Memorial Day: A time for Honor and Remembrance

 

 

Memorial Day weekend is here, and summer has unofficially begun!  We hope that everyone’s weekend is filled with friends, family, and fun. But at this time, we also encourage remembrance of the reason why we are able to enjoy this extended weekend. It is because of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country, our freedoms, and all we that we tout as our national ideals.

 

If you’re visiting Cape May this weekend, there are a number of opportunities to show reverence to those who have served and sacrificed. Here is a list of Memorial Day events dedicated to honoring these brave souls:

 

 

Sunday, May 28th

 

Coast Guard Sunset Parade – U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May Parade Grounds, 1 Munro Ave. 7 PM – 8:30 PM

 

 

Atlantic Brass Band at Cape May Rotary Bandstand (Free Admission) 7 PM – 8:30 PM

 

 

 

Monday, May 29th

 

Memorial Day Ceremonial Events: 

 

9 – 10 am  – Memorial Day Ceremony at the All Wars Monument, Columbia Avenue

 

11 am – Cape May Convention Hall, Wreath Laying Observance

 

11:45 am – U.S. Coast Guard Rifle Salute and launching of the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach

 

 

 

Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 29 at 10 am. Memorial Field on Pacific Avenue, next to American Legion Hall, Cape May Court House

 

 

 

Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 29 at 2 p.m. Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, 129 Crest Haven Rd., Cape May Court House

 

 

 

Nightly at Sunset – Flag Ceremony at Sunset Beach (all season long, May – September), More info here.

 

 

 

 

Homestead Real Estate will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29th in Observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. We wish everyone a peaceful and enjoyable weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend is on its way, and you should be too…

It’s here! The unofficial start of summer, that is. And while the calendar may still read May, everyone knows that summer in Cape May will commence with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Ready or not, here it comes! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up over the next few weeks, as well as why there is still plenty of time to reserve your Cape May vacation, and why you should choose Homestead to do so…

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend, The Washington Street Mall will feature the spring edition of its semi-annual sidewalk sale. You’ll be pleased with your finds both inside and out as you stroll your way through the mall. The sale will take place 5/18 through 5/21/17 from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday May 20th will host the West Cape May borough wide yard sale. Rescheduled from 5/13 due to inclement weather, this is a fun way to experience West Cape May. Interact with local residents, and of course remain on the lookout for “new to you” bargains! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Homestead Rental signs, as West Cape May is lovely area to stay for your Cape May vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, 5/21, The Garden Club of Cape May will present their Plant and Bake Sale at the Cape May Rotary Park. Stop by and browse the fine array of flowers, herbs, baked goods, and veggies too! This event is also a great way to check out the beautifully redesigned rotary park, in case you missed it last season.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, May 27th, it’s yard sale time again. This time, the venue is the Cape May Kiwanis Club and the time is 7 am-2 pm. Memorial Day weekend is prime time for yard sales, so be on the lookout for many others as you stroll in and around town.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 28th kicks off the 28th annual Cape May Music Festival, presented by Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. The festival will run from May 28th through June 15th. The opening act on 5/28 will be the Atlantic Brass Band. The band will perform an array of American music, perfectly coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend. Come to the Rotary Bandstand, just adjacent to the Washington Street Mall and center of town, and get into the summer spirit with some truly fine music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held on Monday, May 29th at 9 am (until about 11:00 am) at the All Wars Monument, located on Columbia Avenue. All are welcome to join.

 

 

Memorial Day weekend is a time of relaxation and anticipation for the season that is to come. With nearly every business in town opening their doors, some of the most fun to be had lies in simply biking or walking around and experiencing new establishments, as well as returning to your old favorites. Many long time Cape May vacationers were first introduced to the town during a holiday weekend stay. Why not let yourself become one of them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you have or have not been to Cape May, we want to remind you that we still have vacation rental availability for the upcoming 2017 season. In fact, we expect to see the usual surge in reservations after the Memorial Day weekend. Don’t lose out on your chance for a vacation. Homestead features rental properties for a wide range of styles and budgets. And speaking of budgets, did you know that you can place a reservation with Homestead and conveniently make payment with a credit card? (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Furthermore, Homestead handles our own payment processing and absorbs the cost of all credit card fees. We believe paying with your credit card is a necessary convenience, not a privilege. It’s just one more reason why we are the clear choice for all of your Cape May vacation rental needs.

 

 

 

Looking ahead….

 

 

As we move towards the month of June, we’d like to remind everyone that the ever popular West Cape May Strawberry Festival will be taking place on Saturday, June 3rd at Wilbraham Park. It’s a fantastic way to take part in a local tradition and kick off your summer.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday June 10th and Sunday, June 11th, Homestead will be sponsoring a very special event! Join the renowned Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, for “Building a Vocal Community”. This exciting event will show community unity through music! Events for both days will take place at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave., Cape May, NJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope everyone is eagerly anticipating the start of the summer, and we’d like to wish you a peaceful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. We hope to see you here in town as you help us welcome in another summer season over the next few weeks.

 

 

Suddenly This Summer! 5 Reasons Why You DON’T Want to Miss Out on a Cape May Vacation…

Cape May Summer Beach RentalsHave you planned a summer vacation? With summer just around the corner, do you think it’s too late to do so? If the answer to the first question is “NO” and to the second question is “YES”, then Homestead is pleased to inform you that you are misinformed! It is most definitely NOT too late to plan a summer getaway. And Cape May is the place you’ll want to be. Let’s look at a handful of reasons why…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Cape May Beaches are the BEST. Here at Homestead, we’re always highlighting the multitude of reasons to visit Cape May. But let’s be realistic…despite all that there is to do and see, the beach is among the top reason that guests like to “summer” here on our island. Often rated among the best beaches in the country, Cape May’s shoreline offers something for everyone. From favorite local hot spots like “The Cove” and “Broadway Beach”, to the quiet and more natural beaches of Cape May’s east end, your sure to find a location that suits you. And why stick to just one? If you’re in town for a week or two, we recommend trying out different areas of the beach on different days. Cape May beach tags are valid across the entirety of the beach front, so there’s nothing stopping you!

 

 
Cape May NJ vacation homes2.  The History is unparalleled. Much of New Jersey’s lengthy coastline boasts relaxing beaches, nostalgic eateries, even amusement piers. But there’s a reason why many visitors continue to travel all sorts of distances here to New Jersey’s southern most region. Cape May is our nation’s most aged seashore resort…and with that comes a unique history, architecture and landscape that must be seen to be truly believed. And once you DO see it, you’ll want to come back year after year…not just in the summer, but in every season!

 

 

 

 

 

3.  There are an endless variety of dining options. Pizza, pasta, Mexican, hot dogs, custard and ice cream, smoothies, salads, fusion cuisine, fresh local produce…we could go on and on…but you get the idea. Whatever you may have a taste for, you will find the best of it here in Cape May. From covered porch brunches, to casual beach snacks, to fine dining in the evening…there’s no wrong way to experience Cape May’s restaurant scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 
4.  There’s an opportunity to explore your natural world. We’re not just talking about the beach! Cape May is unique in that it is rife with vegetation and species that are simply not found among your typical beach community. We’re one of the prime birding destinations in the country, and the recent spring migration season coincides with the arrival of multitudes of horseshoe crabs on the shores of the Delaware Bay. One may not associate a prime beach resort as the home of a fascinating natural migration event, but that’s exactly what you have the option to experience during a visit to Cape May. And while on the subject of nature, we simply must make mention of Cape May County’s fabulous Park & Zoo. It’s located just about 10 miles north of Cape May City and is one of the finest Zoo’s in the country! If you need a break from the beach (or the weather is simply not cooperating), a trip to the zoo is your ideal experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
5.  Homestead Rentals. Last but not least, A Cape May vacation awards you the experience of reserving your property through us here at Homestead. Multiple properties remain available in Cape May proper, West Cape MayCape May Point, and even offshore by the bay. Sure, the pickings are a bit slimmer than they were at the start of the year, but with an ever increasing rental inventory…we are certainly not “sold out” for the summer, and we’re sure we can assist you in locating the perfect property for that last minute Cape May vacation.

 

 

If you’ve already had the pleasure of experiencing Cape May, you know there are far more reasons to visit than we could ever mention here. And if you’ve never been to our beautiful slice of paradise, you simply don’t know what it is that you’ve been missing. Maybe it’s time to find out…

 

 

 

The Season Gets Rolling in Cape May. Will you be here?

Cape May Summer Beach RentalsHas everyone enjoyed their spring break? We certainly hope so! A late season Easter coupled with pleasant April weather has brought throngs of visitors to Cape May over the past few weeks. It’s exciting to see the season returning in full force. And what’s the best part? Well, we think it’s that things are just getting started! With Memorial Day merely six weeks in the future, this is the time to enjoy Cape May’s preseason events. It’s also your last chance to rent a beautiful Cape May vacation home for a partial week, as once the season gets rolling, full week rentals are all that will be available until the fall. Day trips to Cape May are always a good idea, but spending a weekend here is the best way to truly unwind and enjoy your experience to the fullest. Here’s what to check out here in town over the next few weeks…

 

 

 

 

Most of Cape May’s visitors are well versed in the town’s main attractions and landmarks. But many locals and visitors are not aware that Cape May County has its own museum, and on Friday, April 21st, the museum will be offering free tours at noon and 2:00 pm. This fun and educational event is ideal for the whole family. And as the museum is located just off of Exit 11 of the Garden State Parkway, it’s the perfect place to stop off on your way south!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on Friday, April 21st, it’s the LAST DAY of the season to enjoy “Spring Break at Congress Hall”. Stop by to enjoy a scavenger hunt or train ride. It’s the perfect event to drop in on if you’re out shopping and strolling the Washington Street Mall.

 

 
The always popular Exit Zero Jazz Festival will be returning this weekend for its spring edition! Kicking off on Friday, April 21st at 6:00 pm, the festival will run through the evening of Sunday, April 23rd. This unique Cape May event presents a wonderful opportunity to unwind and sever the off-season monotony. So come out and enjoy the show! For a full list of performances and venues, visit the Exit Zero Jazz Festival website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May keeps the creativity flowing through the weekend with the kickoff of SOMA NewArt Gallery’s first 2017 exhibition. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:00 p.m. Entrance to the gallery is free! If you’re in town for the Jazz festival, why not take in a little local art as well? The gallery is located at 31 Perry St. adjacent to the Washington Street Mall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 28th, Cape May will be kicking off its Spring Celebration! There will truly something for everyone throughout this 10 day event. It’s also taking place just as the blooms of spring plateau and the weather becomes consistently warm. In other words…you’ll want to be outdoors, and the spring festival is the perfect justification. Of course it wouldn’t be a spring celebration without a Crafts and Collectibles show at the Emlen Pysick Estate. The spring version of the show will take place on April 29th and May 6th between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a truly special spring event, consider attending the 17th Annual Feasting on History Gala. The Gala is held by Historic Cold Spring Village and it takes place on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. The venue is the NASW Aviation Museum at the Cape May County Airport, located just a few minutes off of Cape Island. Exciting food, wine and beverage selections from a number of local establishments will be featured for your sampling. If you haven’t yet experienced this unique Cape May County event, maybe this is the year for it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re in Cape May for a day, week month, or have made it your permanent home-there is always something going on! And the spring is a truly ideal time to enjoy each and every wonderful event. Remember that some of the best time you could possibly spend in Cape May is that which is free. Think sunset beach walks, promenade strolls in the morning mist, and bike rides through the beauty of the historic district. Wherever you’re going this season, make sure Cape May is a destination that makes your list. We’ll see you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who may be interested, on Monday, April 24th, The American Red Cross will be holding its semi-annual blood drive at Cape May Convention Hall. Local residents and visitors are welcome to participate in this event. The drive will begin at 10:00 a.m. and wrap up at 3:00 p.m. Easy registration is available online by visiting REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG and entering the sponsor code: Cape May City. Appointments may also be made by contacting 609-884-9530.

Cape May’s Spring Break: What to see and where to be!

After a relatively mild winter here in Cape May, spring has arrived! For many reasons, the excitement around town is palpable. First of all, spring especially shines here in Cape May due to the multitude of trees and flowers that are suddenly in bloom. As Cape Island was once part of the mainland, we enjoy a natural beauty that various other Jersey Shore towns are simply not accustomed to. The spring landscape coupled with the backdrop of Cape May’s gorgeous beaches is a truly spectacular site, and we hope you will be able to enjoy it! A specific reason to visit Cape May in the spring is certainly not required…but if you’re looking for a bit of direction as to where to go and what to see, here’s a sampling of what will be taking place over the next few weeks…

 

 

 

 

 

-Saturday, April 8th: The Cape May Film Festival presents their first retrospective event! Special guests will be featured, as well as the best films of the past 15 years. Session times are 12-4 pm and 6-9 pm at the West Cape May Borough Hall.

 

 

 

-Spring Break at Congress Hall will be taking place from Monday, April 10th though Friday, April 21st, 2017. This event has been cultivated with the entire family in mind! Events will include train rides on the Congress Hall Express, family yoga, paint and create, and an Easter Egg Hunt…just to name a few! (Limited seating available for certain events, so be sure to reserve early for the activities of your choice).

 

 

 

-Saturday, April 15th is the 18th Annual Polar Bear and Pup Plunge! This event is open to the public and will be located just off of Cape Island at the Beachcomber Campground. Event proceeds will assist in benefiting the Cape May County Animal Shelter. If you’re coming to Cape May over spring break, make a reservation at one of our pet friendly rentals! You then have no excuse not to enter your own four legged friend into the Pup Plunge.

 

 

 

-Also on Saturday, April 15th, the Kiwanis Club of Cape May will present its annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will even be an opportunity for the little ones to meet the Easter Bunny! The event will be located in the Lafayette Street Park (just next to Cape May City Elementary School).

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Easter Sunday (April 16th): Rise early and enjoy an Easter Sunrise Service at The Cove Beach. Service will begin at 6:30 am and culminate at approximately 7:00 am. The multiple churches of Cape May will of course be offering Easter worship services as well. We recommend visiting the website of your church of choice, or contacting them via phone for the most up to date service times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Begin your Easter afternoon by having fun on the Washington Street Mall with the annual Easter Fashion Stroll! The stroll will be located at the 300 block of the mall, between Jackson and Perry Streets. Take part in the stroll or simply stand back and enjoy the fashions. It’s the perfect way to prepare for afternoon holiday dining and festivities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although still a few weeks away, now is also the time to begin thinking about the Exit Zero Spring Jazz Festival, as well as Cape May’s Spring Celebration. Stay tuned for more information on these and other late spring events as their dates draw closer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break in Cape May is about more than just the change of seasons, or the celebration of spring holidays. It’s also a new beginning of sorts. Local businesses anticipate the approach of the summer season, homeowners prepare their properties for guests, and everyone in town takes time to step out and spruce up! It’s spring fever at its best, and we certainly hope you will be a part of it with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A reminder that if you have not booked your summer 2017 Cape May Vacation, inventory is indeed still available! Bookings have been coming in quickly for late summer and fall rentals as well, so don’t delay. Contact Homestead now and let us assist you in locating your perfect Cape May property. And if you know where you’d like to stay, that’s great! Remember that you can reserve any property of your choice right online. Short term weekend rentals must be reserved via phone, so please do keep that in mind and plan accordingly.

 

 

Happy Spring!

 

 

So, What is the “Point”?

The weather continues to warm, and another weekend is suddenly upon us. After months of anticipation, spring has arrived! We hope you’re as excited as we are about the dawning of this splendid season. Spring is often referred to as a time of awakening. The emergent foliage, warm sun, and longer days urge us to brush off the “cabin fever” and enjoy the outdoors. Here in Cape May, there are endless opportunities to do just that. Many of you that have visited Cape May have likely experienced the beauty of the historic district, the renowned beaches, and the multitude of fine restaurants. But…have you experienced Cape May Point? If not (or even if so), a visit to this beautiful enclave on the island must be added to your spring to-do list.

 

 

 

Cape May Point feels as though it’s a beautiful

little slice of paradise tucked away at the end of the earth. And well….it is. Heading west on Sunset Boulevard ultimately leads to one of only two roads that head into the Point; these are Cape or Lighthouse Avenue. Fittingly, Lighthouse Avenue reaches its end at Cape May Point State Park and the Cape May Lighthouse. Cape Avenue is a gateway to one of Cape May Point’s only two places of business; The Red Store. The second business is the post office on Yale Avenue, so we suppose that doesn’t quite count! The point is…it’s a natural community. Natural, however, is not equivalent to boring. Here are some of the wonderful attributes that make the Point well worth a visit…

 

 

 

Cape May Lighthouse. There’s nothing quite as synonymous with Cape May Point as its landmark lighthouse. Climbing the 199 steps to the pinnacle of the lighthouse is indeed a fantastic workout, but the reward is a panoramic view of Cape May, the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware Bay, and everything in between. And if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, there’s nothing quite like a lighthouse full moon climb!

 

 

 

Cape May Point State Park. Adjacent to the lighthouse is Cape May Point State Park. The park is a prime location for picnicking, birding, and nature walks. Even in peak summer season, the natural environment is rejuvenating and tranquil, but is just a mere few miles from Cape May’s bustling beach community and historic district.

 

 

 

Cape May Bird Observatory: The Northwood Center. A division of the New Jersey Audubon Society, Cape May’s Bird observatory serves as the hub of birding activity in the Point. Known as one of the premier birding destinations of North America, birding is serious business here in the Point. Coming up on May 6th is the 34th Annual World Series of Birding. The much lauded event will culminate in the Point’s state park. Other notable events include Spring and Fall Birding festivals, the latter of which takes place during peak migration period for multiple species of birds.

 

 

 

Cape May Hawk watch Platform. Located in the state park to the far left of the parking area, the platform offers free access. Not only is it an ideal location for hawk viewing; it’s also prime real estate for sighting the multitudes of birds that pass through the area all throughout the year. Hawk sightings are most prevalent in the fall season. In season, the platform is staffed for guidance and inquiries.

 

 

 

The Red Store. It just wouldn’t be a proper visit to the Point without patronizing the one and only Red Store. The eatery offers an expectedly tranquil atmosphere and seasonal American cuisine prepared with farm fresh ingredients. An adjacent convenience store area also offers beverages, snacks, and various sundries.

 

 

 

Lake Lily. Located in the center of the Point, this tranquil oasis is the perfect place to relax and become absorbed into the beauty of nature. The lake also creates an ideal backdrop for a morning jog or an after dinner stroll.

 

 

 

Sunset Beach. Located at the end of Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Beach is just outside of the Point and is also a must see locale. It’s home to ocean polished Cape May diamonds (which are perfect for souvenirs and crafters), the sunken concrete ship, its own gift shop, a nightly flag lowering ceremony (in season), and of course, stunning sunsets over the Delaware Bay. The sunsets are often enhanced by a view of the passing Cape May-Lewes Ferry as well.

 

 

 

 

 

So, with spring’s arrival and summer’s imminence, it’s time to finalize your Cape May plans. Whether those plans include a day trip, weekend getaway, or a full week summer vacation….we hope you realize just how essential it is to visit Cape May Point and discover one of the island’s very best kept secrets.  We’ve presented a sampling of what the Point has to offer, but there’s so much more! You won’t believe what you’ve been missing.

 

 

If you’re a long time guest, maybe a stay in the Point is an idea who’s time has come! Homestead offers a variety of rental homes scattered throughout the picturesque avenues of the Point. Take a look at some of the options and click to see more information, or reserve right online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Spring Forward” towards Summer with our Vacation Q & A!

As we’re nearly mid-way through March, spring is officially less than two weeks away. Daylight savings time is this weekend. Trees and spring flowers are beginning to bud. Spring is very much in the air. March, however, is an interesting month here in Cape May. While the calm of the winter season is coming to an end, the height of the spring season remains a few weeks in the future. We will certainly be providing updates as to what’s going on in Cape May this spring. But for now…let’s talk about summer!

 

 

 

 

First and foremost…if you’ve not yet booked your rental with Homestead, there’s
no time like the present! Our booking season has mirrored those of years past, with a surge of bookings in January and February. March has leveled out a bit, but still remains quite busy. And by mid-April…you may find yourself challenged to locate your first choice rental, especially if you’re looking for a specific property or location. So, take advantage of this quiet time of year and reserve your perfect rental. To assist, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions from our guests, asked and answered…

 

 

Q. Are full-week rentals required?

 

A. Yes-if you are planning your vacation anytime from about the second week in June through the second week in September-otherwise known as “prime season”. Outside of that time frame, there are a number of homes available with either a two or three night minimum. Despite Cape May being active all through the year, summer remains the busiest of seasons, so full week rentals are required to maximize the rental potential of each property. We know that breaking for a full week vacation can be a challenge, but it’s well worth it to spend an entire week enjoying relaxation and fun here in Cape May.

 

 

 

Q. Are there more Pet-Friendly properties?

 

A. No, and yes. The fact is, our pet friendly inventory consists of the most limited number of properties, and they fully book at a generally higher rate than the others. There are always new rentals entering our inventory though, so please keep that in mind. We cannot accept pets for rentals that are not designated “pet friendly”, as pet acceptance is solely the decision of each individual property owner.

 

 

 

Q. Which homes “open to the beach”?

 

A. This is a question oft asked of those that have never been to Cape May. There are NO homes in our rental inventory that allow occupants to step out of the house and directly onto the beach. We know this design is common of other resort communities, but Cape May is simply not developed to allow for such properties. The good news is, Cape May properties offer their own unique attributes. You’ll experience a neighborhood feel in many of our locales, awarding you the pleasure of residing only blocks from the beach while also having your own private yard, parking, and more!

 

 

 

Q. What’s the deal with West Cape May?

 

A. Most are familiar with Cape May proper, as it’s the home of the historic district, as well as Cape May’s hub of shopping and dining. Many have also heard of Cape May Point, with its tranquil, natural experience and reputation for world class bird watching. West Cape May situates between Cape May and the Point. It’s a lovely, residential area of town that is home to many local residents. The beach is a bit of a longer walk (or even a very short drive), but the trade off is that many of the houses are spacious-both inside and out…all while maintaining lower rental rates. Numerous guests who’ve stayed in West Cape May through the years would not think of renting anywhere else in town. Maybe it’s time you joined them!

 

 

 

Q. Are beach tags provided in our rental home?

 

A. Maybe-but don’t plan on it. The City of Cape May deems that beach tags are non-transferable. Homestead therefore has NO dealing with the tags, nor are we permitted to have information as to which properties may or may not contain them. If you arrive at a rental property and find beach tags…you are generally welcome to make use of them unless it is otherwise noted via the property owner. Most likely, the tags will not be present but you will be able to purchase them at any entrance to the beach.

 

 

 

Q. Can we check-in early? (before 2:00 pm).

 

A. No. We don’t blame you for being very excited to begin your vacation! But during the summer season, there are no provisions made for early check-ins. The 4 hour “turnover time” is needed in order to prep the rental property for you. If you arrive in town early, we recommend grabbing a bite to eat, taking a walk around (if it’s not too hot!), or maybe even going to the beach. Check-in time will arrive before you know it, and we’ll be waiting at our drive through check-in to make sure that your rental arrival is expedited efficiently.

 

 

 

Q. The Linen Service sounds enticing, but do we have to order it right now?

 

A. No. In our continued effort to function as a full service vacation rental establishment, Homestead offers linen rental as an option for all of our properties. This includes sheets for all of the beds, and towels for each occupant. The linen package may be accepted at the time of booking. But if it is not, it can be added at anytime up until your day of check-in. Orders can be placed with a member of our rental team, but are also able to be easily placed online.

 

 

 

 

 

We’re sure there are other questions that have arisen in your vacation planning process, so let us know what they are! We don’t just want your vacation to be fun; we want the planning and booking process to be a great time as well. Spend your early spring getting ready for summer. And when spring is at its peak next month, bask in the satisfaction that you can relax and enjoy it to the fullest.

 

 

Have you Explored the Enchanted Streets of Cape May?

As February rapidly draws to a close, we hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy a taste of spring here in Cape May. The beautifully clear skies and above average temperatures drew a wonderful crowd over the President’s Day weekend. And long range forecasts seem to be indicating continued warmth! It’s still winter, so of course there will be a few inclement days on the horizon…but it’s also nearly March, and that means that spring fever is in full swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this time of the year, even when inland temperatures become downright balmy…the beach remains far more brisk. That’s not to say that a beach walk isn’t a fantastic idea, and we highly recommend it! But it’s also not quite time for sunbathing and surfing. The good news, as we’re sure you already know, is that Cape May is home to so much more than just the beach. There is beauty everywhere you look right here in our very own national historic landmark. One of Cape May’s most novel aspects is the lovely uniqueness of each and every street. Locals, visitors and vacationers agree that trying to choose just ONE favorite is nearly impossible…but it’s a fun attempt. As you take advantage of this late winter warmth, here are the streets in town that you simply must explore…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia Avenue: Running parallel to the beach, this beautiful tree lined street travels straight through the historic district, connecting Ocean Street to Madison Avenue. Why We Love It: It’s home to some of Cape May’s most stunning historic homes, and the central location means that the intersecting avenues lead to the beach in one direction, and Cape May’s town center in the other.

 

 

 

Hughes Street: This gorgeous, winding lane parallels the beach and connects Franklin Street (just past the post office) to Ocean Street. Why We Love It: The entire street is tree lined and every property is stunningly unique. Entering the relatively short street from either side invokes a feeling of enchantment and old Cape May charm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Street: Running perpendicular to the beach, this is where the historic district converges. Why We Love It: When heading south, the ocean is in plain sight, even from blocks away. It’s also home to the Cape May City Library, the east entrance to the Washington Street Mall, the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts trolley stop, and the place to begin your tour of town via an old fashioned horse and carriage ride.

 

 

 

 

Washington Street: One of the main entrances into town, this busy but beautiful street breezes past the historic Emlen Physick Estate (as well as Homestead’s rental at 1125 Washington St., The Maggie McKean) before ultimately intersecting with Ocean street. Why We Love It: Heading west on Washington Street will bring you directly to the Washington Street Mall…often considered the hub of Cape May’s shopping and dining experience. It’s also home to one of our favorite local restaurants, The Washington Inn.

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson Street: Best explored on foot, this narrow street begins at the end of Lafayette and ultimately opens to Beach Avenue. Why We Love It: It’s home to the west entrance of Cape May’s gorgeous new rotary park and bandstand, it winds directly through the center of the Washington Street Mall, and it’s lined with gorgeous homes and fabulous dining experiences, such as the Mad Batter Restaurant and Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page Street: We think this is one of Cape May’s best kept secrets. It’s a small alley that connects the main streets of Franklin and Jefferson. Why We Love It: It’s a quiet little escape in the center of it all. There’s not too much traffic, and it’s flanked by two of Homestead’s prime vacation rentals: 721 Page Street and 509 Franklin Street.

 

 
So there you have it, some of our favorite Cape May streets! We say “some” because once again it’s impossible to list them all! We hope you’ve had a chance to explore these areas, or at the very least, a newfound interest in doing so. And now we pose the question to you. What are YOUR favorite streets in Cape May? Where do you like to stay when you’re here in town? We’d love to hear it. Better yet, we’d love to accommodate your vacation or short term rental! We have a large inventory of properties in or very near all of the locations mentioned. So begin planning your vacation today, all while keeping in mind that here in Cape May, there’s beauty everywhere you look. The beach, we think, is just the bonus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The artwork featured in this post is that of the talented Jan Bendyna. We thank her for allowing us to feature her work on our blog, and we invite you to visit her Facebook page (click her name above) for more information.

 

Are You Ready for Cape May’s Winter Awakening?

It’s that time of year again; Cape May is awakening. As quickly as it opened, the door is just as rapidly closing on the coldest and most desolate period of the year here in town. With the impending arrival of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend, we’re ready to get this season rolling! It may still be February, but remember that in less than two months we will be welcoming spring’s arrival. In the meantime, the remaining winter weekends in Cape May will be buzzing with activity as homeowners prepare their properties for the season. Alongside them will be day-trippers finalizing summer plans while enjoying winter’s lingering tranquility, and local business owner’s sprucing up their establishments. If you find yourself in Cape May over the next few weeks, you’ll be pleased to know that there are already various businesses re-opening their doors and special events cropping up. Let’s take a look at what’s in store…

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend through Valentine’s Day is “Love Cape May” weekend here in town. Enjoy special fixed menu options at select Cape May dining establishments. These include (but are not limited to) The Washington Inn, Peter Shields Inn, and Beach Plum Farm. And if you’re planning to make a long weekend of it, remember that Homestead features numerous rental properties that are available this time of year for partial week rentals.

 

 

Throughout the past several years, New Jersey has gained increasing notoriety for its various vineyards & wineries, many of which are right here in Cape May County. If you’ve not yet visited any of these locations, it’s definitely encouraged. On February 11th and 12th, the place to be is Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery. They will be presenting their Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. While this is a perfect Valentine’s Day event, it will also be featured on February 18th and 19th during President’s Day weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the wining and dining options that are on the horizon over the
next few weeks, we also remind you that Cape May is home to numerous unique shopping experiences. The holidays may be long past, but it’s now time to look ahead to graduations, housewarmings, birthdays, and of course…wedding season! The hub of Cape May’s shopping experience is the Washington Street Mall. The mall lends itself to a beautiful winter
stroll, so take a walk and wander into the open shops. The gift options are ideal, and of course it never hurts to pick up a little something for you! With love in the air this weekend, now is especially the time to be thinking about engagement and wedding gifts. Free Love Bridal’s gift market will be OPEN and is the perfect place obtain one of a kind gifts for the couple-to-be. And for the bride-to-be, Free Love carries a stunning selection of wedding gowns. The gift market is open to the public, while gown fittings are completed by appointment. So be sure to check-out Free Love during your Cape May shopping adventure. They’re located right across the street from our Homestead office.

 

If you’re looking for a great way to warm up on a winter afternoon, the Chili and Chowder Cook Off, located in the penthouse ballroom of Cape May’s Grand Hotel, will certainly fit the bill. YOU are the judges and select the winners as you experience chili and chowder prepared by some of the Cape May area’s finest chefs. You’ll also have the opportunity to obtain hand made goods from local Cape May artisans that will be on-site. The panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean awarded by the Grand Hotel penthouse are in themselves worth this event’s $5 admission.

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least, be sure and check out Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities as they too begin to get into the swing of the season. Upcoming events include Crafts and Collectibles in winter, Cape May Wine School, and of course the always popular Historic District Trolley Tours.

 

 

So…now that you’re a bit more informed as to what’s happening right now around Cape May, we hope you’re ready to pay us a visit. And we don’t just mean a general Cape May visit; we also would love to meet you here in our office to discuss real estate rentals, sales, and your Cape May Vacation! Remember that if you haven’t yet reserved, now is the time. In fact, we truly do think this is one of the most exciting points of the year in Cape May, as it’s a turning point towards a new season of fun; one that will be upon us before we know it!

 

 

We wish everyone a wonderful weekend, a Happy Valentine’s Day, and a fantastic remainder of the winter season. Look ahead to the summer sun, but never lose sight of all that Cape May offers at ANY time of the year. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Where to you stay in Cape May? It’s a good question, and we’ve got a good answer!

As January of 2017 quickly draws to a close, so too does the first month of this year’s prime booking season. At Homestead, our rental team has been encouraged by the number of guests who have chosen to reserve their vacation early! In fact, there are many homes in our rental inventory that are already booked solid for the summer. But there’s no need to be discouraged if you’ve not yet finalized your Cape May vacation. New rental listings enter our inventory year-round. With that said, we understand that guests are sometimes perplexed by properties with little to no reservations in place at this time of year. Well, we’re here to assure you that such properties are lucky finds, as many of them simply do not yet have a rental history in place. Such history often takes a few years to construct…and it has to begin somewhere. Why not with you? Here’s a selection of rental properties that currently feature a wide range of availability for the 2017 season. We encourage you to explore these listings and get your vacation started!

 

 
Oceanview Condo: 1107 Beach Ave., Unit C1, Cape May: Located in the Philadelphia Beach complex, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo features beautiful views, off-street parking, and is within walking distance to the center of it all! The interior of the unit is currently being updated to ensure that it’s just as spectacular as the view outside!

 

 

 

 

 

The Monarch: 627 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May. Fall in love with the tranquility of West Cape May. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is just across the street from the Cape May Bird Sanctuary and features a beautiful screened in porch, perfect for taking in the view. There is also off-street parking for (4) cars and the large back yard is a definite vacation rental bonus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia Dream: 915 Columbia Ave., Cape May. This stunning home is located on desirable Columbia Avenue and is equidistant from the beach AND the historic district. This one also features a VERY large back yard. The 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and gourmet kitchen accommodate up to 14 guests, making this home a perfect multi-family vacation retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Perry Gem: 414 West Perry St., Cape May. This gorgeous home was beautifully renovated in 2016. Once a duplex, it’s now a spacious and modern single family home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The beach and center of town are an easy walking distance. Also, there’s off street parking for (6) cars; a true rarity for a rental home in Cape May proper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Star Villa: 1307 Beach Ave., Unit 4, Cape May: Built in 1848, the Morning Star Villa is the epitome of historic charm. It’s also across the street from the beach! Don’t let its age fool you. This 2 bedroom unit has been updated from ceiling to floor and features a private patio, off-street parking and bright, airy décor to compliment its beach-side vibe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Retreat: 1000 Glenwood Place-North Cape May OFFSHORE/BAYSIDE: This beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is pet friendly (pet fee applies), features off-street parking for (4) cars, and is decorated in the most relaxing and comfortable coastal style. But its best feature is the unparalleled views of the Delaware Bay. This is your chance to take in the most gorgeous sunsets you’ve ever seen, right from your vacation rental -and the best view is definitely the panoramic scene awarded to those who relax on the rooftop deck. If you’d like to enjoy the Bayside at its best…this is the place to stay.

 

 

Mimi Casa: 517 Windward Rd., North
Cape May OFFSHORE/BAYSIDE: Another fantastic bayside beauty, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is pet friendly (pet fee applies) and just steps away from the beach. It’s the perfect location to take in the sunsets of the Delaware Bay. Newly furnished, this home features an open floor plan and a king-bedded master bedroom. With occupancy for up to 10 guests, it’s the ideal bayside family retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above properties are certainly not an exhaustive list of Homestead rentals, but they are some of your best options if you’ve set your sights on a specific rental week, or are interested in a multi-week rental. As illustrated by this selection of properties, Homestead offers a diverse collection of homes suited to multiple needs, budgets, and personal tastes. Find YOURS now…and let your vacation begin here. A summer getaway in Cape May is calling…and we say it’s time to answer.