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April 15, 2010

Romance/Getaway Series - Angel of the Sea Bed & Breakfast

Introducing Angel of the Sea B & B in Cape May, NJ

I am far from a history connoisseur, but I found the history of this Bed & Breakfast to be quite interesting. It started out in 1850 as a "summer cottage" and was built as a single structure, but after awhile the owner wanted an ocean view, so he hired farmers to move his home closer to the beach, using mule and horse power. In order to do this they had to cut the building in half, then reconnect it once it was moved. After both halves of the house were moved to the new location, the farmers discovered that, although their mules and horses were quite adequate for "pulling" the house, they proved totally ineffective in "pushing" it back together. The built Queen Anne towers to fill in the gaps. After it's move, it weathered a bad nor'easter, was used as a dormitory for Shelton College, and finally as the bed & breakfast available today. You can read the full history here, and I would encourage you to do so. It's quite fascinating!

After its first two successful seasons as a bed and breakfast, the Angel of the Sea was acknowledged as one of the Top Ten B & B's in the United States by two national bed and breakfast organizations. It also won the Historic Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC for renovation to historic specifications.

It's obvious why this B & B has climbed in popularity and in notoriety. Not only is it beautifully decorated, but the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. To be quite honest, I wasn't sure if I would love all the lace, flowers and dark wood decor, but I found it charming, quaint and romantic. They don't allow young children to stay here, so the B & B had this calm peaceful air about it, which was greatly appreciated by us "old" folks, and I say "old" because we're only in our 20's, but still appreciate the peace and quiet. Below are photos of the room we stayed in (#15) and the bathroom tub/shower, which I thought was adorable. I've never seen anything like it:

One of the things that I appreciated about this B & B is that they have so much to offer from their food to selection of activities to close proximity to the beach. The breakfasts were delicious, served from 8am to 10am each morning. The first day we had a choice of a play on eggs Benedict or French Toast, and my husband and I both had the eggs, and they were very tasty. In addition they had fresh fruit, a warm fruit dish, cereal, fruit drinks, coffee and a moist breakfast cake. On top of this, they offer tea and cookies in the afternoon, and then wine and cheese closer to dinner time. And if you had activities in mind, they offer complimentary bikes to use during your stay, towels and chairs for the beach, board games in their parlor, books and magazines you can read by the fire, and a selection of comfy chairs to choose from on the porch while you sip your wine or tea, or while you curl up with a good book to watch the sun set.

Their rooms range from $95-$315, so it wouldn't break the bank at all to spend a few nights here, especially when you consider ALL that is included! Drop the kids off at grandma's house for the weekend and treat yourself to a peaceful romantic getaway at Angel of the Sea. It's not far from DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, Lancaster, Philadelphia, The Pocono area, Trenton etc (see map below):

To find out more on Angel of the Sea or book a stay for yourself, visit their homepage:

Disclaimer: I was provided with accommodations in exchange for my review, but it does not affect the opinion stated here

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