Let it be known that Cape May is open and ready to welcome any and all who might be looking for a Thanksgiving retreat.
Most of the B&Bs and hotels are open through the holidays and many of our great restaurants are taking reservations. Over at Congress Hall for example you can dine by the fireside in the Blue Pig Tavern. They are offering three delicious courses featuring Butternut Squash Bisque, Roast Turkey with all the fixings, Maple-Glazed Short Ribs with Candied Yams, and Traditional Thanksgiving Desserts from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $39 per person. Over in Congress Hall’s Ballroom, a buffet-style dinner is being served from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for $32 per person. You can enjoy traditional Thanksgiving favorites like Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing and traditional desserts. Reservations for both bountiful events are required. Call 609-884-8421.
Over at the elegant Virginia Hotel on Jackson Street, the Ebbitt Room is serving a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner. The menu features traditional Thanksgiving staples for all to enjoy. Guests only need to choose one item per course from the multi-course Thanksgiving Prix-Fix Menu. ($60 per person, $35 extra for wine pairing per person). Call 1-800-732-4236.
Those staying in the Cape Resorts cottages can have a home-style dinner without all the fuss of cooking it themselves. Ebbitt Room Chef Micari offers two packages – Gourmet Thanksgiving To-Go and A Very Customized Thanksgiving. Gourmet Thanksgiving to-Go allows cottage guests to order a fully-prepared, gourmet, packaged meal to be delivered hot on or before 2pm. If guests choose to eat later, the meal comes with re-heating instructions and a personal note from Chef Micari. (Must be ordered a day in advance; $45 per person).
In the category of A Very Customized Thanksgiving: Select cottage guests are invited to prepare their own Thanksgiving meal at their leisure. Simply pre-order this Thanksgiving meal package prior to arrival and all necessary ingredients will be stocked in the cottage’s kitchen pantries. Menus and recipes will be available in advance with a note and instructions from Chef Micari. ($45 per person). For more information on these packages or to make reservations call 609-884-8421.
Over at Aleathea’s on Ocean Street, located in the historic Inn of Cape May, a select menu is offered to diners, with six items to choose from, complete with whole turkeys carved tableside, served family style and yes, you can take home the leftovers, which as anyone knows are the very best part of any Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Aleathea’s is open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 609-884-5555.
Union Park Dining Room on Beach Avenue, located in The Hotel Macomber, is serving a four-course dinner. Adults $39/children $19. Call 609-884-8112 for reservations.
The Washington Inn on Washington Street, will be open from, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and offering an a la carte menu. For reservations call 609-884-5697.
The Merion Inn on Decatur Street is offering a Thanksgiving Day menu complete with appetizers, several entrees to choose from and desserts. A la carte menu includes two sides with entrée. Full course dinner prices include two sides, plus appetizer and dessert. For reservations and seating times call 609-884-8363 or visit merioninn.com.
The Peter Shields Inn, aka PSI, is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with three special courses at a prix fixe of $60 for adults and $25 for children. For reservations call 609-884-9090. For a peek at their holiday menu visit petershieldsinn.com.
Off Island, Rio Station in Rio Grande on Route 9 is open Thanksgiving and serving your Choice of ham or turkey – $16.99 Adults, $10.99 Kids. Refills on adult platters, $8.99. Served from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For reservations call 609- 889-2000.
Well that ought to get your taste buds salivating. If you find a restaurant that we missed, please let us know. In the meantime, start packing your weekender luggage and come down to Cape May for good food, good wine and the best sunsets anywhere around.