Beach Shack, Cape May’s foremost laid-back beachside hotel is thrilled to open its doors this summer to a special group of furry friends. For the first time, this retro-inspired property is allowing dogs to stay overnight with their owners as well as to dine at Beach Shack’s iconic surfer bar and lounge, the Rusty Nail. The Rusty Nail has introduced a new Doggie Menu for the season, which includes delicious canine cuisine and adorable puppy treats, and to cap off the fido-filled summer, the property is holding a Rusty Nail Dog Mascot competition.
To commemorate these pet friendly offerings, Beach Shack has introduced the Paw’s Up Package which includes accommodations, a special welcome kit, a $20 Rusty Nail dining voucher and a Beach Shack dog leash. When guests and their pets arrive upon check-in they will receive a welcome kit with a list of suggested pet friendly activities in the area, as well a pet door tag. The welcome kit also includes a greeting card, The Blissful Dog nose balm, use of a CritterZone air purifier, all natural Wahl dry pet shampoo, use of a Beach Shack dog bed, branded food and water bowls, a Beach Shack Frisbee, branded disposable doggie bags as well as a special treat. Rates for the Paw’s Up package start at $156/night which includes a $35/night fee for dogs. The welcome kit amenities are available when booking the package, as well as to all guests with their pets in tow.
At the hotel’s well-known restaurant, The Rusty Nail, guests who bring their canine friends to the beach to enjoy some sun and surf can also offer them a tasty midday snack. The famed restaurant’s new Doggie Menu will give all four-legged friends something to howl about: with various full meal and treat options, including Bowser Beer, Hot Diggity Dogs, and a Grilled Chicken Doggie Bowl. The Rusty Nail Bar and Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8AM-10PM. Guests of The Rusty Nail can enjoy satisfying beach blanket comfort food indoors or outdoors as well as by the popular firepit.
For those searching for a little hometown glory over the summer season, visitors of the Beach Shack can enter The Official Rusty Nail Dog Mascot Competition. Starting June 1 through July 31, guests can submit a photo of their dog on the Rusty Nail Facebook Page to enter for a chance to be selected as the face of the Rusty Nail Doggy Ale, and a $250 Beach Shack gift certificate. Announced on August 1, 10 finalists will be selected by judges including celebrity dog stylist Jorge Bendersky, to walk in a doggy-pageant runway on August 25, with the winner taking home the crown. All entries must be available to attend The Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ Dog Pageant on August 25 if selected as one of the 10 finalists.