Top 4 Reasons Thanksgiving is the best in Cape May

Cape May is not just a summer destination anymore, Cape May is ready to welcome visitors year-round and if you are looking for a Thanksgiving retreat, this can be your home for a few days. We have plenty of rental availability and many great restaurants are still open. Below is a highlight of why to choose Cape May this holiday.

  1. Cheaper accommodation

During the off-season the price for accommodation drops substantially. It’s 50% less than the summer prime weeks and if you cannot stay a full week, owners are also accepting a 2 -3-night stay. You can enjoy the perks and avoid the summer crowds.

2.Free parking

The meters have officially stopped (except behind the mall area) so parking is now free! It’s so much easier to find a spot and you don’t have to drive around for about 20 minutes. You can park next to the restaurants and shops!

3.Easier access to restaurants

If you’ve been to the shore during summer months, you know you need to make a reservation a week in advance! Well, not this time of the year. You can get a table a few days in advance, or the day of. Sometimes reservations are not even needed, and walk-ins are welcome.

4. Great restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

If you don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving, there are so many great restaurants in Cape May that offer dinners.  You will still find a traditional menu including turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans casserole and cranberry sauce, but you will also find fresh seafood. Afterall, you are in one of the best shore towns. Below you can see a few restaurants that offer a buffet or a fixed menu. We would recommend making a reservation now.

  • Blue Pig – offers a three-course dinner and includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $45 per person. You can see their menu here.
  • Ballroom in Congress Hall – Every year they offer a buffet dinner and the seating starts 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. For adults the ticket is $45+ and for children (ages 3-12) is $19+.
  • Ebbitt Room – They offer a 3-course dinner (appetizer, entrée and dessert) and it’s $65 per person. If you don’t want turkey, you can choose the duck breast instead.
  • Washington Inn – Their seating starts at 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm and they have a special menu and you can choose whatever you want.  You can see their menu here. If you want to eat in the comfort of your home, they also have a Thanksgiving Feast To Go. The dinner to go serves 12 people for a price of $349 plus tax, and it’s prepared by the Washington Inn and Lucky Bones.
  • Peter Shields Inn – offers a 3-course dinner and the price per adult is $65 and for the children it is $35.00. They have a great menu with a fantastic ocean view… it doesn’t get better than this.

A great way to give thanks this Thanksgiving is by joining Operation Fireside. This operation will allow you to host Coast Guard recruits for Thanksgiving dinner, so they can enjoy a home cooked meal and relax from their hard training. They are not allowed to spend time or see their own families for the holiday due to the negative impact on their training, so hosting them is the best gift for them.

Whether you are looking for a 2-3 nights stay or for a week, contact our rental department now at 609.884.1888 to book your holiday stay! You can also book online if you’d like and our entire inventory is HERE.

48 Hours in Cape May

Cape May is the Nation’s oldest seaside resort, hosting vacationers for more than 200 years.  Cape May is   known for its grand Victorian homes. If this corner of heaven isn’t’ on your bucket list it will for sure be on there now. This is the perfect time to drive all the way to Exit Zero on the Garden State Parkway come for a romantic weekend getaway or maybe a girl’s weekend.

 

 

Day one – Friday

One of the best places for brunch in Cape May is The Mad Batter.  The Mad Batter sits on historic Jackson Street, The Mad Batter has been the recipient of many critically acclaimed awards. You should try their amazing Grilled Chicken and Avocado Pita, served with a unique apple cranberry almond coleslaw.

 

 

After your bellies are happy and full, take a stroll along the Washington Street Mall. It’s a 3-block pedestrian strip with clothing stores, toy stores, candy, ice-cream and souvenir shops.  The Mall starts on Perry street and ends at Ocean street. For more shops, you should also check out the Carpenter Lane. If you are a Peanut Butter lover, you must try the Peanut Butter store for their wide selection and they even have fresh homemade dog treats and snacks.

 

 

For a great end of your first day in Cape May, head over to Willow Creek Farm and Winery. They have Fire Pit Fridays with live music featuring local musicians and it starts at 6:00 pm. If you are hungry, they have an exceptional Tapas menu that is designed for pairing with their wines.

 

 

Day Two – Saturday

 

Start your day with one of the best breakfasts in town served at George’s Place, 301 Beach Avenue.  Reservations are not accepted for breakfast or lunch, but this time of the year you shouldn’t have a problem getting a table. This place is so famous that during the summer, the waiting line is LONG and the waiting time is about 1 hour or more. Their Banana French Toast is exceptional and is our favorite, but no matter what you order, you will not be disappointed.  Also keep in mind they are cash only.

 

 

A must see is the Cape May lighthouse built in 1859. The tower is the third documented lighthouse and has been an aid-to-navigation for mariners and attraction for visitors for centuries. It’s been open to the public since 1988 and has greeted millions of tourists. If you choose to climb, there are only 199 steps to the top and the view is totally worth the effort. The view extends to Cape May City, Wildwood to the North, Cape May Point, on a clear day Cape Henlopen, Delaware to the west.  If you choose not to climb, the old oil House on the grounds contains a Visitors Orientation Center and a Museum shop. There are several trails around that lead to ponds, dunes and marshes where you can spot birds and other wildlife.

 

 

After doing your steps for the day by climbing to the top of the lighthouses refuel and rest at the famous Lobster House. If you are a seafood lover, this is a must stop. They are open year-round and their dining rooms have a fun nautical atmosphere. Their commercial fishing fleet offloads and ships millions of pounds of seafood yearly and much of the fresh seafood is served in their restaurant. They have indoor and outdoor seating with its own individual menu.

 

 

For dinner head over to Blue Big Tavern in Congress Hall. It’s a fun rustic dining room in a 200+ years old hotel. They are also farm to table so the produce is picked up daily from the Beach Plum Farm. To end the night, you can go at the Brown Room or Boiler Room, both of them are located in the same hotel and are serving amazing drinks and they also have live music.

 

 

 

Day three – Sunday

A few hours left in this beautiful Victorian town but still so much to see and do.

The sunrise in Cape May is one of the best, and if you haven’t seen it already, we would recommend wake up bright and early, grab a blanket and head over to the beach.

 

After sunrise, grab breakfast at another popular spot in Cape May, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. They serve over 15 different types of pancakes, waffles, French toast, and omelets.  They have so many options and the serving size is big!

 

 

After you are fueled up, explore Cape May on two wheels. If you didn’t bring your own bicycle, there are a few places in Cape May where you can rent one.  Start with a tour of Cape May and then head over to Sunset Beach in Cape May Point. You can bike around the lighthouse and on the way back, stop at Beach Plum Farm. You can have lunch there or you can just walk around for a self-guided tour of the farm. You can see where they grow all their produce, visit the animals and you can even feed the chickens! They also have a store in their main barn worth checking out. If you haven’t bought a souvenir yet, pick something up from their rustic and fun store!

 

 

 

Our rental inventory is constantly growing with beautiful, cozy and modern homes. If you love the Victorian décor, we have plenty of options for you to rent too. If you want to come for a weekend or a week, now is the time to book! The prices are affordable for any budget. Don’t be fooled by the cold weather, there are still so many great things to do around town, you will not get bored! Give us a call now at 609.884.1888 and we can set you up with the best rental in town.  By the way Homestead is the ONLY real estate agency on the Island that does not charge you for the privilege of using a credit card to book your reservation.  We are also the ONLY agency that has our very own linen service, so you don’t have to worry about packing for your weekend getaway.

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.

Celebrating Mother’s Day at the shore!

 

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re wondering how to best express your love for your Mom, book her a trip to Cape May! Homestead can help you find the perfect rental for your Mom! With most shops and restaurants open full time, and the weather cooperating, you have all the components for the perfect getaway.

 

 

 

Cape May has so many activities and great things going on. If it’s your first time in Cape May, take the Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour to get acquainted with the lay of the land and learn why Cape May is a National Historic Landmark. You will also get the opportunity to see the most famous streets and landmarks in the Historic District. The trolley runs daily at 1:00 pm.

 

 

 

On Saturday May 5th, you can combine your love for architecture AND your love for chocolate on the Chocolate Tasting Tour. You’ll visit Historic Landmark properties, each offering their own delicious chocolate delicacies for you to taste. During the two-hour tour (from 1-3 pm) you’ll get to tour the Brown Family Residence, Buttercup Cottage, Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom, Henry Sawyer Inn and John Hand House.

 

 

 

 

 

If jazz music is your thing, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities has planned a Jazz Brunch at the Estate for Mother’s Day.  Enjoy a brunch at the Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom and listen to live jazz music featuring Mary Lou Newnam and Sonny Troy. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 am.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday May 12, stop by the Physick Estate for their Sip into Spring Festival. Celebrate spring’s rebirth with great food, drinks, live music and outdoor gardening and nature demonstrations. Take a piece of Cape May with you by purchasing gifts made by local vendors and crafters.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for something fun to do with the entire family, sign up for the most anticipated event of the season, Clam-A-Rama. The 7th annual tournament takes place Saturday, May 12 at the Rusty Nail. If spectating sounds more attractive, you can still enjoy drinks at the longest beach bar in town and beach inspired food bites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find the best accommodations in town call Homestead Real Estate now. The rental team is here to help and assist you in finding the perfect property that fits your criteria. Call us now at 609.884.1888 or you can view our entire inventory HERE. If you didn’t reserve your summer rental yet, we can help you with that also!

Swing into spring with Homestead

It might not seem like it with this cold and windy weather we have been having here lately, but it is officially Spring! The sun is trying to peek out more and more each day and the days are finally getting longer and “brighter”. Everybody is so eager to get outside, and we are all looking forward to the beauty and colors of Spring. It’s so fascinating and invigorating to see everything come back to life: the daffodils, the tulips, and all the amazing spring flowers. The owners and landscapers are busy bees trying to get their yards ready, and if you are up for a walk in our beautiful and historic town, you’ll definitely enjoy the different patches of color.

 

 

If you want to think ahead and plan your summer vacation, now it’s the perfect time. We still have plenty of weeks available, and the rental team at Homestead is here to help you find your perfect rental. Cape May was a secret gem for so many years, and it’s already a tradition for so many families to come here every summer and create amazing memories. Now it’s YOUR turn! If you like Cape May, West Cape May, Cape May Point or even offshore, we’ve got you covered! We have plenty of options for everybody!

 

 

If you are looking to spend a few days down at the shore, here are some things for you to do. Starting Friday, April 6th, West Cape May Borough Hall is hosting the 2018 Cape May Film Festival where they will screen documentaries, local films and short films, or you can buy a ticket and take part in the “Murder Mystery Weekends” held and presented by East Lynne Theater Company. If films and murder mysteries are not your cup of tea, Cape May has plenty more for you! Stop by at Willow Creek Winery for their Fire Pit Friday where some of the area’s talented musicians are performing live, or stop by Nauti Spirits Distillery for their open Mic, where you can enjoy a delicious drink while listening to great musicians performing live.

 

 

Another fun activity for couples and families alike, are the historic trolley tours; there is no better way to get acquainted with Cape May and hear the stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. If you want to enjoy the best view in Cape May you will have to climb 199 spiraling steps, and trust us, it’s worth it! The steps will take you to the top of Cape May Lighthouse where you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape May.

 

 

Whether you’re looking to get away for a week or just for the weekend, the rental team at Homestead can help you find the perfect home! Contact us today at 609.884.1888.

Save the Dates and Set the Clocks! Spring Brings Fun in Cape May this March!

It’s a blustery but beautiful Friday here in Cape May, and while it still feels a bit like winter, spring is undoubtedly in the air. There’s a lot to get excited about here in town over the next few weeks, and you’ll want to be a part of the action. Here’s a few of our favorite events that are on the horizon…

 

 

 

What’s better than a tour of the famous Emlen Physick Estate? A FREE tour! On Friday, March 16th, the 2:00 pm tour of the estate will be free (with requested donation of a non-perishable food product worth $5 or more). Donations are much appreciated and support the Cape May Community Food Closet. So this is a great way to have some fun and support a worthy cause at the same time. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Physick Estate, and you can learn more about them here.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, March 17th, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Cape May’s second annual Paddy’s Day Polar Bear Plunge! There will also be a 5k run/ 1 mile walk event for those looking for a less chilly outdoor experience!

 

 

 

 

 

March 16th-18th will bring the return of Sherlock Holmes weekend here in town. This is always an exciting event, but tickets are limited. Don’t miss out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to enjoy a bit of local talent? This Sunday, March 11th, you won’t want to miss “The Squares: From Cline to Cash & Beyond”. Featuring the beautiful voice of Homestead’s very own Debra Donahue, this talented trio is sure to present a fabulous rendition of the best of country music. The “concert only” ticket is $15…but why not make a night of it with dinner and a show at the Blue Pig Tavern? The combination ticket is just $36.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. NOTE: The Squares will also be making an appearance at Nauti Spirits Distillery on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to these special events, many favorite local standbys continue to take place and have returned for the season, including Fire Pit Fridays at the Willow Creek Winery, the Winter Beer Garden at Congress Hall, and (for a few more weeks), Roller Skating at Cape May Convention Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

Despite our excitement about these upcoming events, remember that there is no specific reason needed to come to Cape May! Often times the best visits are those which are unplanned. The spring season can be a great time to stroll around town and make plans for your summer vacation, or simply refresh your mind and body with a brisk beach walk or a jog along the promenade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring holidays are also a great time to be in town, and we’d like to remind you that here at Homestead we have plenty of off-season rentals to accommodate various budgets and time frames. Unlike the summer rental season-which by design must be more structured-off season rentals offer greater flexibility. The spring is a wonderful time because the slower pace of the season allows for effortless exploring, yet there’s still plenty going on! We hope you’ll join us in being a part of the fun.

 

 

 

REMINDER: Daylight Saving Time begins THIS WEEKEND, Sunday, March 11th. Don’t forget to set the clocks forward one hour and gain that extra daylight! And remember, this is also the time to change those batteries in your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s “Second Holidays” are Here!

As with many aspects of our lives, the happenings of Cape May follow a bit of a schedule. Mostly, this schedule pertains to the time of year that is upon us. A few months ago, December brought the peace, light, and excitement of the holidays to town. What followed was a bitter cold, “polarizing” January, with some enjoying the winter quiet and others desperate for spring’s return. So now, as we breeze through February, we can’t promise spring weather or desolate streets on the weekends. What we do welcome though, is Cape May’s mid winter holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s right; President’s Day weekend and Valentine’s Day are almost here. For many, these holidays will not coincide with an extra day off, nor can we guarantee that there will be pleasant weather. The point, though, is that winter is on its way out! This particular time in February has long been regarded by locals as a reboot for the new season that is brewing. Businesses that have been shuttered for the past six weeks will begin to open on a limited schedule, and weekends will start buzzing again. Will you be a part of the action? Let’s take a look at what’s coming up…

 

 

 

 

 

On weekends, Cape May Trolley tours are in back in full swing! They’re always a fun way to explore the historic district…not to mention quite a romantic Valentine’s Day activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall continues through the winter! Always a fun time for the whole family…this is an uplifting activity for when the gray weather starts to wear you down.

 

 

 

 

 

February 17th through the 19th, The Cape May Lighthouse will be open for tours. Walk off the winter blues by climbing the 199 steps to be awarded by panoramic views of Cape May and the majestic Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning this Friday, February 9, and continuing every Friday through the end of March, visit the Winter Beer Garden at historic Congress Hall. Stay warm by the fire pits and welcome the weekend in a laid back, cozy setting. The event time is 5 pm to 10 pm (and how nice that it’s staying brighter, longer in the evenings now!)

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday, February 10th, pay a romantic visit to the Hawk Haven Winery for the annual “Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend”. Other dates for this event include February 11th, 17th, and 18th.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, February 17th, The Cape May Wine Trail returns. Begin with a tasting at Willow Creek Winery, and then be transported via trolley to Natali Vineyards. You’ll even receive a souvenir glass as part of the day’s events. Once experienced, we’re sure you’ll want to explore more of Cape May’s area wineries when the weather warms and the season is in full swing.

 

 

 

 

 

Also on February 17th (and the 18th), there will be a “Crafts and Collectibles in Winter” event at the Cape May Convention Hall. The mid-winter show is indoors for a comfortable escape from the chilly air. Explore and purchase unique items from local and regional vendors in a fun and relaxing shopping experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, February 18th is home to the annual Cape May Chili and Chowder Cook Off at the fifth floor Ocean Front Ballroom of Cape May’s Grand Hotel. This is always a fun time! It’s your chance to sample preparations of chefs from in and around Cape May, and then choose your favorites. Local vendors/artisans will also be featured, and a cash bar will be available. If possible, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help support food banks in and around Cape May. A portion of the event proceeds will also be donated to the same cause, and the cost is $10 per person with tickets available at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

So, even if you plan to visit Cape May this spring or summer, we encourage you to come on down and enjoy our “second holiday season” during this midwinter month of February. There’s so much to do and see… you’ll forget all about the winter doldrums. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, plan ahead for summer now by reserving your Cape May Vacation! The prime season get’s going in just about 4 months…so make sure you lock in YOUR first choice rental.

 

 

 

 

Cape May: It’s Marvelous in Mid-Winter

With so much as a blink, the first month of 2018 is rapidly drawing to a close. For some, we’re sure that you’ve enjoyed the quiet of winter, the post holiday calm, and maybe even the bitter cold weather. While for others, January was likely more a mix of winter blues with a pining for spring warmth and color. The good news is that at this point in the season, there’s happiness for both sides of the coin. It’s just about getting to that time when we can realistically look forward to spring…but there’s also plenty of winter left for those who are enjoying the season. And now that the weather seems to have stabilized a bit, it’s a great time to visit Cape May. Why? Well, here’s a few of the best reasons…

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Beach CondosLook for your summer rental: In the winter, everything looks different. And not just because of the landscape, though that of course takes on its own hue, but more so because there are so fewer people than there are at the height of the summer. Whether you’re looking for a new rental for the coming season, or you simply want to take a ride past the home that you’ve already booked…now is the time to do so without the encumbrance of traffic, pedestrians, bicycles, and the like. And if you haven’t reserved your rental yet, don’t delay too much longer! Inventory is going quickly as the bitter cold early winter seems to have sent Cape May vacationers into a very early spring fever. There’s simply no better way to get excited about spring and summer than to know that your vacation rental is booked and waiting for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Beach House Vacation RentalsTake in the sites: Naturally, many Cape May businesses are currently closed. Some continue to remain open on the weekends, while many are enjoying another few weeks of winter as they prepare for a fresh re-opening on President’s Day Weekend. This time of year is perfect for exploring what’s what around town, and deciding where you want to visit when you return in the spring/summer season. And don’t forget about stopping to take in the offerings of Cape May’s natural world. In winter, the beach invokes a feeling of tranquility and a sense of  vastness that is sometimes not as perceptible in the heat of the summer. Other places to check out include Sunset Beach, The Cape May Lighthouse, and even the Washington Street Mall…all of which are beautiful in their winter dormancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy winter activities like a local: We want to emphasize that ALL is certainly not quiet and closed during the winter. Take a historic trolley tour (a great way to escape the cold), enjoy Saturday Night Jazz at the Willow Creek Winery, or have fun and take part in the humble Cape May tradition of roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall; always a local favorite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit us here at Homestead: You can go ahead and add Homestead to the list of places that are NOT closed for the season. Throughout the winter, we maintain our hours of Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. As Cape May experts, our rental team is always ready to help you find the perfect vacation home for your needs in a no pressure, comfortable environment (we even have coffee and tea!). And if you’re interested in information about purchasing a full time or investment home in the Cape May area, our sales team is always ready to assist.

 

 

 

 

 

No matter what your feelings about winter, we invite you to remember that Cape May is a resort for all seasons. And if you need a getaway, even if just for the day, this is the place to be.

 

 

 

 

Homestead wishes everyone a wonderful weekend full or warm winter thoughts and dreams of the spring that is to come.

 

 

Holiday Time at Homestead!

It’s only 3 days until Christmas! And Homestead would like to wish everyone the happiest of holidays. We hope that a visit to Cape May has been part of your recent plans. If not, there’s still time! Escape from the bustle of holiday festivities to the wonder of Christmases past, as no place captures its essence quite like Cape May does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through January 1st, 2018, The Carol Gallery of the Emlen Physick Estate is transformed into a model Dickens Village. There’s even a unique and stunning Christmas tree that allows guests to actually stand beneath it and bask in the beauty of times gone by. Children also have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa, a task for which it’s never too late-or too early-to complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s Holiday Trolley Rides will continue in the historic district through New Year’s Eve. Listen to Christmas music, learn about Victorian tradition, and admire the stunning homes in the enchanting light of the season. It’s a beauty that is truly unparalleled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the holiday season, another of Cape May’s incredible landmarks, Congress Hall, transforms its Grand Lawn into a Winter Wonderland. It’s a magical experience complete with gorgeous décor, holiday cocoa and treats, a shopping village stocked with one of a kind gifts, and of course, Santa’s workshop. There, you’ll be greeted by the “Congress Hall Express” train ride as it winds its way through the wonderland. It’s a fun and festive time for all ages!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In these last few days of the holiday season, some of the very best times in Cape May can be had by simply strolling around town and taking it all in. If you’ve been a regular summer visitor, you’ll be struck by the seamless blend of holiday buzz and peaceful tranquility that Christmas in Cape May encompasses. And being as we’re all decked out for the holidays this year; be sure to take a walk (or ride) past Homestead’s offices as well. We’re right across the street from Free Love Bridal…a store that you especially can’t miss, given the sparkling white window displays and massive flocked Christmas tree just outside their door! We love seeing local businesses going above and beyond for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As much fun as the season has been, alas, it will be coming to a close in just a bit over a week. While some may enjoy the quiet and renewal of the approaching mid-winter season, others are probably mourning the coming end to this most festive season of the year. It’s a polarizing time, and not just because of the incoming polar weather! But whatever your thoughts are about the winter doldrums, remember that once the holidays are behind us, it’s fun to look ahead to the spring and summer seasons that are yet to come. Summer thoughts naturally lead to vacation brainstorming– and it can be a challenge, so let Homestead be a part of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been an exciting year for us, and our rental team has continued to add new properties to our already outstanding inventory. When approving a new rental property, we always do so with YOU, our guests, in the forefront of our minds. We listen to your feedback, we pay attention to the evolving vacation rental industry, and most of all…we never stop striving to be the best we can be as Cape May’s premier real estate company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as you enjoy the remaining days of this holiday season, we invite you to reflect on what you’re most excited about for the coming year. And when those thoughts lead to considerations of a vacation in Cape May, give us a call! We can’t wait to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homestead would like to remind everyone that our office will be CLOSING for the holidays on Saturday, December 23 rd at 1 PM. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd at 9:00 am. Remember that even when we are closed, you may RESERVE A RENTAL PROPERTY ONLINE at anytime. All rental leases for online reservations will be sent during the first week of the New Year. All inquiries to our office will also be promptly answered upon our return on January 2nd.

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Homestead. We can’t wait to see you in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready or Not, Here it Comes…The Holiday Season begins in Cape May!

As we proceed into the final month of autumn here in Cape May, the weather has taken a brisk turn, and the fall foliage is peaking beautifully. There are few things quite so beautiful as a golden autumn sunset, or the seasonal colors of historic tree-lined streets, like Hughes Street or Columbia Avenue, just to name a few. And with Halloween behind us and the cooler weather settling in, the first vibes of holiday spirit are beginning to permeate Cape May’s landscape. Halls are being decked in Victorian Style, tree lightings are being scheduled, and of course, plans are underway for West Cape May’s annual Christmas parade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it too early to be preparing for the holidays? That depends on who you ask, of course. Here at Homestead, we think mid-November is just about the right time to begin the planning. This year, our beautiful office has been outlined with Christmas lights. The recent chilly nights coupled with the conclusion of daylight saving time have certainly tempted us to let there be light….but we won’t be unveiling the display until Thanksgiving. If you’re planning a holiday visit, be sure to add Homestead’s office to your list of holiday light sightings!

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of seasonal lights, Cape May’s holiday preview weekend is coming up, and we think it’s one of the very best ways to channel the holiday spirit. Kown as the official outset of Cape May’s holiday season, events include an Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit, various themed trolley rides, and holiday tours of the magnificent Physick Estate. The annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony on the grounds of the estate will take place on Saturday, November 18th at 7 pm. Santa will arrive to flip the switch, so you won’t want to be late!

 

 

 

 

 

The holidays are rooted in tradition, and that’s especially true here in our Santa’s Trolley RideVictorian winter wonderland. Traditional, however, does not mean stale! Be on the lookout for Christmas displays that might appear a bit different from previous years; experience trolley rides that shed some new light on fond old memories, enjoy creating new memories by trying out a restaurant you may have never been to or attending a special holiday event. There are endless possibilities for making the season bright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who might be finding holiday preparations more excruciating than they are exciting…we hope a visit to Cape May will help change your mind! However, there’s plenty going on around town that is not strictly Christmas themed. One such event is the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival. This semi-annual festival is popular among locals and visitors for its stellar lineup of award-winning artists. In fact, we think it’s the perfect way to relax before the hustle of the holidays really takes hold. The Jazz Festival will continue now through Sunday, November 12th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Beach House Vacation RentalsSo what’s going on at Homestead this time of year? A LOT! Yes, it’s technically the “off-season”, but for us, we’re already utilizing this time to plan for the summer of 2018. We’re working to continue offering our guests the best possible Cape May rental experience. We don’t settle for mediocrity in ANY aspect of our business…and neither should you when you’re looking ahead to your vacation planning. Remember that select Homestead rentals are available for off-season weekends, holidays, and even long-term winter stints. Whichever sort of property you’re looking for; rest assured that we’ve got you covered.

 

 

We’d like to wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Holiday Season. Whether you’re keeping it low key or planning the biggest celebration you’ve ever had….we’re looking forward to being along for the ride!

 

We’d like to thank the fabulously talented Jan Bendyna for allowing us use of her work as this week’s blog cover photo! Check out more of her beautiful work!!