Beach Bums

by Maddy on June 7, 2011

in Summer,Today: CG

I have to say: we were a little ill-prepared for our trip to the shore.  The forecast predicted rainy and cloudy weather all weekend, so I didn’t bother packing anything appropriate for warm temperature. But boy was I wrong! When we woke up to a brilliant day the following morning, we had no choice but to take full advantage of the sunshine and head towards the beach a mere few blocks away. Luckily, our B&B provided towels and chairs and we made do with the clothes that we already had. Then again, one doesn’t need very much to enjoy a day at the beach.  A pair of shades, a chair, a good book and great company will do! Actually, sunblock  is pretty essential too. Both Kleber and I are still paying the price for going without SPF protection that day. So tell me…what are you beach essentials?

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Since Cape May is known for its abundance of bed and breakfast spots, we opted to go that route  instead of a standard hotel when choosing accommodations .  It was our first time visiting a B&B (and Cape May for that matter!) and we had no idea what to expect. We initially booked a Queen deluxe suite at The Southern Mansion that was nicely discounted due to a wedding being held on the ground floor.  But by a lucky (or creepy!) twist of fate, when our concierge showed us to our intended room, the light could be seen through the bottom crack of the door and she claims to have also heard voices coming from within. Assumming that our room was mistakenly given to another guest, we were upgraded to a two-floor King Premier suite at no extra charge.  The next day we learned that there was in-fact no one in our room…spooky!

But you will hear no complaints from me! Our stay at the Southern Mansion was fabulous and everything I envisioned a bed and breakfast experience to be. The entire property was beautifully decorated with vintage touches throughout. Everything from the common area to the ground and rooms exuded character and charm.  And breakfast….oh my! With an array of fresh fruits and pastries, as well as a delicious made-to-order breakfast menu, there’ was definitely something for everyone.  So for anyone that thinks that B&B are for the old and stuffy, trust me, if you pick the right one like we did, you’re in for a special treat!

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Give Me a Break

by Maddy on June 3, 2011

in New Jersey,Reflections,Travel

A few weeks ago I was really down and out and when Kleber suggested that we skip town and go on a weekend getaway.  He didn’t have to tell me twice…I jumped right on board with the idea! The excuse was our anniversary, but the truth is that we were in desperate need of a vacation.  Or better said: “I” was in desperate need of a vacation.  Even though our big trip to Greece is only a few weeks away, this little break from the norm was exactly what the doctor ordered.  We took the 2 1/2 hour road trip and landed in what seemed like a completely different world – Cape May, New Jersey. We had so much fun and enjoyed two days of absolute bliss: eating, bike riding, beach bumming, drinking, shopping, etc… (I’ll share more details about our experience next week). But even if you can’t hop in your car and drive to a remote location, a break from the norm is always good for the soul.  So dust off that bike and go for a ride, stop to talk to a complete stranger and listen to their story or maybe do something you love instead of concentrating on all the things that need to get done for a change. Whatever you do, just make sure you give yourself a break this weekend!

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