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Plan Your Cape May Romantic Getaway [Top 10 List]
Romantic Things to do in Cape May NJ - Cape May Romantic Bed & Breakfast
The town of Cape May, NJ is a charming seaside retreat with Victorian buildings and quaint, tree-lined streets providing an idyllic setting for a romantic getaway. Most of the buildings in the downtown, historic district date back to the mid-1800's, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape.
While May thru October are the busiest times in Cape May, the off-season is still bustling with activity. January and February are some of the best times to come to Cape May for a Romantic Weekend Getaway. There are several long weekends to take advantage of i.e. Martin Luther King Day and President's Day. As well, a getaway to a romantic Cape May B&B Inn for Valentine's Day will not be forgotten. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, like an anniversary or a birthday, or just want to getaway for an overdue romantic interlude, a trip to Cape May is the perfect place to get lost in love for a few days!
#10 Have a Cocktail by the Fireplace in the Brown Room - Open All year
The Brown Room at Congress Hall is sophisticated, yet cozy. Leather sofa's and dimly lit lighting all add to it's allure. In the colder months, guests are invited to relax by the roaring fireplace, order one of the Brown Room's signature cocktails, and listen to live music.
The Brown Room at Congress hall is Open Daily, Year Round:
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Mon-Thurs) & 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Fri-Sun)
Live Music on the Weekend Evenings
Another option, the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia has a lovely parlor with fireplace or there is a heated, outdoor option (with great people watching) on their porch.
Fireplace active in colder months - My Vote for Most Romantic, Off-Season Spots
#9 Climb the Cape May Lighthouse on a Full Moon (April thru October)
On a normal day, tours at the Cape May Lighthouse end by 5:00 PM, however, on full moons, the lighthouse invites visitors to climb the 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse and view Cape May Point by moonlight. After your climb, couples can walk along the Cape May Point Beach, guided by the moonlight - It doesn't get any more romantic than this folks! We have heard several stories of couples getting engaged atop the lighthouse by the full moon.
2024 Full Moon Climbs: From 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, April 23rd, May 23rd, June 21st, July 21st, August 19th, September 17th, October 17th (Last Climb of the Year).
Off-Season lighthouse tours (Jan/Feb/March) - Open Fri/Sat/Sun, 12 - 3 PM. Daily lighthouse tours start March 25th 2024.
For More Information on MAC's Full Moon Climb
#8 Get a Romantic Couples Massage
A Couple's Massage is a great way to bring two people together for a romantic escape from the everyday. Cape May Day Spa is highly recommended and has a dedicated 'Couples Room' complete with an oversized whirlpool tub.
Love is all around
The Sweet Escape
Partners in Pampering
The Ultimate Sweet Escape
in addition, they offer:
Side by Side Massage
Side by Side Facials
#7 Watch the Sunset on the Delaware Bay in North Cape May
Sunsets on the Delaware Bay are Amazing! The best part is that these beaches, unlike the beaches in downtown Cape May, are not crowded. It is likely that you will be one of only a few people on these beaches, which adds to its romantic appeal.
How to get to a great spot: Take a drive out to Harpoons on the Bay at 91 Beach Drive, North Cape May (bring a blanket). Have a drink and then walk across the street, throw out your blanket and watch the sunset. You can also watch the sunset at Sunset Beach (it will be more crowded) or at the Cape May Lighthouse.
I promise its beautiful!
#6 Dine at one of the Most Romantic Cape May Restaurants
Cape May is no stranger to amazing restaurants, from great seafood spots to incredible Mediterranean cuisine, there is a spot for every taste and budget. When it comes to romantic spots, Cape May has plenty of those as well. Here is our list of Best Romantic Restaurants in Cape May:
Peter Shields Restaurant - Voted time after time, the 'Most Romantic'
The Washington Inn, Romantic with exceptional food.
Union Park, Romantic, as well as exceptional food (in-season only).
Grana BYOB - The owner (previous chef at Peter Shields) opened his own spot at the old 'Godmothers' location. White table cloths, exceptional food & service.
For a 2024 updated list of Cape May restaurants open in winter, off season January and February 2024, visit our restaurant guide. Reservations required.
#5 Explore the Quaint streets in the Downtown, Historic District
In my opinion, one of the most romantic streets to stroll along in Cape May, hand-in-hand, is Hughes Street (from Ocean to Franklin Streets, or vice versa). There is something about Hughes street that exudes romance - While it's right in the heart of downtown Cape May, it is one of the most 'off-the-beaten-path' streets in town - there are no commercial properties or businesses along this street, just quaint Victorian cottages (dating back to the 1800's), with beautiful gardens, nestled along a tree-lined street.
Another option (other than by foot) is to explore this seaside town by bicycle. The Mason Cottage Inn offers complimentary bicycles to its guests. Couples can get lost in the back streets of Cape May - where there's NO agenda & NO time-frame.
#4 Spoil Her with something Special (Lingerie or Maybe a One of a Kind Engagement Ring)
There is some fantastic shopping in Cape May - great boutique shops offering unusual items that you won't see everywhere else. For a more romantic shopping expedition, couples can check out Lace Silhouettes on the Washington Mall, which offers high-end bra's, panties and lingerie.
Are you a couple looking to get engaged? Victorious in Cape May offers one-of-a-kind engagement rings that are as unique and special as she is. Jennifer Tozer, a G.I.A Graduate Gemologist, is on location to help you find the most amazingly perfect ring!
#3 Act like a 'Kid' Again - Did someone say Skee-Ball? Miniature Golf?
Life can get so serious sometimes! Pressures at work, health issues, family and financial obligations can get so overwhelming! Wouldn't it be nice to put all that 'stuff' out of your mind for a few hours and just act like a kid again? Where there's no talk about the boss, finances or that annoying co-worker.
Here's my list of romantic, budget-friendly, things for couples to do (to bring out the kid in you):
Play a few rounds of Skee-Ball at the Family Fun Arcade on the Promenade (Seasonally)
Check out Cape May Miniature Golf (Open Mid May through October)
Visit the Cape May County Zoo (Open Daily and it's FREE, Donations Appreciated). This is one of the coolest small town zoos I have ever visited.
Roller Skating at the Cape May Convention Center, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, starting December 14th thru Mid-March 2024.
#2 Tour Downtown Cape May on a Private, Horse Drawn Carriage
Is there anything more romantic than a private tour of Cape May on a horse-drawn carriage? The Cape May Carriage Company has been offering historic Cape May tours since 1982. Couples can reserve a private carriage rides throughout the year from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (weather conditions permitting)
If you really want something unusual, ask about their Cinderella Carriage Ride - popular with Brides & Grooms on their wedding day.
For More Information, check out Cape May Carriage's Website
#1 Stay at a Romantic Cape May Bed & Breakfast Inn | Spa Suite | Jacuzzi
A world away from the everyday, The Mason Cottage Bed and Breakfast Inn creates the time and space needed for you to rediscover the meaning of romance. You will be well taken care of by the innkeepers attentive, yet discreet hospitality.
The Mason Cottage is located in the downtown, historic district and is Open All Year. The Inn features nine lovely, antique appointed suites/rooms, all with private, en-suite baths. The Grand Mason Suite [the only suite of its kind] is your 'home away from home' - this expansive 400 Sq. Ft Suite, features a private living room, kitchenette and en-suite bath with 2 person shower. If you are looking for a Cape May room with a Jacuzzi and Fireplace, the Mason Cottage also has several suites to choose from; perfect for your romantic Cape May Getaway.