Cape May’s Spring Break: What to see and where to be!

After a relatively mild winter here in Cape May, spring has arrived! For many reasons, the excitement around town is palpable. First of all, spring especially shines here in Cape May due to the multitude of trees and flowers that are suddenly in bloom. As Cape Island was once part of the mainland, we enjoy a natural beauty that various other Jersey Shore towns are simply not accustomed to. The spring landscape coupled with the backdrop of Cape May’s gorgeous beaches is a truly spectacular site, and we hope you will be able to enjoy it! A specific reason to visit Cape May in the spring is certainly not required…but if you’re looking for a bit of direction as to where to go and what to see, here’s a sampling of what will be taking place over the next few weeks…

 

 

 

 

 

-Saturday, April 8th: The Cape May Film Festival presents their first retrospective event! Special guests will be featured, as well as the best films of the past 15 years. Session times are 12-4 pm and 6-9 pm at the West Cape May Borough Hall.

 

 

 

-Spring Break at Congress Hall will be taking place from Monday, April 10th though Friday, April 21st, 2017. This event has been cultivated with the entire family in mind! Events will include train rides on the Congress Hall Express, family yoga, paint and create, and an Easter Egg Hunt…just to name a few! (Limited seating available for certain events, so be sure to reserve early for the activities of your choice).

 

 

 

-Saturday, April 15th is the 18th Annual Polar Bear and Pup Plunge! This event is open to the public and will be located just off of Cape Island at the Beachcomber Campground. Event proceeds will assist in benefiting the Cape May County Animal Shelter. If you’re coming to Cape May over spring break, make a reservation at one of our pet friendly rentals! You then have no excuse not to enter your own four legged friend into the Pup Plunge.

 

 

 

-Also on Saturday, April 15th, the Kiwanis Club of Cape May will present its annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will even be an opportunity for the little ones to meet the Easter Bunny! The event will be located in the Lafayette Street Park (just next to Cape May City Elementary School).

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Easter Sunday (April 16th): Rise early and enjoy an Easter Sunrise Service at The Cove Beach. Service will begin at 6:30 am and culminate at approximately 7:00 am. The multiple churches of Cape May will of course be offering Easter worship services as well. We recommend visiting the website of your church of choice, or contacting them via phone for the most up to date service times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Begin your Easter afternoon by having fun on the Washington Street Mall with the annual Easter Fashion Stroll! The stroll will be located at the 300 block of the mall, between Jackson and Perry Streets. Take part in the stroll or simply stand back and enjoy the fashions. It’s the perfect way to prepare for afternoon holiday dining and festivities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although still a few weeks away, now is also the time to begin thinking about the Exit Zero Spring Jazz Festival, as well as Cape May’s Spring Celebration. Stay tuned for more information on these and other late spring events as their dates draw closer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break in Cape May is about more than just the change of seasons, or the celebration of spring holidays. It’s also a new beginning of sorts. Local businesses anticipate the approach of the summer season, homeowners prepare their properties for guests, and everyone in town takes time to step out and spruce up! It’s spring fever at its best, and we certainly hope you will be a part of it with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A reminder that if you have not booked your summer 2017 Cape May Vacation, inventory is indeed still available! Bookings have been coming in quickly for late summer and fall rentals as well, so don’t delay. Contact Homestead now and let us assist you in locating your perfect Cape May property. And if you know where you’d like to stay, that’s great! Remember that you can reserve any property of your choice right online. Short term weekend rentals must be reserved via phone, so please do keep that in mind and plan accordingly.

 

 

Happy Spring!

 

 

Spring Break on the Cape!

Okay, we know it may sound a bit cliché, but spring has officially sprung! That’s right; for the past few weeks we at Homestead have been hinting at the excitement of the spring season…and it’s finally here. Cape May is fortunate to have been spared the wrath of a harsh winter. Nevertheless; winter is cold, gloomy, and at times a bit desolate by default. While that all may be a dream come true for the ultimate lover of tranquility, a majority of us have been anxiously awaiting the buzz of spring, especially the vibrant budding trees, stunning color of awakening perennials, and general buzz of activity in the air. Of course we also love the longer days that are perfect for evening strolls and stunning sunsets. Differing from the golden sun of the fall and winter, spring sunsets acquire a unique vibrancy that is not to be missed.

 

 

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This year, an early Easter holiday means that spring break is suddenly upon us. Exhausted by winter cabin fever and often granted with additional time off, visitors traditionally flock to Cape May at this time. If you find yourself in town over the holiday break, there are some fantastic events awaiting the entire family. On Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 am, the Cape May Kiwanis Club will be hosting its annual Easter egg hunt at the Emlen Physick Estate. This event likely tempts the inner child in us all! However, it is reserved for children up to second grade level. All children will be excited to know that the hunt includes a chance to uncover a golden egg. As if that weren’t enough to excite the little ones, there is also a rumored Easter Bunny appearance!

 

 

 

bouquet-677939_960_720On Easter Sunday, we encourage you to enjoy the Cape May Easter Fashion Stroll. The stroll will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. Of course you’re welcome to enjoy the stroll as a spectator, but much more fun can be had by arriving at noon and signing up to participate! There will even be prizes for best Easter bonnet and best dressed family. It’s the ideal event to attend before heading out for those much anticipated holiday meals and festivities.

 
DSCN2459Should your Easter Sunday plans include attending worship, below is pertinent information regarding worship services here in town:

 

 

Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church (Corner of Washington Street Mall and Ocean Street): Easter Vigil Mass, Saturday 3/26 at 8:00 pm. Easter Sunday masses will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 am. and also 12:30 pm.

 

Macedonia Baptist Church (630 Lafayette St): 6:30 am Sunrise service located at the Grant St. Beach. 11:00 am traditional worship service at the church location. Preceding this service will be a 10:00 am Easter children’s program.

 

Cape Island Baptist Church (Corner of Columbia Ave. and Gurney St.): Sunday 3/27, 11:00 am worship service.

 

First Presbyterian Church of Cape May (500 Hughes St.): Sunday 3/27, Sunrise service, 6:30 am at the cove beach (where Broadway meets Beach Drive). Traditional service, 9:00 am, followed by Praise Service at 11:00 am. (both services will take place at the church location: 500 Hughes St.)

 

Cape May United Methodist Church (635 Washington St.): Sunday 3/27, 11:00 am service

 

Find more information here in regard to houses of worship in Cape May and its surrounding area.

 

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If you will be dining in Cape May for Easter (or anytime!) please check out our area restaurants and locate cuisine tailored to all tastes and pocketbooks. As we enter the spring season you will find that most dining establishments are open, but not quite everyday just yet. The majority of restaurants will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday for about another month, so your options will be more limited during the early to mid-week. But if you’re in town Thursday through Sat/Sun, most locales are now open. As a general rule, this holds true for Cape May’s multitude of shopping destinations as well.

 

 

405-Delview-Road-Exterior-View-3With spring in the air (and on the calendar!) you may be thinking that you’ve waited too long to reserve a summer vacation in Cape May. Well you’d be thinking wrong! There is still plenty of availability for the summer, although it IS going quickly. There are homes available for large families, like this fabulous property with its in ground pool and adjacent private cottage. But smaller groups and couples still have their fair share of options as well. Take for example this adorable walk-up apartment located RIGHT on the Washington St. Mall. If you want to be right in the heart of the action, this location is absolute perfection! To the contrary, we do offer a bit of offshore inventory, including this Sunday to Sunday rental located only 3 blocks from the picturesque Delaware Bay; home of the BEST sunsets in all of Cape May County. The offshore locale is only a short drive to the center of town and is a wonderful way to experience Cape May in a new light.

 

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and a wonderful spring break full of relaxation and amusement. Homestead will retain our traditional hours over the Easter holiday. So we will be open from 9 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Stop in and visit our beautiful office. We’d love to help you locate a vacation rental. We also have a fantastic team of dedicated sales agents ready to assist you if you’re considering turning the dream of owning Cape May property into a reality. If you’re interested in buying or selling property please do visit our BRAND NEW state of the art sales website. You’ll be glad you did! Remember that we at Homestead are the Cape May Experts, and we can’t wait to share our knowledge with YOU. Experience the Homestead Difference.

 

Happy Spring!

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