Coming soon:

Winter Wonderland

carousel & Train Rides, Vendor Village,
Breakfast with Santa & More at Congress Hall

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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.

Seasonal Highlights

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Cape May

Thanksgiving Dinners

at the Rusty Nail, Ebbitt Room, blue pig tavern & congress hall ballroom

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Coming Soon:

Winter Wonderland

beginning Friday, November 29th at Congress Hall

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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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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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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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Fall Calendar

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Fall farm-to-Table Dinners

Fridays: Oct. 25th
Saturdays: Nov. 2nd, 9th, 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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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

Thursday, Nov. 28th
The Rusty Nail

Bring the whole family back to the beach to kick off the Holidays in Cape May as you gather ‘round the table for a relaxing and laidback Thanksgiving at the Rusty Nail.
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Thanksgiving Dinner
at the Blue Pig Tavern

Thursday, Nov. 28th
The Blue Pig Tavern

Gather friends and loved ones and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner in the Blue Pig Tavern. Enjoy hearty Thanksgiving favorites like roast turkey breast, herb stuffing and much more.
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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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Fall Excursions

Hikes to Davey's Lake



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 By Request

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

Tours must be requested at least 24 hours in advance. Space is limited. To learn more or to book your Hike to Davey's Lake, please call the Concierge Desk: (609) 884-6542.

Cape May Diamond Hunts



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 By Request

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

Tours must be requested at least 24 hours in advance. To learn more or to book your Diamond Hunt, please call the Concierge Desk: (609) 884-6542.

Fall Getaways

Down-home Thanksgiving

at the Beach Shack

November 27th through December 1st

Gather all the ones you love in Cape May this Thanksgiving with a Beach Shack getaway. Enjoy deluxe accommodations as well as a relaxed and homespun Thanksgiving dinner at the Rusty Nail.

Bring the whole family back to the beach to kick off the Holidays in Cape May as you gather ‘round the table for a relaxing and laid back Thanksgiving at the Rusty Nail. Thanksgiving dinner includes three courses, with Jimmy's down-home Deep Fried Turkey and all the fixin’s, like mashed potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese and more. Save room for dessert-delicious apple cobbler, pumpkin cheesecake, or sweet potato pie. Wake up Friday morning by the beach and hit all of the quaint shops in Cape May for unique holiday gifts, and don’t miss the grand opening of Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland, just two blocks away from Beach Shack.

This package includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Thanksgiving Dinner for Two (with option to add additional adults and children during the time of reservations with a stay enhancement)

Thanksgiving Dinner is served from 1:00pm to 6:00pm on November 28th. Please reserve your dinner reservation when you book this package. Call the Concierge Desk at (609) 884-6542 to reserve.


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 with room reservations 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.


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

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

Sold Out

Tickets to Thanksgiving Dinner in the Ballroom are now sold out.

We invite you to join us for a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rusty Nail, the Blue Pig Tavern or the Ebbitt Room.

A credit card is required at the time of booking. Our cancelation policy states that the reservation must be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the reservation to avoid a full charge to the card for each ticket reserved.

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, you’ll be happy to get outside and explore the wide open spaces of the farm by foot or on bicycle. During your stay, enjoy one of the excursions led by our seasoned tour guides. Hike around scenic Davey’s Lake, learn to collect eggs, harvest a seasonal crop, enjoy a hayride or take part in the holiday craft demonstration in the barn. 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
  • A guided excursion of your choice
  • 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.

Explore Other Seasons

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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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