number with the Information Center in Lewes or Cape May. Photo identification is required for all foot passengers ages 14 and above.

Bicyclists
Now you can rent a bicycle from Lewes Cycle Sports and pick the bicycle up at the Lewes Terminal or be transported to the cycle shop (5-minute ride) for pick-up! Simply call Lewes Cycle Sports at 888-800-BIKE or 302-645-4544 to make the rental arrangements. When you get off the ferry at the Lewes Terminal, your bike will be waiting, or we’ll transport you to the cycle shop for free!
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry encourages bicyclists to use the ferry service to take a break and cross Delaware Bay for fun and recreational purposes. The fare for bicycles and riders is $10.00 one-way or $18.00 round trip, the same as a foot passenger. The ferry service does not charge a separate fee for bicycles.

After bicyclists leave the ferry terminal in Lewes, they are greeted by a state that prides itself on being bicycle friendly. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has selected Delaware as the ninth most bicycle friendly state in the nation.

One reason for Delaware’s high ranking is a trail in Lewes called The Junction and Breakwater Trail. This 6-mile-long trail, which is a former rail line connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, is located on the southwestern side of Cape Henlopen State Park. The trail includes two bridges that offer gorgeous views of the coastal wetlands of the Cape Region. The trail consists of finely crushed stone with an average width of 12 feet and is used by tourists and locals alike who want a scenic ride.

 

Cape May Ferry Christmas in Cape May

CAPE MAY FERRY EVENTS DETAILS CHRISTMAS IN CAPE MAY

Please check here to confirm dates and timing for the Cape May Ferry during Christmas. You can plan your reservations and book here for the Holidays  You can also download a Cape May Ferry Schedule in PDF Form.

 

Holiday Ferry Gift Certificates

Start Date/Time: Wednesday, December 03, 2014 4:45 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) End Date/Time: Friday, January 02, 2015 5:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Dates of Event: Recurring Event Every 1 days until 12/31/2014 (total 31 events) Departure Terminal: Cape May and Lewes
Enjoy the seasonal splendor of Cape May with this self-guided tour that gives you access to the Physick Estate, one of Cape May’s Victorian architectural gems.

Dates: December 1-31

Price: $65 per couple, including roundtrip ferry vehicle passage and entrance to Physick Estate.

$22 each additional adult passenger.

Suggested itinerary: Depart Lewes Terminal at 9:15 AM

Take tour 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM (available Monday-Thursday, Saturday)

Take tour 1 PM – 1:45 PM (available Friday & Sunday)

Afternoon free for lunch, Cape May shopping and sightseeing.

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Sailing Daily!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

800-643-3779

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to provide personal service, answer questions, or help with bookings

8 AM – 6 PM March 29 – September, 2015

8:30 AM – 4:30PM October 2015 -March 2016

REMINDERS

    • Reservations: Reservations are always recommended to guarantee space aboard the vessel. Particularly during peak season, vessels are frequently sold out.
    • Check-in Times: Due to security procedures in an active port, check-in begins 1 hour prior to departure. Reservation may be forfeited if check-in is not completed 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
    • Trip Length:  Each one way voyage takes approximately 85 minutes. For easy math, add 1.5 hours on to your departure time to get your anticipated arrival on the other side, e.g. a 10:30 departure is anticipated to arrive at noon. A roundtrip voyage is 3 hours.
    • Charges and Cancellation Fees: Credit cards charged at time of booking. Upon cancellation of a journey, a non-refundable $5.00 cancellation fee will be imposed. No fees are charged if booking is immediately rescheduled.  Please have vehicle length, number of passengers, and credit card ready when booking.
    • Ticket Expirations: Ferry tickets are valid for two years from date of purchase. Tickets purchased as part of a promotional package may have different expiration dates.
    • Group Bookings: All buses and other groups require reservations. Please call for group rates.
    • Required Travel Identification: Photo ID required for drivers and foot passengers over age 14.  Foreign travelers must present a valid passport.
    • Age Restrictions:  Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a full are adult passenger.
    • Alcohol Restrictions: Alcoholic beverages are sold on each vessel. Carry on alcoholic beverages are prohibited. No BYOB.
    • Pets: Pets are permitted on the ferry, but must stay on outside decks or in vehicles. They are not allowed inside the cabin.
    • Additional Fees: The DRBA reserves the right to change fares. On rare occasions, upon check-in, the prevailing rate applies, which may result in an increase over fares published at the time of booking. For instance, if you book one way during off-peak and a return during peak, each fare will be billed at the appropriate published rate. When applicable, a fuel surcharge may be in effect.

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Cape May Ferry Refurbishes the M/V Cape Henlopen

Facelift for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

June 24, 2013

Original Content By Shirley Min, @WHYYShirley_Min

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry rechristened one of its newly refurbished ships today ushering in the summer season; the upgrades also come ahead of the ferry’s 50th birthday.

 

The M/V Cape Henlopen is one of four vessels in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry‘s fleet, owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Put on display, the ship received everything from a fresh coast of paint to brand new seats.

The M/V Delaware and M/V New Jersey also received makeovers for a grand total of $800,000.

“They have reclining seats, they have cupholders, we have seatback tray tables, we have all of the amenities that you would expect on a modern airline, but with a little bit more room,” Heath Gehrke said. The director of ferry operaions added, “We also have all new carpets and vinyl flooring. We have outlets on there now because everybody likes to charge their cellphones.”

Gehrke says since crewmembers did the lion’s share of the work on board the three vessels, putting in 300 man hours and using 231 gallons of paint, the DRBA got a lot of bang for its buck.

Meantime, Gehrke says the ferry’s fourth ship, M/V Twin Capes, will have some new seating and flooring installed this winter, but not on the same scale as the three other ferries.

Excited about the renovations, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, D-Delaware, checked out the ferry’s facelift for himself.

“This is going to be for a whole new generation of ferrygoers, who are going to appreciate the work that has taken place here in 2013, and they will, they’ll enjoy this for years to come,” Markell said.

An interstate compact between Delaware and New Jersey created the DRBA in 1962, which eventually led to the creation of the ferry two years later. Depending on the season, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry makes the 17-mile, 85 minute cruise anywhere from four to as many as 15 roundtrips a day.

Take the Cape May Ferry for Your Memorial Day Weekend Trip

Take a Day Trip on the Cape May Lewes Ferry for your upcoming Memorial Day Weekend Holiday.

Cape May Ferry Spend a quick relaxing trip on the Delaware Bay from Lewes or Cape May. Whether you’re crossing the Delaware Bay for a fun day trip or as part of a long-distance trip, on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, your journey is sure to be a memorable one. You can also check the Cape May Lewes Live Cam to view the loading lanes before your trip across the bay. Start Your Cape May or Lewes Memorial Day Plans with a relaxing Ferry Trip across the Delaware Bay.Please make sure to download the 2013 Cape May Lewes Ferry Schedule Here before you start Your summer Trip to Cape May.

Ferry 2012

Its’ Memorial Day and Time to Take Your First Cape May Ferry Trip for the Summer Season. Click the Brochure here to get up to date Ferry Schedules and Fares.

Enjoy historic lighthouses, picturesque harbors, oceangoing vessels, unique seabirds and, just maybe, your very own dolphin escort!

The 17-mile, 85-minute cruise between New Jersey and Delaware can cut miles off a trip along the Atlantic Coast, connecting points like Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Ocean City and the rest of the Jersey Shore with Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Sussex Shores, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, MD, and destinations throughout Virginia.

The Cape May Lewes Ferry modern terminals are a destination in and of themselves, with enjoyable restaurants and lounges, and well-stocked gift shops! Please note that carry on alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

You can check Cape May Ferry Schedules and Fares here for the 2013 season.

Don’t miss the boat in Cape May ! Up to 100% reserved vehicle space on the Ferry during Summer Months.

Reservations are required to guarantee space aboard the vessel.
Upon cancellation of a journey, a non-refundable $5.00 cancellation fee will be imposed.Fares charged at time of booking. Please have vehicle length, number of passengers, and credit card ready when calling.
Reservation check-in begins one hour in advance of departure due to security procedures. Reservation customers may forfeit their reserved status if they have not completed check-in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
Buses and other groups require reservations. Please call for group rates.
All drivers and passengers 18 years and older must present a valid photo ID at check-in. All fares listed are one-way unless otherwise noted.

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Cape May Lewes Ferry  Live Cam View of current loading lanes for your Cape May Vacation

Thinking of taking the Cape May Ferry for a day trip, you can now check out the live cam to see how backed up traffic is before your Ferry Trip by clicking on the following picture.

Water Sport Adventures and Cape May Whale and Dolphin Watching at the Jersey Shore in Cape May

Come to Cape May and enjoy a Water Sport Excursion including Parasailing, Jet Boats or Jet Ski Rentals.

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Destination: Cape May

The Victorians still reign, but upscale newcomers have brought 21st-century appeal to Jersey’s southernmost resort.

Original Content Posted May 8, 2012 by Jen A. Miller

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Every summer Friday, Dave McNamee leaves his office in New York City and takes the New Jersey Transit train to Metropark in Iselin, where his car awaits. He then heads south on the Garden State Parkway until he can drive no more. The signpost says it all: Exit 0, Cape May.
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Once the Parkway runs out, the 27-year-old McNamee is likely to ease into his weekend with a stop at Harpoon Henry’s, a North Cape May bar where 250 types of frozen drinks are served and where the outdoor deck faces Delaware Bay—the perfect perspective for a nightly sunset toast. Or he might go straight to Cabana’s, a casual spot for cold beer and live bands in the oceanfront heart of Cape May.
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As much as McNamee enjoys the scene, he can’t help noticing the difference from the sleepier Cape May of his boyhood. “It’s gotten a lot glitzier,” says the Delaware native.

On the face of it, not much has changed since McNamee’s parents bought a house 20 years ago in North Cape May. That’s because, in 1976, the heart of Cape May was named a National Historic Landmark, a designation that protects its characteristic Victorian buildings from demolition.
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But the vibe has changed; a chic attitude has crept in. Cape May has stopped clutching its Victorian pearl choker, shaken off its corset and realized that not everything here must drip fussy tassels and gingerbread ornamentation for the town to survive and thrive as a tourist destination.

“It’s a good moment for Cape May,” says Jack Wright. “It’s quaint without being dull.” Wright, the editor and publisher of local newsweekly Exit Zero, settles into  a deep-cushioned couch in the Brown Room, a watering hole with walls the color of milk chocolate and an aesthetic that Gatsby would appreciate. Wright moved from Manhattan to Cape May in 2002.  “It felt kind of sexy,” he says. “It had an amazing vibe of a classic American seaside town.”

The Brown Room—Cape May’s unofficial living room—is located in Congress Hall, an 1816 hotel that was reborn as a swanky getaway for a well-heeled clientele, thanks to a $25 million renovation completed in 2002. Once a Bible-school summer retreat, Congress Hall is at the center of Cape May’s latest revival. Its re-opening 10 years ago was a grand statement that the resort’s vintage structures could be updated with modern rooms and amenities without losing their authenticity.

At the Rusty Nail, a few blocks down Beach Avenue from Congress Hall, barefoot kids with dogs in tow and 20-somethings in tank tops swish their bare feet through the trucked-in sand around the blazing fire pit. The former surfers’ hangout is as close to a beach bar as you can get without crossing the avenue to the actual beach. Here, singles sip beers from frosted mugs, and families crowd around picnic tables (on that same trucked-in sand), ordering old standards like fried pickles and boardwalk fries doused in vinegar. Some of the patrons might even be staying at the adjacent Beach Shack, a hip, retro-looking oceanfront hotel carved out of the old Coachman’s Motor Inn.

Cape May can be described in many ways. Sophisticated. Funky but chic. Touristy. Lively.  Historic. Up-to-date. No one understands its broad appeal better than Curtis Bashaw, the Jersey-bred president of Cape Resorts Group. “The backdrop of the town is Victorian architecture, but it’s not a museum like Williamsburg, and not crazy like Disney World,” says Bashaw, whose company owns Congress Hall, the Beach Shack and the Rusty Nail. Other Bashaw properties in Cape May include the Virginia Hotel and Cottages, the Sandpiper Beach Club, and the Star Inn.

Bashaw’s vision for Cape May is simple: “It’s a great place for kids, but we can be adults here too,” he says.
The formula is working. Despite a lingering poor economic climate and the loss of a key weekend at the end of August when the area was under mandatory evacuation orders due to Hurricane Irene, Cape May generated $1.1 million in room-tax revenue through October 2011, an increase of 3 percent over 2010. Beach-tag sales were up 9.5 percent; revenue from parking meters rose by 14 percent.

As in past decades, today’s visitors come to Cape May for surf and sun on the wide, white beaches. They come for the restaurants—from casual eateries like the Mad Batter and George’s Place to upscale classics like the Ebbitt Room and the Washington Inn. They come for Cape May’s two Equity theater companies: Cape May Stage and the East Lynne Theater Company. They come for the shopping, the Victorian architecture, the historic attractions and the natural beauty, including unparalleled bird-watching (read story here). Visitors even come year-round, thanks to Cape May’s steady diet of seasonal events.

These days visitors also come for the scene, whether it’s poolside cocktails at the Ocean Club Hotel or wine and tapas at Martini Beach—where last summer actress Anne Hathaway let loose karaoke-style to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and K.T. Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See.” (Hathaway, who grew up in Millburn, is a longtime summer visitor.)

Congress Hall, with its distinctive colonnaded façade, yellow-painted brick exterior, ocean-view balconies and lushly manicured grounds, represents the high end of the Cape May experience—priced at $319 to $639 a night in the summer.

The success of Congress Hall inspired facelifts at many of its neighbors. The Grand Hotel and Cape Resorts’ Sandpiper Beach Club were reinvented for a tonier crowd. The motel-like Montreal Inn was renovated from dreary to new.

The latest addition to Cape May’s roster of updated resorts is the Ocean Club Hotel, which was renovated in 2011 from what had been the Atlas Inn. Developer Nick Neza had previously renovated the Hotel Alcott, an 1878 Italianate villa that he re-opened in 1987. With the Ocean Club, he sought to bring “a modern flair” to Cape May.

Sipping tea at Sea Salt, the Ocean Club’s Asian- and Mediterranean-influenced seafood restaurant, one is struck by the inky-blue walls and dark wood tables. Even the pool’s bottom is painted in the same alluring dark blue. The Victorians would likely blush at the sight.

The town has gotten into the act, too, with the renovation in 2008 of the Washington Street Mall, a three-block-long pedestrian shopping street just a short walk from the  beach. Here, a pretty brick promenade replaced drab concrete. “It really made a difference,” says longtime Cape May vacationer Heather Vanca of Vestal, New York. “You see that things are getting spruced up, picked up, new different shops coming. It moves with the times, and what trends are there, and what people are looking for.” Among the dozens of shops on the mall are upscale newcomers like Across the Way, a gift/import store, and Gallery D’May, presenting fine art.

Preservation has long been essential to Cape May. The large Victorian homes that sprang up in a building boom from the 1860s to the 1880s might have fallen to the wrecking ball without a preservation movement that started in the early 1970s.  Tourism in Cape May had been in decline for decades, thanks in large part to the emergence of more modern destinations, such as Wildwood to the north. Cape May’s Victorians were expensive to maintain, especially as second homes. The once-grand structures were turned into apartments and boarding houses or were abandoned. As the tourism economy soured, the town’s grand hotels also deteriorated.

According to Ben Miller, author of The First Resort: Fun, Sun, Fire and War in Cape May, America’s Original Seaside Resort and Cape May Moments  the town’s urban renewal plan in the 1960s included the construction of a new, theme-park-like Victorian village in the middle of town. The old Victorians would be knocked down and replaced with modern motels and tract housing. The town even received a $3 million federal grant for the project in 1963.

“Cape May was really struggling to survive in those days,” says Miller. But a group that called themselves the Cape May Cottagers fought to save the city’s architectural treasures and, in 1970, petitioned—without the knowledge of the mayor or the town council—to have Cape May named a National Historic Landmark.
What followed was a period of revitalization, with what Exit Zero’s Wright refers to as “hippies” buying the old Victorians and restoring them according to new guidelines enforced by the Cape May Historical Preservation Commission. Many of the Victorians were reborn as bed-and-breakfasts, adding a new appeal to Cape May as a romantic destination. Today, there are some 600 restored structures in Cape May, the largest concentration of Victorians in America.

Thankfully, the latest rush toward modern amenities has not trampled the much-loved casual beach haunts like HotDog Tommy’s, just up the beach from Congress Hall, where wieners with your choice of toppings (Swiss cheese, bacon, mashed potatoes) are served through a sidewalk window. At lunchtime, the line stretches around the block—and no one cares who paid what for a hotel room. Every visitor is equal while waiting for a hot dog.

It’s been this way since Cape May became one of the nation’s first resorts in the years after the American Revolution. Eleven presidents have visited the town, four while still in office. Benjamin Harrison even set up a summer White House in Congress Hall. Twice. But middle-class vacationers could get here, too—on the stagecoach from Philadelphia to Cape May for just two bucks.

For today’s budget minded, Cape May still has free beaches. Not the main ocean beach in town, but the smaller beaches along the Delaware Bay (which are also dog friendly). There are also trolley tours, walking tours, house tours, nature tours and boat tours; crafts and antique shows; music festivals; and food and wine events. Or visitors can simply stroll or bicycle the historic streets on their own.

“Cape May is drawing an incredibly sophisticated crowd, but you don’t have to spend a lot to be here,” says John Cooke, president of the Chamber of Commerce and general manager of the budget-priced Victorian Motel.

J.P. Toto and Christine Cusick of West Norriston, a suburb of Philadelphia, come to Cape May for its history, its restaurants—Toto swoons for the Kobe beef burger at Union Park—and its unique vibe. “It’s got a very old and established feel, but, at the same time is slightly weird,” says Toto, 36. “You get a total range of demographics of people on vacation.”

Families are included in that demographic. The newly renovated hotels and motels have increased the options for families, who used to find slim pickings for kids’ accommodations at Cape May’s often finicky B&Bs.

Heather Vanca and her husband, Mike, have been coming to Cape May for 15 years. “It’s clean, it’s quaint, it’s quiet,” says Heather, 41. “It has the shopping and the great hotels and the great restaurants. It’s just the perfect beach vacation for our family.” The Vanca family typically stays at the Victorian Motel across the street from Congress Hall, but about one-third the price.

As much as progress has benefitted Cape May, it has not always been smooth sailing. Gaze across Beach Avenue from the front steps of the new Convention Hall, and you stare at the empty spot where the Beach Theatre, a classic 1950s movie house, used to stand. One of the last existing works of William Harold Lee, who designed cinemas throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the building was torn down in 2011.
A grassroots organization called the Beach Theatre Foundation spent four years fighting to preserve the theater, but in the end the city council allowed the demolition. The theater was unprotected by the town’s National Historic Landmark status, since it was not properly registered with the park service. After the demolition, the land was rezoned for condos.

“For a city that espouses preservation, we have lost way, way, way too many important buildings,” says Steve Jackson, president of the Beach Theatre Foundation. “It’s a darn shame how much has been lost. This is just another example.”

The U.S. National Park Service, which bestows landmark status, has had Cape May on its watch list since 2002. On its website, the park service says of Cape May: “Recent development and rehabilitation efforts in the historic district are potentially detrimental to the landmark’s historic character.”

Indeed, there have been other conflicts. The addition of ersatz lighthouses at the entrance to town in 2010 caused an uproar because they were made of vinyl, which the preservation commission has banned from the historic district. The bogus beacons were removed.

The new $10.5 million, 20,000-squarefoot multi-purpose Convention Hall that opened in May was a source of controversy, even though the building it replaced (a temporary convention center built after the Great Storm of 1962) had been condemned. The preservation commission deemed the original plans too modern. The building was redesigned.

Then there was the Christian Admiral Hotel, a former grand hotel that was razed by Bashaw in 1996, after the planning board overruled the preservation commission, which initially denied the demolition permit. Bashaw subsequently sold the property to pay off creditors and help fund the renovation of Congress Hall.  Homes were later built at the Christian Admiral site. When Cape May blogger Mark Miller attempted to make an April Fools joke out of the episode, tweeting that an investor was interested in rebuilding the Admiral, the resentment over its demolition rushed back to the surface.

While Cape May isn’t in immediate danger of losing its landmark status, the fate of its remaining, unprotected 1950s and ’60s buildings—many built on the sites of Victorians leveled before they could receive landmark protection—continues to be a source of local debate.

“There will be periods that come forward that need to be saved as well, not just everything that is pure Victorian,” says Jackson. “It’s a town that holds up preservation as its credo, but what that means is that preservation cannot be a static thing.”

Cape May is opening its 2012 summer season not quite with a bang, but with a song: a concert with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend at that new Convention Hall. The venue will allow Cape May to host more conventions and bigger special events, like weddings for more than 250. Throughout July and August, a Monday-night concert series will be presented at Convention Hall in partnership with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The town continues to grow and change. Businesses that were opened during the recession have begun to take hold. Big Wave Burrito brought food- truck culture to a slip of a shop on the edge of town, serving gourmet burritos to go—under its ceiling decorated with surfboards. The Cape May Organic market opened in West Cape May over the winter, just around the corner from Higher Grounds, a fair-trade coffee shop that launched in 2009. The Cape May Brewery, which opened its tasting room and tours in 2011, has already had to expand. They’ve spawned some competition too: the Tuckahoe Brewing Company opened for business in late 2011. The brewers join Cape May County’s four wineries, augmenting Cape May’s food-and-beverage culture.

These are not the kinds of places you’d have found in Cape May 20 years ago. There just wasn’t the crowd for them.

There is now, mixing with the same people who made this jewel box by the sea a vacation spot in the first place.

Jen A. Miller is author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May.

For more on Cape May, click on the links below:

Beyond the Beach
Cape May pulses year-round with things to do. Many of the cultural and historic events are under the auspices of MAC, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (capemaymac.org). Here are some of Cape May’s most popular attractions.

Cape May Stay
Best-known for its historic B&Bs, Cape May now offers an array of hotels and motels for a range of budgets. Here’s a sampling of the varied accommodations. (Note: None of Cape May’s hotels are directly on the ocean; those with Beach Avenue addresses are just across the street from the beach and offer easy beach access.)

All Manner of Menus
One of New Jersey’s best-endowed dining destinations, Cape May can win you over with everything from waffles a la mode to local oysters to a 28-ounce ribeye for two.

Cape May’s Birdman
If it’s Monday morning, Pete Dunne is sharing his love for avian life with a lucky group of bird watchers.

Click here to read more from our annual Shore issue.