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The Garden Club of Cape May Flower Show

Opening at noon on Friday, May 11th, the Garden Club of Cape May presented “Victorian Poetry in Bloom” the theme of  their annual flower show at Convention Hall. Attendees to the show were treated to four presentations by experts in flower judging, gardening design,Victorian literature and Victorian attire.  The reception hall was lined with donated baskets that were being auctioned off and plate after plate of sweets and light beverages. The annual show is the biggest fundraiser for the club during the year. It was widely attended this year after an introduction by Cape May City Major, Chuck Lear.


Mother’s Day brunch and dinner in Cape May

Cape May Mother's Day 2018

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch or dinner at the following Cape May restaurants. Reservations are strongly recommended where available.

Aleathea’s at the Inn of Cape May – Beachfront for Mother’s Day Serving dinner from 4-8pm. For reservations, call 609-884-5555.

Beach Plum Farm Brunch – Where better to usher in Mother’s Day than in this magical setting of the 62-acre Beach Plum Farm, where signs of spring are everywhere?!  Guests can enjoy a farm-to-table family brunch at the farm featuring farm-fresh eggs cooked several ways, their own sausage and bacon, and all the other classic favorites.  Chef Todd Phillips will be using ingredients harvested right from our farm for his buffet menu. Enjoy communal seating in the picnic grove and hoop house. A cash bar featuring festive Mimosas, wine, and Bloody Mary’s will also be available.  Seatings are at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. $35 per adult, $15 for children ages 4-12. Seating is limited, visit to make reservations.  Beach Plum Farm is located at 140 Stevens Street, West Cape May, NJ 08204 and can be contacted by calling 609-602-0128.

Congress Hall Brunch — Guests can leave the cooking to the chefs at Congress Hall this Mother’s Day and take the special women in their lives out for a decadent brunch. The Grand Ballroom will host the popular annual buffet, featuring omelets made to order, carving stations, and delectable baked goods. Kids can enjoy a ride on the Congress Hall Express around the beautiful veranda and Grand Lawn. Brunch runs from 9am – 2pm and is $42 for adults and $16 for kids ages 4-12. Reservations can be made by calling 609-884-6542. Congress Hall is located at 200 Congress Place, Cape May 08204.

Grand Hotel (Hemingway’s)– Breakfast in the 5th floor oceanfront penthouse from 8am – 11am. $19.95 adults; $11.95 children 12 and under.  Brunch 11:30 -2 with additions available. $34.95 adults; $14.95 children 12 and under. Reservations are required. Call 609-884-5611 ext. 516.

The Merion Inn – Mother’s Day Sit-down brunch from $12; Supper from $19. Add $10 for appetizer and dessert. Not a buffet! Regular menu and Mother’s Day Specials served noon to 8pm (including a few brunch items ‘til 1:30)  For reservations, call 609-884-8363.

The Rusty Nail:  Chef Jimmy’s Fried Chicken – There’s nothing like Mom’s cooking, especially when your mom’s fried chicken recipe is famous. The Rusty Nail’s Executive Chef, James Burton, learned his way around the kitchen from his mom, Dot, and honors her legacy every Mother’s Day by cooking up her famous fried chicken. Guests can enjoy a half of a Southern Fried Chicken with a side of mac-and-cheese, collard greens and cornbread for $19.95, and to sweeten the deal, every lady who orders the special will receive a complimentary sweet tea or sweet tea cocktail.  The Rusty Nail is located at 205 Beach Ave, Cape May 08204 and can be contacted by calling 609-884-0017.

SeaSalt– Celebrate Mother’s Day at the beach. Brunch served 11am – 2pm . 3-course prix fixe with a specialty brunch cocktail. Live jazz music with the Herb Moore trio. $35 per person +tax and gratuity. Reservations suggested. 1035 Beach Avenue, 609-884-7000.

Tisha’s – Mother’s Day Brunch being served 10am to 2:30pm. For reservations, call 609-884-9119.

Union Park – Union Park is serving a 3-course fixed-price Mother’s Day menu from 2 – 8pm. $35 per person + tax and gratuities. For reservations, call 609-884-8811.

The Washington Inn – Mother’s Day Brunch from 10am to 2pm. A La Carte dining room will be open from 4-7pm with an a la carte menu. For reservations, call 609-884-5697.

Outside of Cape May

Coastal Blue at Hotel Icona – 3 course Mother’s Day Brunch includes morning entrees, a carving station, salads, lunch entrees, desserts and baked goods. $32 adults; $15 for children under 12. For reservations, call 609-224-1124. In Wildwood Crest at 9701 Atlantic Avenue.

First look inside the 2018 Cape May Designer Show House

Photo credit: John Armich

The 2018 Cape May Designer Show House, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC), is nothing short of stunning. Built in 1911, the John P. Forsythe House was part of the East Cape May Project in the early 1900s, which had the goal of making Beach Avenue the most elegant street in Cape May. The home was recently purchased by Patrick and Kristen McGonigal and underwent a $2.5 million renovation. Crews took it down to studs, converting the 12-bedroom mansion to 8 bedrooms, 6 full baths, and 2 half baths—with all three floors accessible by an elevator. It’s appropriate that the Jurassic Park theme is playing as I type this, because what John Hammond says throughout the movie is true for this show house as well: “We spared no expense.”

We toured the home on a Thursday in early April. The weather had been cold and stormy since the beginning of the year, with regular weekend storms and temperatures hovering around freezing. Still, mulch had been put down in the garden beds that awaited plants, making the air around the house smell like springtime. Someone was affixing stone capping to the supporting wall as we made our way along the sidewalk and up the porch steps. Outdoor furniture wrapped in delivery plastic crowded each end of the wrap-around porch. We sidestepped it and went through the front door.

Three longtime Cape May businesses close shop

Like any city, Cape May has its fixtures. And one of them, Cheeks, which stood at 101 Ocean Street across from the Queen Victoria, has closed its doors after 35 years. The clothing store first opened shop in 1983 and evolved into a source for flax clothing. 

“It has been our greatest joy to serve each and every one of you,” reads the message on their website.

The inside is undergoing renovations and will become an expanded dining area for another Cape May icon, the Queen Victoria B&B, which owns the building. Says owner Doug McMain, “Once complete, hopefully early this Spring, we’ll be converting the space we currently use for dining in that building to a new guest room. Both revitalized rooms will be stunning and beautiful.”

Six things to do in Cape May this Valentine’s Day

You might think of Cape May as a summer-only destination, but it’s beautiful here year-round. Our off season is quiet, and there isn’t as much to do during the week like there is in the height of August, but if you’re looking for somewhere less crowded to spend Valentine’s Day, keep us on your list. Here’s our guide to what’s happening this year.

Experience the Chocolate Lovers Feast at the Blue Rose Inn

One morning, my wife asked if I would like to attend a chocolate tasting. Well, being a sweets addict and chocolate lover, there was no way i was passing up the opportunity to satisfy my addiction. We arrived at the Blue Rose Inn on Washington Street and, to my surprise, it was a full house. I was happy to see a local business doing so well on a December day. 

Recent changes on the Washington Street Mall

There are two big changes on the Washington Street Mall that we want to let you know about.

The first is that Coffee Tyme is opening a second location on the 400 block, in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Buongiorno. They will be opening for Presidents Day Weekend in February.

The second change is on the 300 block. That’s Amore is closing its Cape May location. We’ve heard it won’t be replaced by a restaurant and will share the details with you as soon as we have them confirmed!

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