Victorian Style Vacation Homes

Cape May vacation homesOn the southern tip of New Jersey sits the beautiful town of Cape May. Cape May is a peaceful, relaxing town, with a historic atmosphere. A very popular seaside resort in the 1800s when many people built unique and artistic cottages all along the shore. Many of these homes are used as Cape May vacation homes still today.

Over the years residents have taken a great deal of time and effort to maintain and restore these cottages and put them to use as Cape May vacation homes. The Victorian style architecture of that time is still prevalent today and you can see it everywhere in the establishments and homes in the area.

Cape May also has a very “small town” feel, which makes it very different from the other beach towns in the area. While Cape May maintains that small town feel, there is still an abundance of things to do close to all of the Cape May vacation homes. Many lovely shops and over 40 different restaurants, plus all there is to do at the beach and on the ocean help make Cape May an excellent east coast getaway!

Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate
October 31, 2011

Some spooky characters are waiting at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with treats for good little ghosts and goblins and pirates and princesses. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.

Fall Birding in Cape May

The Nature Conservancy near Cape May Point State Park is famous for attracting various species of birds, as well as bird watchers. One birder in particular, Tom Reed a 23 year old man from Middle Township, is well on his way to setting the record for the most species of birds spotted in New Jersey in one year. Reed shattered the current record set in 2002 by Rick Wiltraut of Pennsylvania at 337 by already identifying 342 species.Fall Birding in Cape May
Although a resident of Upper Township, MikeFritz, has identified 340 different birds this year, Tom Reed remains undeterred. Young Mr. Reed is still on a quest to set the bar and, due to his observations taking place at the Lower Cape May Meadows we feel he has a pretty good chance. The positioning of the Atlantic Flyway path (the migratory path where birds cross and concentrate) along the southern New Jersey coastline offer the best odds in Reed’s favor.
If you’re a budding birder or an experienced one, HomeStead Cape May Rentals can find you the perfect interim migration spot for your family this fall. Call to speak to our knowledgeable agents at 888-309-7454 or email us at View our website at

September Crabbing

What a gorgeous month September can be at the shore. The ocean water is the warmest of the season, beaches are less crowded, and crabs are fattening up before burrowing into the mud for the winter. Doing some crabbing over Labor Day weekend with my family, although we only caught a few because the current was fierce, we returned with enough to enjoy for dinner. While we were out there we saw bait fish jumping out of the water, and minnows swam right next to our boat.

Some folks enjoy catching good shots of the marshes and meadows in pictures more than catching crabs, and I have to admit I’m one of them. The raw beauty of salt water wildlife can be enchanting. It’s peaceful and calm and you can leave your cares behind if only for a little while.

Here at HomeStead our friendly reservation agents can help you find the perfect home while you visit the Jersey Shore in the fall, or any time of year. Visit If you’ve been contemplating owning a home at the shore, the knowledgeable agents at can guide you through the process. HomeStead professionals are the Cape May Experts.

Pat Cornwell, Web/Graphic Arts Specialist

Good Night, Irene Good Morning Cape May

Hurricane Irene is just a memory and Cape May fared pretty well. We’ve had a beautiful week here and expect a very nice weekend so come on down and see us this Labor Day week!

Did you know that the fall and winter seasons are both wonderful times of the year to see Cape May? There are many activities and events during these seasons and the town is less crowded, although we do see quite a few visitors during the fall festivals and Christmas in Cape May tours. Check out our Off Season Getaways page to see which homes are available for you at

We have been receiving many calls from families wanting to rent or rebook for next year. As they know, the earlier you make your reservation the better chance you have of getting the vacation rental of your choice.

Visit our inventory of rental homes on the web or speak to a reservationist by calling 609-884-1888.

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Cape May Celebrates the Fabulous 4th!

SATURDAY, JULY 2ND:   Start your July 4th Weekend Festivities right with Cape May’s traditional Kiwanis Pancake Day event. The celebration begins at 7:00 on Saturday morning, & runs until 12:30. This year Pancake Day will be held at Congress Hall. The event benefits the Kiwanis Scholarship fund and Community Charities. Price $8 per adult. Children Under 4-$2.

Then, get out your red white & blue because at 1pm Saturday afternoon the town holds an Independence Day Parade at the Convention Hall area.  It’s got everything from string bands to dogs in costume. Bring your own flag!   

SUNDAY, JULY 3RD:  3rd of July Fireworks will be in the Delaware Bay near North Cape May.  Catch the best views from the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal or Higbees beach. Or catch a ride on a fireworks cruise with the Spirit of Cape May or the  Cape May Whale Watcher and get front row seats on the water.

MONDAY, JULY 4TH:  This year The Grand Hotel is putting on The Red, White & Blue Picnic from 4-7pm. This new event boasts an outdoor beer garden with full bar & live entertainment.  You’ll be able to feast on traditional BBQ food like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, mac & cheese, pizza, three bean salad and ice cream. Maybe you’ll win a prize in the three legged races! There will also be a wheel barrel race, an egg toss and a pie eating contest.   Great fun!  & stay after the picnic to watch the fireworks from the Grand’s sundeck.  Adults $12.95  |  Kids 10 & under  $7.95  |  Oceanfront at 1045 Beach Avenue | Call 609 884 5611 for more info.

Congress Hall in Cape May throws a huge 4th of July party every year.  It’s called the All American Picnic.  Bring the family & chow down on hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, and potato salad.  Bring your own blanket for seating on Congress Hall Lawn.  Adults $20  |  Kids 12 – 3 $10  | Under 3 are free  |  Call 609 884 8421 for tickets.    The picnic features live Dixieland music with Franny Smith and the Atlantic City Jazz Band.  There will be face painting, carnival games and balloon sculptures for the kids. And you can sing patriotic songs with the Congress Hall Festival Choir. Fireworks will be at at dusk (around 9pm) and are sponsored by: The City of Cape May, The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May & Sea Tow. Tickets for all events are ‘will call’ and will be available by July 1 at the Front Desk of Congress Hall.

This information was brought to you buy the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF GREATER CAPE MAY.

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Ocean Temps Are High in June

Ocean temperatures in Cape May, NJ which are typically in the high 60’s in June have already surpassed the 70 degree mark as of June 25!  Amazing!  There is no better time to be here!

Speaking of amazing, have you visited HomeStead’s Bargain Page where you can view all properties who have discounted rental weeks for the summer! Go to our homepage at and click on “VIEW OUR SPECIALS” to see which homes have lowered their rates for weeks this summer. Or you can always contact one of our Rental Agents at 609-884-1888 to find out who is offering discounts.

Bargains, Bargains, Bargains!

Yes it is that time of year again when HomeStead advertises all of its discounted rental weeks for the summer! Go to our homepage at and click on “VIEW OUR SPECIALS” to see which homes have lowered their rates for weeks this summer. Or you can always contact one of our Rental Agents at 609-884-1888 to find out who is offering discounts.

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Location, Location, Location!

If you have been waiting for that perfect rental to come up that is close to the beach and not hard on the wallet then you are in luck!  Wait no more!  The two rental properties located at 240 Windsor are only 3 blocks to the beach, each 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, each sleeping six with A/C.  $1250 per week for each unit will get you a week in Cape May, NJ that you will not forget!  For more information including photos and a virtual tour click the link below:    1st Floor   2nd Floor

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Highlighted Home of the Week!

Come check out 215 Second Ave in West Cape May – 4 bedroom, 3 bath, pet-friendly, modern amenities such as a computer, high speed internet, HD TV and Blu-Ray DVD player.  A beach box located at Second Ave beach and 2 adult bicylces also come with this great beach house rental which is only a hop, skip and a jump to the beach.  For more photos, rates/availability and a virtual tour go to:

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First Bargain Week Available!

304 Cambridge

As you may or may not know, HomeStead posts a “Bargains Page” every year in the late Spring on their website.  This Bargain Page highlights all of the homes which have discounted weeks available.  Our first discounted week has arrived early this year so we wanted to share it:  304 Cambridge in Cape May Point is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house.  The discounted week is for July 9th at $3,000 and this week normally rents for $3370!  The link to the property is below, check it out today:

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