Cape May is Romantic
must be true, because you’re hearing it from someone that has never considered
herself a romantic. Now that I think about it, you’re hearing it from
someone that no one has ever considered a romantic.
name has been used in the same sentence as the word. Usually in a phrase
that goes something like “you haven’t got
a romantic bone in your body”
or “no one would ever accuse you of being a romantic.” So
if I tell you Cape May is romantic, the town must be a veritable bastion
of romance. Trust me.
is Cape May romantic?
In honor of the upcoming Valentine Day’s weekend, let me count the ways.
one. Cape May is on the water.
How do you think “enjoys long walks on the beach” got to be a staple
of the Personals bio? Ignore the cliché. Long walks on the beach are
romantic. Some people think they are only romantic when taken barefoot
on Florida’s Gulf Coast where the tide feels like the water in your bathtub.
But imagine this. You’re walking an Atlantic Ocean beach. It’s February.
The temperature is cool. The wind is brisk. Aren’t you going to feel
the need for a little cuddling? I rest my case.
2. Cape May is a Victorian masterpiece.
Take a quick look at Victorian architecture and the décor that matches.
If the lace curtains and the rich fabrics and the lush colors don’t cry
out romance, take another look. Could there be a more suitable backdrop
for a romantic interlude? I don’t think so. Cape
May’s Bed and Breakfasts foster romance year-round.
3. Cape May is full of spots for romantic dinners.
Man does not live by romance alone but you don’t have to forego romance
to feed other needs. Cape May boasts a long list of restaurants that
provide food for romance as well as nutrition. Even those of who lack
the romantic vision see the romance in a quiet dinner
for two in a restaurant with subtle lighting, soft music and service
that is attentive yet unobtrusive. I can – especially considering that
I never look better than I do in a softly lit restaurant.
4. Cape May features a sunset viewed over the water.
Sunsets are romantic anywhere. Whether you are watching the sun disappear
behind the clouds, the mountains or the skyscrapers of a large city, sunsets
are beautiful. But think. Envision the quintessential romantic sunset.
Aren’t you are visualizing the sun setting over water? Sunset Beach is
one of the few places on the East Coast that features an setting sun disappearing
into water. Even in winter you can enjoy the show. If you’re up for some
heavy-duty cuddling, sit on the beach. If you’re not into the outdoors
in February, enjoy the sight from the warmth of your car. You can still
5. Cape May is full of places to buy mementos of your romantic interlude.
Cape May is full of quaint shops -- and I mean truly quaint shops. The
word quaint has been soiled by settings that are only faux-quaint. Not
true in Cape May. The entire town is an historical landmark. Shop
for momentos of your visit in stores tucked into Victorian buildings
that are part of the history of Cape May. I understand that there are
those who do not consider shopping romantic. In many cases we call those
people “men.” Even if you don’t consider shopping romantic think of the
pleasure of picking out an item together than will remind you of your
trip to Cape May – which will be undoubtedly be romantic.
Even I, an
avowed non-romantic, could go on and on but let me finish with what I
consider the single most romantic advantage that Cape May has to offer:
May is in New Jersey. New Jersey has
no self-serve gas stations. So no matter what romantic activity you select,
neither you nor your partner will have to smell the scent of gasoline
on the other’s hands. Now that’s romantic.
Jane Kelly is the author of three mysteries with a humorous twist set at the Jersey shore.
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