When we're on vacation, most of my pictures and videos are mainly of my son. Since the shutdown last year, I've started capturing everything and anything so I can relive it when I'm not in WIldwood. It's almost like I'm afraid I might not get down there again. Anyway, here are some photos and videos I took while we were down for my birthday weekend.
Unfortunately, an hour and a half into the trip back, we found out that school and work were both canceled for the next day. If we had been closer, we absolutely would have stayed the extra night!
(I'm in no way a professional photographer, but I'm just trying to deal with my Wildwood withdrawal)
1/30 Driving in (Fleur de Lis was in the middle of having some work done by the entrance of the building)
1/30: Late night drive to Cape May
Our home away from home for the night
1/31: We woke up to a light snowfall, so we didn't stay as long as we normally would (we heard it was only going to get worse), but we took a little ride before heading home
Singapore under construction
Former Ocean Holiday under construction
I couldn't leave without stopping at my beloved Bristol Plaza
Winter time is special down there...it almost feels like you have the entire place to yourself! Thanks for sharing.
We have always wanted to try the Reges in the southern part of WWC but never seem to do it. I think we are so used to staying along the oceanfront bike path anywhere else seems almost foreign,
The Fleur de Lis always goods great and very well maintained. We are going to have to give them a try sometime maybe next year. We have stayed mostly at the Waikiki the last 15 years and are hoping the news owners can bring it back as it really slipped last year.
Great pics. Really enjoyed them. You managed to capture our favorite motel, The Fleur de Lis, off season. What an amazing contrast.
That is cool about your wife. I like the Pan American pictures, I have stayed there a couple of times and it is a great hotel. To me it has a Miami Beach 60's look to it on a smaller scale.
There are a lot of photos of the Pan American on the Stella Star web site. To be totally forthcoming, Stella Star in real life is my beloved wife. Earlier this year, she began wearing authentic doo wop era clothing and posting on her site as a time traveler from mid-20th century. My persona in this is that of "Cathode" Ray Reagan, lead singer of the 60s band "Cathode Ray & The Tubes". I'm trying to get into garb myself but I wish to trend a bit late and wear a leisure suit. Unfortunately I can't find one in my size (short & fat; actually 46-S jacket and 40x29 pants)
Anyway, unrelated infromation: my friend works at Pan American in real life.
Here are a few entries with Stella Star at the Pan American, and one without her.
I hope you enjoy them
I'm sorry for your loss nickym70. We also visit the lighthouse and state park at least once per trip, often on our first day down before checking into the motel. I love the motel pics and always really liked the Imperial 500 and Pan American. We are at the point where we prefer the shoulder season and always come for a week in late September. I can see that maybe being stretched out to two weeks in the not distant future.
Usually no one is even around when the seasonal motels are closed. As long as there are no "no trespassing" signs and you're not breaking into the building, there should be no problem standing in front of the building and taking photographs.
Also, I have little sentiment for Cape May, but I appreciate the lighthouse picture. My brother worked on its renovation about 20 years ago. I lost him last month and he's no longer with us, but he loved the lighthouse and I feel good seeing the picture.
Also, today you can find more pictures of Wildwood motels before their season at Stella Star's web site: https://doowopcity.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/turning-back-the-clock
Thank you for sharing. I love Wildwood in the winter. It's like looking at an abandoned amusement park, only this one will come to life again!
Nice pictures...thanks! We did a Cape May house tour once in December and we really liked it. I felt like I was in Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol. As far as pictures go, I always take a picture of something if it looks slightly different than what I remember or if I see something new.
Great pictures!!! The Wildwoods are so strange in the winter with almost everything being shut down but I really like it. Cape May is awesome around the holidays because it is just so beautiful. I think everyone who can should give Cape may a try in December before Christmas, the motels are not crazy expensive then either. Very cold though if the wind is coming off the ocean! Again great pics!