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Rio Grande Diner

Rio Grande Diner

After running the Cape May 10k, I was hungry and ready to eat.  I arrived around 10 am on a Saturday.  A quick google search led me to the Rio Grande Diner.

Rio grande diner nj

Atmosphere: B
The Rio Grande Diner looks like a typical NJ diner.  There are several booths, tables, and a full-length bar. The hostess sat me next to the door which I wasn’t ecstatic about.  The Rio Grande Diner could use interior updates. My booth had part of the booth duct taped up and apparently needed a bit of a makeover.

Coffee: A
The coffee was the locally brewed Lacas coffee, and I have no complaints. Our waiter refilled it often, and it tasted great.

Rio grande diner nj

Food: A
I had no idea what I wanted. I had woken up early (4:30 am) so by 10 am I was starving for lunch.  The Rio Grande Diner has everything you would want in a diner.

Rio grande diner nj

I decided to order the Rio Grande Slam which came with pancakes, bacon, eggs, and toast.  I also ordered a cinnamon bun because I was craving one.  Everything tasted good, and the cinnamon bun was extremely sweet.  I have a big sweet tooth, so I don’t find a lot of things “too sweet”.  In all, the food was excellent.

Rio grande diner nj

Service: A
Our waiter was hilarious, and the food came out quickly. It was one of the better experiences I’ve had.

Cost: $
For the Grande Slam, coffee, and cinnamon bun, the cost was $12.

Overall summary/Would I come back?
I really liked the Rio Grande Diner and would definitely go back.  It was inexpensive, quick, and the service was great.

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $10-15
Overall: A

See all Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What do you like to eat after a race?
What is your favorite breakfast food?

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Hiking to the Cape May Lighthouse

Hiking to the Cape May Lighthouse

One of my goals for the Spring and Summer is to go on more walks and hikes through NJ.  Like going to different diners, it’s fun to see different parts of the state.  Recently, after running the Cape May 10k, I went to the Cape May State Park.  I wanted to spend the day outdoors, but I wasn’t in the mood to ‘just lay” on the beach.  Plus, it was slightly too windy and too cold to do so.

The Cape May Lighthouse is a major attraction in the area.  Since it’s along the shore, the state park has a constantly changing shoreline, several freshwater coastal marsh, and ponds.  What I didn’t know was it was also a well-known location for viewing birds.  Many people travel to view birds, which was neat and not something I’ve ever done.  For those who don’t know, I’m terrified of both turkeys and geese, but other birds interest me.  Of any animal, I find them to have the “most personality.”

cape may state park

There are a few trails.  All are easy, along the coast, and we saw people of all ages walking.  We stopped a lot to look at birds but there is no elevation change and many are even on boardwalk.  If you are looking for a rigorous hike, there isn’t for you but if you’re looking something relaxing and scenic, you’ll enjoy it!

cape may state park

Red Trail:

  • about half a mile long and wheelchair access accessible
  • offers hikers access to both the lighthouse ponds
  • Each of the two ponds has a platform to view the birds, swans, and even osprey

Yellow Trail:

  • 1.5 miles long.
  • My favorite of three due to the different habitats including the shore, wetland marsh, and beach

cape may state park

Blue Trail:

  • About 2 miles long
  • Most floral and fauna
  • Like the yellow trail offers there are many different habitats along the shore.

If you are looking to view birds and nature, both the yellow and blue trails are your best bet. The red trail gives a quick glimpse of the park and access to the lighthouse.

cape may state park

cape may state park

cape may state park

I guess after all of that, I should tell you we did make it to the lighthouse.

cape may lighthouse

I’m glad we took some time to visit another of NJ’s parks.  As I mentioned, this Spring and Summer my goal is to visit more parks.

Other Spring hikes I’ve Done:
Hiking Turkey Swamp in Freehold
Exploring Cattus Island in Toms River
Hartshorne Park in the Highlands

You can see all hikes here.

Questions for you:
Have you ever been bird watching?
What are some of your plans this Spring and Summer?

George’s Place

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew down to Cape May.  While walking around in Cape May, we realized we were hungry.  George’s Place has been on my to-do list for a while.  Guy from Food Network recently and loved it.  Spoiler: it’s worth going too.

Atmosphere: B
Georges Place is located on the corner.  To be honest, there is not a lot to indicate the restaurant is there.  In fact, we walked right by twice before realizing it was there.

georges place cape may

Image via Cape May Times

The inside is clean, and there are about ten seats.  I like it because despite being small, you aren’t sitting on top of anyone.  In some diners and restaurants, you feel as though you are dining with ten strangers.

Service: A
The waitress was extremely friendly.  After ordering, I decided I wanted extra pita bread, and she was more than accommodating.

Food: A
Georges Place serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, they close from 3-5.  Their menu is strictly Greek Specialties.  Greek food is one if my favorite choices at a diner so I was excited to try it out.

We chose the “hummos sampler”  It came with four types of hummus.  I’m not typically a hummus fan, but each flavor was delicious.  Since the pita bread was so good, I decided to order more with my meal.

Georges Place Cape May

Georges place specializes in Greek Food, and that’s all they have.  I ordered the lamb chops which came with orzo and a side Greek salad.  The lamb chops were cooked to perfection.  The Orzo was cooked in a thick Greek flavored sauce which was tasty. The side salad was bigger than the size of many entree salads I’ve ordered.  Very few meals have left me as full as this one.

Georges Place Cape May

Georges Place Cape May

Price: $$
For the appetizer and lamb chops, the price was $30. The meal was well worth it, and the quality of food is the best I’ve had for a while. It’s important to note, Georges Place is a cash only restaurant.  There are several ATMS located nearby.

Would I come back/Summary:
Georges Place is one of my top five diners, and I’ll be back next time in Cape May.

Overall:
Atmosphere: B
Service: A
Coffee: N/A (I know shocking I did not get any)
Food: A
Price: $15-25
Overall: A

Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a restaurant on the food network?
Do you like lamb chops?

Weekend Trip to Cape May

T and I had a lot of fun just enjoying our time together and relaxing. We are quiet individuals and don’t need to fill our time with a ton of things to do to be happy.

That being said we took a weekend trip to Cape May. That’s an area of NJ neither of us has been too, so it was nice to explore the shore. Despite currently living 30 minutes from the shore, we aren’t beach every weekend people. I always found myself saying that in VA Beach too! I lived about 30 minutes from the beach but only went a few times per year.

Time for a road trip.

Time for a road trip.

Don’t get me wrong both are gorgeous vacation places but I have no interest each weekend to go. We decided to stay at the Rhythm of the Seas. It was so cute and an easy mile walk to the boardwalk.   If you ever vacation or stay in NJ, I would recommend this bed and breakfast.  It is absolutely perfect and I cannot sing it enough songs.

Cape May

My family and I used to stay in bed and breakfasts when we lived in England. The only memory I really have is fried tomatoes. I would 100% recommend Rhythm of the Seas.

As recommended by a friend, we ate (and drank entirely too much) at the Blue Pig Tavern. I refrained from drunk tweeting and blogging (since I’m out of college now…) but I had a great time exploring the town.

Tim and I one

Blue Pig Tavern

I was really proud that I was wearing flip flops walking down the beach while someone else (who I only know this due to the footprint) wore UGGS.  It was probably more funny because when I drink everything is more funny.

I was really proud that I was wearing flip flops walking down the beach while someone else (who I only know this due to the footprint) wore UGGS. It was probably more funny because when I drink everything is more funny.

 

I really like Cape May and I had a great time.  Maybe next year we will make it during “normal” season.

A photo next to one of these things....

A photo next to one of these things….

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to Cape May?

Have you ever stayed in a Bed and Breakfast? 

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