Cape May Food & Wine Celebration
Published on August 11, 2016
It should come as no surprise that Anna Marie and I thoroughly
enjoy Cape May's wine scene and perfecting our winemaking skills
with our annual Wine Lover's Weekend wine blending challenge but
our friends at the Cape May MAC have wine events down to an art
with the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration each fall.
Now in its 20th year, this fabulous event showcases the
exceptional wine made in the Cape May region and is another
excellent excuse to try pretty much every restaurant in town, or as
it's known: The restaurant capital of New Jersey. We know you don't
need another reason to visit Cape May but this event could persuade
you to plan your trip over the weekend of September 9 or 16.
Some of the popular events include:
The Cape May Wine Trail - start with lunch and then jump on
the trolley to visit the region's wineries
The chocolate lover's feast - are you ready for seven courses
Gourmet brunch walk - start your morning with a historic
walking tour and then see what everyone's raving about when it
comes to brunch at the Mad Batter
Chef's dine-arounds - try five gourmet dishes from five of
Cape May's best restaurants with a trolley shuttle between
restaurants. This event is offered Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and
Thursday making it a great midweek event with fewer crowds and is
always a ton of fun!
Champagne jazz brunch at Aleathea's - enjoy a delightful
Sunday brunch with a jazzy accompaniment
As part of the name will tell you, this event is mostly
designed for adults and there are limited events that can
accommodate young ones. Though, I think that makes it the perfect
opportunity to enjoy a romantic getaway to Cape May while the
weather is still in our favor. Find the perfect room to retreat to
after tasting your way through Cape May and as the tagline states:
Eat, drink, and be merry!
If you possibly cannot get enough of trying Cape May's
first-rate restaurants, save the date now for the fall Cape May
Restaurant Weekend from November 3 - 6, 2016. Though not as large
as the June version, you'll still be able to enjoy three-course
dinners for $35 each at an array of participating
5th Annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab
Published on August 01, 2016
Though you're more likely to see a bottle of fine wine around
The Queen Victoria or get recommendations from Anna Marie or myself
on what wines to bring to which Cape May restaurant, we're not
disappointed with Cape May's growth in the craft beer industry
these past few years or the wonderful festivals it's brought to our
In its fifth year, the Cape May Craft Beer & Crab
Festival, has attracted the attention of beer enthusiasts across
the country as they make their way to Cape May each August for a
wonderful selection of craft beer from local and regional
breweries. I'm pretty sure the inclusion of crab and other summer
BBQ favorites doesn't hurt the festival's popularity either.
The festival is Saturday, August 6, 2016 on the grounds of the
Emlen Physick Estate. This festival runs all day, from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m., and has a variety of live entertainment from the circus to
music performances. Feel the energy-inducing rhythm from Full
Spectrum as they play a wide range of music - spanning Classic Rock
to R&B. Thanks to the Cape May MAC for their sponsorship of
this great event that helps highlight the enjoyable beers brewed
along our shores.
The impressive selection of brews comes from Cape May Brewing
Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing
Admission is free though beverages and food have their own
costs. Commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase as
well. Call 609-884-5404 with any questions or for more
Movies on the beach: 2016 lineup
Published on July 14, 2016
Classic date nights seem to involve two activities: Movies or
walks along the beach. I love both but especially enjoy Cape May's
summer tradition of free movie screenings on the beach.
At just a five-minute walk from The Queen Victoria, you can
enjoy this free summer night activity (no beach tags required)!
Movies are shown every Thursday night from early July to late
August at 8:30 p.m. This event is family-friendly and every film is
PG. Don't forget to grab a Queen Victoria beach chair before
heading out for the night or packing a cooler with food and
Anna Marie and I are both happy to make recommendations for a
pre-show dinner if you really want to make a date night of it, as
well as spots to walk along for that picture-perfect Cape May
The 2016 Cape May movies on the beach
- July 14 - The Lego Movie
- July 21 - Tomorrowland
- July 28 - Finding Nemo
- August 4 - Toy Story
- August 11 - Jaws
- August 18 - Free Willy
- August 25 - Minions
For more information, please call 609-884-9565.
On the water in Cape May
Published on June 30, 2016
There's nothing quite like a sunny summer day in Cape May, in
fact I think you better hurry and enjoy it for yourself soon, but
if you're looking for ways to stay cool or feel the lovely sea
breeze, you'll want to schedule some time in your itinerary to add
these on the water activities.
Cruises and tours
Spirit of Cape May is popular with visitors for its fun sunset
dinner cruise. You'll set sail at 6:30 p.m. and have the chance to
spot dolphins, enjoy cocktails, and take in the beautiful sunset.
You'll also find multiple buffets to choose from with
restaurant-quality dishes and options for stricter dietary
Whale Watch & Research Center
has a variety of tours
throughout the day to catch the sights of dolphins, whales, birds,
and a delightful sunset. Most trips are about two hours and have a
snack bar on board.
May Whale Watcher
offers several tours including the lighthouse
cruise, dolphin watch, and the whale and dolphin watch. Learn about
the history and nature of our area on these two to three-hour
has wowed Cape May visitors for 16 years with its
close encounter dolphin tours. Take the 90-minute ride on this
catamaran speedboat with 360 degree views.
The Skimmer Salt Marsh
is an ideal tour for nature lovers and wildlife
enthusiasts. Explore the back bays and salt marshes on this smooth
ride. The Skimmer launches at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
daily. Adult tickets are only $28.
spins out the fun with this thrill ride that includes
its signature 360 degree spin. There are slower portions of the
trip where your captain will share information on points of
interest and allow for photo taking. The trip lasts 45 - 55 minutes
and chances are you'll get wet. The company also offers jet skis
Visiting anglers and amateur fishers will love the options
through Miss Chris
. They have a 4-hour, half-day fishing trip leaving at 8
a.m., another half-day departing at 1 p.m., and a half-night trip
that leaves at 6 p.m. Rods are only $5 to rent and the trip itself
is only $45 and it leaves plenty of time left in the day for other
Cape May activities.
Another chartered option is with Porgy IV
for a full-day adventure of
sailing and fishing. The boat sets sail at 8 a.m. on this 77 ft.
long boat as you fish the waters of the Delaware Bay.
Cape May Bait & Tackle offers rod rentals and bait
supplies so you have the freedom to fish when and where you want
Take a guided kayak tour of the marsh, a sunset tour, or a
full moon ride with Aqua Trails
. If you're
feeling a bit more adventurous, you can check out the guided
stand-up paddleboard tours of the Cape May harbor and tidal salt
marsh. You can also rent your own kayaks and paddleboards if you
want to map out your own journey on the water.
has been offering thrill seekers safe rides since 1987 and you get
a 12-minute ride if you fly tandem! The total trip lasts about an
hour and a half and during the summer there five departure times,
ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SUP and Surfing
Steger Beach Services offers stand-up paddleboard (SUP)
lessons, tours, and rentals as well as surfing lessons. Learn how
to ride the waves with patient and qualified instructors and then
explore the waters on your own.
cool this summer as you explore the attractions and activities of
Cape May, though you can always join Anna Marie and I for our
favorite way to cool down on a hot afternoon: By sipping some
delicious iced tea at our afternoon tea! Plus, you'll want to
refuel with some savory and sweet treats after your on the water
Fourth of July in Cape May
Published on June 16, 2016
I can't think of anywhere else that I'd rather spend
Independence Day than in Cape May, or any day for that matter, but
if you want to combine beach day fun with stunning fireworks at
night then Cape May should be your destination of choice this
With the Fourth of July falling on a Monday, you're guaranteed
to find a variety of activities and celebrations throughout town
the Saturday and Sunday before it. So, what's there to do in Cape
May for the holiday weekend?
Independence Day parade
On Saturday, July 2 is Cape May's Independence Day parade from
1 - 2 p.m. along Beach Avenue. The parade features live music from
a few bands, community members showing off their vintage cars or
decorated bicycles, and veterans. The parade starts at the
intersection of Beach Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue and heads
toward Patterson Avenue.
Independence Day Celebration
If you want a touch of history with your holiday celebrations,
visit the Historic Cold Spring Village for its Independence Day
Celebration. Running July 2 - 3, you can find concerts, patriotic
programs, and fun activities on-site. The museum is open from 10
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the summer and adult tickets are $12.
Free concert at Rotary Park
On Sunday, you can enjoy live music from the Jack Melton Band
at Rotary Park (on Lyle Lane between Decatur and Jackson streets)
by the Washington Street Mall from 7 - 8 p.m.
Fireworks at Ocean Street Beach
On July 4, head on down to Ocean Street Beach. Watch the free
display from 9 - 10 p.m. Don't forget to take a beach towel or
chair from The Queen Victoria!
Dinner & Fireworks
Our friends at the Cape May MAC have a fun and unique way to
celebrate Independence Day with a wonderful viewing spot of the
fireworks with the dinner and fireworks event on July 3 and 4.
First, you'll start with a trolley ride to Cape May Point's Red
Store for a five-course dinner comprised of fresh, seasonal dishes
prepared by Chef Lucas Manteca. After dinner, climb to the top of
the Cape May Lighthouse and enjoy the show from this fantastic
vantage point. Reservations are necessary as this is a
limited-seating event and tickets are $100.
Another fun way to watch the fireworks is on the fireworks
cruise with Cape May Whale Watcher. You'll have the chance to spot
some dolphins, catch the breathtaking sunset, and watch the
fireworks display. Pizza and hot dogs are free onboard and there's
a cash bar for drinks including alcoholic beverages. Tickets are
$40 per adult and the ship departs at 7 p.m. on July 3 and 4. This
event is quite family-friendly with children three and younger
admitted for free, so if you're planning a more romantic getaway
that holiday weekend, this cruise may not be ideal.
Anna Marie and I hope to be checking you into one of our
beautiful rooms for our country's 240th birthday so you can join in
on all the festivities and activities in Cape May.
The Queen Victoria: Don and Jeannie's Experiences
Published on June 06, 2016
In our last loyal guest profile, we shared the experiences of
Wayne and Joyce and this time we're proud to share the adventures
that Don and Jeannie have enjoyed with a stay with us at The Queen
For almost 10 years, Anna Marie and I have had the pleasure of
hosting this wonderful couple as they discover Cape May and pretty
much every room we have at our property! See why Don and Jeannie
have come to call our bed and breakfast their very special place
and some advice on visiting Cape May.
How did you find out about The Queen Victoria?
Don and I discovered the beautiful Queen Victoria Bed and
Breakfast almost 10 years ago when we first began vacationing in
Cape May. At that time, we
were actually staying at another B&B because we decided
very last minute to plan a weekend in Cape May and that particular
B&B had availability. Little did we know the Queen
Victoria Bed and Breakfast would go on to be "Our Very Special
Place." While we were staying at the other B&B, we took a
stroll down beautiful Columbia Avenue and immediately discovered
the spectacular Queen Victoria! We went up to the porch and grabbed
a brochure. It just felt right. We knew the Queen Victoria would be
where we booked our vacation the following summer, and we did. The
following July we stayed at the Queen Victoria, and it has been
love ever since!!
How many times have you stayed over the years?
We try and average 4 to 5 trips a year to the Queen Victoria.
I would say so far we have probably stayed at the Queen about 40
times, but that will continue to grow. We look forward to each and
every visit! We first stayed at the Queen Victoria July 2007. This
July will be 9 years that have been staying at the
What interested you in Cape May?
Don and I love traveling and visiting quaint Victorian towns,
and we love the beach, so Cape May is the perfect place for us! We
just adore the wonderful Victorian architecture, homes, and inns
which make Cape May so special. Cape May has such a wonderful
history, and it has so much to offer. The beaches are beautiful and
serene, the restaurants, bars, and lounges are fabulous and always
a unique dining experience, and I never get tired of shopping in
Cape May. I simply love all the antique shops and the Washington
Mall shops too. Also MAC, Mid Atlantic Center for Arts and
Humanities, has wonderful tours and activities all year long that
Don and I enjoy participating in.
What season is your favorite to visit?
Well, that is a tough question because every season is unique
and special in Cape May. We would have to say our favorite season
is summer because we love the beach and riding bicycles everywhere.
One thing Don and I enjoy so much is going to Cabanas at lunchtime
sitting up front with the doors open hearing the ocean and smelling
the sea salt air while drinking our favorite cocktails and eating
nachos. We also enjoy going to get our "Hot Dog Tommy's" and frozen
root beer at lunchtime. Our most favorite place to be though is
sitting on the Queen Victoria porch relaxing at night on what Don
and I call "Our Swing" watching the trolley cars and horse and
carriages go by while we sip some wine and have some cheese or
What is your favorite place to dine?
Another tough question. Don and I have never had a bad meal in
Cape May! The restaurants are all superb, but our top 5 favorites
are: The Washington Inn, The Ebbitt Room lounge and porch for small
plates, Frescos, Freda's Cafe, and The Merion Inn. Don's favorites
are sesame crusted Ahi tuna at Freda's and lobster bisque with rock
shrimp at Washington Inn. I love the gorgonzola ravioli and fried
olives at Frescos. We both love the cheese board and burger at the
Ebbitt Room. Washington Inn wine bar has a great burger too and
delicious olive bread.
Which room is your favorite and why?
This is another difficult question because we love all the
rooms. Don and I have stayed in all but 7 rooms at the Queen
Victoria. We are on a mission to complete staying in all of the QV
rooms. We would have to say our most favorite room is the actual
Queen Victoria room which is on the first floor of the QV building.
It gives you the feeling of being a king and queen, and it has
direct porch access which we love. It is filled with beautiful
antiques as are all the QV rooms, and the bed is sheer royalty! In
fact, this is the room Don and I stayed in when we celebrated our
"10 year Vow Renewal" at the Queen Victoria. We renewed our wedding
vows on June 1, 2013 on the gorgeous grounds in front of the famous
Queen Victoria sign. It was simply one of the most wonderful and
cherishable moments of our lives. We knew years before that we
wanted to renew our vows on our 10 year anniversary at the Queen
Victoria. It was everything we imagined it would be!!
What is your favorite breakfast dish?
My favorite breakfast dishes are Potato Hash Bake and Eggs
Colorado. Don's favorite is Blueberry stuffed French Toast. They
are all scrumptious dishes as are all tea time sweets and savories.
I tend to love savory while Don loves sweet.
What do you love most about The Queen Victoria?
The Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast is truly a magical place,
and what makes it so magical and what we love most are the
wonderful innkeepers, Doug and Anna Marie, and the wonderful staff.
The QV is heaven on earth and thanks to Doug and Anna Marie and the
terrific staff, it has become "Our Home Away From Home." You are
treated with the warmest hospitality from the moment you walk in
and are greeted. Don and I actually call the QV "Our Shore House."
It truly is "Our Special Place."
Doug and Anna Marie, innkeepers, are the greatest! They are so
warm, welcoming, and helpful and make each and every guest feel
like the Queen Victoria is his/her home. They are always available
and help to make everyone's stay fun and memorable. They truly love
what they do!
The staff at the Queen Victoria is the finest staff you can
meet. They too extend themselves to every guest making his/her stay
as memorable as can be. Don and I love the QV so much that we
renewed our wedding vows on our 10th Anniversary, and it was just
spectacular! Doug and Anna Marie helped us plan a beautiful
ceremony right on the gorgeous QV grounds and gardens.
The Queen Victoria architecture is so amazing and charming and
every building and room is decorated beautifully with gorgeous
antiques, furnishings, and draperies. QV has unbelievable attention
to detail, and there is always something new to discover on every
visit! The entire inn is impeccably maintained and the cleanest inn
you will ever find. The grounds are beautiful with luscious flowers
and landscaping. It is difficult to travel to other places because
we are constantly comparing every place to the Queen Victoria.
Breakfast and tea are scrumptious and give you a warm and fuzzy
feeling. Everything is always delicious! The beds are so
comfortable, the bathrooms are fabulous, the towels are so soft,
and there are even makeup removal towelettes. How awesome is
Queen Victoria has a fantastic location very close to the
beach, shops, and restaurants. It doesn't get any better than that
not to mention the convenience of having great bicycles to ride,
beach chairs, beach towels, and even outdoor showers which you can
use on your day of departure. It's no wonder the Queen Victoria is
the Best B&B in Cape May!
Finally, Don and I feel so well when we are at the Queen
Victoria. It is truly great for your soul! We enjoy meeting new
guests, and we have made some nice friends from staying at QV. We
are proud to say that Queen Victoria is "Our Go To Place" and truly
feels like home!!
What piece of advice would you give to a first time visitor
to Cape May?
The best piece of advice we can give to a first time visitor
to Cape May is to book your stay or your next stay (if he/she is
already in Cape May) at the Queen Victoria- you will be glad you
did! It becomes addicting! Don and I always look forward to our
The Queen Victoria's treat recipes
Published on June 02, 2015
Our guests at The Queen Victoria are used to the royal
treatment and treats worthy of the royal family. Anna Marie and I
have enjoyed hosting afternoon tea in our Victorian beauty for many
years and it is a tradition we hope our guests enjoy just as
Held every day at 4 p.m. our afternoon tea also includes a
sweet, a savory, and a treat menu item to accompany our Harney's
Tea options - hot in the winter and iced in the summer. We know
many of our guests enjoy the cheese, crackers, and veggie spread.
We can't help but take some pride in our treat creations and the
empty plates at the end of our afternoon tea tells us we baked
something delicious that morning!
Anna Marie and I picked two of our favorite treat
recipes to share so you can bring a little taste of The Queen
Victoria to your kitchen or afternoon tea.
Chocolate Dream Bars Recipe
The name says it all but these bars are quite popular
among chocolate lovers, which we see plenty of at The Queen
Ingredients you'll need:
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups oats, raw and ground
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1 14oz can)
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixer bowl combine
brown sugar, butter, oats, salt, flour, and baking soda until
crumbly. Divide in half. Spray 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with
non-stick pan coating. Press half crust mixture into pan. Reserve
remaining mixture. In a large microwave-safe mixing cup melt
together sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and water on
medium power, stirring often, until smooth. Add vanilla. Pour
chocolate mixture over crumb mixture. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on
top and press lightly to smooth. Bake in preheated oven for 20
minutes. Cool completely and then cut into small squares. Wrap
tightly to store in refrigerator or freezer.
Makes 75 - 100 bars.
Seven Layer Bars
Arguably one of our most popular bars to accompany a delicious
cup of tea, you may need to save a plate for yourself if you make
them at home!
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups crushed walnuts
- 1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 2 cups coconut
Melt butter in a 9x13 glass baking dish, cover bottom of dish
with crushed graham crackers. Layer chocolate chips, then walnuts,
then condensed milk (pour evenly over mixture), then butterscotch
chips and finally coconut. Pat down firmly. Bake at 350 degrees for
25-30 minutes until coconut is golden brown. Cut in squares
immediately, but then leave in dish to cool completely before
moving to a serving platter.
We hope you enjoy making these treats as much as we do, but
you're always welcome to come taste them at our bed and breakfast
and couple them with our delightful
tea offerings and exquisite company.