Cape Island grew slowly around a small population of industrious people during the next 100 years as nearby New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia were becoming urbanized. And as city folk are known to do, they began seeking out places to get away from the city to vacation. By the mid- to late 1700s, Cape Island was recognized as just such a place, with visitors arriving by wagon, stagecoach, sloop and schooner. There were rooms available at public houses, taverns and residential homes, and an archive search of Philadelphia newspapers of the era reveals ads for resorts offering sea-bathing, fishing and an abundance of fish, oysters and crabs as culinary delights. As more boarding houses sprung up, Cape Island became a getaway for the city’s elite, offering luxury hotels, music pavilions and ballrooms that made it the major seaside retreat on the East Coast, often referred to as the Queen of Seaside Resorts.