Historical Cape May, New Jersey

Colorful Victorian Homes are Modern Day Inns and B&Bs in Cape May

Picture beautiful, clean, family friendly beaches with well kept local owned restaurants and stores; sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Next time you take a trip, you should head to Cape May, NJ. Cape May was recognized as one of the top 10 beaches in America by the Travel Channel in 2008, and is known to be one of New Jersey’s finest beach areas.

Located on the southern tip of New Jersey, in the 1700’s Cape May became a destination for Philadelphia vacationers and was announced as the countries oldest seaside resort.

Not only are the beaches beautiful and the water kept clean, Cape May has the second largest collection of Victorian Homes to feast your eyes on each day as you walk around town. Known to be a summer vacation spot, Cape May blooms from just over 4,000 year round residents to over 40,000 between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

On the Victorian Homes Tour, we learned that one source of employment that’s always necessary in Cape May is the house painter.  With the salty water and east coast weather, blocks and blocks of Victorian homes need to be painted on average each 1-2 years.  The detail work is breathtaking.

If you’re looking for a beach with a lot of people, bars, restaurants and shops, the city of Cape May has several;

Blue Pig Tavern, Congress Hall, Cape May

The Cove, Broadway, Grant Street, Windsor, Congress Street, and Steger’s Beach, just to name a few. These are the most popular beaches and you do have to pay a small fee for a tag to enter – tags can be purchased before you enter on a daily basis (3-day, weekly or seasonal passes are also an option). There are quieter beaches around, with fewer amenities: Sunset Beach offers beautiful sunsets each night, and you may even find Cap May diamonds – but you have to know what you’re looking for. This is not one of the beaches you would want to spend the day at, but it is worth a visit. Cape May State Park is the perfect place to dolphin and bird watch, and is home to the world famous Cape May Lighthouse. Any atmosphere you desire in a family friendly beach can be found within Cape May, just ask the locals.

Beautiful Beaches, Cape May - Jersey Shore

Not only are there several beaches to relax and play on, Cape May is full of daily activity for any season. Take a whale watching tour (though it’s probably more likely you’ll see dolphins), mini golf, or visit the free zoo. On a rainy day you may decide to take in a wine tasting at one of their local wineries, a relaxing spa day, or an arts and crafts day with the kids.

The historic Carroll Villa has the best view in town if you’re willing to climb some stairs to the turret.  Might I suggest the Mad Batter.  A line outside is almost guaranteed during peak breakfast hours, but the food is amazing on their picturesque front porch as is the dinner in the garden dining room.

No matter what the weather or the season, there is always something wonderful to do in Cape May, New Jersey.

Grand Haven is a Summer Fun Must!

I have been to many places in Michigan but I had never visited Grand Haven. I have always heard how beautiful the beaches are there so when a mini vacation opportunity came up we chose to take the family to the allusive Grand Haven.

Grand Haven turned out to be one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to in Michigan.  Over 10 miles of beaches is what Grand Haven promotes and that was not a disappointment. For as far as you can see either direction, as my feet stood in the warm Lake Michigan waters, there is white sandy beach.  The gorgeous, lapping waves poured over my feet as I took in the scenery around me. A lighthouse with a pier to walk down, summer houses in the trees behind me, water as far as I can see in front of me, sand volleyball courts for the popular beach sport, boats in the water and kids making sandcastles.  It was truly an amazing afternoon watching Michigan around me.

The little downtown of Grand Haven was just as fun to be at as the beach. Quaint storefronts, to shop at, outdoor patios to eat on, and a true vacation staple:  ice cream.  The stop for Hudsonville waffle cones were essential (and delicious).

The night time was no disappointment either.  Depending on the time of sunset and darkness, Grand Haven has a popular attraction called the “Musical Fountains”.  The fountains are located at the end of the downtown street on the bay. Here the fountains dance to music with the display of spraying water!  We sat on the bleachers and enjoyed the 20 minute show of music and lights on a beautiful summer Michigan night.

As much as we would have loved to pack up all 5 of us and jet off to Disney, we truly enjoyed our own little bit of the vacation tropics right here on the awesome west side of Michigan.  We loved enjoying our home state and fueling our own economy in the lovely small town of Grand Haven.

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Tropical Getaway – Maine

Sebasco Harbor Resort

If you have been craving a little taste of the tropics, or the sound of crashing waves, then Sebasco Harbor Resort in Maine might be the perfect getaway for you. Sebasco Harbor Resort offers a variety of lodging options, and several amenities and activities for people of all ages. A romantic escape for two, a girls weekend at the spa or a family vacation can all be easily planned at the resort. Maine offers endless unique landscapes and beautiful scenic views—with Sebasco Harbor Resort located on over 550 acres of Maine’s Midcoast, including Casco Bay, you are sure to be impressed with the natural breathtaking views, as well as the many amenities and services offered by the resort.

Some of the highlights are the endless options for lodging. Guests can stay in the Main Lodge, the resort’s cozy cottages, the romantic lighthouse or in one of the Fairwinds Spa suites. The resort has received stellar reviews from guests all over the country, partly as a result of Sebasco Harbor Resort tailoring your vacation experience to meet your needs.

Dining at Sebasco Harbor Resort is guaranteed to be memorable and delicious, as the resort only utilizes the freshest locally grown ingredients. The menus at the more formal Pilot House and more casual Ledges Pub are both centered in regional American heirloom recipes, offering their guests a true Pure Maine experience. Don’t forget the camera for dinner at The Pilot House. It is the place to be to watch beautiful sunsets.

One of the biggest decisions to make at the resort is what to do! The choices of activities are endless with dips in their saltwater pool, boat tours on Casco Bay, a trip to the fitness center, spa and golf course. I

f you are looking for a great place to hold your next family reunion or business trip, Sebasco Harbor Resort can accommodate you and turn your getaway dreams into reality. With all of the different vacation packages the resort offers, you are sure to find something that suits you perfectly: The Golf Stay & Play, Lighthouse Romance, Family Gathering Getaway, Spa & Golf or The Mid-Week Bed, Breakfast & Golf Getaway are all options for you when planning your trip. Be sure to contact the resort well in advance to plan some of the specifics you’ll be desiring, as their scheduled amenities fill up quickly.

If you are looking for a fun and exciting tropical vacation, exploring all that Maine’s Sebasco Harbor Resort has to offer would be a perfect decision.

Check out Sebasco Harbor Resort’s website today, and start designing your amazing tropical Maine getaway!

http://www.sebasco.com/

Local Tropics: Ludington, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan, Blue Skies, Beach, Grass, People, Vacation, GetawayMiles of beautiful sandy beaches, sunsets over the water, quaint places to stay and eat. When you hear that, it sounds like a paradise at a Caribbean resort? It’s more like paradise in our backyard in Ludington, Michigan!

Bed and Breakfast, Ludington, Michigan, Vacation, HotelLudington is located on the west side of the state and sits on Lake Michigan. Looking out at Lake Michigan on a clear day is just as breathtaking as staring out at a tropical beach. Ludington is a tucked away vacation spot that is a must see place to visit! There are countless Bed and Breakfast suites to lodge at, Ludington State Park if you are a camper, a sweet downtown area to shop, and most importantly-what every good vacation spot needs-an ice cream shop. House of Flavors is not to be missed! When you walk in the shop the smell of homemade waffle cones overwhelms you. Grab your favorite flavor and walk down to Lake Michigan and visit the North Breakwater Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was constructed in 1871 and sits a half mile out into the water. The walk down to the lighthouse at sunset is literally breathtaking!

There are miles of sand dunes that line Lake Michigan. The dunes are flat in some places and quite a hike upwards in others! You can walk, rent Dune Jeeps or tour on horseback these marvelous sand wonders.

If you are sunning yourself on beach in Ludington, with sunscreen of course, you may see the SS Badger Car Ludington, Michigan, Lighthouse, Blue Water, Boat, Vacation, Lake Michiganferry heading out across the Lake to Wisconsin-kids are always fascinated to there are cars on that big boat!
Tropical Paradise can be found in many places in the world, but we shouldn’t forget about the beautiful paradises that can be found in our own backyard. Pack your swimsuit and your sunscreen and travel to Ludington!

For more information on visiting Ludington, Michigan visit: www.visitludington.com.