Congress Hall

Congress Hall is part of the Cape Resorts Group. Each property has a different personality, with various types of accommodations to suit the needs and budgets of most families. Congress Hall was built 1878 and lovingly renovated by Bashaw in 2002.

Bashaw describes his hotel guests as company, and the staff certainly exudes that vibe.

There are activities for the kids, but rather than creating a family themed resort where parents feel like they are living in a cartoon world, Congress Hall is a place where adults are free to be adults, but their kids are welcome and have plenty to do.

The attention to detail around the resort is remarkable. Room keys were inspired by the luggage tags of the early 1900s, when Cape May became a popular summer haven for folks from Philadelphia and New York and D.C.

The Sea Spa is available for those who are so inclined, and the Brown Room is a cozy lounge is located right off the main lobby, a great gathering spot for drinks before dinner.

The Boiler Room is a night club built right into the foundation of the building.

And the hotel is located right on the beach, and just a 2 or 3-hour drive from the Philly suburbs, New York or D.C.

Whatever you choose to do with your time at Congress Hall, Bashaw and his team have gone out of their way to make this a vacation for both the kids AND the parents, by providing everything you need. You don’t have to bring anything but your bathing suit.

Because all of the properties are within walking distance, this a great place for extended families to gather. Each family unit can stay in whichever location best suits their needs and budgets and then converge on the beach of at one of the hotel pools or one of their many restaurants, which are sourced with ingredients from Beach Plum Farm.

The guest rooms are cozy and comfortable.

And the bathrooms have all the modern amenities you would expect in a luxury hotel.

Be sure to follow Congress Hall on Facebook for all their latest news and events.

Disclosure: Melissa and Jo-Lynne were invited to experience Congress Hall by The Motherhood and Cape Resorts Group with no strings attached. All opinions expressed in this post belong to Jo-Lynne. All photographs, unless otherwise credited, were taken by Jo-Lynne and Melissa. All quotes are from

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Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.