Early Summer in Cape May

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and we can tell you for sure the town was buzzing with people. A visit to Cape May post Memorial Day, is perfect for those looking for some quiet beach time.



Around town there are so many great activities and things to do.

Starting Friday, June 1st, the Spring Sidewalk Sale starts at the Washington Street Mall. This is an entire weekend event, so if you cannot make it on Friday, try again on Saturday or Sunday! What else can be better than taking a stroll on the mall and buying Cape May souvenirs?!




If you are a strawberry lover, you must stop over at Wilbraham Park for the anticipated Strawberry Festival. The festivities start at 9:00 am until 5 pm, on Saturday, June 2nd.   You and your family can enjoy strawberries in both edible and non-edible forms.   While there, stop by the Homestead booth and meet our Sales Team!  Get your photo taken at our Giant Strawberry Photo Area.   JUST….in case of rain the rain date is Sunday June 3rd.




On Sunday, June 3rd, Aleathea’s Restaurant is organizing a Champagne Jazz Brunch starting at 10:00 am. While you enjoy a delicious brunch, you will listen to Mary Lou Newman and Sonny Troy perform music from the Great American Songbook. Also, on June 3rd, Cape May Restaurant Week begins! Restaurants around town will have prix fixe delicious set menus at a reduced early season selection. You can make every night of the week a date night.




During the week, wander throughout town and listen to great musicians perform live. On Monday, June 4th, you can listen to Marnie and Nate play at Harry’s Grille and Jon Pruitt will be playing the piano a that Merion Inn, order their twice baked potato mmmm… mmm….. On Tuesday, June 5th, the New York Chamber Ensemble is playing at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. The concert starts at 5 pm and lasts until 8 pm.




On Wednesday, June 6th, the amazing The Honeyhawks play at Harry’s Grille on the deck (great view, great food) and Dean Schneider tinkles the ivories at the Merion Inn. The highlight of the week is on Thursday, June 7th. The Squares (fronted by our Rental Manager Debra Donahue) are playing at Nauti Spirits Distillery from 5:30-8: 30 pm. The Squares play an eclectic mix of originals, covers, with not just a few shenanigans.





On Saturday, June 9th and Sunday June 10th, take a stroll on the Cape May Promenade for one of the best Promenade Craft Shows. Check out the amazing handmade goods crafted by local artists. If you want a special and unique piece of Cape May, this is the time to get it.





On Wednesday, June 13, the members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony are having a mini concert at The Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom on Washington Street. Prior to the concert, you can enjoy a delicious tea luncheon and the event also includes a wine tasting by Cape May Winery.





Book your early summer vacation NOW. Call the Homestead rental department at 609.884.1888, they will help you find the perfect home!

The Joy of June: Why Cape May’s early Season is the perfect time to be Here

As Memorial Day has come and gone, there is a temptation to begin looking ahead to Fourth of July weekend and all the festivities that it will bring. However, the month of June is one of the best times to be here in Cape May…so we encourage you not to sit back and let it pass you by! Here’s a look at what you simply should not miss as we journey through these early days of summer…





On Friday, June 2nd, Saturday, June 3rd, and Sunday, June 4th, the Harborfest Boat Show will be taking place at Schellenger’s Landing. This is the 9th annual in-water boat show. If you’re a current or aspiring boater…you’ll surely want to stop by!





Beginning on Friday, June 2nd, Cape May’s SOMA NewArt Gallery will begin its second exhibition of the 2017 Season! Be sure to stop by the gallery at 31 Perry St, Cape May, and explore the outstanding work of local artists.






On Saturday, June 3rd, you won’t want to miss the West Cape May Strawberry Festival. Sponsored by the West Cape May Business Association and located in Wilbraham Park, the festival is one of Cape May’s most popular events. Strawberry festivals abound at this time of the year, but we guarantee you haven’t attended one like this! There will be live music, strawberry themed pottery, jewelry and other crafts, not to mention delicious strawberry confections. Homestead will be present at the festival as well, on hand to answer your real estate questions. And there will also be a chance to win our 2017 strawberry festival beach chair. Stop by and say hello! (The rain date is Sunday June 4th…but Saturday is on track to be a beautiful day!).






Are you a seasoned fisherman or a novice looking to give it a go? If so, you’ll surely want to attend the South Jersey Shark Tournament at South Jersey Marina. This event will take place from Wednesday, June 7th through Saturday, June 10th.







Cape May is rife with wonderful music, and on Thursday, June 8th, the Bay Atlantic Symphony will be performing at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 500 Hughes St. Wind down your week with this relaxing event.







Looking to enjoy music that’s a bit more interactive? Look no further! On Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th, Homestead will be sponsoring a very special event. Join the renowned Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, formerly of “Sweet Honey in the Rock”. Dr. Barnwell will be conducting a vocal workshop entitled “Singing in the African-American Tradition”. This will take place on June 10th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Cape May Lutheran Church. Lunch will be included. On Sunday, June 11th, join in for a community sing and help us raise the roof! The sing will take place between 3 and 5 pm. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience and we hope to see you there.








So there you have it, a fine sampling of what’s coming up during this most exciting month of June. Of course, it’s simply impossible for us to list all of Cape May’s wonderful events. Often times the best option is to stroll around town with no particular plans, only to discover events, stores, and dining options unlike any other.







Homestead would also like to remind you that there is still availability for the 2017 season. If you need a vacation…we’re here to help! Don’t let the summer pass you by. If you’re interested in a prime season rental week, don’t assume that all properties are booked, as you may be pleasantly surprised. Of course, as we inch closer towards peak summer, properties will become more and more limited. So the time to act is now. Join us in Cape May for a vacation like no other. You’ll be so glad you did.

Early Season Limbo? Not in Cape May!

As Memorial Day 2016 is already but a memory, we are full steam ahead now towards the 2016 summer season here in Cape May. With the buzz of the holiday weekend behind us it’s easy to look ahead towards Independence Day festivities and the long weekend that will accompany them. With many schools still in session for a few more weeks and weather not quite at its peak of warmth, one may be inclined to view the month of June as a sort of season in limbo; a time of waiting for summer to begin rolling. But at Homestead, we’re here to encourage you that the season has indeed begun, and June is not a holding pattern; rather it’s a time of activity and excitement that’s well worth exploring. Let us enlighten you as to a handful of reasons why…



On Saturday, June 4th, the place to be is Wilbraham Park in beautiful West Cape May . From 9 amIMG_0552 until 5 pm , the West Cape May Business Association will present its annual Strawberry Festival. In what has become a traditional event for many Cape May locals and visitors, the festival is your destination for delicious Jersey strawberries and fantastic confections of a strawberry theme. There are also on site artisans featuring a wide variety of strawberry goods not only limited to food. Strawberry pottery, clothing, and even jewelry will be 1493230_344767932374970_7102217485550356905_nfeatured. We urge you to visit the festival between 1 and 4 pm, as at this time The Squares will be performing-featuring Homestead’s very own Debra Donahue. Allow yourself to be serenaded as you dine and shop. And speaking of Homestead, our company will be a presence at the festival as well! Look for the black Homestead tent and stop by to say hello. We will even present you with the chance to win a fabulous new beach chair! (Rain date is Sunday, 6/5)





Monday, June 6th will mark the 161st birthday of Dr. Emlen Physick, sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). If you’ve had the IMG_1195privilege of visiting Cape May in the past, we suspect you may be familiar with the famous Physick Estate on Washington St. And if not, it’s time to pay a visit to the magnificent home! Dr. Physick’s celebration will take place between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Admission is FREE and attendees are encouraged to wear their summer whites, as there will be an opportunity to watch (or even join) a croquet match.





trolleytourMoving through the month of June, MAC will also be sponsoring “Community Day” on Sunday the 12th. This is the perfect opportunity to tour a handful of Cape May’s most fascinating attractions, including the Lighthouse, World War II Lookout Tower, and of course the aforementioned Physick Estate. The ever popular guided trolley tours (which include a Physick Estate tour) will also be running throughout the day. If you’re a Cape May County resident be sure to make mention of that fact, as Community Day holds a surprise for you that you won’t want to miss!




We never hesitate to remind our visitors that Cape May is a year round community with year round fun. If Cape May were a sundae, then the beach is the cherry on top! Yes, our beaches are among the best in the country…but there’s so much more to do and see. So instead of waiting for the heart of summer to be upon us, enjoy these early June weeks for all they have to offer. You’ll be so glad you did.



Here are a list of additional activities which we encourage you to explore in the coming weeks:
6/5-6/12: Cape May Restaurant Week
6/6: Delany & Rutherford at the Rusty Nail (4:30-8:30 pm)
6/7: Cape May Music Festival-New York Chamber Ensemble Concert (8-10 pm)
6/8-6/11: 36th South Jersey Shark Tournament
6/11 and 6/12: Cape May’s Boardwalk Craft Show (on the Promenade)



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