Celebrating Memorial Day in Cape May

Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of Summer and there is so much going on in Cape May for the upcoming three-day weekend to kick off the 2019 season!

Finally, the long cold winter is a memory and we can now look forward to fun filled days at the beach! Memorial Day Weekend is also the time that we give thanks and honor those fallen men and women who gave their lives serving our country. 

     

On Memorial Day, there will be a wreath laying observance held at the US Coast Guard Training Center and the All Wars Monument on Columbia Avenue at 9AM. Then, from 11AM to 1PM, the City of Cape May and American Legion Harry Snyder Post 193 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony inside Convention Hall.   The United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May detachments will participate with Flotilla 8-2 of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in presenting the Rifle Salute and launching of the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach. The public is welcomed to attend the ceremonies and honor our Veterans. 

     

 

To start off the holiday weekend, stop by the Willow Creek Winery for Fire Pit Friday to unwind, sit by the fire, and enjoy the sunset over the vineyard.  In addition to Willow Creek Winery, there is the Cape May Winery or Nauti Spirits in North Cape May.  Also, you can visit one Cape May County’s new breweries that have opened in the last couple of months.  Gusto Brewery in North Cape May and COHO Brewery in Cape May Court House are two breweries that you must visit, and both are only a short drive from town.

 

 

Celebrating 30 years of bringing beautiful music to Cape May, the Cape May Music Festival brings classical, chamber, jazz and much more to the Festival from May 26 to June 14, 2019.  Over the weekend, The Atlantic Brass Band will perform on Sunday, May 26 at 7PM at the Rotary Bandstand, Lafayette and Decatur Streets, or at the Cape May Convention Hall if the weather is uncooperative.

 

 

Also, remember that as of Memorial Day through Labor Day, you will need a beach tag to visit the beach.

   

 

 

Let’s Talk About the Beach!

IMG_1537Here at Homestead, we have spent the winter and latter part of the spring highlighting all of the fabulous year round events that Cape May has to offer. We emphasize that Cape May is so much more than just a beach town. And while we stand firm on this fact, we know that with the summer a mere days away and the weather and water warming rapidly….it’s time to talk about the beach!
Cape May’s beaches are continually voted among the best not only on the east coast, but in the entire country. We believe the reason for this is simple. Although Cape May is a small town, the diversity of the beachscape is unparalleled. Much the same as the area rental homes, restaurants, and shopping destinations are tailored to multiple needs and desires, Cape May’s beaches naturally offer something for everyone.

 

 

If you’re a repeat Cape May guest, we’re sure you are familiar with the DSCN0428Promenade. It’s a lovely seawall that doubles as a walking path. Biking is even permitted so long as it is prior to 10:00 am. With the exception of Cape May’s convention hall and a handful of proprietors, most of the promenade offers completely unobstructed views of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. And as for the beaches, the majority of Cape May’s most popular are set against the backdrop of the Promenade area. If your idea of the perfect beach day is one accompanied by ice cream, mini golf, and maybe an impromptu arcade or shopping trip, then the beach location for you should be anywhere between Perry and Howard Streets. Married to the center of town, these beaches are convenient to most other attractions. Of course this also makes them among the most populated, but not so much that they aren’t a tranquil experience. This is definitely our recommended beach area if you’re plans are to arrive at the beach mid morning and leave with the sunset!

 

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Following the promenade east will lead you to its end and the area known as Poverty Beach. The sand is a bit coarser and you’ll be a further walking distance from the bustle of town. But parking is more plentiful and the crowd more spartan. It’s the ideal beach to visit if you’d like to spend a few hours getting lost in a book or simply laying back and absorbing the salt air and the tranquility of nature’s beauty. Evening surf fishing is permitted as well, so long as you claim a spot east of Baltimore Avenue’s intersection with the beachfront.

 

 

Sun AutumnHead west on the promenade to its end and find yourself at Broadway and the Cove beaches. Long standing local favorites, these beaches are once again within a walking distance to town and offer stunning views of the Cape May lighthouse. They are perfect beaches to visit if you really want to feel like a Cape May native. The lifeguard station is located nearby at Beach and Grant Street, and the jetty at the end of First Avenue is a must for the surf fisherman. Parking is metered at Broadway and the Cove, so arriving earlier in the day is your best bet for finding a close space. There are also designated loading zones that prove to be very helpful at the beginning and end of your beach day.

 

 

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Further outside of the town center will IMG_5614lead you to Cape May Point, including the lighthouse and Cape May Point State Park. Although not swimmable, the state park beach connects to the Cove and the walk between both areas is a beautiful one. If you choose to take it, be sure to stay on the lookout for dolphins and various species of shore birds. Begin or end your beach experience with a lighthouse climb or an excursion through the Cape May Point nature trails. The remaining beaches on the point are guarded and parking is free. The feeling is that of being on a truly private beach. Because the Point is almost exclusively residential, you won’t find any restaurants, arcades, or amenities here. A deterrent for some to be sure, we know to others it’s a definition of paradise.

 

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Finally, a visit to Cape May is not complete without experiencing Sunset Beach. Located at the very end of sunset Blvd., Sunset Beach of course features gorgeous sunset vistas, a gift shop, and a beach grille. It’s also home to famous Cape May Diamonds-which are actually quartz pebbles that can resemble diamonds when they are washed down and/or cut. They are a truly unique Cape May souvenir found right on the beach!

 

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So now that you are aware of which beaches you can and should visit when here in Cape May, here is some pertinent beach information to ensure that your beach trip is a seamless one:

 

+Lifeguards are on duty until 5:30 pm daily throughout the summer

+Food and beverages are allowed on the beach, but alcohol is not permitted

+Parking is available across the beachfront, but the majority is metered. Free parking can be located on side streets a few blocks back from the beachfront.

+Umbrellas, tents, and any sort of temporary canopies ARE permitted-but only for the day. Camping out on the beach overnight is not allowed (even if it IS a nice thought!)

+Any sort of grilling, cooking, or bonfire is not permitted on any Cape May area beach

+In season, dogs are not permitted on the beaches

+Restrooms are provided sporadically along the promenade for your convenience

+Beach passes are required for Cape May and Cape May Point Beaches

 

With this information in mind, it’s time to choose your beach and get to it! We recommend trying different beach locations over the course of your stay. But we’re sure that whichever beach you choose will not disappoint.

 

Happy Summer!

 

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