Cape May is Blooming….

The sounds, sights and smells of Spring are all around town… Longer days, fragrant flowers fill the air, trees beginning to bloom, birds chirping and seagulls squealing with excitement of the beach picnics to come. Dolphins and “whales” have been sighted dancing in the bay. The cold winds are receding and are being replaced with the gentle breezes of Spring.

 

 

The upcoming season will be here before you know it. Before you have your bathing suits on, your toes in the sand and all over the house, now is the time that you can enjoy Cape May’s pre-season events.

 

 

It’s also the last chance to rent a beautiful Cape May vacation home for a partial week. What’s better than enjoying a few days in town before the crowds arrive for the Summer season? Come on down; relax, unwind and enjoy Cape May at it’s fullest!

So many things to see and do during Cape May’s Spring Celebration, now through May 19. There’s something for everyone to experience and enjoy in Spring 2019.

 

If Bingo is your game, there’s the Brunch and Bingo at the Beach. Or, if you enjoy our wonderful New Jersey wines, hop on the Cape May Wine Trail.  And for those chocolate lover’s, you must make a reservation for the Chocolate Lover’s Feast at the Washington Inn on May 11th – an event you can’t miss.

 

 

Take that special woman in your life to brunch on Mother’s Day.  So many choices … enjoy a beachfront brunch at Aleathea’s at the Inn, or on the farm at Beach Plum Farm, and for jazz lovers, the Emlin Physick Estate offers a Jazz brunch.  Click here for more suggestions of places to celebrate Mom. 

 

 

On Saturday, May 11th, enjoy the Sip Into Spring Festival at the Emlin Physick Estate.  Come and celebrate spring’s rebirth with exciting outdoor gardening demonstrations, food, wine and music.  Enjoy demonstrations and crafts.  You can even make your own personal succulent tea cup!  Great local vendors will be there serving their finest fares.

 

 

Both dolphins and whales have been sighted playing in the waters off the coast, in both the ocean and bay this blooming spring. Be sure to book a trip while visiting Cape May. Trips are daily: Dolphin and Whale Watching.

 

 

 

 

Cape May Mother’s Day

We’re one week into the month of May and quickly throttling toward the commencement of a new summer season! In just 3 short weeks Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer will be upon us once again. In the mean time though, this is the time to enjoy the month of May for all it has to offer. With that in mind, we can’t overlook the imminent Mother’s Day holiday this Sunday, May 8th. Yes, you heard right; Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday…the earliest that it can possibly be. But there’s no need to panic if the holiday may have crept up on you (aka you forgot!) or if you’re still trying to locate that perfect gift for Mom. Cape May is the place to be, and we’re here to help you make Mom’s day.

 

teddy-1338923_960_720Like any holiday, we’re sure that each family celebrates Mother’s Day in their own special way. Whether it be a traditional dining location, a specific theme of gift, or a yearly family activity; no two celebrations are the same. That’s why Cape May is the perfect place for your Mother’s Day plans. Maybe bringing Mom to Cape May on such short notice isn’t possible…that’s okay. The next best thing is to bring bit of Cape May to Mom!

 

For a most traditional approach, treat Mom to a beautiful flower arrangement from Cape Winds Florist. Accepting orders for Mother’s Day pick-up, Cape Winds offers gorgeous arrangements customizable by price range, color, and even style (traditional vs. modern). And if you’re unsure of Mom’s favorite flower, trust Cape Winds to design an expert arrangement of numerous varieties. Now that you’ve got the flowers covered, stay within the traditional theme and be sure to visit The Original Fudge Kitchen. Here in town there are two convenient locations, one on the Washington St. Mall (near Ocean St.) and the other on the Promenade (near Convention Hall). The Fudge kitchen offers world famous hand whipped fudge in the largest variety of flavors you can imagine, as well as numerous varieties of Salt Water Taffy; a true Cape May favorite. Of course they also offer exquisite selections of all Moms’ favorite treats including caramels, peppermint bark, and chocolate covered pretzels just to name a few. Sugar free options as well as complimentary gift wrap are among the other reasons why The Fudge Kitchen is THE destination for traditional Mother’s Day gift giving.

 

 

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If you believe Mom may prefer a nice cocktail in lieu of candy, we’ve got you covered there too! We suggest a visit to the Cape May Winery. Their signature wine is a fabulous Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, aged in French oak for over 16 months. But there are a fantastic variety of red and white wines to please even wineglass-553467_960_720the most discerning of pallets. In addition to local wineries, we encourage a visit to the Cape May Brewing Company. Craft beer is becoming increasingly popular across the country, and Cape May has joined the movement with its very own brewery. The Cape May Brewing Company offers over 100 varieties which are served and available for purchase throughout South Jersey and the Philadelphia area….some of which Mom may already be familiar with. So treat her to her favorite, and take a tour of the brewery while you’re at it. It’s surely a fun and unique day for everyone.

 
Cape May is home to a multitude of unique gift shops and boutiques that are
ideal for locating a gift suited to Mom’s taste and personality. We recommend checking out West End Garage, across from the Wibraham Park in West Cape May. This is an exciting shopping ws mallexperience in which individual vendors feature their handmade goods, vintage items, jewelry, home accents, and much more. If Mom prefers to look at Victorian style goods but doesn’t necessarily want to decorate with them, don’t fret! West End features multiple styles of items from modern to Victorian, traditional to transitional. It’s literally impossible not to find a gift there! The same can of course be said of Cape May’s pinnacle of shopping; The Washington Street Mall. Located in the center of town and the heart of the historic district, this beautiful pedestrian mall features one of a kind artwork, clothing jewelry and much more. Cape May’s landmark jeweler, Henry’s, even features a wide selection of Pandora charms…an ultimate addition to your Mother’s Day gift plans.

 

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We truly hope everyone is excited for the upcoming summer and for the Mother’s Day weekend that is now upon us. It is our wish that you will be able to take advantage of some of these last minute gifting suggestions for Mom. Remember too that often the greatest gift for Mom is that of your time, and a day trip to Cape May is an idealistic way to give of that.  Here at Homestead we are full service rental and sales specialists ready to assist with all your real estate needs. So if a day spent in town makes you long for more…we’re here for you to help make that happen.

 

From our Homestead family to yours, Happy Mother’s day to all.