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This weekend was the semi-annual General Conference for our church. This is a world-wide meeting where the leadership of the Church speaks to the members through a series of conference sessions over two days, twice a year. There are two general sessions on Saturday, and two on Sunday. (And also a session for the men on Saturday evening). So, at General Conference time, we don't attend church as usual, but watch or listen to Conference through satellite broadcasts, radio, internet, or cable TV. In April, we were fortunate enough to be in Salt Lake, and attended two sessions in person. So, to make a long story somewhat less lengthy, we didn't have any church responsibilities, so we were free to take a weekend getaway. We listened to Conference on our iPhone in the car, through the Mormon Channel, as we travelled.
Hotels in Cape May are ridiculously expensive, so we chose a hotel in Vineland, NJ, about 30 miles from Cape May. Great hotel (we always stay at the Hampton Inn), but the town was a little, shall we say, worn down. After getting settled in our room, I stole out for an hour or so just before sunset, to take photos of the lovely fall colors and interesting old buildings. We went out for a delightful seafood dinner, and just relaxed.
Sunday morning we headed for Cape May, and the day was glorious! Deep blue sky, perfect warm weather. In fact, it was a little too warm, I should have worn my capris and sandals! But we just enjoyed our time there so much. Cape May has been a seaside resort destination for over 150 years. Gorgeous Victorian hotels and inns and bed & breakfasts, plus tons of restaurants and shops. Cape May was designed for the wealthy, and it's been maintained beautifully all of these years. Many of the homes and hotels are painted bright colors, with interesting architectural details. Flags, awnings, buntings, pretty signs, gardens, and lots of fall decor added to the charm.
Our first stop was the lighthouse and shore, with a nearby wetlands full of interesting water fowl. Then we drove into the center of Cape May. We found an interesting shop full of artisan's creations, antiques and collectibles. Bruce bought me a couple of treasures, then we walked across the street to Key West Tacos for a delightful lunch. More sightseeing and photographing, then we stopped at a shopping promenade where we browsed in some shops, and enjoyed some ice cream.
It was a wonderful day. We listened to the last session of Conference as we made the 3 hour drive home, basking in the glow of a perfect weekend together.