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Month: December 2010

Post Christmas Blizzard

December 26, 2010. Santa left town but the snow blew in behind him, covering Cape May with 18 inches or more along with 45 MPH winds. The drifting blowing snow was a Merry post-Christmas present to remember. Not quite the blizzard of February 6-7 but still incapacitating for many. Pretty to look at; troublesome to navigate. First gallery shots were taken around noon on the 26th. Those below were shot around town on the 27th about 3PM.

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Merion Inn Reopens After Multi-Alarm Fire

Cape May – Dec. 29 -The historic 1885 Merion Inn reopened Tuesday, Dec. 28 five days after a multi-alarm fire gutted the second and third floors of the building. The restaurant was left virtually unscathed save for damage in the back dining room where the ceiling collapsed and is currently under repair.

Owner Vicki Watson was at the helm last night as was jazz pianist George Mesterhazy, whose Grand piano was unharmed in the blaze which broke out at around 7 a.m. Dec. 23 on the second floor. Although the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, details have yet to emerge. The restaurant will remain open through the New Year’s weekend.

Both Watson and Mesterhazy were rescued from the roof of the building. Erik Watson, brother of Vicki, was pulled from the second floor and was airlifted to Temple Burn Center by Atlantic Air Two where he remains in critical but stable condition.

For reservations click here: The Merion Inn


2010 Christmas and New Year’s Eve Restaurant Hours

See Special Holiday Menus for current holiday hours & openings

The following Cape May restaurants will be open and serving Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and/or New Year’s Eve. Some are featuring holiday menus. Please check back regularly for updates, and be sure to make reservations.


Christmas Eve

Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall

251 Beach Avenue. Call 609.884.8422 for reservations. Serving off of the a la carte menu from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Cape Orient

Open for lunch, dinner, and takeout. 609-898-0088.

Copper Fish

416 Broadway, West Cape May. 609-898-1555 for reservations. Serving “Feast of Seven Fish” menu.

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel

25 Jackson Street. Call for reservations and information 609.884.5700. Serving off of the a la carte menu from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Harbor View

954 Ocean Drive. Serving lunch until 4 p.m.

The Pilot House

142 Decatur Street. Serving lunch on Christmas Eve until 5 p.m.

The Ugly Mug

426 Washington Street Mall. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. DJ.


Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall

251 Beach Avenue. Call 609.884.8422 for reservations. Serving Christmas Day from 1-7pm. Fixed-price menu.

Cape Orient

Open for lunch, dinner, and takeout. 609-898-0088.

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel

25 Jackson Street. Call for reservations and information 609.884.5700. Serving Christmas Day from 2-7pm. Special Holiday menu and Limited A La Carte. View the Christmas Menu

The Ugly Mug

426 Washington Street Mall. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Featuring music by Behind the Beautiful.


The Glitter Ball at Congress Hall

For more info, please call Congress Hall at 888-944-1816. Join us for the most elegant New Year’s Eve party in town–hands down! Tribeca Grand Entertainment will keep you dancing the night away with their fabulous10-piece orchestra dressed to the nines and ready to jam! Make your reservations now for this 5-course dining experience, complete with hats and party favors for when 2011 arrives on the scene. For a New Year’s Eve to remember, there’s no party like the Glitter Ball at Congress Hall! 8pm to midnight.

New Year’s Eve Fiesta at the Boiler Room

For more info, please call Congress Hall’s reservations specialists at 888-944-1816. Back by popular demand–the Billy D. Light Trio will help us rock in the new year with a BANG! Join the “underground dance party” in the Boiler Room by purchasing tickets at the Front Desk which include a dinner buffet and party favors for the evening. NO BOW TIES NEEDED! 9pm to midnight.

Axelsson’s Blue Claw

991 Ocean Drive. 609-884-5878 for reservations.

Black Duck on Sunset

Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May. 609-898-0100 for reservations. Serving dinner from 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve weekend, Dec 30, 31, and Jan 1.

Cabanas Beach Bar & Grille

Beach Ave & Decatur. $25 open bar or $5 cover with cash bar.

Cape Orient

Open for lunch, dinner, and takeout. 609-898-0088.

Copper Fish

416 Broadway, West Cape May. Call for reservations 609-898-1555. Special menu, a la carte, or tasting menu.

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel

25 Jackson Street. Call for reservations and information 609.884.5700. View the New Year’s Menu

The Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa Hotel

19 Jackson Street. Call 609-884-5970 for reservations. New Year’s Eve 4 course dinner $75. Featuring live music by Blondage from 8 to midnight.

Marq’s Pub

501 Beach Ave. Call for reservations 609-884-3500. New Year’s Eve Bash $55. Entertainment by DJ Rick Dee. From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Room packages available.

Harbor View Restaurant, Bar & Marina

904 Ocean Drive, Cape May. Call for reservations 609-884-5444.

The Merion Inn (call for status – 609-884-8363)

106 Decatur Street. Call for reservations 609-884-8363. New Year’s Eve – seatings at 4:30/5:00, 7 and 9:30. New Year’s Day –  5 pm to 10 pm

Peter Shields Inn

1301 Beach Ave. Call for reservations 609-884-9090. New Year’s Eve Celebration – seatings 5:30 – 10. New Year’s Day traditional gala brunch buffet; seatings 11am – 3pm.

The Pilot House

142 Decatur Street. Open for lunch and dinner on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Rio Station

Rio Grande, NJ. 609-889-2000. Special New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu served until 10:00 in the dining room. Terry-Oke Gong Show with cash prizes. 10:00 p.m. in the bar.

Tisha’s

322 Washington Street Mall. Call 609-884-9199 for reservations. A la carte menu offered for New Year’s Eve.

Townbank Volunteer Fire Company New Year’s Eve Party

224 Townbank Road. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Food, beer/wine, DJ music, party favors. Call 886-5511 for tickets & info.

The Ugly Mug

426 Washington Street Mall. Best New Year’s Eve Party Every Year! $40 per person for open bar or pay as you go. 5 Hour Jones on stage and also a DJ!

Union Park

Beach Ave & Howard Street. Call for reservations 609-884-8811. New Year’s Eve – 5 course for $55 starting at 4:30.

Washington Inn

801 Washington Street. Call for reservations 609-884-5697.