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If you haven't left your fishbowl to explore distant waters in a while, then it is high time for a getaway.

Cast a net over this two-night escape to The Southern Mansion, and get hooked on the classic seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey.

Schools of summer tourists who swim to this charming destination have washed away, leaving you the chance to explore its attractions without getting crabby. Come ashore on weekdays in October ($401) or save your sand dollars for November or December ($356). You can also float over on 18 and 19 November, 25 and 26 November or 16 and 17 December ($439).

You and a plus one will feel like anything but fish out of water at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning property, decked out with antique furniture. The B&B is a restored antebellum home — complete with sprawling gardens, shaded porches and grand bedrooms — in the midst of Yankee territory.

Your king deluxe room is swimmingly spacious, boasting a flat-screen TV, sitting area, luxury linens and hand-painted tiles in the shower. And you'll be positively reeling once you see the included amenities for escapees: chocolate-covered strawberries, cookies, a hand-blown glass candle light, a hand-painted ornament and a postcard.

In the morning, let the current take you downstairs for a gourmet breakfast — featuring dishes like homemade blueberry hot cakes, home fries, made-to-order omelettes and more — served at a private table. Then, enjoy a complimentary tour of the mansion's gardens before making some waves in town.

Drift by the sandy shore on a two-wheeler from Geared Up Rentals before strolling the shops along the Washington Street Mall. Afterward, take a hike through Cape May Point State Park and climb to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay.

Back at the B&B, you can put your fins up and relax with complimentary beverages, or fill your gills with Pinot Noir on a visit to the property's Willow Creek Winery.

Hook, line, and sink this week's escape to Cape May before it goes out with the tide.

Escape kit

  • A two-night weekday stay for two in a king deluxe room during October ($401); November and December ($356); or on 18 to 19 November, 25 to 26 November, or 16 to 17 December ($439)
  • Daily full gourmet breakfast for two
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries and cookies
  • One hand-blown glass candle light, hand-painted ornament, and postcard
  • Tour of the Property Garden
  • Beverages available throughout the day
  • Purchase by 30 October

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