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What’s Cookin’? The Recipe Story

What’s Cookin’? The Recipe Story

It’s one of those early fall days in Cape May. As the sun comes up (a little later than we’re used to), the chill in the morning air starts to melt away. The afternoon feels almost like summer, and the salt water is even warmer than it was back in June. As the afternoon turns to evening, visitors gather...

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Imagining The Third Century

Imagining The Third Century

It’s a Wednesday night in mid-June. Restaurants along Washington Street Mall fill up with folks from out of town. The night shift of employees come, ready to serve locals and visitors alike.  Locals finishing up their workday head to the beach, to a watering hole for a drink with friends, or home to get...

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The Gift to Come

The Gift to Come

“Ukuele” translates to become the phrase “The gift to come.” This four-stringed, tiny guitar has become as synonymous with the sound of the Hawaiian Islands as the crashing of the ocean waves along the shore. It is a little-known fact that ukulele’s did not originate in Hawaii.  The Portuguese machete a...

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Spring Egg Rolls

Spring Egg Rolls

American traditions are abundant. Hot dogs at baseball games, and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Even holidays that are celebrated the world over come with their own set of American customs. Easter is no exception. Every spring across America children don their Easter bonnets and clutch their baskets ...

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Show People

Show People

On February 19TH, Myra Vassian will be joined by some of her friends from New York for a Musical Theatre Sing- Along in Congress Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Myra is the Entertainment director for Cape Resorts, and this winter she will be joined by Martín Solá, Rachel Rhodes- Devey, and Alexander Rovang for a...

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A Fowl Tradition

A Fowl Tradition

In millions of households across America this Thanksgiving, a similar scene will play out. It may be some sort of modern rendition of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom From Want, with a family gathered around the dinner table, waiting for a matriarch to place the most anticipated centerpiece: the Thanksgiving t...

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The Kitchen Gardens

The Kitchen Gardens

There are a lot of breathtaking places in Cape May. Sunset Beach and the Cove are pretty popular.  Tucked away on Stevens Street in West Cape May, the entrance to Beach Plum Farm seems to find its place among the ranks. As you come up the seashell driveway, the beautiful timber built Farm Market emerges...

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A message to the Future

A message to the Future

We didn’t always know about Congress Hall’s history.  Its hard to imagine now; the walls are filled with old photos dating back to the 1840s. There are books with pages of comprehensive facts, colorful illustrations, and definitive dates that put The Big House By the Sea on the map as America’s First Se...

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Tommy’s Folly Turns 200

Tommy’s Folly Turns 200

In 1816 the United States was a mere forty years old. The son of a tavern keeper in what is now Cape May had a vision to build the most impressive, three-story hotel where distinguished guests from miles around would come to bask in the glow of its grandeur.  Thomas Hughes built what he called “The Big ...

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Building Traditions

Building Traditions

     One of the beautiful things about the climate of Cape May is that it is always changing. On summer days, the sand on the beach is barely visible amid the crowds of visitors looking to cool off in the salty Atlantic. On crisp mornings in the fall you may find fishermen dotting the shoreline, baiting...

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Safe at Home

Safe at Home

      The word ‘home’ often times evokes images of comfort and safety. It’s a haven, a place where you can relax and feel at ease with family and friends. It’s not just four walls, a bunch of nails and sheetrock, but that comfortable place to hang your hat. In Cape May, sometimes it is simply a patch of...

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Congressional Independence Day

Congressional Independence Day

It’s a hot summer afternoon in Cape May.  Early in the day visitors drag their beach chairs 100 feet from the sandy shore to a grassy patch on Congress Hall’s Lawn. The sounds of excited children are heard from the carnival games on the veranda. The smell of charcoal mingling with hot dogs and hamburger...

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Love Thy Pig

Love Thy Pig

The Royal Pig: The porkers at Beach Plum Farm are called Berkshire pigs, which were once upon a time raised at Windsor Castle, official residence of the British monarchy, having been very popular with the upper classes for their "marbled meat". This means that the fat is evenly distributed throughout th...

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