Cocktail: Flight of Wine

Create your own flight of wine for the holidays! The Washington Inn serves Stag Leap Petite Syrah, Reserve de la Sayrine Rosé, and Ancilla Lugana Ella—a non-sparkling Italian white wine. Flight glass holders, similar to shown, are available on Etsy.

In the Beginning: The Mainstay Inn

Forty-two years ago,  God visited the Mainstay Inn. Well, it wasn’t actually the Supreme Being, and it wasn’t quite the Mainstay Inn, at least not the one that stands proudly on the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Stockton Place now. But back in the early 1970s, the self-appointed deity of the bed-and-breakfast industry was one…

Rescue Squad

It’s a system of loyalty and trust. Loyalty to those who visit Cape May beaches, and trust among the lifeguards themselves. No occupation seems to embody the all-American summer like that of a well-tanned, able-bodied, vigilant and attentive lifeguard. Lifeguards sit upon their chair, constantly scanning the horizon looking for anything amiss. Clad in red…

Schooner American: Evolution of a Cape May Tradition

It was an innovative idea at the time. A first-of-its-kind floating cocktail lounge. Wally Laudeman and his wife Marijane, side by side, opened The Marine Bar in 1954 as a small restaurant primarily specializing in seafood and burgers. A devastating fire in 1964 changed the course of dining in Cape May, when the Laudemans expanded…

The View from Here

People like to go to the top of things. Don’t ask me why. And it’s no good asking them, either, because they don’t know. Nearly a century ago, a reporter from the New York Times asked George Mallory why he wanted to go to the summit of Mount Everest, and he famously answered, “Because it’s…

A Rare Vintage

Ed Wuerker likes classic planes so much, he bought one: a vintage TBM Avenger, built in the waning days of World War II. The single-prop torpedo bomber, one of the few that remain from a fleet of 10,000, still flies out of Cape May County Airport.

Brew Crew

Seven or eight years ago, two young men who’d met in college at Villanova in 2001 began to fool around with beer-making. From the rooftop of an apartment building in Park Slope in Brooklyn, Ryan Krill filled his bathtub with snow, begged and borrowed some used equipment from local restaurants, and concocted his first batch…

Cocktail: Cape May Mariner

“The Cape May Mariner has been a popular drink at Aleathea’s since before any of the present bartenders even started working here! It’s become a standby—one of our classic summer cocktails.”