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!

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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

 

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

Newest Adventure Park in Cape May

An Amazing Aerial Adventure

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.

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Photo Credit: Tree to Tree Adventure Park

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.

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Photo Credit: Tree to Tree

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.

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Photo Credit: Tree to Tree

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!

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Photo Credit: Tree to Tree

Author: Rhona Bronson, Director of Marketing, DRBA

Let the Ferry Games Begin!

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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!

 

 

 

 

Savings and Sailing with the Ferry!

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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!

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Ferry Cool Day Trip Ride

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Meet Justin and Adeline Derenzy who thought up what could be the coolest day trip ever on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. This dynamic duo are from New Mexico and came to DC to celebrate Justin’s brother’s recent promotion at the Pentagon. Before jumping on plane home tomorrow, they decided to take a day trip in a cool car.  Justin found Eagle Rider DC,  the Falls Church, VA  site affiliated with the national Eagle Rider service known  largely for motorcycle rentals.  Instead, the Derenzys rented this Polaris Slingshot featured on the Eagle Rider site and set off for a day of touring.  When asked where to go, their wise brother suggested going up to Lewes, DE to take the Ferry!  So off they went, took the 2:45 and headed straight to the beach in North Cape May.  They had just enough time to turn around, gas up, take the 6PM back. They’ll return the car tonight, and Adeline got her first look at a bay and ocean!