Cape May Wineries and Vineyards#8 in Best Things To Do in Cape May
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New Jersey is home to more than 50 wineries, and some of the biggest producers can be found in Cape May. Fan favorites include the Cape May Winery and Vineyard and the Willow Creek Winery, but oenophiles should check out all options before picking a spot (though there's no harm in hopping between a few).
Cape May Winery and Vineyard is a family-owned business that got its start in 1989. As of 2020, the winery grows 11 different varietals across four vineyards covering 26 acres of land. At the property, patrons can enjoy wine tastings at the bar, indulge in tasty tapas on the deck overlooking rows of grape vines and tour the vineyard or production facility. Tastings cost $10 per person for a flight of six wines, and reservations are required for groups of seven or more. Recent visitors praised the quality of wine and food, as well as the excellent service and scenic outdoor seating. For more information, including seasonal hours, see Cape May Winery's website.
Located on a 50-acre farm, Willow Creek Winery is another popular option in Cape May. The winery grows 13 varietals, including sauvignon blanc, merlot, pinot grigio and malbec, and it offers wine tastings, tours of the vineyard and a farm-to-table tapas menu. Private, educational wine tastings with a knowledgeable teacher cost $25 per person, and reservations should be made online at least 48 hours in advance. Flight tastings cost between $15 and $22 per person, depending on the selection of wines. Past patrons enjoyed the Willow Creek experience, highlighting the friendly staff, delicious wine and lovely views. To learn more, visit Willow Creek Winery's website.
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#1 Cape May City Beaches
For many travelers, the allure of Cape May has much to do with its plethora of spacious, white sand beaches. The entire Jersey Cape (which stretches through 10 communities) boasts 30 miles of shoreline, and Cape May itself offers up 2 1/2 miles' worth. Across the various beaches, vacationers can swim, skimboard, surf, fish, kayak and play volleyball in designated areas. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer and all of Cape May's beaches are family-friendly. Alcohol is prohibited at all times and dogs are only welcome on the sand between November and March. Metered parking can be found along the main strip and you may also find free parking on side streets. Restrooms are located at every half-mile, as are open-air showers to rinse off sand.
Recent beachgoers said Cape May's shores were clean and easy to access. Many noted the stretches of sand were especially picturesque at sunrise and sunset, and some even spotted dolphins during these times. To enjoy fewer crowds, a few travelers recommended Poverty Beach, though families preferred to stay on the main promenade for easier access to bathrooms, umbrella rentals and restaurants. Keep in mind that some visitors reported the surf could be a bit rough at times, which may be dangerous for young children.
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