What do Sherlock Holmes, Eddie Palmieri, and Dianne Reeves have in common??

Sherlock Holmes, JazzCape May, that’s what.

Whether you’re a die-hard Sherlock fanatic or a casual murder mystery dinner fan, you’ll love Sherlock Holmes Weekend in Cape May.  The weekend begins with a coffee and dessert reception where the plot begins. Saturday afternoon, you tour a group of Cape May’s Victorian homes, searching for clues to unravel the mystery. After the search for clues, you reconvene at the Inn of Cape May and find out how you are doing compared to Sherlock and to your fellow detectives. Sunday afternoon – all is revealed.

First Mystery – then Jazz!

For something completely different, the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival will feature jazz stars that are so great, thatSherlock Holmes, Jazz it’s a miracle that we can get them in Cape May. Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band is legendary and Dianne Reeves is often described as the premiere jazz vocalist in the world. Give us a call at Leith Hall or book online for a wonderful weekend in Cape May.

Sherlock Holmes


Bean There, Done That


And Lima better person for it.

west cape mayYes, October 12, 2013, is this year’s ever-popular West Cape May Lima Bean Festival. It is the queen of small town farm festivals and is great fun for everyone. There’ll be live music, Lima chili, Lima soup, and maybe even Lima ice-cream.  Don’t worry, there are always crab cakes and North Carolina west cape maystyle pulled pork barbeque. Antiques and collectables, handmade crafts and jewelry, and cakes and pastries round out the offerings.

there are lots of other activities going on this weekend; Victorian Weekend, “Freud’s Last Session” at Cape May Stage, winery tours and craft beer dinners. Call us for reservations and spend a great Fall weekend in Cape May.


Alice Steer Wilson book in Cape May

A book about Alice Steer Wilson by her daughter to be celebrated in Cape May

Alice Steer Wilson was a great Cape May painter, and will be remembered at a book Alice Steer Wilson Cape Maysigning this Saturday at the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate. Her daughter Janice Wilson Stridick, has just written a book about her mother, Light Particularly, and will appear to autograph copies.

Alice Steer Wison was both a skilled and inspired painter. Her paintings often specified the highlights and shadows of a subject, leaving the viewer to fill-in the middle tones. This caused the paintings to pop into three

Alice Steer Wilson
Alice Steer Wilson

dimensions, and somehow made them more striking and involving, too. The paintings are beautiful, but they are not just souvenirs of pretty Cape May cottages. Instead, they are accomplished paintings that use the light falling on complicated architecture and the shadows cast as their common theme.

Many of her paintings remind me of watercolors by John Singer

Alice Steer Wislon, John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent

Sargent. This is no small compliment, as John Singer Sargent was the best watercolorist there ever was.

Joh Singer Sargent Watercolor
John Singer Sargent Watercolor

Take the time to visit the book signing at the Carriage House at the Physick Estate and meet Janice Wilson Stridick. Janice is a designer in her own right and is active in Historic Preservation in New Jersey. Use the occasion for a visit to Leith Hall, a dip in the ocean and a snooze on the beach.

Alice Steer Wilson, Cape May
Alice Steer Wilson



Designer Show House in Cape May

Spectacular New Designer Show House

If you like Designer Show Houses, Cape May’s got a great one this summer. A wonderful couple (Ioanna Iliopolis and Tom Cataldo) has

Mainstay Inn
The Mainstay Inn

just built a beautiful new house on Washington Street. It is patterned after the grand Tuscan Villas of Cape May – the Southern Mansion and the Mainstay Inn. A Tuscan Villa is a cube-shaped house with a low hipped roof and a cupola  And this new one, Cavalier Cottage, is a very cute example.

MAC (our local non-profit organization) didn’t have a designer show

The Southern Mansion
The Southern Mansion

house last year, and is thrilled with the generosity of the owners. All summer long you can visit the show house, and combine your visit with a lunch at the Carriage House Café at the Physick Estate. Each room was conceived by a different designer. Most are from Cape May, but also they also include designers from Haddonfeild and Devon, Pennsylvania. Consider visiting us this summer and combining the Victorian interiors at Leith Hall and the Physick Estate with the new interiors at Cavalier Cottage.

Cavalier Cottage
Cavalier Cottage


Are you tired of gyring and gimbling in the wabe?

Stop that gyring and gimbling and learn some new forms of poetry.

Believe it or not, we are about to have a serious poetry workshop in

gyring and gimbling
Lewis Carroll

Cape May. Led by Sylvia Baer, who is the director of the Poetry Center at Gloucester County College, the weekly sessions will teach you about different forms and how to polish and improve your own work.

Participants will not be required to share their work, but will have the benefit of Professor Baer’s professional advice.  The sessions will be held on Mondays, July 1, 8 and  15th, from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.

gyring and gimblingCome visit us for the weekend and add Monday night to work on your verse.  Whichever Monday  you sign up for, it’ll be a frabjous day !