Monthly Archives for February 2019

Cape May Colonial House Museum,

Cape May News - admin - February 20, 2019

Greater Cape May Historical Society, manages The Colonial House Museum. The museum showcases the history of the greater Cape May area through a many exhibits, displays, artifacts, and Cape May memorabilia. The museum is located on Washington Street.

The Colonial House was originally a tavern and family house of The Hughes Family, Memacum Hughes was famous patriot from the Revolutionary War. The architecturally distinctive building features beautifully restored common and tea rooms, a tavern room, and a Gallery Exhibit Room on the first floor. Other rooms in the museum that are open to the public include a colonial era cooking/eating room, a bedroom, and an added research/exhibit room. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from June until September. The museum is also open by appointment.

The headquarters of this organization, incorporated in August, 1974, is the Colonial House Museum c 1730, located at 653½ Washington Street, Cape May, next to Cape May City Hall. This house was originally a tavern and the family home of Revolutionary War Patriot Memucan Hughes. The front room features a tavern room. Other rooms open to the public in this unsung survivor from Cape Island’s very beginning depict a colonial era cooking/eating room. A room, added in the 1930’s, is a research/exhibit room.

653 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-9100

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What to pack for a Cape May Vacation

Uncategorized - admin - February 13, 2019

What to Pack Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to get away from the stress of life and treat yourself to a beautiful beach vacation in Cape May! But, before you set out on your travels, you need to make sure you have some “beach essentials” that will allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. We’re giving you the inside scoop on beach fashion, making sure you don’t weigh down your suitcase with things you don’t need!

The following attire is basically acceptable anywhere you go on the beach, including restaurants, bars, shops, etc. Here are a few things we suggest:

Ladies should pack: Bathing suits (If you have 2, bring both so you’ll always have one that’s dry. Also, you will most likely be leaving with a tan! So, be mindful of styles that may give you funny looking tan lines.) Bathing suit cover up Sundresses Tank tops or short sleeved, lightweight shirts Comfortable shorts or skirts One lightweight, long sleeved shirt (if you’ve been swimming & sunning all day, sometimes the air conditioning inside can feel chilly) Flip flops that can get wet or water shoes Flip flops or sandals for going out in the evening.

Men should pack: Hawaiian or lightweight, breezy shirts T-Shirts or Polos Swim trunks Lightweight shorts or khakis, (some men wear jeans in the bars at night, but shorts are always more comfortable) One lightweight, long sleeved shirt Flip flops that can get wet or water shoes Flip flops or deck shoes for going out in the evening Everyone Should Bring: Sunglasses Sunscreen Lip Balm Spending Cash (the beach shopping is great!) A desire to relax and have FUN!

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From, Your vacation to the Jersey Shore is about to get more expensive. Blame it on taxes.

Vacation Rental News - admin - February 13, 2019

Heather Adams and her family live in a suburb of Pittsburgh, a five-hour drive from the Jersey Shore. But they’ve been renting the same house in Wildwood one week every summer for the past decade. Until this year.

Adams said the family won’t have their regular place a block from the beach on East Pine Street come July, and they might even skip the Jersey Shore altogether, thanks to a decision by the state to apply taxes and fees totaling 11.625 percent to certain rental properties for the first time this summer season. 

Combine the newly applied tax and fee of $400 for the Adams’ usual rental, with a $400 rent increase the owner was charging, and the resulting $4,300 total cost of the house this summer was simply too high for the Adams family’s budget.

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Nature Center of Cape May

Cape May News - admin - February 13, 2019

The Nature Center of Cape May is an award-winning environmental education campus that was founded in 1992. The center rests on the shores of Cape May Harbor and it has a three level observation tower, exhibit aquaria, indoor observation hall, a gift store, and a beautiful multiple themed display garden.

Being close to a diversity of habitat, Nature Center can easily incorporate it into their programs. Visitors can take a salt marsh boat tour, kayak nature tour, wild life friendly gardening programs, summer science day camps, and cycling tours.

1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-898-8848

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Cape May 2019-Fireworks

Cape May News - admin - February 13, 2019

On July 4th get ready for a great fireworks show. For the LOVE of red white and blue! Celebrate our nation’s birthday in style! Ocean Club hosts its Annual BBQ for hotel guests only. From burgers to dogs and all the fixins, enjoy live music until the fireworks start at 9pm!

Ocean Club Hotel1035 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204

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Cape May Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Cape May News - admin - February 13, 2019

Cape May, NJ – The 6th Spring Edition of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival kicks off in Cape May, NJ, April 12-14, 2019. More than 50+ sets of world-class music will be presented over the Festival weekend on two Festival concert stages and in the clubs, and streets of Cape May. Festival Producer Michael Kline has crafted a world-class lineup of Grammy Winners, NEA Jazz Masters, and an eclectic mix of many different genres of world-class music.

The Exit Zero Jazz Festival headliners count off Friday, April 12thon the It’s A Breeze / Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage in Cape May Convention Hall with the internationally acclaimed Preservation Hall Jazz Band, National Medal of Arts recipient of the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. A New Orleans institution for more than 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to spread joy around the world with their special brand of Crescent City classics and an expanded scope that includes original material and crossover tunes cowritten by the likes of TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and Semitonic’s Dan Wilson. Preservation Hall Jazz Band have appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” played at Coachella alongside Arcade Fire and guested on the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways. But while they may have become a more open-minded and stylistically adventurous ensemble, these beloved ambassadors of the Crescent City remain firmly committed to playing traditional favorites. Saturday, April 13th , Exit Zero Jazz presents keyboard virtuoso, Down Beat Hall of Famer, NEA Jazz Master and 22-time Grammy-winning jazz legend Chick Corea. Chick comes to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival for the first time with the Chick Corea Trilogy, featuring bass great Christian McBride and drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade. A tirelessly creative spirit and remarkably prolific composer whose artistic output over five decades is simply staggering, Corea has covered every kind of music from straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works. And at age 77, he continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process. “My mission is to bring the joy of creating everywhere I can,” he has said. “When I can bring some pleasure I become happy myself.” The Exit Zero Jazz Festival is a multi-venue festival with concerts staged in Schmidtchen Theater on the Music Connects Stage powered by Atlantic City Electric, and featured concerts in Cape May Convention Hall on the It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage.

In addition to the Festival headline concerts, Exit Zero Jazz presents a full weekend schedule in the bars and restaurants of Cape May. The Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass Club Series features a wide array of music that encourages fest- goers to enjoy many different genres of music throughout the weekend, all within walking distance of Cape May Convention Hall and many Cape May hotels. Exit Zero Jazz Festival is produced by Spy Boy Productions. Helmed by Michael Kline, who also produces the Rootstock Summer Concert Series at Hawk Haven Winery and the Cape May Convention Hall Summer Series, Kline celebrated many summers in Cape May and returned in 2005 from New Orleans. He shares his thoughts about presenting the Festival in Cape May: “We want to offer not only a world-class cultural experience in Cape May, but also a Festival with a small town musical community feel to it, where people of all ages are able to celebrate the spirit and creative energy the Festival generates.” Ticket Information. Advance Tickets can be purchased on-line at or by calling Exit Zero Jazz Festival Central at (609) 849.9202.

Beginning Wednesday, April 10th and continuing through Festival weekend, walk-up purchase can be made at the Cape May Convention Hall Box Office located at 714 Beach Avenue in Cape May. Hotel packages are available from Hotel Partners on the Festival web site. Chick Corea Trilogy concert tickets can be purchased singly or as part of various Festival Passes. A limited number of General Admission tickets are sold for Festival concert performances in Cape May Convention Hall at a price of $28+service fees. Festival Passes provide the best value for fest-goers: VIP Pass: $219 plus tax includes reserved Orchestra Seating to headline performances in Schmidtchen Theater, reserved floor seating for all Cape May Conventional Hall performances, access to the Festival VIP Lounge in Cape May Convention Hall and first come, first served entry into all other Festival Clubs; All Event Pass: $189 plus tax Includes Orchestra reserved seats to headline performances in Schmidtchen Theater, priority entry to Cape May Convention Hall performances and first come, first served entry to all club venues. Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass: $58 plus tax and ticket facility fee includes entry on a first come, first served basis to all Festival club venues. * * * FOR INTERVIEWS / PHOTOS / COVERAGE PLANNING Visit and contact John Cooke

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South Cape May Meadows

Cape May News - admin - February 8, 2019

Located just off Sunset Boulevard in South Cape May are the Meadows, a renowned birding spot that was established in 1981. This land is an wonderful resting habitat for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway before they cross the Delaware Bay. There are beautiful freshwater wetlands, meadows, dunes, ponds, and a stretch of protected beach along with walking paths.

Spectacular sights await visitors of the South Cape May Meadows as they get the opportunity to view birds on both the freshwater wetland and the undeveloped beach. Take the one-mile loop trail from the entrance to the beachfront, along the way the observation platform offers picturesque views of this terrain

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Cape May Distillery Valentines Event

Cape May News - admin - February 4, 2019

Valentines Day!

Keep the love going all weekend long! 

Join us February 14th-17th for specialty handcrafted Valentine’s cocktails, chocolate and cocktail pairings, and themed giveaways! 

ESCAPE NJ joining us on Friday 1-4 PM, Saturday 1-4 PM and Sunday 1-6 PM with their portable escape room! Test your problem-solving skills with a partner or solo for $5 a try! Prizes for those who can escape! 

Let us know you are coming and invite your friends!

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The Famous Chili & Chowder Cook Off in Cape May

Uncategorized - admin - February 4, 2019

Come in from the cold for our spicy hot competition for Cape May Chili Cook-off, featuring some of the tastiest, tangiest and most original chili created by our finest local chefs. Vote for your favorite chili in and thane have a few cold beers to cool your mouth. Yummy!

Where: 5th floor Oceanfront Penthouse Lounge & Ballroom at the Grand Hotel

Sunday, February 17, 2019

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost: $10

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Tips for Successful Ownership of a Vacation Rental

Cape May News - admin - February 2, 2019

Its a Real Business

This is a business not a hobby. Owners of rentals will need to learn how to effectively market their rental. There is a wealth of information at your fingertips on the internet on rental strategy and techniques used to operate your rental. Marketing takes time. There is too much competition to think your property will be chosen by travelers without proper marketing.

What are your Goals

Owners need to set goals. How many rentals do you need each year to reach your financial goals of ownership. Know your ROI and calculate what it takes to run your rental at a profit or break-even point. Have a clear plan on how much income you need; how many weeks need to be rented; and the return on investment for all their marketing activities.

Someone always know more than you and they can help

The internet can be a wonderful resource for owners of vacation rentals. Many owners share information on how they run their rental business. Tap into online forums where owners discuss everything from rates to reviews.

Tap into Local groups and share local information with your traveler base

On Facebook there are many location based groups who share information about vacation rental ownership in their area. Different areas can require different marketing strategies. Knowledge is power.

Build your own website

Travelers have little time to parse through hundreds of properties to find the right rental. Build a website to market your rental more effectively. Make it easy for a traveler to find out about local events, restaurants, shops and more by posting this information on your rental website. Make sure your rental can handle bookings and process payments. You must take advantage of having someone interested in your property by giving them easy access to book.

Use Listing Services that do not charge service fees to travelers

Every traveler has a budget. Stay away from listing services that charge service fees to travelers. This additional fee can range from 5 to 12 percent of your rental rate. Travelers are savvy, they look for ways to avoid service fees. Many travelers list with traditional listing services like to avoid service fees. More travelers are likely to search locally for rentals without fees. List your rental with a local listing service.

Think local

More and more travelers are searching locally for a vacation rental. Whether its through a realtor or a local listing service travelers can get better information about the area and its rentals. Local owners and realtors know the area better than any national listing service.

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