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Articles by Jessica Leeburg

Creative Director of CapeMay.com and Cape May Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @spacencashmere

  1. Watch the 2017 eclipse from Cape May

    By Jessica Leeburg August 11th, 2017 No Comments

    On August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across all of North America. For those in the path of totality, it will be a total solar eclipse. Cape May isn’t in that path, but you can still enjoy a partial solar eclipse (if the clouds are willing) if you’ll be here during this event. […]

  2. Congress Hall takes us “Into the Third Century”

    By Jessica Leeburg July 13th, 2017 No Comments

    Congress Hall’s new play Into the Third Century is Cape May’s answer to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

  3. State budget impasse forces closure of Cape May’s Lighthouse, WWII Lookout Tower

    By Jessica Leeburg July 3rd, 2017 No Comments

    Visitors to Cape May for the 4th of July won’t be able to climb the lighthouse or visit the WWII lookout tower unless the State of New Jersey lifts their closure of all state non-essential operations, which includes beaches, forests, and historic sites. The closures are due to a stalemate over the Fiscal Year 2018 […]

  4. Who’s New, Who’s Moved, Who’s Gone 2017

    By Jessica Leeburg June 1st, 2017 No Comments

    It’s June, which means it’s time for CapeMay.com’s 13th annual roundup of the changes our town has gone through in the last year or so. Here’s who’s new, who’s moved, and who’s gone in 2017.

  5. Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner in Cape May

    By Jessica Leeburg May 3rd, 2017 Comments Off on Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner in Cape May

    Aleathea’s at the Inn of Cape May – Beachfront Brunch for Mother’s Day from 11:30am to 3pm. For reservations, call 609-884-5555. Beach Plum Farm – Radishes, leeks, asparagus and fresh lettuces are popping up everywhere as the farm comes to life with the arrival of spring. Where better to usher in Mother’s Day than in […]

  6. What’s going on Easter Weekend in Cape May?

    By Jessica Leeburg April 4th, 2017 Comments Off on What’s going on Easter Weekend in Cape May?

    If you’ll be with us in Cape May for the Easter weekend, there are daily activities to keep the kids busy—you won’t even have to give up the annual egg hunt. Plus, we have the roundup of who’s serving Easter brunch and dinner. Easter Weekend Events All weekend Spring Break at Congress Hall, featuring The […]

  7. Gallery: Late January snowfall

    By Jessica Leeburg January 31st, 2017 Comments Off on Gallery: Late January snowfall

    We woke yesterday to unexpected snow in Cape May! It’s since melted, but we took these pictures for you.

  8. Cape May’s 2016 Holiday Lights

    By Jessica Leeburg December 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Cape May’s 2016 Holiday Lights

    We are thrilled by how many accommodations, private residences, and shops are decorated for the holiday season and wanted to share with you some of our favorites!

  9. Gallery: 2016 West Cape May Christmas Parade

    By Jessica Leeburg December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Gallery: 2016 West Cape May Christmas Parade

    This past Saturday, December 3rd, was the 51st Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade.

  10. Our top 5 picks this holiday season

    By Jessica Leeburg November 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Our top 5 picks this holiday season

    The holiday season is upon us in Cape May! Days are growing shorter; cold wind has started to blow. We can’t believe it either. Wasn’t it just summer? Anyway, here are our top picks of what to do in Cape May this holiday season. Breakfast with Santa Breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall – SOLD […]

  11. Gallery: MAC Christmas Tree Lighting

    By Jessica Leeburg November 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on Gallery: MAC Christmas Tree Lighting
  12. Where to get turkey in Cape May this Thanksgiving

    By Jessica Leeburg November 18th, 2016 Comments Off on Where to get turkey in Cape May this Thanksgiving

    I used to be opposed to eating out on Thanksgiving. Growing up, my family traveled to my aunt’s house in Pennsylvania every year for an all-day homemade feast, with four generations of family members contributing side dishes and dessert. I would wake up every Thanksgiving morning on a green, crushed velvet couch too narrow for […]

  13. Second Annual Cape May Restaurant Weekend is November 3-6

    By Jessica Leeburg October 31st, 2016 Comments Off on Second Annual Cape May Restaurant Weekend is November 3-6

    Cape May Restaurant Weekend, a scaled-down version of our eight-day Cape May Restaurant Week, kicks off for the second year on November 3rd. The event offers three-course dinner menus for $35 per person and offers a minimum of three appetizer, four entree, and three dessert selections. Beverages, gratuity, and tax are not included. No tickets […]

  14. Aftermath of Hermine

    By Jessica Leeburg September 6th, 2016 Comments Off on Aftermath of Hermine

    Forecasts called for a lot of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Hermine, but apart from some breeze and a bit of rain Saturday morning, our area was largely spared of damage and we enjoyed a warm, sunny Labor Day Weekend. Our guest photographer Laura Thistle took these images of the waves and some beach […]

  15. Results for the Best of Cape May 2016

    By Jessica Leeburg September 1st, 2016 Comments Off on Results for the Best of Cape May 2016

    Every August, we ask you to vote on your favorite businesses in the Best of Cape May. We had a record-breaking number of votes this year and spent two days tallying the results. Without further ado, here are your 2016 winners:

  16. Why JAWS on the beach is the best movie-going experience

    By Jessica Leeburg July 5th, 2016 1 Comment

    Why seeing JAWS on the beach is the best movie-going experience (outside of seeing a Star Wars premiere)

  17. Video: Musket demonstration with Al Conly

    By Jessica Leeburg June 30th, 2016 Comments Off on Video: Musket demonstration with Al Conly

    Al Conly demonstrates how to load and operate a Brown Bess musket. You can see this musket demonstration in person at the Colonial House, 653 ½ Washington Street, from 1-4pm on Wednesdays in July.

  18. Cape May Restaurant Week kicks off

    By Jessica Leeburg June 6th, 2016 Comments Off on Cape May Restaurant Week kicks off

    Cape May Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday and runs through June 12. If you’ve never taken part in our annual event, this is a great year to try it. How does it work? Visit any of our 27 participating restaurants. The dates and times are listed on the event website, though nearly all of them […]

  19. Who’s New, Who’s Moved, Who’s Gone 2016

    By Jessica Leeburg June 1st, 2016 5 Comments

    Another year, another wave of fresh faces, familiar names in new locations, and old favorites closing their doors. Here is our annual roundup. If you’ve driven into town lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that Rotary Park on Lyle Lane is being completely renovated. Workers demolished the old gazebo and cleared the lot to make way for […]

  20. Washington Street Mall Spring Sidewalk Sale

    By Jessica Leeburg May 20th, 2016 Comments Off on Washington Street Mall Spring Sidewalk Sale

    This weekend is the annual Washington Street Mall Spring Sidewalk Sale (wow–that’s a mouthful). Now through Sunday, browse outdoor displays offering deals on clothing, accessories, and gifts. While all of the shops are independently owned and operated, the official sale hours are 9am to 7pm. Please remember that the parking meters are on. Due to […]

  21. We’re in bloom!

    By Jessica Leeburg April 18th, 2016 Comments Off on We’re in bloom!
  22. Celebrate Earth Day

    By Jessica Leeburg April 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Celebrate Earth Day

    Earth Day falls on April 22nd, but our local Earth Day celebrations are taking place the weekend before and the weekend after. Cape May County Earth Day Fair April 16, beginning at 8:30am – Cape May County Park and Zoo Head up to the Cape May County Park and Zoo for the Earth Day Fair […]

  23. Stewart’s new paint

    By Jessica Leeburg March 31st, 2016 1 Comment

    Spring freshen up time has come to Stewart’s Root Beer on the 500 block of the Washington Street Mall. They’re open during renovations outside which will end soon. These colors will brighten up even the gloomiest seashore weather!

  24. Highlights from the Easter Stroll

    By Jessica Leeburg March 28th, 2016 1 Comment

    This past Sunday was the annual Easter Fashion Stroll on the Washington Street Mall. Here are some highlights of the festively dressed participants!

  25. Avoid traffic delays: take the West Cape May bridge

    By Jessica Leeburg March 28th, 2016 Comments Off on Avoid traffic delays: take the West Cape May bridge

    Due to upcoming repairs, the northbound lane of the Route 109 bridge (the small bridge leaving Cape May, near the Tuna Club) will close to vehicles. A single alternating lane will serve north and southbound traffic. Want to avoid certain delays, especially during peak driving times? Change your route and use the West Cape May […]

  26. Easter Weekend in Cape May

    By Jessica Leeburg March 25th, 2016 Comments Off on Easter Weekend in Cape May

    If you’re spending the Easter holiday weekend in Cape May, here’s a list of restaurants serving Easter brunch, Easter dinner, and offering visits with the Easter Bunny. Events Easter Fashion Stroll – Sunday at 1pm An annual tradition on the Washington Street Mall! Sunday, March 27 a 1 p.m. at the 300 block. Registration begins […]

  27. Rotary Park project underway

    By Jessica Leeburg March 17th, 2016 3 Comments

    We’ve been so preoccupied with finishing the spring issue of Cape May Magazine that we missed the tear-down of Rotary Park’s gazebo yesterday, but we got a few photographs of the aftermath for you. The park project is a joint effort of the Fund for Cape May and the City of Cape May. The updated […]

  28. Montreal Beach Resort turns 50

    By Jessica Leeburg March 4th, 2016 1 Comment

    In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Montreal Beach Resort worked with Hawk Haven to create a signature chardonnay, Chateau Montreal. Hawk Haven bottled the limited-edition wine yesterday, just forty cases in total. Try a glass this summer at Harry’s of Cape May, or pick up a bottle at The Wine Cellar this upcoming season. Congratulations […]

  29. A Valentine’s Day Proposal

    By Jessica Leeburg February 15th, 2016 Comments Off on A Valentine’s Day Proposal

    We just received this story and wanted to share! Congrats to David and Megan. “My niece’s boyfriend just proposed to her today (2/14) on the beach at Beach/Brooklyn Avenues. He wrote in the sand WILL U MARRY ME?” – submitted by Barbara Parker

  30. Ice Ball raises $200k for city beautification

    By Jessica Leeburg February 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Ice Ball raises $200k for city beautification

    The second annual Ice Ball, a fundraiser for the Fund for Cape May, raised over $200,000 that will go toward city beautification projects. Congress Hall hosted 300 guests (including us!) for dinner and dancing, transforming their ballroom and Grand Lawn into a winter fantastyland: solo flute, servers dashing about in white earmuffs, flickering candles suspended […]

  31. The Stephen Smith House

    By Jessica Leeburg February 5th, 2016 Comments Off on The Stephen Smith House

    The Stephen Smith house has stood at 645 Lafayette Street for nearly 170 years. Maybe you’ve walked past it. Maybe you’ve read the plaque out front that offers a brief summary of Smith’s life. But you might not realize that he was a key figure in the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. Smith was born into […]

  32. Love Cape May Weekend

    By Jessica Leeburg January 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Love Cape May Weekend

    One of the most common questions we receive during the off-season is “What is there to do in Cape May right now?” There’s a funny misconception that winter means we close our doors–all of them. I’ve been asked, more times than I can count, if Cape May is open in the winter months. That’s one […]

  33. Winter Storm Jonas hits Cape May

    By Jessica Leeburg January 23rd, 2016 Comments Off on Winter Storm Jonas hits Cape May

    Outside, it’s soggy, with temperatures above freezing, partially melting the snow that fell yesterday. The sky is solid gray. Winter Storm Jonas is blowing through New Jersey, flooding nearby barrier islands, and its wind gusts have knocked out power in parts of Cape May County. Cape May experienced some flooding this morning during high tide, around 7:30am, but our […]

  34. Ring in the New Year

    By Jessica Leeburg December 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Ring in the New Year

    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 jessica@capemay.com with any additions. The Black Duck Now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. Open January 1 & 2. Call (609) […]

  35. Christmas in Cape May

    By Jessica Leeburg December 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Christmas in Cape May

    We can hardly believe Christmas is in three days! Here’s a glimpse at more of the beautiful decorations around town. Pictured are the Cherry House, Queen Victoria, Congress Hall, Mason Cottage, and the Mainstay Inn.

  36. Where to eat on Christmas

    By Jessica Leeburg December 18th, 2015 Comments Off on 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. […]

  37. Light Up Cape May winners

    By Jessica Leeburg December 11th, 2015 Comments Off on 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 […]

  38. Hospitality Nights and holiday shopping hours

    By Jessica Leeburg December 10th, 2015 Comments Off on 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.) […]

  39. 50th Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade

    By Jessica Leeburg December 7th, 2015 Comments Off on 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 […]

  40. Holiday season kicks off in Cape May

    By Jessica Leeburg November 24th, 2015 Comments Off on 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 […]

  41. Cape May honors veterans in annual ceremony

    By Jessica Leeburg November 11th, 2015 Comments Off on 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 […]

  42. The fire of 1878

    By Jessica Leeburg November 8th, 2015 Comments Off on 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 […]

  43. Who’s serving this Thanksgiving?

    By Jessica Leeburg November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on 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 […]

  44. West Cape May Lima Bean Festival

    By Jessica Leeburg October 12th, 2015 Comments Off on West Cape May Lima Bean Festival

    Despite a storm the night before that left us a little soggy, the weather was beautiful this Saturday for West Cape May’s annual Lima Bean Festival. We had front-row seats for the music and had the fortune of being next to George’s Place/the y.b., which cooked up kobe sliders with lima aioli. Our publisher and […]

  45. Cape May Mini Golf undergoing renovations

    By Jessica Leeburg October 9th, 2015 Comments Off on Cape May Mini Golf undergoing renovations

    An excavation service has leveled Cocomoe’s Ice Cream on Jackson Street (you know it–pink building, octopus logo), but don’t worry. Cape May Mini Golf will be open in 2016 with a smaller building, according to the business’s Facebook page, and the golf course will be open in the spring.

  46. After the nor’easter

    By Jessica Leeburg October 5th, 2015 Comments Off on After the nor’easter

    On my drive down Seashore Road to work this morning, I saw the sun this morning for the first time in four days. It was a little reminiscent of the feeling on Christmas morning, having spent the last three days holed up with my dogs, listening to the wind shake my house. I always like […]

  47. Cape May Fire Department takes 1st place

    By Jessica Leeburg September 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Cape May Fire Department takes 1st place

    Congratulations to the City of Cape May Fire Department for their 1st place win in the New Jersey State Firefighters Parade. (Photos from the CMFD Facebook Page)  

  48. Best of Cape May 2015

    By Jessica Leeburg September 1st, 2015 Comments Off on Best of Cape May 2015

    Best Places to Stay Bed & Breakfast: The Queen Victoria Runner Up: The Carroll Villa Guest House: The Highland House Runner Up: Antoinettes Hotel: Congress Hall Runner Up: The Carroll Villa Campground: Beachcomber Runner Up: Holly Shores Couples Friendly: The Queen Victoria Runner Up: The Carroll Villa Pet Friendly: The Highland House Runner Up: Billmae […]

  49. Vote now in the Best of Cape May

    By Jessica Leeburg August 7th, 2015 Comments Off on Vote now in the Best of Cape May

    We’ve run the Best of Cape May, an annual survey that celebrates the best Cape May has to offer, since 2005. We can’t wait to see who wins this year, and if there will be any overthrows of local icons! But we can’t do it without your votes. The survey takes about ten minutes to […]

  50. Who’s New, Who’s Moved, Who’s Gone 2015

    By Jessica Leeburg June 1st, 2015 3 Comments

    There have been a lot of changes in Cape May this year, especially with our restaurants. Here is the breakdown of who’s new, who’s moved, and who’s gone. Accommodations The Bedford Inn is reopened after a fire The Fairthorne B&B is closed The Primrose B&B is closed and is now a whole-house rental Restaurants M’Ocean […]