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Cape May, New Jersey

It happens to be the present, but it feels like the past. It happens to be at the ocean, but it is more than the beach. You have arrived in Cape May, the Nation's oldest Seashore Resort, or Cape May Point, the birder's paradise, or West Cape May, the lima bean capital of the world.

What a wonderful place to visit, to live, to enjoy. It is tradition and diversity that speak to us and to which we listen. The romance began in 1602 when Captain Henry Hudson sailed up the Delaware Bay on his ship, Half Moon. Since then presidents, architects, artists, inventors, visionaries and entrepreneurs have come and left their mark. Each person, whether famous or not, felt the magic of this island.

We can sail, fish, swim, golf, play tennis and surf. We can walk the tree-lined streets, holding hands, and marvel at the colorful Victorian Era architecture. We can listen to Chamber Music. We can go to an art show or watch a play. We can bike to farms, go horseback riding. We can learn about historic preservation or Cape May diamonds. We can hike nature trails, bird watch. We can sit on front porches and chat with neighbors. We can watch whales and sunsets. We can dine at wonderful restaurants in charming buildings soothed by the sound of the ocean. We can be actively engaged or contemplative.

This is the beauty - the blending of the past and the present, nature and culture, community and solitude. For this is more than a place, more than an activity, more than an event. It is a feeling, an atmosphere that inspires and challenges. We are a part of this, each one of us, each leaving our mark, expanding our spirit, experiencing the magic, making our magic.