Cape May’s August Offerings…Here’s why Summer is far from over!

August is officially upon us, and with it comes the usual talk about the end of summer, the advent of fall, and “back to school” time. We know that fall is a wonderful season, and that the summer heat can be a bit oppressive….but it’s also important to enjoy each season to its fullest extent. Don’t let August pass you by as you a anticipate the autumn to come. There is simply too much going on that you don’t want to miss. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to enjoy Cape May throughout the next few weeks….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, August 5th, the place to be is the Emlen Physick Estate for the 6th Annual Craft Beer and Crab Festival! Presented by Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities…this all day event will include local craft beers and summer delicacies, including steamed crabs and crab cakes. There will also be live music & crafts for the ultimate in summer fun. The Emlem Physick Estate is located on Washington Street; one of the two primary routes in and out of Cape May. So this is the absolutely perfect event to stop off at on your way into town. Kick off your vacation and indulge in a summer lunch before picking up the keys to your rental property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th at Historic Cold Spring Vilage, it’s “Down on the Farm” weekend. Interactive actives will allow you to experience what life was like in Early American South Jersey. Although Cape May is a bustling seashore resort…many areas of greater Cape May County are actually home to working farmlands. Experience the farming lifestyle and enjoy the charm and history of beautiful Cold Spring Village. The Village will also be holding a Dog Show this Saturday between 11 am and noon! All are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday evening, August 5th (and every Saturday through Labor Day), experience Jazz Night at the gorgeous Willow Creek Winery. Admission is FREE. This Saturday is scheduled to feature the relaxing sounds of the Erik Marley Trio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SOMA New Art Gallery will be kicking off it’s fourth art exhibition of the 2017 season. Featured artists will be Greg Bennett, and local favorite Victor Grasso. The exhibition will begin at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 6th. Stop in, cool off, and enjoy a bit of Cape May culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As if there weren’t already a laundry list of reasons to visit the Cape May Point Lighthouse, here’s another one: Monday, August 7th is National Lighthouse Day! Cape May’s Lighthouse will be celebrating with games, music, and craft vendors. Activities will all take place at the base of the lighthouse, and are sponsored by Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts. Take this opportunity to explore Cape May Point State Park and the surrounding area as well. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, August 9th, enjoy the mid-point of your Cape May vacation week with a FREE summer concert at the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal Lawn. This week’s concert will feature the smooth music of the Soul Cruisers…perfect for a midsummer’s evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Thursday, August 10th, the always exciting “Movies on the Beach” presents “JAWS”. We can’t think of a better film to watch while sitting on the beach and listening to the roar of the ocean in the background. Talk about adding to the suspense! The film will begin at 8:00 pm on Stockton Avenue beach (just next to Cape May’s Convention Hall). This is a FREE event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, your Promenade stroll will be enhanced by the semi-annual Promenade Craft Show. This is a great opportunity to pick up a few wonderful Cape May souvenirs before you head out of town. You’ll find handmade crafts and artwork that are truly one of a kind. And there’s nothing like browsing and shopping in the open air while listening to the seaside as it beckons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the events that we’ve mentioned, perennial favorites that will continue through the month include Fire Pit Fridays at the Willow Creek Winery, Sangria Sundays at Hawk Haven Winery, Rotary Bandstand Concerts, The Nature and Wildlife Show at Convention Hall, and the West Cape May Farmers Market (where Homestead is always a presence!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By now, we’re sure you’re realizing that there’s more to see and do in Cape May than we could ever mention…and we’re only talking about the month of August! So while you anticipate the fall-with its crisp air and crystal blue skies-enjoy the rest of the summer and the multitude of events that it has in store.

 

Happy Friday!

 

 

 

 

*Homestead does not manage any of the events that have been listed. All are subject to change without notice.

Cape May’s Natural World: Beautiful Beaches, but so much More! Here’s what to see…

Here in Cape May, it’s the season of beach days, barbecues, bike rides and the boardwalk. We’ve reached peak summer…and there are so many ways to enjoy the season. It’s simply a given that most Cape May vacations include the beach, dining, shopping, and sightseeing. But have you explored Cape May’s natural world? It’s so much more than just the beach…and you won’t want to leave here without taking it all in. While the barrier island resort communities are naturally more barren, Cape May is instead rich with vegetation and wildlife. Our heat and humidity can be a bit oppressive at times…but it does wonders for the growth of many perennials, annuals, trees, and grasses. Even Magnolia trees are in bloom here…like the ones that grace the gardens of our very own office! So if you’re in the mood to explore nature at its finest, here’s a look at some of the locales you won’t want to miss…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Point:
Even if you are staying in Cape May Proper or West Cape May….a visit to The Point is absolutely essential. Home to only two businesses (The Red Store restaurant and the U.S. Post Office), Cape May Point is about as natural as it gets. No two homes are the same, and many of them are flanked by colorful gardens and beautiful beach grasses. In the center of the point is scenic Lake Lily. Have a seat by the lake shore or take a stroll around and watch the swans, ducks, dragonflies and butterflies as they drift gracefully around the lake. Head over to Cape May Point State Park (just near the lighthouse) and enjoy various nature trails, birding platforms, and of course, the Cape May Point Lighthouse. If birding is on your agenda, you likely know that The Point is a prime destination…especially in the spring and fall seasons. So it’s a great excuse to book an off season weekend jaunt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s Nature Center:
Located on the east end of town just near the Cape May Harbor, The Nature Center of Cape May is a wonderful experience for the whole family. The center includes numerous children’s activities, an observation deck perfect for birding (or just taking in the panoramic harbor views), themed gardens, a picnic area, and much more. Don’t let your vacation escape you without a trip to the nature center….and be sure to inquire about the family birding cruise! It takes place daily through the end of September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May New Jersey SpringCox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area:
Just a quick ride over the bridge into Lower Township…this is one of Cape May County’s natural hidden gems. Formerly operated as a golf course, the area has long since been fully returned to nature and contains over 200 acres of land. Miles of walking trails (formerly golf cart paths), a fishing lake, and bike paths make this an ideal area for relaxing, exercising, or both. And if your pet has come along with you for vacation, they will love walking the paths here too! Cox Hall Creek is the perfect place to spend some time on a not so great beach day, or to unwind if you find yourself needing a respite from the bustle of a summer vacation at the shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May County Zoo (and Park):
If you’ve vacationed in Cape May before, there’s a good chance you’ve been to our local zoo. Located just off of the Garden State Parkway (at Mile 11), the zoo is a perennial favorite for locals and visitors alike. It’s an ever changing experience with the constant addition of new habitats and exhibits. In fact, in the past week the zoo has welcomed two adorable snow leopard cubs-which in itself is reason enough to visit. Adjacent to the zoo is the Cape May County Park, complete with a fitness course and maintained hiking trails. It’s another wonderful area to take in a leisurely walk…or challenge yourself to complete new fitness goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Paths:
Cape May county features a bike path that winds its way from the Cold Spring area of Lower Township all the way north to the County Park and Zoo. Some parts of the path are still under construction….but most of it is complete and ready for use. The path is a perfect place for walking, biking, and exploring nature at its finest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Produce:
Last but not least, New Jersey (and Cape May County) is home to some of the best produce in the country. After all, they don’t call it the garden state for nothing. Be sure and stop off at any of the numerous produce stands in the area for tomatoes, blueberries, corn…and just about any summer staple that you could imagine. Your summer barbecue at the shore is simply not complete without a taste of Jersey’s finest fruits and vegetables. We recommend visits to Beach Plum Farm and the West Cape May farmers market (where you can visit our weekly information booth too!) just to name a few.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re already looking ahead to your 2018 Cape May vacation, planning an off season visit, or anticipating an arrival in Cape May during the remaining 2017 season…schedule some time to explore our natural world. Combined with the beach, it’s the ultimate experience of summer tranquility.

 

 

 

 

 

Swing through Summer in Cape May with Music, Movies, Crafts and Contests! Here’s how…

Every now and again when the fourth of July rolls around, it is said that “summer is almost over”. However, here in Cape May we know different. In reality, the summer has just begun! The Independence Day weekend has come and gone…and what a weekend it was. Throngs of visitors and locals alike enjoyed our beaches, promenade, restaurants, shopping, and so much more. It’s at this time of the year that Cape May truly becomes a fantasy in which time stops, days of the week are interchangeable, and there is a near constant hum of activity and excitement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this season of long days and scorching sun (save for the occasional summer T-storm) it’s easy to adopt a sort of tunnel vision for the beach. Sure, marathon beach days lingering into sunset are a wonderful experience that we would never discourage…but remember not to lose sight of the multitude of activities offered in and around town, all throughout the summer. Here are some highlights from the next few weeks…

 

 

 

 

 

 

-This weekend, 7/7 thru 7/9, you won’t want to miss the art show on Cape May’s promenade. There’s something truly magical in the experience of strolling the promenade and viewing fine arts and hand made goods to one side, and panoramic beach/ocean views on the other. This is a fabulous opportunity to obtain souvenirs, home decor, and even holiday gifts. The weekend-long event awards you multiple opportunities for browsing and shopping, no matter your arrival or departure date.

 

 

 

 

-In the mood to be out on the water? Of course you are! Every Friday from now through 8/25 is the “Rock the Boat Cruise” at the Cape May Lewes Ferry. A different artist will provide entertainment every week…all while you cruise the Delaware Bay. Reservations are suggested for this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-A reminder that every Thursday from now through 8/24, Cape May presents “Movies on the Beach” at Beach Ave and Stockton Place. This perennial event is always a crowd pleaser that the whole family can enjoy. There’s a good chance you’ve seen many (if not all) of the movies featured…but the combination of the big screen, the beach, and the roar of the ocean is an experience like nothing else, and chances are you’ll enjoy the films in a whole new light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Enjoy “Music in the Park” at Cape May’s Rotary Park bandstand. Concerts are presented every Friday through Monday at 7:00 pm through mid September. The newly designed rotary park bandstand is located in the center of Cape May and is within a short walk to many rental homes, restaurants, and the Washington Street Mall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sangria Sundays are back at the Hawk Haven Winery! House made sangrias, wine tastings, and live music are a perfect way to kick off your vacation and experience a bit of our local culture. Venture just off-shore and enjoy this relaxing tradition from now through the end of the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Also every Sunday through the end of August, it’s the Nature and Wildlife show at Cape May’s convention hall (7:30-8:30 pm). This event is FREE for the whole family. Take a walk through as you stroll the promenade in the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-On Wednesday’s throughout the summer season, venture down to Cape May Point and enjoy Family Fun Days at the Cape May Lighthouse, sponsored by Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. You’ll experience entertainment, local crafts, activities for children, and of course the beauty that is Cape May’s Lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Last but not least, head offshore to Clubhouse Drive (just off of Townbank Road) and check out the Whale of a Day Festival! This quirky local event is always a fun time. And the best part? Homestead will be there! Be sure to stop by our tent and say hello. You can even enter for a chance to win the 2017 Whale of a Day beach chair. Not just any chair…ours is a beautiful shade of marine blue outfitted with a white whale. It’s truly one of a kind (and comfortable too!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beach chair might be a fun prize, but it’s not the only thing we’d like you to win this summer. In our largest contest every…Homestead wants YOU to help us “welcome home” our guests. Submit a high resolution photo of your Cape May experience and it will be entered to win a featured place on our billboard…which welcomes guests to Cape May just as they “exit zero” at the foot of the Garden State Parkway. Photo submissions will be accepted from current Homestead guests, local residents, part time vacationers…basically anyone who enjoys Cape May as much as we do and doesn’t want to contain their excitement! (Only one photo per person will be accepted for consideration, photos will be presented on the billboard for approximately 6 months. Entries or questions may be submitted to jpowers@homesteadrealestate.net).

Our current Billboard:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we move swiftly through the summer, we hope you will take time to stop and enjoy everything that Cape May has to offer. Whether you’re beginning a new vacation tradition, taking part in a long standing one, or simply passing through on a summer day trip…we want you to have a wonderful time. And remember, when you inevitably decide to return to Cape May…we’ll be right here waiting to assist with all of your real estate needs. Because you too, can be a local.

 

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

 

Cape May Beach Vacations

 

You need a Vacation! And there’s still time to be our guest. Here’s how…

While the summer season unofficially began a few weeks ago with Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of summer is just a few days away! Most schools are concluding for the year, the weather is increasingly warmer and humid…and now is the time to get excited. There’s no more anticipation, because summer is here. If you’ve been on the fence about a Cape May vacation, now is the time to plunge in and make it happen. There are still a number of rental weeks remaining available…but they’re going quickly. Let’s looks at the areas of the Cape that await your vacation, as well as a few of the properties still available for THIS summer!

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll start right in the center of town with Cape Island. If you want to be in the heart of the action, this is the place for you. A rental in Cape May proper awards the ability to walk nearly everywhere. You also have your pick of numerous beaches, restaurants, and shopping experiences. If you’ve not ever been to Cape May and would like to give it a go, we certainly recommend vacationing towards the center of town. Here are a few properties that maintain current availability…

 

 

 

 

 

 

517 Broad St, Unit A. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhome is perfectly situated to everything you could ever want for your Cape May vacation. There’s a shaded front porch and a rooftop sun-deck too! The weeks of 6/24 and 8/26 are still available, and the rental rate for 6/24 has just been reduced…so now is your chance to grab it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1822 Maryland Ave. Although just a bit further from the center of town, this stunning home is still within an easy walking distance, and it features absolutely gorgeous views of the ocean. New to Homestead’s rental inventory, the week of 6/24 remains available, as well as a few weeks in August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1608 Maryland Ave. PET FRIENDLY on the east end of Cape May! Also within walking distance to town, this property features lovely views of the preserved wetlands and is only a 2 blocks to the beach. Make it yours for the open week of 7/8. A few weeks in August are available as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1107 Beach Ave. Unit C1. OCEAN VIEWS and walking distance to everything! And the best part? The week of 7/15 remains available and has just been reduced by $500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we’ve sampled a selection of Cape May offerings, let’s turn our attention to the residential relaxation of West Cape May. This area is a lovely neighborhood situated between Cape May proper and the Point. If you’re ready and willing to do a bit of walking, you can still reach the center of town on foot from many areas of the west end. Because of its residential nature, many properties in West Cape May are competitively priced and feature modern floor plans. Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

503 Fourth Ave. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath property features a beautiful front screened porch, open floor plan, and a spacious rear deck abutting natural tranquility. The week of 7/15 is the only prime time that remains for 2017. Make your reservation now before this one is booked solid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

112 Yorke Ave. Located on the east side of Broadway, this home features prime availability for both July AND August. It’s the best of the past and the present, as modern amenities abound amidst charming Victorian style architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

215 Second Ave. PET FRIEDNLY and still available for the prime weeks of 7/8 and 8/19. Highlights include a first floor master bedroom and a spacious rear yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond West Cape May, a drive down Sunset Boulevard will lead you to the ultimate in tranquility; Cape May Point. This is where you want to be if your vacation plans are to disconnect and decompress. It’s also a nature lover’s paradise, prime birding destination, and home to Cape May Point State Park and the Cape May Lighthouse. The center of town is a quick bike ride or drive. Here’s a look at some wonderful accommodations at the Point…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

305 Brainard Ave. This beautiful 4 bedroom home features an “upside down” layout and an open back yard perfect for picnicking. It’s also within a block to beach access. Both weeks of 7/8-7/22 remain open. Rent one (or both !) before they disappear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

613 Lighthouse Ave. This is a 4 bedroom beauty facing the scenic Lake Lily, and the coveted week of 8/5 has just opened up. This is the busiest week of the season, with scarcely any homes remaining on the rental market. If the week of 8/5 is your choice…grab this one now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

315 Knox Ave. Airy, whimsical, and unique, this 4 bedroom home was simply designed for vacation! Although new to our inventory, it has booked quickly. The weeks of 6/24 and 8/26 are still available though. Claim one while you still can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

707 East Lake Drive. This wonderful 4 bedroom home is NEW to renting! That means that its selection of available weeks is above average for this point in the season. Take your pick of a July or August vacation with a stunning view of Lake Lily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least is the offshore/bayside area (just off of Cape Island). This is certainly worth a look if you’re in search of vacation value and bayside serenity. Here’s a look at a few of our options…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

404 Delview Road. This quaint Sunday-Sunday rental is just 3 blocks from the Delaware Bay…home to some of the most stunning sunsets that you’ll ever see. Make this your choice for a last minute vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

704 Pilgrim Plaza. Easily walk to the bay, ferry and Lower Township’s community pool from this adorable cottage that sleeps 8. Tastefully appointed with a fenced in yard and off street parking too! Plenty of prime weeks remain available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The properties that we have mentioned are certainly not an exhaustive list of what remains ready to rent…so we do encourage you to explore our full inventory. However, the homes we’ve highlighted are surely some of the best choices for a last minute rental. You’ve been putting it off…but now is the time! Don’t miss out on a week in Cape May. Contact Homestead today or reserve right online. We can’t wait for you to be our guest. Happy Summer!

 

 

Cape May Summer Beach Rentals

The Joy of June: Why Cape May’s early Season is the perfect time to be Here

As Memorial Day has come and gone, there is a temptation to begin looking ahead to Fourth of July weekend and all the festivities that it will bring. However, the month of June is one of the best times to be here in Cape May…so we encourage you not to sit back and let it pass you by! Here’s a look at what you simply should not miss as we journey through these early days of summer…

 

 

 

 

On Friday, June 2nd, Saturday, June 3rd, and Sunday, June 4th, the Harborfest Boat Show will be taking place at Schellenger’s Landing. This is the 9th annual in-water boat show. If you’re a current or aspiring boater…you’ll surely want to stop by!

 

 

 

 

Beginning on Friday, June 2nd, Cape May’s SOMA NewArt Gallery will begin its second exhibition of the 2017 Season! Be sure to stop by the gallery at 31 Perry St, Cape May, and explore the outstanding work of local artists.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, June 3rd, you won’t want to miss the West Cape May Strawberry Festival. Sponsored by the West Cape May Business Association and located in Wilbraham Park, the festival is one of Cape May’s most popular events. Strawberry festivals abound at this time of the year, but we guarantee you haven’t attended one like this! There will be live music, strawberry themed pottery, jewelry and other crafts, not to mention delicious strawberry confections. Homestead will be present at the festival as well, on hand to answer your real estate questions. And there will also be a chance to win our 2017 strawberry festival beach chair. Stop by and say hello! (The rain date is Sunday June 4th…but Saturday is on track to be a beautiful day!).

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a seasoned fisherman or a novice looking to give it a go? If so, you’ll surely want to attend the South Jersey Shark Tournament at South Jersey Marina. This event will take place from Wednesday, June 7th through Saturday, June 10th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May is rife with wonderful music, and on Thursday, June 8th, the Bay Atlantic Symphony will be performing at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 500 Hughes St. Wind down your week with this relaxing event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to enjoy music that’s a bit more interactive? Look no further! On Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th, Homestead will be sponsoring a very special event. Join the renowned Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, formerly of “Sweet Honey in the Rock”. Dr. Barnwell will be conducting a vocal workshop entitled “Singing in the African-American Tradition”. This will take place on June 10th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Cape May Lutheran Church. Lunch will be included. On Sunday, June 11th, join in for a community sing and help us raise the roof! The sing will take place between 3 and 5 pm. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience and we hope to see you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it, a fine sampling of what’s coming up during this most exciting month of June. Of course, it’s simply impossible for us to list all of Cape May’s wonderful events. Often times the best option is to stroll around town with no particular plans, only to discover events, stores, and dining options unlike any other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homestead would also like to remind you that there is still availability for the 2017 season. If you need a vacation…we’re here to help! Don’t let the summer pass you by. If you’re interested in a prime season rental week, don’t assume that all properties are booked, as you may be pleasantly surprised. Of course, as we inch closer towards peak summer, properties will become more and more limited. So the time to act is now. Join us in Cape May for a vacation like no other. You’ll be so glad you did.

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!