New Jersey! Two weeks of catch up and then we head south! October 1 – 14, 2018

We’re so grateful to Keith and Carol Seeley, who own and operate Oceanport Landing Marina in Oceanport, New Jersey.  This is the marina where we took possession of Misty, in September 2017, and it has become our homeport marina in New Jersey ever since. The marina is basic, but it is full service, there are some good places to eat within walking distance, and a ton of retail opportunities for errands and provisioning (with a rental car)!  And, we always have fabulous sunrises and sunsets there!

Oceanport Landing views

While we were in New Jersey, we were thrilled to catch up with a lot of friends.  One special treat was a visit from Dave New, enroute to a gig for his band “Alternate Groove”, who were performing at The Blue Grotto at Monmouth Race Track, just down the road from the marina.  We had a great visit, enjoyed great tunes and delicious brick oven pizza!

Enjoying Alternate Groove’s music, and pizza at Blue Grotto

Another treat for us was a visit from Rob’s cousins Mary Alice and Carol, and their husbands Fred and Derek.  It was a lovely afternoon!

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Derek, Carol, Nancy, Mary Alice and Fred

There were other visits with friends, which unfortunately went undocumented (guess we were talking too much!!), but suffice to say, a good time was had by all!

The bird watching at Oceanport Landing has always been great.  Our last visit we enjoyed a swan family, this time some cranes.

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We left Oceanport on October 14, with overcast skies and calm winds, headed for an anchorage in Tom’s River, passing lots of familiar spots along the way.  Rob’s Aunt Ann and Uncle Bob Thoma (Carol and Mary Alice’s Mom and Dad) were visiting their kids in New Jersey, and they were able to watch our entry to the Point Pleasant Canal from cousin John and Grace’s balcony overlooking the water!

From Oceanport to Tom’s River

Our next stop was Farley’s Marina in Atlantic City.  

Farley’s Marina

We were pleased to see some improvements in Atlantic City since our last visit.  Ocean Casino has taken over the shuttered Revel Casino, and Hard Rock Casino has taken over the old Taj Mahal. Ocean Casino is literally the only casino in Atlantic City that has capitalized on their oceanfront property location and views.

Ocean Casino

Along the boardwalk

Farley’s Marina is a couple of miles away from the boardwalk, along with the Borgata, Golden Nugget and Harrah’s Resort Casinos.  There is a convenient shuttle that runs the loop from this area down to the boardwalk area.  Years ago, we had a great meal over at the Borgata, so we decided to venture over there again.  We settled on Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille, and we’re thrilled we did.  

The Borgata is a cut above most of the casinos in Atlantic City.  It’s really beautiful inside, with great restaurants and interiors accented with Dale Chihuly glass sculptures, even on top of some of the slot machines!

Dale Chihuly glass sculptures at the Borgata

We left Atlantic City early to make the run outside (in the ocean) to Cape May, as the winds were expected to pick up significantly in the afternoon.  As soon as we left the inlet, we saw dolphins everywhere, and shortly after leaving we had our first whale sighting…very exciting!  It was a mild morning with calm winds, a great day for an ocean run…until the winds, as expected, kicked up to 20 MPH off the coast of Stone Harbor.

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Early morning departure from Atlantic City…just after spotting our first whale 🐳 !!

We stayed at Utsch’s Marina in Cape May for 5 nights, which is always a pleasure, as the facilities are clean (yet basic), the staff is warm and friendly, and you are typically greeted at the dock with “welcome home!”

Nancy’s friend and former Rodale colleague, Karyn Goldner, and her husband Dave have a beautiful home in Cape May, and had us over for a lovely lunch.  It’s always a pleasure to catch up with them!

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We had a great overnight visit from our dear friends Jen and Andy Gallogly, and we enjoyed a trip down memory lane, driving down to Cape May Point, and Beach Plum Farm.  You can wander around the farm to see the animals, and they have a great store that sells produce, cookbooks and more.  They also have a terrific restaurant.  The farm is owned by Cape Resorts, which also owns Congress Hall, The Virginia Hotel, The Sandpiper Beach Club, The Beach Shack and Exit Zero. 

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The garden at Beach Plum Farm

Later, we had a great meal at Fins just off the Washington Street Mall. The atmosphere is fun and casual, with huge fish tanks scattered throughout, and delicious food.  This was the visit that got away from us, too much talking, no pics!

On October 22nd, our good friend Doug Desaulniers tackled the journey to Cape May to join our crew for our trip to Baltimore.  

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As always, we had a wonderful stay in Cape May, enjoying riding our bikes around and wandering in and out of the shops around town.

And, the beaches of Cape May…so lovely and peaceful!

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We’re off to the Chesapeake with Doug….Until next spring, Cape May!! ❤️❤️

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