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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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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IS IT THE WINE OR IS IT THE YOGA?

 

Is it the wine or is it the Yoga?

Is it the wine or is it the yoga? Why do I feel so relaxed, so centered, so calm? It’s both. You may remember from earlier blog posts that Cape May offers many choices for yoga. On the beach in the morning, on the lawn at Congress Hall, at The Well wellness center, in gyms and spas all over town. Now there’s a new place in a particularly beautiful setting. Hawk Haven winery is offering yoga out by the vines, followed by wine and cheese sipping and nibbling in the tasting room.

On Sundays they offer wine and sangria by is it the wine or is it the yogathe glass, live music and food – bring your (or our) sand chairs and chill on the grounds. Call us today at Leith Hall  or go online to make a reservation for a relaxing weekend in Cape May.

is it the wine or is it the yoga

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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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The World Series of Birding begins this Saturday

Forget Baseball, this is the World Series!

world series of birdingThis Saturday, May 11th, the thirtieth annual World Series of Birding will begin right here in Cape May. There will be youth and senior teams as well as the cutthroat competition among the thousands of participants, who raise over six hundred thousand dollars for conservation each year.  The event is organized by NJ Audubon Society and will begin at midnight on May 11th and  end at midnight May 14th

The World Series of Birding really is worldwide

You may know that Cape May is one of the ten top birding sites in the world. We’ve hadwirld series of birding guests at Leith Hall from as far as China, Kenya, and Germany for birding both spring and fall. Guided  walks and classes start at either the Northwood Center on Lily Lake in Cape May Point, or at the Research and Education center on Route 47 in Cape May Court House.

Give us a call or go online to make world series of birdingreservations for this spring, either to be here for the World Series of Birding, or to take a beautiful and calm guided walk and learn the basics of birding.

 

 

 

 

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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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Shocking Victorian Fair in Cape May

Prepare to be AmazedVictorian Bearded Lady

This year’s Victorian Fair will feature The Stupefying Sandy, so feminine, so comely, yet with a full beard!  Also, Tom Coyle, the strongest man in the Emerald Isle will amaze the audience with his feats of muscle. A juggler, stilt walker and a midway of Victorian games of skill and chance Cape May Victorian Fair Victorian Strongmanwill continue the thrills. The grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate will also host a crafts fair with a variety of skilled artisans. There will be ponies to paint (apparently the ponies don’t mind the indignity.)  Food, white elephant tables, wild (or very tame) animals will top off the day.

On the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate 1048 Washington Cape May New Jersey unicycleStreet, only a few blocks from the mall. Parking available. Call us to make a reservation for this fun event coming up June 9 and 10

Cape May New Jersey Victorian Fair cutthroat croquet
Cutthroat Croquet
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