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Bike Tours: A Unique Feature of Cape May, NJ

In Cape May, during the summer months especially, almost no one drives on the island.  It is traditionally a biker’s town.  There are bike racks on every single street, in front of most restaurants, and all along the beach front.  The island is so tiny that there is virtually no need to really drive anywhere, it’s just a hassle and a waste of gas (unless of course you live off the island).

The abundance of bars in Cape May is also no secret.  The nightlife is thrives over the summer and continues from the locals well into the winter.  If one puts the bars and the luxury of biking everywhere together it should come as no shock that Cape May is home to the “Bike Tour.”

Bike Tours include a group of people wearing similar t-shirts that they have designed traveling to the bars via bike and trying a drink at each place they stop.  They list the bars they plan to hit on the back of their t-shirts.  The key is to go during the day (that way you hit happy hours).  It is also impossible to start these things at night as they can take hours and Cape May closes at 2 am.  I notice people tend to begin around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and do not stop until 2 am.

The close proximity of these bars is vital to the success.  The island itself is only 2.4 square miles of land area.  With at least 15 bars within two miles it is easy to see why there is such mass success with these types of tours.

I am always to chicken to go on these bike tours.  I am lucky to ride a bike without falling off these days, let alone trying it while intoxicated.  I often wonder how the police in Cape May feel about these infamous tours.  Who better to ask than a summer cop?  Billy Kocis, long time resident, just completed his first summer with Cape May as a police officer.  According to him, “it’s good to see people out and about in the community but when they do this they have to be sensible about what they are doing.  We do not arrest a lot of people but we do on occasion when they get too out of control.”  It’s pretty difficult to get yourself into too much trouble here if you’re being smart about it.

I know my friends absolutely love this aspect of Cape May.  It was weekly I would find myself leaving work and I would see a friend of mine out on their bike.  Every time I’d ask what they were up to the response was always the same, “Bike Tour with so and so.”  Kayla Dodge did her first bike tour this summer with the C-View Inn crowd.  “My favorite part about bike tours is not the drinking, it’s the pack of friends associated with it and the humor involved in getting from point A to B. It makes you realize how special living at the shore is.  Not everyone can ride their bike from bar to bar with 100 people wearing goofy shirts with the goal of making it to the last bar on the list,” Dodge had to say about her tour.

It seems that everyone is on board with the bike tours from the locals partaking and the police enjoying the unique communal aspect it brings.  So for everyone looking to experience the bike tour sensation this summer check out this map I made for you.


A Review of the Ugly Mug in Cape May, NJ

I feel like it has been forever since my last review! I went to the Ugly Mug in Cape May when I was making my decision about this blog and creepily enough I kept all of my receipts and remember everything about that trip.

I love going to the Mug.  It’s such a local’s place which can be good or bad depending on whether or not you want a high school reunion that day.  The Mug is a tiny place located in the heart of Cape May.  The size is perfect for any day but Tuesday’s when they have their Terrible Tuesday’s (2 dollar Miller Lites).  The Mug never has a cover which is also fantastic.  One can always find a good source of entertainment here too.  Whether it’s a local band or a DJ there is always something going on here.

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Drinking Responsibly

We’ve been having a great time the past few months exploring different bars.  I love going out and sampling all types of drinks so everyone knows the best places to go in Cape May and Wildwood.  However, I thought I would share this article that came out November 9, 2012.  The article states that the  closer one lives to the bar the more often one is prone to drinking.  When they say close to the bar they mean within half a mile (aka walking distance).  So, while I want us to go out and have fun I hope all my readers are drinking responsibly.

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An Interview with Ryan Krill Owner of Cape May Brewing Company

This week I was lucky to catch up with Ryan Krill, one of the owner’s of Cape May Brewing Company.  This is the first brewery in Cape May.  It’s been open for almost a year and a half and they have seen mass success in the area. They brew several different styles of beer and just opened a Tap Room.  Take a listen into the beginnings and subsequent success of this brewery!

Some Pictures of the Brewery:


Part of the Tap Room
Photo Courtesy of Ashley Hoff

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