So, you’re considering visiting Cape May for the second weekend of Spring Festival, May 8, 9, and 10. As we described in the last post, there are dozens of things to do – but no, you want more. Well, we’ve got it. That weekend is also our first Coast Guard Community Festival. Cape May has just been designated a Coast Guard Community. We’ve always been very close to the folks at the Coast Guard base. Lots of Cape Mayers are Coast Guard spouses and retired career Coast Guarders. This May, were going to celebrate the Coast Guard in Cape May.
There will be tours of Coast Guard boats, fishing boats, the Cape May harbor, and a search-and-rescue operation. There will be a barbeque, dinners with entertainment, as well as exhibits of Coast Guard stuff. Visit the Cape May County Chamber’s website for more information. Also, you can go to the Coast Guard’s Channel Community – their social media blog; or email email@example.com.
Don’t forget the Spring Festival events while you’re soaking up our maritime heritage; chocolate tasting, winery tours, crafts and collectables, and several lunches with entertainment. This is going to be one of the busiest weekends of the Spring – in terms of things to do. (Or, you can do nothing: watch the sunsets, walk along the beach, gorge on tea treats, and read – it’s up to you.) Don’t miss it!
If the barbeque picture is what’s catching your eye, look at the Leith Hall blogpost for two weeks ago. Cape May has three new restaurants to add to the dozens of great places to eat already here. Look at our websites restaurants page.
Cape May’s annual Spring Festival is next week – and this year there are lots of spectacular activities. There will be the Spring Festival Crafts and Collectibles show, as well as several tours like Cape May After Dark, Chocolate Tasting Tour, and Historic Haunts Combo Tour.
The Self-guided Winery and Brewery Tour and the Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery Tour, and the Winery Cellar Tour and Tasting may all sound like the same thing, but are really three very distinct experiences – at different wineries and with different presentations. You can link to the Mid-Atlantic Center’s website to get details and sign up for activities.
My favorite part of this year’s Spring Festival is an exhibit of paintings by Alice Steer Wilson, who was a great painter who lived in Cape May. Her watercolors were extraordinary and in the same league as Winslow Homer’s or John Singer Sargent’s.
Spring 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 new tour called the Cape May Time Capsule, where characters from the nineteenth-century will guide you through there town.
And Chocolate too…
Saturday, 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. I love snooping in other people’s house and you will too.
April 26 through May 5 is Cape May’s Spring Festival. The grounds of the Physick Estate will be hopping with live music, good food, and a crafts and antique show. Spring Festival also includes The Chocolate Championship Contest – where you tour five inns, taste their chocolate specialties, and vote for the best. There are also Winery Cellar tours and tastings and Murder Mystery dinners and lunches, and a private homes tour of houses not usually open to the public.
Saturday, you can even start the day with Victorian dance lessons and end it with a Victorian Ball to show off your new moves.