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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We are thrilled, happy, and delirious to announce that our new book is being published as a Kindle ebook on Amazon. It’s called Rome Secrets – Eleven Self Guided Walking Tours. You may remember that we spent a winter stay in Rome a couple of years ago because we had a book contract. That project is finally done and we are very pleased with the product. You can stay home and feel that you are wandering the sunny streets of Rome. There are lots of photographs, gossip, scandal, food, and of course, art, and architecture. Or, you can use it in Rome to guide you through the neighborhoods and make you feel like a real Roman.
Oh No, not again! Another murder in Victorian Cape May! Don’t worry – Sherlock Holmes is on the case.
This November 7th through 9th , there will be another adventure, another murder, another mystery. Friday night, there will be a dessert reception at The Inn of Cape May. Someone will die. Sherlock and Dr. Watson will begin their work. On Saturday, you can tour Cape May bed and breakfasts and search for clues to the mystery. Saturday afternoon, 3:30 to 4:30 , the mystery will unfold further at the Rose Room in the Inn of Cape May.
Sunday lunch at the Inn of Cape May will precede the solution of the mystery. The best, the worst, the best dressed, etc. will all get prizes. Come stay with us at Leith Hall and buy the entire package through MAC (the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts) or just the parts that interest you most.
And, it’s at Naval Airstation Wildwood’s Aviation Museum. This August 27th through 29th will be Airfest. The B 24 Liberator, the B 17 Flying Fortress and the B 51 Mustang bombers will be there. There will be food, fun, exhibitors, and a day-full of activities. Check out the website of the Aviation Museum to get the details.
Naval Airstation Wildwood’s Aviation Museum is one of the great places to visit in the Cape May area. This enormous wooden hangar is the size of a cathedral, and contains a great collection of planes that you can see, explore, and even sometimes sit in. The hangar is left over from WWII, and some of the planes are that old too. The museum explains Cape May’s role in WWII – so there’s an educational purpose, but the fun is to get close to lots and lots of planes.
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.
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.
The West Cape May Strawberry Festival will be June 7 (rain date of June 8). Come out and enjoy strawberry smoothies, strawberry tacos, strawberry ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry barbecue sauce on ribs and chicken and of course, strawberry shortcake You can buy strawberry t- shirts, hats, jewelry, art work and stained glass – not to mention antiques, crab cakes, and birdhouses
There’ll be live entertainment all day with Robin Hippell (who used to be our assistant innkeeper at Leith Hall, and is a pretty mean jazz singer) and Amy Hufana from 10-12, Bill Bitman on the steel drum from 9 to 11 A.M. and the crowning of the Strawberry King and Queen at 3 P.M..
Also stop by the Coastline Realty table and say hello to Elan’s co-workers when he has his reatlor hat on.
One of the joys of the West Cape May Strawberry Festival is absorbing the atmosphere of West Cape May, with neighborliness, good feeling, and cooperation in a traditional small town setting.
I haven’t used Eat Drink and be Merry, for Tomorrow we Diet for a year now. That’s because it’s been almost a year since the last Cape May Restaurant Week. I know that a lot of my guests come to town to eat in Cape May’s wonderful restaurants. From June 1 to June 8, you can do it for less! Once again, some of the best restaurants in town are participating.
410 Bank Street for Cajun Creole and Caribbean food – Union Park for exotic ingredients like elk, bison, and fois gras – Fresco’s for Northern Italian food – Cucina Rosa for Southern Italian food, and several restaurants with a wide variety of dishes – Alethea’s, Tisha’s, and the Mad Batter. You probably already know that all of the best restaurants on the Jersey Shore are here in Cape May, but go to the website to see this once a year bargain.
Do you love to snoop in other people’s houses? Do you love a cup of Christmas cheer and the resultingholiday 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 visitingover 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.
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 onSex, Drugs and Rock and Roll in the 19th Century.
Cape May City is STOKED for the Second Annual Cape May Dragon Boat Festival on 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 Stage – Freud’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!