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Month: December 2015

Ring in the New Year

Restaurant Hours for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Ringing in the new year in Cape May? Make your reservations now for New Year’s Eve. We’ll continue to update this list as more restaurant information becomes available. Don’t see your restaurant listed? Email with any additions.

The Black Duck
Now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. Open January 1 & 2. Call (609) 898-0100

The Boiler Room
Congress Hall’s underground night club welcomes 2016 with the Billy D. Light Trio. Order fresh brick oven pizza and rock out to one of Cape May’s favorite party bands on New Year’s Eve. There is no cover charge.

The Ebbitt Room
Now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. Seatings from 5pm-7:45pm for $95 per person and from 8pm- 10:30pm for $105 per person; includes Champagne Toast. Visit their website to view the menu and call (609) 884-5700 for reservations.

Harbor View
Now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. Call (609) 884-5444.

The Merion Inn
Celebrate on New Year’s Eve! 4:30-5pm a la carte seating (kid friendly) or 7pm and 9pm seatings for our prix fixe menu. Barry Miles on piano all night! Call (609) 884-8363 for reservations.

Outside Cape May

The Reeds in Stone Harbor
Now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. 5–11pm 4-course, prix fixe dinner. Call (609) 368-0100.

Where to eat on Christmas


If you’ll be spending the holidays with us, you’re probably wondering where you can eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall

3-course Christmas menu served Friday, December 25th from 2pm-8pm. Entree price includes choice of first course and dessert. Also serving on Christmas Eve. For reservations please call 609-884-6574.

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel

Christmas dinner is offered December 25 from 2pm-7pm. $65 per person, $35 wine pairing. Also serving Christmas Eve. For reservations please call 609-884-5700.

Hemingway’s at the Grand

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Buffets. For information, please call 609-884-5611 ext. 550.

The Merion Inn

Enjoy piano music and a 3-course prix fixe meal on Christmas Eve (5-9pm) and Christmas Day (2:30-7:30pm). $65 adults, $35 children. Call 609-884-8363.

Outside of Cape May

The Reeds

Serving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5-9pm. Enjoy a special 3-course holiday prix fixe or select from our daily dinner menu. For reservations, call 609-368-0100. Stone Harbor.

Rio Station

Serving 11am to 6pm on Christmas Eve and 3pm to 8pm on Christmas Day, with the last seating at 7pm. 609-889-2000. Rio Grande.

Light Up Cape May winners

Cape May is beautiful at Christmastime, but in recent years there has been a decline in the number of houses decorated for the holidays. Why the drop? In part, it’s because we lose bed and breakfasts every season to the whole-house rental trend, reducing the number of year-round innkeepers to decorate the Victorian houses for the holidays. The summer rentals, many of them once well-loved B&Bs that I still call by name, often sit dormant through the winter months.

But the Chamber of Commerce and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts want to change that. This year, they held their annual Light Up Cape May contest to help re-invigorate our holiday season by awarding prizes for the Best Door, Best Residence, Best Business, Best Block, and Best Overall holiday lights. There were 38 total entries in this year’s contest.

I had the pleasure of serving as a judge in this year’s competition (an actual life-long dream), along with our company president. One of MAC’s red trolleys wound a carefully mapped path through town, driving past the entries, pausing in front of each for commentary and photographs. My fellow judges were Ronnie Town, Atlantic City Electric; City Councilman Shaine Meier; Freeholder E. Marie Hayes; John Allison, The Grand Hotel; John Zappas; and Jack Fichter. Ron Goldstein, Doreen Talley, Tracie Cicchitti, Carolinn Pocher Woody, Eliza Lotozo and Mary Stewart made up this year’s committee. We were proud to sponsor this year’s contest along with Atlantic City Electric and the Grand Hotel.

And now, the winners.

Best Overall

Albert Stevens Inn, 127 Myrtle


Best Business

Dormer House, 800 Columbia Ave


Runners up:
Mason Cottage, 623 Columbia Ave.
Louisa’s Café, 104 Jackson St.

Best Residential

Cottrell Home, 922 Washington St


Runners up:
Kirk Home, 213 Perry St.
Vogelsong Home, 110 Central Ave.

Best Door

Byrne Agency, 917 Madison Ave

Agency door

Runners up:
Cherry House, 637 Hughes St.
Queen Victoria, 102 Ocean St.

Best Block

Victorian Towers

If you’re a local homeowner and you’d like to participate in next year’s competition, visit for details.

We want to know your favorite decorated homes this season! Let us know in the comments or tag us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, tumblr & instagram) @lovecapemay.


Hospitality Nights and holiday shopping hours


Tonight and tomorrow, enjoy refreshments while you chip away at your holiday shopping list during the Washington Street Mall’s Hospitality Nights!

Parking is free this time of the year, both at the meters and in the Washington Commons parking lot.

Cape May Holiday Shopping Hours

(We’ll continue to update this list as hours come in.)

Across the Way
10am – 7pm Sundays – Thursdays
10am – 9pm Fridays and Saturdays

We are only open 10am – 4pm on Dec 24th and closed on Christmas.

American West
10am – 6pm Sunday-Thursday
10am – 9pm Friday & Saturday

Hospitality Nights and the following Friday and Saturday nights till 9:00 pm

Bay Springs Farm
Farm store: 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday
Boutique at West End Garage: Open every day through December

Cape May Brewing Company
12-8pm daily
12.24 10-4pm
12.25- Closed
12.31- 11-6pm
1.1- 12-8pm

Cape May Peanut Butter Co.
9:30am – 5:30pm Sunday – Thursday
9:30am – 8:30pm Friday & Saturday

Cape May Olive Oil
11am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
10am – 8pm Friday & Saturday
10am – 6pm Sunday

Cape May Gourmet
11am – 5pm Sunday – Thursday
11am – 7pm Friday & Saturday

Celebrate Cape May
11am – 10pm Hospitality Nights
11am – 6pm Monday – Wednesday
11am – 9/10pm Thursday – Saturday
11am – 6pm Sunday

Circa Dee
10am – 5pm Monday – Friday
10am – 6pm Saturday & Sunday

Madame’s Port
Fridays and Saturdays until 9:30pm. Open until 9pm for Hospitality Nights.

Out of the Past Antiques
10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday through January 3rd

Pink by Victorious
10am – 5pm Friday – Sunday

A Place on Earth
10am – 7pm Monday – Thursday
10am – 9pm Friday – Sunday

Sea Bags
10am – 5pm Friday – Sunday
Closed Mon-Thurs

SeaWeeds by the Sea
10am – 6pm and late nights til 8 Fridays and Saturdays til New Years

Uniquely Yours
10am – 4pm Mon-Thurs & Fri-Sat
5:30pm – 9:30pm Fri & Sat
1pm – 5pm Sunday

Victorious in Congress Hall
10am – 5pm daily

50th Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade

Saturday night at 5pm, the West Cape May Christmas Parade kicked off its 50th year. Well-bundled spectators lined the streets from the West Cape May Firehouse all the way to the parade’s end at the Inn of Cape May. And for the first time, we were excited to ride along the parade route! Cape Publishing president Bernie Haas was crowned Lima Bean King at the annual festival (due to the persuasive efforts of our account executive), so we hopped on board with him and the Lima Bean Queen, Cindy, behind the Coast Guard band and in front of the parade’s Grand Marshall.

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