Fireworks – Fireworks – Fireworks !

Fireworks !

This year, Cape May will once again come alive with spectacular fireworks off the beach in front of Congress Hall. The show will begin at about 8  P.M.. Just bring one of our sand chairs down to the foot of Ocean Street, or walk to the right a block and enjoy the show. This year, there will also be lots of music surrounding the 4th.. June 30th will feature the Cape May Diamonds at Convention Hall, as well as  The Doctors of Rhythm at Rotary Park just beyond the Mall.  July 1, the Logond Honors Band  will perform Latin jazz and funk at 7P.M.

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Just after Independence Day, John Clark Little Big Band will play on July 6 at Rotary Park.  Finally, on July 7th, is Cape May’s Independence Day Parade – which is the essential small town Americana parade. The Coast Guard Band will be there as well as three string bands – so those of you who are nostalgic for a Philadelphia childhood will feel right at home.  That evening, there will be two concerts – the Golden Eagle Band and the Fralinger’s String Band.

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Plan your summer getaway to Cape May and visit us at Leith Hall !

You can call us at (609) 884-1934 or go online at stay@leithhall.com

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Leith Hall Flourless Chocolate Cake

More and more, guests often tell us that they are “gluten free”. Some of the best gluten free recipes are naturally gluten free because they didn’t include flour in the first place. This flourless chocolate cake is a good example. Another is a New York cheesecake – which will appear in a future post.

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup orange liqueur like Cointreau

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

18 oz. bittersweet chocolate

1 cup sugar

6 eggs, separated, whites beaten to medium peaks.

10″ springform pan, lined with parchment and wrapped in foil

larger pan half filled with boiling water for bain-marie

pre-heat oven to 300F.

flourless chocolate cakeHeat the water, liqueur, sugar and salt together. Melt the chocolate into the water mixture, Beat the butter into the chocolate mixture, one pat at a time. Mix the egg yolks into the chocolate mixture, one at a time. Fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

Turn batter into pan. Smooth top. Bake in bain marie for 45 minutes. Cool completely (overnight in fridge is good). Unmold onto cake plate. Can be served with raspberries, or strawberries, or raspberry sauce, or lingonberries (from Ikea)

 

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Scary Cape May – the ultimate return guests

Scary Cape May, right here at Leith Hall

Last weekend, our wonderful returning guests, Jeromy and Vonessa, stayed at Leith Hall. Jeromy is a photographer and he posted a photo he took in our Iris Room on our facebook page. It shows themScary Cape May as ghosts, haunting Leith Hall – the ultimate in repeat guests. Check out our facebook page. Send us your photos, even the scary ones.

Did you know that Cape May also has lots of ghost related events all through the year. There are two different kinds of para-normal investigations that MAC sponsors. One group features Craig McManus, Cape May’s spirit medium. You can stay up through the night at the Physick Estate with him and hope for a visitation. Another group of investigators are Ghost One, who use lots of “high tech” instruments to record para-normal activity. (Think of it as Ghostbusters without the humor.) We also have ghost trolley rides (especially around the Haloween season.) and there’s Elaine’s Haunted Mansion – which is a dinner theater with a fun/scary interactive play. My guests have always had a good time there and praised the food.

Even better, make a reservation, come stay with us and check it out in person!

Elan

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SPRING FESTIVAL IS FESTING!

Spring FestivalSpring festival is Cape May’s annual sigh of relief that Winter is over. This year we have a few new events that will get you in the spirit. First, if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you can put your Easter bonnet on and have a Royal Tea at the Carriage House at the Physick Estate. There will be Royal Trivia to test your knowledge of all things regal. There’s a Spring Festivalnew tour called the Cape May Time Capsule, where characters from the nineteenth-century will guide you through there town.

And Chocolate too…

Spring FestivalSaturday, May 3rd will feature the Chocolate Championship tour, where you can benefit from the cuthroat competition among Bed and Breakfast owners for the honor and the trophy. You get to sample the goodies and vote for the best in show. April 26th, there’s a Murder Mystery Dinner at Alethea’s Restaurant, with a new mystery “Revenge is Sweet”  and  a delicious dinner. Earlier the same day (April 26) there is a Private Homes Tour, showing houses not ususally open to the public. Iboyd house love snooping in other people’s house and you will too.

Come stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast and make it a festive Spring weekend.

 

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Old Fashioned Christmas Came to Live in Cape May

old fashioned ChristmasThis December, come to Cape May, where real old fashioned Christmas came to live. There are two major house tours offered by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts; the Christmas Candlelight Tour and the Lamplighter Tour. The Candlelight tour is the biggest of the year, with about a dozen houses each night. There’s still a date available – Saturday, December 28old fashioned Christmas. Homeowners and Inn owners will greet you and show you their Victorian parlors, all decked out for the holidays. The carriage house at the Physick Estate will have hot cider and the town will be sparkling with lights.

Lamplighter Tour

A smaller, more intimate, tour of five houses and inns will be offered Friday December 27th , Monday December 30th, and Tuesday December 31st. My preference is the Lamplighter Tour. Five Victorian houses per day is near my limit. You can chose by what is offered on the evenings that you’d like to be in Cape May. old fashioned ChristmasCome stay with us at Leith Hall and enjoy Elan’s breakfasts and afternoon teas as well as Cape May’s shopping, touring, and dining.

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Holidays in Cape May – Come Visit!

Who would spend the holidays in Cape May? A beach town in the winter? Yes,218_CHRISTMAS_5 indeed. Cape May is hopping with Christmas activities. The Physick Estate has a special tour – The Physick Family Christmas. Several interpreters play the roles of Dr. Physick, his mother and his aunt – and emphasize what a lecherous (that is, fun-loving) old fellow he was.What’s amazing is that they are convincing as the prissy mother, the man-about-town son, and the suffragette aunt, and they always get the history right too.

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December 14 and 28, there will be two of the biggest house-tours of the year – The Christmas Candlelight Tours. Over a dozen houses are listed on each tour and they guarantee that your head will be swimming with wallpapers, antiques and decorations.

179_CHRISTMAS_EXHIBIT_4The Lamplighter Tour shows you about five inns at a time (a much easier to digest number)  and is available on December 13, 20, 27, 30 and 31. Come stay with us at the very decorated Leith Hall bed and breakfast and enjoy the holiday season the old-fashioned way.

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Christmas is Alive and Well in Cape May

 

A real Victorian Christmas in Victorian Cape May

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Victorian Vice

Do you love to snoop in other people’s houses? Do you love a cup of Christmas cheer and the resulting holiday spirit? How about a little Victorian vice? Then Cape May is the place for you!

Many people think of Cape May this season for the biggest tours of the year. Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14, and 28, you can join everyone visiting over a dozen Victorian houses all decked out for Christmas. There’ll be hot cider and cookies, wandering carolers, and warm trolley to get you from place to place.

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Mark Twain

Starting Monday December 8, (for three days) the Dickens Christmas Extravaganza will include talks on several of Dickens books, Mark Twain, and Robert Frost, as well as a wine tasting and a presentation on Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll in the 19th Century.

Come visit us at Leith Hall and enjoy the old-fashioned small-town charm that Cape May has to offer.

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Most Haunted City

Cape May is the most Haunted City in America

Some say the Cape May is the most haunted city in America. Some just run screamingmost haunted city from the room. You decide. This year there will be trolley rides with Craig McManus, a.k.a. “the ghostwriter” when he’ll tell you about all of the spirits he’s discovered in the Victorian houses of Cape May. If you have the nerves for it, you can spend “Midnight at the Physick Estate” and listen for the presence of Aunt Belle – shut up in the attic. The house will be decorated for the season for weeks and available on the Phantoms of the Physick Estate tour.

Another frightful alternative are the Monsters, Mystery and Mayhem available at Elaine’s Dinner Theater. This year’s offering features Dr. Frankenstein and a series of most haunted citybaffling murders at the castle. As each of the characters you suspect is murdered, you don’t know who to fear most. At least you can depend upon the food.

Consider visiting us at Leith Hall during this haunted season. Call or go on line to make a reservation (Incidentally, we’ve been certified as “ghost free” by Craig McManus himself!)

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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

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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL CAPE MAY

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Dragon Boats Invade Cape May!

Cape May City is STOKED for the Second Annual Cape May Dragon Boat Festival onragon boat festival September 28th! Picture teams of dragon boats exploding through the water in Cape May Harbor, a line of 54 lion dancers, stilt walkers, bands playing, great food and shopping!

While you are here, check out the play at Cape May StageFreud’s Last Session – which has been drawing sellout crowds in New York.

Plan to stay at Leith Hall for the weekend. Cape May is full of excellent restaurants, shopping and attractions. Book your stay at Leith Hall for the weekend of September 28th & come enjoy the Dragon Boat Festival. Paddles up!

 

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