20 Year Anniversary of Homestead

 

Dear readers and friends, this month Homestead Real estate is celebrating 20 years in business. We want to thank you all our past and current clients for keeping us in business for two decades and we want to celebrate this success with YOU! We are creating a gift basket that includes 20 amazing items and it will be raffled off to one winner! Keep an eye out on our next post to find out how to enter.

In 20 years, we all learned so much, we had our ups and downs and we, as a team, are grateful for everything we accomplished along the way. To find out what Homestead means to our owner, Dagmer Chew, and what’s been happening in the past 20 years, keep reading the Q and A below.

 

 

Q: – Homestead: what is it to you?

A: Homestead is like another child to me I gave birth to it, I’ve nurtured it I’ve fought with it and I have loved and laughed with it.

 

Q: – Describe your past twenty years in one sentence.

A: Interesting and challenging filled with too many hours and lots of hard work and sacrifice.

 

Q: – Twenty years of a successful, prospering business is tough, let alone one in the Real Estate world. What kept you going in those dark times?

A: Good people keep me going, great employees keep me striving to do better, doing the right thing in a world that wants to cut corners and be entitled I see my cup half full not half empty.  I am thankful for each day and each decision that enables others to rise above or to be successful.  I’m never afraid of successful people, I thrive to surround myself with like minded individuals.

 

Q: – What is the greatest achievement of the business?

A: Being in business for 20 years with the ups and downs of this business and the market crashes we are blessed to have survived.  I equate that success to my husband’s championing me and my longtime staff making sacrifices in the lean years.

 

Q: – What is unique about Homestead?

A: We truly are collaborative, we have an amazingly different culture in our office.  Contrary to popular belief we have an amazing support staff with daily encouragement and pride in each other’s successes.

 

Q: – Does Homestead give back to the community?

A: In many ways but we tend to make all of our donations private, it’s about the cause not about our giving.  We have causes that we believe VERY strongly in and we support them with all of our time, talents and finances when possible.

 

Q: – Why do you think clients choose you over other competitors?

A: The have been referred to us by satisfied clients and customers.

 

Q: – Do you consider your employees a family

A: We at Homestead believe FAMILY FIRST and then work.  If an employee’s family is in need, then we support that family member and expect the employees to be there for them too.

 

Q: – What is your favorite part about being a successful business woman?

A: I LOVE the mentoring and teaching part of my life now.  I truly enjoy imparting the wisdom learned along the way.  We now have an extensive training program that I created in place and I am thoroughly enjoying the journey with our newest agents.

 

Q: – What in you sparked opening up Homestead? And where did you get the name from?

A: I never thought I would own my own company it happened at the closing table when I was buying the old Homestead building.  The seller gave us the old deeds and Rusty said look at this Phillips Farm Homestead “wouldn’t Homestead make a great Real Estate company name” and the rest is history.  My Grandfather was Sol Needles of Sol Needles Coldwell Banker now so it’s in my blood.  We would play Real Estate when we were kids when my Aunt Kate, my Grandfathers sister who ran the company after his death. When she went home for the night, we would sneak downstairs, my grandmother lived over the office just like I’m doing now.  We would sit in the big office chairs and play real estate little did I know all those years ago how history would repeat itself.

 

Q: – Where do you see the next twenty years taking Homestead?

A: Continued growth and keeping yet again our strong competitive edge.

 

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.

Farewell summer

On Labor Day we honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength and prosperity of the country. It was the ultimate long weekend that marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  The town was filled to the brim with vacationers and so many great events were going on, but don’t worry, there are still great things happening.

 

 

On Saturday, September 8th, Gregg Carpenter plays at Tiki Ten 35 and Greg Jones at Hawk Haven Winery. At 8:00 pm, after an early dinner, we would recommend stopping by Cape May Stage to end the night with a classic play – The Lion in Winter.

 

 

On Sunday, September 9th, you should sign up for the Ugly Mugs annual Froth Blowing Competition. The winner gets a custom Mug and a trophy! The competition starts at 4:00 pm and the sign up is $5.

 

 

Bring a chair and enjoy the Patriot Day Ceremony at the west end of Beach Avenue at the Cove on Tuesday, September 11th. It will be the 17thAnniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, a day we will never forget.

 

 

Other great events going on around town are The Honeyhawks playing at Harry’s on Wednesday, September 12th and MJ Nestor on Thursday. On Friday, September 14th spend the afternoon sampling the wine at Willow Creek Winery. The Cape May Wine Trail includes lunch at the Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom and a brief tour and wine tasting at Willow Creek Winery. Space is limited, and you should purchase tickets in advance.

 

 

 

 

If you love to cook at home and are looking for healthy, fresh food, grown locally, you should check the fresh produce stands we have around.

  • Duckies Farm Stand – 736 Broadway, Cape May
  • Beach Plum Farms – 140 Stevens Street, Cape May
  • No Frills Farm – 1028 Seashore Road, Cape May
  • Legates Farm Market – 3400 Bayshore Road, Cape May
  • Rea’s Farm Market – 400 Stevens Street, West Cape May
  • Central Park Produce – at the turn of Central and Park in West Cape May
  • Bad Cat Farm – New England Road on the way to Higbee Beach
  • Higbee Farm Stand – New England Road on the way to Higbee Beach

 

 

If you want to come for a long weekend or a week, there are still properties available for you to choose from! Our rental department is only a phone call away and we are here to help you find the perfect property. Give us a call NOW at 609.884.1888.

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.

Cold Weather. Hot Booking Season. Answer Cape May’s Summer Vacation Call!

With an onslaught of nor’easters and a daily, brisk wind, it hasn’t been feeling much like spring here in Cape May. But the reality is that Memorial Day weekend is a mere two months away. As often happens in our mid-Atlantic climate, the weather will likely take a quick turn towards sudden warmth. And with all the precipitation we’ve had this winter; spring is just bound to explode into a sea of bright, lush green. Be patient…it’s coming! Hot on the heels of spring will be summer vacation. Are you ready? Let Homestead help make this year’s Cape May vacation the best ever.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s Victorian architecture, tranquil beaches, and expansive natural world are all aspects that help set it apart from the numerous vacation destinations that dot the New Jersey coast. We also feature stellar shopping experiences, unique dining establishments, numerous local events, and are a prime wedding destination! There are no shortages of reasons to pay us a visit, and there is no right or wrong place to stay here in town. Homestead has you “covered”, no matter where you might want to call home for your vacation. Let’s take a look at the options…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Proper is likely the place to be if you’ve never vacationed here before. It’s within walking distance to everything, even the beach. It’s that part of town that allows you to park your car when you check in and not move it again until you check out the next week. If “walk score” is important to you, this is where you want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Cape May is a tranquil, residential area of Cape Island that is home to many beautiful rental properties. Because it was developed much later than the historic district, many West Cape May homes are contemporary in style and feature a host of amenities at a valuable price point. If pets will be part of your vacation, you’ll especially want to look to the west end, as the larger properties and often fenced in yards allow for perfect pet friendly retreats. Much of West Cape May is still within walking distance to the center of town, but just be prepared for a bit of a longer stroll, especially to the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s East End: Also known as “Poverty Beach”, the east end of Cape May is technically part of Cape May proper, yet it’s not right in the center of town. Most of its homes are within an easy walking distance though, and the east end is home to sprawling and beautiful homes that are well suited to multi-family vacations. If you’re looking for that “once every few years” type of very special vacation event, this section of town should be on your short list of locales to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Point: The most tranquil of all, Cape May Point is home to the famous Cape May Lighthouse and beautiful Cape May Point State Park. Its natural beaches and lack of businesses (there are only two, including the post office) make for an environment that is a welcome contrast to the bustle and noise of urban and suburban life. Cape May Point is also one of the top birding destinations in the United States, making it a wonderful choice if you are planning a late summer or early autumn vacation. If you’re sights are set on the point, just remember that you’ll need to bike or drive into town. While it’s still on Cape Island, the point is bit out of walking distance to the town center, especially in the heat of summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off/Shore, Bayside: Just off of Cape Island, the Lower Township, bayside area of Cape May County is gaining traction as an attractive vacation destination. It’s about a 5-10 minute drive from the center of town and guarded beaches. But the bay lends its own brand of vacation serenity, including gorgeous sunsets that are unparalleled in the area. The bayside is also residential, quiet, and typically offers a lower price point than homes at the center of the action. Wonderful pet friendly options exist on the bayside as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re looking to reserve your own Cape May vacation, or having fun assisting someone with their planning, remember that the “booking season” is drawing short. Don’t let much more time pass before locking down your first choice of property and rental week(s). It might still be cold, but it’s time to jump on the rental market while the pickings are still hot. So contact Homestead today, and let us lead you to the Cape May vacation of your dreams!

 

 

 

Summer is calling..it’s time to answer.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think Spring…But don’t forget about Summer Vacation!

In less than one week, it will be March! Spring really is just around the corner now, and this past week Cape May was treated to a few days of unseasonably pleasant weather. The warmth was a reminder of the season to come, and we hope it has also planted the seed that summer will be here before we know it. Reservations for summer rentals have been flowing in steadily…but there are still plenty of properties that remain available. If you’re thinking about booking, now is the time! It’s likely that you already know most of what’s required to book your Cape May vacation. But if this is your first time reserving, or even if you’re a seasoned renter…here are some of our best tips based on the most frequently asked questions posed to our rental team

 

 

 

1. How many people will be in your party? Sometimes, a property may be capable of sleeping more people than it actually advertises. This is normal, and the occupancy listed is the maximum amount of people that the property owner wishes to have stay in their home. So make sure to pay attention to the occupancy limit and select a property that’s large enough for your party.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Are pets coming with you? Homestead features a variety of pet friendly homes! Despite the occasional exception, “pets” refers almost exclusively to dogs for the purpose of our rentals. Many of our guests require a rental that is pet free, so there are no exceptions made if a property is NOT listed as being pet friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

3. What about Linens? Remember, the homes you will be renting offer bedspreads and pillows…but sheets and towels are almost never included. You can bring them with you if you’d like. But Homestead offers our own linen rental service right here on site…and it’s SO much easier. Add linens to your reservation when you book…or add them later. There’s lots of flexibility and the orders can be fully customized.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Cancellations are no big deal right? Well, yes, and no. If you cancel your reservation you are likely to be out any and all money paid towards it, unless the property re-rents for the cancelled week. And even then, a cancellation penalty applies. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your vacation investment! Homestead offers travel insurance as an option on ALL of our leases, for your convenience. And it’s a great, “Cancel for any Reason” coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Where in Cape May should we Stay? Ah, the fun part! Whether you like to experience a new area each year, or you always return to that same tried and true, favorite part of town…there’s no right or wrong way to do it! Decide if you want to be in Cape May proper (closest to the center of town), West Cape May (residential and peaceful vibe), Cape May Point (natural & tranquil, but further from attractions), or The Bayside (beautiful sunsets, pet friendly beaches, value). If you need help deciding which area is best for you, Homestead is always happy to provide more information.

 

 

 

 

So, as we move into this last weekend of February and eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring…it’s time to get serious about vacation planning. Don’t let it sneak up on you! Relax and reserve now. We’re here to help with each step of the way.

 

 

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.