Where to stay and what to do this October in Cape May

The temperatures are crisp and it’s time to bring out the sweaters and boots! The stores are beautifully decorated in fall colors and the festivals are in full swing!

 

 

 

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, we do have short term rentals in our inventory, and if you are not ready to go back to work after a long weekend, you are more than welcome to stay for a week or even for a month! Winter rentals and long term rentals, are becoming more and more popular here in Cape May. If you are considering to possibly buy in the near future and want to try it out first,we can definitely set you up with a perfect long term rental that will give you the opportunity to be a local for a few months. You can check our entire inventory HERE and keep in mind that we are adding new properties to our inventory quite frequently. The newest weekly rental we have is 1005 Pittsburgh Avenue in Cape May and if you are looking for a year round rental, check out our new addition to the inventory! This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms home is lovely and in immaculate condition!

 

 

 

Now it’s time to check out the fall activities going around town!

 

 

Beach Plum Farm fall festival is going on every Saturday through October 27th from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. They have hayrides, pumpkin picking and corn hole for the kids and for adults, Cape May Brewery’s will have local craft brews and cocktails. At night, join them for the popular farm-to-table dinners. The chef uses ingredients harvested that day so they are always fresh and delicious. The dinner is family style and the guest can mingle, share their stories and drinks!

 

 

Starting October 12 until the 31st, register and compete in the 10th Annual Scarecrow contest at the Emlen Physick Estate. You will create your own scarecrow which will reside in the ” Scarecrow Alley” this Halloween season and will be voted on by the Estate’s visitors.

 

 

 

On October 20th, celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 27th Annual Pumpkin festival in Cold Spring Village. The festival starts at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and admission is FREE, and if you could bring a non-perishable food item that would be amazing.  You can go for a hayride through the farm, visit the Corson Gandy Barn haunted house or paint pumpkins and play games all day! If you get hungry, there will be vendors selling hot dogs and other snacks.

 

 

 

Open daily through October, Carroll Gallery Exhibit presents ” Capturing Cape May’s Architecture: The Making of a National Historic Landmark”. You will get to see for the first-time drawings of Cape May’s most significant historic structures that were instrumental in saving the town. The drawings were created in the early 70’s by a team from the Historic American Buildings Survey that enabled Cape May to become a National Historic Landmark and a national tourist destination.

 

 

Whatever your rental needs are we are here to help you! Also, summer might sound far away but now is the perfect time to book your 2019 summer vacation rental. Contact us today and one of our rental agents will be happy to help you.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe that it is October! The time truly flies by and we have just a few more months to enjoy 2018. If you are like us and you love everything pumpkin, then this is your season! Although we were ready for the comfy sweaters and warmer clothes, it’s not the time yet… The temperatures are still in the 70’s here in Cape May, and honestly, it feels perfect, plus the town stillhas wonderful events scheduled.

 

 

Victorian Weekend | October 4-8,2018:  This is the 46th annual Victorian Weekend that celebrates Cape May’s Victorian heritage. This weekend has great entertaining activities from history to murder mysteries, historic house tours, and food and wine events.

 

 

 

 

On October 5th, stop by The Carriage House Café/Tearoom and play the parlor games like Charades and Pass the Slipper that Victorians used to play. Dessert is included with coffee or tea! The tickets are only $15.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for something spooky, hop on the Cape Mayhem Trolley Tour to explore some of the strange concepts popular at the end of the 19th century. You can also take the 30 minute Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour to discover what the ghost said to the renowned Craig McManus and where they are “living” now.

 

 

 

 

On October 4th between 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, join Willow Creek Winery for a full course buffet dinner paired with craft beverage tastings from four local breweries, two wineries and a distillery. The tickets are $75 and the proceeds benefit the educational programs sponsored by Cape May Forum and TEDxCapeMay.

 

 

 

On October 6th, stop by Rotary Park on Lafayette Street for the Fall Fest. You will meet local artists and you can purchase anything from handmade jewelry, to linens, artwork, Christmas items and decorations. Also on the 6th, head over to West Cape May’s Wilbraham Park for the popular West Cape May Lima Bean Festival. You’ll meet many of the Cape May locals and you will find many lima bean inspired foods, art, crafts and jewelry. There will also be live local musicians to entertain the crowd. Homestead will also be present at the festival, so please stop by and say hello. You’ll have a chance to win our coveted Lima Bean Beach Chair!

 

 

 

We have a full day of events for you on Sunday, October 7th. Starting at 9:30 am the Kiwanis Club has the traditional Pet Parade at Emlen Physick Estate. If you are here for a girls weekend, stop by at the Lace Silhouettes on Washington Mall for a morning of brunch, bingo and fashion show. You can win great prizes and free gift cards. At 12:00 pm Hawk Haven Winery will feature live music, wine tastings from NJ’s best wineries, a craft beer garden and street food vendors for their Cape May Wine and Music Festival. To end the evening, stop by the Inn of Cape May on Ocean Street for a Murder Mystery Dinner (Part of the Victorian Weekend).

 

 

With this warm weather it’s hard to resist to a weekend getaway. Contact our rental department now at 609.884.1888 and we will help you find the perfect property. Cape May is a beautiful destination year-round, not just summer!

Family Fun Month in Cape May

August is here, and the kids have just a few more weeks before they return back to school. Life will be hectic again with the start of a new school year and we recommend one last stop to Cape May before all the craziness begins. This beautiful town can entertain kids of all ages with a variety of activities: from mini-golf, our nationally ranked zoo, to the arcade on the promenade and the best ice-cream shops around. Cape May is a top family destination, and for good reason.

 

 

A must stop is the Cape May Zoo. Our acclaimed Zoo is located at 707 U.S. 9 in Cape May Court House and it’s one of the biggest and the best around. The admission, along with the parking, is FREE! This popular attraction has an impressive variety of animals for you to observe and events to enjoy. On Wednesday, August 15 the Zoo hosts a free concert in the park and on Saturday, August 18 you can have a yoga session in the zoo!

 

 

 

You can also stop by at Congress Hall on Monday evenings for their fun Carnival on the Lawn! They have fun games for kids of all ages: face painting, balloon twisting and concessions. You can also take a train ride on their Congress Hall Express.

 

 

 

 

If the kids are interested in planes, there is a great aviation museum less than a 15 minute drive away. Another fun activity is the Dark Star Pirate Cruises. You get aboard a 50-foot authentic pirate-themed ship and the crew will entertain you with pirate stories, face painting, treasure hunts, water cannon battles and lots of family fun for all ages.

 

 

 

Take a stroll along the Washington Street Mall and try some freshly made fudge at the Fudge Kitchen or go shopping for souvenirs at the stores along the mall. You’ll find unique items that will make great gifts for the loved ones.

 

 

You can also visit the Cape May Lighthouse and climb 199 steps to the top.  You will have the best view of the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay.

 

 

If you really want to experience a piece of history, be sure to check out New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, moored at the ferry terminal for the month of August. The Meerwald is a 1928 restored oyster schooner, which docks in waterfront cities all over the state. In Cape May, they offer Kid Sails, Sunset sails and other special events during their visit! Take a sail and learn about the history of the ship and if you go, and you’re feeling hardy, you can help raise and lower the sails!

 

 

On Thursday nights, catch a movie on the beach. Their lineup is full of classics for kids of all ages.

 

 

 

 

Another great activity for the entire family is whale and dolphin watching excursions. Get aboard 110-foot boat for a 3-hour tour on the bay and the Atlantic for a great whale and dolphin watching expedition where you can learn so much about the marine life in the ocean and bay.

 

 

 

 

And If you don’t have a house booked yet, don’t worry – the Homestead Rental Team is here to help you! You can view our inventory HERE, or you can give us a call at 609.884.1888 and one of our agents will be happy to help you.

July in Cape May

The summer is in full swing and the town is more alive than ever. The Independence Day has come and gone, and we hope you had a great spot to watch the fireworks. If this was your first time in Cape May for 4th of July, now you understand why it is so popular and why it’s a tradition for so many people. If you are here or planning to visit soon, we have plenty of recommendations for you to do or see while you are here!

 

 

 

On Saturday, July 14th, if you are in the mood for some good music, Gregg Carpenter will play at Tiki Ten 35, 12pm- 5:00pm; The Bastard Sons of Captain Mey play at Harry’s, 4 – 8pm and Jack Melton Band at Rotary Park, 7 – 9pm; The Squares play at Nauti Distillery, 6:30-9:30pm. On the Promenade, the annual ArtShow takes place and you can buy great pieces from local vendors.

 

 

 

There are a few things that are available the entire month of July! Carroll Gallery exhibits “Capturing Cape May’s Architecture: The Making of a National History Landmark” and it’s a free admission. Also, you can go on a narrated boat cruise around Cape Island. and learn more about the history of the resort and area marine life.

 

 

On Monday, July 16, Marnie and Nate play at Harry’s (4-8 pm), Jon Pruitt at Merion Inn, 5:30 – 10:30pm; Odessa Klezmer at Rotary Park (7-9pm) and Cape May Stage presents Jimmy Webb, 8-10pm;

 

 

On Tuesday, July 17, stop by at Willow Creek Winery for a fun trivia Night or go at the Convention Hall and see the best magic show presented by The Great Magician.

 

 

Did you know you can see movies on the beach in Cape May? Every Thursday during the summer, you can watch a movie on the beach on a big screen by the Convention Hall. Grab a blanket and some snacks and stop by Thursday, July 19 to see X-Men Apocalypse from 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm.

 

 

If you want to see a theater play, East Lynne Theater Company presents ” On the Sunny Side of the Street” on July 21 and “Arsenic and Old Lace” on July 25th.

 

 

Another great family activity for all ages is breakfast with the Pirates at Emlen Physick Estate, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, or you can stop by at the Lighthouse for a Christmas in July craft show, 10am – 2pm on Wednesday, July 25.

 

 

 

Having the best beaches, amazing restaurants and great events, Cape May has something for everyone. If you haven’t booked your summer rental yet, we still have options for you! Check our inventory HERE, or give us a call at 609.884.1888 and our rental Reservationist will help you find the perfect property.

The Fourth – Be With Us In Cape May!

If you are looking to spend 4th of July in one of the most amazing places in America, then Cape May is the perfect choice. The entire town is designated a National Historic Landmark City – the only city in America that has this distinction. Cape May is the oldest seaside resort in the country as well, and is so rich in history, nature, entertainment and activities, you will never run out of things to do! Cape May will offer you the best of the best…from great Victorian architecture, amazing restaurants and bars to fun family events.

 

In between catching waves and exploring the town on the 4th of July, grab a blanket and find a spot right on the beach to check out the fireworks. Everybody knows the fireworks in Cape May are one of the best around, and it’s your time to witness that.

 

Here’s what’s happening in and around town!

 

MUSIC

 

  • Saturday 6/30 – Gregg Carpenter playing poolside at Tiki Ten 35 from 2-7 pm; Dom Grosso at Hawk Haven Vineyard (3-6 pm ); at Rotary Park you can enjoy a FREE concert by Wind Symphony of Southern NJ (7-9pm);
  • Sunday, July 1st – Cape May Jazz Vespers welcome Barry Miles and trio at First Presbyterian Church (8-9: 15 pm);
  • Thursday, July 5th – The Honeyhawks (pictured at right) playing poolside at Tiki Ten35 at The Ocean Club Pool (2-6pm)
  • Sunday, July 8th – Nick Sbaffoni is playing at Harry’s (4-8pm)and Jon Pruitt is playing piano at Merion Inn (5:30 – 10:30 pm)

 

 

ART AND THEATER

 

  • Saturday 6/30 and Sunday 7/1SOMA NewArt Gallery: “An Unmistakable Moment, Walk with Me, and Related Reflections” (10am-10pm)
  • Friday July 6th – East Lynne Theater presents “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (8-10pm)
  • Monday, July 9th – Cape May Stage presents Will and Anthony Nunziata (8-10pm)
  • July 11- 15 – Emlen Physick Estate – REV Theater Presents: 1940s Cabaret (7-9pm)

 

 

FAMILY FUN

 

  • July 01-29th – Wildlife Show at the Convention Hall (7:30-9pm)
  • Monday, July 02 – Congress Hall Carnival! (5:30 – 9:00pm)
  • Tuesday, July 3rd – Magic Show at Convention Hall (7- 8:30pm)
  • Saturday, July 7th – Watch the annual Cape May Independence Day Parade held on Beach Avenue. (1pm)
  • Wednesday, July 11thCape May Lighthouse is organizing a kid-friendly event with performers, craft vendors and fun family activities. (9am – 2pm)

 

 

If you still haven’t booked your summer rental, Homestead Rental Team can help you find the perfect house for you and your family. Call us now at 609.884.1888 or you can check our inventory HERE.

Early Summer in Cape May

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and we can tell you for sure the town was buzzing with people. A visit to Cape May post Memorial Day, is perfect for those looking for some quiet beach time.

 

 

Around town there are so many great activities and things to do.

Starting Friday, June 1st, the Spring Sidewalk Sale starts at the Washington Street Mall. This is an entire weekend event, so if you cannot make it on Friday, try again on Saturday or Sunday! What else can be better than taking a stroll on the mall and buying Cape May souvenirs?!

 

 

 

If you are a strawberry lover, you must stop over at Wilbraham Park for the anticipated Strawberry Festival. The festivities start at 9:00 am until 5 pm, on Saturday, June 2nd.   You and your family can enjoy strawberries in both edible and non-edible forms.   While there, stop by the Homestead booth and meet our Sales Team!  Get your photo taken at our Giant Strawberry Photo Area.   JUST….in case of rain the rain date is Sunday June 3rd.

 

 

 

On Sunday, June 3rd, Aleathea’s Restaurant is organizing a Champagne Jazz Brunch starting at 10:00 am. While you enjoy a delicious brunch, you will listen to Mary Lou Newman and Sonny Troy perform music from the Great American Songbook. Also, on June 3rd, Cape May Restaurant Week begins! Restaurants around town will have prix fixe delicious set menus at a reduced early season selection. You can make every night of the week a date night.

 

 

 

During the week, wander throughout town and listen to great musicians perform live. On Monday, June 4th, you can listen to Marnie and Nate play at Harry’s Grille and Jon Pruitt will be playing the piano a that Merion Inn, order their twice baked potato mmmm… mmm….. On Tuesday, June 5th, the New York Chamber Ensemble is playing at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. The concert starts at 5 pm and lasts until 8 pm.

 

 

 

On Wednesday, June 6th, the amazing The Honeyhawks play at Harry’s Grille on the deck (great view, great food) and Dean Schneider tinkles the ivories at the Merion Inn. The highlight of the week is on Thursday, June 7th. The Squares (fronted by our Rental Manager Debra Donahue) are playing at Nauti Spirits Distillery from 5:30-8: 30 pm. The Squares play an eclectic mix of originals, covers, with not just a few shenanigans.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, June 9th and Sunday June 10th, take a stroll on the Cape May Promenade for one of the best Promenade Craft Shows. Check out the amazing handmade goods crafted by local artists. If you want a special and unique piece of Cape May, this is the time to get it.

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, June 13, the members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony are having a mini concert at The Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom on Washington Street. Prior to the concert, you can enjoy a delicious tea luncheon and the event also includes a wine tasting by Cape May Winery.

 

 

 

 

Book your early summer vacation NOW. Call the Homestead rental department at 609.884.1888, they will help you find the perfect home!