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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