Cape May is Blooming….

The sounds, sights and smells of Spring are all around town… Longer days, fragrant flowers fill the air, trees beginning to bloom, birds chirping and seagulls squealing with excitement of the beach picnics to come. Dolphins and “whales” have been sighted dancing in the bay. The cold winds are receding and are being replaced with the gentle breezes of Spring.

 

 

The upcoming season will be here before you know it. Before you have your bathing suits on, your toes in the sand and all over the house, now is the time that you can enjoy Cape May’s pre-season events.

 

 

It’s also the last chance to rent a beautiful Cape May vacation home for a partial week. What’s better than enjoying a few days in town before the crowds arrive for the Summer season? Come on down; relax, unwind and enjoy Cape May at it’s fullest!

So many things to see and do during Cape May’s Spring Celebration, now through May 19. There’s something for everyone to experience and enjoy in Spring 2019.

 

If Bingo is your game, there’s the Brunch and Bingo at the Beach. Or, if you enjoy our wonderful New Jersey wines, hop on the Cape May Wine Trail.  And for those chocolate lover’s, you must make a reservation for the Chocolate Lover’s Feast at the Washington Inn on May 11th – an event you can’t miss.

 

 

Take that special woman in your life to brunch on Mother’s Day.  So many choices … enjoy a beachfront brunch at Aleathea’s at the Inn, or on the farm at Beach Plum Farm, and for jazz lovers, the Emlin Physick Estate offers a Jazz brunch.  Click here for more suggestions of places to celebrate Mom. 

 

 

On Saturday, May 11th, enjoy the Sip Into Spring Festival at the Emlin Physick Estate.  Come and celebrate spring’s rebirth with exciting outdoor gardening demonstrations, food, wine and music.  Enjoy demonstrations and crafts.  You can even make your own personal succulent tea cup!  Great local vendors will be there serving their finest fares.

 

 

Both dolphins and whales have been sighted playing in the waters off the coast, in both the ocean and bay this blooming spring. Be sure to book a trip while visiting Cape May. Trips are daily: Dolphin and Whale Watching.

 

 

 

 

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!

Hello Fall!

Fall is finally here and it’s so beautiful in Cape May this time of year. Driving down the Garden State Parkway you can see the leaves starting to change from green to stunning crimson, orange, gold and even purple!  The parkway offers some of the best views in the area…but be sure to keep your eyes on the road!

You can feel the difference in the air, signaling that it’s time for comfy sweaters and sweatshirts, pumpkins, spiced cider, and a visit to some of the local wineries, and breweries. Most of them have fire pits going, and live music as well! Let us help you explore these establishments…there are plenty to visit!

Willow Creek Winery – Located in West Cape May, Willow Creek is a Napa-style winery that it’s open daily for wine tasting, tours and private wine-paired events. They also offer light tapas menu daily. There are so events and special offers so be sure to follow them on Facebook or check their website for up-to-date info.

Turdo Vineyards and Winery – This family-owned and operated winery is New Jersey’s finest winery. It has won many honors and medals from national and international wine competitions, so we’re lucky to have this gem so close to Cape May. Also, their wines are known for not giving you a headache after you have had a glass to two!

Cape May Winery – Their vines encompass over four different vineyards, containing over 70 acres, from which their grow and harvest eleven grape varietals. The winery has 3 tasting rooms and they also do tours of the winery and you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the oldest vines in Cape May County. Their tasting menu is extensive, and you should definitely try the brie and blackberry appetizer!

Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery – The winery has fourteen acres of vines with sixteen different varietals. All of the grapes are harvested, pressed, fermented, aged, blended, and bottled on site.  The tasting room is open daily, year-round and they also have tours. The guide will show you every step of the wine making process from the vineyard to the steel tanks and French oak barrels. The tour concludes with a selection of gourmet cheeses to enjoy on the vineyard view crush pad. $25 per person includes tour, wine tasting, cheese, and souvenir glass.

Jessie Creek Winery – They provide wines in small batched for a unique boutique experience. You can visit their active barrel room, featuring candlelit oak tasting bars and comfortable couches or you can sit outside on their porch to enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious cheese plate. They are pet-friendly too!

Natali Vineyards – The vineyard planted 14 different varieties of French, Italian and Spanish grapes and produce wines on 30 different labels, winning more than 80 medals in national wine competitions. Due to the high demand, they expanded their wine making craft to the productions of fruit wines and you can taste all of them in their tasting room.

Cold Spring Brewery – Located on the property of Historic Cold Spring Village, CSB is family and pet-friendly. Inspired by the recipes of the 1800’s all their beer products are made using the spring water from the Cold Spring aquifer.  The actual brewery structure is an 1804 three bay English-style barn which was reconstructed board by board from 20 miles north and placed on the HCSV property. It’s really neat, so check it out!

Mudhen Brewery – Their mission is to create the finest quality craft beers while providing the most detailed attention to food and bar service that meets and exceeds the well-established reputation. And their food is DELICIOUS!

Cape May Brewing Company – All the beers are brewed on the premises with flavorful ales and lagers for their many happy visitors. They also have a tasting room and is one of the largest in the state. On sunny days you can enjoy a cold bear in their Beer Garden. You can shop at their “Brewtique” gift shop or take an interactive self-guided tour.

If you are looking for a week or perhaps a long romantic weekend getaway, the rental team at Homestead is here to help you find the perfect place. Give us a call at 609.884.1888 or you can check our inventory HERE. If you didn’t book your summer 2019 vacation yet, we have plenty of options for you!