- Cape May NJ Travel Guide and Vacation Planner Blog

Tag: thanksgiving

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 an adult to sleep on, and the scent of turkey would already be in the air. We ate for hours, and the following day, we had turkey sandwiches for lunch.

As a child, this was bliss. As an adult, I would discover years later (when Thanksgiving involved the actual cooking of said turkey and the laborious cleanup), my opinion on going out to eat on a holiday pulled an abrupt U-turn. And for the last several years, I’ve spent Thanksgiving seated across from my mother on the porch of a Georgian Revival mansion in Cape May, facing the ocean.

This year, it’s back to a family gathering, but for those of you who don’t want to cook on vacation (or simply don’t want to cook), here’s our roundup of where you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year, minus the cleanup.

Table Service

Congress Hall has two Thanksgiving offerings: a traditional plated dinner from 2pm to 8pm in the Blue Pig Tavern, or a holiday buffet from 1pm to 5pm in the Grand Ballroom. $45 adults; $19 children ages 3-12. For reservations, call 609-884-6574.

The Ebbitt Room has a 3-course dinner menu for $65 per person, with the option of a whole roasted turkey served family style for groups of six or more (advanced reservations required). For reservations, call 609-884-5700.

Harbor View is serving Thanksgiving dinner from 2pm. Call 609-884-5444 for reservations.

Hemingway’s at the Grand Hotel is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet. Call 609-884-5611 ext 550 for information and reservations.

The Merion Inn is offering an a la carte menu or a 3-course sit-down dinner from 12:30pm to 8pm. Live piano music all day. For reservations, call 609-884-8363.

Peter Shields Inn is offering a 3-course, fixed price dinner menu from Executive Chef Carl Messick. $55 adults; $25 children. For reservations, call 609-884-9090.

If you don’t mind a short drive, Rio Station (in Rio Grande, exit 4 off of the Parkway) is offering turkey, ham, or ham & turkey Thanksgiving platters from 1pm to 7pm. $18.99 adults; $10.99 kids. For reservations, call 609-889-2000.

And although they aren’t serving turkey, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is whipping up pumpkin pancakes on Thanksgiving Day until noon.


If you want to host a large gathering but skip the cooking…

The Depot Cafe offers Thanksgiving Dinners to go! Roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, relish, stuffing, vegetables, corn, rolls, and pie–$22.95 per person. Place orders by November 22; pick up November 24 between 12 and 2pm. Call 609-884-8030.

Lucky Bones offers a Thanksgiving feast to-go that includes a 20lb turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, gravy, dressing, pumpkin spice coffee, and two pies. Plenty for 12 people and only $330, plus tax. Order by November 20th by calling the Washington Inn (they’re sister restaurants) at 609-884-5697. Pick up at Lucky Bones on November 24 from 11am – 12:30pm.

Rio Station (Rio Grande, exit 4) offers a whole turkey dinner for takeout that serves up to 6 people. $124.99. Advanced order required. Call 609-889-2000.

Wishing a safe and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us at

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.