A rainy day is the perfect time to explore Cape May County, New Jersey! We love our Ocean City Beaches and Boardwalk, but our county is replete with other delights and diversions so on those days when we're experiencing some "liquid sunshine," you have the opportunity to take a day trip and discover what else the Jersey shore region has to offer.
Be sure to check with the Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast staff for assistance, driving directions, or additional suggestions when planning your day. We're always happy to help!
This suggested itinerary begins at the Scarborough Inn (720 Ocean Ave., Ocean City, NJ), picks up Route 9 in Marmora, and winds throughout Cape May County visiting a variety of destinations while driving south on "blue highways" (local roads). Route 9 is the "old" highway to the shore and it passes through many communities - any number of which hold interesting places to stop and explore. You'll see Victorian architecture, antique shops and "Mom and Pop" stores, small historic churches and a Quaker Meeting House, small farms with roadside stands featuring seasonal produce and flowers - all interspersed with modern residential developments and shopping centers.
In Marmora, pick up Route 9 and enjoy the view as you travel south. The first stop is Woodlands Village for some "retail therapy" - always a welcome diversion. This cluster of 15 small shops was established several years ago and features a collection of unique wares. For example, the Woodland Toy Shop offers toys that foster traditional play and imagination. Other shops feature clothing, natural beauty products, and hand-crafted decorative items. There's even a snack shop. Don't miss the BumbleBee Bakeshop owned by a pair of classically trained chefs. The sweets are beautiful to look at, like chocolate gems, and taste rich and decadent. And they contain all natural ingredients so that makes the cakes and cookies practically "health food." Right?
Woodland Village 1943 North Route 9, Clermont, NJ
(open throughout the year)
As you leave the Village, turn right onto Route 9 heading south. Take another right on Goshen/ Swainton Road (Rt. 83 West) and a left on Route 47 (Delsea Drive) and look for signs for the winery (about 15 minutes driving time). Natali Vineyard - home of award-winning, locally produced wines - was established in 2000. Today, they cultivate over 13 grape varieties, or about 5,000 vines, on a little over 6 acres. The lower Cape May County region of New Jersey is said to be similar to the Bordeaux region of France, but with the moderating influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. Try it for yourself! The Tasting Room is open daily from 10am to 5pm with individual bottles of wine starting around $15.00 each (10% off if you purchase a case).
Natali Vineyard 221 N. Delsea Drive (Rt. 47), Cape May Court House (609-465-0075)
Your final stop is Historic Cold Spring Village - a charming re-creation of a 1789-1840 southern New Jersey rural community. To reach it, follow Route 47 (SW-Delsea Drive) and make a right turn onto Route 9 and look for the entrance to Cold Spring Village (about 20 minutes driving time). This Early American Living History Museum includes 29 restored historic buildings on 30 acres. Historically clothed interpreters bring to life the day-to-day activities of villagers during the "age of homespun." If you are traveling with children, they might especially enjoy participating with the "villagers" hands-on activities. All ages will enjoy the Country Store and the Ice Cream Parlor!
Historic Cold Spring Village 720 Route 9 South, Cape May
(609-898-2300 ext. 18) - open seasonally
To return to the Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast, take Route 9 South, continue onto NJ Route 109 South and look for the entrance for the Garden State Parkway (heading North) - about 5 minutes driving time to the GPS. Follow the Parkway North to the 34th. Street/ Ocean City exit.
(To print out detailed directions, visit Google Maps or use the Inn link above)