Cape May County is a treasure trove of thrills, games, specialty seafood, happy hour specials, traditional family-style restaurants, beach gear, breakfast favorites, and relaxing rituals. Yet with its six hundred and twenty square-mile span, this Jersey shore county can be quite daunting. With all this ground to cover, where should you even begin? “Blast” is here with our sixth edition of Complete Island Hopping, our map of suggestions for a great week of Cape May County fun.
Start your day with an exclusive breakfast special you’ve likely never seen before…Cape May’s hidden gem, Marq’s Pub, is home to a spectacular all-you-can-eat breakfast daily and has recently presented a number of chef’s specials you have to see to believe. Banana Crunch Panckes, Banana Cream French Toast with raspberry drizzle, and even “S’mores” Pancakes have made appearances on the Marq’s menu lately. Dive into the buffet for your fill of fresh cut fruits, yogurts, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, breads, pastries, make-your-own Belgian waffles, and omelets to order are just a few of the delights that wait to greet you in the morning at our breakfast buffet. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m.!
Rather grab a fluffy and filling pastry and head straight for the sand? The Amish Market of North Wildwood brings the taste of Lancaster County right here to the Wildwoods. Through a partnership with Shady Maples in Lancaster County, The Amish Market of North Wildwood brings locals and visitors fresh breads, pies, doughnuts, whoopie pies, and other baked goods daily.
Swing by the store’s location at 7th and New Jersey Avenue and grab a few pastries to go for the entire brood.
Experience the beach in an entirely new way with an early morning workout on the Congress Hall beach courtesy of Cape Resorts. Beach Boot Camp is offered daily with the exception of Mondays and is said to be a refreshing, yet challenging workout. Join instructors Natalie Sudell and Jayne Sudell on the sand as they guide you through boot camp drills to have you feeling
in bathing suit-ready shape just in time for beach days. Classes are $14.95 each and tickets can be purchased at the front desk of a Cape Resorts hotel.
Sick of the sandy scenery? Take a beach break in the afternoon and swing by Tiki Topz at Flip Flopz for a pool party to remember. Tiki Topz Poolside is a tropical paradise open to the public, offering an elevated pool with live palm trees from Florida giving the air of being on an island while enjoying the ocean views. Lunch is served daily by the pool featuring tropical salads and delicious, made-to-order burgers that perfectly complement their many signature frozen cocktails. Tiki Topz hosts a dance party with beachgoers every Saturday and Sunday all summer long with DJ entertainment starting at 2 p.m.
When lunchtime rolls around, Owen’s Pub of North Wildwood is sure to have a bargain to suit your budget. Owen’s believes it doesn’t have to be pricey to be perfectly delicious. That’s why they offer great lunch specials of their classic American fare all ranging in price from just $3.99 to $6.99.
For a post-beach but pre-dinner pampering session, hit Ambiance full service salon and spa where they are currently running an unbeatable massage special. In order to welcome seasoned massage therapist Michelle Christensen to the team, Ambiance is offering 60 minute sessions with Michelle for just $55. She specializes in both therapeutic and deep tissue massage and has 14 years of experience in the field. The summer can be just as tough on your skin as it can on your muscles. Be sure to also consult Ambiance’s full menu of facials, featuring customizable options for different skin types.
Go for no-shower Happy Hour instead at Harpoon Henry’s located in North Cape May on the scenic Delaware Bay. Swing by Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for $2 Miller drafts, $5 house wine, $6 U-Peel-Um Shrimp, $7 steamers, and $3 onion rings by the half-foot. Stick around for premium sunset views and the nightly conch blowing ceremony at the sunset’s end. This tradition originated in the Florida keys, and Harpoon Henry’s owner Ed Henry has brought it right here to the Jersey Shore. You can also get “happy’ and “keep calm and Harry on” on Cape May’s Beach Avenue. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, enjoy specials on 40+ drafts and bottled beers and select $5 appetizers. Harry’s invites you to pull up a chair and stay a while.
Finish the night with a concert experience unlike any other. Hit the Wildwood boards and make your way to Adventure Pier to hear the adrenaline-induced shrieks and clang of the slow climb to the top of Morey’s Piers’ iconic wooden coaster combined with the sounds of electric guitars and beating drums. Here, on a brand new stage that can accommodate up to 300 fans, the top New Jersey and Pennsylvania bands from School of Rock, a performance program for young musicians ages seven to 18, offer a full line-up of evening performances through August 31. For a list of scheduled performances, visit www.moreyspiers.com/schoolofrock.