When you check in to Leith Hall Bed and Breakfast we’ll give you a copy of This Week in Cape May, which is a calendar of tours and events in Cape May published by our local not-for-profit, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. Before you arrive, you can get the same information by going to their website. There is some kind of tour almost every day in Cape May and often a wide choice of tours. MAC offers ghost tours, architecture tours, WWII history tours, house tours, trolley tours, and walking tours.
There are also festivals to celebrate wine, chocolate, seafood, Spring, Victorian Week, D-day, Veterans Day, Christmas, Halloween and a million other special events. The information about these festivals is also available from MAC and from the website of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. Regional festivals like the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival are noted on the website of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. Every weekend from Spring to Fall, there is some special programming at our local historic farm village, Historic Cold Spring Village. They specialize in pre-Victorian rural life with activities like sheep-shearing, basket making, pumpkin carving, etc. The Village is located only three miles by car from Cape May.
Another great touring opportunity is Naval Air Station Wildwood, which is located at the county airport in Erma.It tells the story of the military installations in Cape May County during WWII. It makes a good site to see after visiting the WWII lookout tower It tells the story of military in at Sunset Beach. The Fire Control Tower no. 23 was built to spot German warships to stop them from attacking Allied commercial shipping and to stop the Germans from attacking the Naval yard at Philadelphia.
Cape May Carriage Company runs horse and carriage rides and tours that leave from Ocean Street at the corner of the Washington Street Mall. It is a very pleasant way to see the town and is both romantic and very Victorian, and the carriage drivers are really good story tellers.
Don’t forget to search for Cape May diamonds on the beach – especially at Sunset Beach where you will also find a shop that sells Cape May diamonds polished, cut and set as jewelry. Visitors have been taking home Cape May diamonds for hundreds of years. It is said that Captain Mey (we are named for him) thought that they were real diamonds in the 17th century!