Murder mystery. Good news to share with our guests. Suzie’s sister, Rena, has just had a book published! I’ve read it and it’s really entertaining and charming. It’s called Murder Beach and is a murder mystery with a ghost, set in California near San Francisco. Rena has moved to Cape May County from the San Francisco area and is now working on the sequel to Murder Beach.
You can buy the book in paperback or as an e-book on Amazon at
We’re thrilled to announce that Elan’s paintings are now available online through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts website. The online sale is in anticipation of a show at the Carroll Gallery at the Physick Estate scheduled for next year. Though you can buy the same paintings at www.Elan ZingmanLeith-artist.com, if you buy them through MAC, forty percent of the price counts as a charitable donation. Don’t think of buying a painting as a luxury, think of it as clever tax planning!
Don’t miss the last few chances to take a magical sail on the A.J.Meerwald. This is a beautiful oyster schooner restored by the Bayshore Center at Bivalve NJ, and in Cape May only until September 3rd.
Combine the beautiful, graceful boat, the enthusiasm of the crew for their educational mission, and the graceful action of the craft slicing through the waves for a calm, transcendent, serene experience. This is not like a motorboat ride. This is unlike any other boat ride you’ve taken. Don’t miss it. Call now and chill.
Susan and I just visited Beach Plum Farm for the first time. Sometimes it takes us Cape Mayers a while to discover new local attractions. It is an organic farm, garden, gift shop, and restaurant owned by the Congress Hall / Virginia Hotel crowd. It is really beautiful. There’s a wooden barn-like building which houses a breakfast and lunch spot, a gift shop on the first and second floors, a produce stand, and some herb plants to take home. The building is flanked by a formal herb garden laid out as a parterre. There are pick-nick tables and chairs and benches to sit among the flowers. There are golf cart tours of the grounds.
Beach Plum Farm is an idyllic country experience only a couple of miles from Leith Hall. It’s beautiful. It’s calm. And it’s healthy. Come visit us and, when you need a break from the beach, visit the farm and it’s near neighbor Willow Creek Winery. The winery is another beautiful country spot, only a few yards from the farm. It includes a beautiful big building set up as a wine bar, restaurant, and wedding hall. Willow Creek also offers tours and grounds to relax in.
Where to Eat? Always the question of the day in Cape May.
There are lots of new choices for this year in Cape May – as well as our existing favorites. On Carpenter’s Lane in the Carpenter’s Square building, a new Mexican Restaurant called La Doňa is opening – and the owner, Lucy Corvino, is from Oaxaca, so we have high hopes.
Another new restaurant is Asian Legends, in the Acme supermarket area. Suzie and I have eaten there four times already and I can testify that it’s the best Chinese food in south Jersey, and would be really good restaurant in New York. Coming from me, that is high praise indeed. I’ve had broccoli with hot garlic sauce and Szechuan spicy beef and loved them both. Suzie had mackerel sushi and sushi rolls and loved them both also. Last week, we ate here, then drove to New York and ate Szechuan food again. Asian Legends was just as good.
Imagine yourself relaxing in Cape May on a beautiful June day, lounging at the Physick Estate, listening to Cape May blues bands and drinking Cape May craft beer. You can make this dream come true.
First it was Crabs and Craft beer, then Craft Beer, now it the Cape May Hops Festival, with Blues and Barbecue. This promises to be a wonderful day on the grounds of the Emlyn Physick Estate in Cape May, on Saturday, June 25. Live music, local breweries, and lots of food vendors offering seafood and Cape May’s own (North Carolina style) barbeque. The musicians include the James Supra Band and our very own Bluebone. The breweries include Cape May Brewery, Glasstown Brewery, Tuckahoe Brewery, and Slack Tide Brewery.
Do you want to get into the music business; or are you already in the music business and want to do better? Or, would you just like a fun weekend in Cape May listening to music and dining out? Then Cape May’s Singer Songwriter weekend is for you.
There will be music business panels, workshops, clinics, and demo listening sessions. You will be able to network, and meet industry professionals. On the other hand, if you’re an appreciator, rather than a music-maker, there will be 150 performers in town, playing at venues all over Cape May.
Many of the performances are free and open to the non-participating public. Almost everything is within walking distance of Leith Hall bed and breakfast. Why not take off a spring weekend and come visit us? In previous years, several of the performers have stayed with us and we all had a wonderful time at breakfast and at afternoon tea. We are here with Ocean views, wonderful breakfasts, and Elan’s pastries for afternoon tea. Give us a call or go online at www.leithhall.com
Don’t worry. Sherlock and Dr. Watson are here. It happens every year. The buds are swelling. The birds are chirping. Someone is mysteriously killed. Friday evening, March 18, everyone will gather and one of their number will be snuffed out. The characters are acting suspicious. Saturday, you get to tour through lots of Cape May bed and breakfasts (including Leith Hall, of course) searching for clues. Deduct (or guess) who’s the villain and see if you are right. Sunday morning there will be honors and prizes galore.
Leith Hall is participating in this year’s Sherlock Holmes Weekend, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. Go online at www.leithhall.com to make your reservations now. Then either email Janice Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website www.capemaymac.org to buy your package tickets. Let them know that you’re staying with us and your room will be paid for through the package.
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. No, I take that back. It was just the best of times – at the Cape May Dickens Christmas Extravaganza. If you like a little culture with your Victorian vacation, consider coming to the Dickens Extravaganza, December 6, 7, and 8th. Dr. Elliot Engle has had a mini-series on PBS, and is a wonderful, entertaining speaker. Sunday evening, there will be a talk about Edgar Allan Poe and Dickens. Monday is a talk about Winston Churchill and another about the Bronte sisters.
Tuesday, Jay Friedlin of the Philadelphia Dickens Fellowship will lead a discussion about Nicholas Nickelby. Later, there’s a talk about Railways in the Victorian age. The afternoon and evening are filled with a fascinating talk about Dickens and the Jews, followed by a Dickens Feast at the spectacular Washington Inn.
Come stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast for the full Extravaganza package. $435 Is the cost for the three night package for one person and a room and breakfast at Leith Hall. $631 is for a room, breakfast, and two participants in the full package. Give us a call for discounts on partial Dickens packages.
Halloween is here and the Creepy has started already. The first installment is the Phantom Ball at Congress Hall, this Friday October 30th. A $25 ticket will get you a specialty cocktail, a full desert and candy bar and admission to the after party in the Boiler Room.
That same evening, psychic Craig McManus will lead Midnight at the Physick Estate – talking about his ghostly discoveries and perhaps rousing a spirit or two. Two tours; Phantoms of the Physick Estate, which is a scary drama enacted in the house, and the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour, which is a tour of town pointing out the many haunted houses of Cape May, will also be available for Friday October 30th and for weekends afterward. There are lots of other, less spooky, but no less wonderful things to do on that weekend. Willow Creek winery has fire-pit Fridays, where you gather around the fire in a gorgeous setting with food and drink. Cape May stage is presenting Trying, a great play that Suzie and I saw a couple of weeks ago.
Beach Plum Farm will have a sweet, low-key harvest festival. Darin MacDonald will be appearing at the Brown Room at Congress Hall; and the Washington Street Mall will be all prepared for your early Christmas Shopping to begin.