The grand reveal: Meet N.J.’s 2022 Vacation spot of the Yr
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The grand reveal: Meet N.J.’s 2022 Vacation spot of the Yr

The Jersey’s Finest editorial workforce has had it fairly robust these previous few months. Should you suppose it’s straightforward to select one “greatest” from the remainder of all of the Jersey Shore bests, you greatest imagine it isn’t. 

After an exhaustive assessment of numerous charts, graphs, Venn diagrams, photographs, stats, menus, things-to-do lists, maps and surveys, one city has bested the competitors, virtually charming its solution to the highest. 

Our editors’ decide for the Jersey’s Finest 2022 Vacation spot of the Yr is … Cape Might! 

A Nationwide Historic District in its entirety, Cape Might is characterised by its lovingly restored and maintained Victorians. Picture courtesy of Cape Might MAC

The announcement was met with humble gratitude by Diane Wieland, director of tourism for Cape Might County. 

“To win is a supply of satisfaction for everybody! Whether or not you reside in Cape Might or within the surrounding Cape Might County, it’s an honor. Everybody works to make this county shine, and Cape Might is a shining star for us.” 

Right here’s why Jersey’s Finest agrees: 

A Nationwide Historic District in its entirety, Cape Might is characterised by its lovingly restored and maintained Victorians — lots of them reworked into bed-and-breakfast lodging. Romantic, gracious, hospitable and comfy, these locales of Cape Might provide an expertise to savor and have a good time in any season and for any motive. Every of the greater than 20 inns welcomes friends in a singular embrace, furnishing non-public quarters amid shared areas for eating and leisure, notably on grand porches that invite people to take a seat and loosen up over afternoon tea or a cocktail. And the breakfasts? Divine. 

There are different breakfasts — and lunches and dinners, too — available in Cape Might, the place eating choices are considerable and distinctive. From informal delights on the Mad Batter to elegant flavors at Provence, each culinary want is granted. And seafood lovers are handled to the freshest catch right here in New Jersey’s largest business fishing port. 

Past the bed-and-breakfasts, there are many locations to remain on the town, together with the majestic and historic Congress Corridor. Picture courtesy of Cape Might MAC

Past the bed-and-breakfasts, there are many locations to remain on the town, together with non-public leases and greater than 40 accommodations, like the majestic and historic Congress Corridor, the amenity wealthy Grand Resort and the pet-friendly Marquis de Lafayette Resort.  

Cape Might’s location brings early heat and a delayed autumn chill, serving up summers that stretch past the calendar’s expiration date. Seashore days are chic, whether or not you’re merely absorbing the solar or taking a plunge within the ocean for swim and sport.  

Birds of a feather flock to Cape Might, dwelling to spring and fall migrations of waterfowl, raptors and Monarch butterflies; guests come from world wide to witness its pure wonders. Eco-tourism is booming at Cape Might Level State Park, the place you’ll be able to hike the paths alongside the dunes and marshes, observing wildlife alongside the way in which.  

Cape Might Level State Park is a significant vacation spot for spring and fall migrations of waterfowl, raptors and Monarch butterflies. Picture courtesy of NJ Advance Media

Much less “outdoorsy” however nonetheless open air and completed on foot is a buying stroll on the Washington Road Mall. Not simply an exercise to be saved for the occasional wet day, a visit to this quaint city sq. with dozens of impartial and specialty retailers stuffed with attire, equipment, gourmand treats and treasures made by native artists and crafters is to not be missed. 

If the spirit strikes you, take a tour of Cape Might’s wineries, breweries and distilleries. Go to by yourself or e book a bus, trolley or bike tour for secure passage as you pattern and savor Jersey-made wine, beer and liquor — any time of 12 months, usually with reside music as a chill backdrop. Almost each cease alongside the “booze path” provides its personal schedule of particular occasions so as to add to the enjoyable. 

If the spirit strikes you, take a tour of Cape Might’s wineries, breweries and distilleries to savor Jersey-made concoctions in an attractive setting. Picture courtesy of NJ Advance Media

Cape Might’s calendar of occasions spans the seasons, with music and craft festivals, parades, automobile exhibits and extra going down all year long, drawing 1000’s. The beachfront Conference Corridor is a centerpiece for neighborhood occasions, together with the Cape Might Music Competition and Films on the Seashore. The Exit Zero Jazz Competition, held within the spring and fall, is a big celebration, with three phases for performances at each Conference Corridor and Exit Zero Ferry Park. 

All this, and we haven’t even talked about the seashore, which stretches for two picturesque miles with the Atlantic on one facet and the paved promenade on the opposite. Cape Might’s seashores are thought-about among the many greatest on the coast.  

Sure, Cape Might has all of it. From the silky sands on its pristine seashore to the ideas of the turrets that adorn its Victorian streetscape, every part about Cape Might beckons you to go to and compels you to maintain coming again. The nation’s first and oldest seaside resort makes historical past, as soon as once more. Congratulations on one other first: the inaugural winner of the Jersey’s Finest 2022 Vacation spot of the Yr! 

Susan Kronberg is a contract author and Jersey woman. A married mom of two, she’s labored in insurance coverage, transportation, advertising, newspapers and personal training. Writing is however one thread that connects the patchwork of her professions.

This text initially appeared within the Winter 2021 concern of Jersey’s Finest. Subscribe right here for in-depth entry to every part that makes the Backyard State nice.

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