Hello and happy Monday, friends!
I had a fantastic (fANNEtastic?) weekend in Cape May, NJ at the beach with my college BFF Turner and her family!
Iâ€™ve seriously been so spoiled with all these awesome trips lately! Turnerâ€™s family owns a condo in Cape May and Iâ€™ve been inviting myself there just about every summer since college ðŸ™‚ Her family is awesome and we always have a blast.
Last summer was the first summer I missed in years because I was so swamped with finishing work and my prerequisites (intensive in-person microbiology and online biochem = death) before heading to start school at UNC. I promised her parents I would never miss a summer again ðŸ˜‰ It was wonderful to be back!
Here are some highlights. ðŸ™‚
1) Hot dogs at Hot Dog Tommyâ€™s!
Hot Dog Tommyâ€™s is one of my absolute favorite places in Cape May! Itâ€™s a walk up hot dog stand right by the beach, and every summer we stop by at least once for a beach lunch of hot dogs. Everyone loves this place and thereâ€™s always a huge line because not only are the hot dogs delicious (creative toppings, too), but Tommy himself is practically a celebrity in Cape May. We spent Friday at the beach and clearly had to pay him a visit! Look â€” I got a photo with him!!
Arenâ€™t his rainbow shoes and his hot dog hat awesome? He wears them every day ðŸ™‚
I got two hot dogs â€” one traditional with relish, mustard, and extra ketchup:
And one Jersey Slaw Dog! Itâ€™s Turnerâ€™s favorite so I decided it was time to try it ðŸ™‚ It comes topped with mustard and a cranberry slaw â€” so yummy and not too mayonnaise-y, either.
2) A dolphin-filled boat trip!
Turnerâ€™s parents own a boat and know that I love going out on it, so they were excited to take us for a ride. Their dog, Tagus, came along too! Heâ€™s my favorite ðŸ™‚
Heâ€™s a Portuguese Water Dog, which means heâ€™s hypoallergenic and doesnâ€™t shed at all. Awesome! Plus, heâ€™s adorable ðŸ™‚
I kind of want to steal him. ðŸ™‚
We had such a fun boat ride â€” and look who came out to play â€” dolphins!!
There were a ton right around our boat! Apparently they are all over the place in Cape May. We saw some from the beach the day before, too. I love watching them play. One even jumped for us!
3) Ice cream at Bliss Homemade Organic Ice Cream.
Apparently I get really excited about good ice cream
This place is brand new and I think itâ€™s seriously THE best ice cream Iâ€™ve ever had. I had the cinnamon clove flavor â€” AHHH!!! Amazing. Itâ€™s whipped style ice cream so nice and smooth and creamy, and I love that all the ingredients are organic, too. If youâ€™re ever in Cape May, please show them some love! ðŸ™‚ Theyâ€™re located in the Carpenterâ€™s Square indoor walking mall area, at 31 Perry Street. Right by Geckosâ€™s mexican restaurant, where we went for dinner! (Also amazing)
4) A 5 Mile Run through Cape May!
On Saturday morning, Turner and I got up and did a 5 mile run through town and along the sea wall. It was hot and sweaty but I love the scenery in Cape May (cutest houses ever) and it felt good to be out and moving!
We ran the 5 miles in 43:49 for an average pace of 8:44.
5) Climbing the Cape May Lighthouse
Surprisingly Iâ€™d never done this before in all my years visiting Cape May!
At the top â€” it was WINDY up there!
Very cool. I love lighthouses ðŸ™‚
A big thank you to Turner and her family for such an amazing weekend! It was great seeing you guys ðŸ™‚
Iâ€™m back in DC now but leaving again tomorrow morning with Matt to head to our friend Tim and Lindseyâ€™s lake house! If youâ€™re new to the blog â€” I promise Iâ€™m not always on vacation, heh. One more week of freedom then itâ€™s back to crazy busy grad school life! Although, I think I should probably just become a professional vacation-er instead. ðŸ˜‰ I could definitely get used to this!
Ta-ta for now, friends!