A Ferry Happy Valentine’s Day

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than on the Delaware Bay? Plan your weekend getaway with us and travel to an amazing bed & breakfast or spa on either side of the bay. Escape your busy work schedule and take time to relax and enjoy some alone time with the one you love.

Delaware Destinations:

The Inn at Canal Square

New Jersey Destinations:

Built in 1882, this elegant bed & breakfast in Cape May offers individually decorated rooms with ocean views. Located within walking distance of Cape May downtown attractions, this B&B is your destination for tranquility. Wake up to their famous french toast in the morning before embarking on your daily activities. The Mooring’s rooms are updated yearly to keep up with the changing styles. So come explore the only Cape May B&B originally designed as a guest house. Want to learn more? Give them a call at (609) 884-5425, or visit their website.

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Cape May Day Spa

For more Delaware and New Jersey fun check out our day trip ideas including wineries, breweries, shopping and historic treasures. So leave the planning to us and climb aboard!

Snowy Travels Across the Delaware Bay

snow1The winter has finally arrived. The nights are longer, the days are colder, and there are a few flurries in the sky. Even with all of that, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is still making daily crossings on the Delaware Bay.

When Jack Frost decides to come into town and freeze over the bay, our vessels are on the job. The ferry acts as an ice breaker during those cold winter months so passengers are still able to cross during the off season.

What better way to travel in the freezing weather than on one of our warm vessels with a hot chocolate in your hand? I don’t think it could get much better than that. No matter the season, enjoy a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry!snow2

 

Get to know the Gateways of Lewes

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The “Gateways of Lewes” are six roads forming a continuous network of greenway leading into the town and out to the ocean. The Gateways also provide an active and enjoyable way to explore the more than three centuries of Lewes history. You’ll definitely want to make a day of traveling these trails by boat, car or bike, leaving plenty of time to take in the natural beauty and interesting stopping points.

The “Gateways from the Land”—Kings Highway, Savannah Road and New Road—run generally east to west, perpendicular to the coast, passing through numerous historically significant areas, including downtown Lewes. The “Gateways from the Sea”—Pilottown Road, Gills Neck Road and Cape Henlopen Drive—run approximately north to south, parallel to the coast. This route follows the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and the beach.

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Canoeing at Trap Pond State Park near Lewes.

Among the interesting places you’ll find along the Gateways from the Land are the Lewes Presbyterian Church (est. 1692) and churchyard, the Zwaanendael Museum (built in 1932 to resemble the ancient City Hall in Hoorn, Holland) on Kings Highway, and Bethel Cemetery and the War of 1812 Memorial Park just north of the Canal Bridge on Savannah Road. Along the Gateways from the Sea are the Cannonball House (with a War of 1812 cannonball embedded in its foundation), historic Victorian homes of Delaware River and Delaware Bay pilots, the Lightship Overfalls (a floating lighthouse built in 1938), and Canalfront Park.

At the end of the Gateways from the Sea greenway is the 5,193-acre Cape Henlopen State Park. There, you can hike a three-mile paved loop trail, six miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean, or the 1.6-mile crushed-gravel Walking Dunes Trail, which ends at the 80-foot-high Great Dune. They’re called “walking dunes” because they actually move slowly across the park.

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(Image source: Delaware State Parks)

In the park, you’ll discover a World War II observation tower that was part of Fort Miles and used to spot enemy battleships. It’s a shorter climb up one of the former military bunkers in the park, but the view is still impressive. Be sure to visit the Seaside Nature Center to check out the live Osprey Cam.

Visit www.delawaregreenways.org for more information.

Last Minute Gift Shop Items

Forgot a few key items on your trip? No need to worry because the Cape May- Lewes Ferry gift shop has all the key items that you need!

Whether you’re at the ferry terminal in Cape May or Lewes, or even if you’re on board the vessel, the ferry gift shops have the necessities for your trip, and some awesome ferry swag as well!

In a hurry and forgot your sunglasses? Pick up a pair to help protect your eyes from the sun while you watch out for wildlife on the Delaware Bay!

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And don’t forget to pick up a Cape May- Lewes Ferry hat!

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For the kids, we have captain and pirate hats, and maybe you’ll bump into a few captains or pirates along the way!

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Don’t forget to pick up one of our travel mugs in a variety of colors to hold your favorite cold beverage while relaxing on board the ferry!

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On those chilly days while crossing the Delaware Bay, get one of our super comfy sweatshirts to keep you warm from those bay breezes. One of these shark buddies with matching hoodies makes a perfect companion during your travels!

Last but not least, a ferry travel tote would make a handy accessory to have so you can carry all of your items together in one place!

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No matter where you are heading, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry has got you covered for last minute items! We hope you enjoy traveling across the Delaware Bay as part of the ferry family. Stop by our gift shop while on board or at our terminals to check out all the awesome gear we have!

 

Two Generations of Canadian RV’ers

canada-mapThere’s no doubt that each day after November 1, there’s an increasing chill in the air. We can measure it here at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry by the number of Canadian RV’ers increasingly making their way southbound. Perhaps because they have farther to travel, or more likely because it’s just colder at their home latitude, they are frequently some of our earliest snowbirds heading to warmer parts of the North American continent.

On one particular Monday in early November, two of the earliest RVs to show up for the 2:30 departure out of Cape May were different generations of first time Ferry travelers from Canada, each sporting very different types of recreational vehicles.

lorne-and-sue-green-and-charlieLorne and Sue Green along with their border collie Charlie live year round in their Class A RV.  Even when at home in Manitoba, they have forsaken mortgage payments for full-time living in their truly “mobile” home.  On this voyage, they left Canada on Sept. 28 to ride small roadways  while strategically working their way toward a family wedding in Florida in late November.

Each year, the Greens stay on the road for  182 days to enjoy various state parks throughout the United States.  For the remainder of the year, they run a mini-golf area in Manitoba.  They write an RV blog, a placecalledaway.blogspot.com and had visited Atlantic City just before coming down to  Cape May to cross the Delaware Bay on the Ferry.

Soon after they arrived, a much smaller graphic van came on campus with Simon Bertrand from Montreal in the driver’s seat. When asked to classify the vehicle,  Lorne smiled and noted that it certainly wasn’t a stealth RV, plain vans used by some RV’ers that aren’t clearly recognized at first sight as a mobile home with a resident inside.

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Simon, found eating lunch from the Grab ‘N Go in the terminal, told us he was on a self-proclaimed sabbatical from his latest entrepreneurial venture selling Kombucha Tea. His 2001 van was updated with its fun design by a muralist friend, and now also sports solar panels on the roof for energy self-sufficiency. Lorne Green admitted he was simon-bertrandplanning a similar solar installation when he next stops in Arizona for RV refurbishments post-winter.  “It makes a big difference,” Lorne stated.

Unlike the Greens, Bertrand’s voyage is a perhaps once in a lifetime adventure, planned in three separate stages rather than one, long extended voyage. His idea is to be away for several months at a time, and fly home in between stages for holidays and other planned  return visits to Quebec.

Both Bertrand and the Greens spoke of their desire for laid back fun rides that let them see nature and enjoy different views though one team is retired and the other still active in a unique career.

Thanks to both for taking the time to not only ferry across the bay with us, but give us some insights into different types of RV travel. We wish them both a  warm, easy winter and hope to see them again perhaps next year!

Author: Rhona Bronson, Director of Marketing, DRBA

What To Bring To Birdwatch On The Ferry

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The Delaware Bay is a birdwatcher’s paradise because it is one of the greatest places in the country to see a large and diverse collection of birds. Thankfully, the Ferry can put you right in the middle of the beautiful bird wonderland! On the Ferry, we’ve seen egrets, laughing gulls, osprey, gannets, the occasional bald eagle, and much more, since the bay is always flapping with flying wildlife. Whether you’re an experienced birder, or just a traveler admiring the aviary display, here’s what you’ll need to birdwatch on the Ferry.

Beginner
If you’re a beginner birdwatcher, enjoying all the birds that the bay has to offer doesn’t take much at all. But, those summer days will leave you burnt without the proper sunscreen. This is always a necessity no matter what level birder you are! Check out our wildlife scorecard, available on deck, to keep track of all the marine life you see. Information includes what each species likes to snack on, what time of year is best to spot them and even a fun fact or two. Depending on the season, you’ll see a variety of birds. In the springtime, an osprey couple typically lays three eggs by our Lewes Terminal, making for a great attraction! By the time summer comes around, the babies are hatched and ready to take their first flight. To catch our live feed of the Osprey nest check out our website!

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Intermediate
If you’ve dabbled in bird watching, bringing a backpack is a great idea to keep your hands free for holding binoculars or a camera. In the Springtime, hundreds of thousands of migrating shore birds feast on new horseshoe crab eggs that line the Delaware Bay shoreline. You may be able to spot the Red Knot that breeds as far north as Canada. In order to spot some of these migrating birds we suggest that any intermediate birder to bring a field guide to spot the variety of species. We also advise birders to wear long pants and closed toes shoes when exploring any wetlands and marshes.

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If you’re an expert birdwatcher, chances are you don’t need us to tell you what to bring along! You may already have one or more field guides and own a pair of binoculars. If you’re bringing a camera, we also recommend a tripod for stability when the boat is rocking.

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No matter your skill level, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry provides 360-degree views of Delaware Bay wildlife like you’ve them never seen before. Stop on either side to experience the natural habitat of Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware or Cape May Point State Park in New Jersey. The biodiversity on the a Delaware Bay attracts visitors from all over to explore our wetlands, beaches and woodlands.

Your Ferry Tale Wedding

When it comes to wedding planning, there are countless decisions a couple must make before their special day. One major decision being the location of their wedding. Cape May and the Delaware Beaches remain one of the most popular wedding destinations in the country. Warm sand, blue waters, and charming history provide a perfect backdrop for your upcoming wedding!

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Have a “Ferry Tale” Wedding

Our beautiful docks at both our Lewes and Cape May terminals offer an amazing backdrop for your special day, and our Sunset Lounge is a beautiful reception area. Whether you’re going for a nautical theme or want to stay tranquil, our events management staff will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Our peaceful settings will create the perfect atmosphere for you and your partner to start your new life together. Let us help you create an event that you and your guests will never forget.

It’s all about the details

Our skilled culinary professionals will help you pick the perfect food and drink options within your budget, from new craft beer weddings to more traditional champagne and cake events. We provide everything you need to host a dinner. Culinary creations include delicious and fresh seafood options including, shrimp, crab cakes, lobster tail and more! Our venues are flexible and perfect for smaller, intimate weddings of 20 or fewer, mid-sized weddings, and larger outdoor events.

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Location, location, location

Our New Jersey and Delaware locations offer couples multiple venue choices no matter the size of the party. Our venue capacities range from 40 people all the way to 1,500! Whether in Lewes or Cape May, our venue options will make your day as special and unique as you are! 


blog wedding2Whether you want an outdoor location, indoor, or split time between both, we’ve got you covered! Our terminal green offers a spectacular backdrop to the incredible sunsets on the bay. Inside, we have both our gallery room and Sunset Lounge that provides beautiful home for your event.

In Delaware, we have 3 more locations to choose from. Our bayside pier offers a unique opportunity for your guests to sit above the water and soak in the majesty of the sea.  Our bayside green is also available for a larger event or our sunset room for a party under 50.

Who doesn’t love a destination wedding?

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Whether you’re a local resident or coming from out of state, leave the planning to us so you can sit back and enjoy your day with friends and family. For more wedding inspiration, be sure to check out our Pinterest board! For inquiries, feel free to contact us!