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.
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.
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.
Some say the Cape May is the most haunted city in America. Some just run screaming from the room. You decide. This year there will be trolley rides with Craig McManus, a.k.a. “the ghostwriter” when he’ll tell you about all of the spirits he’s discovered in the Victorian houses of Cape May. If you have the nerves for it, you can spend “Midnight at the Physick Estate” and listen for the presence of Aunt Belle – shut up in the attic. The house will be decorated for the season for weeks and available on the Phantoms of the Physick Estate tour.
Another frightful alternative are the Monsters, Mystery and Mayhem available at Elaine’s Dinner Theater. This year’s offering features Dr. Frankenstein and a series of baffling murders at the castle. As each of the characters you suspect is murdered, you don’t know who to fear most. At least you can depend upon the food.
Consider visiting us at Leith Hall during this haunted season. Call or go on line to make a reservation (Incidentally, we’ve been certified as “ghost free” by Craig McManus himself!)
Cape May’s Chalfonte Hotel has been hosting guests for 137 years. And, Karen Fox has documented its fascinating history in her book and in this season’s show at the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate. Henry Sawyer built the hotel – and his story is unforgettable. He was captured by the confederacy and held in the infamous Libby Prison in Richmond Virginia. He was condemned to die by chance in the cruel “Lottery of Death”, but his wife Harriet would not let that happen. She got to President Lincoln through Secretary of War, Stanton, and Lincoln ordered Henry Sawyer and two other prisoners exchanged for Robert E, Lee’s son plus two others. Harriet saved her beloved Henry, and Cape May got back its Civil War hero and hotelier.
The exhibit opens today, April 26th, and will run through the whole summer.
Not-Haunted bed and breakfast hosts ghost hunters.
An invitation from Leith Hall- Cape May bed and breakfast to come to town this weekend for the Full Moon Ghost Hunt with Ghost One. Saturday, April 27, you can visit the Emlen Physick Estate in the evening with Ghost-One, a high tech ghost- investigative team. You’ll record the voices of the ghosts, look for cold spots, and otherwise track down the elusive beings.
Cape May bed and breakfast – Physick Estate combo event
Afterward, you will all meet in the carriage house for dessert and to discuss your findings. This should be lots of fun and a great evening’s entertainment. Call us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast for reservations.
Now is the time to plan for Presidents Day and Valentines Day in Cape May. Cape May and Leith Hall are always a romantic getaway, but this year there will also be a festival of wine related activities. The Cape May Wine School, the Self-Guided Wine Trail, and the Winery Cellar Tour and Tasting will all take place on President’s Day Weekend. M.A.C. will also host a Craft and Antiques in Winter show and sale in Cape May’s new Convention Hall. We’ll be there looking for more Victoriana to fill the inn, (as though we need more stuff.) Call us (609) 884-1934 or go online www.leithhall.com, to make your reservations now!
FOOD AND WINE CELEBRATION AND VICTORIANA IN CAPE MAY
Food, wine and Victoriana
This year’s Food and Wine Celebration is over. The Harvest Dinner, the Clambake, Chef Poon’s demonstrations are gone. And it’s on to the next festival! At the end of September, Cape May celebrates Octoberfest. (O.K., we’re a little dyslexic.) There’ll be a street fair on Jackson Street, the best wurst, and music, crafts and entertainment on September 29th.
October 5th through 9thwill be Victorian Weekend; with a tour of private homes not usually open to the public, several chocolate events (the Chocolate Championship Contest, the Beer and Chocolate tasting, and the Fudge Fantasy Workshop). There’s a winery cellar tour and tasting, a Champagne brunchwalk, theater, and several festive dinners.
Food and Wine Celebration, Victorian Weekend and Ghosts – all in one month!
The best time of year in Cape May is undoubtedly the next month, from mid September to mid October. The ocean is warm, the kids have gone back to school, the restaurants and shops are all open, and the festivals have started. The Food and Wine Celebration runs from Sept. 15 to 23, and will include progressive dinners, a clambake, food talks and demonstrations by Chef Joseph Poon, and events too numerous to list. (www.capemaymac.orgwill have all of the details) At the same time, the Washington Street Mall merchants will hold the annual Fall sidewalk sale for your early Christmas shopping.
Sept. 29 weekend will be Octoberfest in Cape May (why isn’t it Septemberfest?) Bratwurst and beer and the Odessa Klezmer German American Band will make Jackson Street a hoot.
October 5 through 9 will be this year’s Victorian Weekend which will include a Champagne Brunchwalk, a beer-tasting dinner, an underwear fashion show, a murder mystery dinner, winery tours, plays, and several chocolate events.
Call us at Leith Hall or click book now to make your reservations.
For me, the beach is calming even without yoga, but if you’re the least bit sensitive to atmosphere and surroundings, yoga on the beach is about as calm and centered as you can get. Cape May’s local yoga maven (or is that guru?) is Karen Bosna. She leads sessions on the beach both in the morning and the evening, both on the ocean and the bay. There are morning sessions held on the sand each weekend right behind our new Convention Hall, only a couple of blocks from Leith Hall. There are both morning and evening classes near the Cape May lighthouse; and sessions at the park along the canal in North Cape May. You can chill in all sorts of waterside settings. Balance Pilates also hosts Yoga classes both on the lawn at the Inn of Cape May across the street from Leith Hall and on the beach at Jackson Street several times a week.
You could also combine yoga on the beach with our De-Stress Holiday package at Leith Hall. This special offer includes two one-hour massages, a gift certificate towards dinner at Aleathea’s, a bottle of sparkling wine and Elan’s home-made chocolate truffles. With all of this meditation, calming and luxury combined, when you get home people will mistake you for the Dalai Lama.