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Thirsty?

Thirsty? You’ve come to the right place.

 

Thirsty? glass of white wineA weird and wonderful phenomenon has spread across Cape May County over the last few years. It began with wineries, which are part of New Jersey’s efforts to encourage agriculture in The Garden State. Cape May Winery started the movement. It’s owned by the Craig family which also owns the wonderful Washington Inn, Lucky Bones, and Love the Cook; so they know about food and drink. Located on Townbank Road in North Cape May, they have a charming building and a great tour.

 Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May is also nearby. It is the prettiest winery around. It features flowerbeds, beautiful grounds, and a very impressive building. You can also eat and drink outside and they frequently host craft shows and other events. While you are there, you can also visit Beach Plum Farm – an organic farm, next door.

Cape may has become the place for the thirsty vacationer to drink.

Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery on Seashore road is one of my Thirsty? glass of red winefavorites. Among other things, they grow Tempranillo grapes, which is what Rioja is made of in Spain. Tempranillo is dry red wine but isn’t very tannic, so your mouth won’t pucker and shrivel when the wine is young. Hawk Haven is also very informal and fun, with entertainment and food on the crushpad every weekend.

My favorite wine comes from Turdo Vinyards, which is just on the Turdo Vineyards signNorth side of the Cape May Canal. It is a small, house-size, winery and makes wine from Nebbiolo (think Barolo) grapes, from Nero d’Avola (the grape of Sicily), as well as others. Their wine is very good and brings back memories of trips to Italy.

Natali Vineyard and Jessie Creek; are both on Route 47 in Cape May Court House. I’ve been told by my guests that Cape May is called the Napa of New Jersey – and these two wineries offer wines for every taste. Whether you want sweet or dry, easy or tough, light or heavy, you can find a wine to love.

Call today for your reservation at Leith Hall bed and breakfast and enjoy all that Cape May has to offer.

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Beautiful Farm and Winery in Cape May

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Leith Hall bed and breakfastSusan 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 herbLeith Hall bed and breakfast 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 Leith Hall bed and breakfastbreak 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.

So give us a call or go online at www.leithhall.com. Hope to see you soon.

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Beer, Beer, and Beer.

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Beer, Beer and (more) Beer.

Beer, beer, beerI know that it’s early, but think about next September. Cape May’s first Harvest Brew Festival will be Saturday September 19th  from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.. Lots of craft beers at the Physick Estate; with local food, local produce, local wine – and local talent for entertainment. (four local bands!) There will also  be a farmers’ market, a crafts show, and activities for the kids.Beer, beer, beer

The Harvest Brew Festival will also take place during the week-long celebration of gourmandize called the annual Food and Wine Festival (September 11th through 20th). This is our nineteenth year for the Food and Wine Festival, and it never fails to delight everyone who participates. You already know that Cape May is home to some of the best restaurants in New Jersey, and this week gives them a chance to show off. The MAC website will give you lots of information beer, Beer, beerabout a Lobster Bake Dinner, grape picking at Natali Vineyards, a Chocolate Lover’s Feast, a Beer Tasting luncheon, and dozens more. Call us today or go online to make your reservation for the gluttony gala in Cape May!Beer, beer, beer

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MIDWEEK SPECIAL AT LEITH HALL

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LEITH HALL’S GREAT MIDWEEK SPECIAL
30% off the second night, now through mid-June

Midweek Special.  Not only are there wonderful things to do in Cape May for the next month, but now it’s cheaper! We are offering 30% off your second night during the midweek. Remember, for us the weekend is Friday and Saturday night and the midweek is Sunday through Thursday night.

From May 24 through June 11 is the Cape May Music Festival, with Irish music, The Atlantic Brass Band, and aMidweek special tribute to our own George Mesterhazy – featuring many musicians playing favorites from “The American Songbook.”

May 31 through June 7 is Restaurant Week in Cape May, with a host of food-related activities. There’s a progressive dinner, with each course in a different restaurant. There are contests midweek specialamong the chefs and waiters, a many special events with classes and demonstrations by the star chefs of Cape May. When you add Cape May’s wine and craft beer to the mix, it’ll be a fantastic experience.

Go to the specials page on our website and spend a few relaxing and entertaining days in Cape May this Spring.reservations link

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Cape May’s annual Spring Festival

Spring Festival

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.

 

Come visit us at Leith Hall and take advantage of the dozens of things to do on a Spring afternoon in Cape May.

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Food and Wine, and Beer and Bourbon

Food and Wine

Food and Wine, and Beer and Bourbon !

Food and WineJust when you thought the Cape May season was winding down, the middle of September brings the Cape May Food and Wine Celebration. There will be spectacular dinners  like the Farm to Table dinner presented by the Red Store in Cape May Point and a Bourbon Tasting Dinner at Alethea’s Restaurant in the Inn of Cape May on the beach in Cape May.  The Chocolate Lovers Feast will be at The Blue Rose, oneFood and Wine of Cape May’s newest and best restaurants.  There will also be special dinners, tours, and grape picking at three of Cape Mays vineyards – Hawk Haven, Natali, and Cape May Winery.

Just imagine your stay in Cape May. The ocean will still be warm, the weather will still be ideal. There will be lectures and demonstrations, tastings from many Cape May restaurants at Food and WineConvention Hall; winery, brewery, and bourbon events,  samples and tastings, and feasting galore. You can go to the website of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts for a more complete list; and you can call or email us to make reservations.

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Decadence in Cape May

 

Decadence in Cape MayHow do you define decadence in Cape May?  Put together three of my favorite things – good food, good wine, and a cruise on the A.J. Meerwald.  Hawk Haven winery has organized this wonderful event for next  August 16th and again on August 23rd. You cruise on the gorgeous oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald. You feast on hors d’oevres provided by the Red Store of Cape May Point (chef Lucas Manteca) and Quahog in Stone Harbor. You quaff (or guzzle) wines from Hawk Haven. It’s a little bit of heaven right here in Cape May. The cost is $109 per person and you call (609)846-7347 to buy tickets.

Or, while you’re at it, come stay with us at Leith Hall!decadence in Cape May

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Bean There, Done That

 

And Lima better person for it.

west cape mayYes, October 12, 2013, is this year’s ever-popular West Cape May Lima Bean Festival. It is the queen of small town farm festivals and is great fun for everyone. There’ll be live music, Lima chili, Lima soup, and maybe even Lima ice-cream.  Don’t worry, there are always crab cakes and North Carolina west cape maystyle pulled pork barbeque. Antiques and collectables, handmade crafts and jewelry, and cakes and pastries round out the offerings.

there are lots of other activities going on this weekend; Victorian Weekend, “Freud’s Last Session” at Cape May Stage, winery tours and craft beer dinners. Call us for reservations and spend a great Fall weekend in Cape May.

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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.

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Lots to do in Cape May in March – and you can always drink!

There is lots to do in Cape May in March.

O.K., you can’t lie out in the sun and bake, but you can stay indoorslots to do in Cape May and get that healthy glow from the wine and beer events on both the March 9 and March 16 weekends. There are three choices; a self guided wine trail, a self-guided wine and brewery trail, and a winery tour and tasting.

lots to do in Cape MayThe second weekend – March 16, is also Sherlock Holmes Weekend presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. There are still a few tickets availible for the whole program including the murder mystery dinner, the tours, the denouement and the parties. At the same time, East Lynne Theater Company is presenting a dramatization of The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s best stories.

Give us a call at Leith Hall to visit Cape May in March!

March 9th Self Guided wine and brewery trail

March 9th Self guided Wine Trail

March 9th Winery cellar Tour and Tasting

March 16th Crafts and Antiques

March 15th and 16th Sherlock Holmes Weekend.  East Lynne Theater Company Adventure of the Norwood Builder

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