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Cape May, New Jersey is the perfect haunt

Cape May Lighthouse at sunset
Cape May Lighthouse at sunset

Cape May, New Jersey has long been a jewel along the Garden State’s shore. This picturesque Victorian hamlet by the sea has been an ocean playground since before kings and queens ruled the sand. Yes, even George Washington slid between the sheets here which is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that ghosts wish to spend their eternity near the beach as well.

It has been well-documented from year-round residents to the passing tourist that spirits abound in Cape May. If you don’t mind things that go bump in the night disrupting your slumber, plan a stay this summer.

The Southern Mansion is one of the oldest residences in Cape May. It is also one of the most haunted. Today, this beautiful inn is a little taste of Dixie north of the Mason Dixon line complete with a rather checkered past.

Since the bed and breakfast is more of an adult refuge than a child friendly environment, visitors are often surprised and unnerved to hear the pitter patter of little feet racing through the hallways and down the stairs along with the echoes of children’s laughter.

Ester, an original ‘girl gone wild,’ is said to still inhabit the house she once owned. Dying at a young age due to overindulgence in spirits of a different kind, Ester makes her presence known whenever the mansion is hosing a large-scale event such as a wedding reception. She loves playing havoc with the computers and seating charts.

Jackson Street is home to several quaint bed and breakfasts from the pricey to affordable. Most come with a ghost or two who all have a story to share. Since as Bruce Springsteen sang, ‘Down the shore everything is alright,’ these ghosts are more mischievous than malicious.

Enthusiasts can listen to hair-raising stories on one of the many ghost tours and even do a night climb of the Cape May Lighthouse which of course has a specter or two, including a man who fell to his death from the top in 1995. His death was tragic and untimely and he refuses to leave.

Five-star dining, shopping, breathtaking ocean views, fantastic accommodations, and ghost stories without a campfire; What more could you want in a holiday?

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