One could be forgiven the temptation to descend into Dickensian fantasy when the holidays arrive in Cape May, and not simply by virtue of the town’s annual Dickens Christmas Extravaganza. To walk Cape May’s Victorian-fringed streets, accompanied by the well-placed snowflake and a gingerbread-house backdrop, is to inhabit the metaphoric interior of a snow globe. Everything shimmers as dusk arrives, quaint and lovely. Shops and restaurants bustle, merry and bright.
Yet to miss the new energy that has taken hold here is to deprive yourself of Cape May’s most alluring attractions. From cocktails with a modern sensibility to shops that mix old-school and new, there’s a shifting balance of energy these days.