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!!



Give Thanks for Holiday Fun!

sunflower-187985_960_720Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s to hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday and a relaxing long weekend. The Homestead staff is especially thankful for YOU, our loyal clients. However it is that you’ve come to know of Homestead, we thank you for being a part of our family. We are a constantly evolving company, and this evolution would not be possible without our patrons and followers. So thank you for your business and your support. It’s very important to us and is never taken for granted.



Here at Homestead, we love to continuously remind our guests that Cape May is a wonderful place to be at ALL times of the year. This is especially true during the holidays. The magical winter wonderland that will take shape within the next week is quite simply an unparalleled experience, and the holiday season just isn’t complete without a visit to Cape May. It’s truly a step into Christmas past! With festivities kicking into high gear this weekend, here’s a look at what you will NOT want to miss this holiday season…







By now, your email inbox AND regular mailbox have no doubt been bombarded with advertisements for Black Friday shopping. It’s true that Black Friday is an opportune time to shop for everyone on your Christmas list, and we remind you that many fantastic deals and sales will be available right here in town. Find unique gifts for everyone at the best prices of the season! The Washington Street Mall is the perfect place to begin your Cape May shopping endeavor…but we remind you that there are many other merchants around town that you may not be aware of. One such location is Free Love Bridal. While Free Love offers a lovely selection of fine gifts, they will also be hosting their first ever Bridal Gown Sample Sale. Dresses will be sold on a “first come-first served” basis…so be among the first to arrive on Black Friday at 11:00 am. For the brides to be dreaming of a Cape May wedding…treating yourself to a dress from Free Love is a perfect start. The bridal gown sample sale will continue at Free Love from 2 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, November 26th.




lynnardensSpeaking of which, the day after Black Friday is universally known as Small Business Saturday. Here in Cape May nearly ALL businesses are small, family owned operations, so this day is very important to our town. Once again, local shopping destinations will be open for business with special deals. Additionally, Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts will be presenting the Small Business Saturday Scavenger Hunt. This promises to be a fun way to shop and support our local businesses. To participate, simply pick up a scavenger hunt clue sheet at the information booth located at the Ocean Street end of the Washington Street Mall. Happy Shopping!






Friday , November 25th marks the return of the alwaysimg_6582
popular Congress Hall Winter Wonderland. Bask in the beauty of fantastic holiday decorations; let the children enjoy a ride on the Congress Hall Express, and shop the open air “shopping village” featuring one-of-a-kind gifts from a wide selection of vendors. The winter wonderland event continues through December 23rd.






On Saturday, November 26th, don’t miss the Holiday Crafts Fair at Cape May Convention Hall. This is an especially ideal location to procure unique decorations for your holiday displays, tablescapes, and Christmas trees!






Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm, the place to be is Cape May’s newly rebuilt Rotary Park Bandstand for the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Santa will be paying a visit! There will also be caroling, with a special presentation from the Lower Cape May Regional High School chorus.








Beginning on Saturday, December 3rd (and also taking place on the 10th and 17th) Cape May will be featuring the always favorite Christmas Candlelight House Tours. There’s no better way to experience the charm of a Cape May Christmas, so be sure to reserve your tour early!




The venerable West Cape May Christmas Parade will be taking place on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade is back for its 51st year! It begins promptly at 5:00 pm from the West Cape May Volunteer Fire Department and makes its way down Broadway to Perry Street, winding up at the end of Carpenter’s Lane. This annual event is sure to bring Christmas cheer to all ages! (In case of rain, the parade will take place on Sunday, December 4th).



On Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th, be sure to return to the Washington Street Mall for Cape May’s annual Hospitality Night. Merchants will open their doors to sales, refreshments, and fun! This annual event is always popular for Cape May locals and visitors alike.






Homestead hopes you and yours are able to thoroughly enjoy these hometown holiday events of Cape May. We won’t say that it’s the MOST wonderful time of the year (because yes, it’s not beach weather!), but it’s certainly one of the very best times of the year here in town. We can’t wait for you to experience all that Christmas in Cape May has to offer. We also remind you that summer 2017 bookings continue straight through the holiday season….and Cape May vacations or weekend getaways make fantastic gifts! So don’t forget to keep Homestead Rentals in mind when planning your holiday shopping this season.



Once again, we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a very merry Christmas season full of good cheer. The halls are decked; lights lit, preparations made and stores open. Cape May Christmas memories are ready to be made…don’t let them escape you.




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