The Weekly Smile – Girls’ Getaway!

Taken with Lumia Selfie

Beach selfie! Notice Miss Dee’s sunburn! Ouch.

Last summer, Miss Dee and I started a new tradition that I hope will last for many years- a girls only beach get away! She and I both appreciate lazy days by the water. You know, no schedule, no plans, just sunshine, people watching and a good book. The boys in our family-not so much. They need to be moving, going places and doing thing. They want a plan!😳 So we left them at home and escaped to Hubby’s stepmom’s condo at the Jersey shore for a few days of Β kick-off-the-summer downtime. [Summer Bucket List item #1]

We arrived on Tuesday afternoon and managed some pool time before the rain came. We then endured a night of thunder storms, straight line winds and no power for six hours before Wednesday arrived with its abundant sunshine. This is more or less my MO at the shore so I was not surprised. I was happy that the bad weather was limited to Tuesday!

On Wednesday we slept in, meandering down to the beach (a block from the condo) around 10:00 and enjoyed the sand and the water before the beach began to fill up. Then it was back to the condo for lunch and a few hours by the pool. The weather was perfect, just enough of a breeze to keep the heat bearable and the pool water was so refreshing. An added bonus was the fact that We had the pool all to ourselves. I guess everyone else was on the beach.

Around 3:00 we were starting to feel crispy so decided to shower and drive across the bridge [Summer Bucket List item #2] toΒ the neighboring town of Β Cape May.Β This quaint shore town is famous for its beautiful Victorian homes (some now used as B & Bs) and downtown shops. We did some window shopping, stopped for a bite to eat, and then strolled around “Congress Hall,” a wonderful old hotel built in 1816 that sits just off the beach. It is said to be America’s oldest seaside hotel. Miss Dee and I are both history buffs so we “oooo-ed” and “ahh-ed” our way around the elegant lobby and verandas. Maybe someday I will be willing to pay to actually stay there but until then I will just imagine what it would be like!

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By 8pm we were running out of steam so, after stopping by the sweet shop for a box of salt water taffy because, hey, it’s the Jersey shore and you just don’t go home without taffy, we hoofed it back to the car. Our plan had been to spend another night at the condo in Wildwood and then head home Thursday morning since Miss Dee had to work that afternoon, but the weather report was predicting more storms in the morning and we had had quite enough of that! Instead we stopped back at the condo, packed up the car (it is ridiculous how much junk we packed for three days!) and headed on home that night.

Goodbye Jersey Shore! We had a wonderful adventure. The very best part, of course, was spending time with my favorite girl. I figure I better squeeze in these trips while I still can. I am hoping we can make another beach run this summer. Maybe we will even let the boys come next time. πŸ˜‰

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22 responses to “The Weekly Smile – Girls’ Getaway!

  1. I LOVE, and I do mean LOVE old Victorian homes, so Cape May sounds right up my alley. Maybe one day….such a lovely time to spend with your daughter. Hope you all are able to keep that tradition (who knows maybe including granddaughters one day) for years to come!

  2. Glad you had a great time. I love the Wildwood boardwalk and the town of Cape May. We usually stay in Stone Harbor and bounce between those places and Ocean City which also has nice boards. Looking forward to some mid week day trips to Belmar and Point Pleasant soon. less crowded…:)

  3. That’s wonderful you have a girls’ getaway! I love the beach for the same reasons, while my guys hunt, fish and don’t like the beach.πŸ˜ŽπŸ‡±πŸ‡·

  4. LOVE the pics! Went to Cape May once years ago and just adored it- soo quaint.

  5. Nothing like a girls’ weekend at the beach! Sounds as if you had a wonderful time, despite the storms!

  6. Sounds like a great little getaway. I hope you and Miss Dee didn’t get to crispy!

  7. Oh the getaway is a great idea – my mother and I are doing this next spring (not beach – but short trip) – and love the selfie – truly a great smile!

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