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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

 

 

Halloween, Holidays, and Summer! Here’s what’s going on NOW and what to Look Forward to in Cape May…

It’s a beautiful Friday here in Cape May, and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the weekend to begin! While out and about during your daily lives, we suspect you’ve been seeing Christmas decorations creeping in from all directions. We love the holiday season here at Homestead…but we’re not in the habit of rushing it along. Soon enough we will be decking the halls and planning for the Christmas parade…but for now…it’s Halloween weekend! Let’s talk about seasonal events and the continuation of autumn festivities…

 

 

 

This evening, Friday, October 27, 2017, Cape May Point State Park will be hosting a Halloween event. A “fun for the whole family” affair, participants are encouraged to come in costume and bring flashlights. There will be Halloween crafts, a live animal show, and trick or treating on the nature trail. What a fantastic way to begin this festive weekend. Don’t miss it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We remind you that “Scarecrow Alley” continues on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. Homemade scarecrows are on display, and you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite. This event ends on Halloween, so this weekend is an ideal time to take a stroll on over and see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, October 28th, the Cape May Zoo presents “Boo at the Zoo”. This annual event begins at 10-am and runs until 2 pm at the Cape May County Park, located just 11 miles north of Cape May. The FREE event is open to the public and visitors of all ages are invited to attend. Costumes are of course encouraged, and a costume contest will take place at 11 am. There will also be a entertainment, interactive games, and of course, candy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love our pets here at Homestead, so we’re excited that the Rusty Nail restaurant and beach bar has decided to hold their first annual Doggie Halloween Parade. The event will take place on Sunday, October 29th. Registration will begin at noon and end at 1 pm. The parade and subsequent judging will take place from 1 until 2 pm. So dress up your dog and head over for some fun. Numerous prizes will be awarded for the best costumes including the funniest, scariest, and best overall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May cottage rentalsCape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts has been hosting numerous “Halloween Happenings” through the course of October, and there are only a few more days to take advantage of these exciting events. One of the best ways to experience Cape May in any season is to enjoy a guided trolley tour, and Halloween is no exception! The Cape Mayhem tour is especially fun, as it centers upon an explanation of the traditions, beliefs, and mysteries of the fascinating Victorian Era…an era in which Cape May is deeply rooted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least, mark your calendars for Trick-or-Treating in Cape May. City wide trick or treating will take place on Halloween night, this Tuesday, October 31st from 5 to 7 pm. Culminate the season with this old fashioned tradition. The best part of Cape May trick or treating is that children can enjoy their treats while adults are awarded the bonus of a beautiful walking tour of the area. It makes for an event that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween will be coming to a close this week, but annual festivities remain well underway. Mark your calendars for these exciting happenings that are soon to come:

November 3rd- 5th: Sherlock Holmes Weekend (presented by Cape May MAC)

November 3rd: Fall Arts and Crafts Festival at Cape May Convention Hall

November 9th-12th: Exit Zero International Jazz Festival

November 17th-19th: Cape May Holiday Preview Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

As you enjoy these crisp and gorgeous autumn days, remember to be looking ahead to the summer. 2018 rental bookings are in full swing here at Homestead, and the way to beat the winter rush is to book now! Set your vacation plans in motion before the holidays and you’ll be able to relax this winter knowing that your first choice of vacation rental is secured.

 

 

 

 

We wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a safe, enjoyable Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Hello September! 10 Reasons this is a “Must Visit” Month in Cape May…

Welcome September! It’s no secret that this first day of the ninth month is a favorite among Cape May locals. Everyone loves the buzz of the summer…but the peak season crowds combined with often intense heat & humidity create a longing for a respite. Enter September! With beautiful weather and an even pace…it’s no wonder this month is a local favorite. But it’s not just Cape May natives who should bask in the commencement of the “off-season”, rather; this is also a perfect time of year to visit for a day, weekend, or even a full week. Here are 10 reasons to LOVE September in Cape May…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend: Okay, so have you once again let the summer slide by without taking a vacation? Was your last 3 day weekend the 4th of July? If so, you’re not alone! Summer has always been a “blink and you miss it” kind of season, especially in Cape May. That’s why Labor Day weekend is a great time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the late summer atmosphere. If you’re fortunate to have been granted a 3 day weekend, Cape May is the place to be. We’re the perfect locale for impromptu day-trips. Come enjoy a nice change of scenery before “back to school” and planning for Fall begin to dominate your calendar.

 

 

 

 

Wondrous Weather: Of course there are exceptions, but generally speaking, September features some of the most gorgeous weather of the year here in Cape May. The oppressiveness of midsummer gives way to sun drenched, calm days with crystal blue skies. The air is still quite warm though, and the evenings typically remain balmy-mostly due to the mild autumn waters of the Atlantic. In short, it’s not too hot and not too cold, not yet “crisp”, but no longer scorching. If there’s such a thing as “perfect” weather…September in Cape May is about as close as it gets.

 

 

 

 

The Best of the Beach: Tying in nicely with the beautiful weather is the fact that September on the beach is a wonderful experience. First, the beaches do become FREE after Labor Day and no tags are needed. The crowds also thin out considerably…especially during the week. It’s that time of year when you can get lost in a book by the shoreline and feel as though you are on a private beach. And as mentioned, the water is often still very warm too. We do remind you to be EXTREMELY careful when enjoying the beach in September, as the beach patrol vacates for the season just after Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

Weekday Wanderlust: The lighter crowds of September aren’t just confined to the beach. The inevitable start of the school year has a direct effect on the number of people that are in and about town during the week. But if you DO plan to take a September vacation week, be assured that businesses, restaurants, and attractions are open an average of about 5 days per week. In fact, most remain open 7 days until the end of the month. If a business does choose to close for one or two days per week as the off-season begins, typically those days are Monday and/or Tuesday. Still, you can be certain that your September stroll around Cape May will be met with open doors and plenty of fun.

 

 

 

 

Weekend warriors: Not quite ready to leave the summer behind? Enjoy the fast paced feel of the seashore at its peak? Well, September weekends in Cape May are certainly for you. The lighter crowds of the weekday give way to bustling weekends that are reminiscent of mid July. If you’re here for a full week this month…you’ll truly get the best of both worlds with a quieter “work” week followed by a lively weekend.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wonderland: Cape May is one of our nation’s premiere wedding destinations…and September is a popular (and ideal) month for weddings! It’s impossible to be in town during a September weekend and not come across a wedding party on the beach, in a horse and carriage, on the trolley, or sometimes just strolling through town. Weddings large and small are held throughout town, and they consistently enhance Cape May’s storybook charm. And if you’re planning your own nuptials, this is a fabulous time to shop venues, accommodations, gowns, & gifts.

 

 

 

 

“Wine” down your Summer: Cape May County is home to some of New Jersey’s finest vineyards, including the Cape May Winery, Hawk Haven Winery, and Willow Creek Winery. You should most definitely visit one (or all) of these establishments. From the last of Sangria Sunday’s at Hawk Haven, to exciting events at Willow Creek such as Yoga in the Vines, Wine & Paint, and Fire Pit Fridays (a local favorite)…there’s always something fun happening at one of our hometown wineries.

 

 

 

 

Shop Away the Season: Everyday is a good day for shopping in Cape May…especially when it comes to the unique offerings found throughout the beautiful Washington Street Mall. September brings an extra special shopping experience with the mall’s semi-annual Sidewalk Sale (9/14-9/17/17). You’ll discover bargains you won’t believe on products you can’t find anywhere else! This Labor Day weekend, stroll up to the promenade and experience the “summer send-off Craft Show”. It’s the place to stock up on holiday gifts, home decor, jewelry, and much more. There’s something for everyone, topped off, of course, buy the panoramic view of the Ocean just steps away.

 

 

 

 

Reduced Rates Rule the Month: That’s right…most rental properties experience a significant price reduction now that the prime season has concluded. There’s also far more flexibility for your rental time frame. Enjoy two and three night minimums at many properties, and even stay for a full week without being confined to the Saturday-Saturday summer rental model. The possibilities are endless…all you have to do is ask!

 

 

 

 

Look Forward to Fall Fun: Autumn is a favorite season of many, and it’s time to begin getting excited about it. Cape May is not a place where the seasons are rushed…so don’t expect to see Christmas lights and Santa just yet. What you will find though, is that many homes and businesses will become beautifully decked out for Fall over the next few weeks. There will also be festivals & foliage, golden sunsets and crisp days for birding. It’s all coming up, and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

 

 

 

 

As Labor Day Weekend 2017 descends upon Cape May like a late summer sunset, remember that a new season of fun has just begun. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend, and we sure do hope that we will see you in September!

 

 

 

 

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.