Some New Furniture at Leith Hall



We don’t usually let everyone know every time we buy some new furniture at Leith Hall,

new furniture at Leith Hall

The Audubon Suite

but this time we’re very excited to have replaced two sofas. It all started when a guest noted that the wicker setee in the Audubon Suite was not as comfortable as he’d like. So we started a search for a new setee that was Victorian-ish. We found one that has Victorian front legs and is upholstered in a William Morris designed, 1880s pattern, fabric. The new setee is in place and quite comfy.

new furniture at Leith Hall

The Turkish Suite

While we were shopping for that one, we came across a Colonial Revival style, 1890s looking setee that fits on the sitting room wall in the Turkish Suite. So we had to buy it. It is tall enough to snuggle in and rest your head. Just above the new setee is a painting of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain – pretending to be Turkey. The man in the painting who appears to be praying is our Moroccan guide, Rashid, who was actually checking his digital camera battery. His friends had dressed him up in a burnoose, so he looked exotic, though he was a completely modern guy. Come visit us at Leith Hall and try out the new comfy furniture.

new furniture at Leith Hall

William Morris

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What’s better than the West Cape May Strawberry Festival ? (answer below)




Nothing’s Better Than The West Cape May Strawberry festival!

west cape may strawberry festivalThe West Cape May Strawberry Festival will be June 1 (rain date of June 2). Come out and enjoy strawberry smoothies, strawberry tacos, strawberry ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry barbeque sauce on ribs and chicken and of course, strawberry shortcake You can buy strawberry t- shirts, hats, jewelry, art work and stained glass – not to mention antiques, crab cakes, and birdhouses

There’ll be live entertainment all day with Robin Hippell (who used to be our assistant west cape may strawberry festivalinnkeeper at Leith Hall, and is a pretty mean jazz singer) and Amy Hufana from 10-12, The Too Trio from 12-3, the crowning of the Strawberry King and Queen at 3 p.m. , Mark Jacopec and his drumming troupe from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.

strawberry festival west cape may

One of the joys of the West Cape May Strawberry Festival is absorbing the atmosphere of West Cape May, with neighborliness, good feeling, and cooperation in a traditional small town setting.

lCome stay with us at Leith Hall and feast on strawberries in Wilbraham Park.


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Cape May Music Festival concert co-sponsored by Leith Hall bed and breakfast


This week, the Cape May Music Festival is beginning with a freeCape May Music Festival concert May 26th, by the Atlantic Brass Band at the Rotary Bandstand just off the Mall. It continues on Tuesday May 28th at the the Church of the Advent with the New York Chamber Ensemble playing Cape May Music FestivalDebussy, Maurice Ravel, and Auguste Saint-Saens. Soprano Wonjung Kim will sing

The next Thursday, May 30th, at 8 P.M., the music festival will change gears and present Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers singing classic country music in our new Convention Hall.

Cape May Music Festival + Leith Hall bed and breakfast

A week later on Thursday, June 6, Leith Hall will be co-sponsoring the concert by the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. They will be presenting some of my very bestCape May Music Festival favorite music.  A concerto by Vivaldi – There’s nothing better than Vivaldi; and a concerto for guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos .

The Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra concert will be conducted by.Jed Gaylin, and he always explains what the orchestra is about to play, giving you more understanding and insight into the work.

Some classical work that you’ve heard before is suddenly new and fresh and you come away with more appreciation and enjoyment than you ever had before. It even works for difficult music, though this concert will be all very easy to listen to.

The Gaylin family often stays with us at Leith Hall and it is always a joy to see them again.

There’s a concert every few days for the next few weeks. Celtic, country, chamber music, and classical orchestral music; there’s sure to be something you’ll love. Give us a call or go on-line to make a reservation.

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Bed and Breakfast sidewalk garden matures

Cape May bed and breakfast garden

2013 Front Garden

Cape May bed and breakfast garden

2012 Garden

Cape May bed and breakfast garden

2012 Front Steps

Bed and Breakfast sidewalk garden matures

If you subscribe to this blog, you may remember last May’s post about our new front sidewalk and the garden that we planted.  It’s May again, and the garden looks spectacular. All of the flowers that we planted last year have spread and the strip is a lush bed of purple and blue. I’ve put last year’s photos next to today’s to show the difference. The phlox subulata has spread and is in full bloom. The bugle weed (Ajuga reptans) has spread in the strip between the street and the sidewalk and choked out any weeds. Dusty Millers (Celosia maritima) have matured into big healthy bushes and make great repeat mounds along the length of the flower bed. I trim them and pinch out the flower buds every few days. Otherwise they will flower and die.

This Spring, we had all of the red inserts on the porch-post brackets replaced. That’s another project that has been waiting for twenty-four years, and we are thrilled. John Hassay of Cape Island Woodwork did the work and we’re very pleased. John also replaced a section of porch balustrade for us and two windows which had disintegrated.

Come visit us to inspect the new work!

2013 Front Steps

2013 Front Steps

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The World Series of Birding begins this Saturday


Forget Baseball, this is the World Series!

world series of birdingThis Saturday, May 11th, the thirtieth annual World Series of Birding will begin right here in Cape May. There will be youth and senior teams as well as the cutthroat competition among the thousands of participants, who raise over six hundred thousand dollars for conservation each year.  The event is organized by NJ Audubon Society and will begin at midnight on May 11th and  end at midnight May 14th

The World Series of Birding really is worldwide

You may know that Cape May is one of the ten top birding sites in the world. We’ve hadwirld series of birding guests at Leith Hall from as far as China, Kenya, and Germany for birding both spring and fall. Guided  walks and classes start at either the Northwood Center on Lily Lake in Cape May Point, or at the Research and Education center on Route 47 in Cape May Court House.

Give us a call or go online to make world series of birdingreservations for this spring, either to be here for the World Series of Birding, or to take a beautiful and calm guided walk and learn the basics of birding.





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Chalfonte Exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery Cape May


Chalfonte Hero thrills visitors

Chalfonte Hotel Cape May bed and breakfast

Chalfonte Hotel by Walker Evans

Cape May’s Chalfonte Hotel has been hosting guests for 137 years. And,  Karen Fox has documented its fascinating history in her book and in this season’s show at the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate. Henry Sawyer built the hotel – and his story is unforgettable. He was captured by the confederacy and held in the infamous Libby Prison in Richmond Virginia. He wasChalfonte Hotel, Cape May bed and breakfast condemned to die by chance in the cruel “Lottery of Death”, but his wife Harriet would not let that happen. She got to President Lincoln through Secretary of War, Stanton, and Lincoln ordered Henry Sawyer and two other prisoners exchanged for Robert E, Lee’s son plus two others. Harriet saved her beloved Henry, and Cape May got back its Civil War hero and hotelier.

The exhibit opens today, April 26th, and will run through the whole summer.

Chal;fonte Hotel Cape May bed and breakfast

Henry Washington Sawyer

Check it out when you come to visit us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast.

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Yummy Lunch Spot in Cape May



Yummy Lunch, Yes!

yummy lunch

The Carriage House Café and Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May is opening for another season with a new chef, a new menu, and an expanded take-out service. You can have lunch in the former horse stalls of the Carriage House, where Emlen Physick’s horses used to munch away, or in the striped tent on the patio behind the carriage house. The tent is surrounded by gardens, with a view of the gorgeous Physick house.

If you want to have an elegant afternoon experience in the Cape Mayyummy lunch at the Physick Estatetradition, you can have an “Elegant Afternoon Tea.” If you want a quick lunch and a rest after trudging the streets of Cape May, you can do that too. You can even take out a sandwich, salad, cake or fruit and eat on the picnic table near the carriage house. We’ll take care of breakfast at Leith Hall, now lunch is settled. All you have to decide on is dinner.

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Peace at Leith Hall bed and breakfast but MURDER at dinner


Leith Hall hosts murder mystery guests

Bed and Breakfast calm and mayhem at dinner

After your peaceful night and relaxing breakfast at Leith Hall bed and breakfast, prepare Cape May bed and breakfast murder mysteryfor mayhem at lunch or dinner. Murder Mystery Dinners and luncheons will be held on Saturdays April 27 and May 4, and Sundays April 28 and May 5. The mystery will be “A Foul Weather Fiend” presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. After your meal, you can interact with the cast of likely suspects and try your hand as solving the mystery before all is revealed!

Cape May bed and breakfast

Good food, a fun play, and a challenging puzzle can be yours when you stay at Leith Hall bed and breakfast either of these weekends. Make your reservation now!

Cape May bed and breakfast

A Suspicious Character

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Cape May Bed and Breakfast that’s not haunted!


Not-Haunted bed and breakfast hosts ghost hunters.

An invitation from Leith Hall- Cape May bed and breakfast to come to town this weekend for the Full Moon Ghost Hunt with Ghost One. Saturday, Cape May bed and breakfast haunted houseApril 27, you can visit the Emlen Physick Estate in the evening with Ghost-One, a high tech ghost- investigative team. You’ll record the voices of the ghosts, look for cold spots, and otherwise track down the elusive beings.

Cape May bed and breakfast – Physick Estate combo event

Afterward, you will all meet in the carriage house for dessert and to discuss your findings. This should be lots of fun and a great Cape May bed and breakfast ghost huntersevening’s entertainment. Call us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast for reservations.

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Spring Festival


Spring festival Chocolate ChampionshipSpring Festival is Festing!

April 26 through May 5 is Cape May’s Spring Festival. The grounds of the Physick Estate will be hopping with live music, good food, and a crafts and antique show. Spring Festival also includes The Chocolate Championship Contest – where you tour five inns, taste their chocolate specialties, and vote for the best. There are also Winery Cellar tours and tastings and Murder Spring Festival wine tastingMystery dinners and lunches, and a private homes tour of houses not usually open to the public.

Saturday, you can even start the day with Victorian dance lessons and end it with a Victorian Ball to show off your new moves.

If you’d like to make reservations at Leith Hall, give us a call (609) 884-1934 or go to our website  www.leithhall.comSpring Festival dance

Looking forward to seeing you again,

Elan and Susan

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