Don’t be fooled. Even though Harry’s is closed for the season, there’s still plenty to do here in Cape May. This time of year is especially busy with murder mystery dinners, special Cape May Christmas events, historic trolley tours and much more!
Where should you start? In partnership with Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, we came up with this three-day itinerary you can use on your next trip to Cape May.
5 p.m. — Go on a Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour. Take an evening trolley tour through town with Craig McManus, a physic medium who will tell you all about his paranormal findings here in Cape May.
6:30 p.m. — Dinner Hemingway’s. Hemingway’s is an award-winning restaurant featuring modern American cuisine with full bar and sports programming.
7:30 p.m. — Check out a Temperance Tempest Debate. In the late Victorian period, temperance and prohibition were hot topics in many cities, especially Cape May. This hilarious living history program illustrates a debate between a local saloonkeeper and a representative of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, moderated by Dr. Physick.
9 a.m. — Start the day with a tour of the Physick Estate. The 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s Victorian showplace, features 15 rooms that are authentically restored and decorated.
10:15 a.m. — Take it to the streets and spend some time shopping at the Washington Street Mall. Enjoy lunch at any of the restaurants in the area.
2 p.m. — Jump on a quick 30-minute trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District, then visit one of Cape May’s famous Victorian inns.
3:15 p.m. — Return to your hotel for a little down time.
6 p.m. — Have dinner at the Washington Inn. The Washington Inn is often described as a romantic establishment with an easy-going elegance that will satisfy anyone’s craving for fine dining. Their thoughtfully crafted menu offers the best American cuisine with an upscale edge.
7 p.m. — Take a trip down memory lane that highlights the wonderful music of America’s “greatest generation” with a music history lecture. This rich program is presented by a professional musician who experienced the music scene as it was unfolding. Learn about artists such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and the Dorseys.
9 a.m. — Follow the step-on guide to Cape May Point and take the motorcoach through West Cape May to the tip of Cape May’s peninsula, one of the most celebrated migratory locations in North America. Then, visit Cape May’s fully restored lighthouse, built in 1859. Only 199 steps to the top! Next, it’s on to Sunset Beach where the sunken concrete ship Atlantus is still visible.
10:45 a.m. — Join a guided tour of The Lobster House and learn about the history of the harbor, the fishing industry and life at sea.
11:30 a.m. — Enjoy lunch at the 1876 Carriage House Café & Tearoom, located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. Here, you’ll find an a la carte menu that includes salads and signature sandwiches, as well as homemade soups and quiche. Also on the menu is the Classic Tea Luncheon, a Cape May favorite, as well as Afternoon Tea.
1:30 p.m. — Enjoy shopping and sightseeing downtown. Take in the beautiful Victorian Streets, visit locally-owned shops at the Washington Street Mall or have a stroll on the beach.
6:30 p.m. — Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner. Talk to the cast of suspicious characters and solve the mystery while enjoying a three-course dinner at the Inn of Cape May.
As you can see, Cape May is bursting with rich history, special events and fascinating group tours all year long! And, although we’re currently closed for the season, Harry’s is looking forward to welcoming guests again in the new year!