Jordan Simone is a coastal wedding & portrait photographer providing natural and timeless imagery for life’s most beautiful moments. Based in Cape May, NJ & destination.

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Local’s Guide to Cape May New Jersey

Local's Guide to Cape May New Jersey - Cape May Portrait Photographer

Local’s Guide to Cape May New Jersey

Planning your visit to Cape May, New Jersey? Whether you’re here for a day trip, unwinding after a romantic engagement session, or embarking on a well-deserved extended family vacation, I’m your trusted guide for a memorable experience in this enchanting coastal town – get the official local’s guide to Cape May New Jersey!

When it comes to accommodations, I’ve curated a selection of the finest places to stay, ranging from charming bed and breakfasts to luxurious seaside resorts, ensuring your Cape May getaway is nothing short of extraordinary.

And, of course, no visit to Cape May is complete without savoring the culinary delights of the area. I’ll lead you to the most delectable dining establishments, from cozy seafood shacks serving up the freshest catches to elegant restaurants with impeccable farm-to-table offerings. Your taste buds are in for a treat!

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Discover the hidden gems, historical sites, and captivating beaches that make Cape May a photographer’s dream. Whether you’re capturing the essence of your engagement or creating cherished family memories, I’ll reveal the most picturesque spots and off-the-beaten-path treasures that this idyllic destination has to offer.

So, let’s turn your Cape May visit into an unforgettable experience. Trust me to be your Cape May portrait photographer and your personal guide to all the wonders this charming town has to offer!

Breakfast:

  • The Mad Batter – You can never go wrong eating any meal here! Be sure to get there early though since they do not take reservations and seating is first-come, first-served!
  • George’s Place – There are so many amazing options to choose from on their menu. Banana French Toast, Eggs Benedict, unlimited omelet options. You name it, they’ve got it!

Coffee:

  • Out There Coffee – My personal favorite coffee shop is Out There. Super sweet owners, quality coffee, and the most delicious oat milk latte around.
  • Golden Stop – Coffee, baked goods, fresh juices, smoothies, and other amazing breakfast items!

Lunch:

  • Big Wave Burrito – Some of the best tacos and burritos! They also have acai bowls and smoothies if that’s more your jam. A short walk right off the Mall, in a super cute atmosphere.
  • The Schooner or Raw Bar at The Lobster House – Sit on the water and enjoy lunch outside with the freshest seafood around Cape May County.

Dinner:

  • Exit Zero – Incredibly inviting and casual atmosphere, and amazing food! Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating is available. Gas Station converted into one of the coolest restaurant/bars in Cape May.
  • The Ebbitt Room – For a fancy and intimate dinner. Some of the finest cuisine in Cape May County!
  • The Washington Inn – Another 10/10 fancy and intimate dinner option with great happy hour specials and craft cocktails.
  • Taco Caballito Tequileria – A unique experience for those who want to be transported into a vibrant, yet calming setting that merges Modern Mexican and artisanal Tequila in the heart of Cape May.
  • Grana – An incredible BYOB with the most delicious food. This is my favorite spot for a night out!

Favorite Place for a Cocktail:

  • The porch or Brown Room at Congress Hall
  • Harry’s Rooftop Bar
  • The Washington Inn

Shopping:

Here are some of my favorite shops located on the Cape May Mall.

  • Givens – Clothes, jewelry, pottery, books, and more!
  • Louisa’s Chocolate Bar – Features specialty and small-batch chocolatiers.
  • The Days – Sustainable apparel and accessories (located on Washington St., right off of the Mall)
  • Good Scents – Books, incense/candles, jewelry, and more!
  • Queen May Jewelry – A beautiful jewelry and designer goods shop

Other Experiences:

  • Beach Plum Farm – A farm, market, kitchen and cottages. Take a walk on the grounds to stroll the lush greenery, feed the chickens, and gawk at the cutest baby pigs!
  • Bike Rental – Rent a bike and ride around town for the most convenient way to see all of Cape May.
  • Willow Creek Winery – A beautiful winery and farm with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, live music, and delicious food.
  • Cape May Point Lighthouse & Trails – Take a climb to the top of the lighthouse or stroll the trails around the beautiful marshland.
  • The Well Cape May – relax with a lovely massage or facial
  • Family Portrait Session – inquire with me for a family portrait session on the beach! It’s the perfect way to capture your memories while on vacation.

Places to Stay

Local's Guide to Cape May New Jersey
Local's Guide to Cape May New Jersey
Local's Guide to Cape May New Jersey

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MEET Jordan


Photography has stuck with me ever since I first looked through a plastic Fisher Price viewfinder as a child. Like a “wise” young adult, I talked myself out of studying it in college. But like a true artist, I made my way back to it soon enough.  

Despite working in Exercise Science and Occupational Therapy, my camera came with me everywhere I went—family gatherings, friends’ parties, vacations, or just a walk on the beach. It wasn’t long before I officially photographed my first family; falling in love with their stories and the affection between them. Wedding photography quickly became my primary focus. Through the years and working with over 400 clients, I’ve refined my artistic eye, honed my process, and remained just as passionate about people and the connections that form between us. 

Whatever you’re planning or celebrating, I’d be honored to artfully and intentionally capture meaningful moments you’ll treasure forever.