Rhythm of the Sea, A Cape May Inn Bed and Breakfast
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Rhythm of the Sea is a Bed and Breakfast on the ocean's edge of Cape May, New Jersey.
You will be drawn to the Rhythm of the Sea, our 1915 Craftsman-style Inn, by Genuine Hospitality, Good Food and Gemütlichkeit. With the ocean as our front yard we offer a wealth of seaside activities. If you are looking for a romantic B&B stay whether for a special occasion, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Food and Wine Festival or any of the Tours and Events offered in Victorian Cape May, such as birding, MAC tours, then all this and more welcome you at our ocean front Boutique Bed and Breakfast.
Our intimate accommodation is located on the beach, in sunny Cape May, New Jersey where the only thing we overlook is the Atlantic Ocean. This Historic seaside resort, at the South Jersey Shore, Cape May is known for its broad, white sand beaches, architecturally beautiful Victorian hotels and intimate lodging. We are just a short stroll to the picturesque Victorian town and Washington Street Walking Mall with its interesting array of shops and innovative, fun, fine and family dining.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Robyn & Wolfgang Wendt, Jodie McKernan for sharing their secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Refreshing and relaxing atmosphere, ocean front vistas, and our genuine hospitality.
What are you best known for?
Food, glorious food is what everyone raves about when they stay at Rhythm of the Sea and the “gemuetlichkeit!”.
What makes your inn unique?
Architecturally inspiring, we are the only Craftsman Chalet-style Bed and Breakfast located on the beach in this very Victorian town.
What do you love most about your inn?
I love the open plan concept and the simplicity of the spacious interior offering views of the water and fragrant sea breezes.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
This historical preservation as an entire town and the perfect seaside resort.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
They came as strangers but left as friends and made their reservation for the following month to stay again they enjoyed it so much.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Take a bike ride around the island, walk the bird watching trails out at the State Park, take a winery tour, take a fishing charter or a dolphin watch boat or perhaps stand up paddleboard the back bays or kayak…but get out on the water in some sort of way.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are mere steps to the beach.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We are known as the restaurant capital of New Jersey with the variety of fine, fabulous and fun food to enjoy. The Pier House, Washington Inn, Lucky Bones are in that order. You can’t go wrong wherever you eat, for example; Hot Dog Tommies is where you get a lesson in manners and etiquette with a slice of humor!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
www.capemay.com. The Chamber has put out a great reference guide.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have seven queen rooms and two king suites each with a single day bed in the sitting room. We can accommodate 20 guests for overnight lodging.
Do you accept pets?
Our Cape Carriage House suite is available for young families and we accept a pet there too. It is a separate building next to the main Inn which enters from the back yard.
More about the Inn
Rhythm of the Sea, where we offer the perfect blend of convenience, comfort and romance surrounded by the beach and the Historic Village of Cape May. From the moment you step into the spacious grand salon off the sunny front porch you will notice warmth to the welcoming interior. You will always be greeted with a cheerful "Hello! Welcome!" from Robyn or Jodie, the managing Innkeeper. Architecturally inspiring and in keeping with the Arts and Crafts Movement aesthetic the simplicity and uncluttered, spacious interior of this Swiss Chalet-style bungalow is refreshing.
We boast luxurious rooms perfect for those looking for a relaxed accommodation on the beach yet close to the Historic town of Cape May a short stroll away. It is also a popular choice for those seeking a honeymoon getaway or intimate wedding venue. The interior rooms have been decorated with mission oak furnishings from L. & J.G. Stickley, mica lamps and art glass lanterns and objects from nature complement the decor. The ocean breezes waft in through the windows that provide the rooms with ample light, air and views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Rhythm of the Sea is the best of both worlds being directly across from the beach, on the quiet side of town, yet only a few short blocks strolling distance to the Historic District with its interesting array of shops and fine restaurants and eateries. So leave your car parked in our ample parking and stroll to town or borrow one of our cruisers to bicycle around town. We have storage for your own bike; just remember to bring your own lock for them so our other guests don't borrow your bikes by mistake. We also provide sand chairs and beach towels and there is a summer shower off the back porch.
In our spacious grand salon a stately 1915 Oak Minn Billiard Table graces the open space. It fits beautifully with its surroundings of mission oak furniture. This was the key ingredient to grant Wolfgang his wish to have a pool table. Robyn laid down the law, "only if it goes with the furniture". A guest came to Wolf's rescue and said she knew of one for sale that would be perfect. They were both right! Our guests have commented that they love the camaraderie of a friendly game and that the table is a great icebreaker. Spectators may gather to observe your game, but don't be shy. For a little fun and a chance to be sociable, show off your limited pool skills to an appreciative audience who know even less than you do about the game. Even most knowledgeable players are generally friendly, mutually supportive and willing to share playing tips. Enjoy!
We supply a beverage fridge, which we stock with spring water and sodas. You are more than welcome to use it to chill your wine, as many of the areas fine restaurants are B.Y.O.B. We have ice at your request. Robyn is happy to make recommendations for restaurants based on the atmosphere and style of cuisine you are in the mood for and advance reservations are strongly suggested during the weekends and each night of high season.
The inn is wireless internet enabled and our rooms have flat screen televisions and CD clock radios. Each guest room has a ceiling fan and opening windows with screens to capture the ocean breeze and window air conditioners in the summer for personalized control. Essential amenities, by EO Products, and a hair dryer are in each bathroom for your convenience and we offer daily housekeeping service.
We also provide plush robes for your comfort & an iron and board is available for your use. However, with the technological age everyone seems to have a cell phone so we have not offered telephones in the rooms in an effort to offer the getaway you so deserve.
Breakfast, Beverages, and Chef/Innkeeper Wolfgang
Food, glorious food! It's what everyone raves about when they stay at Rhythm of the Sea and it's served up daily at breakfast prepared by German-born Innkeeper/Chef, Wolfgang - a European trained chef, avid sailor, skier, cyclist and rower who understands both the palate and the appetite. He's a baker at heart and it shows with his hot-from-the-oven pastries and homemade breads and treats at tea time. At breakfast you will sit around conversation-inducing round tables set for four. Breakfast always begins with fresh juice. Orange, cranberry, apple. Different every day. A fruit dish is served most days. Perhaps a banana split, or a granola parfait with fresh berries. Always something innovative. We make our own granola and yoghurt.
We alternate the cooked breakfast; sweet one day then savory the next. You might expect "Eggs Oscar", a Benedict-style preparation with crabmeat and white asparagus. Or perhaps "French Toast". Wolfgang bakes his own brioche with a cinnamon swirl and covers it with baked custard and fresh berries. The peppered bacon is to die for. Our Breakfast Burrito is popular and fresh herbs and tomatoes used as garnish are harvested from our own kitchen garden each morning. You will be reminded how small the world is when you discover how much in common you have with your fellow guests during breakfast conversation.
A beverage service is offered throughout the day. You are invited to savor Wolfgang's sumptuous treats by the cheering fire in cooler months or on the breezy porch in summer with old friends and new during afternoon refreshment hour from 3:30. Plates of Chocolate Macaroons or White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Macadamia Nuts. Perhaps 'Nussecken' (nut corners, in German) triangles of frangipane and raspberry on a shortbread crust with the corners dipped in chocolate. Fresh Fruit Tarts or Peach Tar Ten are joined by pitchers of infused iced tea and lemonade in hot weather or mulled cider and gourmet hot chocolate, fresh brewed coffee and fine tea in the winter.
Meet The Innkeepers
Hospitality and great food. Robyn and Wolfgang Wendt. They are one and the same at Rhythm of the Sea seaside inn. This intimate, boutique ocean front inn has a European flair and an unpretentious air. Robyn and Wolfgang Wendt's casual approach and warm welcome make you feel instantly at ease. They have over 70 years in the lodging and restaurant industry between them (not that they are that old!). With their love of travel and taste for adventure they find themselves far away from their families in New Zealand and Germany. They love to surround themselves with intriguing people and to share their Craftsman Bed and Breakfast and also tales of their adventures. Gemtlichkeit - 'A sense of belonging, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic and the spending of quality time in a place'. It suggests good, old fashion fun, ambiance and hospitality. Robyn, from Auckland, New Zealand, and Wolfgang, from Berlin, Germany were both well traveled when they met and married at Wolf's ski lodge in Colorado. When they are not working they are sailing the seven seas or skiing from a mountaintop. They love meeting new people and it is obvious they are always up for a bit of adventure. So, with their love of travel and their sense of adventure it was from half way around the world via Colorado to Cape May they "Wendt!"
Robyn and Jody handle all the reservations, confirmations and tabulations. From the moment you hear the warmth and friendliness in their voices, you know you are going to like these ladies. They will be the ones who meet you, greet you and will do their utmost to ensure that everything about your stay is comfortable and carefree. They will arrange dinner reservations at any of the fabulous area restaurants and match the cuisine and the atmosphere to your liking. Forget something? Let either Robyn or Jody know and they will be pleased to get it for you. Best of all, they do it with a big smile.
So, when you call Robyn or Jody to make your room reservation, also make a reservation to join them for a relaxed dinner and take a night off, far away from the maddening crowd, during your stay.
Weddings & Receptions
For those couples seeking an outstanding location for your unforgettable wedding, we provide an intimate venue, for up to 40 guests, to allow your family and friends to gather in a relaxed atmosphere for your wedding weekend.
To offer you the ultimate privacy for such a special occasion we require you to take the entire house for a two night stay. Your packaged cost includes all guest rooms accommodating up to 23 guests, for two nights bed & breakfast, private use of the Inn for two days, on site catering for your reception with passed hors d'ouvres, a sit down dinner for up to 40 guests maximum with two entree choices, wait staff and specified rentals. If you wish to have your wedding ceremony at the Inn, we have several choice locations; in front of the fireplace or out on our sun porch. Weddings are popular over on the beach or at the gazebo at the end of Beach Avenue.
There are also several chapels to choose from. Some pre-planning with the town clerk is necessary. The Mayor or Justice of the Peace can officiate, or a Minister of your choice. Because we do not have a liquor license, you may supply any alcoholic beverages. You will be responsible for your photographer, music and floral needs. Of course we can guide you. All deposits are non-refundable, unless the wedding date reserved can be re-booked for the same amount.
We have ten bedrooms that can accommodate up to 23 guests at a maximum occupancy. Seven guest rooms have queen beds, one suite has a king bed and 2 additional single beds in a separate bedroom and our Carriage House has a king bed. There is the option of additional cots in some of our larger rooms if necessary.
The cost to reserve the Inn exclusively for your function is $15,500 May - December or any holiday or event weekend during the quiet season. All ten rooms must be reserved for two nights for a weekend wedding. Summer months & holiday weekends are not available unless you are willing to book for our minimum 3 nights stay during these times. $10,800 is the rate when reserving the Inn during the shoulder season or weekday. An additional rate of $3,050 is for the third night for the whole house.
A letter from a Bride and Groom;
We want to thank you for making our wedding just perfect. Everything was wonderful - from the rooms, to the rehearsal dinner, to the wedding lunch and the most incredible wedding cake I have ever seen or tasted (with which all our guests agreed). In fact, our photographer said it was the only wedding cake she has ever been tempted to taste.
Both you and Wolf were so patient and helpful with not only all the arrangements, but in dealing with a prima donna such as myself. Not to mention how kind you both were in preparing lunch for the two guests who were unable to arrive until after the reception had ended. We could not have asked for more gracious hosts than you and Wolfgang, nor for a more intimate and elegant wedding site.
Jennifer and I look forward to coming back to Rhythm of the Sea, and sampling Wolf's exceptional breakfasts again. We definitely look forward to returning, and returning. And returning.
Michael and Jennifer
There are some things you simply MUST do in Cape May. Cape May is an Island. A small, 2.5 square Mile Island. You can walk almost everywhere, or ride a bike. So the number one thing to do in Cape May is...take a walk! Park your car in our ample lot and "faagetaboutit". Take a stroll along the Promenade, that runs parallel to the beach, into town and explore "Cape Island". You'll never know what you'll stumble across. We can't tell you everything! Crisscross the eight blocks of beautiful Victorian homes and gardens, or, you can take off from any of the side streets that offer access to the beach through the dune fence and you will have miles of white, sandy beach to sink your toes into. In the summer months there is a fee to enter the beach. However, if you keep going west toward the Cape May Lighthouse and you are feeling adventurous, you can make it all the way to the Point where there is no charge for the beach there. Just remember, you will have to walk back, so pack accordingly!
You could take out one of our beach cruisers for a ride if you would like to cover a little more territory...so the number two thing you simply must do when you are in Cape May is ride a bike! Being so flat and beautiful, Cape May is a paradise for the casual bike rider. Take one with a basket so you can carry your purchases, and wine, back to the Inn! Take a ride out to Higbee's Beach and walk hand-in-hand along this remote and wildly beautiful beach. On the way back on your bikes, keep an eye out for the Alpaca Farm on your left &“ it is well worth the stop for a break from the saddle. Warren and Barbara Nuessle at Bay Springs Farm are more than happy to have you stop by to see their herd and browse their well stocked store with its variety of garments and household items. Consider this the number three thing to do!
If you are into exploring nature here is the number four thing to do; go bird watching! Cape May is the one place in the world where you can see more than 30,000 migrating birds of prey, a monarch butterfly migration with counts that have exceeded 500 passing insects per minute, millions of migrating shore birds every spring, and even more songbirds. With the perfect climate, even in the winter, Cape May attracts the greatest diversity of birds and insects. The dragonfly migration in August is a wonder to behold. No one knows where they migrate! There are many wonderful tours and events held at the Cape May Bird Observatory and the friendly and knowledgeable folks there are on hand to help . Captain Bob operates the Black Skimmer that takes an educating tour through the salt marshes aboard his 40ft pontoon boat. He points out the birds that inhabit this area and teaches us about the eco-system, which sustains the marshes. He will impart his wisdom about the horseshoe crab and its importance to the migrating sea birds, as well as conservation efforts of the Osprey and the marine biology of this sensitive eco-system. A sunset cruise aboard the Skimmer is not to be missed.
If you are into spending time on the water in a bit more physical way, then hire a kayak. The number five must do in Cape May is go kayaking!
Being an Island, surrounded by water, what better way to see everything than by the sea? There are several Excursion Boats that offer 1-2 hour boat rides, perfect for seeing the dolphin frolic and if you are lucky, perhaps a whale. Although you can see the dolphins from the porch at Rhythm of the Sea, what a wonderful way to spend a few hours on the water. So the number six thing to do whilst in Cape May is to hop aboard one of these excursions: the Cape May Wale Watch and Research Center or the Cape May Whale Watcher Sailing from Miss Chris Marina.
If you are more into seeing wild creatures at a safe distance, then the Cape May County Park Zoo is a must see. This wooded environment filled with lovely trails lead you to discover the secret world of animals. So that makes number seven - have a wild time as you explore nearly 80 acres with almost 200 different species when you visit the Zoo.
The number eight thing to do in Cape May is to go to the theatre. No, not the movies! The real the thing! We are so lucky to have several professional equity theatres perform throughout the summer and fall season. Cape May Stage, and East Lynne Theater.
Vineyards & Wine Tasting!
Two things make Cape May County a wine destination. With the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay providing a temperate climate this makes for ideal conditions for grape growing and is perfect for producing quality wine.. We have two boutique wineries in Cape May who have won dozens of medals in state competitions including the prestigious Governor's Cup. A visit to the tasting rooms of either of these vineyards is the number nine must do while staying with us in Cape May. Pack a picnic and spread a rug between the vines at the Cape May Winery or have them arrange a cheese board for you and borrow one of their rugs! Turdo Vineyards is just down the road, so save some tasting for later.
Art & History!
Being a Historic town, tours of all sorts are offered year 'round. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, a non-profit cultural organization, (MAC) formed in 1970 to save the 1879 Emlen Physic Estate from the wrecking ball, is at the center of promoting the Victorian heritage of this beautiful landmark town. MAC now operates the 18- room restored mansion as Cape May's only Victorian house museum. MAC also restored and operates the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse where visitors can climb the 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Year-round, MAC offers a full schedule of tours and events, so the number ten must do in Cape May is to take a MAC tour. Tickets can be bought at the information booth in the center of the Washington Street Walking Mall or at the Hill House at the Emlen Physic Estate.
If you are traveling through the Delmarva Peninsula coming from Virginia, Washington D.C., or parts south, a wonderful way to arrive in South Jersey is by car ferry. It does not save you any time however the last 80 minutes of your trip are a leisurely cruise aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. It is a memorable way to travel between Delaware and New Jersey. The mini cruise is a 17 mile, 80 minute voyage and accommodates passengers by foot, car or bicycle. During the busy summer season and major holidays reservations are recommended. If you have an extended stay in Cape May, take a day trip aboard the ferry to the historic seaport town of Lewes, Delaware or beyond to Rehoboth, Delaware, to the outlets there. There are many sailings and the ferry runs 16 hours per day, year-round, and schedules can be found on their web site, www.capemaylewesferry.com or by phone on 1-800-643-3779. So the number eleven activity to do in Cape May is take a cruise aboard the Cape May Lewes Ferry.
Now, after all these activities (who's counting anyway) you are going to need a relaxing treatment at one of the pampering and rejuvenating salon/spas in Cape May. At Cape May Day Spa, the peaceful atmosphere is so appealing for a true getaway experience. For a beautifying change of pace during your vacation, experience pure indulgence at Accent on Beauty for a full service salon/spa treatment. You deserve it!
Shopping! Shopping! Shopping, & Eating!
We haven't touched on shopping and eating: more on that later. Whatever your activity we will point you in the right direction. Sometimes doing nothing at all is what you are looking for, so don't hesitate. There is nothing more hopelessly romantic than watching the sun set, so you will have to fit that in somewhere during your stay.
Capt. Barry Lafferty has been fishing the Cape May area for the last 21 years. They have placed at several tournaments! Hooksetter Fishing Charters accommodate the beginner to the experienced angler. They will do our best to make sure that you catch fish and that your trip is enjoyable. They will take the time to make sure your tackle and gear is ready.
How To Find Us
We are located on Beach Avenue at the East end of the beach (Beach Avenue runs east and west and we face south), between Philadelphia Ave and Reading Ave. If you use GPS or an internet map service, be certain to use our hyphenated zip code 08204-2628 to ensure correct directions. If you are sent to Lincoln Blvd toward the Cape May/Lewes Ferry on the Delaware Bay then you are going the wrong way!
Local Directions Coming from the North
At the end of the Garden State Parkway at mile marker "0", merge left and go through the traffic lights and over the Cape May Canal bridge into Cape May on Rte 109 South. Rte 109 will become Lafayette Street. At the next light, Madison Avenue, make a left turn and continue to the stop sign. The cross street is Beach Avenue. Make a left turn onto Beach Avenue, travel approximately one and a half blocks and look for Rhythm of the Sea on your left.
Local Directions From the Cape May, Lewes Ferry
From the Ferry Drive turn right onto Rt. 9 North. Proceed through two sets of traffic lights. At the intersection of Seashore Road turn right go over the Cape May Canal Bridge, and through the traffic light and continue until coming to a stop sign at the beach. Turn left on Beach Avenue and go 16 blocks to Rhythm of the Sea, located on the left at 1123 Beach Ave. Click here for the Capre May Ferry website
From Philadelphia via Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridge
From either bridge take Rte 42 to the Atlantic City Expressway ($2.00 toll). The expressway intersects the Garden State Parkway at Exit 7S (South). Take the Garden State Parkway South (several tolls of 70c each). There will be a series of flashing lights showing you are nearing the end of the Parkway (ignore signs to Cape May Court House, this is another town and Cape May is 20 minutes away) and then a traffic light at exit "0". Take Rte 109 S over the Canal bridge and continue straight - it will become Lafayette Street. At the next light, Madison Avenue, make a left turn and continue to end to the stop sign. The cross street is Beach Avenue. Make a left turn onto Beach Avenue, travel approximately a block and a half and look for Rhythm of the Sea on your left, just after the Buckingham Motel.
From Baltimore and Washington
Take I-95 North toward Wilmington, Delaware, and follow signs to Delaware Memorial Bridge and I-295. After crossing the bridge move into the right lane and take Rte 40 E toward Atlantic City. From Malaga take Rte 55 South to Rte 47 South. Look for the Rte 347 Bypass to your left and take it until it loops back around and will link up to Rte 47 South again. Rte 83 will be a left hand exit and merges right into Rte 9 South. A few miles along Rte 9 is a traffic light (with a Gas Station on the left side and a Convenience Store on the right side of the left hand turn) and you will turn left here. Pass the Honda Dealership on the left and go under the overpass and turn right into the entrance to the Garden State Parkway South. Take care as you will be merging into the fast lane of traffic. There will be a series of flashing lights showing you are nearing the end of the Parkway (ignore signs to Cape May Court House, this is another town and Cape May is 20 minutes away) and then a traffic light at exit "0". Take Rt 109 S up over the Canal bridge and continue straight and it will become Lafayette Street. At the next light, Madison Avenue, make a left turn and continue to end to the stop sign. The cross street is Beach Avenue. Make a left turn onto Beach Avenue, travel approximately a block and a half and look for Rhythm of the Sea on your left, just after the Buckingham Motel.
From Washington and Points South, Annapolis or Maryland's Eastern Shore
Consider taking the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. It will be the same amount of actual travel time but the last 75 minutes you are relaxing on a nice boat ride across the Delaware Bay. You can call 1-800-64-FERRY for advance reservations at least 24 hours in advance. When you drive off the ferry continue up Rte 9 North through the North Cape May intersection of Bayshore Road. At the third intersection turn right onto Seashore Road. Continue up over the Canal Bridge and through the next intersection and Seashore will become Broadway. At the end of Broadway the cross street is Beach Avenue. Turn left onto Beach Avenue and travel 16 streets. Pass Philadelphia Ave and look for Rhythm of the Sea on the left