Boardwalks, Lighthouses and Lobsters

Tomorrow morning, we’re waking up early to drive back up north, so our mini-vacay is pretty much over, except for one more breakfast.

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This morning, I woke up and changed into running clothes before I could make the excuse that it was too hot. I ran from our hotel, the Port Royal (LOVE!) to almost the end of the boardwalk and back. It was only about 8:15 by the time I made it back, but I was a sweaty beast after those 3.75 miles. The times I tried running in the Outer Banks over Memorial Day were awful and included a ton of walking, so I was happy for a decent run this morning.

We laid out all day–first by the ocean and then by the pool. You know that little heat wave? Yeah, definitely hit here, too, so we spent at least half of the time in the pool or ocean. Towards the end of the day, we started talking about maybe doing something else, but decided we wanted to soak up every last bit of water and sunshine.

Before dinner, we decided to do a bit more sightseeing and just drove around Cape May for awhile.

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We ended up at the lighthouse, so we basically made it to the end of New Jersey.

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And no, it didn’t smell, thanks for asking.

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I climbed the 199 stairs and tried not to lose my flip flops. My mom chose not to join me, and even from the top of the lighthouse, I could hear her talking to the lighthouse staffer at the bottom. Lessons learned: lighthouses are really echo-y and my mom will talk to anyone.

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I’ve definitely been in lighthouses with better views, but it’s still fun to climb a lighthouse. And I liked this look out the porthole.

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Don’t worry, I wasn’t going to jump.

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Random birdfeeder in the lighthouse park.

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For dinner, we ended up going to the Lobster House. A few people had suggested the Washington Inn, but after a long day in the sun, neither of us were down for such a fancypants dinner.

There was an hour-long wait, but there was also a deck by the water where we could bring our wine, so it wasn’t so bad. The restaurant has a fish market and a takeout area in addition to the regular restaurant, so it’s more like a lobster compound. So I might just move in there.

This bread? TASTED LIKE AN EVERYTHING BAGEL. I usually exercise at least a little moderation around bread at a restaurant, but not this bread.

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And the Fisherman’s Wharf Platter! OMG! This was: half a pound of lobster stuffed with crabmeat; filet of flounder (which, among all the other shellfish was a little underwhelming); scallops,; clam casino; and a stuffed shrimp. It also came with some veggies and red potatoes, but they were honestly a little too underwhelming to show pics of. The fish totally made up for it, though.

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The decor in the restaurant was pretty awesome; it reminded me of an old, old wooden ship.

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Also, they had a giant stuffed lobster on the wall. Apparently this guy was 37.5 pounds, which means a TON of claw meat.

What’s your favorite seafood? My favorites are scallops and lobster. I obviously eat lobster pretty infrequently, so when I do, it’s doubly awesome.

Coolest lighthouse you’ve ever seen/climbed? I’d have to say Bermuda takes the cake for that one for me; you can see the whole island from the top, and it’s so gorgeous.

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12 comments on “Boardwalks, Lighthouses and Lobsters

  1. Meghan

    I love it all, but especially lobster, clams, and mussels. Seafood is definitely one of my favorite parts of being a New Englander!

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  2. Cathryn @ My Heart's Content

    I laughed so hard at the thought of you being able to hear your mum at the top of the lighthouse! My Mum is the same. Talks to everyone. As I’ve got older, I’ve found I’ve started doing the same, so watch out!!!

    I’m not so keen on seafood but I do like scallops, mussels and prawns. Never had lobster, I can’t handle the thought of them being boiled alive and screaming.

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  3. Monica

    OMG the Lobster House is my favorite restaurant of all time, seriously. Im hatin’ right now.

    There is nothing like going there early (around 3 or 4 before the HUGE dinner crowds come) after a long day on the beach in the sun, and ordering a pitcher of beer, steamers, clams on the half shell and some giant onion rings.

    The Lobster house has the best clams I have ever had anywhere ever. If you go you have to have the steamers or raw bar, half shells. Seriously a summer treat. So obviously I am voting on them as my favorite seafood.

    Oh and note. You can order from the Lobster House online and they will ship you fresh seafood overnight. My family has done it once or twice and its been great.
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