Postcards from Cape May

My husband and I are fortunate enough to have made dear, lifelong friends while living in Italy way back in 1979, when Vin was serving as a doctor in the Air Force. We met our friends, Theresa and George, in Italian 101, and never looked back.

george-and-theresa-home George and Theresa’s home

Fast forward to the 21st century….we remain close and often meet at their second home in beautiful Cape May, off the Jersey shore.  Over the years, we have spent annual long weekends during the summer months, unwinding in a laid back yet sophisticated coastal community.

cape-may-sunsetA lovely walk on the beach at sunset set the tone for what was the beginning of a wonderful weekend. 

This year, life conspired against us and we couldn’t go during the summer.  But we defied the weather and went in November, connecting this past weekend, where we were kissed by fall’s waning beauties.  Our visit was filled with blue-bird skies and fiery sunsets.  What a treat that was!

cape-may-beach Cape May is an extraordinarily beautiful Victorian community, a jewel with a gorgeous beach along the Atlantic.

cape-may-white-shopIt has many fabulous restaurants for both lunch and dinner, hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts, a professional performing arts theater, wonderful shops, like this one I loved (wonder why?!) called White…

beach-plum-farm-01…and gorgeous farms where fresh produce is abundant year round. 

cape-may-holiday-lightsWhile the beach crowd had largely vanished by the time we arrived, busy residents were in full swing decorating their period homes for the holidays, a lovely surprise we were not expecting which brought the town to life in the early evening.

We were fortunate to experience it all in our too-short, three-day visit. But the stars of the show were our hosts and their 5-star hospitality.

pear-raison-and-onion-chutney-in-boats-of-endive-copyWhen arriving, we were greeted with hugs, kisses, and a wonderful bottle of rosé.  Appetizers included trout spread and pear, raisin, and onion chutney in boats of endive.

Theresa cooks like no other, and her husband excels as our personal barista, all the while entertaining us with his special humor and engaging stories.  We love them more each time we get together, and are already looking forward to our next gathering.

cape-may-point-state-parkDon’t miss an opportunity to visit this charming place.

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