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Month: November 2015

Holiday season kicks off in Cape May

The holiday season kicked off at the Emlen Physick Estate on Saturday evening with their annual tree-lighting ceremony. Congress Hall and the City of Cape May will both hold tree-lighting ceremonies on December 4th. West Cape May’s annual Christmas Parade will be at 5pm on Saturday, December 5th.

For all holiday events, keep an eye on our events calendar and follow us on Twitter.

Tree-Lighting at the Physick Estate

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Decor going up around town

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Cape May honors veterans in annual ceremony

A crowd gathered this morning at the monument on Columbia Avenue for the annual Veterans Day ceremony, which included a performance by Lower Township third graders and a presentation from the US Coast Guard.Speakers included the mayors of Cape May, West Cape May, and Cape May Point, and Captain G. Todd Prestige, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May.

On behalf of, thank you to all who have served.






The fire of 1878


Today in 1878, fire broke out in the Ocean House on Perry Street. Less than twelve hours later, it had destroyed forty acres and destroyed commercial properties including Congress Hall, Ocean House, Centre House, Columbia House, Atlantic House, and Merchant’s Hotel. The total loss was estimated at $400,000. Arson was suspected, but the suspect was found innocent due to insufficient evidence.

The outlined area above, on this 1878 map that appeared in the Philadelphia Bulletin just days after the fire, shows the extent of the devastation caused by the blaze.

Read more about the Cape May fire

Who’s serving this Thanksgiving?


If you’ll be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with us in Cape May, you might want to forego waking up early to start the turkey and enjoy a full holiday meal at one of these local restaurants. We’ll update this list as more information comes available.

Aleathea’s at the Inn of Cape May

Serving dinner from 2-7pm. Whole turkey carved tableside, and you take home the leftovers! A special a la carte menu is also available. For reservations, call 800-582-5933.

Congress Hall

Start the Holidays in Cape May this year, with two delicious dining options at Congress Hall. Gather around the warm hearth of the Blue Pig Tavern, and feast on traditional holiday favorites like slow roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes and stuffing. In the Ballroom, chefs have prepared a Thanksgiving feast to rival the harvest of 1621. Enjoy freshly sliced turkey or maple glazed ham from a carving station. Help yourself to seconds from our decadent buffet, complete with favorites like Vanilla-Maple Sweet Potatoes, traditional Herb Mashed Potatoes, and more. For Thanksgiving reservations call 609-884-8422.

Blue Pig Tavern Service: 2pm-8pm $42+ per person, 3 courses

Ballroom Service: 1pm-5pm Adults $45+ per person, $19 per child ages 3-12

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel.

Featuring family style and private dining options, savor traditional favorites like whipped potatoes and Roasted Pumpkin Soup. This year, the Ebbitt room is proud to feature Beach Plum Farm Heritage Turkey Breast, made with free-range turkey from our very own 62-acre farm in West Cape May.2pm – 7pm. $65 per person, $35 wine pairing per person. For reservations please call 609-884-5700.

Hemingway’s at the Grand Hotel

Hemingway’s is serving from noon to 7pm by reservations only. Please call 609-884-5611.

Peter Shields Inn

Serving a three-course, price-fixed menu from 2-7pm. Prices do not include taxes or gratuity. View the menu offerings. Adults $55; Children $25. For reservations, call 609-884-9090.

The Merion Inn

Dinner 12pm-8pm For reservations, call 609-884-8363.

Union Park

Union Park will be open and serving a 3-course, prix-fixe dinner from 2pm to 7pm. $48.00 per person/24.00 children. Call 609-884-8811 for reservations.

The Washington Inn

Offering a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner and a feast-to-go! A la carte sit-down menu including special appetizers, entrees, and desserts is available from 1pm to 7pm. Call 609-884-5697 for reservations and visit for the menu.

Skip the cooking with the Washington Inn’s Feast-to-Go! Includes a 20lb turkey, fresh mashed potatoes (6 lbs), Lucky Bones sweet potatoes (4lbs), apple stuffing (4 lbs), green beans with almond butter (2 lbs), Mimi’s homemade cranberry sauce (1qt.), Parker house rolls (doz), homemade gravy (2qts), mixed green salad with Cape May beach plum dressing (12oz), Cape May Roasters Pumpkin Spice coffee (1 lbs), one pumpkin pie & one apple pie. Serves 12. $330 (Plus Tax). Order by 11/23/15 by calling 609-884-5697. Pick up at Lucky Bones. 

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

Serving till 12:00 noon


The Reeds – Stone Harbor

The Reeds is serving a traditional plated dinner from noon to 6pm. $42 per person; 12 & under $19; 3 & under free. Reservations are required. Please call 609-368-0100 for reservations.

Rio Station – Rio Grande

Offering a take-home whole turkey dinner (feeds 4-6 – includes sides, salad, and dessert) or a traditional plated meal from 1pm to 7pm with all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. Call 609-889-2000 to reserve a take-home dinner or a table.