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Cabanas: A Funky Bar & Great Food! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Sep 16, 2008 at 02:05 PM

Cabanas: A Funky Bar & Great Food!

Cabanas is a funky bar along Beach Avenue in Cape May. Recently we stopped in for a quick lunch. I enjoyed Californian Monte Cristo French Toast sandwich with turkey, ham & pepper jack cheese, guacamole and tomato grilled with French toasted bread for $10.99 along with a great strawberry daiquiri, perfect for my day off!  My husband devoured a chicken Caesar wrap special.

Across from the Promenade, we sat at the window seat with a wide-opened view of all the passersby. At night there is live music from Oldies to Reggae to the Hippie Hour!

Cabanas Beach Bar 429 Beach Ave. Cape May 609 884-2435 Opens 11:30 am



Last Updated ( Sep 16, 2008 at 03:04 PM )
Southern Charm Awaits You at the Southern Mansion in Cape May PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Sep 16, 2008 at 01:05 PM

Southern Charm Awaits You at the Southern Mansion in Cape May

Every summer my husband takes a day off mid week and we go to Cape May for the day.   First we took in the Designer Show House, then we went to Cabanas for a delicious lunch and then took a tour of the Southern Mansion at 1 pm. The grand old mansion sits on 2 acres in the heart of Washington Street -catty-cornered to the Washington Inn.

George Allen, a Philadelphia businessman, was the original owner and built the mansion in 1863. He was known for his many parties. The house had running water and toilets and 15 foot ceilings. The large hunter mahogany porch and large windows were great for enjoying the ocean breezes. Allen gave the house to his niece Ester Mercur, who died in 1946, when the mansion was sold for $8,000. The property was divided into smaller rooms and used as a rooming house. Over time the mansion went into disrepair.

It was purchased in 1994 for less than a million dollars. Then it underwent an $8 million restoration. They removed 25 dumpsters of trash and found trunks of old photos from the earlier days of the mansion.  Fortunately they were able to save a lot of the furniture, all the ornate molding and the great “forever mirror” (pictured).

A new section has been added with 10 guest suites, a solarium, ballroom, 2 circular staircases and a beautiful glass enclosed verandah. 

The Bed and Breakfast has large, spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms and a full gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea are included.

Our tour guide was very informative and we got to walk up to the cupola on top that has great views of Cape May (see left). The tours are given daily, just show up a short time before the tour for tickets. $20 per person.

The Southern Mansion 720 Washington St. Cape May 609 884-7171



Last Updated ( Sep 16, 2008 at 02:57 PM )
Extreme Makeover: Cape May Designer Show House PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 14, 2008 at 05:57 PM



Extreme Makeover: Cape May  Designer Show House


Last Updated ( Aug 19, 2009 at 02:22 PM )
The Water Club: An Oasis in Our Own Backyard in the “New” Atlantic City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 11, 2008 at 05:32 PM

The Water Club: An Oasis in Our Own Backyard in the “New” Atlantic City

Want a spectacular local escape? Why not a getaway to The Water Club at Borgata for an oasis offering rest and relaxation? And it’s right in our own backyard. Borgata continues to raise the bar with the finest accommodations, bringing exquisite taste and upscale living that is par to Wynn Las Vegas and the Bellagio, 2 of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas.

The Water Club recently had their Grand Opening in the beautiful Marina District of Atlantic City, New Jersey. A midweek stay is your best bet for affordable rooms, and it’s not as crowded. Since we are not gamblers, we don’t get free rooms, but they do offer comps if you are a frequent gambler.

The view from our 24th floor non-smoking room was breath-taking from Brigantine to the center of town and all the sites in between. Our Club Room had a 40 inch flat-screen TV, IPod station, a comfortable king-size bed and an upscale bathroom. (below) We enjoyed watching a beautiful sunrise and 

watching the boats go in  and out the inlet.

The Water Club is connected to the Borgata by a shopping corridor on your way to the casino floor and great restaurants at the Borgata. We had a fabulous dinner at Bobby Flay Steak which is known for their Southwest flavors. Our Philadelphia strip steaks with melted provolone cheese and caramelized onions ($44) were amazing. The smashed baked potato and au gratin cauliflower were delicious as well. They also have lobster (below)  and seafood. Afterwards we took a tour of the more affordable Cafeteria downstairs which offers on-the-go dining and we had a great brownie sundae at Ben & Jerry’s. The Cafeteria offers Cheese Steaks, Pizza, Japanese, Salads, Hamburgers and more.

We have had fabulous meals at Ombra & The Olde Homestead Steak House in the past, and I highly recommend them as well. They also have a wonderful Buffet with a wide variety of choices, seafood at Sea Blue, Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille and a new Japanese restaurant Izakaya.

We got a quick breakfast of coffee, French toast and pastries at the Bread & Butter Café, then we were off to a day at the pool. There is a great snack bar & bar at the pool as well as poolside dining. My peach daiquiri was ok and my strawberry yogurt smoothie was not sweet at all.

The Immersion Spa is on the 32nd floor and offers massages, facials, a lap pool, hot tub and exercise equipment with spectacular views of the inlet. Unfortunately this area costs an extra $30 per person. The indoor pool on the ground level is open to children, but the outdoor pools are kid-free! - A nice touch for those who want a quieter stay. With the cold ocean temps the pool is the place to be. You can also rent a private cabana with its own private beach area.

The Borgata also offers excellent concerts including Van Morrison this weekend and coming soon The Eagles, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Aretha, Maroon 5, Counting Crows and Rod Stewart. You can purchase tickets from the Borgata website 1-866 MYBORGATA

Midweek at the Water Club starts at $359 and $459 and up on Sat.

Stays at Borgata midweek starts at $279.

We were able to check in a few hours earlier than the 4 pm check in - which was great! Some guests we talked to were disappointed you could not use the pools after you checked out. We needed to go, so it wasn’t a problem for us. My only suggestion is that they would vary the music played at the pools. I love all kinds of music being a former DJ, so the constant playing of Continental European music got a little on my nerves. Some new age or adult contemporary might have added some variation to the music; otherwise it was a much needed break in our busy summer.

Side Note: This was my first time at Borgata since the partial smoking ban which is better than nothing. But since all parts of the casino are open to each other, you still have to walk past smoking areas and the smoke travels. I will look forward to October when the full ban takes effect. Smokers will go outside to smoke and will not put others at risk. The way it should be. The New Jersey law as it stands now can not stand up to Equal Protection. How can you prohibit public smoking in the entire state but allow it at the casinos? It is absolutely unjust.

Last Updated ( Jul 11, 2008 at 06:39 PM )
Summer Essentials PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 08, 2008 at 09:09 PM
Summer Essentials

Hummingbird on Bee Balm


Delphinium, Astilbe, Foxglove

Last Updated ( Jul 08, 2008 at 10:20 PM )
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