Cape May and Painted Ladies

Author: Valerie Wingfield 

Next Spring, MARAC will meet in Cape May, New Jersey, April12-14, 2012. Located on the southernmost tip of New Jersey, this is a popular tourist destination known for its temperate climate during the summer months. 

One of the fascinating features’ of Cape May is the Victorian architecture “Painted Ladies.” According to Wiki “Painted Ladies” is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book entitled Painted Ladies – San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians.” 

The follow up Daughters of Painted Ladies (1987) covers other parts of the United States including Cape May. An overview of Cape May is found in Cape May, County, New Jersey: the Making of an American Resort Community by Jeffrey M. Dowart (1992). 

While you are walking around admiring the Painted Ladies, surfing the internet indicates some interesting and tasty restaurants to chow down during your visit: Lucky Bones Backwater Grille, the Blue Pig Tavern (Congress Hall) and the Mad Batter(Carroll Villa Hotel). I don’t know if Hot Dog Tommy’s will be open but they serve a local favorite Potato Tornado, a mix of mashed potatoes and chili. Cape May! A place to enjoy the MARAC conference and breathe the sea air.

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