Steps of The Poor Richard Inn, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

I don’t remember ever being near the beach at this time of the year, so we got to see pumpkins, mums and other autumnal decor. This is the steps of the Poor Richard Inn where we stayed back in 1999.
CapeMay gingerbread trim
Gingerbread trim is so pretty!
Mandevilla on lamp post of Victorian home
The landscaping was gorgeous. Love the Mandevilla on this unique lamppost. This home was built in the 1880s!
Bunny gazing ball stand
You know I love gazing balls.
Neat pumpkin totems at the Virginia Hotel
These are clever decorations. As mentioned below, this is the door to The Virgina Hotel where my maternal grandparents honeymooned in 1921.
Grandparents 1921 honeymoon hotel receipt
Cute elf butterfly catcher at the Poor Richard Inn
Cute elf butterfly catcher
Arcade at Cape May
The arcade where we played games in the summer of 1967

Cape May, NJ beach
The sky was rather ominious!
Tour trolley
Cute tour trolley. Missed the horse drawn carriages.
The Empress
‘The Empress’ what an amazing ‘private home’! I couldn’t get it all in one photo!

The Empress was built with the purpose of opening as a bed and breakfast. And yes, it is as neat and mysterious inside as one would expect– not that we’ve seen it first hand (the owner is out of the country) but we’ve chatted with a couple of people who have been inside and have had a look at the original blueprints. It has eight guest rooms, each themed after a queen – hence the name, “The Empress.” Each guest room has its own luxurious bathroom, also themed with regard to European tiles and decor. At the ground level, blueprints show a spacious parlor with a fireplace, an adjacent living room, also with fireplace, a dining room and big gourmet kitchen.
From: Capemay.com

Gazebo and garden of 'The Empress' home
The garden of ‘The Empress’
I have to say I was so exhausted from having about 7 hours of sleep in 2 days. I had tossed and turned the night before going to the beach and that night, even though we turned the lights off at 12:30, the air conditioning, light peeking in through the slants in the blinds and my mom being noisy (when she takes out her hearing aides, she doesn’t know how loud she is). We had a little trouble finding Cape May (feel dumb-a few towns over) as the GPS wasn’t working that great.
Here are a few scenes from Ocean City, NJ
Ocean City 5&10
Not too many 5&10s around! It was a cute store with lots of marked down merchandise that mom enjoyed going through.
Consignment shop window in OC
Neat window of a consignment shop
Nice beach day in OC
Not too bad of a beach day
Where we ate breakfast with the gang
Where we met the gang for breakfast…mom bought ‘a baker’s dozen’ of their famous cinnamon donuts and they didn’t last long-only had two in three days. The car smelled so good.
For sale in Ocean City!
If I won the lottery!!
Me and Heather
My pal Heather and me. Many of the ladies came down together and hung out together, just like high school. I hung out mostly with Heather (she was solo) and Sue and her hubby.
And last but not least, our photo booth shots-so crazy!
Photo booth photos
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