Labors of Love

An Update on our Winter Projects

At the beginning of each year, we at Cape Resorts dedicate time to the restoration of our historic properties. The authentic charm of our seaside collection presents an important responsibility—one anchored in honoring these special places and preserving them for the future. Below, we explore the seasonal improvements we've made in Cape May and Sag Harbor, all in an effort to welcome you for years to come.

Restoring an Icon

320 gallons of blue paint used. 40 bathtubs reglazed. 132 red chairs painted in the Blue Pig Tavern. These numbers make up a wonderful whole: the two month-long winter restoration of Congress Hall, America's First Seaside Resort. Our beloved Big House by the Sea is now in its second century, and preserving this grande dame is no easy task—but the effort is well worth the reward.

Completed Projects Include:

  • Re-painting each Guest Room
  • Re-painting each Hallway
  • Reglazing Guest Room Bathtubs (40 bathtubs in total)
  • Reglazing Guest Room Bathroom Sinks (38 sinks in total)
  • HVAC replacements (14 total)
  • Grouting (60 lbs used in total)
  • Duct Work (480 feet in total)
  • Spackling (40 gallons used in total)
  • Re-plastering both Pools
  • Re-painting the Ballroom
  • Re-finishing the Ballroom Floors
  • Re-finishing the Brown Room Floors
  • Re-painting the red Blue Pig Tavern chairs (132 chairs in total)

In addition, it is of note that this summer marks 20 years since Congress Hall's 2002 reopening. And—trust us—we have a summer of celebrations planned that you won't want to miss.
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virginia hotel

Fresh Energy at the Virginia

After a winter spent preparing, the Virginia has reopened with a fresh burst of energy. We've enhanced our delicious continental breakfast to include new farm-fresh selections each week, and are proud to introduce guest-only delights like complimentary afternoon coffee and baked treats, as well as a social sips hour by the Ebbitt Room bar.
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pool renovation project at the Beach Shack

Beach Shack Shakedown

The always-vibrant Beach Shackis the ultimate summer hangout, and its back this season, better than ever. Complete with a brand-new pool and additional guest room garden space, this beachside haven is thoroughly refreshed and ready for your arrival.
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sandpiper pool


Perched along Beach Avenue, the Sandpiper Beach Club is the ideal getaway for rest and relaxation. This season, guests will enjoy use of the Sandpiper's spacious new pool, all summer long! Bring your favorite poolside read, or check out the Piper Lounge, where you'll find a collection of paperbacks, perfect for a day in the sun.
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barons cove from harbor


This winter season, Baron's Cove was polished to a sparkle, from the Lobby Lounge, to the Restaurant, to the guest rooms and back again. Originally built in the 1960s, Baron's Cove is one of the youngest members of our family—but you wouldn't know it based on its historic charm and classic American touches. Married with timeless furnishings, the vibe is equal parts chic Hamptons destination and nostalgic seaside retreat.
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Much like Congress Hall, The Pridwin is a cultural institution in its community. Out-of-town visitors and Shelter Island locals alike have mingled at this beautiful property for nearly 100 years. And now, with renovations almost complete, we've prepared it for another century of hospitality and service.
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dunes at Cape May Point

From the beaches of Cape May to the shores of Long Island, the excitement and energy among our seaside resorts is palpable. After a winter of preparing, we're ready for the fresh air of a bright new season—and most importantly, we're ready to welcome you.