It’s summer time dreaming around here. Just last weekend we commented that we skipped spring. Scott said it with dismay, and I said, “Good! That is what I grew up with!” Northern Virgina skips rainy springs and skips straight to hot and humid. I love hot, so I love that about it. Well, the weather decided to drop 25+ degrees and rain for the past week here in Jersey. Blergh. And brrr.
So we’re looking back at our vacation to Cape May, NJ last summer. The past 2 summers Scott and I met my family there as a sort of halfway meeting point.
The beaches there are just beautiful and never too crowded. We stayed right across the street from the beach that year and that made ALL the difference.
These two. Always with the playing.
Our vacations are pretty low-key. Lots of reading while sitting on the beach.
I started the Outlander series on this particular vacation. I’m now on book four (five?). I am happy to have a series and I love the show on Starz. They brought it to life just like I imagined it!
Here we have an Irishman not in his natural habitat (under the portico).
We try to do a couple outings because not everyone has my skill for sitting in a beach chair for a week straight. I highly recommend Cape May Brewery.
They have great beers (not all IPAs which is my complaint with most microbreweries). And their complimentary glasses are always a unique shape.
And they grow their own hops on the outside of the converted airplane hangar where they set up shop.
We also like to have at least one seafood dinner out.
And new last year – SUPPING! Or Stand Up Paddle Boarding. No pics, since only “the kids” went and no one wanted to chance a dropped phone. We did celebrate with post-supping bloody mary’s.
I earned mine. I ran into a pylon. Twice.
We have a family fantasy football league. We got to do the draft together in-person that year, which is always fun. My sister had her manager on the line, just like in Draft Day. It doesn’t look like he’s happy with her choice.
Cape May has quite a few wineries, so we decided to try one. I’d prefer not to type the name.
I don’t think the East Coast will rival the West Coast or Europe (or New Zealand – Sauvignon Blanc for the win) for wine anytime soon, but the winery was beautiful. Our sommelier/host was phenomenal and the sangria was good (mom and I took it home and mixed it with sprite!).
We asked everyone their favorite part of the vacation. Megan chose stand up paddle boarding.
Scott said his favorite part was getting a “shiner.” He and my sister were horsing around and Megan clocked him in the face. Or he walked into her fist. There was much debate. Runner up was supping. Mom appreciated that every single day was “paradise.” I’m not sure we could have asked for better weather.
And winding out the group, Dad and I both voted for the winery. We both have a slight fascination with France and love to try cheese and wine pairings, so I’m not surprised.We visited the Cape May Lighthouse on our final day.
It’s nice. You get a workout climbing 5,325,8754 stairs. And you get to feel like you are on a field trip again. I mean, there was bird watching. Come on.
It was beautiful, I’ll give it that.
And I can always count on this one for comic relief. Good vacation, family!!