Karen Akers moves Cape May to the Big Time

 

 

Karen Akers is coming to Cape May!

Karen AkersThe show is An Evening of Cole Porter: Anything Goes. The date is Monday July 22 and the price is fifty dollars. Now Cape May Stage can take its place alongside the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Algonquin in New York in hosting Karen Akers.  She is the best and most famous cabaret singer in America and will feature some of my favorite Cole Porter songs like I Get a Kick Out of You. (Who else would rhyme “Flying too high with some guy in the sky…” that’s four rhymes in nine words) Some of the songs will be melodramatic tear-jerkersKaren Akers like I love Paris, but many others will be the sarcastic, smart alecky Cole Porter lyrics I love like I’m Always True to you Darling (in my fashion) Look at – “If a custom tailored vet, Asks me out for something wet. When the vet begins to pet, I cry Hooray” Nobody wrote cheeky lyrics like Cole Porter.

Karen AkersCome visit us at Leith Hall for the weekend before the concert or for the midweek afterward. We look forward to seeing you.

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Travel and Leisure honors Cape May

Travel and Leisure discovers Cape May’s Charms

Travel and Leisure
Romance on Leith Hall’s porch

Travel and Leisure just identified Cape May as one of the best small resorts in the country. We’ve known that for years, but it’s nice to see it confirmed by a national magazine. They point out the Victorian Bed and Breakfasts and the many great restaurants as high points of a visit to Cape May. For me, it’s also that Cape May is never overcrowded. Because we don’t have any tall buildings, even when the town is full, it’s just bustling, not crowded.

The article mentioned the high-end fine-dining choices in Cape May,Travel and Leisure but we also have a host of medium price and inexpensive restaurants with wonderful food and charming settings.  Call us (609) 884-1934 or go online to make a reservation today. Come to Cape May to unwind and eat well.

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Cape May Music Festival Special – Free Tickets!

 

CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL SPECIAL – FREE TICKETS FROM LEITH HALL

Cape May Music Festival + Leith Hall bed and breakfast

Thursday, June 6, Leith Hall will be co-sponsoring the concert by the Bay Atlantic Cape May Music Festival special offerSymphony Orchestra. They will be presenting some of my very best 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.Cape May Music Festival special offer

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. Check our Packages and Specials tab for our Music Festival Special – stay with us any night that there is a concert, and we’ll give you two free tickets! (a $40m – $50 value)

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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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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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Downton Abbey? No, Upton Abbey!

Downton Abbey come to life!

Do you love Downton Abbey? Wish you could live in one of the stately homes Downton Abbey afternoon teaof England and hob-nob with the nobs? Come to Cape May for an afternoon tea presented by the Friends of the Physick Estate called Upton Abbey. There will be prizes for the best British accent, and for the best period costume. Downton Abbey Trivia will test your knowledge of the shows details.

Downton AbbeyWhile you’re in town you can immerse yourself in the period with trolley tours of out twelve hundred Victorian and Edwardian houses, tours of the Emlen Physick Estate (the richest guy in town in those days), and stay at Leith Hall with our period rooms and furnishings.

The Upton Abbey tea will be Friday, April 19th at 3 P.M. at the Physick Estate Carriage House Café and Tearoom.If you miss this time, keep in touch – it will be offered again.

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OUR B&B RESTORATION

Restoring our Bed and Breakfast

Iris wallpaper in the Iris Room at Leith Hall
The Iris Frieze in the Iris Room

My last blog post was about the new exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate describing the restoration and renaissance of Cape May. That reminded me of our own restoration story at Leith Hall bed and breakfast. In 1989, when we bought Leith Hall, we had to decide what we wanted to make of it. A bed and breakfast is whatever the owners want it to be and usually reflects the owners’ interests and tastes. It is always better for the B&B to embody your real interests so that your enthusiasm shows for the guests’ sake and for your long term satisfaction, too.

Why an Authentic Restoration?

The Iris Room at Leith Hall b&b at the beach in Cape May New JerseyI used to work as an Historic Preservationist advising clients on restoring historic buildings. So, faced with a big 1880s house with 1960s furnishings and decorations, Suzie and I had to decide what we wanted our bed and breakfast to look like. We decided to make a Victorian period house. Since I learned what wallpaper, what furniture, and what objects were popular during any decade when I went to school, we decided that we’d make the house look like the 1880s.

Art Wallpaper at the Beach

dragonfly ceiling paper in the Iris Room at Leith Hall bed and breakfast in Cape May
Dragonfly Ceiling Paper in the Iris Room

The clues were in the woodwork. The baseboards, door and window surrounds and newel posts at Leith Hall have chamfered edges and bands of reeding. This style is part of the Aesthetic Movement that was popular in the 1870s and ‘80s, so we bought hand-made reproduction Aesthetic Movement wallpaper for the whole house. We bought Eastlake style (Aesthetic Movement) dressers and armoires, picture frames and decorations.

The Iris Room Dado
The Iris Room Dado

The Iris Room on the first floor is a good example. The wallpaper and ceiling paper are from  a room-set by Bradbury and Bradbury called “Fenway”. The fens are swamps in Eastern England. All of the motifs in the wallpaper: the irises, cattails, fiddlehead ferns, whirlpools, and lightning bolts refer to the swamps. We thought of calling it the swamp room, but no one would rent it! So we called it the Iris Room. The dresser is made of walnut with burl walnut panels in Eastlake style and has a red marble top. The bedside table, rocking chair and side table, the mantelpiece and plates hanging on the walls – all date from the 1880s. Of course the television and the air-conditioning break with authenticity (not to mention the private bathroom) but even a b&b at the beach has to provide guests with modern amenities.  Victorians after all, didn’t bathe much or change their clothes, so even I am not all for authenticity.

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