The Harrison Inn

613 Columbia Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Innkeeper(s): Andrew & Kelly Bares

Enjoy Christmas in Cape May 24 Nov 2015, 5:09 pm

Christmas in Cape May is nothing less than enchanting. Celebrating the Christmas season in Cape May is one of the Jersey Shore’s best kept secrets.  There is so much to see and do from wonderful Holiday Tours to magical Holiday Lights Trolley Rides to a romantic stroll in a festive Horse & Carriage.  Why not join the Christmas Candlelight House Tour during the first 3 weekends in December, attend the Dickens Christmas Extravaganza, or visit the Ghosts of Christmas Past.

The Cape May Stage is featuring “A Cape May Christmas” while the East Lynne Theater Company celebrates “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus“.

Enjoy a winery tour or take an Evening Yuletide Tour.

Whatever you decide to do in Cape May during the Holiday Season we have no doubt that you will smile as you take a trip into Christmas Past…Visit Christmas in Cape May for more info.


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Travel 24 Nov 2015, 4:40 pm

It is always around this time of year when the weather gets colder that I start thinking about Palm Trees and sunshine.  We love to travel and just got back from Key West, Florida.  If you haven’t been there, you might want to put it on your bucket list.

According to Forbes, Key West is America’s Hottest New Luxury Destination for 2015!

Key West is a wonderful destination if you love to be outside, fish, dive, snorkel, sail, or bike. There is a wonderful wave runner tour out of Hurricane Hole on Stock Island that will definitely get your adrenaline going.  When you finish, if you love fresh seafood, you’ll want to find your way (if you can find it) over to a hidden gem called Hog Fish Bar & Grill  which is just a mile or so away.  The Hogfish Sandwich will keep you coming back.

If you love to eat, you almost can’t go wrong in Key West.  There are so many wonderful restaurants that you’ll have to come back many times if you want to try them all.  If you want great food with a breathtaking view and upper deck bar, try Louie’s Backyard.  If you want homemade pasta in an intimate warm setting ON Duval Street (yes can you believe it), try Antonia’s.  A bit off the beaten path on Petronia Street, is an outstanding tapas restaurant called Santiago’s Bodega. The owners have a wonderful story as well.  Or try Cafe Marquesa’s Contemporary American Cuisine inspired by seasonal items or Nine One Five on Duval and enjoy some of their wonderful small plates paired with one of the over 20 wines by the glass as you watch the passers by from a glorious Victorian porch.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, you will want to go to either Latitudes On Sunset Key that can only be reached by boat and ask for a table in the sand.  If you really want to make a lasting impression head north about 40 minutes to Little Palm Island and have a table for 2 in your own private gazebo where you will have a breathtaking view, “Extraordinary to Perfection” according to Zagat on the Dining Room, and impeccable service.  It is well worth the drive!

Sorry, I digress.  Food is one of our obsessions!  After you’ve overindulged, you will find plenty of activities for every type of adventurer.  Two nights ago we went on a Moonlight Kayak Tour, yes in the dark, to try to catch a glimpse of sharks, baracuda, shrimp, sea urchins and other ocean life.  The bird watching was amazing even if you’re not an ornithologist!

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is great experience.  You find yourself mesmerized in this stunning conservatory surrounded by many species of butterflies as well as birds, turtles, and beautiful tropical gardens.

If you like to fish, Key West offers some of the best flats fishing in the world as well as great adventures in deep sea fishing.

If you’re not too tired you have to head over to Duval Street, the Bourbon Street of Key West.  Wonderful live music venue’s one after the other…Shops, Bars, Wine Bars, Motorcycles, Electric Cars, Live Performers, Drag Shows…and people watching of course.

When Ernest Hemingway first visited the island in 1928, he made Key West his home for awhile.  He found an abandoned home and fell in love with it.  He lived with his second wife Pauline and 50 cats until 1939. Wouldn’t it have been a hoot to be a fly on those walls.

If you want the perfect place to stay I’d stay at Salida Del Sol just 15 minutes from Key West. It is without a doubt the closest thing to paradise. To book call us at 609-884-4948.

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Free Tickets to the “Christmas Candlelight House Tour” 24 Nov 2015, 8:07 am

Cape May is without a doubt one of the most enchanting seaside towns in the country. Cape May is transformed into a Dickens village adorned with miles of fragrant garlands, thousands of twinkling lights and signs everywhere of Christmas past.

We are pleased to be participating in the Christmas Candlelight House Tour this year!   If you join the tour you will get to see some of the most glorious homes, inns, hotels & churches decorated to the nines. Hospitality centers will be serving warm beverages & home-baked goods for people on the tour.

The House Tour evenings are December 5th & 12th & 19th.  Book A Room for a 2 night stay from now through December 1st and we will give you two free adult tickets to the “Christmas Candlelight House Tour” when you use Coupon Code “CANDLELIGHT”.  It’s a wonderful way to ring in the Holiday Season!

Please note that the Candlelight Tour is very popular so please call early as dates can sell out.

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Introducing “The Harrison” 4 Nov 2015, 9:30 pm

We are proud to announce that the Summer Cottage Inn has now become “The Harrison”, one of Cape May’s most exclusive boutique B&B properties.  If you are new to The Harrison, then we welcome you to experience Victorian Elegance like you have never experienced before.  With Interior Design by Evan James Interiors, our New York and New Jersey based Interior Design firm, you will experience luxury, elegance, convenience and sophistication. If you have stayed with us before, we would love to welcome you back to experience change… inside and outside. The transformation, we’re sure you’ll agree is simply breathtaking.

So go ahead and book with us, and enjoy a weekend or weekday getaway that will rival many of the finest luxury hotels in the nation.  We look forward to seeing you… both new and old friends alike.

The Harrison – Victorian Elegance, Contemporary Luxuries, Outstanding Service

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Simply the Finest Room Amenities 27 Oct 2015, 10:48 pm

At The Harrison, we are committed to providing our guests with rooms that rival some of the finest hotels in the world.  Thats why we decided to add a number of new amenities to every one of our 9 luxurious rooms.  All of our rooms are fully air conditioned, and include luxury toiletries by Beekman, in wall USB chargers, Bluetooth wireless speaker and alarm clock radios, in-room Iron and Ironing boards, LED flat screen TVs with Cable and free high speed internet and Wi-Fi. Many more exciting updates and features are planned for our rooms.

The Harrison – Victorian Elegance, Contemporary Luxuries, Finest Service.


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The Harrison Selects Beekman 1802 25 Oct 2015, 11:12 pm

When we embarked on our journey to find a collection of soaps and skin care products to provide to our guests, we wanted a line that would trigger the feeling of elegance and sophistication. After months of searching and trying many product lines available on the market, we are happy to announce that we have selected the Beekman 1802 range of skin care products to provide to our guests in every one of our luxurious rooms. Beekman 1802 takes skin care very seriously. Their soaps and skin care products are designed on a farm…not in a lab. Many incorporate fresh goat milk from Beekman 1802 Farm, and can be used on the most sensitive of skin. Their beauty products have been featured in dozens of periodicals, including Vogue, Vanity Fair & The New York Times. Not only that, but they smell and feel incredible!

The Harrison – Victorian Elegance, Contemporary Luxuries. Finest Service.

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