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Introducing Pizza in the Boiler Room

Introducing Pizza in the Boiler Room

Congress Hall’s Boiler Room has been the epicenter of night life for Cape Resorts since its debut at the reopening party in 2002. Originally the boiler room, bakery and laundry of the hotel, relics of the past are still on display including the old stone rubble walls, made of ballast stone, the front of...

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The Garden State

The Garden State

On a typical morning in Cape May, vacationers lazily roll out of bed. The smell of bacon fills the air from local restaurants.  The beach quickly fills up with brightly colored umbrellas. Just two miles away at Beach Plum Farm, produce is being harvested and Berkshire pigs are enjoying a hearty breakfas...

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The Congress Hall March

The Congress Hall March

            March is traditionally thought of as quiet in Cape May, falling after the festive holidays and before the sunny summer afternoons on the beach. At Cape Resorts, the traditions are anything but quiet. From the beginning, music has played a key role at Congress Hall, the Virginia, and other ho...

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An Interview with Crumpet

An Interview with Crumpet

They can be found everywhere: from the North Pole to the Island of Misfit Toys. From Macy’s 34th Street department store, to the Congress Hall Ballroom on Saturday mornings. They claim that they work hard all day, but their work is play. They are Santa’s elves. For Crumpet the Elf, his work and play has...

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The Blue Plate Special

The Blue Plate Special

           As the summer has come to a close, it’s hard not to feel a little blue. Especially when the sky continues to be an unbelievably beautiful and clear reflection of the ocean’s cerulean shade. Our mascot, Blue the Pig continues to strut his Tiffany hued paws around the Cape Resorts Campus. And n...

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Kings of Cape May

Kings of Cape May

                  Thinking of migrating to the beach this fall? The end of the summer season does not mean the end of fun and excitement in Cape May.  As the days get cooler and the foliage gets warmer, America’s First Seaside Resort becomes a flutter of activity. The red and orange colors that take ove...

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25 Years at 25 Jackson Street

25 Years at 25 Jackson Street

            Strolling down Jackson Street in Historic Cape May, the warm summer breeze comes off the ocean passing through the green trees. As you go by Number 25 Jackson Street, you may notice there’s a silver glow coming from the bright red door that is framed by a quaint front porch. There’s somethin...

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Sweeter Than Honey

Sweeter Than Honey

            The beaches are full of rainbow-colored umbrellas. At twilight, bright sundresses swish in and out of candlelit restaurants. The sound of a steel drum can be heard echoing across the ocean, as bars along the beach get ready for another night in Cape May. Its summertime and this quiet shore t...

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Farm Fresh Eggs

Farm Fresh Eggs

       If you are like most Americans, the last subscription you probably bought was to a magazine. With the advent of all sorts of new technological devices that allow you to carry several magazines on one tiny computer in the palm of your hand, this magazine probably showed up in your inbox rather tha...

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Hail to Kale

Hail to Kale

Superfood and Ideal Quick Bite

There is a warm breeze passing on the veranda. The rocking chairs face the perfect view of an early summer morning in Cape May. Delicious varieties of freshly squeezed juice are ready to enjoy...

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Sightings of the Snowy Owl

Sightings of the Snowy Owl

A Rare Snow Bird

The street light at the crossing of Perry Street and Beach Avenue flashes a bright yellow light. The white sand is covered with a layer of white snow. Twilight warms the polar pall that has fa...

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Jazz Man

Jazz Man

     “There’s something special here,” says Paul Sottile, the house piano player at the Ebbitt Room, discussing the upcoming Jazz Festival that is set to hit Cape May November 7-10, 2013. It’s that “something special” that he feels makes Cape May the perfect place for a festival of its caliber. Sottile ...

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Best in Show

Best in Show

Every day hundreds of people pass through the sands of The Rusty Nail. They come from all over to enjoy some time by the fire pit, listen to live music, and savor good drinks and good food with friends. On August 25th, 2013, for the first time in the history of The Nail, everyone raised a glass (and a p...

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Dishes and Holloware

Dishes and Holloware

Reclaiming a Piece of American History

When Congress Hall was renovated in 2001, an excavation of the foundation produced a true find - a box that dated back to the late 19th century.  When the box was dusted off and opened, it was...

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Cape May Diamonds

Cape May Diamonds

Supernatural Powers Since 1750

In the 1880's as Congress Hall enjoyed its return to glory following the Great Fire of 1878, it continued the tradition of attracting clientele from the elite classes. Legends of these guests ...

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Cilantro a.k.a. Coriander

Cilantro a.k.a. Coriander

From Beach Plum Farm

Through the hot and humid days of this summer, the greenhouse at Beach Plum Farm has protected the cooler weather plants in the heat of the scorching sun. In the winter time, the greenhouse se...

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The Blue Pig Tavern

The Blue Pig Tavern

A Watering Hole with a History

Congress Hall was historically a genteel hotel where guests could enjoy the orchestra in residence and waltz in the high-ceilinged ballroom, but more tawdry activities could be found outside t...

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In praise of…the Meat Board

In praise of…the Meat Board

Ebbitt Room chef Anthony Micari designed his meat board with a summer evening in mind.  "It's the perfect dish to share with friend at the bar or on the front porch, especially with a sea breeze and a punchy glass of wine," he said.  Originally intended as a way to preserve meats in the days before refr...

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In The Columns

In The Columns

Stars and Stripes Forever

Along the columns that mark the entrance to Congress Hall are four prominent banners that wave in the breezes coming off the Atlantic Ocean every July afternoon. Their pattern and style are re...

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Love Thy Pig

Love Thy Pig

A Special Kind of Animal

Although the pig has always reigned supreme in the chef’s world – owing to its varied and wonderful applications, says Ebbitt Room Executive Chef Anthony Micari – it fell out of favor during t...

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A Day in the Life of David Chanudet

A Day in the Life of David Chanudet

Head Gardener for Cape Resorts

When I arrive at Congress Hall, I begin where I left off the day before, working my way around in a clockwise manner. It’s a continuous cycle; by the time I get around the clock, I have to sta...

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The Key to Hospitality

The Key to Hospitality

The Origin of our New Logo

In 2010, on the corner of Broadway and Perry Street, a contractor who'd been widening Cape May's drainage system spotted a key inscribed with the initials AK.  Sensing this might be no ordinar...

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Cape Resorts’ Legendary Mascot, Blue

Cape Resorts’ Legendary Mascot, Blue

You’re a very busy pig, Blue. What events do you attend at Congress Hall?I’m here for Memorial Day weekend, carnival nights, Kiddie O’ke in the Boiler Room, family ceramics classes, and Winter Wonderland – the most magical time of the year. There’s also the Fourth of July celebration – for that, I wear ...

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A Chat with Jimmy Burton

A Chat with Jimmy Burton

Rusty Nail Executive Chef

Has cooking always been a part of your life?I grew up watching my grandmother, Helen Dickerson, who cooked at the Chalfonte Hotel’s kitchen for 60 years. Some of my fondest memories are of her...

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Learning To Look in Cape May

Learning To Look in Cape May

The Best Place in the World for Birders

Cape May is one of the world’s most famous birding spots. Its’ geographic location, sandwiched between the ocean and the Delaware Bay, funnel southbound migrants to its tip. Added to this is a...

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