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.
The Inn at Canal Square
The Inn at Canal Square is just a short drive from our terminal and is in the heart of historic Lewes, DE. Facing the Lewes Canal, guests have an amazing seaside view when they wake up. While in Lewes, you and your loved one can explore historic museums, enjoy unique shops downtown and dine at one-of-a-kind restaurants. They offer plenty of great escape packages depending on your interest, like a golfers getaway or wildlife expedition. No matter your interest, their 22 beautifully decorated rooms turn any weekend into a romantic retreat. For more information about the Inn at the Canal Square, give them a call at (302) 644-3377, or visit their website.
The Avenue Inn and Spa
Located right in the heart of downtown Rehoboth, this inn and spa offers special couple packages including message therapy, facial treatments and more! Their staff is dedicated to educating clients on a healthier and better lifestyle by using all natural products. Their top notch amenities provide guests with complimentary breakfast as well as cheese and wine. Their luxurious rooms are perfect for you and your loved one to obtain optimal relaxation. To learn more about The Avenue Inn, you can reach them at (302) 226-2900, or check out their website.
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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.
Cape May Day Spa
This full-service spa is open daily with state of the art treatment, this day spa offers something for every couple. Their tranquil ambiance will make your next seaside getaway a special one! Their services include couples escape with head to toe massage therapy, manicures, pedicures, and facials. They strive to give all guests total comfort and relaxation through holistic treatments. Reach out to any of their professional staff members for advice or treatment recommendations. For more information about the Cape May Day Spa, give them a call at (609) 898-1003, or check out their website.
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!
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.
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.
(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.
There’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 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.
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 planning 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
Tree2Tree Adventure Park opened spring 2016 on the grounds of the Cape May County Zoo. It took the entire summer for me to gain the courage to try it out. This September I climbed my first tree, jumped from mini platform to mini platform, got good at clipping and un-clipping safety latches, and ended the day courageously jumping out on five increasingly descending zip lines.
It’s not an experience for the faint of heart, but it is a bucket list experience for sure. Having never done zip lines, Outward Bound, or even 5K runs, this relatively sedentary gym rat (I limit myself to seated weight machines rather than treadmills), learned that it’s never too late to unleash your inner Tarzan or Jane.
I am thankful that I’ve spent the last two years at the gym gaining a minimal level of fitness to at least attempt the park. The park is made up of five fitness courses labelled blue, green, red, silver and zip line, with each colored course increasingly harder, higher, or more challenging. Many first timers like myself stop after the blue course, however after seeing my younger compatriots take on the green course, I am somewhat regretful I didn’t move on, but someone had to get the water bottles!
Park guides state that you know when it’ time to quit. I stopped after the blue more from thirst and heat than the course, and I do recommend that older participants take breaks to find water. It’s likely not smart to sit down on a lovely park bench, because once down, it’s hard to convince yourself to not only get up, but climb up a 10 or 20 ft. tree again. Wisely, the park guides state that once you say you’re done and take off your harness, they don’t let you gear up again. They intrinsically trust your own initial body intuition. If you even once say “enough is enough,” they take you at your word. Don’t cry “uncle” unless you’re 100% sure you’re done for the day.
Even if you opt out of the other colored courses at any time, if you keep your harness on, you can always still do the zip line at the end of the park. Calling it a zip line is somewhat of a misnomer as it’s five separate zip lines. Having my only prior zip line experience been the very low training course at the beginning of the park, I was not prepared for the amazing height of the first line. It took lots of coaxing by my guide and one of my tree swinging partners already on the far platform to take the leap into the air. I had to close my eyes to push off. There was just no other way for me to take flight. However, by the third platform, I could jump off with eyes open. It helps to know that each zip line is ever lower to the ground. Once you’ve done the first, you’ve done the “worst,” or highest, longest and best depending on your personal point of view.
I didn’t know that an adventure park experience was on my bucket list, but it now is and has been crossed off. That said, I could easily be convinced to go again. The green course is calling my name as again the zip lines.
Tree2Tree is a seasonal adventure park that will stay open in the fall as long as the weather allows. Spring and Fall are great times to try the park as a cool breeze is very welcome while you work up your own inner heat from the high wire balancing act you didn’t know you had in you. Reservations are required as you must have guides assigned to watch, coach and encourage you along. All equipment is checked twice daily, and all wires are said to be military grade. It’s a small, but much needed comfort when somewhere during the course your fear center kicks in and you wonder if you’re truly safe. You are. My moment came when I was afraid of holding on to my carabiner on the zip line, not trusting my own upper body strength. Chris, my guide, then informed me that I really didn’t need to hold on at all. The carabiner clip and zip line would hold my body weight for me, and could even hold a car. I don’t know if the latter is true, but the first was and by the fifth line I was arms out while zipping away for the true flying experience!
Author: Rhona Bronson, Director of Marketing, DRBA
Meet Dylan Clark. Seriously, come meet him! At the Cape May Ferry terminal on many afternoons, you’ll see him set up in the back salon waiting to play or teach chess to anyone interested. He’s generally there from 4:30-6 several times a week after his shift at the local Acme. A native of North Cape May, this 22-year old is an eleven year veteran of the game, literally having played for half of his life!
Why does he set up at the Ferry? There aren’t that many chess players in Cape May and Dylan is always looking to challenge himself against new players, or help others get introduced to the game. Although most of his peers are currently walking around searching for Pokemon, Dylan prefers the strategic intricacies of chess. He credits the game with helping him gain strength and courage particularly in his earlier years when he was not as socially adept or verbal as he is today.
Dylan mostly plays online, but prefers real life interactions whenever possible. He sets up with all the necessary tools, including books that can help him and other interested patrons learn desired move nuances. Thinking of trying your hand at chess? Stop by the Ferry terminal in Cape May and introduce yourself to Dylan. He’s got an easy smile, is so friendly and really loves talking chess!
The school year is right around the corner, and that means the time for back-to-school shopping is here! While this annual shopping trip can sometimes seem like a chore, the ferry can help you turn it into a fun trip along the shore, and get you some great savings as well!
Until Sunday, August 21st, you can pick up a Tanger Outlets Coupon Sheet at the Customer Service Desk of the Cape May Ferry Terminal for up to 25% off select purchases. Just follow the tips below to start saving!
Climb aboard the ferry to take advantage of these great discounts before they sail away! Click the box below to book your trip and start relaxing and saving on the Delaware Bay.
Do you LOVE to go camping or have never gone before? Whether you like your outdoors experience to be rustic, or you prefer the comfort of modern amenities, you’ll find what you’re looking for in and around Cape May if you’re traveling over on the Cape May – Lewes Ferry!
Beachcomber Camping Resort
462 Seashore Road
Cape May, NJ
Open until Nov. 1, Beachcomber offers lakefront and wilderness sites, including accommodations for RVs up to 48-plus feet. Cabins are also available. Amenities include clean, modern bathhouses, two lakes stocked with fish for catch-and-release, and family
activities on weekends. Daily rates are $38-$70 for campsites with electric, water and cable; $43-$77 with sewer. Tent sites with electric, water and cable run $39-$73. One-room cabins are $69-$134; two rooms $74-$144, some pet-friendly. www.beachcombercamp.com
Big Timber Lake
116 Swainton-Goshen Road
Cape May Court House, NJ
Camping Resort Chose from a cozy rustic-to-deluxe cabin ($76-$113) or two-to-three-bedroom cottage ($138). For RVs, there are sites available with water and electric ($50); water, electric and sewer ($51); and pull-through with water, electric and sewer ($55). The resort is open until mid-October. www.sunrvresorts.com
The Depot Travel Park
West Cape May, NJ
Open through Oct. 12, this family-owned campground is the closest to Cape May’s beaches. Tent and RV sites are available with two- to four-way hookups, and pets are welcome. Rates for sites with water, electric, sewer and cable TV hookups are $43-$54.50; $42.50-$54 with water, electric and cable TV; $40.75-$52 with just water and electric. www.thedepottravelpark.com
Holly Shores Camping Resort
491 U.S. Route 9 South
Cape May, NJ
Open until late October, Holly Shores offers serene woodland settings. It can accommodate RVs up to 40-plus feet and has air-conditioned/heated, kitchenette-equipped cabins that sleep up to six. Bathhouses are clean and modern. Family activities are held on fall weekends, and there are three freshwater fishing lakes within easy walking distance. Some accommodations are pet-friendly. Daily rates for campsites with water, electric and cable are $46-$66; $52-$67 with sewer. Cabins are $104-$175. www.hollyshores.com
Seashore Campsites & RV Resort
720 Seashore Road
Cape May, NJ
Through Oct. 31, stay in a two-bedroom cottage or back-in or pull-through RV site at this 90-acre, pet-friendly resort. Cottages accommodate six people and include full kitchens, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and screened-in porches. Rates for cottages are $142. No-hookup sites are $31-$34; $32-$40 with water and electric; $32-$42 with full hookup. www.sunrvresorts.com