It’s that time of year again; Cape May is awakening. As quickly as it opened, the door is just as rapidly closing on the coldest and most desolate period of the year here in town. With the impending arrival of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend, we’re ready to get this season rolling! It may still be February, but remember that in less than two months we will be welcoming spring’s arrival. In the meantime, the remaining winter weekends in Cape May will be buzzing with activity as homeowners prepare their properties for the season. Alongside them will be day-trippers finalizing summer plans while enjoying winter’s lingering tranquility, and local business owner’s sprucing up their establishments. If you find yourself in Cape May over the next few weeks, you’ll be pleased to know that there are already various businesses re-opening their doors and special events cropping up. Let’s take a look at what’s in store…
This weekend through Valentine’s Day is “Love Cape May” weekend here in town. Enjoy special fixed menu options at select Cape May dining establishments. These include (but are not limited to) The Washington Inn, Peter Shields Inn, and Beach Plum Farm. And if you’re planning to make a long weekend of it, remember that Homestead features numerous rental properties that are available this time of year for partial week rentals.
Throughout the past several years, New Jersey has gained increasing notoriety for its various vineyards & wineries, many of which are right here in Cape May County. If you’ve not yet visited any of these locations, it’s definitely encouraged. On February 11th and 12th, the place to be is Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery. They will be presenting their Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. While this is a perfect Valentine’s Day event, it will also be featured on February 18th and 19th during President’s Day weekend.
In addition to the wining and dining options that are on the horizon over the
next few weeks, we also remind you that Cape May is home to numerous unique shopping experiences. The holidays may be long past, but it’s now time to look ahead to graduations, housewarmings, birthdays, and of course…wedding season! The hub of Cape May’s shopping experience is the Washington Street Mall. The mall lends itself to a beautiful winter
stroll, so take a walk and wander into the open shops. The gift options are ideal, and of course it never hurts to pick up a little something for you! With love in the air this weekend, now is especially the time to be thinking about engagement and wedding gifts. Free Love Bridal’s gift market will be OPEN and is the perfect place obtain one of a kind gifts for the couple-to-be. And for the bride-to-be, Free Love carries a stunning selection of wedding gowns. The gift market is open to the public, while gown fittings are completed by appointment. So be sure to check-out Free Love during your Cape May shopping adventure. They’re located right across the street from our Homestead office.
If you’re looking for a great way to warm up on a winter afternoon, the Chili and Chowder Cook Off, located in the penthouse ballroom of Cape May’s Grand Hotel, will certainly fit the bill. YOU are the judges and select the winners as you experience chili and chowder prepared by some of the Cape May area’s finest chefs. You’ll also have the opportunity to obtain hand made goods from local Cape May artisans that will be on-site. The panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean awarded by the Grand Hotel penthouse are in themselves worth this event’s $5 admission.
Last but certainly not least, be sure and check out Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities as they too begin to get into the swing of the season. Upcoming events include Crafts and Collectibles in winter, Cape May Wine School, and of course the always popular Historic District Trolley Tours.
So…now that you’re a bit more informed as to what’s happening right now around Cape May, we hope you’re ready to pay us a visit. And we don’t just mean a general Cape May visit; we also would love to meet you here in our office to discuss real estate rentals, sales, and your Cape May Vacation! Remember that if you haven’t yet reserved, now is the time. In fact, we truly do think this is one of the most exciting points of the year in Cape May, as it’s a turning point towards a new season of fun; one that will be upon us before we know it!
We wish everyone a wonderful weekend, a Happy Valentine’s Day, and a fantastic remainder of the winter season. Look ahead to the summer sun, but never lose sight of all that Cape May offers at ANY time of the year. Enjoy!