This is about what our porch looked like this morning, with maybe a few less leaves on the trees. Try as I might, though, I can't get a shot like this on my iPhone.
We wish you were here to enjoy this beautiful weather with us, but that is actually an impossibility. It turns out that not all of the news is good (I am just so tired of getting emails with COVID-19 in the subject line that I decided to be a little creative).
Last Sunday night Anna Marie and I made the very difficult decision to temporarily close the inn, effective 3/16/20 through 4/8/20 (reopening on 4/9/20) due to the unfortunate COVID-19 virus situation that we are all dealing with. This was very bad news for the hundreds of guests who were scheduled to come visit us during that time, of course. Trust me when I tell you that it is the last thing in the world that we ever wanted to do!
There is good news, however. We all know that "this too shall pass" and that our lives will be back to normal one day (hopefully soon!). We'll be welcoming guests again soon and will be taking reservations from all of you that are anxious to think of happier things and looking forward to time away from the crazy world we find ourselves in today. This closure also gives us a unique opportunity to do some big improvement projects, including new roofs on both the Queen's Cottage and The Queen Victoria building, both of which would be very difficult to get done with guests in house. We're also using the time to freshen up all of our guest rooms, and completely sanitize/sterilize every surface in the inn.
We're always happy to assist you
find the best possible room for the dates you want to visit, or the best dates for the room you want to stay in. Call us at (609) 884-8702 to get started, or click the link below to reserve your room.
Room of The Month
Kew Garden is a wonderful room (if I may say so myself). It is located on the ground floor at the far rear of the Prince Albert Hall building, with a private entrance from outside, right next to our "secret garden".
We completely redecorated Kew Garden a couple of years ago, and it is now quite different from any other room in the inn. As you can see in the photos, the decor has a cheerful air to it, with attractive and interesting decorative elements. The corner fireplace is wonderful in the winter, but is still a handsome decorative piece of furniture in the warmer months.
One of the most popular upgrades that we did to the room during its remodel is the bathroom. We upgraded the sink from a charming pedestal to a beautiful, spacious and practical granite vanity with a large sink. The women love this! You can't see the make-up mirror mounted to the right of the vanity, which is also very popular with the ladies. A closer inspection of the photo also yields a view of the large step-in shower in the mirror (our photographers love stuff like that).
Last, but not least, and perhaps the most popular amenity of Kew Garden, is the reserved parking space, with a beautifully hand crafted sign. I don't think that our guests care too much about the sign, but I'm very proud of them, and I couldn't resist mentioning it.
In the coming weeks I'm sure we'll all be very anxious to get out of the house and out of town. I suggest to you that booking a stay in the Kew Garden suite might be the perfect way to get back to normal after the ordeal that we're all going through.
When we re-open on April 9 you will still be able to take advantage of our very best discount package!
The 234 package is a 2 night weeknight discount package offered Sunday through Thursday, starting November 1st and running all the way through the end of April. Specifically, it includes 2 nights in a Standard room for $234 ($117/night). Similar savings are available for our larger rooms as well, at a slightly higher price. Reservations for this package can also be expanded to as many as 5 nights at the same discounted rate.
This really is a great deal, which I'm sure every Cape May lover (and Queen Victoria lover) will find hard to resist.
Upcoming Events & Activities
Chocolate Lover's Weekend
May 8-9, 2020
Nov 20-21, 2020
We held our first Chocolate Lover's Weekend of the year a few weeks ago, and it was fantastic (if I may say so myself). It was our 6th go around with this event, and I think we've really perfected it. We even managed to come up with a great solution for melting the "Caramel Sea Salt" chips, which in our initial attempt for the event last November was really tasty, but a little clumpy. We simply added the Caramel Sea Salt chips to some dark chocolate chips, and melted it together. It was a perfect, and very tasty solution.
There aren't too many things in the universe, or at least on the planet, that are as universally adored as chocolate. I'm not sure it would be entirely accurate to say that all mothers love chocolate, but I'm betting most do. It would certainly explain the success of our previous Monther's Day events. If you missed all of our previous Chocolate Lover's Weekends, or attended one, and can't wait to do so again, now is the time to start planning your May 8-9 weekend visit to The Queen Victoria.
As you can see in the top photo, we'll be serving lots of specialty chocolates (on the left, behind the cheese cubes), LOTS of chocolate baked goods (to the right), and goodies that are fun to drizzle with chocolate (no dipping in a public setting!).
To the right you can see the 6 pots of melted chocolates that we'll have on the buffet. Once again, we'll be offering some wonderful flavored melted chocolates, including Dark Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Dark Chocolate, Orange Dark Chocolate, Cherry Dark Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate. Believe it or not, they taste even better than they sound!
FREE! (for all reserved guests)
Exit Zero Jazz Festival
June 5-7, 2020
More Good News! You may have already heard that the Exit Zero Jazz Festival was "postponed" last week. We were afraid that it would end up being cancelled. This morning we received an email announcing that the Festival is, in fact, rescheduled for June. In fact, it coincides with Cape May Restaurant Week!
Not only is the Festival rescheduled, it is even better than before with 4 additional acts, including the amazing Daisy Castro, whose music I've enjoyed several times. The lineup really is impressive, including the legendary 3-time Grammy award winner Sergio Mendes, and the adventurous Jazz innovator Madeleine Peyroux (pictured at center), both of whom will be headliners.
In addition to the headliners, there are several outstanding acts such as Gabrielle Cavassa (pictured at bottom), whose video performances completely captivated me as I was researching the artists scheduled thus far.
- Sergio Mendes
- Madeleine Peyroux Trio
- Joey Alexander Trio
- Joey Defrancesco's Philadelphia Reunion Band (Kevin Eubanks, Lil John Roberts & Orin Evans)
- Eddie Palmieri Jazz Sextet
- Matthew Whitaker
- Laurin Talese
- Liv Warfield
- Gabrielle Cavassa
- Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five
- Bill Frisell Trio
- Daud El-Bakara
- Conjunto Philadelphia
- Keyon Harrold
- Sunny Jain's Wild Wild East
- Brian Betz-Denis Diblasio Quartet
- High and Mighty Brass Band
- Selwyn Birchwood
- Big Boy Brass Band
- Jon Thompson Trio
- Carol Riddick & Gerald Veasley "I Got Life, the Music of Nina Simone"
- Plaid Salmon
- P.J. Keiter Sextet
- Daisy Castro & Max O'Rourke
- Max Swan
Cape May Spring Celebration
April 24 through May 17 2020