Memorial Day Weekend Cape May

Memorial Day Weekend ReCap

Congratulations. You survived Memorial Day Weekend 2019. If you are a Shoobie, we sent you love letters. If you’re in the hospitality business, we heard you moan, but we saw you smile. We saw you deliver incredible service.

Sitting on route 47 in long backups, doubling the usual two-hour drive from Philadelphia, must have been excruciating. Like walking to school, up hill both ways.

It’s just my opinion and unscientific observation–this weekend seemed like one of the busiest Memorial Day Weekends in a long time. The view from my new office digs ( as many of you call it) had the beach looking quite full. Same at restaurants and bars this past weekend.

A chamber of commerce weather forecast and thunderstorms restricted to overnight hours created the perfect weekend scenario. Everyone wants to be busy and visitors want great weather. Cape May delivered both this weekend.

Cape May also delivered on some amazing new projects this weekend. Jitney service started this weekend. Traversing Beach Avenue (Atlantic City) Jitney offered free transportation from the Cove to Pittsburgh. And get this, there’s an App for that. Download the Jitney Surfer App and keep track of active Jitneys locations. The schedule is still being flushed out.

The other new project rolling out this weekend, the Bicycle and Pedestrian advisory committee delivered a new map. Visitors and locals can now know which roads to avoid and which streets require caution.

I for one am happy to see City Council actively listening to its advisory committees. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Kudos Council. You can’t please everyone, but you can try to make them safer.

I’m predicting an amazing summer season. It has started with some personal (and professional) changes.  Seeing the diversity of people cramming into town is a promising sign.

Up For The Challenge

Cape May’s hospitality professionals are a strong breed. Back of the house, service staff and even ownership pitched in this weekend to make it successful for everyone. Memories were made in Cape May this Memorial Day Weekend.

Here’s too many more memories this summer in Cape May. Smiling faces at the bar are more likely to be waited on faster than a waving hand.




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  1. David Greene
    May 28, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    Looking forward to a wonderful summer. Thank you very much, John, for helping to start off my summer right. Looking forward to my next visit, which starts June 15th. Thank you for — as ever — keeping us all informed, and for your great personal kindness.

  2. Reenie
    May 28, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    I love the last line…. there is a lot of truth to that !!! Great article !!!!