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

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South Jersey Wineries

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Are you a wine enthusiast who loves tasting different wines from all over? Then what better place to visit and taste fine wines other than the Garden State itself! South Jersey has multiple vineyards and wineries all within miles of each other! Most of these wineries are located only a few miles away from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, so next time you are traveling over on the ferry, make sure to stop and check out these amazing wineries and vineyards.

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

711 Townbank Road

Cape May, NJ 08204

This winery named after a very historical town has started to make their own history themselves. Over the decades it has grown up to four different vineyards acquiring over 70 acres and many different varieties of grapes. Take a tour of this beautiful winery and learn the creative process as they take you behind the scenes. After the tour, experience and taste the wonderful selection of wines in one of their three tasting rooms. Their wine associates are there to help pair your taste buds with the perfect wine, so sit back and relax as you take in the breathtaking views. For more information about their wine tasting hours and prices, visit their website.Cape May Winery

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

600 South Railroad Ave

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The Hawk Haven Winery was established in 2008, but the land has been in the family since 1940. Take a tour of the vineyard and learn their background story. Witness their vast steel tanks and barrels as you go behind the scenes of their wine making process. Savor any of their award winning white, red, or cellared wines in their tasting room. They host many events from spring through fall that are family and pet-friendly. For more information about their tours and tasting room hours, visit their website.

 

Jessie Creek Winery

1 North Delsea Drive

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

This winery, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay, has a Mediterranean ambiance that makes you feel as though you were in Italy! Its eight acres of land have the perfect soil for growing the best grapes. You can either take a tour to learn the hand making process of their wines, or taste one of their 14 wines (including their new fruit wines). If a day isn’t enough for you, stay at their Bed and Breakfast Inn right at the winery! This beautiful farmhouse was renovated into an inn for guests to enjoy right on the vineyard. To host an event here or learn more about their tour and tasting hours visit their website.

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Willow Creek Winery

160-168 Stevens Street

West Cape May, NJ 08204

This beautiful 50-acre winery will leave you in awe. As you walk through the garden you will come across their beautiful handcrafted winery where you can take a guided tour, or sit on their patio by the fireplace to taste some of their fine wines. They also host larger wine tasting events and Farm Festivals that you won’t want to miss! For more information about their wine or tours, visit their website.

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Natali Vineyards

221 North Delsea Drive (North Route 47)

Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210

The start of this vineyard came in 2001 when Alfred Natali fell in love with the delicate process of creating fine wines while in Italy. He was amazed that you were able to grow Vitis vinifera, which is the grapevine of French and Italian wines, in Cape May. He began his experiment by purchasing 22 acres, and has been successful ever since. Their tasting room is open daily for you to try one of their grape or fruit wines. To find out more about tours and wine tastings visit their website.

Turdo Vineyards & Winery

3911 Bayshore Road

North Cape May, NJ 08204

This winery is saving the planet one wine bottle at a time! Turdo Vineyards and Winery is the only one in the state of New Jersey running on 100% solar energy. it all began when a North Jersey man had a dream and determination to turn 5 acres into a beautiful vineyard. Sal and his family work together to operate and create some of the best fine wines around. Their wines have been honored with many medals and awards. Tour their beautiful vineyard and see how it is all made in an energy efficient way and give their wine a try in the tasting room! For more information on their hours, or to schedule a private tasting, visit their website
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To get a chance to try some of these wines and enjoy the beautiful bay views, take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Wine Lovers Sunset Cruise! Join us for a wonderful night on the ferry with different wines that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds while watching the sunset from the best place around. The cruises will be every Friday and Saturday departing from both Cape May and Lewes until late October. Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience!

** We encourage all passengers to consume alcohol safely and responsibly on and off board. We would be happy to arrange a taxi or help you schedule your next shuttle bus!

Ferry RV Tips

Do you own an RV and enjoy going on adventures?  The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is an easy way to get from New Jersey to Delaware (or vice versa), while relaxing across the Delaware Bay. You may be thinking, “there is no way my big RV is going to fit on the ferry!”  The good news is that we can accommodate almost any size motor home or trailer onto our vessels. Everyday, we see all different shapes and sizes of recreational vehicles come aboard our vessels. Whether you have a Class A motor home or a fifth wheel trailer, we have space for you!

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After extended time on the road, the ferry is a great way to unwind, relax and leave the navigation to us. You get a chance to stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh bay breeze, and (hopefully!) see some wildlife as you cross the Delaware Bay!

Before sailing with us, here are a few tips to make the ferry experience as easy as possible: 

  • Reservations are highly recommended because each ferry is 2,100 feet and long vehicles are generally held to 20% of the load to allow the most people to cross. So make sure to reserve your spot now!
  • The height limitation – 13 feet, 6 inches
  • The width limitation – 8 feet, 6 inches (generally more than enough for most RV’s, but if vehicle is wider, it can still board and we will charge for 2 spaces)
  • There is no length limitation, but there are different rates for vehicles over 60’ and three different length classes for RVs ranging from 15-34’, 35-44’, and 45-59’.
  • Propane Gas Restrictions – no more than 2 cylinders of propane are allowed on at a time.
    • Must be safely secured to the vehicle in an upright position with valves closed and tagged.
    • Propane powered refrigerators must have the thermostat control turned to the “off” position.

There are plenty of campgrounds located not far from our Cape May or Lewes Terminals! Make sure to follow these tips next time before you board onto the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to make your ferry experience a great one!

 

Camping in Southern Delaware

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Headed to Delaware this summer, or simply passing through? Southern Delaware has some incredible campsites alongside peaceful preserves and serene beaches that will wow any experienced camper! The Cape-May Lewes Ferry is RV friendly so climb aboard and embark on your next adventure!

Cape Henlopen State Park

15099 Cape Henlopen Dr

Lewes, DE 19958

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(302) 645-6852

This nature preserve resides on a former military base and features beaches, biking and walking trails, an observation tower and more! This campground is perfect for beach lovers offering over 150 sites, most with a water hookup. Camping is available from March 1st through November 30th. No RV? No problem! Sleep comfortably in their newly renovated cabins. Each cabin sleeps 6 with 2 bunk beds and 1 Queen sized bed, equipped with interior lighting, an AC/Heating unit and a screened in porch with picnic table for comfortable dining. These cabins are open all year round for guests to enjoy. This site is within walking distance from our terminal!

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 **The campground at Cape Henlopen State Park will close September 11, 2016, to allow for major campground improvements. For pricing and reservation information, click here.

 

 

Delaware Seashore Park

39415 Inlet Road

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

(302) 227-2800

Located along the Rehoboth Bay, this campsite offers countless amenities for its guests for the majority of the year. It features 6 miles of beautiful waterfront shoreline for swimming and surf. Delaware Seashore Park is open with full service, April 1st through November 30th which includes, electric, water, sewer and showers. Along with, limited service year-round which includes, electric and sewer only. The campground can accommodate a variety of camping units, from tents to large recreational vehicles. This campsite is in a prime location, with beaches, restaurants and downtown shopping areas only a bike ride away! To reserve online or for more information, click here.

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Tall Pine Campground Resort

29551 Persimmon Rd

Lewes, DE 19958

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(302) 684-0300

Located only about 8 miles from our Lewes terminal, this campground prides itself on all things F.U.N and is perfect for any family with kids of all ages! This resort features an 18 hole mini golf course, fitness center, swimming pool, playground and more! They are able to accommodate all varieties of campers, including RV sites, tent sites and cabins and deluxe cabins! Season, annual and monthly sites are available for rent. For more information and to book your reservation, click here.

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Homestead Campground

Rd 254

Georgetown, DE 19947

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(302) 684-4278

Located in Georgetown, DE thiblog de camping3.jpgs campground is pet-friendly and offers great activities for the kids. Their site even offers a downloadable exploration trail for you and your family to map your vacation in southern Delaware (psst.. Our On the Rocks Restaurant is even featured in it!) This family friendly environment holds regular horseshoe tournaments and game days, and also have special events for holidays and happenings throughout the year. This site offers lots for RVs as well as 4 and 8 person cabins! Check out their activity calendar and reservation information here.

 

Leisure Point Resort

25491 Dogwood Ln

Long Neck, DE 19966

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(302) 945-2000

Also located along the Rehoboth Bay, this gated resort offers a spacious getaway for its campers. Their haven alongside the Delaware Coast that has been long renowned for its clean, sandy beaches and excellent fishing, crabbing and clamming. This site offers over 300 boat slips for boats ranging from small to large. Tree-shaded campsites are available on a seasonal basis, from April 15 – October 15th, with full hookups. They also offer amenities including a fitness center, swimming pool, on-site laundry, and clubhouse. With over 40 years of continuous ownership, this resort prides itself on its traditional family roots. For more information and to reserve your spot today, click here.

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Camping in Cape May County

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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
(609) 886-6035
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

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Big Timber Lake
116 Swainton-Goshen Road
Cape May Court House, NJ
(888) 886-2477
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

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The Depot Travel Park
800 Broadway
West Cape May, NJ
(609) 884-2533
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

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Holly Shores Camping Resort
491 U.S. Route 9 South
Cape May, NJ
(877) 49-HOLLY
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

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Seashore Campsites & RV Resort
720 Seashore Road
Cape May, NJ
(609) 884-4010
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

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How to Entertain your Children while Traveling

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Top 5 Reasons Why Traveling Onboard With Toddlers Is the way to go

Unclip that car seat and climb aboard! Below are some tips that’ll help you enjoy the wonders of the bay with your kids… without wanting to pulling your hair out.

1. Wildlife: Where else can you sit and watch Dolphins for 85 minutes?

Children can grab a wildlife score card from a crew member and try to spot all the shore birds and marine life. The captains frequently announce when they spot Dolphin pods and other wildlife creatures so make sure to pay attention. Recently there have even been whale spottings by the crew! At the Lewes terminal there is a family of osprey, you can even monitory them on the live Osprey Cam! So be sure to grab a good seat outside seat outside and let the show begin!

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2. Confdad and kid.jpgined Space: Relax!

You’re on a boat, appreciate the time out of the car and let your kids roam safely. Your children can interact with the crew and sit on lawn chairs on the upper deck. There’s plenty of space for your kids to explore while keeping a distant eye on them. With two outside decks, they can experience a 360 degree view without getting too far away from mom and dad. There is also a free learning the ropes handout for children to learn how to tie a sailors knot!

3. Gift Shop: Take a look around in the gift shop onboard!little ferry

While traveling, you can stop inside the onboard gift shop and find anything from jewelry for mom to stuffed animals and T-Shirts for kids. Don’t forget the sunscreen! You can also purchase a postcard and have your kids write a letter to friends or family explaining how much fun they had!

4. Activities onboard: Coloring Books and Scavenger Hunts, Oh My!

Grab a complimentary coloring book and enjoy the peace and quiet. The Cape May-Ferry Employees onboard hand out wildlife and captain cards that your children can collect!  There is also an arcade in the back of the boat filled with video games for all to enjoy. You may even get a glimpse of Pirate Pete! If you get hungry be sure to grab a bite to eat in our food court.

 

5. Activities Off Board: There’s plenty to do whether you’re in Cape May or Lewes

While at the terminals your children can play mini golf! Or step foot into any one of our beach towns and soak in the history:

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While in Cape May: Enjoy the zoo! Free everyday for families. Shuttle trips from the terminal to the Zoo begin June 21st! Trip Includes round-trip ferry ride for passengers from Lewes, shuttle service to the Cape May County Zoo and zoo admission. You’ll get a fascinating look at 250 species of animals, birds and reptiles in a beautiful garden setting.

While in Lewes: Rent a bike from us and enjoy the Cape Henlopen State Park. There’s plenty of wildlife and beautiful beaches to explore through 2.25 miles of bike paths. Or experience Historic Lewes with free museum tours. Don’t to grab some ice cream from the many shops in Lewes on your way back!

Why Pets Love Riding the Ferry

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For years, animal lovers and their four-legged companions have enjoyed ferry rides. You may be curious why dogs would love breathing in open air, sighting the most unique birds (with a bark), rocking and relaxing Adirondack chairs and because of that, we’ve put a list of reasons together for you…  Here are some of the reasons why pets love riding the ferry as much as their owners!

1.) While on board they get to see their favorite whale and dolphin friends in the Delaware Bay. During the summer months, many whales and dolphins travel along the waters for furry passengers to see. And, to be clear, 2016 has been an AMAZING year for sighting whales!

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2.) You pup can enjoy the 360 degree views of the bay from many vantage points from the wrap around deck. On later rides, you may even catch a stunning sunset. 

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3.) Before boarding the ferry, dogs of all shapes and sizes can play free miniature golf with their owners. We promote tail puts and nose puts. 

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4.) Your wonderful pup can meet other furry friends from around the world! People and their pets from all over the country use the ferry to travel, so you never know who you may get to meet. For those with puppy eyes, you won’t want to miss out. 

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5.) Finally they can ride for free with their owners! There is nothing like traveling with man’s best friend.*

dog ferryThese are only a few of the reasons why pets love riding the ferry but there are plenty more. Come and see why everyone loves riding the Cape May- Lewes Ferry as much as their four-legged companions! Visit our website now  to book a trip for you and your 4 legged bestie. 

*We know the rocking of the ferry isn’t always a dog’s best friend, so just remember to take care of your pup on a trip like this! Looking forward to have you both.