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.

 

 

Homestead’s 2018 Cape May Vacation Guide is HERE!



Happy winter everyone, and Happy New Year! Not feeling so happy about it? Well, with the bitter cold temperatures that have gripped the eastern United States over these past few weeks…we can’t say that we blame you! But here’s the good news…spring is coming, and here at Homestead, January has brought the production of Homestead’s Cape May Vacation Guide! The vacation guide is a longstanding tradition that is exclusive to Homestead’s services, and thanks to the amazing talents of our rental team member, Debra Donahue, this year’s version is THE most colorful, cheerful, and fun copy that we have ever produced. Why should you be interested in Homestead’s vacation guide? Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

 

 

Request a hard copy to be sent to you at no cost (limit 1 please!)

 

 

 

 

It’s FREE: That’s right. The guide is of no charge, and there’s even an electronic, PDF copy available. (and also printable!)

 

 

 

 

It’s Informative: Find out everything you need to know about our rental procedure. From the first inquiry made to our office, to the date you check out and book your vacation for the next year…our guide spells out all aspects of planning and reserving your Cape May vacation.

 

 

 

It’s Comprehensive: The Homestead Vacation Guide is NOT all about Homestead. Rather; there is a multitude of information about Cape May in general. This includes explanations of our town’s fascinating history, things to do while you’re here, and answers to that elusive question of what it is that differentiates Cape May Proper, Cape May Point, West Cape May, and Off-Shore locales.

 

 

 

 

It’s FUN: Check out the section about Homestead’s rental team and put the faces to names, browse through our properties “catalog style” and make notations of your favorites. And if you’re thinking of turning your Cape May vacation into a more permanent situation, you can peruse Homestead’s sales team and read a message from our broker. That way you’ll be outfitted with some preliminary information when the time to buy finally rolls around!

 

 

 

 

It’s colorful: The sunny yellow backdrop of this year’s guide is the perfect base for the fabulous artwork of local artist Jan Bendyna. Homestead has featured Jan’s work before, and this year we are proud to showcase a selection of her Cape May works as part of our guide’s front and back cover. The whimsical, color saturated portrayals of summer are perfect to brighten up the dreariness of the winter season.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, it’s Collectible: Okay, we’re not saying that our guide is going to become a collector’s item, but we do think it’s a fun idea to try and save a copy from each year. Let it serve as part of your Cape May memories, just like the fabulous photos that we’re sure you will be taking when you’re here on vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, the question may be; “isn’t all of this information online?” The answer, of course, is yes. In this day and age, everything is always available online, and we certainly encourage you to visit and explore our fantastic website. But the vacation guide is simply an old fashioned option for viewing new and exciting information. It’s like reading your favorite magazine, home décor catalog, newspaper, etc. There’s just something nice about sitting down, uninterrupted, and browsing the print version of information. That’s the experience we are trying to capture with our guide, and we certainly hope you enjoy it.

 

 
Explore the electronic, PDF version of the guide! (It’s printable, too!)

 

 

 

Request a hard copy to be sent to you at no cost (limit 1 please!)

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Information contained within the 2018 Cape May Vacation Guide is deemed accurate but not guaranteed as of the date production, January 1, 2018. Information is subject to change. Always contact Homestead’s Rental Team for the most accurate information about Homestead rental properties, policies, and procedures. Thank you.

 

 

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!!

 

 

Thinking about Cape May? Think about Homestead too! Here’s Why…



As we quickly approach mid-October, we hope you’ve had the chance to enjoy some of the wonderful activities that have been taking place in Cape May‘s autumn season. We invite you to revisit our last post for exciting information about fall festivals and Halloween happenings that are continuing throughout the month! It’s truly a wonderful time to be here in Cape May.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the excitement of fall activities, this is always a perfect time of year to look ahead to next summer season. And here at Homestead, we reflect on the summer that has just concluded and discuss ways that we can continue to be the best source in town for your Cape May vacation rental! This coming week, members of our rental team will be attending the Vacation Rental Manager Association’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Homestead consistently attends this event every few years in order to maintain our place among the best in the industry…and we’re excited to see what’s in store this year.

 

 

 

 

 

In a world of ever increasing vacation rental options…why choose a real estate company for your rental? Better yet, why choose Homestead? There are lots of reasons. One, as we mentioned, is that we do strive to employ the latest technology in the industry. But…so do many other outlets. What, then, sets us apart? And why should you stay with us if you are tempted to explore other avenues for rentals? Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

 

Our Full Time Rental Staff: We employ a full time, 5 member staff year round and 6 days per week. That means that someone is always able to assist you. Phone calls are answered, emails are returned promptly, and we really listen to the needs of each of our individual clients and strive to meet those needs accordingly. It’s a level of personal service that does not typically exist when rentals are placed through a private source.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May New Jersey Boat PaintingConsistency: Many of our guests have been renting with us for over 10 years! They may not always rent the same property or time period…but they continue to come back to us. Cultivating and maintaining a base of loyal guests is one of the more important aspects of our business…and we’re proud to say that we have been successful in this task.

 

 

 

 

 

Ease of Payment: While many fantastic things in life are free, we all know that vacations are not…at least not entirely. Homestead offers a wide range of properties tailored to varying budgets. And if you reserve your rental before December 1st, we provide you with a 3 payment plan-a nice convenience especially as the holiday season approaches. We also offer you the ease of making payments with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). And most importantly, Homestead DOES NOT pass credit card fees on to our guests. That’s right…you can pay for your entire reservation with a credit card and you will be charged no additional percentage for doing so. We also offer a travel insurance option for every lease, ensuring that you have the opportunity to protect your vacation investment.

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Advocacy: If needed, we will advocate for YOU, our guest: There are an exhaustive amount of measures in place to ensure that problems do not occur during or before your stay. Nevertheless, the vacation rental industry consists of a variety of “moving parts”, and the occasional snafu may occur. As rental agents, Homestead team members are legal representatives of our property owners…but that does not mean that we neglect the needs of our guests. If there is an issue at your rental property, our property owners know that they need to fix it, and fix it quickly! We work alongside a trusted property management company that helps us to expedite the repair of any problems quickly and efficiently. It’s a level of service that we feel is unmatched.

 

 

 

 

 

Amenities: Homestead’s state-of-the-art office in the center of Cape May has received many compliments from clients, guests, service reps, staff members, etc. But these are all just the icing on the cake, as the Homestead office was not built to be a showplace. Rather; think of it as the home base for your vacation rental. When you’re in town, we’re right around the corner if you need us. Our building also allows for our ultra convenient drive through check-in service, and our valued linen rental program. Need a conference room during your stay? Come here and utilize one of ours. Have a question about Cape May that’s not necessarily related to your property? We have the answer and we’re happy to provide it. If we don’t know, we will find out for you. We’re not just about rentals; we’re about helping you to have an exceptional experience here in Cape May.

 

 

 

 

As you enjoy the fall, look forward to the holidays, and begin to think about your vacation for next summer, keep in mind that if something looks too good to be true…it probably is! Don’t take a chance on your vacation. Remember to book with the company that cares about YOU. Remember to book with Homestead.

 

 

 

Happy autumn! And happy hunting for your 2018 Vacation.

 

 

We’ve Never been to Cape May…Where do we Stay? Let’s find out!



As we transition into autumn here in Cape May, the September weather has not disappointed. While last week was downright crisp, this week has seen the return of tropical humidity. Temperatures are tolerable though..which keeps the oppressiveness at bay. In short, the weather is conducive to outdoor exploring in and around town. Most restaurants and businesses are still open as well, offering air conditioned relief and relaxation when needed! We hope everyone is ready to enjoy the fall season and explore all that Cape May has to offer. At Homestead, our agents have already been busy with inquiries and reservations for the 2018 summer season. We’re so pleased at the number of inquiries we are receiving from those that have never been to Cape May before. Among such inquiries, a common question centers around the different areas of town and which one is “best”. Well, any Cape May native or habitual visitor will tell you that there are no “best” areas…there’s simply different parts of town that are more suited to specific needs and desires. Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

Cape May Proper: Cross the main bridge into town (sometimes referred to as the Lobster House Bridge” by many a local) and you’re on your way into Cape May. The foot of the bridge splits off into Washington Street or Lafayette Street Lafayette ends at historic Jackson Street., just past Cape May’s beautiful new rotary park. Washington breezes past Cape May landmarks such as the Emlen Physick Estate and the Washington Inn, before ultimately flowing into the venerable Washington Street Mall. The mall and its surrounding areas are typically referred to as the “center of town”. It’s impossible to miss…and once you visit, you’ll want to keep coming back.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s East End: Cape May’s east side is not officially named as such, but it encompasses a specific area of the island that is worth a mention. A long time favorite among many rental guests, the east end is home to multiple residential areas. These are quiet enclaves that are within an easy walking distance to the center of town. The most exclusive of such areas is referred to as Poverty Beach, which is home to multiple grandly designed beachside estates. These homes are all 5+ bedrooms and are ideally suited for larger rental groups. Many of the properties feature the “upside down” layouts which are conducive to entertaining, privacy, and views. Continue North on Pittsburgh Avenue and you’ll pass the “state streets” to your left (and the Coast Guard Base on the right). These streets encompass a large residential area of single family homes, before transitioning into a section known as Village Green…a neighborhood with many twin and quad style homes. While it’s a bit of a longer walk to the beach and town, these homes can be ideal for small rental groups, and many allow pets too! Most of the east side streets connect Pittsburgh Avenue to Madison, which is abutted by Columbia, Washington, Lafayette, and multiple side lanes that lead westward to the town center. All streets are worth exploring as no two are the same!

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Summer CrabbingWest Cape May: Unlike the unofficially branded east side, West Cape May is its own municipality. From the north, head into town via Seashore Road over the locally termed “West Cape May Bridge”. Just past Stimpson Lane (which leads towards the point-more on that below), Seashore Road becomes Broadway…and you’re officially in West Cape May. To the left, various avenues connect Broadway to Park Boulevard. One such avenue is Mechanic Street, which is home to quaint cottages like this one. To the right is the largest area of West Cape May, where avenues with numeric titles connect Broadway to Bayshore Road. Bayshore leads toward Sunset Boulevard and also intersects the popular Willow Creek Winery and Beach Plum Farm. This general area is largely residential, with single family rental homes in varying styles and sizes. It’s a perfect location if you’re in search of a more modern variety of rental, and it’s also home to a number of pet friendly properties. You’ll find 2 bedroom cottages, 5 bedroom spaciousness, and everything in between. From most of its areas, West Cape May does require a jaunt into the center of town via car or bike. The upside though is that its location often awards renters more house for the money…so that’s something to keep in mind as you scope out your next Cape May rental locale.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Point: Encapsulating the beauty of nature, Cape May Point containsCape May Lighthouse just one restaurant, and its post office…that’s it. In fact, homes in the Point don’t even have door to door post service…that’s how tranquil of an area it is! Home to the Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May Point State Park, and the Cape May Lighthouse…this is where to stay if you aspire to be surrounded by nature. But remember that the bustle of Cape May is just minutes away. Residences in the point are often charming and whimsical cottages that are a blend of the beach and the country. But larger, modern homes are available as well. And due to its notoriety as a premier birding destination…the Point typically remains booked straight through the fall season.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Beach House Vacation RentalsOffshore: Head offshore via West Cape May, then head west. You’ll be met by the Cape May Lewes Ferry entrance and the Lower Township Bay Front, where a number of beautiful properties feature panoramic views of the Delaware Bay. The surrounding area is an established, heavily shaded community with a wide range of properties. And the bay beaches feature their own brand of tranquility and local flare. The offshore area may not be where you want to stay if you’re experiencing Cape May for the first time…but it’s certainly worth a visit, especially to view the incomparable sunsets of the Delaware Bay.

 

 

 

 

So there we have it, a condensed answer to the question of “where do we stay if we’ve never been to Cape May?” As you may now realize…it’s not an easy question to answer. That’s why now is the time to begin exploring the Cape May area and narrow down your rental selections. Take advantage of this beautiful autumn season and plan ahead! By the time next summer rolls around…you’ll have nothing to do but get in the car and head south.

 

 

 

 

When you’re ready to reserve a rental, remember that Homestead’s agents are available to guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible.

 

 

 

 

Research, reserve, and then… relax!

 

 

 

As Summer Slowly Fizzles…Here are 4 Types of Cape May Rentals to be Planning NOW…



You can feel it in the heavy air, shorter evenings, and lush overgrowth of many gardens, trees, lawns and shrubbery. Summer is heading towards its finish line. It’s been a wonderful summer here in Cape May. And for many, there are still a few weeks of rest remaining before school begins and autumn activities commence. The reality though is that prime season is winding down. Weekly summer rentals are already heating up for 2018…but they’re just about out of steam for the current year. What does that mean? A few things! For one, now is the time to plan ahead and reserve your 2018 Cape May vacation. And secondly…if you’ve been waiting to plan that impromptu autumn getaway, holiday escape, or tranquil winter weekend…there’s never been a better time to get started. Don’t miss out on the Cape May time you’ve been longing for. Let’s get started in taking a look at the next steps for booking your escape…

 

 

 

 

 

 

First and foremost…there are numerous rental properties with full weeks remaining available. Saturday, August 19th is the LAST week of prime season here in Cape May. Believe it or not, there is still time to book that week if a very last minute rental should come onto your agenda. Please contact Homestead and speak with one of our rental agents directly, as they would be glad to check on availability for you. At this late date…final availability would be subject to each property owner. Moving forward, rates for full week rentals gradually begin to decrease starting with the week of August 26th. And by the time we reach September, MOST properties that are renting through the fall are in a reduced status. September and October are absolutely gorgeous months in Cape May. There is always lots going on, and generally perfect weather. If you’ve missed out on the summer…don’t fret…as the fall is ready to welcome you with warmth, relaxation, and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up on the rental agenda…it’s winter rentals. You may have heard this term before and wondered just what it meant. Generally speaking, a winter rental is a long term monthly rental that offers flexibility, value, and convenience if you need or want to stay in Cape May through the entirety of the off-season. The pricing structure for winter rentals is entirely different than it is during the summer resort season. It’s based on a monthly rate that generally falls between about $900 up to about $1500. At times, some utilities are included! Homestead does have a selection of winter rentals that we advertise…but sometimes our property owners will consider a long term, off season rental even if they don’t specifically advertise for one. So if this sort of rental is what you’re looking for…the best way to begin is to select your budget, time frame, and desired monthly rate. Utilizing that information, we can match you to an ideal property for your off season Cape May stay. Experience our town in the golden crispness of the fall and the sparkling serenity of the winter season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICape May Beach Sunsetf a long term winter rental is just not practical (or needed) at this time…maybe a short term weekend rental would fit the bill! Weekend rentals are all about fun. Whether you’re going to be in Cape May for a wedding, special event, or just need a getaway…there are plenty of options to suit your needs and budget. Often times the cost of renting an entire home or condominium is LESS than staying in a hotel for the weekend. It also awards you more space, more privacy, and the ability to bring your pet! (to one of our pet friendly rentals). Some upcoming great times to be here in Cape May include Columbus Day weekend (and its accompanying Lima Bean Festival!), Halloween, Thanksgiving, the Christmas Parade, etc.* Again, the best way to plan your weekend rental is to research the properties that interest you, and then contact our rental team to finalize the booking process. Don’t forget to add linens to your rental! In the off season, linen packages for our rentals are offered at a 50% discount for short term reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, we know this is the time of year when excitement begins to build around the coming of autumn. Therefore, summer of 2018 may seem too far in the future to be of consideration. BUT…if you know that you would like to come to Cape May next summer, and if you know the week(s) that you want to be here….NOW is the time to book! For one, any reservation made between now and December 1st will be placed on a 3 payment schedule for your convenience. And as the dust settles on our re-booking season, this is also the time that availability for 2018 falls into place and the selection of available properties is at its largest. Remember that Homestead does offer Travel Insurance on ALL of our leases. Add the insurance for your early booking to increase your piece of mind should the unexpected occur between now and next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re a habitual visitor to Cape May, planning to vacation here for the first time, or find yourself required to be here for a special event…Homestead has you covered. Enjoy the remainder of your summer and the coming of autumn. And remember that anytime is a good time to visit Cape May.

 

 

*Although we encourage the rental of our properties for accommodations, please remember that rental homes cannot be used as “event homes”, and must be for accommodations only, or small events that adhere to the property occupancy.

 

 

Winter Blues? Let Cape May be your cure. Here’s how!



Homestead would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. We hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are further enjoying the winter calm that has settled in its wake. 2017 is off and running here at our office! After enjoying a week’s long holiday break, we returned earlier this month and were welcomed by a fever pitch of summer rental bookings that has not let up. And we don’t expect that it will anytime soon! While Cape May (and everywhere else) buzzes with holiday activities through November and December, rental bookings reach their slowest pace of the year. But as January dormancy settles upon our town the thirst for summer rapidly returns, and almost like clockwork…the bookings begin.

 

 

 

 

So with that being said, of course we are going to remind you that now is the time to reserve your summer rental, especially if there is a particular property or area of town that you’ve set your sights on. We’re excited about the fact that this year we’ve been receiving inquiries and bookings from a number of guests who have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Cape May. If you consider yourself among said individuals…trust us when we say that you will not be disappointed when your vacation arrives. We’re quite confident that it will be everything you’ve dreamed…and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point of the year, summer vacation for most of us is just that…a dream. After all, it’s half a year away and there’s a good deal of winter to pull through first. The doldrums have set in, the skies are often gray, and the temperatures are (mostly) cold. But there are silver linings to a Cape May January, and we encourage you to explore them! Here are a handful of reasons to do so…

 

-The beaches are absolutely gorgeous-perfect for crisp winter walks. It’s also a great time to scope out your favorite beach spot for your summer return.

 

-When the weather IS clear, the skies look amazing. Spectacular winter sunsets and vistas are just waiting to be painted, photographed, or simply admired from a promenade bench.

 

-The restaurants that have remained open operate at a slower pace, and dining has its way of evolving into a quieter, cozier experience. Even establishments like the venerable Lobster House restaurant have little to no wait for service at this point in the year.

 

-It’s a great time to explore. Even though a number of local establishments are closed this month, now’s the time to see where Cape May’s shops and restaurants are located. Check out the places that look most interesting to you, research them online, and make a list of places you just KNOW you’ll want to return to once the season gets rolling and town is bustling.

 

-Check out your rental property! January presents the perfect opportunity to drive past the property you’ve rented for the summer and explore its whereabouts in location to Cape May’s other attractions. Plot your best route to the beach, see how long it takes to walk into the center of town, etc.

 

-Scope out the varying areas of Cape Island. Find out where Cape May ends and West Cape May begins, drive into Cape May Point and imagine yourself spending a quiet week in nature. You may even wish to take a ride out to the mainland and explore the beauty of the Bayside. It might be chilly, but navigating the island and its surroundings in the heart of January is a breeze, even on the weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, there are still a small handful of events taking place this month that we encourage our visitors to be a part of…

 

The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities of Cape May (MAC) will continue to present Cape May Trolley/Physick Estate tours every Saturday in January at 1 pm.

 

-The Physick Estate will also be presenting its Lunch and Learn Series on Wednesdays throughout the winter. Various topics of history will be discussed. This is a fun and informative event for local residents, but is also a great experience to keep in mind for those of you looking for a mid-week escape to the Cape!

 

 

 

-On Thursday, January 26th (and continuing every Thursday through March), the new Cold Spring Brewery will be presenting “Thankful Thursdays” from 4-8 pm. All proceeds from these fun and relaxing events will benefit local causes and charities.

 

 

 

 

 

-Last but not least, the always popular Roller Skating at Cape May Convention Hall will continue through the winter season. Fun for the entire family! Guests may bring their own standard or in-line skates, or the skates may be rented from convention Hall’s facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no way around the reality that winter can sometimes bring on the blues…but we hope you’ll join us in turning this season of quiet into a season of anticipation and fun. Remember to reserve your rental early and often! Homestead is operating at a full schedule, Monday through Saturday, 9-5 pm, and online bookings may be placed 24/7. We look forward to hearing from you! Summer will be here before we know it. For now though, make the best of this most tranquil of seasons. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

Cape May winter rentals are hot!



Happy Friday from Homestead! We truly hope everyone is set for a beautiful summer weekend. It is once again predicted to be hot and humid, so conditions will be ideal for beach days and barbecuing. We are at the height of the summer season now! With only one month until Labor Day, it’s the time to be enjoying summer to the fullest. We’re pleased to see our guests and locals alike doing just that; for as swiftly as summer arrived, we know that the Cape May off season will be equally as quick to replace it.

 

 

 

Speaking of autumn, as with many aspects of life, the change of seasons can becape may off season quite polarizing! While some would gladly accept an endless summer, we know there are those of you who are looking ahead to autumn or even winter. Maybe you wish to visit Cape May for an off season getaway, or perhaps you will be working in the Cape May area for the winter and require a longer-term retreat. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to talk about off-season rentals!

 

 

 

In recent years, Homestead has seen an uptick in the number of inquiries that we receive for an off-season, weekend rentals. Weddings, birthdays, retreat weekends and reunions are just a sampling of the events that regularly take place in Cape May every weekend in autumn. Of course, all of these events are buoyed by Cape May’s “shoulder season”. It’s true that after Labor Day many Cape May businesses DSCN1085gradually begin to decrease their hours of operation…but on weekends nearly all of the local restaurants, shops, and attractions remain open for business! If you’re staying (or have recently stayed) in one of our vacation rentals and would like to return to the property for a weekend in the fall or winter…ask us if it’s available! And if you’re looking ahead to the holiday season and wish to celebrate at the shore this year…we have rentals available for Christmas and Thanksgiving too!

 

 

 

 

 

For some, we understand that off-season stints in Cape May are business related, and in these cases, a multi-month rental is often what’s required. We refer to such rentals as “winter rentals”,  and we do have a wide selection of them available. There are properties suited to nearly all budgets and time frames. Keep in mind though that many property owners do in fact winterize their homes and suspend their rentals until the spring. Therefore; those properties that DO rent throughout the winter will be suddenly in demand and will book faster than one might think. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Research and book your winter rental now and enjoy Cape May at the height of tranquility (even if it IS work that will be bringing you here!)

 

 

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Among winter rentals, here are some of Homestead’s best recommendations:

 

 

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The Broadway Beach Condos, 211 Beach Avenue:  These 1 and 2 bedroom condos are competitively priced and feature flexible dates and an ideal location. Perfect for one or 2 occupants!

 

 

 

 

 

 

408pacific408 Pacific Avenue, West Cape May: This charming cottage almost always books for the winter! It’s cozy, pet-friendly, and features all the amenities of home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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940 Route 109 South, Cape May: (Just north of the Canal): This second-floor apartment is also pet-friendly. It’s ideal for those who wish to be in close proximity to the Garden State Parkway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5429910 Lafayette St. Cottage: Instantly feel at home in this charming 1 bedroom cottage ideal for 1 or 2 occupants. The location of this property makes entering and exiting Cape may a breeze!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of our winter rental inventory. If you have a property in mind that you would like to call home this winter, inquire with us as to its availability and pricing! If your first choice is not available, we will work to locate a comparable property and location to best suit your needs. Rent for winter rentals is traditionally paid month by month, but custom payment schedules are available depending on your property of choice.

 

 

At this time, we at Homestead would like to encourage everyone to continue enjoying balmy summer evenings, long hot beach days, and all matters of fun in the sun! But remember, time moves along quickly. In just over a month the first hint of autumn will be imminent, and winter will be right on its heels. Is Cape May where YOU want to be when the air becomes crisp and the leaves brilliantly vibrant?… it’s a thought worth pondering while you enjoy the last weeks of summer.

 

 

We wish everyone a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, have fun, and stay cool by turning your thoughts to falling leaves, fire pits, and brisk sunset beach walks. The seasons will always change…but your fun in Cape May doesn’t have to turn with them.

 

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