Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fly Away: Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE

How could we almost close down the summer season without posting on our awesome ferry ride between Cape May, NJ and Lewes, DE?!? We'll let it slide, mom. We know you've basically lost your mind with this extended summer (4 more days until school starts!). But, the rest of you are still in luck -- the fabulous fun aboard the the Cape May-Lewes ferry continues well into the fall.

We set sail from the Cape May side on a nice sunny day this summer. You can bring your car onto the ferry, but we decided to leave ours NJ-side and catch the shuttle in Delaware to downtown Lewes (you can buy tickets for the shuttle when you purchase ferry tickets). The ride over was pretty tame -- we sat outside, sat inside, made ourselves some impromptu rootbeer floats a la our Summer Bucket List, spotted dolphins, and pretty soon we docked in Delaware.

It was just a quick shuttle ride to downtown Lewes, apparently known as the "First Town in the First State," and which is super cute and very walkable. We didn't have much of a plan, but wandered about, had a little lunch, popped into the local sweets spot (Edie Bees Confectionary Store -- gorgeous and YUM), walked by a few historic houses, climbed around a waterfront park, and then we needed to catch the shuttle back so we didn't miss the ferry. Lewes is definitely a town in which we could have spent more time -- there are lots of neat little historic sites. But we were sure glad we caught our ferry ride home.

Because we somehow landed upon a serious party headed back to Cape May. There was a full band jamming on the roof and all kinds of snacks and drinks available for all. We boogied the whole way back and were actually quite sad when NJ came into view (which basically never happens -- we are always glad to spot the Garden State). Turns out that such parties are a regular occurrence and, in fact, there is an entire social calendar of onboard and ferry terminal events. I know Kane is eyeing up the Halloween Trick or Treat cruise. So if you're headed up the east coast any time soon, check it out!

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