The Sea Spa offers facials, massage, body treatments, waxing, manicures, and pedicures. The facials on the spa menu hydrate, cleanse, and exfoliate, while minimizing fine lines and smoothing rough skin. Guests of the hotel come to be soothed by massage, whether it be a classic Swedish rubdown, a deep therapeutic massage, prenatal treatment, a foot rub, or the relaxing effects of hot stone therapy. Body treatments include a hydrating wrap, sea salt exfoliation, or a detoxifying body mask made of seaweed.
Whether it be swimming, biking, bird watching, hiking, or sunbathing by the pool, Congress Hall and the Cape May area have something to please every guest.
The beach at Congress Hall is the main attraction for summer visitors. Striped beach tents are the big hit, and reservations for them go quickly. Beach tent rentals include two lounge chairs, lush beach towels, a cooler containing water, soda, and iced tea, a table, and food service. Those not lucky enough to get a beach tent can still use the resort's loungers, beach umbrellas, and towels, and have a bite to eat at the beach's own food stand. Hungry beachgoers can snack on hummus with pita bread, guacamole with tortillas, fresh watermelon and other local fruits, giant chocolate chip cookies, potato chips, sandwiches, ice cream and salads. A children's menu is offered for youngsters. No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach, but the beach menu offers soda, lemonade, and water.
Sun lovers who prefer a pool deck will love the relaxing lounge chairs around the hotel's large pool. Surrounded by lush gardens and the grand lawn, guests can sunbathe, swim, and dine on the same menu as beachgoers. Alcoholic beverages are welcome at the pool, and guests may choose from cold beer and signature cocktails.
The hotel offers bicycle rentals for guests who would like to tour the area. Single bikes, tandem bicycles, and children's bikes are available. A popular destination is Beach Plum Farm, only a mile and a half from Congress Hall, and open to guests. Kids will like the opportunity to check out the chickens, pigs, and ducks who call the farm home.
For fitness buffs there are jogging and running trails nearby, plenty of places to walk, and a fitness center right in the hotel. Guests may enjoy Boot Camp or yoga classes on the beach. Kayak and paddle board rentals and lessons are available locally.
Every weekend, Congress Hall offers historical tours that last about an hour. On Thursday evenings, family members can get together for karaoke night, and on Monday evenings everyone can join in the carnival on the grand lawn. Carnivals feature family-friendly games, face-painting, balloon animals, and food vendors.
The Cape May area is a haven for sea and migratory birds. Hundreds of varieties of birds have been sighted here, and include sandpipers, gulls, terns, pelicans, mergansers, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, cormorants, egrets, ibis, herons, mockingbirds, flycatchers, and hawks. Birding tours are available, both on land and by boat. Lovers of sea animals can take whale watching tours during which the area's whales, dolphins, and sea birds delight sailors and visitors alike. Photo:
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