The gloves are off. This is the last round of voting in the Best Cities for Pet Travelers brackets before the final four. No more holding back. I’m coming out against Burlington, Vermont with the kinda talk that is usually only seen in a recycling center.
Here’s why you need to vote for Cape May, New Jersey as the best city for Pet Travelers.
Burlington, Vermont is a Clone!
And I should know. Because I live in that other little funky, progressive college town with great natural beauty and tasty vegetarian eats–Ithaca, New York. You know. The kind of town full of the people that are ruining America according to Rush Limbaugh.
How alike are they? You tell me.
- Socialist mayors? Check. Bernie Sanders in Burlington. Ben Nichols in Ithaca.
- Pedestrian outdoor malls? Check. Church Street Marketplace in Burlington. The Commons in Ithaca.
- Delicious ice cream? Check. Ben & Jerry’s in Burlington (since sold out to mega-conglomerate Unilever). Purity Ice Cream in Ithaca (locally owned since its founding in 1936).
- Local university presence? Check. University of Vermont in Burlington. Cornell University in Ithaca. (Which diploma would you rather see on your vet’s wall?)
- Gorgeous lake? Check. Champlain in Burlington. Cayuga in Ithaca.
- Wacky public parades and events? Check. Festival of Fools in Burlington (5 years old—aww how cute). Ithaca Festival in Ithaca (35 years old—practically an institution).
- Large farmer’s market? Check in Burlington. And check in Ithaca.
I’ll cut this short now by telling you that last year an Ithaca resident disappeared suddenly. He had been sucked up by an alien space probe and returned to Burlington by accident. It took him six months to realize he wasn’t in the same town. (Disclaimer: Stories may or may not be made up and may or may not be based on real or imaginary people.)
Go for Unique. It Makes You Look Smart.
So Burlington might be a perfectly nice town. It may even be pet friendly. But it ain’t unique. So why pick Burlington over Cape May?
Or Ithaca? Or Ames? Or Madison? Or Ann Arbor? Or Berkeley? Or Bloomington? Or any of a gazillion other progressive, funky, cool college towns that all want to be Portland, Oregon when they grow up?
Cape May is pet friendly. But it’s also unique.
- The Cape May peninsula is crucial to the survival of migratory birds. Many species would not make it to Alaska or Canada without the rich horseshoe crab population of the Delaware Bay.
- The oldest seashore resort in the U.S., Cape May is north of the Mason-Dixon line. But it has a strong Southern flavor because it was the first spot Southern vacationers could find a cool summer breeze without having to go too far North (the same reason Princeton University has a strong Southern presence, as well).
- Cape May is one of only five national historic landmark cities in the U.S. This designation will protect its unique Victorian architecture forever.
- And Cape May has its very own song. Yes, really. Here it is with some lovely pix that capture the spirit of the place bookending several pictures from the Albert Stevens Inn.
Two bars into the song, you realize this is not Snooki’s Jersey Shore.
Go vote for Cape May, NJ in round 4 of the Best City for Pet Travelers competition at Go Pet Friendly. After all, you wouldn’t want a clone to win, would you?
And my promise to you: if you push Cape May, New Jersey into the final four, I’ll share the easy way to find great places to stay, the quiet, dog-friendly beach that only the locals know about, and the best places to dine with your pooch (even if you don’t think your dog is up to dining in public).
Go. Vote. Now.