In Cape May, Retro-Inspired Digs

Beach Shack • Cape May, NJ

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Escape Kit

  • A One-Night Stay for Up to Four in a Family Efficiency Room on Sundays through Thursdays from September 3 to October 7 ($159)
  • Or, a Two-Night Stay for Up to Four in a Family Efficiency Room on Fridays and Saturdays from September 3 to October 7 ($499)
  • $20 Breakfast Credit for The Rusty Nail
  • Private Cabana Access (Based on Availability)

It's hard to compete with Miami's bright Art Deco structures, but some say they pale in comparison to the Victorian painted ladies that make up the historic district of Cape May, New Jersey. In fact, the entire Jersey Shore town is a National Historic Landmark. Take that, South Beach.

During the summer months, when the usual year-round population of less than 4,000 skyrockets by more than ten times, the beach—dubbed one of America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views by Travel + Leisure—is one of the most popular seaside destinations for New York City and Philadelphia residents.

Chockablock with gingerbread-style-houses-cum-B&Bs, the trendy, boutique-style accommodations were previously contained to the Atlantic City limits. Enter the Beach Shack.

Past the colorful vintage-y outdoor chairs on the patio, the rooms are warmly lit by a rattan hanging lamp or another sort of retro light fixture, the warm-sunrise-orange walls lending the right amount of the beachy '60s to the former motor lodge on Beach Avenue. The linens are crisp and white, the TV has a flat screen, and the Family Efficiency rooms sleep up to four guests and offer helpful amenities for group travel: a pull-out sofa, mini refrigerator, microwave, and plates and flatware.

Stay at the three-story property overlooking Cape May Beach for one night, Sundays through Thursdays ($159) or Fridays and Saturdays ($499), between September 3 and October 7—post Labor Day, when the area is far less congested.

Ocean views, beachside cabana service (including towels, umbrellas, and chairs), and a town that just won't quit when it comes to charm—bikes are a close second to horse-drawn carriages and trolleys when it comes to transportation and the much-photographed Cape May Lighthouse offers killer views of the Atlantic Ocean (once you climb the 199 stairs to the top, of course).

At night, the fire pit at the on-site restaurant, The Rusty Nail—named one of America's Best Beach Bars by Travel + Leisure—is where you want to wind up.

"The [Beach] Shack also has exactly what every island needs in The Rusty Nail, an indoor-outdoor sandy-floored pub that serves conch fritters, corn on the cob, fish tacos, buckets of clams, and frozen mugs of beer," says Philadelphia Magazine. "The feeling is resort classic—the Jersey Shore, at its very best."

Cocktails continue the next morning (in the form of Bloody Marys and mimosas, naturally) with The Rusty Nail's breakfast fare—including omelets, banana pancakes, and pineapple-melon smoothies—and Escapees have a $20 credit to put toward the bill.

Cape May, long a hot getaway for urban dwellers, now has something for those design- and foodie-obsessed urbanites: the Beach Shack.

  • "The redux property combines all the things to love about old-timey, family-friendly beach motels—ocean views, salt-airy suites, a tiny pool, retro yellow bathtubs—with signature Bashaw luxuries like crisp white bed linens and beachside cabana service."

    -- Philadelphia Magazine


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    205 Beach Avenue Cape May, NJ 08204
    877-742-2507 | get directions

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the fine print

  • Limit 1 voucher pre reservation; vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Valid September 3-October 7
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid on group or existing reservations
  • Cancellation/re-scheduling policy applies; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Taxes are not included and will be collected at redemption
  • Nights must be used consecutively
  • All deal components must be redeemed during one stay
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON October 7, 2012 • Enjoy By October 7, 2012