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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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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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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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Food, Wine and Victoriana – How Can You Resist? Call now for Reservations

FOOD AND WINE CELEBRATION AND VICTORIANA IN CAPE MAY

food, wine and victoriana
Chef Poon demonstrating

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.Food, wine and Victoriana

Victorian Weekend

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, wine and Victoriana
Melissa offering wine at the Food and Wine Celebration

As soon as Victorian Weekend is over, Halloween begins in Cape May – but I’ll get back to you with the ghost goings-on in my next post. Call us for reservations for this exciting time of year.Octoberfest, beer

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Is this the best time of year in Cape May? Yes!

Food and Wine Celebration, Victorian Weekend and Ghosts – all in one month!

the best time of year in Cape MayThe  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.org will 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 the best time of year in Cape MaySeptemberfest?) 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.

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Cape May Wineries – The Napa of New Jersey !

Cape May – The Napa of New Jersey?Cape May the Napa of New Jersey

A recent Leith Hall bed and breakfast guest was visiting the many wineries that have opened recently near Cape May. He is a wine expert and was telling us that New Jersey wine is not famous for a reason, but that Cape May county is the exception, that all of the good wine in the state comes from Cape May, that we’re the Napa Valley of New Jersey.

Though I’m originally a New Yorker, I’m not one to scoff at New Jersey’s accomplishments, and good table wine is certainly one of them. A very local favorite is Hawk Haven Vineyards, which gives you the choice of Chardonnay aged in French Oak or Chardonnay aged in stainless steel. I’ve never liked the oaky-ness of California Chardonnay. It always tastes a little too much like turpentine to me Chardonnay aged in stainless however, is refreshing and delicious.

sherry in the palor at Leith Hall bed and breakfast
Sherry in the parlor at Leith Hall

Hawk Haven also produces a small amount of Tempranillo. This is the grape used in Spain to make Rioja, so it’s delicious and fruity and low in acid. A great wine that ages well, and is complex, but without that mouth puckering tannic acid that many big red wines have.

Turdo Winery is one of my favorites. It is so friendly, the wines are so delicious, and you can imagine yourself in Sicily. When Suzie and I spent a month in Sicily a few years ago, we often stopped for a glass of Moscato di Sicilia or Moscato di Pantellerria before dinner.  With a great dinner, we could have a great wine like Barolo (which is one of the best red wines in the world) which is made of Niebbolo grapes. Both of these are available at Turdo Vineyards – only a couple of miles from Leith Hall.

Turdo also makes Sangiovese, which is best known as Chianti, fruity and acidic to drink with major meaty dishes like steak or pot roast. They also make a Pinot Grigio which is light and refreshing. I have a classmate who always refers to Pinot Grigio as “eau de pee pee” because it’s usually a yellow wine that’s pretty acidic and not much else. Turdo’s version is good and flavorful.

Wine and Food festivalThere are several more vineyards very close to Leith Hall bed and breakfast in Cape May. You can visit them by taking The Cape May Wine Trail offered by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. A trolley will transport you from winery to vineyard so you don’t have to restrain yourself. In September, the Cape May Food and Wine Celebration offers a debauch of local restaurants and wineries for a taste of the high life.  If you visit us at Leith Hall, we’ll be happy to direct you to all of the local vineyards.

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