Save the Dates and Set the Clocks! Spring Brings Fun in Cape May this March!

It’s a blustery but beautiful Friday here in Cape May, and while it still feels a bit like winter, spring is undoubtedly in the air. There’s a lot to get excited about here in town over the next few weeks, and you’ll want to be a part of the action. Here’s a few of our favorite events that are on the horizon…




What’s better than a tour of the famous Emlen Physick Estate? A FREE tour! On Friday, March 16th, the 2:00 pm tour of the estate will be free (with requested donation of a non-perishable food product worth $5 or more). Donations are much appreciated and support the Cape May Community Food Closet. So this is a great way to have some fun and support a worthy cause at the same time. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Physick Estate, and you can learn more about them here.






On Saturday, March 17th, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Cape May’s second annual Paddy’s Day Polar Bear Plunge! There will also be a 5k run/ 1 mile walk event for those looking for a less chilly outdoor experience!






March 16th-18th will bring the return of Sherlock Holmes weekend here in town. This is always an exciting event, but tickets are limited. Don’t miss out!







Looking to enjoy a bit of local talent? This Sunday, March 11th, you won’t want to miss “The Squares: From Cline to Cash & Beyond”. Featuring the beautiful voice of Homestead’s very own Debra Donahue, this talented trio is sure to present a fabulous rendition of the best of country music. The “concert only” ticket is $15…but why not make a night of it with dinner and a show at the Blue Pig Tavern? The combination ticket is just $36.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. NOTE: The Squares will also be making an appearance at Nauti Spirits Distillery on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.







In addition to these special events, many favorite local standbys continue to take place and have returned for the season, including Fire Pit Fridays at the Willow Creek Winery, the Winter Beer Garden at Congress Hall, and (for a few more weeks), Roller Skating at Cape May Convention Hall.






Despite our excitement about these upcoming events, remember that there is no specific reason needed to come to Cape May! Often times the best visits are those which are unplanned. The spring season can be a great time to stroll around town and make plans for your summer vacation, or simply refresh your mind and body with a brisk beach walk or a jog along the promenade.







Spring holidays are also a great time to be in town, and we’d like to remind you that here at Homestead we have plenty of off-season rentals to accommodate various budgets and time frames. Unlike the summer rental season-which by design must be more structured-off season rentals offer greater flexibility. The spring is a wonderful time because the slower pace of the season allows for effortless exploring, yet there’s still plenty going on! We hope you’ll join us in being a part of the fun.




REMINDER: Daylight Saving Time begins THIS WEEKEND, Sunday, March 11th. Don’t forget to set the clocks forward one hour and gain that extra daylight! And remember, this is also the time to change those batteries in your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors.








Think Spring…But don’t forget about Summer Vacation!

In less than one week, it will be March! Spring really is just around the corner now, and this past week Cape May was treated to a few days of unseasonably pleasant weather. The warmth was a reminder of the season to come, and we hope it has also planted the seed that summer will be here before we know it. Reservations for summer rentals have been flowing in steadily…but there are still plenty of properties that remain available. If you’re thinking about booking, now is the time! It’s likely that you already know most of what’s required to book your Cape May vacation. But if this is your first time reserving, or even if you’re a seasoned renter…here are some of our best tips based on the most frequently asked questions posed to our rental team




1. How many people will be in your party? Sometimes, a property may be capable of sleeping more people than it actually advertises. This is normal, and the occupancy listed is the maximum amount of people that the property owner wishes to have stay in their home. So make sure to pay attention to the occupancy limit and select a property that’s large enough for your party.






2. Are pets coming with you? Homestead features a variety of pet friendly homes! Despite the occasional exception, “pets” refers almost exclusively to dogs for the purpose of our rentals. Many of our guests require a rental that is pet free, so there are no exceptions made if a property is NOT listed as being pet friendly.






3. What about Linens? Remember, the homes you will be renting offer bedspreads and pillows…but sheets and towels are almost never included. You can bring them with you if you’d like. But Homestead offers our own linen rental service right here on site…and it’s SO much easier. Add linens to your reservation when you book…or add them later. There’s lots of flexibility and the orders can be fully customized.






4. Cancellations are no big deal right? Well, yes, and no. If you cancel your reservation you are likely to be out any and all money paid towards it, unless the property re-rents for the cancelled week. And even then, a cancellation penalty applies. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your vacation investment! Homestead offers travel insurance as an option on ALL of our leases, for your convenience. And it’s a great, “Cancel for any Reason” coverage.






5. Where in Cape May should we Stay? Ah, the fun part! Whether you like to experience a new area each year, or you always return to that same tried and true, favorite part of town…there’s no right or wrong way to do it! Decide if you want to be in Cape May proper (closest to the center of town), West Cape May (residential and peaceful vibe), Cape May Point (natural & tranquil, but further from attractions), or The Bayside (beautiful sunsets, pet friendly beaches, value). If you need help deciding which area is best for you, Homestead is always happy to provide more information.





So, as we move into this last weekend of February and eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring…it’s time to get serious about vacation planning. Don’t let it sneak up on you! Relax and reserve now. We’re here to help with each step of the way.



Cape May’s “Second Holidays” are Here!

As with many aspects of our lives, the happenings of Cape May follow a bit of a schedule. Mostly, this schedule pertains to the time of year that is upon us. A few months ago, December brought the peace, light, and excitement of the holidays to town. What followed was a bitter cold, “polarizing” January, with some enjoying the winter quiet and others desperate for spring’s return. So now, as we breeze through February, we can’t promise spring weather or desolate streets on the weekends. What we do welcome though, is Cape May’s mid winter holidays.







That’s right; President’s Day weekend and Valentine’s Day are almost here. For many, these holidays will not coincide with an extra day off, nor can we guarantee that there will be pleasant weather. The point, though, is that winter is on its way out! This particular time in February has long been regarded by locals as a reboot for the new season that is brewing. Businesses that have been shuttered for the past six weeks will begin to open on a limited schedule, and weekends will start buzzing again. Will you be a part of the action? Let’s take a look at what’s coming up…






On weekends, Cape May Trolley tours are in back in full swing! They’re always a fun way to explore the historic district…not to mention quite a romantic Valentine’s Day activity.






Roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall continues through the winter! Always a fun time for the whole family…this is an uplifting activity for when the gray weather starts to wear you down.






February 17th through the 19th, The Cape May Lighthouse will be open for tours. Walk off the winter blues by climbing the 199 steps to be awarded by panoramic views of Cape May and the majestic Atlantic Ocean.






Beginning this Friday, February 9, and continuing every Friday through the end of March, visit the Winter Beer Garden at historic Congress Hall. Stay warm by the fire pits and welcome the weekend in a laid back, cozy setting. The event time is 5 pm to 10 pm (and how nice that it’s staying brighter, longer in the evenings now!)






This Saturday, February 10th, pay a romantic visit to the Hawk Haven Winery for the annual “Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend”. Other dates for this event include February 11th, 17th, and 18th.






On Saturday, February 17th, The Cape May Wine Trail returns. Begin with a tasting at Willow Creek Winery, and then be transported via trolley to Natali Vineyards. You’ll even receive a souvenir glass as part of the day’s events. Once experienced, we’re sure you’ll want to explore more of Cape May’s area wineries when the weather warms and the season is in full swing.






Also on February 17th (and the 18th), there will be a “Crafts and Collectibles in Winter” event at the Cape May Convention Hall. The mid-winter show is indoors for a comfortable escape from the chilly air. Explore and purchase unique items from local and regional vendors in a fun and relaxing shopping experience.






Sunday, February 18th is home to the annual Cape May Chili and Chowder Cook Off at the fifth floor Ocean Front Ballroom of Cape May’s Grand Hotel. This is always a fun time! It’s your chance to sample preparations of chefs from in and around Cape May, and then choose your favorites. Local vendors/artisans will also be featured, and a cash bar will be available. If possible, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help support food banks in and around Cape May. A portion of the event proceeds will also be donated to the same cause, and the cost is $10 per person with tickets available at the door.






So, even if you plan to visit Cape May this spring or summer, we encourage you to come on down and enjoy our “second holiday season” during this midwinter month of February. There’s so much to do and see… you’ll forget all about the winter doldrums. Enjoy!






Remember, plan ahead for summer now by reserving your Cape May Vacation! The prime season get’s going in just about 4 months…so make sure you lock in YOUR first choice rental.





The Season Gets Rolling in Cape May. Will you be here?

Cape May Summer Beach RentalsHas everyone enjoyed their spring break? We certainly hope so! A late season Easter coupled with pleasant April weather has brought throngs of visitors to Cape May over the past few weeks. It’s exciting to see the season returning in full force. And what’s the best part? Well, we think it’s that things are just getting started! With Memorial Day merely six weeks in the future, this is the time to enjoy Cape May’s preseason events. It’s also your last chance to rent a beautiful Cape May vacation home for a partial week, as once the season gets rolling, full week rentals are all that will be available until the fall. Day trips to Cape May are always a good idea, but spending a weekend here is the best way to truly unwind and enjoy your experience to the fullest. Here’s what to check out here in town over the next few weeks…





Most of Cape May’s visitors are well versed in the town’s main attractions and landmarks. But many locals and visitors are not aware that Cape May County has its own museum, and on Friday, April 21st, the museum will be offering free tours at noon and 2:00 pm. This fun and educational event is ideal for the whole family. And as the museum is located just off of Exit 11 of the Garden State Parkway, it’s the perfect place to stop off on your way south!







Also on Friday, April 21st, it’s the LAST DAY of the season to enjoy “Spring Break at Congress Hall”. Stop by to enjoy a scavenger hunt or train ride. It’s the perfect event to drop in on if you’re out shopping and strolling the Washington Street Mall.


The always popular Exit Zero Jazz Festival will be returning this weekend for its spring edition! Kicking off on Friday, April 21st at 6:00 pm, the festival will run through the evening of Sunday, April 23rd. This unique Cape May event presents a wonderful opportunity to unwind and sever the off-season monotony. So come out and enjoy the show! For a full list of performances and venues, visit the Exit Zero Jazz Festival website.








Cape May keeps the creativity flowing through the weekend with the kickoff of SOMA NewArt Gallery’s first 2017 exhibition. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:00 p.m. Entrance to the gallery is free! If you’re in town for the Jazz festival, why not take in a little local art as well? The gallery is located at 31 Perry St. adjacent to the Washington Street Mall.








Friday, April 28th, Cape May will be kicking off its Spring Celebration! There will truly something for everyone throughout this 10 day event. It’s also taking place just as the blooms of spring plateau and the weather becomes consistently warm. In other words…you’ll want to be outdoors, and the spring festival is the perfect justification. Of course it wouldn’t be a spring celebration without a Crafts and Collectibles show at the Emlen Pysick Estate. The spring version of the show will take place on April 29th and May 6th between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.








For a truly special spring event, consider attending the 17th Annual Feasting on History Gala. The Gala is held by Historic Cold Spring Village and it takes place on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. The venue is the NASW Aviation Museum at the Cape May County Airport, located just a few minutes off of Cape Island. Exciting food, wine and beverage selections from a number of local establishments will be featured for your sampling. If you haven’t yet experienced this unique Cape May County event, maybe this is the year for it!







Whether you’re in Cape May for a day, week month, or have made it your permanent home-there is always something going on! And the spring is a truly ideal time to enjoy each and every wonderful event. Remember that some of the best time you could possibly spend in Cape May is that which is free. Think sunset beach walks, promenade strolls in the morning mist, and bike rides through the beauty of the historic district. Wherever you’re going this season, make sure Cape May is a destination that makes your list. We’ll see you soon!








For those who may be interested, on Monday, April 24th, The American Red Cross will be holding its semi-annual blood drive at Cape May Convention Hall. Local residents and visitors are welcome to participate in this event. The drive will begin at 10:00 a.m. and wrap up at 3:00 p.m. Easy registration is available online by visiting REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG and entering the sponsor code: Cape May City. Appointments may also be made by contacting 609-884-9530.

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.







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.





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!