Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

Cape May pet friendly rentalsThe holidays are such a glorious time of year, filled with happy anticipation and joyous reunions with family and friends you sometimes haven’t seen for a long while. This time of year can be hazardous for our four legged pets so it’s our job to keep them safe throughout the season. Help your pets celebrate the season whether they’re at home or in our Cape May pet friendly rentals by protecting them from these holiday hazards:

* Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and Christmas lilies are all toxic to pets when ingested. When using holiday plants to decorate your dining table, move them to a location where pets can’t reach between mealtimes.

* Tape down electrical cords for holiday lights to prevent chewing on them and unplug tree lights before leaving home.

* Secure your Christmas tree to the wall or ceiling to keep it from falling on pets. Don’t let pets drink water from the tree holder.

* Keep tinsel and other ornaments well out range of pets. Cats in particular like to play with tinsel, and some will eat it, which can block intestines. Pets can mistake ornaments for toy balls to pets, and shards from broken glass ornaments can cause injury to mouths and paws.

* To reduce stress, maintain your pets’ routines. While vacationing in our Cape May pet friendly rentals walk your dog as you always do. Serve their meals at regular times. Make sure fresh water is always available for them.

* Remember that holiday foods that are fine for people can make pets seriously ill. Macadamia nuts can cause muscular weakness, depression, vomiting, disorientation, tremors, abdominal pain and muscle stiffness in dogs. Chocolate can be fatal; ingesting as little as 1/4 ounce can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, hyperactivity and increase thirst, urination and heart rate.

We have quite a few Cape May pet friendly rentals for you to stay in with your pets while visiting the area. We hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable holiday this year!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to You!

The staff at HomeStead Real Estate wishes all a very Merry Christmas and hopes for a most joyous, blessed New Year. Although our office is closed beginning December 23rd, our state of the art website allows you to reserve Cape May Rentals online 24/7 throughout the holiday week. All online bookings will be processed when the office reopens at 9:00 AM on January 2nd.  You can feel secure that your Cape May Vacation Rental week will be held. Please note there is a $75.00 non refundable processing fee with all reservations.


Thank You from HomeStead Cape May Rentals

          To our generous clients for remembering us with Christmas goodies, we want you to know how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness. At the rate we’re going we won’t have to drive home from the office this week – we can just roll home! We are truly blessed to have so many faithful, loyal owners, repeat customers, and new customers. Thank you again for all the delicious treats.

          Although our office closes from 1:00 PM on December 23rd to 9:00 AM January 2nd, our rental elves are working hard getting everything set up to accept online bookings over the holiday break for Cape May Rentals. Our state of the art website allows you to reserve online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For our new guests just a reminder that there is a $75.00 non refundable processing fee with your reservation. All online reservations for Cape May Rentals will be processed when the office reopens January 2nd, but be assured that your selected vacation week will be held.


How to Save On Holiday Travel

Cape May Point vacation rentalsPlanning a stay in our Cape May Point vacation rentals for the holiday is a great idea. This time of year you get to take advantage of inexpensive travel options, including cheap airplane tickets and reduced prices on Cape May Point vacation rentals. Many destinations offer visitors price breaks on off-season stays.

With the upcoming holidays approaching here are some tips on how to save on your holiday travel when coming to stay in our Cape May Point vacation rentals.

• Be flexible as to the days you are willing to travel and add a few days to your trip before or after peak holiday travel days. By flying on Christmas Day or early New Year’s Days travelers can usually realize significant savings.
• Be open to taking connecting flights since often an itinerary that includes one stop can be as much as $100 less than direct flights.
• Consider flying part way then driving the rest of the way to your destination or drive to a different airport and fly from there. Most Internet search sites can check fares at airports up to 100 miles from your ultimate destination.
• If you are certain of your travel plans to come to Cape May Point, NJ, and stay in our Cape May Point vacation rentals, you will find that some places offer discounts for non-refundable reservations.

Cape May Winter Rentals Available Through March

Cape May winter rentalsIf you’re looking for an oceanfront winter rental where you can get away from your every day doldrums, you’re just going to love our Cape May winter rentals. Trade in that snow for a nice, sunny oceanfront rental. We have many properties available that would be perfect. Regardless of whether you want a house or a condo, our winter rentals are available by the day, week, or month from October through March, 2012.

Cape May winter rentals has something for everyone. From luxury oceanfront homes to great oceanside villas. The resort amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis, lazy river, children’s pool, sundecks, exercise rooms, game rooms, elevators, as well as eating establishments within walking distance. Our decorated and furnished Cape May winter rentals include fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, telephone, washer/ dryer, central heat and air, and wireless internet.

It’s no surprise that the most popular destinations during winter are places with sun and beaches. Most people want to escape the cold and relax on the beach. It works perfectly that this is the time you can find the best deals on a winter rental.

On December 8-9, 2011 be a part of the Christmas Carols starting at 7 p.m. at the Towne Crier. That same night from 7-9 p.m. it’s Candlelight Hospitality Night at Washington Mall & Square. Bring the family and stop on over to get into the holiday spirit.

How to Choose a Vacation Rental

Cape May NJ vacation homesWhen you want to rent a vacation home there are some things to keep in mind in order to make a good decision. Many people rent hotels but it’s fun to do things differently sometimes so why not consider renting one of our Cape May NJ vacation homes.

Here are some ideas on what to consider when choosing among Cape May NJ vacation homes.

1. First determine your price range.
It’s important to know what your budget is and have a price range in mind before looking at Cape May NJ vacation homes.

2. Listen to your heart.
With so many vacation homes to choose from, there’s surely a property that will speak to your heart more than the others. Get that one.

3. Choose your location.
Once you know the geographic area you want to stay in, decide how close to the water you want to be. Do you want to be able to walk to restaurants? Would you rather be able to walk to a golf course?

4. Ask about amenities.
Homes often offer a variety of amenities that include furnishings, kitchens fully equipped with state-of-the-art appliances, a washer/dryer, private pools, tennis, wireless Internet, hot tubs and Jacuzzis. Ask about those that are most important to you.

5. Watch for specials.
There are sometimes specials on Cape May NJ vacation homes. Because there are so many rentals available, homeowners and leasing companies are constantly striving to offer the lowest prices.

A Local Christmas Favorite

Once the turkey has all been eaten, let the Christmas festivities begin! Get into the holiday spirit with the West Cape May Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3rd. It’s been a tradition for over 40 years and a local favorite.

Beginning at 5:00 PM at the West Cape May Fire Hall, the parade moves down Broadway to West Perry, then winds around to the Washington Street Mall.

Be ready for fire trucks adorned with lights, marching bands, dancing troupes, all kind of holiday floats, and jolly Old Saint Nick concluding the march with his joyful entry. The parade runs about 3 hours so you can still get the kids home by 8:30.

If you need a place to stay during parade weekend, we’ll be more than happy to find you the perfect Cape May winter rental that suits your needs. Call us toll free at 888-309-7454 to speak to a knowledgeable reservationist.

Event: West Cape May Christmas Parade
Where: Broadway from Fire Hall, West Perry Street, Washington Street Mall
When: Saturday, December 3, 2011 (Rain date December 4)
Time: 5:00 PM – about 8:00 PM

It’s Time to Come Home to Cape May

Cape May beach house rentalsWhen was the last time you visited Cape May, New Jersey? Isn’t it about that time for you to return? This is a great time of year to visit as the crowds are gone and the rates are lower this time of year. We have some really reasonably priced Cape May beach house rentals for you to stay in when you arrive. offers single family homes, spacious townhomes, and beachfront condos on the Jersey Shore. Warm and inviting cottages are available weekly or for all season. We also have pet-friendly Cape May beach house rentals that are also available.

It’s super easy to reserve your Cape May beach house rentals too. Just go to our website and select the town you want to stay in, how many bedrooms you require, if you need pet-friendly accommodations or not and book your rental! It’s as simple as that. It couldn’t be easier!

Something else that sets us apart from the other agencies is that we are the only real estate agency on the Cape May Island offering Drive-Thru Check In and Check Out. Drive thru our Check In station to pick up keys and linens. At the end of your stay drive thru our Check Out station dropping off keys and unwashed linens.

Don’t miss the Cape May City Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. on December 2, 2011. On December 3 at 5 p.m. the 45th Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade will take place.

Giving Thanks

Just a few days before Thanksgiving and we are all preparing for the big dinner, or preparing to travel to be with loved ones for a joyful feast. This is the time of year we reflect on our blessings, our trials, and how we’ve handled them. We wish to express our thanks to all of our business associates and clients who helped to make 2011 a great year for us at HomeStead Cape May Rentals.

What are you thankful for? Are you thankful for family, health, work, or faith? Join us and let us know what makes you the most grateful this Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Area Events

We know if you’re visiting this time of year and you’re staying in our Cape May New Jersey vacation rentals, you’re probably having a fabulous time. We want to remind you about some upcoming local events you won’t want to miss when you’re. These special events are in close proximity to our Cape May New Jersey vacation rentals as well as many other entertainment venues in the area.

Cape May New Jersey vacation rentalsCape May Jazzfest FundraiserThe Friends of Cape May Jazz will hold a two day JazzFest Fundraiser at Cabanas on the Beach Beginning Friday November 11th, at 6 PM. All Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Cape May Jazz. Featured artists are : Geno White @ Martini Beach 6:00 p.m. The Tom Larsen Blues Band @ Cabanas, 9:30 p.m. On Saturday November 12 Featured Artists will be: Frank Bey @ Cabanas at 1 p.m. Saturday Night beginning at 6:00 p.m.: Eddie Morgan @ Martini Beach at 9:30 Blue Bone @ Cabanas. Admission is $10 For Friday and Saturday Afternoon. $15 for Saturday Evening.

Cape May New Jersey vacation rentalsVeteran’s Day Ceremony
November 11 at 11 a.m.
A ceremony honoring our country’s veterans will be held at the monument on Columbia Avenue, Cape May.

Cape May New Jersey vacation rentalsChristmas in Cape May
November 18, 2011 through January 1, 2012
What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May? This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of fun and tasty events. From trolley rides to wine tastings, from house tours to themed dinners, we offer something for everyone!

Visit the Physick Estate on Saturday, November 19 at 7pm as Santa arrives to flip the switch for the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony (sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank). That evening the Physick House will be open for free, self-guided tours.