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FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Sherlock Holmes Weekend
March 17-19 and Nov. 3-5, 2017

Sherlock HolmesThe game's afoot in Victorian Cape May... Choose your weekend for a suspense-filled encounter with that inimitable detective Sherlock Holmes in the National Historic Landmark City of Cape May, New Jersey. Limited to 100 tickets each weekend. It’s the annual hunt for the members of the all-powerful in society. As they celebrate their 25th gathering, a hunt for the rare and elusive silver fox has been established. Yet, Holmes and Watson are well aware how an animal, any animal, will never betray its true nature. The question: what is the true nature of man? Or of The Woman. As the Hunt is on, the Game is afoot.

Full weekend packages are available at $200 per couple or $105 per person. Full Weekend Packages include the Welcome Reception, Search for Clues Tour, Performances and Lunch. Sherlock Holmes Weekend packages DO NOT include accommodations or the East Lynne Theater Company performance. The Full Weekend Package, including accommodations, starts at $563 (per couple) and also includes a dining certificate good at a selection of Cape May restaurants. Call 609-884-5404, ext. 1-115 for details.

Cape May Music Festival
May 28- June 15, 2017

Cape May Music FestivalCelebrating 26 years of bringing beautiful music to Cape May, the Cape May Music Festival presents classical, chamber, jazz and more each year.

Cape May has been a home and host of numerous arts and culture offerings for many years.  One of the most notable events  is the Cape May Music Festival, which brings a new mix of music “from the classical to the classic” to the churches, convention halls and outdoor bandstands of Cape May.

The festival begins in late May and continues with individual concerts and performances every few days.  The Atlantic Brass Band, twice-consecutive winners of the North American Brass Band Association’s Championship Section, has opened the festival. 

You can sample a variety of different musical styles at some of the festivals’ concerts—everything from orchestra, Celtic, flamenco, chamber and acapella music has been featured here before.

Purchase tickets online or at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street or at the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St. at the Carriage House or the Hill House Office. CLICK HERE for Information Booth and Carriage House hours of operation.

Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival
August 5, 2017

Beer & Crab Festival Mark your calendar for our third annual event and come to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May for an all-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods ... Crab boil, pulled pork, hot dogs and hamburgers and more. 

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  • All-day music on outdoor stage. 
  • An old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats from the The Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus.
  • Plus crafts and food vendors

Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities. Commemorative T-shirts will be available.

Visit our Craft Beer Tent and enjoy the beers from these great breweries courtesy of Harrison Beverage:
Cape May Brewing Company 
Tuckahoe Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), this fun summer event will benefit MAC's free educational outreach programs.

For more information, call 609-884-5404.

Cape May Food & Wine Celebration
September 15-24, 2017

Food & Wine CelebrationIndulge in good food, fine wine, and all types of culinary delights and events during the 19th Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Tickle your taste buds while sampling the best of the best and find out why the New York Times has dubbed Cape May “the restaurant capital of New Jersey.”

Visitors can enjoy winery tours and tastings, a beer tasting dinner, a Harvest Food & Wine Tasting, luncheons at some of Cape May’s best restaurants, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, and more. Most festival events cannot accommodate children.

Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center for the Humanities, responsible for many historical preservation's and tours in the town, also puts on a number of food-related events throughout the year!  One of these is the Cape May Food and Wine Celebration, a special sure-to-satisfy lineup of culinary delights taking place from September.

For more information, call 609-884-5404.

Victorian Weekend
October 6-9, 2017

Victorian WeekendThis is the best time of year to visit Victorian Cape May and celebrate the unique heritage of America’s first seashore resort. Enjoy a weekend of exciting and entertaining activities from history to murder mysteries, plus historic house tours, food and wine events and much, much more.

 

 

Christmas Candlelight House Tours
December 2,9 & 16, 2017

Christmas Candlelight House TourExperience the high point of Cape May’s holiday season during these self-guided tours, which feature:

 

 

  • Homes, inns, hotels & churches specially decorated for the holidays (at least a dozen each night)
  • Christmas caroling and strolling musicians, trees and garland & good old-fashioned cheer
  • Hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies
  • Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, and to “An Old-fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery
  • Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys

$25 adults, $20 children (ages 3-12)

Call 609-884-5404.

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TOURS

Trolley Tours

Trolley TourThe perfect way to see Cape May!

Hop on one of MAC's cheery red trolleys and take a guided tour the easy and comfortable way. Knowledgeable guides will tell you everything you want to know about America's first seaside resort, from our Victorian heritage to our seashore and maritime history and more, with plenty of fun facts sprinkled in.

Trolley tours are perfect for every age, too, with a variety of tours especially geared to the younger set, and themed tours for holidays and special events.

Purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street where most tours start (unless otherwise noted) or call 609-884-5404 for more information.

Cape May Ghost Tours

Cape May Ghost TourCape May is one of the most haunted town's you'll ever visit. Is it any wonder? It's such a marvelous place, even the spirits don't want to leave Cape May! Dozens of Victorian gems have been investigated and documented to have "spirit" residents, all of whom are quite friendly, we assure you. Take a giant step back in Cape May's past and see if a ghostly encounter is in the cards for you!

 

 

  • 1879 Emlen Physick Estate 
  • Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour 
  • Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour
  • Midnight at the Physick Estate
  • Ghost 101 Investigation 
  • Halloween Happenings 
  • Historic Haunts Combo Tour
  • Historic Haunts House Tour
  • A Walk with the Ghost Writer 

For more information, call 609-884-5404

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth or at the Carriage House Visitors Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street.

Horse & Carriage Tour

Horse and Carriage TourStep onto a trip with the Cape May Carriage Company and enjoy a time of less stress and worries.  It’s easy to relax and enjoy oneself while ambling along at a leisurely pace—although other cars and traffic may pass you by, a carriage ride about the things you can see during the journey, not the speed or ultimate destination.

Beginning at the corner of Ocean Street and Washington Street mall, Cape May carriage rides visit many locations of historical significance within the area. There is plenty to be found here—the entire town has been declared a National Historic Landmark!—and the Carriage Company’s knowledgeable guides can point out and provide information about the best features. During the ride, you can either listen in and ask questions or simply watch the views as they gently pass by. Reservations can be made with the company for private or group tours shared with other families.

Cape May Carriage Company
(609) 884-4466
The carriage stop is located on Ocean St. across from the Washington Street Mall.

Cape May Food Tour

Cape May Food TourCape May Food Tour is a 3 hour guided food tasting and cultural walking tour of Cape May, New Jersey. Our journey will take us to award winning Cape May restaurants, mouthwatering eateries, and a distinctive specialty food store for samples of their delicious dishes and bites. We’ll discover the people behind these renowned establishments, their passion for food as well as their connection to local Cape May foods. As we stroll through the lush vibrant streets of Cape May with our tour guide, modern day and historical stories will unfold along with a closer look at those elaborate Cape May cottages.

The samplings on the tour have been carefully selected to represent a unique Cape May experience. Many of our area chefs and bakers on the tour have put their talents to work for years to evolve their recipes into the fabulous blend of the grand finale version you taste today. These chefs and bakers use only high quality ingredients, many of which are locally sourced right here in Cape May. Our tour includes chefs who are leaders in the Slow Food Movement which embraces the ideals of food that is: good for you, good for the workers who produce the food, and good for the environment by using local sources. The chefs and bakers on the tour are the people whose talent and hard work have helped to build this city’s reputation for top-notch cuisine in the finest of settings.

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VINEYARDS & WINERIES

Vinyards & WineriesWho can resist a good winery? Especially one in Cape May: the scenery is beautiful, the food divine, and there are plenty of wine selections for you to try. An afternoon among the Cape May wineries can be a perfect outing.

To begin with, there's the Cape May Winery, which has been in production for over 10 years. They offer wine tasting, a gift shop, self-guided tours and a picnic on the deck or lawn. Guests can purchase cheese trays and blankets, or you can bring your own for a romantic outing.

Turdo Vineyards are known for their numerous varieties of wine. Many of these are Italian varieties not often found in the United States! Visitors can enjoy wine tasting on the 5-acre site, and look for them in local restaurants.

Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery opened its doors in June of 2009 and has already established itself as a winery to be taken seriously. Though still new, the quality of Hawk Haven's wine is made to last.

Finally, Natali Vineyards is also one of Cape May's newest wineries. They've managed to surprise themselves with how the incredible variety of grapes they've planted have taken to our climate and location! Like the other vineyards, Natali Vineyards produce a variety of red, white and sweet dessert wines to satisfy every palate.

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LOCAL INTERESTS

Cape May Beaches

Jersey ShoreCape May, New Jersey is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Beach enthusiasts are sure to fall in love with our Cape May beaches such as Higbee Beach, Sunset Beach and Poverty Beach. Our beach visitors enjoy the clean, never over-crowded atmosphere, beautiful water and groomed sand.

Due to our close proximity to the beach, guests may choose to walk to the beach and leave their vehicle parked at the property. There are not public lockers or showers in Cape May on the beach

Beauclaires offers complimentary beach chairs, beach tags are required and can be purchased upon entrance to the beach.

 Food and drinks are allowed on the beach, so you're welcome to bring a cooler or visit one of the vendors selling refreshments along Beach Avenue. Alcohol is prohibited. You're also welcome to bring a beach umbrella, beach canopy, or beach tent for daytime relaxation.

While lifeguards are on staff to protect Cape May swimmers and surfers during the summer season until 5:30 pm daily, after September 8th, lifeguards are no longer on duty again until the summer season.

Cape May Zoo

Cape May ZooThe Cape May County Zoo offers Free Admission to all regular visitors, and a schedule that offers at least five hours of time to visit year round. With over 550 animals representing 250 species in an extensive variety of natural settings, it’s easy to spend a morning or afternoon exploring all there is to see!

Their list of residents include iconic animals like the Camel, Tiger, Cheetah and Lion, along with a special “pathway to diversity” that takes visitors into the African Savanna range for Zebra, Ocelot, Ostrich and Ring-Tailed Lemurs.

At certain times during the year, you can also treat your family to a train or carousel ride during your visit! To make your outing complete, feel free to wander Central Park, which the Cape May, NJ zoo is located within—here you can find a playground, fishing pond, a disc golf course, and more!

Movies at the Beach

Movies on the beachEnjoy a fun night out—and an evening’s entertainment—at Cape May Movies on the Beach!  This annual program brings about eight different films to a giant blow-up movie screen in July and August each year.   Perfect for its beachside location, the classic shark thriller Jaws always gets a showing, too. Be sure to put this on the schedule for your next visit as it’s one of the most fun things to do in Cape May.

It all takes place near Cape May’s Convention Hall, just a 5-minute walk from Beauclaires, and near Henry’s on the Beach Restaurant.  Take a look at the event’s webpage for this classic event.

Bike Riding 

Bike RidingCape May is well known as an ideal place for bicycling: our sea-level terrain is generally flat and easy to ride, traffic is far from aggressive and the Victorian highlights of the city’s architecture make any cruise in town definitely worth your time.

If you want to learn more about the Victorian homes and historical sites there are Cape May Bike Tour booklets available for $5. They can be picked up at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, the Carriage House Visitors Center, the Cape May Lighthouse, or the World War II Lookout Tower.

For leisure strolls in Cape May, try riding along Sunset Boulevard, as it offers a wider shoulder for cyclists and ends at Sunset Beach. Pittsburgh Avenue has dedicated bike lanes from Texas Avenue to the beach as well.

More adventurous riders won’t be disappointed either: you can take a bike-friendly road all the way to Green Creek—an hour-long route one way, about 11 miles up the coast.  Other routes like a trip to Cape May Point—perhaps with a detour into the bike-friendly Cape May Point State Park—and the state’s Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle series are also popular options.

The Cape May bike rental companies go the extra mile. Both Shields’ Bike Rental and Geared Up Rentals offer complimentary delivery of your bike rental and will bring it to Beauclaires for you.

A few important Cape May biking safety tips before you pedal down our streets:

  • Under New Jersey law, anyone under 17 years of age must wear a safety helmet.
  • Bikers ride in the same direction as traffic and follow the same laws as motorists. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights.
  • Bicycles are not allowed on the promenade after 10 a.m.
  • Please do not ride your bike on the Washington Street Mall

Have fun on your bike tour of Cape May as biking may become one of your favorite things to do.

Charter Boat Fishing and Surf Fishing in Cape May

FishingIt’s easy to make Cape May fishing a part of your next stay at Beauclaires: here you can find over 30 miles of open beaches you’re free to cast a line from (with a few exceptions for areas like boardwalks and other populated areas).  Companies like Cape May Bait and Tackle can help get you set up with the rental equipment you’ll need.  After that, our great coast is your oyster: it’s easy to find a Cape May beach and start a round of fishing!

It’s also easy to arrange a professional charter for a trip straight to the day’s fishing hotspots: the Porgy IV, Cape May Charters, South Jersey Marina, Miss Chris Boats and several others located in town can help make your summer vacation in Cape May a memorable one. This classic East Coast activity is one not to miss.

Golfing

GolfingBeauclaires is near many Cape May golf courses that should not be missed whether you are looking for a quick par-3 course or a challenge championship 18-hole course, we have options for you!

All of these are conveniently close to Beauclaires but the Cape May National Golf Club is closest.  The Cape May Par 3 Golf Course is less than five further minutes away.  It’s a great option for beginner golfers.  Sand Barrens has been called “the closest thing you’ll find to a desert course in this part of the country”.  At 27 holes, that makes plenty enough to go around!

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