July in Cape May

The summer is in full swing and the town is more alive than ever. The Independence Day has come and gone, and we hope you had a great spot to watch the fireworks. If this was your first time in Cape May for 4th of July, now you understand why it is so popular and why it’s a tradition for so many people. If you are here or planning to visit soon, we have plenty of recommendations for you to do or see while you are here!

 

 

 

On Saturday, July 14th, if you are in the mood for some good music, Gregg Carpenter will play at Tiki Ten 35, 12pm- 5:00pm; The Bastard Sons of Captain Mey play at Harry’s, 4 – 8pm and Jack Melton Band at Rotary Park, 7 – 9pm; The Squares play at Nauti Distillery, 6:30-9:30pm. On the Promenade, the annual ArtShow takes place and you can buy great pieces from local vendors.

 

 

 

There are a few things that are available the entire month of July! Carroll Gallery exhibits “Capturing Cape May’s Architecture: The Making of a National History Landmark” and it’s a free admission. Also, you can go on a narrated boat cruise around Cape Island. and learn more about the history of the resort and area marine life.

 

 

On Monday, July 16, Marnie and Nate play at Harry’s (4-8 pm), Jon Pruitt at Merion Inn, 5:30 – 10:30pm; Odessa Klezmer at Rotary Park (7-9pm) and Cape May Stage presents Jimmy Webb, 8-10pm;

 

 

On Tuesday, July 17, stop by at Willow Creek Winery for a fun trivia Night or go at the Convention Hall and see the best magic show presented by The Great Magician.

 

 

Did you know you can see movies on the beach in Cape May? Every Thursday during the summer, you can watch a movie on the beach on a big screen by the Convention Hall. Grab a blanket and some snacks and stop by Thursday, July 19 to see X-Men Apocalypse from 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm.

 

 

If you want to see a theater play, East Lynne Theater Company presents ” On the Sunny Side of the Street” on July 21 and “Arsenic and Old Lace” on July 25th.

 

 

Another great family activity for all ages is breakfast with the Pirates at Emlen Physick Estate, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, or you can stop by at the Lighthouse for a Christmas in July craft show, 10am – 2pm on Wednesday, July 25.

 

 

 

Having the best beaches, amazing restaurants and great events, Cape May has something for everyone. If you haven’t booked your summer rental yet, we still have options for you! Check our inventory HERE, or give us a call at 609.884.1888 and our rental Reservationist will help you find the perfect property.

Memorial Day in Cape May!

Memorial Day is on the horizon and vacationers are looking forward to a 3-day weekend, filled with family events, beach time, and visits to favorite haunts. On this day, though we honor the fallen men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. Memorial Day is the official start of summer, the restaurants and shops are returning to their extended hours!  If you don’t have plans yet, you should visit Cape May – there is much to do and see!

 

 

 

 

On Friday, May 18, take a stroll on Washington Street Mall, the stores are having a spring sidewalk sale. Later in the day, you can stop by at Nauti Spirits Distillery and enjoy one of their amazing cocktails while listening to The Honeyhawks, a local duo who will make your ears happy! Nauti also has tours of the distillery, so be sure to take the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about the distilling process. Also, take a moment to look very closely at their logo…it’s surprising and cool!

 

 

 

Sunday, May 20th, stop by the Cape May Airport Aerodrome in Erma for the Cape May Fringe Film Festival – a new event and venue in our area presenting productions by theatrical companies from Pittsburgh, Cape May, Philadelphia and New Jersey. If you love wine, you can enrich your knowledge of wines during the Cape May Wine School. The event takes place at Washington Inn between 1:00 – 3:00 pm and there is an admission cost.

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, May 23, Thursday May 24th and Friday May 25th, East Lynne Theater Company presents ” A Year in the Trenches” and Cape May Stage presents ” Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” Two great plays that you need to see if you are in town.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, May 26, The Kiwanis Club holds their much-anticipated annual yard sale. The sale starts bright and early at 7:00 am and there will be so many treasures awaiting, you will not leave empty-handed!

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, May 27th, there are so many great musicians playing around town. Here’s a rundown of what’s in store:

Catch “Girls Rock the Vines” at Hawk Haven Vineyard as you sip on one of their delicious wines. Locals musicians Patty Blee, C. Lynne Smith, Lelah Eppenbach and our own Debra Donahue will be performing together throughout the day from 1-7pm with duos, trios and all-out collaborations of rock, folk, blues and bluegrass.

Another great show will take place at Nauti Spirits Distillery where local musician Chris Gillian-Schwartz will be playing, and trust us, you want to go and see him perform live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Memorial Day, Monday the 28th, the City of Cape May and American Legion

Harry Snyder Post 193 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 11:00 am in Cape May Convention Hall. After the ceremony, the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May will launch the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach.  The public is welcomed to attend the ceremonies and honor our Veterans.

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t yet booked your vacation rental, call Homestead at 609.884.1888

and we can help you with that! We still have plenty of openings for getaway weekends and of course, for the SUMMER!

 

 

Let Cape May be your happy place

You may wonder: Why Cape May? Cape May is one of the country’s oldest vacation resort destinations and it’s a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian architecture. The Travel Channel (among other organizations and media outlets) recognized Cape May as one of America’s top 10 beaches. The peninsula has welcomed vacationers to her shores since the mid-18th century, and continues to enjoy the distinction as one of our nation’s premier year-round vacation destinations.

 

 

 

 

Cape May has many special features for you and your family to experience and explore. For instance, have you heard of Cape May Diamonds? They are little quartz pebbles, washed down from the Delaware River and you can find your very own on Sunset Beach and other beaches in the area. Grab your little ones and start a family scavenger hunt… for Diamonds!

 

 

 

 

There are so many great things to do in Cape May this spring. You can go on a 2-hour narrated sightseeing cruise around the island of Cape May on board of Cape May Whale Watcher, The skilled captains and crew will share lots of information about the area’s unique marine life and about the history of Cape May.

 

 

 

 

If you love birds, you might already know that Cape May is world famous for its bird watching, Monarch butterfly migration and natural history. You can embark on Cape May’s Wild Side Trolley tour to learn more about the diversity, abundance and history of this amazing spectacle.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are up for a great adventure with the whole family you should try the Cape May Family Treasure Hunt. The packet includes a clues sheet and a map that will take you on a self-guided discovery tour of Cape May.

 

 

 

For chocolate lovers, The Blue Rose Inn has planned a delicious event for you! Join them on Saturday, April 28th at 1:00 pm for their annual chocolate event… seven courses of chocolate desserts! You will learn from the chef himself, how they are created.

 

 

 

 

Another great way to spend your afternoon and learn about vinicultures by visiting Cape May County’s wineries on the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts’ “Cape May Wine Trail” trolley tour. The wine trail includes tours and tastings at Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Natali Vineyards (both a bit to our north) and lunch at Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom at the Physick Estate.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway weekend or just a few days away with your family, Cape May is the place to be. To book your spring vacation call Homestead Real Estate at 609-884-1888 or contact us via email: reservations@homesteadrealestate.net. If you haven’t reserved a property for your summer vacation, now is the time to do it. View all our properties online HERE.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Cape May: It’s Marvelous in Mid-Winter

With so much as a blink, the first month of 2018 is rapidly drawing to a close. For some, we’re sure that you’ve enjoyed the quiet of winter, the post holiday calm, and maybe even the bitter cold weather. While for others, January was likely more a mix of winter blues with a pining for spring warmth and color. The good news is that at this point in the season, there’s happiness for both sides of the coin. It’s just about getting to that time when we can realistically look forward to spring…but there’s also plenty of winter left for those who are enjoying the season. And now that the weather seems to have stabilized a bit, it’s a great time to visit Cape May. Why? Well, here’s a few of the best reasons…

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Beach CondosLook for your summer rental: In the winter, everything looks different. And not just because of the landscape, though that of course takes on its own hue, but more so because there are so fewer people than there are at the height of the summer. Whether you’re looking for a new rental for the coming season, or you simply want to take a ride past the home that you’ve already booked…now is the time to do so without the encumbrance of traffic, pedestrians, bicycles, and the like. And if you haven’t reserved your rental yet, don’t delay too much longer! Inventory is going quickly as the bitter cold early winter seems to have sent Cape May vacationers into a very early spring fever. There’s simply no better way to get excited about spring and summer than to know that your vacation rental is booked and waiting for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Beach House Vacation RentalsTake in the sites: Naturally, many Cape May businesses are currently closed. Some continue to remain open on the weekends, while many are enjoying another few weeks of winter as they prepare for a fresh re-opening on President’s Day Weekend. This time of year is perfect for exploring what’s what around town, and deciding where you want to visit when you return in the spring/summer season. And don’t forget about stopping to take in the offerings of Cape May’s natural world. In winter, the beach invokes a feeling of tranquility and a sense of  vastness that is sometimes not as perceptible in the heat of the summer. Other places to check out include Sunset Beach, The Cape May Lighthouse, and even the Washington Street Mall…all of which are beautiful in their winter dormancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy winter activities like a local: We want to emphasize that ALL is certainly not quiet and closed during the winter. Take a historic trolley tour (a great way to escape the cold), enjoy Saturday Night Jazz at the Willow Creek Winery, or have fun and take part in the humble Cape May tradition of roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall; always a local favorite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit us here at Homestead: You can go ahead and add Homestead to the list of places that are NOT closed for the season. Throughout the winter, we maintain our hours of Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. As Cape May experts, our rental team is always ready to help you find the perfect vacation home for your needs in a no pressure, comfortable environment (we even have coffee and tea!). And if you’re interested in information about purchasing a full time or investment home in the Cape May area, our sales team is always ready to assist.

 

 

 

 

 

No matter what your feelings about winter, we invite you to remember that Cape May is a resort for all seasons. And if you need a getaway, even if just for the day, this is the place to be.

 

 

 

 

Homestead wishes everyone a wonderful weekend full or warm winter thoughts and dreams of the spring that is to come.

 

 

“Fall for the Fall!” It’s October in Cape May. Here’s why we’re Excited…

Autumn is here in all its glory! As Cape May is located in the Mid-Atlantic region, we are fortunate to experience a very traditional change of seasons. From the sub-tropical summer heat in July to the windswept, frigid beaches of January…Cape May is exposed to a bit everything that Mother Nature has to offer. While weather preferences are typically subjective…it’s hard to deny that October is one of the most gorgeous months of the year here in town. Rarely is it hot and muggy (like the September week we just experienced!)…but it also never gets TOO cold. Nearly every day is full of breezy blue sky, moderate temperatures, and nearly non-existent humidity. In short…it doesn’t get any better for the enjoyment of indoor and outdoor activities. And here in Cape May, there’s LOTS coming up. Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, September 30th, Oktoberfest returns to Cape May’s historic Jackson Street! This perennial event is ALWAYS a favorite for locals and visitors. Touted as the kickoff of fall’s arrival, the festival features food, music, and fun for the entire family. There’s no charge either. So stop by for a few minutes, or wallow away the full day. There’s no better way to welcome this wonderful season of bold colors, crisp air, and of course…pumpkin everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Friday, September 29th through Tuesday, October 3rd, experience the SOMA NewArt Gallery’s final exhibition of its 2017 season. The season will conclude with the finest of work from artists Sam Donovan and Stan Sperlak-a venerable Cape May favorite! The gallery is always a nice place to explore, whether you’re just looking around, or you’re in the market for that perfect piece of original art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you experienced Cape May’s Beach Plum Farm? If not, head over to “Fall at the Farm”. This event begins on Saturday, September 30th and will take place every Saturday through the end of October. There will be live music, hayrides, and of course…the freshest of seasonal goodies. It’s a wonderful way to experience the very best of land and sea right here on Cape Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 6th through Monday, October 9th, you won’t want to miss Cape May’s 45th Annual Victorian Weekend, presented by the Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. Victorian weekend is an annual autumn event that places an emphasis on all things historic. Activities include house tours, living history events, workshops, and more. The weekend-long event effortlessly blends education, fun, and relaxation for an experience that is unparalleled and truly unique to Cape May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the midst of Victorian Weekend, we encourage you to head on over to West Cape May’s Wilbraham Park on Saturday, October 7th. It’s there that you will find the always popular and proudly quirky West Cape May Lima Bean Festival! West Cape May takes this annual event very seriously, and tedious efforts are put forth to ensure that it’s an experience unlike any other. This is a great opportunity to meet many a Cape May local, and you’ll also have your choice of an astounding variety of recipes, crafts, pottery, and other Lima bean themed products that we guarantee you’ve never laid eyes on. Homestead will also be present at the festival, so please stop by and say hello. You’ll even have a chance to win our coveted Lima bean Beach chair! (The actual chair is pictured above/left). NOTE: In the event of rain, the Lima Bean Fest will be held on Monday, October 9th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From October 7th through the 31st, be sure to visit “Scarecrow Alley” on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. You’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite homemade scarecrow. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the estate’s spooky Halloween décor, perfectly setting the tone for this most favorite of fun holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s Wine and Music Fest will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th at the Hawk Haven Winery. The festival will feature live music, fine local wines, a variety of delicious food, and even a craft beer garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, it just wouldn’t be October in Cape May without some old fashioned Halloween fun! With a fitting beginning of Friday, October 13th, Halloween Happenings in Cape May will continue up to and including Halloween Night. With its rich history, Cape May also has an abundant “haunted history” that’s both exciting and educational. The Cape May MAC does a wonderful job of presenting this history in a fun, whimsical style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whether you’re fortunate to be spending a week (or longer) in Cape May this fall, or you’re planning a weekend getaway…there will be something exciting on the horizon throughout the month. Join us in celebrating October-one of our very favorite months-and “fall” for the fall here in Cape May.

We’ve Never been to Cape May…Where do we Stay? Let’s find out!

As we transition into autumn here in Cape May, the September weather has not disappointed. While last week was downright crisp, this week has seen the return of tropical humidity. Temperatures are tolerable though..which keeps the oppressiveness at bay. In short, the weather is conducive to outdoor exploring in and around town. Most restaurants and businesses are still open as well, offering air conditioned relief and relaxation when needed! We hope everyone is ready to enjoy the fall season and explore all that Cape May has to offer. At Homestead, our agents have already been busy with inquiries and reservations for the 2018 summer season. We’re so pleased at the number of inquiries we are receiving from those that have never been to Cape May before. Among such inquiries, a common question centers around the different areas of town and which one is “best”. Well, any Cape May native or habitual visitor will tell you that there are no “best” areas…there’s simply different parts of town that are more suited to specific needs and desires. Let’s take a look…

 

 

 

Cape May Proper: Cross the main bridge into town (sometimes referred to as the Lobster House Bridge” by many a local) and you’re on your way into Cape May. The foot of the bridge splits off into Washington Street or Lafayette Street Lafayette ends at historic Jackson Street., just past Cape May’s beautiful new rotary park. Washington breezes past Cape May landmarks such as the Emlen Physick Estate and the Washington Inn, before ultimately flowing into the venerable Washington Street Mall. The mall and its surrounding areas are typically referred to as the “center of town”. It’s impossible to miss…and once you visit, you’ll want to keep coming back.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s East End: Cape May’s east side is not officially named as such, but it encompasses a specific area of the island that is worth a mention. A long time favorite among many rental guests, the east end is home to multiple residential areas. These are quiet enclaves that are within an easy walking distance to the center of town. The most exclusive of such areas is referred to as Poverty Beach, which is home to multiple grandly designed beachside estates. These homes are all 5+ bedrooms and are ideally suited for larger rental groups. Many of the properties feature the “upside down” layouts which are conducive to entertaining, privacy, and views. Continue North on Pittsburgh Avenue and you’ll pass the “state streets” to your left (and the Coast Guard Base on the right). These streets encompass a large residential area of single family homes, before transitioning into a section known as Village Green…a neighborhood with many twin and quad style homes. While it’s a bit of a longer walk to the beach and town, these homes can be ideal for small rental groups, and many allow pets too! Most of the east side streets connect Pittsburgh Avenue to Madison, which is abutted by Columbia, Washington, Lafayette, and multiple side lanes that lead westward to the town center. All streets are worth exploring as no two are the same!

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Summer CrabbingWest Cape May: Unlike the unofficially branded east side, West Cape May is its own municipality. From the north, head into town via Seashore Road over the locally termed “West Cape May Bridge”. Just past Stimpson Lane (which leads towards the point-more on that below), Seashore Road becomes Broadway…and you’re officially in West Cape May. To the left, various avenues connect Broadway to Park Boulevard. One such avenue is Mechanic Street, which is home to quaint cottages like this one. To the right is the largest area of West Cape May, where avenues with numeric titles connect Broadway to Bayshore Road. Bayshore leads toward Sunset Boulevard and also intersects the popular Willow Creek Winery and Beach Plum Farm. This general area is largely residential, with single family rental homes in varying styles and sizes. It’s a perfect location if you’re in search of a more modern variety of rental, and it’s also home to a number of pet friendly properties. You’ll find 2 bedroom cottages, 5 bedroom spaciousness, and everything in between. From most of its areas, West Cape May does require a jaunt into the center of town via car or bike. The upside though is that its location often awards renters more house for the money…so that’s something to keep in mind as you scope out your next Cape May rental locale.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Point: Encapsulating the beauty of nature, Cape May Point containsCape May Lighthouse just one restaurant, and its post office…that’s it. In fact, homes in the Point don’t even have door to door post service…that’s how tranquil of an area it is! Home to the Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May Point State Park, and the Cape May Lighthouse…this is where to stay if you aspire to be surrounded by nature. But remember that the bustle of Cape May is just minutes away. Residences in the point are often charming and whimsical cottages that are a blend of the beach and the country. But larger, modern homes are available as well. And due to its notoriety as a premier birding destination…the Point typically remains booked straight through the fall season.

 

 

 

 

 

Cape May Beach House Vacation RentalsOffshore: Head offshore via West Cape May, then head west. You’ll be met by the Cape May Lewes Ferry entrance and the Lower Township Bay Front, where a number of beautiful properties feature panoramic views of the Delaware Bay. The surrounding area is an established, heavily shaded community with a wide range of properties. And the bay beaches feature their own brand of tranquility and local flare. The offshore area may not be where you want to stay if you’re experiencing Cape May for the first time…but it’s certainly worth a visit, especially to view the incomparable sunsets of the Delaware Bay.

 

 

 

 

So there we have it, a condensed answer to the question of “where do we stay if we’ve never been to Cape May?” As you may now realize…it’s not an easy question to answer. That’s why now is the time to begin exploring the Cape May area and narrow down your rental selections. Take advantage of this beautiful autumn season and plan ahead! By the time next summer rolls around…you’ll have nothing to do but get in the car and head south.

 

 

 

 

When you’re ready to reserve a rental, remember that Homestead’s agents are available to guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible.

 

 

 

 

Research, reserve, and then… relax!

 

 

 

Hello September! 10 Reasons this is a “Must Visit” Month in Cape May…

Welcome September! It’s no secret that this first day of the ninth month is a favorite among Cape May locals. Everyone loves the buzz of the summer…but the peak season crowds combined with often intense heat & humidity create a longing for a respite. Enter September! With beautiful weather and an even pace…it’s no wonder this month is a local favorite. But it’s not just Cape May natives who should bask in the commencement of the “off-season”, rather; this is also a perfect time of year to visit for a day, weekend, or even a full week. Here are 10 reasons to LOVE September in Cape May…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend: Okay, so have you once again let the summer slide by without taking a vacation? Was your last 3 day weekend the 4th of July? If so, you’re not alone! Summer has always been a “blink and you miss it” kind of season, especially in Cape May. That’s why Labor Day weekend is a great time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the late summer atmosphere. If you’re fortunate to have been granted a 3 day weekend, Cape May is the place to be. We’re the perfect locale for impromptu day-trips. Come enjoy a nice change of scenery before “back to school” and planning for Fall begin to dominate your calendar.

 

 

 

 

Wondrous Weather: Of course there are exceptions, but generally speaking, September features some of the most gorgeous weather of the year here in Cape May. The oppressiveness of midsummer gives way to sun drenched, calm days with crystal blue skies. The air is still quite warm though, and the evenings typically remain balmy-mostly due to the mild autumn waters of the Atlantic. In short, it’s not too hot and not too cold, not yet “crisp”, but no longer scorching. If there’s such a thing as “perfect” weather…September in Cape May is about as close as it gets.

 

 

 

 

The Best of the Beach: Tying in nicely with the beautiful weather is the fact that September on the beach is a wonderful experience. First, the beaches do become FREE after Labor Day and no tags are needed. The crowds also thin out considerably…especially during the week. It’s that time of year when you can get lost in a book by the shoreline and feel as though you are on a private beach. And as mentioned, the water is often still very warm too. We do remind you to be EXTREMELY careful when enjoying the beach in September, as the beach patrol vacates for the season just after Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

Weekday Wanderlust: The lighter crowds of September aren’t just confined to the beach. The inevitable start of the school year has a direct effect on the number of people that are in and about town during the week. But if you DO plan to take a September vacation week, be assured that businesses, restaurants, and attractions are open an average of about 5 days per week. In fact, most remain open 7 days until the end of the month. If a business does choose to close for one or two days per week as the off-season begins, typically those days are Monday and/or Tuesday. Still, you can be certain that your September stroll around Cape May will be met with open doors and plenty of fun.

 

 

 

 

Weekend warriors: Not quite ready to leave the summer behind? Enjoy the fast paced feel of the seashore at its peak? Well, September weekends in Cape May are certainly for you. The lighter crowds of the weekday give way to bustling weekends that are reminiscent of mid July. If you’re here for a full week this month…you’ll truly get the best of both worlds with a quieter “work” week followed by a lively weekend.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wonderland: Cape May is one of our nation’s premiere wedding destinations…and September is a popular (and ideal) month for weddings! It’s impossible to be in town during a September weekend and not come across a wedding party on the beach, in a horse and carriage, on the trolley, or sometimes just strolling through town. Weddings large and small are held throughout town, and they consistently enhance Cape May’s storybook charm. And if you’re planning your own nuptials, this is a fabulous time to shop venues, accommodations, gowns, & gifts.

 

 

 

 

“Wine” down your Summer: Cape May County is home to some of New Jersey’s finest vineyards, including the Cape May Winery, Hawk Haven Winery, and Willow Creek Winery. You should most definitely visit one (or all) of these establishments. From the last of Sangria Sunday’s at Hawk Haven, to exciting events at Willow Creek such as Yoga in the Vines, Wine & Paint, and Fire Pit Fridays (a local favorite)…there’s always something fun happening at one of our hometown wineries.

 

 

 

 

Shop Away the Season: Everyday is a good day for shopping in Cape May…especially when it comes to the unique offerings found throughout the beautiful Washington Street Mall. September brings an extra special shopping experience with the mall’s semi-annual Sidewalk Sale (9/14-9/17/17). You’ll discover bargains you won’t believe on products you can’t find anywhere else! This Labor Day weekend, stroll up to the promenade and experience the “summer send-off Craft Show”. It’s the place to stock up on holiday gifts, home decor, jewelry, and much more. There’s something for everyone, topped off, of course, buy the panoramic view of the Ocean just steps away.

 

 

 

 

Reduced Rates Rule the Month: That’s right…most rental properties experience a significant price reduction now that the prime season has concluded. There’s also far more flexibility for your rental time frame. Enjoy two and three night minimums at many properties, and even stay for a full week without being confined to the Saturday-Saturday summer rental model. The possibilities are endless…all you have to do is ask!

 

 

 

 

Look Forward to Fall Fun: Autumn is a favorite season of many, and it’s time to begin getting excited about it. Cape May is not a place where the seasons are rushed…so don’t expect to see Christmas lights and Santa just yet. What you will find though, is that many homes and businesses will become beautifully decked out for Fall over the next few weeks. There will also be festivals & foliage, golden sunsets and crisp days for birding. It’s all coming up, and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

 

 

 

 

As Labor Day Weekend 2017 descends upon Cape May like a late summer sunset, remember that a new season of fun has just begun. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend, and we sure do hope that we will see you in September!

 

 

 

 

Cape May’s August Offerings…Here’s why Summer is far from over!

August is officially upon us, and with it comes the usual talk about the end of summer, the advent of fall, and “back to school” time. We know that fall is a wonderful season, and that the summer heat can be a bit oppressive….but it’s also important to enjoy each season to its fullest extent. Don’t let August pass you by as you a anticipate the autumn to come. There is simply too much going on that you don’t want to miss. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to enjoy Cape May throughout the next few weeks….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, August 5th, the place to be is the Emlen Physick Estate for the 6th Annual Craft Beer and Crab Festival! Presented by Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities…this all day event will include local craft beers and summer delicacies, including steamed crabs and crab cakes. There will also be live music & crafts for the ultimate in summer fun. The Emlem Physick Estate is located on Washington Street; one of the two primary routes in and out of Cape May. So this is the absolutely perfect event to stop off at on your way into town. Kick off your vacation and indulge in a summer lunch before picking up the keys to your rental property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th at Historic Cold Spring Vilage, it’s “Down on the Farm” weekend. Interactive actives will allow you to experience what life was like in Early American South Jersey. Although Cape May is a bustling seashore resort…many areas of greater Cape May County are actually home to working farmlands. Experience the farming lifestyle and enjoy the charm and history of beautiful Cold Spring Village. The Village will also be holding a Dog Show this Saturday between 11 am and noon! All are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday evening, August 5th (and every Saturday through Labor Day), experience Jazz Night at the gorgeous Willow Creek Winery. Admission is FREE. This Saturday is scheduled to feature the relaxing sounds of the Erik Marley Trio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SOMA New Art Gallery will be kicking off it’s fourth art exhibition of the 2017 season. Featured artists will be Greg Bennett, and local favorite Victor Grasso. The exhibition will begin at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 6th. Stop in, cool off, and enjoy a bit of Cape May culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As if there weren’t already a laundry list of reasons to visit the Cape May Point Lighthouse, here’s another one: Monday, August 7th is National Lighthouse Day! Cape May’s Lighthouse will be celebrating with games, music, and craft vendors. Activities will all take place at the base of the lighthouse, and are sponsored by Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts. Take this opportunity to explore Cape May Point State Park and the surrounding area as well. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, August 9th, enjoy the mid-point of your Cape May vacation week with a FREE summer concert at the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal Lawn. This week’s concert will feature the smooth music of the Soul Cruisers…perfect for a midsummer’s evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Thursday, August 10th, the always exciting “Movies on the Beach” presents “JAWS”. We can’t think of a better film to watch while sitting on the beach and listening to the roar of the ocean in the background. Talk about adding to the suspense! The film will begin at 8:00 pm on Stockton Avenue beach (just next to Cape May’s Convention Hall). This is a FREE event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, your Promenade stroll will be enhanced by the semi-annual Promenade Craft Show. This is a great opportunity to pick up a few wonderful Cape May souvenirs before you head out of town. You’ll find handmade crafts and artwork that are truly one of a kind. And there’s nothing like browsing and shopping in the open air while listening to the seaside as it beckons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the events that we’ve mentioned, perennial favorites that will continue through the month include Fire Pit Fridays at the Willow Creek Winery, Sangria Sundays at Hawk Haven Winery, Rotary Bandstand Concerts, The Nature and Wildlife Show at Convention Hall, and the West Cape May Farmers Market (where Homestead is always a presence!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By now, we’re sure you’re realizing that there’s more to see and do in Cape May than we could ever mention…and we’re only talking about the month of August! So while you anticipate the fall-with its crisp air and crystal blue skies-enjoy the rest of the summer and the multitude of events that it has in store.

 

Happy Friday!

 

 

 

 

*Homestead does not manage any of the events that have been listed. All are subject to change without notice.