NOW is the Time to Book Your Summer Vacation! Check Out the Best Places to Stay in Cape May.

Happy New Year from the Homestead Team, we hope you had a wonderful 2018!

It’s cold outside and snowy, but we know you are looking forward to your summer vacation in Cape May. As John Steinbeck used to say, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”.  We are all looking forward to a nice swim in the warm ocean water and feeling the fine sand between our toes.

The booking season has started, and we cannot wait to be a part of your amazing 2019 vacation.

2019 has just begun but there are great things happening with our inventory already! We have hundreds of rental properties  available and we are continuously adding new amazing options. Read on to hear more about our new additions!

1112 Washington Street: it’s a beautiful 6 bedroom home located in the historic district of Cape May.  It’s perfect for 2-3 families that vacation together because this property can sleep 14 people! If you are traveling with kids, the Emlen Physick Estate is a few feet away and they offer an array of tours for all ages around the estate and around town.  The home is also just a short walk to the Washington Street Mall.

127 Myrtle Avenue: formerly the Albert Stevens Inn bed and breakfast. Now serving as a single family home, it is one of the largest rentals on the island and is in walking distance to everything! This Victorian home has 12 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms and can accommodate as many as 26 guests. This property is perfect for a family gathering or a corporate group. This unique rental also features a large inground heated swimming pool and hot tub.  The home is situated on quiet Myrtle Ave. which overlooks Wilbraham and is a very short walk to the Washington Street Mall and Cape May’s beautiful beaches.  Better yet, the home offers complimentary linens and the beds will be made upon arrival! Think how much time you can save by not making 12 beds! Just drop your luggage and head to the pool or beach.

719 Sunset Boulevard  – This beautiful and modern 5 bedroom house can accommodate up to 10 guests. If you are here for a friend’s getaway and don’t want to be in the center of the town, then this is the perfect spot for you!  You are in biking distance to all the best Cape May has to offer. The Willow Creek Farm and Winery is only a few steps away, often hosting live bands and always featuring Fire Pit Fridays in season! For the best sunsets around, you can bike down to Sunset Beach and attend the flag ceremony which is held daily at 7 pm starting Memorial Day weekend through August. 

If you are looking for a quiet vacation spot then 510 Ocean Avenue in Cape May Point is the place too book! This “upside-down” style property is beautifully appointed and impeccable. And of course, Cape May Point is the place to be for birding enthusiasts, where abundant bird species can be spotted.

1320 A Illinois – This immaculately maintained and beautifully manicured quad is perfect for a smaller group (up to four guests). In the morning, you can enjoy your cup of coffee and newspaper in the sun room or in the backyard at the picnic table. If you need a first-floor bedroom, this property has you covered!

Cape May is beautiful year-round. Whether you are looking to rent winter, spring, summer or fall, our fully dedicated rental department is here to help you find the perfect home. Give us a call at 609.884.1888 or check out our entire inventory HERE.

The Homestead Real Estate 20 Year Anniversary Giveaway Photo Contest

In celebration of our 20 year anniversary, we at Homestead want to show you – our loyal customers and clients, the appreciation we have for your years of business and loyalty!

We will be running a photo contest beginning now and through Memorial Day 2019 where one lucky winner will be selected and receive a gift basket of specialty items for summer fun!  Entry is easy and everyone is eligible. 

To participate, select one (1) photo reflective of a special Cape May memory you have along with a description of how Homestead made that memory possible.  Share that photo and memory on one of Homestead’s social media pages to officially enter.  See below for full contest rules and entry requirements.  Participation can be from a past sale client, rental client, rental guest, or anyone that has a Homestead memory to share.  The contest is open to all – so get to digging for your old photos or start capturing new ones for your chance to win!

CONTEST RULES AND TERMS OF ENTRY

Eligibility: Anyone and everyone 18 years of age and older can submit their favorite memory for a chance to win!

How to enter: Post a picture on Facebook and/or Instagram that represents your favorite memory in the Cape May area and how Homestead played a role. Use the hashtag #HomesteadCM to officially enter the contest, and don’t forget to tag us in the photo. You can tag us on Instagram @homesteadcapemay and on Facebook @homesteadcapemay. Each participant is allowed one entry.

Duration: January to May 28, 2019

Please submit all photos & accompanied memories by May 1st. On May 2nd, ten photos/participants will be selected and entered in a poll where you will have the chance to vote for your favorite submission!

Winner will be announced on May 28th, 2019

Contest Odds: The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning

Unclaimed Prize: the prize will be available for pickup until December 2019.  If the prize is not claimed by December 2019 the first runner up will be the new Grand Prize Winner.

Prize Description: A Homestead beach chair, a Cape May beach towel, Cape May beach tags (x2), a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine, a Homestead tote bag, a Homestead sweatshirt, a Homestead long-sleeve tee, a Homestead short sleeve tee, a Homestead soft cooler, Homestead bucket & shovel, Homestead notepad, Homestead pen, Homestead lip balm, Homestead bottle opener keychain, Homestead wrist bag, Homestead canteen, a pair of Homestead medium-size male flip flops, a pair of Homestead medium-size female flip flops, 20% OFF your next linen order.

Estimated Prize Value: $300

By entering the Contest you give Homestead Real Estate the right to publicize your name, likeness, and photo submission.

No purchase is necessary

You must be 18 years of age or older to win.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

To all the amazing Homestead family members

Dear Clients, Customers and Friends:

It is hard to believe that Homestead Real Estate is celebrating its 20th year in business.  When I look back at the past 20 years I can not help but think of all of you.  Our loyal clients, customers, friends and employees that have made Homestead one of the leading Real Estate Companies in the industry today.  For each of you and your business we say Thank You.  We had a very humble beginning which many of you can remember.  We started on the second floor of the old Homestead building on Broadway in West Cape May.  We feel humbled and blessed to now serve you from our 4700 sq. foot state of the Art offices located in the center of Cape May City for the past four years.

We started in December of 1998, with very little money, only a generous unsolicited $20,000 loan from my father in-law who believed in me from the beginning.  I started with my previous Broker Barbara Kopp giving me her blessing and encouragement.  Barbara was a women in business that recognized my talent and encouraged me with gracious support.  We began with a hope and a prayer that God would grow our business over time.  We opened the doors with one phone and a fax machine praying the phone would simply ring.  Interest rates were near 10% and film development back then was one of our biggest expenditures.  We had the MLS books delivered bi-weekly and email was in its infant stage with Al Gore only dreaming of its existence LOL.  We had One computer that we rarely used but the electric typewriter was center stage ready with anticipation to type our first contract.  We started with three of us and now we have over 20 full time members of the Homestead Team.

Sure enough cell phones, computers and electronic signatures, instant MLS updates, paperless files and virtual/drone tours replacing the need for Kodak film investments.  I promised myself back then to always remember never forgetting where we came from through good times and bad we have seen our way through economic housing booms and disastrous market crashes.  We have experienced the mountain tops and the valleys but through it all God has honored our efforts and our hard work.  Since the very beginning in 1998 we chose to honor the Lord by declaring Sundays as a Sabbath day.  Against advice that we could “NEVER” make it if we were closed on Sundays we declared that day holy and set apart for our employees and ourselves.   In doing so we honored God and He has honored us with meeting all of our needs and we say Thank you to God and to God be the glory.

My amazing staff who have stood by us through thick and thin, prosperous times and lean times we say Thank You.  We have been able to grow as a result of each learning curve and have vowed often to “Never do that again”. LOL.  More importantly we vow to always be committed to continued growth within the industry and vow to remain committed to our client’s needs.

20 years later Homestead is blessed to have Micah Yerk, Laurie Graham and Denise Moore at the helm clearly helping me in steering the ship in the right direction.  Without them I don’t know what I would do THANK YOU!! My biggest supporter over the years has been my husband Rusty.  He believed in me from the very first day.  Rusty really had the vision first…… when we sat at the settlement table buying a duplex, our first investment in 1997.  The original deed for that property said “Phillips Farm Homestead” and Rusty said, “wouldn’t Homestead make a great Real Estate Company name”? And………….. the rest is history.

To all of you who have remained loyal and to all who have been with me along the journey; I say Thank You and look forward to what the next 20 years hold. 

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.

 

 

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.

Cape May beyond restaurants and shops.

As the summer days slowly go by, we hope you are taking the time to enjoy everything that Cape May has to offer. From beach days, bike rides, carriage and trolley rides to long walks on the beach or trails on and off the island.

 

 

Here are a few examples:

 

The Garrett Family Preserve at Cape Island Creek has 180 acres and offers 4 miles of unpaved trails, well-tended and easy to walk. The preserve is a haven for migrating songbirds and raptors. Wildflower fields bloom in the summer and attract pollinators like bumblebees and monarch butterflies. You can bring your pet with you too, just make sure you keep him/her on a leash. You can see the trail map HERE. 

 

 

Another great walk is at Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area. The paved trails are former golf-cart trails. The area is an excellent birding location, as well as being a favorite spot for dog walking.

 

 

 

 

If you are up for a bike ride, there is a bike lane along Seashore road into Cape May and Cape May Point. Another great bike ride is along Sunset Boulevard and it connects Cape May proper to Cape May Point where the lighthouse and state park are located. Along the way you can stop by at the Beach Plum Farmwhere you can buy fresh produce, feed the chickens, grab breakfast or lunch. Another great stop is at the Bread Lady Stand. Don’t be surprised if there is a long line of people, her bread is so delicious, it’stotally worth the wait in line!

 

 

 

 

Another great spot to visit is the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge located at 24 Kimbles Beach Road, Cape May Court House.  The refuge stretches along the Delaware Bay for 5 miles and it’s a major resting and feeding area for migrating shorebirds. If you are into birds, Cape May Bird Observatory it’s a great place. They have a school of birding, special field trips and great events going on all the time.

 

 

 

If you are bringing your furry family member with you on vacation, Homestead can help you find the perfect pet-friendly home. Although the beaches are not dog-friendly in the season, you can take them for walks on the trails or to the Cape May dog park, to meet other furry friends.

 

 

 

 

Homestead would like to remind you that there are still properties available for the remaining of 2018 season. If you need a vacation or a short getaway, our rental department is here to help. Join us in Cape May for your best vacation ever!

Christmas in Cape May: Shopping, Sightseeing, and so much more!

christmas-316448_960_720Brrrrr. It’s a COLD start to the weekend here in Cape May! But that’s okay, because we are in the heart of the holiday season, and everything around town looks and feels just as festive as ever. For those of you who had the pleasure of attending West Cape May’s annual Christmas parade last week, we hope you had a great time and had the chance to wave to the Homestead cars! We remind everyone that tonight, Friday, December 9th, is the second night of Cape May’s annual hospitality event on the Washington Street Mall. If you’ve not been to the mall in some time, we especially recommend paying a visit this holiday season. Hospitality night is an ideal time to do so. You’ll find that the offerings have become a bit more eclectic in recent years, and there is truly something for everyone on your list…even if they aren’t a beach or shore decor lover.

 

 

 

With Christmas a mere two weeks away, there will be fervor of holiday events and activities around town. Here’s a look at what to do, where to be, and what not to miss over the next few weeks…

 

 

 

 

christmas-1750978_960_720The always popular Christmas Candlelight House tours continue, and if you’ve not yet experienced a tour you will want to hurry, as there are only two Saturday’s left before Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dscn1924If you’re excited to see Cape May’s Christmas lights but may not be enthusiastic about a full walking tour, a great alternative is the Evening Yuletide House Tour of the Emlen Physick Estate. This is a magical way to step into Christmas past, and it can also be combined with a Holiday Lights Trolley Ride! Relax and stay off your feet in the warmth of the trolley as you view Cape May’s historic district in its full Christmas glory.

 

 

 

 

 

wine-1078605_960_720On Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th, check out the Fourth Annual Holiday “Sip and Shop ‘Local Love Drive’” at the Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May. Admission is FREE. This is your chance to sample and purchase numerous local wines WHILE you shop! There will be over 60 vendors at the winery, indoors AND out. It will be cold, but be sure to bundle up and brave the outdoors because you won’t want to miss any of the fabulous selections of gifts crafted by local small business owners and artisans. Offerings will include jewelry, baked goods, and pottery…just to name 10174847_1523205574587789_1135376240108415258_na few! Finish up your holiday shopping and treat yourself while you’re at it. If you plan to attend this holiday event, it’s requested that you bring along a non-perishable food item to donate to the West Cape May Fire Department food drive. You may also bring an unwrapped toy for tots. Your donation will automatically qualify you to win over 50 prizes throughout the weekend. So shop, sip, and support this holiday season!

 

 

angel-8186_960_720Holiday events aren’t just for the weekend. On Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm, Angelus Chorus will be performing a FREE holiday concert at Cape May Convention Hall. Enjoy the sounds of the season as a beautiful selection of traditional and secular music will be performed.

 

 

 

 

 

christmas-1857461_960_720It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without attending a proper ugly Christmas sweater party. Have some fun on Saturday, December 17th at Fins Restaurant for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Ball. Enjoy food, friends, and even prizes! The event will begin at 10:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cmlfferrycrossingOn Sunday, December 18th from noon-3:00 pm, the place to be is the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal for a “Ferry Merry Christmas”. Santa will be on site, as well as Christmas games, a hot chocolate/cookie bar, and fun activities for children ages 3-9. This is a great event for the entire family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We hope you are able to enjoy some or all of these wonderful events over the exciting few weeks ahead. The anticipation of Christmas and the joy in the air creates a magical environment in Cape May, no matter what you choose to do! We encourage riding (or walking) around town to view the Christmas lights, dining in Cape May’s decked out restaurants, or maybe even taking a chilly stroll on the promenade while contemplating the beauty of the season and the tranquility of the winter to follow.

 

 

For our rental guests, whether you are planning a return to one of our properties or you’re discovering us for the first time…we thank you for your business and remind you to reserve soon. We know that after Christmas many of you turn thoughts to summer and sun! Everyone seems to have a similar idea, and there is a surge in summer bookings just after the commencement of the new year. So relax and book before the holidays to secure the summer property you want! Homestead also has numerous homes available for weekend rentals OR for the entire winter. It’s not too late to spend Christmas in Cape May, but if that’s not possible, try visiting just for a weekend!

 

 

We wish a joyous holiday season and a very Merry Christmas to our guests, neighbors, friends, and Homestead family. The holiday season will be end just as quickly as it began, so take time to relax and enjoy this wonderful time of the year.

 

 

 

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