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Newsletter | November 2020

 

Celebrating a Wonderful Season

Though we got off to a predictably slow start upon our post-covid reopening on June 1, Anna Marie and I are pleased to announce that the summer and early fall of 2020 were as busy as we could hope for.  Though many of our long time guests were not yet ready to venture forth into the world this summer, Anna Marie and I were thrilled at the opportunity to meet so many wonderful new guests.

 

We also wish to send out a great big SPECIAL THANKS to our guests who supported us by returning for a visit  with us right after we reopened, and those who returned to The Queen Victoria several times throughout the season (there were quite a few of you!).

 

We're already looking ahead to a wonderful 2021 season, which is already shaping up to be a terrific year at The Queen Victoria!

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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.

 

 

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Room of The Month

Knightsbridge

If you're looking for a relaxing, peaceful, comfortable and private room for your next visit to The Queen Victoria, then Knightsbridge would be an excellent choice.

 

As you can see from the photos here, Knightsbridge is a dramatic room with some truly wonderful features.  The massive King sized 4 poster mahogany bed sets the tone for the whole room.  The bathroom, with it's 2-person/2-head step-in shower and large vanity counter are equally impressive. 

 

Perhaps the most captivating and unusual feature of the room is the stained glass window in the bathroom which brightens the  bathroom during the day and acts as a nightlight in the evening.

 

Knightsbridge is located at the end of the hall on the 3rd floor of the Prince Albert Hall building.  The door to the roof deck is directly outside the entry door to the room, allowing quick and easy access to that magical (and not well known) space in The Queen Victoria.

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Click Here for more great photos of Knightsbridge.

 

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Upcoming Events & Activities

 

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Weekend

March 19-21, 2021

 

Sherlock & his sidekick Watson are returning to Cape May this spring.  They will once again be bringing their deductive genius to bear on a new mystery.

 

As always, it will start with an introductory act I of a stage performance where you'll be introduced to the mystery and characters on Friday night.  On Saturday you'll tour through several B&Bs searching for clues, where you're very likely to encounter Sherlock, Watson, and other characters (in character!), who are available for consultation as you strive to solve the mystery.  Saturday night you'll enjoy act II of the performance, where you'll learn just enough to keep you guessing all night.  On Sunday afternoon you'll enjoy act III of the performance, where the mystery will be solved.  Each participant gets to turn in their solution and justification for it prior to act III.  The person with the correct solution and best reasoning wins  a cash prize, while the worst answer wins the "Clueless Wonder" prize (free tickets to next event).

 

It is good fun for all, and a great way to spend a spring weekend.  It is also an excellent excuse to make a visit to The Queen Victoria.  Reservations to The Queen Victoria should be made directly.  Tickets to participate in the event must be purchased in advance from Cape May MAC.  Be sure to plan well in advance, as tickets are very limited in the Covid19 era.

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A Full Schedule of Spring Events from Cape May MAC

Spring 2021

 

Cape May MAC is by far the leading sponsor of historic, cultural, and entertainment events in Cape May (MAC stands for "Museums+Arts+Culture").  Because they believe they will not be permitted to host events that draw large crowds at the Physick Estate until the summer of 2021, they have decided to cancel the "Sip Into Spring" and "Blues, Brews & Barbeque" Festivals.  

 

The director of Cape May MAC shared with me, however, that in lieu of large events on the grounds, they're programming more smaller events—like the Sunset Jazz concerts, other concerts (they anticipate acoustic versions of acts on tour, and they're working with another promoter with that idea).  They are also partnering with Cape May Stage for their Broadway series and spoken word presentations, plus some other things that may be in the mix. He excitedly informed me that: "Theoretically, we could have something going on almost, if not, every evening".  That sounds pretty good to me!

 

Though I obviously can't share a lot of details with you here, I suggest you follow the link below to keep tabs on upcoming events.  As soon as I'm aware of any specifics, I'll share them with you.

 

Follow Cape May MAC

 

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Exit Zero Jazz Festival

April 23-25, 2021

 

The folks that bring us Cape May's premier musical event have just announced the "First Wave" of artists that will be coming to Cape May in the upcoming April Jazz Festival. 

 

Here is the lineup (pictured in order):

  • Kandace Springs
  • Joey Alexander
  • Joey Defransesco trio
  • Matthew Whitaker Quartet
  • Madeleine Peyroux Trio

The October Exit Zero's use of the Emlen Physick Estate as an outdoor venue was so successful and popular that this April's festival is planned for the same venue.  At that time they implemented a CDC recommended social spacing/distancing strategy which resulted in everyone having LOTS of leg room, and space between groupings of seats.  So far, they're planning on that same strategy for April.  Let's hope they don't need to!

 

By the way, the Spring 2021 Earlybird VIP passes are on sale now!

 

Exit Zero Jazz Festival.

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Cape May Summer Concert Series

 

Anna Marie and I are very excited that the city has already announced the concerts to be presented as part of the Summer Concert Series for 2021.  We plan on attending every single concert again this year, as we've enjoyed all of them so much in years past.

 

The Duprees, July 7, 2021

Lee Greenwood, July 14, 2021

The Guess Who, July 21, 2021

British Invasion Years, July 23, 2021

The Platters, July 28, 2021

The Manhattans, Aug 4, 2021

The Hit Men, Aug 11, 2021

Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Aug 18, 2021

The Modern Gentlemen, Aug 25, 2021

 

(The photos for each band are in the order listed above)

 

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for one or more of these concerts, you can call the Convention Center Box Office at 609-884-9565.  Tickets are supposedly available online as well, but I couldn't find a link for that website.

 

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Craft Beer & Crab Festival

August 7, 2021

 

After having to cancel this event for 2020, the folks at Cape May MAC are anxious to bring this ever popular event back again for 2021.

 

This day long festival on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate features local & regional craft beers to wash down your favorite summer foods, including steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as other foods from regional vendors.  There will also be live music all day long.

 

This event has been the highlight of the summer since its inception, and 2021 should prove to be another wonderful experience.

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Harvest Brew Festival

September 18, 2021

 

A visit to Cape May for the Harvest Brew Festival is a great way to celebrate the end of the summer season.  I've long said that September is the best month to visit Cape May, and I still feel that way.  The weather is beautiful, the humidity is gone, everything is still open, and ... we have the Harvest Brew Festival!

 

This festival is an annual event held at the Emlen Physick Estate just before official "end" of summer (but summer lasts a lot longer in Cape May!).  In addition to great beer from local and regional breweries, there are also lots of food vendors, live music and a craft/collectibles show.  Personally, if I had to choose only one of the wonderful outdoor festivals at the Physick Estate, I would choose this one.

 

Admission is free and you simply pay for that which you consume.  A portion of all the proceeds that are collected by the vendors make their way to support Cape May MAC, which is the non-profit that maintains and operates the Physick Estate, the Cape May Lighthouse, the Trolley Tours in Cape May, and any number of preservation, education, and cultural activities.  A worthy cause if there ever was one.

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More New Stuff!

Refinished Storm Door at Prince Albert Hall

 

Many of you who visited The Queen Victoria this summer probably never noticed this beautiful solid mahogany storm door because it was held open every morning for breakfast as part of our "Safe Serve" breakfast service.

 

The other day I noticed that it was in need of freshening up, so we took it down into our shop for a few days, stripped the old finish off, and gave it several new coats of varnish.  

 

As you can see, it came out beautifully, bringing the natural grain patterns that make mahogany so beautiful to life.  As I look closely at this picture, trying to ignore my own reflection in the glass, I'm also admiring the beautiful main door of the building, which is typically open year round and, again, probably not noticed by many guests.  It really is a magnificent door, with very unusual Eastlake styling.  I know I've never seen anything like it elsewhere!

 

Be sure to check out both doors on your next visit to The Queen Victoria! 

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Favorite Photo

Straddling the Seasons

I took this photo this week, and couldn't resist sharing it with you.  Most of the trees in Cape May, and certainly those surrounding The Queen Victoria don't give us much fall color.  This crepe myrtle in the yard of the Crown Jewel is an exception.  What caught my eye was the juxtaposition of the fall colors of the tree's leaves against the brilliant vibrancy of the summer flowers that are still flourishing.  I know the flower's days are numbered, but as long as the beautiful, warmer than normal weather persists, I'm going to celebrate them.

 

View Photo Gallery >>

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Featured Gift Shop Item
A Gift Certificate to The Queen Victoria

 

I suppose that technically, this is not a "gift shop" item, but it is certainly a wonderful gift for someone special in your life. 

 

I don't know about you, but even though Christmas seems like it is a long way off (especially with the beautiful weather we've had the last week or so), I'm already starting to wonder what gifts I'll be purchasing for my loved ones.  A gift certificate to The Queen Victoria really is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to stay at The Queen Victoria, especially if they do so once or more times a year.  It is easy to buy, easy to wrap, and it is sure to be a hit.  As soon as it is received, the joy of planning their next stay at The Queen Victoria begins.  The fun really starts when they arrive and use it!

 

Unfortunately, I don't think I can get away with giving one to Anna Marie, so I'm going back to the drawing board for other ideas.

 

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Fun Things to Do in Cape May
Visit a Winery, Brewery, or Distillery

As we plunge into the cooler months, visitors to Cape May understandably have different expectations of their experience than do our summer guests.  Those seeking a calm, relaxing, and romantic escape from the realities of the world around them know that there are still great reasons to visit Cape May and The Queen Victoria.

 

While we can certainly provide the desired calm, relaxing and romantic atmosphere, most of you will probably be seeking some form of additional entertainment to fill your day(s) in Cape May.  I suggest a trip to a local brewery, winery, or distillery, any of which will certainly satisfy the calm and relaxing requirements mentioned above.  The Romantic requirement can easily be satisfied, as well, but that is up to you!

 

There are several of each to choose from in Cape May county, which I'm listing for you here:

 

Natali Winery

Cape May Winery

Turdo Winery

Hawk Haven Winery

Willow Creek Winery

 

Cape May Brewery

Cold Spring Brewery

Bucket Brigade Brewery

7 Mile Brewery

Mudhen Brewing Company

Slack Tide Brewing Company (Doug's personal favorite)

 

Nauti Spirits Distillery

 

 

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Restaurant Pick of the Month
Primal (BYOB!)

This is a bit of a tease, I'll admit.  I've never featured a restaurant that doesn't yet exist before, but I simply couldn't resist!  As we began to look ahead to 2021, Anna Marie and I recalled that a brand new restaurant that was originally scheduled to open in 2020 is now preparing for a 2o21 grand opening.  We thought it would be fun to tell you what we know about it.The first thing that you should know about Primal is that it will be one of only 3 beachfront restaurants in Cape May.    It is located on the beach, across the street from Carney's.  As you can see, the final touches are still being put on the exterior in the front (the side looks good).  When I peaked in the windows a few moments before these photos were taken, it was obvious that the kitchen had yet to be installed, though many appliances were sitting inside.  Most of the dining room was completed (not finished/decorated, but the walls were all up).  Primal is being opened by the same woman (Mia) who opened Prawn this year, a restaurant that we featured early in the season.  Anna Marie and I enjoyed many wonderful meals at Prawn (I know lots of you did too), and I'm quite confident that when she opens this brand new restaurant designed to her specifications with a kitchen laid out just as she wishes it to be, that the food and dining experience will be amazing (Prawn was amazing despite the limitations of her kitchen).The View!  Given the limitations of my iPhone camera, the bottom photo doesn't really do justice to the view you'll be enjoying from the window seats that run along the entire length of the building.  I'm really looking forward to enjoying that view as I enjoy a nice meal and a bottle of wine from my own cellar (yes, they will be a BYOB!).  I'm sure that I'll be featuring Primal again once they've opened and we've actually eaten there.  I'm confident I'll be raving about it then.

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Great Reasons to Visit The Queen Victoria
Upcoming Cape May Events

 

Crafts & Collectibles in Winter

Feb 13 & 14, 2021

 

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Weekend

March 19-21, 2021

 

Exit Zero Jazz Festival

April 23-25, 2021

 

Summer Concert Series 

The Duprees, July 7, 2021

Lee Greenwood, July 14, 2021

The Guess Who, July 21, 2021

British Invasion Years, July 23, 2021

The Platters, July 28, 2021

The Manhattans, Aug 4, 2021

The Hit Men, Aug 11, 2021

Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Aug 18, 2021

The Modern Gentlemen, Aug 25, 2021

 

Craft Beer & Crab Festival

Aug 7, 2021

 

Harvest Brew Festival

Sep 18, 2021

 

Lessons of History "Give 'Em Hell Harry" Monologue

Oct 10, 2021

 

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

 

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

 

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