It seems like each year it takes forever for summer to finally arrive. Then suddenly it’s here. We turn off the heat in our homes, and a week or so later it’s on with the air conditioning.
Summer also seems so fleeting. We get into the groove of warm evenings and hot days. It’s almost a carefree time until we look at the calendar and Labor Day is rapidly approaching.
So let’s all resolve to make the most of the summer of 2018. Let’s enjoy the outdoors with enthusiasm equal to our pleasure of partaking restaurants and musical entertainment.
Live life to the fullest! After all, isn’t that what summer at the Jersey shore is all about?
Beginning in late June, the barrier island bridges began accepting EZ Pass to pay tolls. The concept had been bantered about for over a year before the implementation finally became a reality.
So beginning this year you should be able to get over those pesky bridges much quicker without the long lines. They still accept cash, but if three out of four have EZ Pass and can just buzz through it will make travel easier. Especially at dinner time when so many folks are traveling from one island to another to make their reservations.
For many summer visitors – and second home owners – the question inevitably arises of “what to do?”. Here I am dedicating some space to sending some options your way.
Let me start by noting that this is the summer of no three or four day weekend for July 4th. It’s that occasional phenomenon where the 4th lands on a Wednesday. So unless you can make it a five day weekend either way, or a full week vacation, the July 4th festivities for you at the shore may be brief or non-existent.
I’ll begin with the obvious attractions. There’s the Cape May County Zoo, plus the CMC Historical Museum, both located off Route 9 in Swainton. Also in Middle Township, off Stone Harbor Boulevard, is the Wetlands Institute. In Lower Township, the Naval Air Museum is located at the county airport and Historic Cold Spring Village is on Route 9.
In Cape May, the Emlen Physick Estate on Washington Street, and the Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park round out the Big Seven. All these venues are family friendly and offer regularly scheduled special events.
Delving deeper the shore area has more to offer. There are dozens of mini-golf and regular golf courses on hand. The Cape May Par 3, situated just west of Menz’ Restaurant, even has a kid approved soccer ball golf course with cups large enough to accommodate a soccer ball. Everyone can enjoy this!
Bowling lanes are situated in Wildwood on New Jersey Avenue and in Woodbine on Dennisville-Petersburg Road. Both offer menu food and bumper lanes for the smaller kids who would get frustrated by too many gutter balls.
Boating is another activity that makes the Shore special. There are dolphin watching/whale watching tours. There are fishing boats and just plain tourist cruise boats that will bring alive the nautical scene, plus speed boats, pirate ships, and parasailing adventures. Wow!
How about a visit to a winery? Cape May County has become a winery destination over the last 20 years. There’s now about a dozen wineries, which also host special events and offer menu food. In the same vein, brew pubs have become the new phenomenon. There’s at least one in every town and each offers a cornucopia of homemade brews.
I would be remiss not to mention shopping. The Washington Street Mall in Cape May, and the quaint shoppes in Cape May Court House, Stone Harbor, Avalon and Sea Isle City have shelves stocked with an assortment of unique gifts and collectibles. For big box stores, Rio Grande in Middle Township has it all.
Your vacation at the shore wouldn’t be complete without some sort of musical interlude. The Cape May Convention Center, Wildwood Convention Center, and the PAC Center in Middle Township host musical acts all summer.
There are over 50 bars/restaurants that have live bands or DJs, some almost daily. It’s your chance to dance and sing out loud. What happens in Cape May County, stays in …, you know the rest.
Many of the shore towns offer outdoor music. North Wildwood has its bands at the amphitheatre near 2nd & Ocean avenues, Wildwood’s is at Fox Park near the Convention Center, and Wildwood Crest’s is at Centennial Park at Fern & Ocean avenues. So much enjoyment, so little time!
It is a good time to get into the Cape May County real estate market. For sellers; prices are slightly increasing and demand is way up. You’ll be going to the bank before you know it.
For buyers; there is sufficient inventory so that family legacy you’ve always dreamed about is out there waiting for you to pull the trigger.
I love to talk about real estate and our island. I am always glad to share my insights, observations, and visions.
I am still involved in real estate 365 days a year. It’s my passion. I will gladly handle listing your property, give you a free market analysis, or show you a wide variety of properties that may suit your needs.
Stop by our office at 5602 New Jersey Avenue and chat. Or give me a call at 609-780-7131. I answer my phone 8am to 9pm EVERYDAY and you always get a real, live person. That’s service!