Have you ever visited a place that felt “just right?” That’s what I experience every time I visit the Queen Victoria — a bed and breakfast inn located in historic Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is a Jersey shore town located at Exit 0 — a place where sea breezes freshen the air and stately Victorian homes offer a feast for the eyes. Exquisite architectural details charm me and so Cape May with its bygone-era houses offers enchanting scenery every time. This particular bed and breakfast inn and its gracious owners truly focus on allowing their guests to relax and take in the beauty of their surroundings. Enjoying afternoon tea each day on one of the many expansive porches just adds to the pleasure of it all.
In late April, my friends Judie & Michelle joined me for a girls’ weekend here. Sitting outside, on wicker rockers while sipping tea and chatting away, time stood still. We shared our hearts and enjoyed the comfort of being together — feeling safe in our long history of friendship. Nothing beats being with friends. This feeling is best summed up in a quote from George Eliot:
“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
If you decide to go to the Queen Victoria, you will be delighted to know it is located in between the shopping district and the ocean at 102 Ocean Street, Cape May, NJ. Afternoon tea (featuring Harney & Sons Fine Teas) is available each day from 4-5:30 pm and of course, a hearty breakfast is served each morning. This year I was pleased to discover a gluten free option on the sideboard. (In past years, I’d always brought my own gluten free muffins.) The owners, Doug and Anna Marie are usually there to greet you and chat like they have all the time in the world (which I am sure they don’t but somehow, they make you feel they do!) Please consider visiting the Queen Victoria — check out the off season, too, when room rates are more affordable.