Summer in Cape May New Jersey :: Jersey Shore Inns
Better Late Than Never
Father's Day Gift Idea!

I am sitting here struggling to come up with an idea for Father's Day gifts for my three Fathers (yes, three, including my father-in-law and step-father) and I haven't a clue. You're in the same boat, I'm sure. You got Dad a new golf shirt for his birthday, and you know he doesn't wear ties anymore and he still hasn't opened the last package of socks you got him.

I know this sounds familiar to you.

But you have an easy out! Get Dad a gift certificate to The Queen Victoria!

I guarantee it will fit and you know he'll enjoy it. This really is the perfect gift idea. It is fast, easy and sure to please. Give us a call today and we'll have the Certificate in your hands by Thursday. It doesn't get much easier. I just wish I could do it!

Do you love Theatre?

Anna Marie and I love theatre. We used to subscribe to the Walnut Street theatre in Philadelphia before we moved to Cape May, which was always wonderful. We were SO THRILLED when we discovered that little 'ol Cape May has a truly wonderful professional equity theatre company in the Cape May Stage! Admittedly, the building is not as impressive as Walnut Street (though they are working hard to improve it!), but I can assure you that the performances are just as impressive.

Cape May Stage has commenced its 2007 season with the presentation of "Bad Dates", which runs through June 30. It is a wonderful performance, by all accounts. If you are planning a trip to Cape May this summer and you love great theatre, you need to make plans to visit Cape May Stage.

Don't forget that we offer complimentary tickets to Cape May Stage for extended stays (3 nights during the week or 4 night weekend stays)!

Food & Wine!

If you know Anna Marie and me very well, you'll know we love both food and wine (especially wine!). That being the case, you'll understand our enthusiasm about the Food & Wine festival every September. This event gets better every year, which is actually hard to believe.

I know it might be hard to think about a September getaway before Summer has even really gotten started (heaven knows I don't want to rush Summer), but you need to start planning your visit now if you want to enjoy this wonderful festival, which runs Sept. 16-20. You won't want to miss the gourmet marketplace, winery tours, wine tasting lectures, chef's cookoff, dine-arounds, or any of the other events planned.

Call us for more information about the Food & Wine Festival. MAC is building a new website, so their current one doesn't have much info on the festival.

2007 Cape May Designer Show House

It's Back! For the third year in a row Cape May will have a Designer Show House. This year's house is just around the corner from The Queen Victoria, just steps from our front door. Anna Marie and I love the showhouses every year, which we typically visit a couple of times. You'll definitely want to make time during your upcoming visit to The Queen Victoria for the Designer Show House.

This year's house runs between June 30 and October 14. It is located at 608 Hughes street, which is one of the prettiest streets in Cape May. The house features 11 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, formal parlor, large dining room, library, gym, spa, and covered porches overlooking the gardens. This year there are LOTS of dinner/showhouse specials too, so you can take advantage of a great meal package too!

Victorian Week October 5-14

Victorian Week is always one of the highlights of the year. We love the Historic House tours (we're always on them, in fact), Murder mystery dinners, concerts, and arts & crafts shows. Anna Marie and I even dress up in our Victorian best for the house tours that we are on!

Victorian Week is the quintessential Cape May event. If you love Victoriana and the charms of Cape May, how can you even think about missing Victorian Week in 2007? We still have availability for this event, but that won't be true for all that much longer. Give us a call to be sure that you have your room reserved.

2007 Upcoming Events

  • Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventures Jun 23
  • Designer Show House Jun 30 - Oct 14
  • Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventures Jul 21
  • Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventures Aug 25
  • Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventures Sep 15
  • Cape May Food & Wine Festival Sep 16-20
  • Victorian Week Oct 5-14
  • Cape May Wine Festival Oct 6-7
  • Halloween in Cape May Oct 24-28
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend Nov 2-4
  • Dicken's Christmas Extravaganza Dec 2-4


OK, I'll admit that I've been a little remiss in my letter writing, having missed two months in row. No excuses though! Yes, we've been busier than usual, but to deprive you of your monthly QV update is considered cruel and unusual by many of you. I promise it won't happen again ... until the next time anyway!

So I'm trying to make it up to you now by sending my June missive out much earlier than normal. Just in time for Summer!

Not Too Late for Summer!

So Summer officially starts in just a few days. Have you planned your summer get away yet? We have been booking up a lot earlier than in past years, but we still have availability through most of the Summer, including a few weekend openings!

There is no time like now to call and reserve a room for your summer vacation in Cape May. I may be a bit biased, but I really think that The Queen Victoria is the VERY best place to stay for that vacation. I've got to tell you, though, that you need to do it soon. The openings we have are disappearing quickly and I want to be sure that all my favorite guests get the rooms that they want.

Sadly, some of you have already found out the hard way that the rooms/dates you wanted have been booked. Don't be another "Queen Victoria Statistic"! Call us now and save your summer.

Featured "Room of the Month" ... Princess Louise

Well, our grand pictorial tour of The Queen Victoria continues. Our Princess Louise room is one of our best kept secrets, but I can't figure out why! The Princess Louise room, formerly room 32 for you folks that stayed with us before we folded the Queen's Hotel into the Bed & Breakfast, is located in the House of Royals building.

This is one of my favorite rooms in the inn. It is certainly one of the brightest. I believe it probably has the best view from the bathroom of any room in town! The Princess Louise room is our largest standard room, which features a queen sized bed, private bath with marble floors and a heated towel bar, and three big windows, two of which you can see the ocean from. If you are looking for a really private, spacious room with lots of charm think about the Princess Louise room next time!

Stay & Play Special ... AGAIN!

The "Stay and Play" package is back by popular demand. As part of our ongoing support for great theatre in Cape May, we've purchased 20 season tickets to the Cape May Stage. That means we have 160 tickets to give to our favorite guests. Of course, our favorite guests are those who stay for several nights!

If you book a 4 night weekend stay or a 3 night weekday stay (no exceptions!) we'll be pleased to share our tickets to the Cape May Stage with you. These tickets have a $28 face value, so this is definitely a great deal. In fact, it is the only package we offer during the Summer. Be sure to ask about the tickets when you reserve your room!

Favorite Guest Photos

Talk about a great shot! We're fortunate to have many guests spend the special moments in their lives at The Queen Victoria. What could be more special than choosing to spend the rest of your lives together? And what better place to do it?

If you're thinking about your upcoming engagement (this means you guys!), or perhaps a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday, consider spending it in Cape May at The Queen Victoria.

Doug & Anna Marie's Restaurant Pick Of The Month ... Gecko's Restaurant

I know lots of you are going to laugh at me about this (Terry Ziegner did just the other day when she was staying here), but Anna Marie and I just discovered this wonderful restaurant. Sure, we knew it was there, and we had heard great things about it, but we had never been. Wow, what a mistake that was! Anna Marie has never been a big Mexican food fan, so Southwest cuisine never really appealed to us all that much. Needless to say we're both converts now. If you're looking for a great outside dining experience with amazingly high quality and great value prices, you've got to try Geckos.

The last time we went we both LOVED our meals. We started with the chips & salsa as an appetizer, to get things started. This was followed shortly by their amazing little corn muffins with a really interesting jalapeno jelly. Anna Marie ordered fajitias, which were perfect, with just the right choice of "fixins". I ordered the burrito because the guy next to me had it and it looked incredible. It was! We brought our own bottle of a "big red" wine and made a wonderful night of it. Did I mention that most the seats are outside? It is a charming atmosphere and a great way to enjoy a beautiful evening in Cape May.

Don't make the mistake that we did and overlook this gem next time you are in town

Make your reservations today for a romantic getaway at The Queen Victoria B&B. We are looking forward to helping you plan your next visit!


Doug & Anna Marie McMain, Innkeepers
The Queen Victoria B&B

phone: 609-884-8702