Colonial Airstream and My First Tow! 6

The big day came and went! And what a day it was. I had been anxiously anticipating this day for months now! We arrived at Colonial Airstream in Lakewood, NJ late in the afternoon to meet our Beatrice for the first time. It was bone chilling cold but, our Airstream was warm and cozy as the staff at Colonial had her all prepared for us to spend the night. We emptied our SUV with “the pile” of stuff we brought to fill her up. After spending a week in our home kitchen to try to figure out exactly what we use and don’t use, we purchased items for our Airstream that will stay in Beatrice permanently.  After moving in Hub’s made a yummy pasta dinner on our new stove top, we watched a little television and were as snug as a bug in a rug on our first night in our girl. This process made me realize we didn’t just purchase an Airstream, we purchased our second home. We are looking forward to taking our second home to as many states and national parks that we can muster!!

The staff at Colonial Airstream was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and made us “Newbie’s” feel right at home. Lauren and Pat Boticelli sold us the unit and were extremely patient with my non-stop emails with question after question.  Au courant and insightful, both Lauren and Pat made the entire purchase process as smooth as silk even though this was a stressful decision and purchase for us (there is so much to learn about trailers, towing et al.). Kevin Amaro provided us exceptional service during our walk-thru which we appreciated greatly and Brian Hawtin assisted us with parts and went above and beyond to make sure we are satisfied customers. Colonial’s inventory is massive, they provide an amazing buying experience from start to finish. Plus, they have so many wonderful video’s on YouTube ~ everything from assisting you with picking out your favorite model to putting down your awnings.

At 3:30pm on the day of our walk-thru we decided it was time to hit the road. Hub’s handed over the keys to me and I just took the bull by the horn and drove out of the Colonial parking lot. You see, this was my first towing experience. Hub’s and I haven’t towed a thing in our lives. My maiden voyage included 4 toll booths, crossing 2 bridges including the Delaware Memorial Bridge, 5 hours (3 hours in the dark), 3 states and major rush hour traffic. After all the drama of our maiden voyage ~ we’re now hanging with the big boys in the big rigs! Honestly, I was terrified at first and about 2 hours into my voyage, I was just fine and enjoying the ride. So, the adventure begins. “See More, Live More, Do More”!!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Louisa’s and her Chocolate Bar 5

For the past 25 years or so, I have had the pleasure of dining at one of my all time favorite seaside restaurants, Louisa’s in Cape May, NJ.

Experience the tiniest of restaurants, fresh from the sea goodness and BYOB. Call ahead for reservations because you can’t get a seat at Louisa’s without one. They book solid each night in the summer as they only seat 20 folks per seating. I describe Louisa’s to friends as if you are dining, ultra casually at a friend’s home. The menu is on a chalk board and whatever the fresh catch of the day is, is what they offer. We adore this restaurant! I can still taste the fresh flounder, crab cakes and her famous Louisa’s chocolate pie but, alas I must wait till next summer.  I also love the quirky sea-inspired art work in the restaurant which are all painted by children!

Louisa just opened her new Louisa’s Chocolate Bar one stop away from Louisa’s restaurant. Specialty, hand-made chocolates from around the country. Our favorites are: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolates and Maison Bouche! This is a darling addition to the Cape May shopping experience. Pure decadence!!

Cape May is such an amazing little seaside town. I hope you have enjoyed my past few posts sharing its glory. And, if you visit Cape May, I anticipate that you will enjoy it as much as I have for over 40 years.

Photo Source: Anna Sullivan Photography

The Raw Bar on Fisherman’s Wharf 2

A visit to Cape May wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world-famous, The Lobster House Restaurant. Serving locals and visitors for over 4 generations. Now, we don’t frequent the “inside” restaurant. We actually prefer the “outside” seating on the deck. It’s known to locals as The Raw Bar on Fisherman’s Wharf at Cape May Harbor. If you don’t mind getting your fingers dirty while picking the sweet meat from your freshly steamed Blue Crabs covered in Old Bay seasoning, sitting outside on the deck of the wharf watching the fishing boats coming in from a long day with their fresh catches of the day or drinking a cold draft beer out of a plastic pitcher, than The Raw Bar is your kind of hangout. But, get there early to grab a table because it’s a hot spot in Cape May summer months.

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The Red Store, Cape May Point’s General Store & Restaurant Reply

OK, let me just say that I am in love with The Red Store and with Cape May Point. I am really embarrassed to admit that all of these years that I have been vacationing in Cape May, NJ ~ I was unaware of the sheer cuteness of this western Borough of Cape May. On one of our many bike rides around town we discovered paradise in paradise. Just down Sunset Blvd, past the hustle and bustle of the downtown corridor of Cape May sits one of the most charming places I have ever been. When you arrive in Cape May Point, it feels almost like you have entered another era. It’s so quaint and peaceful ~ I felt like I stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting. Families are gathered at the circle playing volleyball, enjoying picnics, walking their dogs and conversing in front of The Red Store!

Deanna Ebner along with husband, Lucas Manteca (The Ebbitt Room’s Executive Chef) are bringing their love of farm to table goodness to the restaurant which is situated in the back of the general store. Our lunch was simply divine. We sat outside on a gorgeous summer day, sipped on Ginger Lemonade (highly recommend), chatted with locals, made friends with local canines and just enjoyed every second of a perfectly peaceful afternoon. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Simply amazing Guacamole and home-made chips

My lobster roll, divine!

Hub’s delicious Fish Tacos

And don’t forget to give a warm greeting to Miss Emma, Deanna’s rescue pit bull little girl who is the sweetest doggie ever. But, don’t try to talk to Emma because she can’t hear you ~ darling Emma is deaf but, she enjoys a big hug and kiss from all patrons (and Emma likes to sneak in a couple licks herself)!

The Red Store is a local gathering spot where you can pick up some bananas, a beach ball and enjoy an afternoon ice cream cone.

Directly across the street from The Red Store is a quintessential small town, Catholic Church, St. Agnes.

Cape May Point and The Red Store along with its darling restaurant is a must experience adventure on your next trip to Cape May, NJ!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography