As we approach the last week of August, those of you who have not been down to enjoy a summer visit might be tempted to conclude that it was too late. To you I say: “It’s not over until it’s over”. First of all, we still have a few rooms available for the last 2 weeks of August. Beyond that, I’d like to point out that technically summer does not end until September 22 this year. Of course, in Cape May, we drag summer out even further, defying tradition, and keeping the pleasure of a warm weather visit to Cape May going until at least October 1st (I remember attending an October 22nd wedding on the Cape May beach in 80 degree weather!). It isn’t just the weather that defines summer in Cape May, though. It is the full array of shops, restaurants, entertainment and recreational activities that continue long past Labor Day.
For those of you clever enough to schedule your “summer” visit after Labor day, you’ll get to enjoy: free beach access, the warmest water temps of the year, less crowded everything (beach, shops, restaurants, etc.), easier parking, less humidity, cooler evenings/mornings and a better chance of catching a beach sunrise (since it happens later in the morning). If all of these incentives are not enough to convince you that you should go to our website and reserve a room for “late summer”, then I’d also like to point out that our rates are lower starting on Labor Day, and our mid-week discounts resume the following week, just in time for the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, which starts on September 15th.
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Room of The Month
Feeling literary? If not, don’t worry about it. You don’t have to be a died-in-the-wool Dickens fan to enjoy a stay in this room. Sure there are a couple of decorative items adorning the walls which celebrate Charles Dickens, but we don’t have even one of his books in the room (that would require us to choose one, which might be tricky).
The Charles Dickens room is a standard room on the 2nd floor of the Queen Victoria building. That means, of course, that it is a smaller room, with the lowest rates available at The Queen Victoria. As you can see, Charles Dickens is not a frilly, feminine room. In fact, I think it is comfortably decorated to suit just about anyone. The queen sized bed features a beautiful antique headboard (which is actually for a double bed, as they didn’t have queen sized beds in the 1800s). The bathroom in the Charles Dickens room is large and comfortable, and features a beautiful, large, marble vanity counter and a step in shower (no tub).
Like all of our standard rooms, I wouldn’t recommend it for a lengthy winter visit, when you might be spending a lot of time in your room, but it is ideal for those of you who expect to to be out and about most of your visit and wish to take advantage of the lower rate.
For the last 9 years, as long as we’ve been aware of the contest, The Queen Victoria has been voted the “Best B&B” in the “Best of Cape May” contest sponsored by capemay.com.
This has only happened, of course, because so many of our incredibly loyal and faithful guests (that’s you, right?) have taken a few minutes to cast their votes for us. I know that many of you have already cast your votes for us again in 2017. Thanks so much!
This year the categories that we are hoping to win (they have changed over the years) are:
Best Bed & Breakfast
Best for Couples
Best Girlfriend Getaway
Best On-Site Amenities
Most Accommodating Staff
I know I’m a little biased, but I truly feel that all of these things are true. I’m hoping you do too.
What do you think? Can you spare a few moments to relive your last visit to The Queen Victoria and cast your ballots for us? To complete the process, you’ll need to vote for at least 10 categories. Beyond the Lodging categories, there are several categories related to Dining, Shopping and Activities. It is fun & easy. What could be better than knowing that your favorite Cape May place is also the Best of Cape May? Bragging rights!
There is still one more concert coming up in the Wonderful Summer Concert Series. This series has become incredibly popular, with nearly every concert selling out. As of today (8/17/17) there are still seats available!
August 23: Mary Wilson of the Supremes (pictured above)
The show starts at 8pm at the Cape May Convention Center.
If you’re looking for a wonderful time to visit The Queen Victoria, then I suggest making a reservation in time to indulge in the good food, fine wine, and all types of culinary delights and events that make up the 21st annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, which is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
I’m willing to bet that a big part of what you like about Cape May is the great dining that you are able to enjoy during your visits to Cape May. I think that is true for just about everybody, so it is no surprise that this is one of the most popular “off season” events of the year. The fact that it is held during what is probably the most pleasant time of year is a part of that success.
So what is this celebration (it used to be called a festival … not sure of the reason for the change, but it does now last longer) all about? Here are some of the highlights:
Cape May Farm to Table with the Red Store (Sep 18, 10-3)
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is presenting the latest in their Lessons of History series, featuring Admiral Thad Allen USCG (retired), 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard. He will be presenting “Always Ready: Stories of American Leadership and Unity During Crisis”.
Admiral Allen’s noteworthy Coast Guard career was punctuated by two extraordinary assignments, which are exemplary of the Coast Guard motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready). In 2005, President Bush placed Admiral Allen in charge of Hurricane Katrina onsite search-and-rescue and recovery efforts, due to Allen’s demonstrated leadership capabilities. Given his reputation for successfully dealing with a National crisis, in 2010, President Obama assigned Admiral Allen as National Incident Commander to take charge of the total Federal government response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.