Generations return not only to towns but to same lodging locations. Occasionally they arrive well before check-in time, make their presence known, and immediately head out to their favorite must-visit restaurant for breakfast or lunch.
“I’ll go make reservations for eight at the Blue Pig,” declares one family member, while the rest settle up bills and get parking passes. “Let’s head to the Mad Batter for lunch,” another family broadcasts to the rest of the group.
Some shore visitors have regular stops along the way or as they arrive into town. In Cape May, cars turn at the giant Lobster House sign as if on auto-pilot. Even up the road in Ocean City, people like to stop at the Chatter Box prior to checking into their reserved lodging.
A scene repeated every Saturday morning at hotels, motels and even real estate offices, when people pick up keys for weekly rentals on change over day at nearly every shore destination.
Traditions, routines, habits-whatever you call them have always intrigued me. Many people rent the same house, the same room (don’t dare move me) at the same time of year. No judgement here. I myself have rented the same apartment in the same house in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for three consecutive years. Something draws us back to familiar surroundings. What is it? What are your traditional plans for the family vacation?