November 2014

Christmas, just around the corner

We started decorating for Christmas yesterday, so the season is definitely upon us.  I know that MANY of you have always had a desire to visit Cape May during the Christmas season and enjoy the magic that exists here during that time.  In fact, lots of you have already made plans to do so.  We’ve never had as many December reservations as we do this year.

If you’re hoping for a holiday visit, but haven’t made your plans yet, don’t despair.  We still have plenty of availability during the last two weeks of December.  In addition, we still have rooms available for the Thanksgiving weekend, which is always the date that we’re completely decorated by.  Of course, a New Year’s visit is also a great way to experience Christmas and a little bit more.  With the way the calendar works out this year, we’ll be fully decorated through Jan 5, 2015, giving you an opportunity to take advantage of our lowest rates of the year and still experience the joys of a Cape May Christmas on the first weekend of the year.

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Gift Certificates
Truly, the perfect Christmas Gift

It struck me the other day, as October passed into November, that it was time to start thinking about a special gift for my wonderful wife for Christmas.  I’m still struggling with it.  It is really frustrating because I can’t give her what I know to be the best possible Christmas gift.  You guessed it … a Queen Victoria gift certificate.

So why is it so perfect (for everyone except my lovely bride)?  I’m glad you asked!  There are MANY reasons …

  1. The lucky recipient of your generosity is sure to love your gift to them.  Who wouldn’t love the gift of Cape May in general and The Queen Victoria in particular?
  2. You don’t have to worry if it will fit or if it is the right color.
  3. It is sure to still be in style, and you don’t have to worry that the technology of your gift will be outdated before the package is unwrapped.
  4. It doesn’t require assembly or batteries.
  5. It is easy to hide until Christmas morning (or Eve, depending on how your celebration works). 
  6. If you’re giving it to your loved one, you’ll enjoy using it as much as they will.
  7. They won’t care that you gave them the same gift last year (actually, they’re hoping you WILL give them the same gift again this year!)
  8. Best of all … a gift certificate to The Queen Victoria is EASY to purchase.  You can even do it online and have it emailed to you instantly.

Purchase One Now! 


Channeling Returns
Next Weekend!

Next weekend marks the first channeling weekend with Debbie Wojciechowski.  Debbie comes to us very highly recommended by a veteran of several channeling weekends at The Queen Victoria who commented that “she is at least as good as Craig McManus” (which is high praise).


Debbie is a Certified Psychic Medium and a Certified Master Teacher, both c/o Lisa Williams International School of Spiritual Development.  She has been trained, assessed and certified by Lisa Williams (International Psychic Medium).  Debbie became a full time medium/spiritualist after retiring from a 25 year law enforcement career.  She also holds a Master of Science degree from John’s Hopkins university.

Debbie will be doing two sessions for each scheduled Saturday event, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  Participation is limited to 10 guests per session.  Each participant is guaranteed at least a 10 minute reading.

Event Dates:

  • 11/15/2014 (only 6 seats left!)
  • 01/10/2015
  • 02/07/2015

We still have some availability for next weekend, and a few seats left for the channeling sessions.  Don’t miss your opportunity to share this amazing experience!


Price: $ 60/person

Book your room now
then call (609) 884-8702 to add the channeling


Celebrate Christmas
at The Queen Victoria!
Small QV Christmas

Every year we have 10 to 20 couples celebrating Christmas at The Queen Victoria.  There are lots of great reasons you might consider it yourself.

Empty Nester’s who’s children are celebrating with the in-laws (usually on a every other year schedule) find the warmth and charm of The Queen Victoria is a nice alternative to their quiet, empty home during Christmas.  Sharing Christmas breakfast at The Queen Victoria dining room and spending a relaxing day in our festively decorated inn is a great way to go.

Families separated by the miles often celebrate Christmas at The Queen Victoria too.  Cape May is often a great “half-way” meeting destination for a family gathering.  The fact that nobody has to cook or clean for the gathering may be the best reason of all for these families to celebrate Christmas at The Queen Victoria.

Some couples just want to spend a quiet, relaxing Christmas in our little Christmas fantasy village, escaping the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Whatever your reason might be for seeking a welcoming, festive, and relaxing place to celebrate Christmas, The Queen Victoria is the perfect place to do it.  We still have plenty of availability over Christmas, including the perfect room for you!

Christmas at The Queen Victoria


Dickens Extravaganza
Sold Out!

I’m amazed and thrilled to announce that The Queen Victoria is completely booked (sold out) for the 2014 Dickens Extravaganza!

This event has experienced an amazing renaissance over the last 3 years, and is now as popular as it has ever been. 

If you were planning on attending, but hadn’t quite gotten around to booking at The Queen Victoria, there are still some other participating inns that you can stay at.

You can also start making your plans for the 2015 Dickens Extravaganza and book your room now so you don’t miss it again!


Wine Lover’s Weekend

Feb 20-21
Every February for the last 5 or 6 years The Queen Victoria has hosted a wine blending party at the Cape May Winery.  It is definitely one of my favorite events of the year … Read More

Price $50 (per person)


The Savings Season
now through April 2015

If you are able to travel mid-week (Sunday through Thursday) you can take advantage of our “222” package, which runs now through the end of April, 2015.  Talk about affordable, this package offers 2 nights for $222 for a standard room.  Upgrades to larger rooms are possible at similar savings.  This package is not available during the Dec 24 through Jan 1 holiday week.

Winter Escape
Starting January 4, 2015 we’ll once again be offering our ever popular Winter Escape package.  The Winter Escape is ANY 2 nights (including weekends) in a Large Standard room for $325.  This package runs through March 31, 2015.  Upgrades to Premium rooms and suites are also possible at similar savings.  This package is not available during the Feb 13-15 President’s Day holiday weekend.

More on these specials

Be sure to call us at (609) 884-8702 if you wish to take advantage of these great specials.  Bookings for discount packages cannot be made online!

Note:  3rd party gift certificates (like are not accepted for discounted package reservations.


Upcoming Events

Great Reasons to Return to The Queen Victoria

  • Designer Show House, Oct 10 – Jun 2015
  • Channeling Weekend, Nov 15
  • Concert: “Broadway & Beyond”, Nov 15  
  • Christmas in Cape May, Nov 21 – Jan 3
  • Dickens Extravaganza, Dec 7-9
  • Poperazzi Holiday Concert, Dec 13
  • January Birthdays Party, Jan 3 2015
  • Channeling Weekend, Jan 10, 2015
  • Channeling Weekend, Feb 7, 2015
  • Crafts & Antiques in Winter Show Feb 15
  • Wine Lover’s Weekend, Feb 20-21 2015
  • February Birthdays Party, Feb 28 2015
  • Big Cheesy Party, Mar 6-7 2015
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend Mar 20-22
  • Whiskey Challenge Weekend, Mar 13-14 2015
  • March Birthdays Party, Mar 21 2015
  • April Birthdays Party, Apr 18 2015
  • Cape May Spring Festival Apr 24-May 5

Room of The Month

Prince Alfred

Prince Alfred is our best “Balcony” room.  It is also a very beautiful, bright, comfortable room.  Let me tell you about it.

First of all, the balcony is huge.  Because the room is on the corner of the building, the balcony wraps around the room, basically giving you two different balconies; one facing the beach with an ocean view, and one facing The Queen Victoria building (great for sunsets!).  In fact, there are two “doors” (actually pocket windows) that access the porch, each one with a set of rocking chairs.  Even in the winter, on a sunny day, you can enjoy your balcony and the wonderful views it affords.

Inside, Prince Alfred is elegant.  With 13.5’ ceilings, plaster crown moldings, a classically beautiful frieze, subtle wall coverings, and striking Eastlake furniture, the Prince Alfred room is sure to put a smile on your face every time you step through the door.

The bathroom features a step in shower, marble floors, a long vanity counter, huge mirror and heated towel bar.

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Gift Shop Featured Item
Winter Rose Poinsettia

Every year Anna Marie and I purchase a LOT of these very special poinsettias.  We order a lot more than we need, because so many of our guests have asked to purchase them over the years.  This year we made our biggest order ever to be sure we wouldn’t run out.

If you’re looking to decorate you home for the holidays and love the idea of fresh flowers, especially something as beautiful and distinctive as these, then you won’t be able to resist taking one of these beauties home with you during your holiday season visit to The Queen Victoria. 

Of course, these also make wonderful gifts for the dog sitters, baby sitters, or house sitters that you counted on to make your visit to The Queen Victoria possible.  And remember, half of the fun is searching through the inn to find your favorite.

Our poinsettias will be delivered in time for Thanksgiving weekend.

Price: $10


Favorite Photo
Just Another Cape May Sunrise

OK, I’m a sucker for a great sunrise.  If you’re a fan of our Facebook page, you already know this.

Almost every morning I take a brisk walk along the beach.  I’m usually pretty focused on my workout and rarely stop for anything, but a breathtaking sunrise will stop me in my tracks every time.  This is one of those.

This one has all the elements necessary for a great sunrise photo.  First of all, the sun is just coming up.  The clouds are what really make this sunrise beautiful, of course, giving the view some texture, color and character.  I also like the silhouette of the lamp posts on the left and the way the orange sunlight is reflecting off of the benches.

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More New Stuff!
A new look for the Prince Albert Hall dining room

So, after months of waiting for our custom draperies to be made by our designer, we’re proud to share with you our stunning new look.

The new drapes went up in our Prince Albert dining room about 3 weeks ago, and I have to say that I really love the way they turned out.  As you can see, the new look is much more elegant than before, giving the room a very special feeling.  We’ve also rearranged some of the furniture in the dining room, which enhances the feel of the room as well.  The room has really been transformed.

I can’t show it to you here (only 1 new item a month, you know), but we also upgraded the drapes in the parlor of Prince Albert Hall.  Stay tuned until next month!


Next at Cape May Stage
Mistakes Were Made
(Nov 5 -22)


 After a run of drama with “Other Desert Cities”, Cape May Stage is returning to comedy with its new production of “Mistakes Were Made”, which opens this week.  Since it hasn’t opened yet, we have to rely on what Cape May Stage has to say about the play:  


Craig Wright’s hilarious Mistakes Were Made is the story of a not-so-successful Broadway producer about to embark on a play of epic proportions.  It’s a compact cosmic gem of philosophy and funny-business from the Emmy-nominated writer of Six Feet Under and the award-winning playwright of Lady Grace and The Pavilion.   


Anna Marie and I love a good comedy, and we love Cape May Stage.  You can bet that we’ll be enjoying this play within the next few days.


Cape May Brewery
A Great Cape May Excursion

You’ve heard me talk about wine and wineries a lot, I’m sure.  For those of you who favor a different beverage, I HIGHLY suggest a visit to the Cape May Brewery.

The Cape May Brewery is located at the Cape May airport, about 5.5 miles from The Queen Victoria.  In fact, you only have to make 3 turns in your car to get there.  They usually offer 10-12 beers on tap, with a variety that is sure to please just about anybody who likes beer at all.  For those who don’t favor beer, like Anna Marie, there is a fantastic root beer that is probably worth the trip on its own.  I’m particularly fond of the Cape May IPA (India Pale Ale).  The offerings are constantly changing too, so each visit to the brewery will be a different experience.  Tours of the brewery are offered several times a day.

As you plan your next “Cool Weather” visit to The Queen Victoria, include some time for a visit to the Cape May Brewery.  I know you’ll be glad you did.


Restaurant of the Month
Fredas Cafe

Freda's Crab Cakes

If you’ve ever asked me about restaurants, then I’m sure you’ve heard me say that Freda’s Cafe is one of our favorite Cape May restaurants.

Pictured above are Freda’s famous Crab Cakes.  Even a cursory glance will convince you that these crab cakes are mostly big lumps of crab meat, and little else.  In fact, I’m not quite sure what holds them together.  They’re served on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes with a mango sauce drizzled over them.  This is truly a magnificent meal.  Honestly, though, everything at Freda’s is amazing.  In recent weeks Steve has been featuring a stuffed Swordfish special which is beyond description.  Suffice it to say that I’ve ordered it every time I’ve seen it on the specials menu.

I know that Freda’s Cafe is already a favorite of MANY of our guests.  If you haven’t tried it yourself yet, I highly suggest it during your next visit to The Queen Victoria.  To go to Freda’s is to love Freda’s.

Visit The Queen Victoria Soon!

Cape May’s Premier Bed and Breakfast

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



Doug & Anna Marie McMain, Owners/Innkeepers
The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast
(609) 884-8702