200 Years of Relaxation at Congress Hall in Cape May

Congress Hall in Cape May is one of America’s oldest seaside resorts dating back to 1816 on the New Jersey coastline.

Located in the heart of Victorian Cape May, Congress Hall hotel and resort is currently in the midst of its year-long bicentennial celebrations.

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When Thomas Hughes first opened the doors to the Big House By the Sea 200 years ago, no one (except for Hughes himself) could have imagined the impact it would have on this little town at the southern tip of New Jersey.

Now two full centuries later, Congress Hall continues to be known for its beauty, relaxed sophistication, warmth and sincerity of its staff.

Whatever the season, visitors will be delighted by the array of choices that make it easy to fill your days and nights.

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Relax in a private beach tent, by the pool or on a rocking chair overlooking the Grand Lawn.

Stay active with exercise classes on the beach, go for an invigorating bike ride, or tour its very own 62-acre Beach Plum Farm.

Most come for the beach – here you’ll find complimentary use of loungers, umbrellas and towels.

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But, for the ultimate vacation treat, rent one of the classic yellow and white striped beach tents—on the beach directly in front of Congress Hall—and learn first-hand just how good a perfect day at the beach can feel.

Looking for a change of scenery?

Relax on a lounger surrounded by lush gardens overlooking the famous Grand Lawn and enjoy some of the most desirable real estate on the New Jersey shore.

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If all that fresh air makes you hungry, you’ve come to the right place because not only will you be able to order from its delightful beach menu, but the pool bar is open from 11am until 6 pm serving fabulous cocktails and ice cold beer, plus lots of fun drinks for the kids.

Being on vacation at the New Jersey shore means being outside as much as you can and there are lots of options to enjoy the fresh air while getting some exercise.

Rent a bike at the Congress Hall bike shop, go for an invigorating run on the beach (maybe you’ll see some dolphins) or ask the front desk for recommendations for nearby hikes and nature walks.

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Congress Hall also has a fully equipped fitness center that features state-of-the art equipment and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are feeling inspired to exercise in the beautiful beach-side setting, then the resort has a great way to provide some gain, with maybe a little less pain.

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While you’ll definitely work up a sweat, the tranquil ocean views will make your experience something to look forward to rather than dread at its Beach Boot Camp.

There’s almost nothing better than starting your day with a yoga class. Whether on Congress Hall’s Grand Lawn or down on the beach, the combination of an expert instructor, the fresh sea breeze, the scent of hydrangeas and freshly cut grass and the beautiful setting create one of the best yoga experiences you’ll find anywhere.

Stepping into the resort’s newly renovated guest rooms is like stepping into a relaxing seaside cottage, yet quintessentially Congress Hall.

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The fresh blue and gray tones evoke the tranquility of a classic holiday by the seashore.

From the floor to the ceiling, whimsical accents and splashes of color reflect a perfect day at the beach.

Each room is filled with pieces modeled after American heritage furniture with antiqued brass hardware, plush bedding and whimsical hand-dyed linen, with “Gillian’s Zebras” on the club and desk chairs.

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Each room is the ideal balance of simple pleasures from the past coupled with the modern luxuries of today.

The main focus for the redesign was to create rooms that were comfortable and soothing, yet slightly whimsical at the same time.

There are various places to eat throughout the resort.

Head on over to the Boiler Room Pizzeria so you don’t miss a single second of your favorite NFL and college teams this fall at the Boiler Room. Enjoy hot brick oven pizza while you watch whatever game you want on a private high definition table TV.

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If classic American comfort cuisine is your style, consider Blue Pig Tavern.

Whether a guest at one of our properties or a Cape May native, all are welcome daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the distinctive dining room of the Blue Pig Tavern.

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Tucked in the corner of Congress Hall that fronts on Congress Place and Perry Streets, its name derives from a gambling parlor sited in Congress Hall in the mid-1800s. Earlier still, in the 1700s, Elias Hughes operated a tavern for whalers on this site. It was the first tavern in Cape May.

Beloved by locals and visitors alike, there is no better place to enjoy classic American comfort. In the warmer months, dine on our wonderful, secluded patio. In the cooler months, cozy up to our magnificent dining room fireplace.

For more information on Congress Hill hotel and resort, visit www.caperesorts.com/hotels/capemay/congresshall.

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