Always passionate about Cape May, John Cooke has been a full-time resident since 2004. And he’s no stranger to the sunrises here. You can blame that on his  Golden Retriever Joy.

You’ll often see him downtown loading his Canon camera with pictures of sunrises, landscapes and Cape May visitors.

John is a regular contributor to the Cape May Star and Wave and his work has also been published in Cape May Magazine and Exit Zero Magazine. He is also heard regularly on the “Locals of Cape May” a weekly talk radio show on WCFA-LP FM 101.5.

While serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May from 2010 to 2013, he helped facilitate multiple city-wide events including Harborfest, which attracted over 10,000 people to Cape May.

An unofficial ambassador for all things Cape May, John now regularly blogs at (THE COOKE REPORT) AKA cookecapemay.Com, actively tweets from @cookecapemay and has an avid Instagram following by the same name.


His more than 6000 followers earned him the right to be one of 17 people to watch in South Jersey in 2017 by the Press of Atlantic City.


John Cooke has more than 30 years experience in the Hospitality Industry– from owning a 100 seat restaurant to managing an 800 room hotel in Philadelphia.


His expertise as a consultant in reputation management and social media is extensive.


John manages the popular Sea Crest Inn in Cape May at the corner of Beach and Broadway.


Married to Suzanne for 33 years, John enjoys sailing, cooking and morning walks along Cape May’s beaches at dawn.

For the past ten years John has been running the Victorian Motel with his wife Suzanne . While serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May for three years, he served to facilitate multiple city wide events including Harborfest which attracts over 10,000 people to Cape May.

Married for 27 years, John enjoys sailing, cooking and walking his Golden Retriever Joy on Cape May’s beaches at sunrise.

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  1. Mike
    July 3, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Looks good!

    • July 3, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog. We appreciate that.

  2. July 22, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    John, love the site. My mother and I visit Cape May each year and are looking forward to next week when we’ll be in your beloved town. #102 on the list of things to do? The free concerts at the Chalfonte and the Rotary Band Stand, and let’s not forget the famous fried chicken at the Chalfonte…#103! 🙂

    • July 23, 2015 / 6:41 am

      Gloria, Thanks so much for reading and the kind words. I really appreciate that. I really could consider another post of another 101 things to do. Our friend lives across the street from the Chalfonte and keeps inviting us. The Mullocks run a nice operation. Enjoy your visit to Cape May. Cheers!

  3. Mary snyder
    August 9, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Enjoyed reading and watching video on the Tall Ships

    • August 9, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks Mary. Appreciate you commenting and reading the blog posts.

  4. Warren Crescenzo
    November 22, 2016 / 11:44 am

    The Cumberland County College Jazz Band and Wind Symphony will play in a free concert, at Cape May Convention Hall, on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The groups are under the direction of Joseph Akinskas. The program will feature a wide variety of holiday instrumental, and vocal music, plus a sing-along. The public is invited to attend for a fun evening.

  5. Mimi
    December 23, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Hi! I am from New York and I am coming to Cape May on Christmas Day with friends. I have only one day to taste the renowned Cape May. What do you suggest we do? And where? We figured prioritizing would be the best recourse.

    Thanks, I’m glad you have this blog page.

    • December 23, 2016 / 7:57 am

      If I only had one day and it was Christmas in Cape May, what would I do? Depending on how early you arrive. Steal a parking space at my motel (permission granted) and wonder through Congress Hall. Tell em I sent you. See the decorations there. Look at the huge tree. Maybe have lunch in the Blue Pig. It will be busy, they are one of only a handful open on Christmas day. Walk down the mall to Ocean Street where there Catholic church is and turn right to Columbia avenue and see some of the decorated BnB’s. Most will still have lights lit. The Ugly Mug is usually always open for a Hot apple knocker if it is really cold out.
      If mild take a walk on the beach. If you see a guy and a golden retriever on the beach that’s me. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by on the Blog. Merry Christmas.

  6. Matthew Loeber
    December 23, 2016 / 9:07 am

    All great suggestions John, it’s hard to top those, sounds like a perfect Christmas Day visit to me! Have fun Mimi and I would follow Johns itinerary, it makes me a little jealous I won’t be down there on Xmas day to do the exact same thing.

  7. Joyce Gomm
    May 14, 2022 / 11:24 pm

    When does the free jitney in cape may start?

  8. Joyce Gomm
    May 14, 2022 / 11:25 pm

    When will the jitneys in cape may start running?

  9. David F Gardner
    October 19, 2022 / 4:28 pm

    cant wait. can you give a hint about opening and how about NEW YEARS EVE