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Wine and Spirits in Cape May

Posted on: March 10th, 2011 by

Cape May’s Bed & Breakfasts will be hosting two unique weekends featuring two things the area is now famous for: Wine and Ghosts. America’s oldest seaside resort is now catering to the wine loving and ghost hunting crowds. Nine B&Bs have teamed up with author and medium Craig McManus, Cape May’s resident ghost expert, to create two spirited weekends featuring a winery tour, a walking ghost tour, and a “Wine & SPIRITS” dinner, lecture, and tasting. Guests will have the opportunity to sharpen their palates and open their minds during these one-of-a-kind weekend events on April 1-2 and April 15-16, 2011. 

Long known for its vintage architecture, wine lovers are discovering another “vintage” part of Cape May. The great vineyard sites and the excellent wines being produced on the peninsula are starting to attract the attention of oenophiles near and far. For wine enthusiasts who also love the idea of haunted houses, Cape May is the best of both worlds. It is now considered a paranormal hotspot, and many of the event’s B&Bs have ghosts of their very own. Explore the sunny vineyards by day and the dark, haunted streets by night. Wine & SPIRITS offers cork-popping, heart-stopping, educational weekends of fun in the sun, and bumps in the night! 

A meet and greet and ghost tour will be hosted by Craig McManus on Friday night. The one-hour walking tour will highlight some of the more interesting haunts featured in his four Ghosts of Cape May books. On Saturday afternoon, the group will visit one of Cape May’s wineries for a tour and tasting, returning to the Mad Batter Saturday evening for dinner. After dinner, McManus, a 30-year veteran of the wine business will present “Wine & SPIRITS”, a lecture and tasting that combines his two passions, wine and ghosts. McManus calls it “where BOOs meet booze.”


Craig McManus, The Cape May Ghost Writer

Posted on: September 23rd, 2010 by

It’s getting close to Halloween, autumn arrives this week, and the seasons have already begun to change.  Craig McManus the Cape May Ghost writer has some great events lined up this October in Cape May, NJ.  Craig will be doing a ghost tour and book signing on Saturday, October 9th between 7 and 10 PM at Kaleidoscope.  What used to be “main street”, from Victorian days until the early 1970’s, is now a pedestrian mall with shops, stores and restaurants.  After his book signing 7 – 8:30 PM he will be leading the group on a private tour of the mall.  He will share with the group the many paranormal activities he has uncovered.


NJ “Run For The Fallen” starts in Cape May, NJ

Posted on: August 24th, 2010 by

According to a story written by MC1(AW) Elizabeth Burke, Master Sergeant Bubba  G. V. Beason, of McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, is the 305th Maintenance Squadron, 305th Air Mobility Wing, Air Mobility Command’s 2010 nominee for the Spirit of Hope Award.  While on vacation he came up with an idea to honor the fallen servicemen and women from New Jersey in OIF/OEF.  He contacted Judy Tapper, mother of David Tapper, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2003 and is now the New Jersey President of Gold Star Moms with his idea.  Master Sergeant Beason organized a 140 mile run which starts in Cape May, New Jersey and finishes at the Veteran’s Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey.  The run was started in 2009 and will continue its mission with another run starting September 25th   from the Cape May Lighthouse and will cover 140 miles before finishing at the NJ Vietnam Memorial in Holmdel the following day.  The runners will mark every mile of their journey with an American flag and a personalized biographical card in honor of every fallen service member.  The runners are comprised of active duty and reserve Airmen and Soldiers from McGuire Air force Base and Ft. Dix, NJ.   For more information visit www.njrunforthefallen.org .


Cape May All Year Round

Posted on: July 25th, 2010 by

Many people may think that Cape May is just like any other shore town.  Open for the summer months but nothing happening the rest of the year.  That is not true.  Cape May has events happening all year long.  Not only can you have your normal summer time fun in the sun on our awesome beaches but you have activities keeping you busy at least 9 months out of the year if not all year long.  This is largely due to the MAC (Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities) sponsored events that keep Cape May, NJ one of the busiest shore towns in existence.  I remember when Stephanie asked me if I wanted to go to Cape May in the fall-winter months and I said like most others would say, “What is there to do at the shore in the winter?”  Well I have learned that there is a lot to do here all year round.  The MAC sponsored events like Spring Festival, Music Festival, Sherlock Holmes Weekend, Victorian Weekend, and of course the famous Candlelight tours at Christmas time can have you busy in Cape May for most of the year.  No matter when you are looking to get away, there is a good chance something is going on in Cape May.  If you would like more information on these awesome events visit the MAC web site at www.capemaymac.org .


Cape May Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: July 15th, 2010 by

Cape May Bed and Breakfast innkeeper/owner Archie Kirk was sitting on the porch the other day in a rocking chair, slightly exhausted from the many daily chores of an innkeeper.  I started to think about how blessed I was to be in the greatest resort town in the country, Cape May, NJ.  As the cool ocean breeze blew by I started to sink deeper into the chair relaxing more and more.  I started to reminisce about the first time I came to Cape May twenty years ago with my wife, Stephanie.  From the moment we drove into Cape May and spent our first night at a Cape May Bed and Breakfast we fell in love with this wonderful seaside resort by the sea.  What was so special about this place that kept us coming back for more?  Was it the charm of the Victorian architecture, the clip pity-clop of the horse and carriages going up and down the street, the beautiful Cape May beaches, or was it the many activities offered here for our enjoyment?  We loved it so much we purchased our first property several years ago and moved to Cape May year round about six years ago.  As a person who has vacationed here for many years I realized that the reason I love Cape May so much was because when I came here not only did I love the awesome beaches but I loved all of the activities that were offered here; the tours the history, the museums, the events like Sherlock Holmes Weekend and of course Victorian week with the dancing.  This was my escape from reality.  This was the place I could come to when I needed to relax.  This was my Disney World in New Jersey.  As Stephanie and I traveled to other resort destinations throughout the East Coast we realized more and more that there is no place like home.  There is no place like Cape May, NJ.  What is the difference?  The difference is that none of these other towns have all of the year round activities that Cape May has to offer.  The MAC (Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts) sponsored events that distinguish Cape May, NJ from the other seaside resorts.