Always looking for a new place to explore for our anniversary. This was 21 years & we've never been to Cape May. The drive down from upstate NY took 5 hours & was super easy, we noticed traffic in the other direction though & should have been forwarned! Took 8 hours to return-note: look for other route than Garden State north, at least we had a book on CD to keep us amused. After unloading the car at the Carroll Villa hotel (B&B) had to park in lot 10 minute walk away, but never really needed our car except to go to Diamond beach & really shouldn't have wasted our time. The room was charming, and the staff was very helpful & friendly. The hotel is right in the center of the village, 30 second walk to the beach - great location. Happy hour with fun martini's & the restaurant out back in the garden dining area are great, we had breakfast there each morning ($30 certificate included for breakfast for each night you stay). Also had dinner there one night (30% off for hotel guests), and the other night went to dinner at 410 Bank St. (Loved it!!) 410 Bank St. is bring your own bottle or they can sell you a bottle from the local winery, but no bar. Food & presentation were amazing, we took pictures of our dinner. One day we walked through the charming shops, and the next day we walked all day - 10 miles along the beach. We walked to the lighthouse & climbed it, and hit all the nature walks along the way (paths on boardwalks through marshes). You have to buy a beach tag $5/day each person (cheaper if longer stay) to walk on the beach, but pays to keep the beaches clean & protected. You can buy them from the people that sit at the entrance to any pier. It was very relaxing & fun, and I can't say enough about the nice people at the hotel. On the way out we had lunch at the Lobster House (where you first enter Cape May - at the boat docks) you can get fresh fried seafood or around back to the raw bar for steamers & crab. Fun. Also stopped at Wildwood (10 minutes away) just to see it. We walked for a bit on the boardwalk - totally a teenage wonderland! 2 mile boardwalk behind all the buildings with arcade games, food, t-shirt shops, amusment park rides & free beach in the middle. If we had the kids, maybe would have spent a day there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Carroll Villa Hotel is a family owned and operated historic Cape May hotel and home of the acclaimed Mad Batter Restaurant and Bar. Guests will enjoy our welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, as well as our ideal location just a half block from the beach and the walking mall. Carroll Villa Hotel offers nineteen unique rooms which blend an eclectic mix of Eastlake, Craftsman and mid-century modern pieces with contemporary colors and modern amenities. All of our guest rooms feature private baths, complimentary WiFi, and flat-screen TV's. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carroll Hotel Cape May
- Carroll Cape May
- Carroll Villa Hotel Cape May, New Jersey