What To Do in Cape May During the Winter

Cape may sign with garlands

The Jersey Shore has always been recognized as the premier summer destination in New Jersey. But after the summer season comes to a close, the leaves have changed, and the holiday season is long gone, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the splendor of the shore. 

The coastline stretches from the northern tip of Sandy Hook all the way south to the state’s southernmost tip in Cape May. This town offers opportunities to be forever captivated by what surprises are in store. Come see for yourself!

You would think this popular shore town would be quiet this time of year, but nope! It’s bustling with other New Jersey natives and visitors to visit local shops downtown, try new food spots, and enjoy all of the Holiday Decorations around the town. While walking through the downtown area, take your time to notice the details in decorations, music, and joyful design. Don’t forget to pack your gloves and bring some hand warmers to soak in the entire town.


Cape May During the Winter

Our journey begins in the southernmost tip of the state, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware River in Cape May, New Jersey. This legendary Victorian Era community has had a special place in my heart since childhood when my family and I would have our annual summer vacation there almost every year.

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Over the years, I’ve grown a deep attachment to this destination, and I’ve always found something new each time I visited, no matter the season. Regardless of where you’re traveling from, all paths lead down the Parkway to Exit 0 to the nation’s oldest seaside resort Cape May. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the Jersey Cape in the off-season.

Washington Street Mall
Washington Street Mall on a clear day

Enjoy the Off-Season in Cape May

Since it’s off-season, not all businesses, hotels, bed & breakfasts, and restaurants will be open. Many have closed their doors or are closing earlier in the day after the conclusion of the summer season and will re-open in the spring, usually right before Memorial Day, when the town is getting ready for travelers and summer residents.

Check out the official Cape May website and other affiliates to ensure their business hours during your visit or if you’re staying overnight at a local accommodation.

Want to explore the outdoors? Check out Cape May Point!

Winter is also one of the best times to snag a deal at any available hotel or bed & breakfast since they have reduced their rates due to lower demand after the holidays.

Winter in Cape May means much fewer crowds, amazing photo opportunities, and the feeling of having this lovely beach community all to yourself!

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View of the mall from the Victorian Motel

Unique Accommodations in Cape May

During my visit, I stayed at the Victorian Motel, a modest accommodation located in the heart of it all in the historic district of Cape May adjacent to the Washington Street Mall. It’s also close to a pedestrian-only outdoor shopping & dining promenade where you’ll find unique boutiques and one-of-a-kind dining experiences.

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My room was on the third floor, offering the best view of the mall and the surrounding area of nearby Congress Hall. The Victorian tends to book up quickly in the summer due to its ideal proximity to the downtown area.

Stay at Congress Hall in Cape May

The classic hotel to stay in at Cape May, even during the winter!

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View of Congress Hall from the Victorian Motel

If you’re considering a stay at Congress Hall, be sure to reserve months in advance. Even in the off-season, it will book up quickly because of its resort-style amenities.

The nearby Blue Pig Tavern is another must-visit in Cape May, a heavenly delight for any meal of the day in a Victorian Era atmosphere room. If you’re into a bar/pay atmosphere, visit the Boiler Room for exquisite pizzas and craft beers.

The Virginia Hotel is another beautiful accommodation between the beach and the Washington Street Mall. The hotel comprises three floors, each with Victorian-inspired rooms & suites in the standard of the 21st century.

If you’re looking to get away from it all and just seeking to find pure bliss, Cape May offers a unique piece of heaven even in the off-season!

Before you plan your trip…

We love that you can experience all of the seasons in New Jersey. We are lucky we don’t have brutal winters (fingers crossed!), but there are other unique places around the state that you can visit during the cold winter months. Check out some of the quaint towns around New Jersey and visit local museums for indoor adventure. Don’t want to go south?

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