The Cape Bulletin

Your Up-to-Date Guide to All Things Cape Resorts

You're likely heading to Cape May to decompress and escape the worries and challenges of everyday life. While here, usually your biggest questions are, 'How many shrimp should I throw on the grill' or 'Is this sunscreen REALLY waterproof?' This summer, though, you're doubtless wondering what you will and won't be able to enjoy on your Cape May vacation.
To help, we've prepared a guide to hopefully inspire more Cape May memories. Scroll down for information on eating, shopping and activities in America's Original Seaside Resort - along with everything you need to know about amenities at Cape Resorts. We'll be updating this info regularly so please check in again!
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Cape May Beaches

Open

Guests are permitted to swim, walk, jog, fish, sit and sunbathe on Cape May's beaches.

Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Beach tags are required for beach access.

Updated June 2, 2020

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Beach Service

Available

Complimentary chairs, towels and umbrellas are provided by request for Cape Resorts guests, and food service to the beach is available.

Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Beach Tags are required for beach access.

Updated June 2, 2020

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Swimming Pools

Open

The pools at our properties are open for swimming and sunbathing. Please remember to follow all signage and practice social distancing.

Updated June 22, 2020

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Our Cape May Hotels

Open

We're dedicated to cleanliness and social distancing standards so that you can breathe easy with the space you need. View Our Hotels & Cottages

Updated June 2, 2020

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Take-Out Dining

Open

We've prepared a number of take-out dining options, each featuring eclectic menus of fresh farm-to-table fare. View Our Take-Out Dining Options

Updated June 2, 2020

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Outdoor Dining

OPEN

Outdoor dining is available and open to the public. Reservations are required. View Our Outdoor Dining Options

Updated June 15, 2020

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In-Restaurant Dining

Coming Soon

We are working to create socially-distant indoor dining experiences in accordance with state and local guidelines. Please check back for updates. In the meantime, we have a range of outdoor dining options to enjoy.

Updated June 22, 2020

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Retail Shopping

OPEN

Retail stores are open for in-store shopping as of Monday, June 15 (with 50% occupancy permitted). Please remember to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines while shopping. View Retail Options

Updated June 15, 2020

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Food Shopping

Open

Food markets are open for shopping around Cape May, as well as local open-air farm stands like the Market at Beach Plum Farm.

Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines and store policies.

Updated June 2, 2020

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The Sea Spa

Open

The Sea Spa at Congress Hall has reopened for service. Reservations are required. Click here to reserve a treatment.

Updated June 22, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

At the Beach

Are the beaches open?

Yes, the beaches are open in Cape May and Cape May Point for sunbathing, swimming, sandcastle-building and bocce ball (as always, it’s rude to cheat). But please remember that strict social distancing requirements remain in place. And you can only swim where lifeguards are on duty.

Updated: June 3, 2020

Do I still need a beach tag?

Yes, and beach tags are provided by Cape Resorts. Please ask your concierge.

Updated: June 3, 2020

What about the promenade?

It’s also open, but Cape May’s promenade is narrow, so please practice proper social distancing and ensure that everyone in your party is wearing a mask. You still can’t walk a dog, ride your bike, skateboard or rollerblade on the promenade.

Updated: June 3, 2020


By the Pool

Are the Cape Resorts swimming pools open?

Yes! The pools at our properties are open for swimming and sunbathing. Please remember to follow all signage and practice social distancing.

Updated: June 22, 2020


Time to Eat

What Food & Beverage options are available in Cape May right now?

We are working to create socially-distant indoor dining experiences in accordance with state and local guidelines. Please check back for updates.
In the meantime, Outdoor Dining is available and open to the public—and we have some exciting options this season that celebrate our outdoor spaces. Click here to view a list of our Outdoor Dining options.
We also have a range of Take-Out options available for our guests. Click here to view a list of our Take-Out options.

Updated: June 22, 2020

What other restaurant options are there in Cape May?

There are currently dozens of restaurants in the area offering outdoor dining, curbside pickup and delivery. The www.capemaystrong.org site is a good source restaurant news.

Updated: June 15, 2020


Shopping the Cape

What stores are open in Cape May?

Retail stores are open for in-store shopping as of Monday, June 15 (with 50% occupancy permitted). Please remember to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines while shopping.

Updated: June 15, 2020

Is there a pharmacy in town?

Yes, the CVS is located directly across from West End Garage and is open from 8am-10pm daily.

Updated: June 3, 2020


Fun and Games

We’ve loved events like Monday Night Carnival at Congress Hall, Clambakes on the Lawn and fun stuff like Bingo with Blue. Will any of those be happening soon?

Yes! Our team has prepared a robust schedule of exciting guest activities for the season. Each programming offering has been reimagined this year to provide our guests with as safe an experience as possible.

This summer, Beach Plum Farm will host a regular schedule of outdoor guest programming that takes advantage our of 62 acres of space. Activities at the farm include Birding, Gardening, Watercoloring, Scavenger Hunts and more. In addition, Congress Hall's Monday night Carnivals on the Lawn are back this year with new spacing and occupancy guidelines. Click here to view a full summer programming calendar.

Due to capacity restrictions, all programming—including Congress Hall's Carnivals on the Lawn—will be reserved for Cape Resorts guests this season.

Updated: July 6, 2020

What other activities are happening in Cape May? Can I climb the lighthouse, rent a bike or go on a horse-and-carriage ride?

Currently, activities are obviously curtailed by COVID-related guidelines. You CAN take a tour of the Historic District on a horse-and-carriage tour (ask our concierge for details). And you CAN, at least, drive or bike down to the lighthouse and behold this famous old landmark, while walking the Cape May Point State Park (wearing a mask and social distancing). Bike rentals are available from Cape Resorts. And we are also able to supply you with tickets for whale and dolphin-watching trips. As well as checking this page regularly, we also recommend you visit the website of Cape May MAC, who operate the lighthouse and trolley tours as well as a LOT of fun cultural activities on the island. They’re providing updates at www.capemaymac.org.

Updated: June 3, 2020


Amenities and Services

Is the Sea Spa open?

Yes, the Sea Spa at Congress Hall has reopened for service! Reservations are required. Click here to reserve a treatment.

Updated: June 25, 2020

What activities and amenities are being offered this summer at Cape Resorts?

We will continue our tradition of offering a variety of amenities and activities with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. Amenities will include daily housekeeping and turndown service, newspaper delivery, a choice of valet or self-parking, reservation assistance and much more. Now, more than ever, it's up to YOU which services you wish to access. As far as our activities are concerned, we will be designing them with all of the official guidelines in mind so that fun AND safety go hand-in-hand. Please check in regularly with our website and our concierge team to see what is available during your stay with us.

Updated: June 3, 2020

What cleaning procedures will be in place for bellhops helping with luggage?

Each member of our hotel staff has been thoroughly trained on enhanced sanitizing protocol and will ensure your luggage is cleaned after they handle it.

Updated: June 3, 2020

How about those parking meters? Still operating?

The City of Cape May brought back meters on May 16. Rather than fetch around for quarters, we recommend downloading the ParkMobile app.

Updated: June 3, 2020

I have a question which isn’t on this list. Who should I call or email?

Our Concierge is a great resource. You can reach them by calling (609) 884-6542 or by emailing [email protected].

Updated: June 3, 2020

Summer GUEST PROGRAMMING

Summer is all about fun in the sun, and our team has prepared a robust schedule of exciting guest activities for the season. From Monday Carnivals at Congress Hall to exciting nature activities at Beach Plum Farm, our guest programming will keep the whole family engaged all the way through your Cape May vacation.

View our Events Calendar
for the full summer lineup

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Outdoor Dining

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Congress Hall's

Grand Lawn & Veranda Bar

Introducing Congress Hall's new open-air dining destination: the Grand Lawn & Veranda Bar. Dine at reservation-only tables on the Grand Lawn with a menu that includes craft cocktails, a full raw bar, Boiler Room pizza and small bites for kids and adults.

Reserve a Table
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Outdoor Dining at the

Blue Pig Tavern

Reserve your table for breakfast, lunch or dinner and dine al fresco with the Tavern favorites of the Blue Pig, either on our breezy outdoor porch, or—new this year—on the beautiful Veranda of Congress Hall.
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The Garden At The Ebbitt Room

The Ebbitt Room is proud to debut a singular new dining experience: The Garden at the Ebbitt Room. Enjoy the award-winning cuisine and expertly-crafted cocktails of our Dining Room in the fresh ambiance of the Virginia’s outdoor courtyard.
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Outdoor Dining at

The Rusty Nail

Summer is here, and the Nail is ready for a season of tasty bites, cold cocktails and plenty of sun! Kick back at one of our outdoor picnic tables and enjoy our classic beach-inspired menu, plus plenty of new specials and twists from Chef Jimmy.
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Beach Plum Farm Kitchen

Tucked away in West Cape May, our 62-acre Beach Plum Farm grows over 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Join us for breakfast or lunch at the Kitchen and savor the bounty of the season.

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Beach Plum Farm

Summer Dinner Series

Gather in the greenery of Beach Plum Farm for our Summer Dinner Series. Join us as we celebrate our seasonal harvest with intimate meals that use ingredients plucked a few feet from your table. Our Dinners this summer will take full advantage of our wide-open spaces; we'll spread out individual tables to create a fresh, new open-air dining experience that, while intimate, is still rooted in Beach Plum's spirit of community.
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Farm-to-table Summer Dinners

Wednesday Evenings
at Beach Plum Farm
Indulge in one of our delicious Farm-to-Table Summer Dinners at Beach Plum Farm. We’ll serve sustainably-raised meats, pasture-raised poultry and fresh vegetables harvested from our adjacent farm fields.
Reserve Tickets
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Farm & Fin Dinner Series

Friday & Saturday Evenings
at Beach Plum Farm
Join us in the farm-fresh air as we celebrate the bounty of Beach Plum Farm and local seafood at our Farm & Fin Dinners. We'll prepare a very special four-course, flame-cooked, family-style meal that showcases the farm-to-table and dock-to-dish connection on Cape Island.
Reserve Tickets
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Farm Sunday BBQs

at Beach Plum Farm
Every Sunday through August 30th
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Beach Plum Farm Sunday BBQs are back! With great food, live music, lawn games, a craft cocktail bar and more, our Sunday BBQs are the perfect family events to get out and enjoy the fresh farm air.
No reservations required — just come and enjoy!

Please be advised that we’ll make every effort possible to accommodate dietary restrictions at our Farm Dinners. However, due to the availability of farm ingredients and the nature of the farm dinners, we cannot guarantee that every restriction for every course can be met.

Take-Out Dining

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Rusty Nail To-Go

Available Daily

Cape May's iconic surfer bar and restaurant is serving up delicious beach blanket take-out every night of the week. Drive up and grab favorites like Chef Jimmy's famous fried chicken, fish tacos, boardwalk fries and much more. Plus, don't miss our daily specials!
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Ebbitt Room
Take-Away

Available Daily

Enjoy a delicious menu of farm-fresh classic American cuisine prepared by Chef Jason Hanin.
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Ebbitt Room Take-Away is currently available to Cape Resorts guests only.

Ebbitt Room
Take-Away

Available Daily

Featuring classic Ebbitt Room staples and exciting new farm-to-table options to try.
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Ebbitt Room Take-Away is currently available to Cape Resorts guests only.

Ebbitt Room
Take-Away

Available Daily

Plus, Leo's been busy behind the bar crafting a new list of signature cocktails.
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Ebbitt Room Take-Away is currently available to Cape Resorts guests only.

Health & Wellness

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Yoga on the Beach

Join us on the beach in front of Congress Hall for a morning yoga session. The soothing ocean breezes and sea salt air provide a naturally peaceful setting. No pre-registration required.

On the Beach in front of Congress Hall
Daily at 8:00am

Yoga sessions are included with your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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YOGA ON THE FARM

Welcome the day with yoga session in the serene setting of Beach Plum Farm. We'll gather in the fields by the Amish Barn for an hour-long yoga class—no pre-registration required.

At Beach Plum Farm
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00am

Yoga sessions are included with your stay as a Cape Resorts guest. Non-guests can purchase tickets for $15 from the instructor on the morning of the session.

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Beach Bootcamp

at Congress Hall

Join instructor Donna Valentine on the beach for a thorough workout suitable for all fitness levels. Beach Bootcamp sessions are included with your stay as our guest—no pre-registration required.

On the Beach in front of Congress Hall
Daily at 8:00am

Beach Boot Camp sessions are included with your stay as a Cape Resorts guest.

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Congress Hall

Bike Shop

The Bike Shop is open! Rent a bike or a surrey for a breezy ride around Cape Island. The Congress Hall Bike Shop is your one-stop resource for rentals of singles, doubles, and children's bicycles, as well as whole-family surreys and all the supplies you'll need for a day of pedaling around town.

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Shopping & Retail

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West End Garage

Now Open

West End Garage now open for the season! Check out our antique furniture and accessories, vintage memorabilia, artwork from local and regional artisans, estate jewelry and more.
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Beach Plum
Farm Market

The Farm Market is open! Bring a little Beach Plum farm-to-table flavor home with you. Shop our selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and meats as well as local products and curated home goods. Please remember to wear a face mask while shopping.
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Tommy's Folly Boutique

Open for in-store shopping

With ladies’, men’s and children’s resort and everyday apparel and accessories, Tommy’s Folly Boutique and KIDS is the ultimate shopping destination for the entire family. Now open for in-store shopping!
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Tommy’s Folly Boutique and KIDS has moved across the street to a new storefront location on the corner of Carpenters Lane & Perry Street. Come visit us at our new location.

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Tommy's Folly Logo

Window Shopping

Tommy's Folly Logo is officially open for window shopping. Come down to the retail wing of Congress Hall and take a look—our store associates will be happy to assist you with finding the perfect Congress Hall-branded keepsakes.
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Tommy's Folly Logo window shopping is currently available to Cape Resorts guests only.

Support our Neighbors

Our friends at CapeMayStrong.org have compiled a full list of local restaurants offering takeout and delivery options, as well as local shops offering window shopping and curbside pickup. To view the list, click here.

Special Offers

Extended Cottage Stays

The Virginia Cottages, Beach Plum Farm Cottages

Limited Availability for our Single-Family Cottages

This summer and fall, escape to your second home by the sea. Plan an extended cottage vacation from 7 days to 6 weeks either in the quiet serenity of our 62-acre farm, or in the historic elegance of Cape May's seaside historic district.

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Think of it as your family retreat by the sea. A place where you can relax and recharge. Offering breezy porches, decks, glimpses of the ocean, and equipped with full kitchens and washers/dryers (plus plenty of elbow room), these homes are available for extended vacations from 7 days to 6 weeks. Choose from our beach block Victorian cottages in Cape May’s historic district - or Beach Plum Farm cottages, located on our 62-acre farm, nestled between downtown Cape May and Cape May Point, with a golf cart and bicycles to help you get around.

Stay in historic seaside charm...

Located on tree-lined Jackson Street and Atlantic Terrace, our elegant, comfortable Virginia Cottages were built in 1891 by the owner of Congress Hall—identical properties which became known as the Seven Sisters. Offering breezy porches, decks and glimpses of the ocean with full kitchens, washers/dryers (and lots of elbow room), the renovated cottages are the perfect choice for a family retreat in the historic center of Cape May. They're located just half a block from the beach.

...or in 62 acres of idyllic open space.

A 10-minute bike ride from the beach, our 62-acre Beach Plum Farm is home to five charming cottages and barns, offering the ultimate private retreat, surrounded by nature. Effortlessly blending rustic chic with top-of-the-line amenities, the cottages and barns offer the ideal escape with all the space you crave. Explore the farm, enjoy your private golf cart and bicycles, light your own outdoor firepit. Inside, enjoy our chef-grade kitchens, taking advantage of our fresh farm produce, or grab ready-made to-go meals from the farm market. At Beach Plum you're in your own world, but still part of ours.

Call to reserve your cottage: (609) 600-2213

Summer's Best Rates

Congress Hall, The Congress Place Suites, The Star, The Virginia Hotel & Cottages, The Sandpiper, The Beach Shack, Beach Plum Farm Cottages

As we reopen our family of beloved properties gently, we are excited to welcome you back. Enjoy the best available rates of the summer, guaranteed when you book with us directly.

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We are committed, now more than ever, to providing you with the simple pleasures in life. Our priority? Offering the space and fresh air that you need, in a safe and relaxing environment. Yes, a lot of things have changed, but we're looking forward to offering you a good, old-fashioned welcome that Cape Resorts delivers.

We hope to see you soon.

Book Your Summer Stay

Congress Hall The Star The Virginia The Sandpiper The Beach Shack Beach Plum Farm Cottages Call to Book the Congress Place Suites: (844) 499-9815 Call to Book the Virginia Cottages: (800) 732-4236

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A day in Cape May isn't enough.

Whatever the season, a visit to Cape May isn't complete without experiencing the bucolic charm of Beach Plum Farm, searching for shells along Cape May's miles of coastline, followed by a leisurely stroll through the charming downtown shops, taking in the beauty of our magnificent Victorian architecture, capped of by a sunset cocktail on the porch of the Virginia. Even if you are visiting from close by, consider staying over to fully experience Cape May.
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