The Inaugural

Congress Fall Festival

Saturday, October 19th
12:00pm to 6:00pm



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The Congress Hall


Masquerade Ball

Friday, October 25th | 8:00pm - 11:00pm



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Fall Activities

your guide to autumn in cape may

There's always something to discover on Cape Island. New restaurants to try, new boutiques to browse, new local spots to explore for locals and visitors alike, no matter the season. As our guest, you'll have full access to all the activities, amenities, and hidden gems that make this town so special.



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Come one, come all to Congress Hall's inaugural Fall Festival. This October, we're throwing a party on the grand lawn with fall favorites from Brats and Beer Cheese Pretzels and Funnel Cakes to candy apples and Apple Cider Doughnuts. Grab a pint from the nearby beer tent, serving local brews and “adult” slushies by the firepit. Kids and kids at heart will have a blast playing all of the fall-themed carnival games and taking a ride on the Congress Hall Spook Express! Paint a pumpkin and get your face painted to look like a spooky goblin, pretty princess, or strong superhero. Then, grab a camera—our pumpkin-filled hay wagon will make the perfect spot for a family photo-op! After the sun goes down stick around for the nighttime screening of “Hocus Pocus” and s'mores on Congress Hall’s lawn.

Carnival Games • train rides • arts & crafts
Beer Tent • s'mores • food tents & much more

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Seasonal Highlights

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The Congress Hall

Masquerade Ball

Friday, October 25th | 8:00pm - 11:00pm

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Nov. 5th - 10th: Fall Break

Wilderness Adventures

at Beach Plum Farm

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Beach Plum Farm

Explore the old and open spaces of Beach Plum Farm, our 62-acre working farm in West Cape May. Open to the public, Beach Plum invites everyone near and far to witness firsthand the timeless farming heritage of the Garden State.
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Tommy's Folly

Featuring a café, a fashionable boutique, a branded home goods store and a kids' shop all-in-one, Tommy's Folly is a full-service retail experience located right in the Lobby of Congress Hall.
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West End Garage

Located in West Cape May, West End Garage is a shopping destination comprised of over 60 unique vendors as well as home to the Beach Plum Bakery and Café, serving fresh baked treats and La Colombe coffees.
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The Sea Spa

Located in Congress Hall, the Sea Spa is a full-service day spa that offers a haven of healthy delights and sea-inspired treatments.
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The Congress Hall

Masquerade Ball

Friday, October 25th | 8:00pm - 11:00pm

It will be quite a night this October 25th as Congress Hall’s Ballroom transforms into the ultimate Halloween Party: The Masquerade Ball. Waltz into the Ballroom and make your way to the Masquerade Bar, where our bartenders will mix you up a specially-crafted cocktail included with your ticket for the evening. Grab a treat from our buffet spread, filled to the brim with freshly-baked desserts and candies sure to satisfy any seasonal sweet tooth. Wear your favorite costume for a chance to win prizes — the crowd will vote for their favorite overall costume of the evening, and our Masquerade Judges will be there to select the best Couple and Masquerade-themed getups. Our DJ will keep the energy up the whole night through, so be sure to bring a splendid mask to hit the dance floor.

$25 per person

Reserve Tickets
Staying with us during the Masquerade Ball? Call the Concierge for discounted tickets: (609) 884-6542






HISTORY TOURS

at Congress Hall

Did you know that Congress Hall is the oldest seaside hotel in America? Or that four sitting presidents have stayed there? And that one of those presidents set up office in the hotel’s ground floor, establishing the first Summer White House? On a Congress Hall History Tour, you'll be guided through the grand hotel's storied past. Led by "Annie Knight" who owned the hotel from 1904-1931, our 60-minute History Tours are an interactive and engaging way to learn all about the Big House by the Sea.
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Guided Excursions

Discover Cape May's Hidden Gems

Set out with a local guide and treat yourself to a below-the-radar Cape May experience like hiking to a secret lake in the sand dunes, exploring the Delaware Bay oyster farms, taking a sunset cruise around Cape Island in a 1920s-style yacht and more.
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The wilderness must be explored! This Fall Break, join the Cape Resorts Explorers Club and set out on exciting Wilderness Adventures at Beach Plum Farm. Grab your Explorer's Sash and your trusty Field Guide for activities like archery, gardening, scavenger hunts and so much more. Our Explorers Team has created the perfect schedule of events to explore the great outdoors in a fun, safe and creative environment.

Fall Calendar


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Fall farm-to-Table Dinners

Fridays: Oct. 11th, 18th & 25th
Saturdays: November 2nd, 16th & 23rd
6:30pm | Beach Plum Farm

As summer fades and goldenrod and asters start to light up the fields with their bright yellow and purple hues, savor the full, ripe flavors of Beach Plum Farm’s Autumn Harvest at our Fall Farm-to-Table Dinners.
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Farm
Campfire Dinners

Fridays: Nov. 1st, 15th & 22nd
4:00pm | Beach Plum Farm

Gather around our crackling campfire in the crisp fall air to share a hot meal with family and friends. Chef Josh will be creating one-pot meals like turkey chili and Berkshire pork stewed with freshly-harvested fall vegetables.
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Thanksgiving Dinner
in the Ballroom

Thursday, Nov. 28th
Congress Hall

Leave the cooking to our chefs and start a new Thanksgiving tradition this year at Congress Hall. We'll serve heaping plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies and more, all made using local ingredients from Beach Plum Farm.
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Thanksgiving Dinner
at the Ebbitt Room

Thursday, Nov. 28th
The Ebbitt Room

Enjoy an intimate Thanksgiving dinner this year in the warm ambience of the Ebbitt Room. Chef Jason Hanin has prepared a delicious menu special for the holiday.
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Live Entertainment

The Rusty Nail

Unwind to sunny acoustic tunes and beachy full-band jams that blend perfectly with the Nail's laid-back surfer vibe.

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The Boiler Room

Dance the night away to rockin' full bands and DJs, and enjoy afternoon acoustic sets that pair pitch-perfect with a little pizza and wine.

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the brown room

Sip cocktails in the vibrant new Brown Room as piano music and acoustic duos underscore the buzz of conversation around you.

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THE BIKE SHOP

at Congress Hall

Cape May is perfect for bike rides — the city is flat as a pancake and every corner is filled with scenic sights and new discoveries. 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. We've partnered with Cape Island Bikes to provide a seamless rental experience as well as service and sales of bicycles like Benno, Tuesday Cycles, Fuji, and Biria.
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Fall Excursions

Liberty
Charter Cruises

CAPE MAY

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As the sun begins to set, cruise through Cape May's back bays aboard the Liberty, a 1920s-style yacht with room for up to six guests.

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It's no secret we're home to some of the most spectacular sunsets. Visitors flock to Sunset Beach and The Cove to wait for that magical moment when the sun dips beneath the horizon — a rare spectacle on the East Coast, where it's more common to see the sun rise. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to catch the show from the ocean, enjoying lite bites and beverages, surrounded by nothing but open water and Mother Nature's beauty? Join us as we come aboard the Liberty, where you'll get a glimpse of Congress Hall from the sea.

Cruises Available May - October

Call to book: (609) 884-6542

For pricing & availability or to book your Liberty Charter Cruise, please call the Concierge Desk: (609) 884-6542.



Hikes to Davey's Lake

CAPE MAY

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Join a Cape Resorts Guide on a hike to discover Davey's Lake, one of Cape May Point's natural hidden gems.

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Tucked away in the marshes along the shore of the Delaware Bay are some of the most fascinating, fertile, and diverse ecosystems in the world. It’s a place where traces of the Lenni Lenape Indians may be found buried beneath the shrubs and the sandy soil. A place where the toughest sand was extracted for the building of the Panama Canal. It’s filled with rare migrating birds, cedar trees, and beach plums in the fall. It’s a contemplative, two-mile hike full of history. Even the locals who walk this path at least once a week describe it as “magical”.

Join us as we search for everything from arrowheads to hawks on a hike to Davey's Lake. It’s been described as “Walden Pond with grit,” so be sure to dress accordingly.

Tours Available Wednesday & Sunday at 1:00pm

Tickets for the Davey's Lake Hike are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts Guest.
Tickets are $5 for the public.
Guests will meet in the Lobby of Congress Hall

Call to book: (609) 884-6542

Space is limited. Please reserve at least two hours in advance. To learn more or to book your Hike to Davey's Lake, please call the Concierge Desk: (609) 884-6542.



Cape May Diamond Hunts

SUNSET BEACH

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Set out to Sunset Beach with a Cape Resorts Guide to search for your own Cape May Diamonds.

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Cape May Diamonds, quartz stones that wash up on the beaches of the Delaware Bay, have a history that predates the birth of the United States. In the 1750s, it is said that a large Cape May Diamond was presented to Christopher Leaming, a local whaler, by the last chief of the Kechemeche tribe King Nummy. The possession of this diamond could be traced through the Leaming family up until the 1970s. The Kechemeche believed that the diamonds contained supernatural powers, and used them to seal bonds of peace and friendship.

Learn about the mysteries that lie within the sand at Sunset Beach. Our Cape Resorts Guides will be on hand to help you gather and identify this precious local gem.

Tours Available Tuesday & Saturday at 1:00pm

Tickets for a Cape May Diamond Hunt are included in your stay as a Cape Resorts Guest.
Tickets are $5 for the public.
Guests will meet in the Lobby of Congress Hall

Call to book: (609) 884-6542

Space is limited. Please reserve at least two hours in advance. To learn more or to book your Diamond Hunt, please call the Concierge Desk: (609) 884-6542.



Fall Getaways

Fall Break Wilderness Adventures

Nov. 5th - 10th

Available November 5th - November 10th

Plan a fall getaway filled with Wilderness Adventures at Beach Plum Farm. Join the Cape Resorts Explorers Club and enjoy painting, archery, gardening and more!

Fall Break — Wilderness Adventures at Beach Plum Farm

Take a fall break with the kids and join the Cape Resorts Explorer’s Club, the ultimate Cape May getaway. Grab a trusty field guide to lead the way on your Wilderness Adventures. At Beach Plum Farm Explorers will get the chance to plant a garden, create nature-inspired art, learn about archery, farm life and more! For each task they complete, Explorers will earn a special pin to place on their Explorer Sash. At night, we will gather round the campfire to make s'mores, watch a movie and star gaze. Each day will be filled with creative learning and fun activities for explorers of all ages.

A Fall Break stay at the Beach Plum Farm Cottages includes:

  • Cottage or Barn Accommodations at Beach Plum Farm, perfect for your entire family or extended family
  • An Explorers Club drawstring backpack for the kids, filled with special items for your daily adventure
  • Daily Beach Plum Farm Wilderness Activities
  • Stocked refrigerator with all the makings for a farm fresh breakfast, plus other treats
  • Access to Beach Plum Farm golf carts and bicycles
  • Option to add premium activities with our package enhancements*

A Fall Break stay at Congress Hall, the Sandpiper Beach Club, the Star, or the Virginia Cottages includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations for your family
  • An Explorers Club drawstring backpack for the kids, filled with special items for your daily adventure
  • Daily Beach Plum Farm Wilderness Activities
  • $25 Dining Credit, per night**
  • Shuttle Service to Beach Plum Farm
  • Option to add premium activities with our package enhancements*

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Call to book the farm cottages: (833) 327-6268 Congress Hall Sandpiper The Star call to book the Virginia Cottages: (800) 732-4236

*Package enhancements can be added when making your reservation.

**Hotel dining credit must be signed to your room to be applied. No cash value.

Thanksgiving Dinner in the Ballroom

Leave the Thanksgiving cooking to the chefs at Congress Hall this year and enjoy a delicious buffet in the Ballroom. Thanksgiving Dinner in the Ballroom can be booked as a Stay Enhancement for stays at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, and the Congress Place Suites.

Executive Chef Michael Greenstein has prepared a delectable buffet menu featuring prized heritage turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and more, all using ingredients sourced from the fields of Beach Plum Farm. Join us in the Ballroom for the afternoon's feast, or choose to start a new Thanksgiving tradition this year and stay overnight in one of our beautiful Cape May hotels. Nap away post-dessert in the plush comfort of our guest rooms. Afterwards, set out to discover the beauty and excitement of Fall in Cape May.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH
DINNER SERVED FROM 1:00PM TO 6:00PM

Adults $45
Children
(ages 4-12) $19
Children 3 and younger are free.

*Prices are non-inclusive of tax, gratuity, and alcohol.

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Book Thanksgiving Dinner in the Ballroom as a Stay Enhancement along with your getaway. Our Reservations Agents will be happy to help with arrangements. Call to book: (855) 290-8467

Thanksgiving Dinner in the Ballroom can be booked as a Stay Enhancement for stays at Congress Hall, the Star Inn, the Sandpiper, and the Congress Place Suites.

Reserve Your Tickets

Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are first-come, first-serve.

Call to Reserve: (609) 884-6542

Please call the Congress Hall Concierge at (609) 884-6542 to reserve your tickets for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Good Harvest Fall Getaway

Available through November 17th

Indulge in the beauty of autumn at Beach Plum Farm. Enjoy deluxe cottage accommodations, guided excursions of your choice, fresh coffee and donut deliveries each morning and more.

Good Harvest — Fall Getaway at Beach Plum Farm

Welcome home to Beach Plum Farm, where we’ve prepared a relaxing stay full of good food, adventure, fun activities and wide-open spaces. Choose from any of our excursions, from a morning of egg gathering or potato harvesting, to a long walk along secluded Davey’s Lake; our expert guides are on hand to offer an informative and enjoyable experience. On Saturday evening, join other farm guests at our communal table lit by twinkle lights, set with beautiful flowers, and enjoy good conversation and culinary creations from the harvest of the season. As the nights get cooler, cozy up by the wood stove in your cottage or have us build a private campfire in your outdoor seating area. Our farm team offers personalized service to help you enjoy life on the farm.

Your Fall Getaway includes:

  • Cottage or Barn Accommodations at Beach Plum Farm, perfect for your entire family, extended family or your favorite group of friends
  • Fresh coffee and donuts delivered to your door each morning
  • Guided excursion of your choice, each day
  • Access to Beach Plum Farm golf carts and bicycles
  • Late checkout of 5pm Sunday - Thursday (based upon availability)
  • Plus the option to add on our Saturday evening Farm-To-Table dinner as a package enhancement*
Call Now to book: (833) 327-6268

*Package enhancements can be added when making your reservation.

Thanksgiving at Beach Plum Farm

Available Wednesday, November 27th - Sunday, November 30th

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends at our beautiful Beach Plum Farm Cottages. Enjoy deluxe accommodations, delicious Thanksgiving dinner for four in your cottage and more.

Thanksgiving at Beach Plum Farm

Bring the whole family together around the table this Thanksgiving at Beach Plum Farm, where we’ve prepared a relaxing weekend to start the holiday season off right. On Thanksgiving, you’ll find your kitchen stocked with a traditional turkey seasoned to perfection and all of the trimmings — you need only to put it in the oven and heat up all of your favorite side dishes, which means more time to spend with the ones you love. After Thursday's feast, spend the long weekend enjoying the beauty of autumn at our farm. Hop on a bike and explore the back trails, or ride into a town on your golf cart for a morning of fresh donuts and shopping at West End Garage. Sharing a meal with loved ones in a beautiful setting this Thanksgiving will surely make you thankful.

Your Thanksgiving Holiday includes:

  • Cottage or Barn Accommodations at Beach Plum Farm, perfect for your entire family, extended family or your favorite group of friends
  • Thanksgiving dinner for four in your cottage (with the option to add more people as a stay enhancement)
  • Stocked refrigerator with all the makings for a farm fresh breakfast, plus other treats
  • Access to Beach Plum Farm golf carts and bicycles
  • Late checkout of 5pm on Sunday

Call Now to Book: (833) 327-6268



*Package enhancements can be added when making your reservation.

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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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