By:Julie L. Sagoskin
Looking for a relaxing getaway with a quaint shore vibe? Cape May, New Jersey is a charming, Victorian style town with the oldest seaside resort in the country, Congress Hall. This elegant resort will take you back in time – in fact, Congress Hall is currently celebrating their 200th anniversary. Be a part of the bicentennial celebration at this relaxed yet sophisticated resort which offers fine dining, unique spa treatments and even an underground boiler room bar.
Every Thursday this summer, step back in time with the owners of this expansive hotel with interactive events and dinners. You can also enjoy the hotel’s exercise classes on the beach and even tour the 62-acre Beach Plum farm located right on the property. The casual yet upscale guest rooms and suites feature American heritage furniture and whimsical décor with sweeping views of the ocean.
Indulge yourself at the full-service spa which offers treatments inspired by the healing properties of the ocean along with cheerful treatment rooms. The spa uses only all-natural beauty and spa products by Thalgo derived from algae, seaweed and other oceanic elements, as well as Skinceuticals so you can get pampered in paradise.
With a fun restaurant, stylish lounge and late night music club, this chic seaside spot doesn’t stop. You might have escaped the city for a relaxing beach town, but the Boiler Room in the basement has the hottest DJ’s spinning tunes late into the night. Built right into the foundation of the building, the original boiler pit for Congress Hall sits right next to the stage. This hot spot also features an innovative menu and extensive cocktail list.
Enjoy classic American fare at the Blue Pig Tavern as you sit on the terrace or in the main dining room, a cozy, elegant space with an oversized fireplace. For a more relaxed experience, check out the Brown Room, the resort’s sophisticated lounge which remains in the same spot as Congress Hall’s first legal post-Prohibition cocktail bar. This historical, dimly lit bar with a bit of a jungle feel to it with its zebra skin carpet and large palm trees, is a great place to catch up with your crew after a day at the spa or the beach.