Big cities like Philadelphia and NYC have so much to offer but small towns also have their share of laid-back charm and fun. They’re the places where you can really get a feel for a community. The stores are locally owned, the food in the restaurants is often locally sourced and the environment is cheerful and pleasant. These types of great small towns are what NJ is known for and now one of our towns is being called out as the coolest! Far & Wide looked to U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, Architectural Digest, The Travel Channel and House Beautiful magazine to find the best small town in every U.S. state.

Not surprisingly, the winner for NJ was Cape May. Called out for its coolness by House Beautiful and U.S. News and World Report, this charming town at exit zero is known for its stunning beaches, its vibrant downtown, old Victorian homes and farm-to-table restaurants. For kids, there’s the Cape May Zoo and families will love a trip to Beach Plum Farm. Parents looking for an overnight getaway will love the restaurants and wineries plus local theater and museums.

“Found at the lower tip of the Shore, just across from Delaware, this Victorian seaside town oozes charm from every corner,” says Far & Wide. “You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into fictional Mayberry — only this one set along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.”

We can’t argue with that spot-on description. In fact, Cape May, while a popular summer destination, is also worth a road trip in fall, winter and spring. So have you been down to exit zero yet?

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