Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday Thursday

Hotel Alcott

I have a link to Exit Zero in the Links section of this blog, but here is a link to its Facebook page. And here's Jack Wright's latest thoughts on Convention Hall, which is apparently now moving along, although I wouldn't be surprised to read of new problems tomorrow, or even later today.

And the house of the day up there? I think that used to be called the Huntington House. Now it's the Hotel Alcott. Click that link to read more about it. The place strikes me as a hidden gem, I'm not sure why. It doesn't exactly hide! But yet I don't think it receives as much publicity as other hotels in town.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Birds? Nope.

The above photo may look like an outtake from Hitchcock's The Birds, but in fact it is a different flying friend:

Yup, butterflies. These photos come from the View from the Cape Blog, detailing the incredible butterfly migration from last weekend. To see more photos of this amazing migration, click here: wow, butterflies! -- and after clicking the link scroll to Saturday, Sept 18 and Sunday Sept 19. Words can't do justice. I will post one more of the photos below, but please check out the link because the CMBO has many, many more.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

McGlade's and Butterflies

If you have followed this blog for awhile, then you know I'm a big fan of McGlade's on the boardwalk. Somebody has posted a nice review of McGlade's right here.

and following up on the Press's butterfly story I linked the other day, the CMBO has a nice little mention of the incredible monarch migration
currently underway. Wish I was there to see it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Solarium Becomes A Headache

Jack Fichter's latest article details the latest drag on building a new Convention Hall -- the Solarium. Former city officials are protesting the decision to tear it down, and Barbara Skinner is arguing that a movie theater become part of the Convention Hall complex And if nothing else, additional delays seem inevitable.

Meanwhile, Henry's has allowed its lease to expire. Soon enough, every business on the boardwalk will close up shop! I shouldn't be sarcastic, but this is approaching epic disaster levels.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunset Light

from Weather Underground

To see this photo from 9/14/10 and a few more, click here and scroll down. I believe there are two more beautiful photos.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Best of Cape May Results

CapeMay.Com ran its annual "Best of Cape May" survey last month and here are the results. Categories include Best Hotel, Motel, B&B, Restaurant, Family-Friendly Restaurant, Customer Service, Bargain Breakfast, Bargain Store, Coffee, Quick Bite to Eat, Pizza, Cheesesteak, the list goes on and on. Definitely check it out.

And the editors shared a few favorite bike routes submitted by the readers, including this one:

Mark Miller: Start on Hughes Street, up Ocean, left before Washington Street Mall, head out to West Cape May, all through West Cape May into Cape May Point Sunset Boulevard & the Promenade.

Very nice of CapeMay.Com to quote me! If I had known I'd get published I'd have put more detail! But I'm glad I described a route starting on Hughes -- my favorite street to walk and ride. And I love bike riding through West Cape May, and into the Point, up and down the many quiet streets out there, for hours each morning into afternoon.

biking through West Cape May... (that's my son!)

I will also mention that another favorite biking trip includes riding out to the Texas Avenue Wawa, picking up lunch, and then heading over to the harbor park that sits at the end of the street just northeast of Dry Dock and having a picnic on the harbor.

But the quintessential Cape May biking spot will always remain the "boardwalk"/promenade...

one of my beautiful girls biking on the promenade this summer!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cape May's Got Talent

The Press features Magician Vincent Grasso, who almost won NBC's America's Got Talent. I don't watch much tv but I had heard about Mr. Grasso's tv success from a friend. Congrats, Mr. Grasso, and good luck on the tour!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

NJ.Com brings the photos

photo from NJ.Com

Last week I linked to a very nice story about Marvin Hume and the Cape May Point flag ceremony published in the Star-Ledger. It turns out there were a series of photos with the story, one of which you can see above. For the rest of the photos, click HERE and then click next. There are several photos, all worth seeing.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Magazine ranks Cape May Point No. 1 place to see hawks in nation - pressofAtlanticCity.com

The Press has a nice story about a recent birding honor for Cape May Point: Magazine ranks Cape May Point No. 1 place to see hawks in nation - pressofAtlanticCity.com. Here's the actual story from Birder's World but you must subscribe to read the whole thing.

Changing the subject...

It's a Monday, which makes this a day for a sign. Since I featured the harbor area yesterday, I think I'll stick with that theme for today. There is no better place to talk fishing, and buy some bait, than Jim's. They always give good advice to those of us who are not exactly fishing experts but nevertheless enjoy getting up with the sun to find something biting. And here's Jim's famous shark, and not-as-famous sign:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

You Have Got To Be Kidding Me

According to the Herald, none of the Convention Hall designs can be built for the allotted $10.6 million . And the current designs all, for the most part, are awful. So the city can't even build an awful Hall to replace what was supposed to be a stopgap Hall.

Can you people get real? Either don't build it, or build it right. Read the article in Cape May magazine's August issue entitled Convention Hall: The Way it Was. Think about the story. Then go back to the drawing board. Cape May deserves a real Hall, not the rinky-dink ideas that now aren't even affordable.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Voters reject plan for more meters, spaces in Cape May - pressofAtlanticCity.com

Voters reject plan for more meters, spaces in Cape May - pressofAtlanticCity.com

Taxpayers vote against New Tax. Story at 11.

Taxpayers vote against new tax in the form of new parking meters. What's nice about Jack Fichter's story is he gives me a nice photo of an East Cape May house for today's House of the Day feature. Thanks, Jack!

And of course, those of you with long memories know that this house sits about where a scrub brushy, dirty lot full of junk and double-decker buses behind the Admiral used to be (give or take a few house lots). I can almost see the double decker bus!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Autumn Brings Birding to the Cape

sandpiper (photo by Mike Crewe, from his blog

With Autumn here (in reality if not officially), the birders take over Cape May (or so it seems). Here's a few interesting websites/birding blogs for you if you like birding... if you don't, check out these websites regularly and I expect you'll start becoming a birder, or at least thinking about it:

Cape May Birding and Wildlife. This is Mike Crewe -- the britbirder's -- blog. He brings it strong, sharing many photos of nature at the Point and bringing more detail than you would have thought could be interesting. One of my favorite Cape May sites on the web.

Cape May Bird Observatory's View From the Field. This blog features several different contributors detailing each day's bird activities. The Bird Observatory sits by Lake Lily and here is a description of its mission:

Founded in 1976 by the New Jersey Audubon Society*, the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) is a leader in research, environmental education, bird conservation, and recreational birding activities.

Our mission: to understand and instill appreciation of the needs of resident and migrating birds so that human ambitions do not undermine them. Funded almost entirely by the support of an international membership, two facilities serve our members' needs and interests.

There are some other sites, and I'm sure I'll feature them over the next few months. But these two will get you started.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My favorite golf course is NOT unintentionally creepy!

The blog Unintentionally Creepy suggests the guy up there at the 14th hole of Ocean Putt miniature golf course is ... well ... unintentionally creepy.

I don't see it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

East Cape May Gets A Website

East Cape May now has a website. I expect this has something to do with the parking meter crisis.

It's tough to get too excited about this issue. To say the least.

Anyway, here's your Monday "sign of the day" ...

Marvin Hume's Gift to Cape May

Marvin Hume's Flag Ceremony at the Point is featured in the media again. I don't think I could read too much about this ceremony. Thanks to the Ledger for giving us more details about the man behind one of Cape May's most moving events -- each and every day.

For a CBS News video report on the ceremony from earlier this summer, click HERE. And to simply watch and listen to the ceremony, click HERE.

Friday, September 3, 2010


CAPE MAY-- With Hurricane Earl expected to impact local maritime communities the U.S. Coast Guard is doing what it can to prepare.

"When storms come like this were putting our people at risk to save lives," said Nick Fertal with the U.S. Coast Guard.

As Hurricane Earl carves a path up the East Coast, Coast Guard members in Cape May are doing what they can to be ready for whatever the storm may bring.

"We prepare for the worst," said Executive Petty Officer Todd Hampton. That preparation includes getting cutters, Coast Guard Dependable and Vigorous, geared up and out to sea.

"It's another safety asset in case we need any large assets offshore," said Fertal. First, the 210-foot vessels needed an escort to pave a road out of port before the storm impacts South Jersey. The convoy included a 47-foot safety vessel and crew. So the cutters can be hundreds of miles out in the ocean just in case.

"In the event the storm turns towards Cape May they want to be north of us. They can come back and respond in the event they are needed," said Hampton.

Sending the Dependable and Vigorous out in an ocean with a hurricane also helps protect the ships that would otherwise be battered and beaten by storm winds and rough waters while docked. Something the Coast Guard may have to do with other rescue vessels if the waters get too rough.

"If our unit can leave our boats in the water we will. If we can't leave our boats in the water we got to pull our assets so we don't damage them at the dock," said Fertal.

With that in mind they are hoping area boaters will do what they can to be also ready. "If you got a boat in the water and your looking at some storm force winds it would be smart to get your boat out of the water," said Fertal.

It's all to prepare for a storm that has crews standing by. "You never know what Mother Nature can do. You can just plan and plan and hope for the best," said Fertal.

Thanks to NBC40 for this story.