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Planning your trip to Cape May, N.J.

August 02, 2011

THE BEST WAY TO CAPE MAY, N.J.

From LAX, nonstop service to Philadelphia is offered on US Airways and United; direct service (stop, no change of plane) on Southwest, and connecting service (change of planes) on US Airways, Southwest, AirTran, Delta, United, Continental and American. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $684.

Cape May is about 70 miles south of Philadelphia; the easiest route is the Atlantic City Expressway to the Garden State Parkway.

WHERE TO STAY

Vacation rentals are available through http://www.capemaytimes.com ([609] 884-3860) or http://www.capemayrentals.com.

Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May; (609) 884-8421 or (888) 944-1816, http://www.congresshall.com. Stately hotel combining rich history with fresh d├ęcor and of-the-moment amenities, including yoga on the beach. Rooms, some with balconies and ocean views, start at $139.

WHERE TO EAT

The Blue Pig Tavern, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May; (609) 884-8422, http://www.congresshall.com/content/bluepigtavern.html. This warm, inviting restaurant with patio seating serves seafood and contemporary American fare. Entrees from $16.

The Ugly Mug, 426 Washington St., Cape May; (609) 884-3459. Pub grub and seafood are served in a casual setting; lively bar scene. Good for takeout too. Entrees from $10.

TO LEARN MORE

Cape May Welcome Center, http://www.capemay.com/visitors-center.html

Cape May lighthouse, http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/capemay.html

Cape May Bird Observatory, http://www.BirdCapeMay.org

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