“This is how we know we are old,” my husband declared as he showed me our tickets for the Cape May Trolley Tour. On October 26th, the date of our anniversary, we decided to take the day off to spend some quality time together. A few weeks ago we visited the Physick House in Philadelphia. During our tour we learned that there was a Physick Estate in Cape May and we decided that it too would be an interesting place to see. You can take a tour of the house and grounds or you can do a combination with a historic trolley tour and an Estate tour and we thought…why not do both?
When everyone was assembled on the trolley we were handed brochures explaining the architecture of Cape May.
The tour was interesting and I learned a lot so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history, architecture and/or just learning in general. The trolley dropped us off at the Physick Estate and our tour guide Barbara escorted us around the massive Victorian home telling us bits and pieces of information about the time period and the family. I wouldn’t recommend visiting the home during the month of October because it was decorated like a haunted house and the decorations really distracted and often covered up some of the interesting and historic décor of the home. It seems that it would be beautiful and spectacular at Christmas. We felt a bit rushed through the house tour and we were not able to spend any extra time looking around, examining and soaking up all of the Victorian Era fun. Despite this it was still worth the visit.
The Physick House grounds were decorated with scarecrows. This was our favorite.
The trolley picked us up after the house tour and returned us to the originally departure point in downtown Cape May. I have never been to Cape May in October and found it quite charming (even more than it usually is). There were plenty of sweet smelling hay bales, tall cornstalks, bright colorful mums and roly poly pumpkins. Each shop had their own scarecrow dressed to match the wares or theme of the shop.
We stopped at our favorite natural handmade soap shop to stock up on bars of soap that smelled of pumpkin spice, fall harvest and orange ginger.
After our leisurely stroll we felt that we were ready to finally eat something post our eating extravaganza the night before. We have always passed Lucky Bones and now it was time to finally walk through the door and give it a try. The food was great and it was interesting to see, instead of the usual sports on TV, everyone around the bar glued to the weather channel watching the approaching storm. We started out with the small nachos, I had the crab cake and shrimp sandwich and for dessert (one of the main reasons for eating at Lucky Bones) we shared the Costa Rican coffee ice cream sandwich. After I housed more than half I realized I never took a photo.
“It looked so good, there just wasn’t time,” rationalized my husband.
It ended up being a fun and relaxing day, just what we needed, and we look forward to taking the trolley tour and perhaps seeing the Physick Estate (not decorated as a haunted house) again in the future.