A popular South Jersey street known for its with restaurants, shopping and unique stores was named one of "America's 100 Most Charming Main Streets".

Since 1971, with over 75 stores, shops and restaurants, Washington Street in Cape May has been nestled just off the beaches and among the Victorian houses, giving locals and tourists a great opportunity for year-round shopping and other great activates.

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Why did Washington Street make the list?

"This charming Victorian street features shops, restaurants, while its nearby beaches, Cape May Lighthouse, and annual Cape May Music Festival contribute to its iconic Jersey Shore atmosphere."

Washington Street was one of three main streets in New Jersey to be included on the list, coming in at No. 61 overall. The other two New Jersey streets to make the list were Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, which was No. 21 on the the national list and Bridge Street in Lambertville, which was No. 49 overall.

The top street in the county you ask?

That would be King Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

Who else made the Top 10?

With King street getting the top spot here are the next nine streets in the USA.

2. Main Street, Lake Placid, New York.
3. Main Street, Beacon, New York.
4. Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont.
5. E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
6. Broughton Street, Savannah, Georgia.
7. King Street, Alexandria, Virginia.
8. Broadway Street/Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina.
9. Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
10. Main Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

How did they come up with this list?

Online panel survey of 3,000 adults based on age, gender, and geography. Internal data sources are used to obtain population data sets. We used a two-step process to ensure representativeness through stratified sampling and post-stratification weighting. April 2024.

If you are a local and haven't been to Washington Street, what are you waiting for!  Its a great day out, with plenty of things to do.  There is food, drinks, shopping and its all within a close proximity to the beaches of Cape May.

Another great thing about Washington Street?  Its a year round experience.  You can go in the summer, or do your Christmas shopping here.

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Whether you are visiting for a weekend getaway vacation or a day trip to check out the Washington Street Mall, there are many eating options in Cape May for you to check out. We have organized the best restaurants in Cape May based on Google Reviews and Google Analytics so you can find out what is popular before your next visit to New Jersey's southernmost town

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