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The Queen Victoria Blog

News, Events and Suggestions

Welcome to The Queen Victoria blog!

We're pleased to share our special Cape May perspective with you, including fun things to do in Cape May, Restaurant Reviews/Suggestions, and Cape May touring ideas.  Cape May is a wonderful place to visit (often!) in every season of the year.  Please check here often to learn about what is going on at The Queen Victoria B&B and the area on our Cape May blog.

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10 reasons we’re thankful to live in Cape May

10 reasons we’re thankful to live in Cape May

Published on November 22, 2016

It’s no surprise that Anna Marie and I are extremely happy to call Cape May home and we thoroughly enjoy making sure our guests fall in love with Cape May as much as we have. As we approach the holiday of giving thanks, we’d like to count...

Holiday tours in Cape May

Holiday tours in Cape May

Published on November 22, 2016

I’m always thankful to live in such a beautiful place – Cape May – but as we prepare for the holiday of giving thanks I’d like to show my gratitude for our amazing city and the devotion it shows to its Victorian heritage and delightful...

New ghost tours of Cape May

New ghost tours of Cape May

Published on October 14, 2016

Cape May knows how to do a theme well, especially around the holidays – you’ll see Anna Marie and I in our traditional Victorian wear soon enough. But, as we welcome the haunting holiday, things get a bit spooky and creepy around town as...

Cape May’s Bring Your Own Bottle History

Cape May’s Bring Your Own Bottle History

Published on September 30, 2016

A question first-time visitors of Cape May are often curious about is: Why are so many restaurants BYOB?

It happens to be that way due to New Jersey law and so few liquor licenses permitted in Cape May. Back in the late 1880s, the...

Oktoberfest in Cape May

Oktoberfest in Cape May

Published on September 19, 2016

Anna Marie and I may own some traditional Victorian wear but we won’t be donning it in early October as we see a flood of lederhosen take over Cape May for Oktoberfest! On Saturday, October 1, Historic Jackson Street is transformed into a...

Harvest Brew Fest

Harvest Brew Fest

Published on August 26, 2016

I know you’re already thinking of a reason to visit Cape May in the fall and you’re in luck (especially if you enjoy beer!) as you can come on over to New Jersey for the 2nd Annual Harvest Brew Fest.

Welcome the fall season with its...

Cape May Food & Wine Celebration

Cape May Food & Wine Celebration

Published on August 11, 2016

It should come as no surprise that Anna Marie and I thoroughly enjoy Cape May’s wine scene and perfecting our winemaking skills with our annual Wine Lover’s Weekend wine blending challenge but our friends at the Cape May MAC have wine...

5th Annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival

5th Annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival

Published on August 01, 2016

Though you’re more likely to see a bottle of fine wine around The Queen Victoria or get recommendations from Anna Marie or myself on what wines to bring to which Cape May restaurant, we’re not disappointed with Cape May’s growth in the...

Movies on the beach: 2016 lineup

Movies on the beach: 2016 lineup

Published on July 14, 2016

Classic date nights seem to involve two activities: Movies or walks along the beach. I love both but especially enjoy Cape May’s summer tradition of free movie screenings on the beach.

At just a five-minute walk from The Queen Victoria,...

On the water in Cape May

On the water in Cape May

Published on June 30, 2016

There’s nothing quite like a sunny summer day in Cape May, in fact I think you better hurry and enjoy it for yourself soon, but if you’re looking for ways to stay cool or feel the lovely sea breeze, you’ll want to schedule some time in...

Fourth of July in Cape May

Fourth of July in Cape May

Published on June 16, 2016

I can’t think of anywhere else that I’d rather spend Independence Day than in Cape May, or any day for that matter, but if you want to combine beach day fun with stunning fireworks at night then Cape May should be your destination of...

The Queen Victoria: Don and Jeannie’s Experiences

The Queen Victoria: Don and Jeannie’s Experiences

Published on June 06, 2016

In our last loyal guest profile, we shared the experiences of Wayne and Joyce and this time we’re proud to share the adventures that Don and Jeannie have enjoyed with a stay with us at The Queen Victoria. 

For almost 10 years, Anna...

Cape May Hops Festival

Cape May Hops Festival

Published on May 13, 2016

Cape May has grown in popularity these past few years as a home to exceptional craft brews and breweries and with it comes new events and festivals to celebrate this growth. A new festival that I think will be popular with visitors and...

Cape May 2016 Summer Concert Series

Cape May 2016 Summer Concert Series

Published on May 05, 2016

I can’t iterate enough how excited I am for the warmer seasons and fun events they bring to Cape May! Especially the events that bring music to our shores! Trust me when I say there’s no shortage of fantastic festivals that call Cape May...

Yoga on the Beach returns

Yoga on the Beach returns

Published on April 27, 2016

I’m perfectly content to enjoy a stroll along Cape May’s beautiful shores in the early morning to find my inner peace but many guests over the years have been asking about other early morning activities on the beach and thanks to our...

Spring into fun with Cape May’s Spring Festival

Spring into fun with Cape May’s Spring Festival

Published on March 25, 2016

Warmer weather and longer days are here with the official start of spring, but it doesn’t fully seem real around here until the Cape May Spring Festival kicks off!

Our friends at the Cape May MAC are experts when it comes to organizing...

Top 10 things to do in spring in Cape May

Top 10 things to do in spring in Cape May

Published on March 17, 2016

Anna Marie and I would never discourage a guest from visiting Cape May because of the season as we think each season is unique and a perfect opportunity to explore our seaside resort!

Though I’ll admit I do enjoy saying good-bye to the...

Cape May’s Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Weekend

Cape May’s Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Weekend

Published on February 25, 2016

The game’s afoot in Cape May, as our seaside resort is shrouded in a murder mystery that only the great Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson can solve!

Of course, you’re invited to join Holmes and Dr. Watson to seek out and piece together...

2016 Big Cheese Weekend

2016 Big Cheese Weekend

Published on February 11, 2016

We’re counting down to one of our favorite events and we hope you’ll save the date for our annual Cheese Tasting party on March 12!

Each year, Anna Marie and I select approximately 15 cheeses to sample and pair with bakery bread,...

History of Christmas in Cape May

History of Christmas in Cape May

Published on December 16, 2015

Anna Marie and I thoroughly enjoy the festivities and decorations that adorn both The Queen Victoria and Cape May during the Christmas season!  Whether it’s the holiday-themed trolley tours or carriage rides or the tree lighting...

Fall Cape May Restaurant Week

Fall Cape May Restaurant Week

Published on November 10, 2015

Anna Marie and I never tire of the restaurants or dining establishments that call Cape May home.  In fact, we’re quite sure that our guests fall more in love with Cape May with every bite they take!  If you’ve had your eye on a certain...

Halloween in Cape May

Halloween in Cape May

Published on October 08, 2015

Cape May is the place to be in October and it’s not just the living that agrees! Spirits come to life in the spirit of Halloween around the city and there’s no shortage of spooky activities.

Our chilling ghost tours explore the history...

Victorian Weekend

Victorian Weekend

Published on September 18, 2015

It’s no secret that Cape May and its residents (myself and Anna Marie included) work hard at preserving our Victorian heritage and especially honoring this unified identity through special events. So, if you’re looking for another reason...

Interview with Anna Marie

Interview with Anna Marie

Published on September 08, 2015

Back in July, I interviewed a couple of our loyal guests, Wayne and Joyce, and loved the experience so I decided to interview someone that’s very near and dear to me and I think to many of our guests as well: Anna Marie!

If you haven’t...

Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival

Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival

Published on July 27, 2015

Coming up in August is an event that’s taken Cape May by storm; it’s the 4th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival!

Held on Saturday, August 8, this event features two East Coast favorites as well as live music, crafts, and a Victorian...

Cape May Movies on the Beach: 2015 Lineup

Cape May Movies on the Beach: 2015 Lineup

Published on July 14, 2015

Every summer, Cape May offers free evening entertainment on the beach through its Movies on the Beach series. The annual series kicks off in July and runs through August with showings on Thursday evenings.

Just a five-minute walk from...

The Queen Victoria: Loyal Customer Profile

The Queen Victoria: Loyal Customer Profile

Published on July 13, 2015

Through the years we’ve had the fortune of hosting wonderful people from across the globe in our Victorian bed and breakfast, and sometimes we get the opportunity to host these amazing guests more than once. In this blog, we’re going to...

The Queen Victoria’s treat recipes

The Queen Victoria’s treat recipes

Published on June 02, 2015

Our guests at The Queen Victoria are used to the royal treatment and treats worthy of the royal family. Anna Marie and I have enjoyed hosting afternoon tea in our Victorian beauty for many years and it is a tradition we hope our guests...

Cape May Restaurant Week

Cape May Restaurant Week

Published on May 15, 2015

We don’t want to sound like a broken record but Cape May truly has fantastic dining establishments and a great week to experience as many as you can is approaching. The annual Cape May Restaurant Week runs May 31 – June 7 in 2015 and if...

Cape May Music Events

Cape May Music Events

Published on April 30, 2015

You could think you’re hearing everyone singing for joy for being in beautiful Cape May, but the truth is our town gets quite musical in May with the arrival of two music festivals.

The first is the Cape May Music Festival that’s...

Cape May Spring Festival

Cape May Spring Festival

Published on April 17, 2015

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Cape May; though you’d hear Anna Marie and I say that any time is a wonderful time to visit our shores. But for our guests that prefer to travel when it’s warmer out we’d highly recommend timing your...

Favorite moments from 2015’s Big Cheesy tasting party

Favorite moments from 2015’s Big Cheesy tasting party

Published on March 18, 2015

One Saturday each March, Anna Marie and I host our Big Cheesy annual cheese tasting party. This year’s complimentary event, held exclusively for guests of The Queen Victoria on Saturday, March 7, was a terrific success.

We had great...

Wine Lover’s Weekend Produces Exceptional Red Blend

Wine Lover’s Weekend Produces Exceptional Red Blend

Published on March 11, 2015

We’d first like to thank all 39 attendees at this year’s Wine Lover’s Weekend!  Everyone I spoke to about it had a great time.  In fact we’ve already got quite few couples booked for next year’s event, which will be one week later on...

Cape May Winery: Blending Challenge

Cape May Winery: Blending Challenge

Published on February 23, 2015

In our last blog post we reviewed the history of the Cape May Winery and this time we’re sharing how our relationship with the winemaker, Darren, evolved into our current Wine Lover’s Weekend wine blending challenge.

Back in 2009, Anna...

Cape May Winery

Cape May Winery

Published on January 09, 2015

Since opening twenty years ago, Cape May Winery has shared wonderful flavors with our city through the variety of wines they produce. The popular vineyard is one of our favorites as we partner with them every year for our Wine Lover’s...

Channeling Weekends with Debbie Wojciechowski

Channeling Weekends with Debbie Wojciechowski

Published on December 02, 2014

Three or four times a year, typically in our "shoulder" seasons, The Queen Victoria hosts Channeling Weekends.  In 2014 we started working with a new Medium named Debbie Wojcechowski.  During her first Channeling event at The Queen...

Dickens Extravaganza

Dickens Extravaganza

Published on November 04, 2014

On December 19th, 1843 Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol", changing our perception of Christmas forever.  Since the early 1980s, Cape May has been celebrating the season, the author, and the era with a 3 day festival full of...

The Early Bird Discount

The Early Bird Discount

Published on July 03, 2014

The Early Bird discount program is undoubtedly our most popular discount program. In fact, it is the only discount that we offer during the summer season and one of the best Cape May hotel deals.

First of all, what is it?  For guests...

Beach Tags

Beach Tags

Published on June 28, 2014

First time visitors to Cape May are often surprised, and sometimes upset, that they are required to pay a fee to get on the beach. The fact is, most beaches in New Jersey charge for use of their beaches by selling little plastic tags...

Lessons of History Lecture Series

Lessons of History Lecture Series

Published on April 26, 2014

In 2012 the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) launched an annual lecture series titled "Lessons of History".

This widely acclaimed series was the inspiration of innaugural speaker Myles Martel, who presented his lecture "Ronald...

Exit 0 Jazz Festival

Exit 0 Jazz Festival

Published on April 07, 2014

For years the Cape May Jazz Festival was a staple of the Fall & Spring Cape May scene.  That festival is no longer, but I'm pleased to say that the Exit 0 Jazz Festival, which was born the week after Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012, is...

Best of Cape May

Best of Cape May

Published on March 31, 2014

We are very proud to announce that we have once again been voted "Best of Cape May" in 2013.  Every year Capemay.com sponsors its "Best of Cape May" contest, allowing visitors to their site to vote on their favorites in many different...