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Find the Perfect Cape May Vacation Rental

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - June 23, 2018

1. Determine your dates for travel

The more flexible you are with your travel dates the better the opportunity to save money. Rates are often based on time of year. Summer rates are always higher in Cape May compared to fall rates. Weekday rates during the offseason tend to be much lower than weekend rates. Check out all rates on

2. Make a list

Make a list of all of the potential Cape May vacation rentals on you have found along with the rate. Its much easier and less time consuming to go back to your list for reference.

3. Inspect photos

Photos and reviews of Cape May vacation rentals are often all you will have to determine if the property is right for you. Look for well photographed rentals. Look for details in the photos. Size of rooms, furniture, cleanliness and more.

4. Speak with the owner

Take the time to call an owner. Often you will get much more information about the rental with a phone call. My comfort level goes way up when I can speak with an owner.

5. Research the rental elsewhere

Find out if the owner has a personal website for the rental. offers owners the ability to link their ad to a personal website. Avoid fees by booking directly with an owner.

6. Ask for pricing

Contact the owner to confirm pricing on . Get quotes from all properties you are considering renting.

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Cape May 7th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival at Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - June 22, 2018

Mark your calendar for our 7th annual event and come to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate for an all-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods … steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as food from regional vendors.

  • All-day music on outdoor stage
  • An old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats from the Give & Take Jugglers 
  • Crafts and collectibles show
  • Craft beers and other spirits

MUSIC BEGINS AT 11am with Calamity Janes

Entertainment: Mackie the Stilt Walker and the Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus



  • Empanada Mama
  • Gaiss’ Market
  • Crespella
  • Matt’s BBQ
  • Executive Catering


  • Cape May Brewery
  • 7 Mile Brewery
  • Ludlam Island Brewery
  • Slack Tide Brewery
  • Bucket Brigade Brewery
  • Cape May Distillery
  • Tito’s Vodka

There will be a charge for food, beverages, and some activities. Commemorative T-shirts will be available

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), this fun summer event will benefit MAC’s free educational outreach programs.

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Cape May 2018 Spring Celebration

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - January 15, 2018

cape may spring at Cape May Holly SuiteAPRIL 27-MAY 20, 2018

Order tickets online at or call 609-884-5404

 Ready to put the long, cold winter behind you? Come and celebrate the arrival of Spring in Cape May. Stroll the historic streets and enjoy the gorgeous blooms and the warm sunshine. We have lots for you to enjoy as you celebrate Spring!

Delight in Victorian Cape May during three and a half weeks of tours and activities that celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Designer House Tour Saturday, May 19: 11am-4pm It’s a design lover’s dream! Visitors can step across the thresholds of professionally designed, grand private homes in Cape May that are open to the public exclusively for this occasion. $25. Be inspired by a variety of beautiful décor ideas. Visitors receive a booklet with descriptions of the houses and a map. Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Sunday, April 29: 8pm-10pm Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 steps to the starry top of the Cape May Lighthouse. $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Chocolate Tasting Tour Saturday, May 5: 1pm-3pm See the interiors of select Cape May properties on this self-guided tour and enjoy a mouth-watering chocolate treat. This tour celebrates the variety of ways that chocolate desserts are delicious and that Cape May properties are beautiful. $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12). Sip Into Spring Festival Saturday, May 12: 10am-4pm New in 2018! Enjoy the lovely grounds of the Physick Estate transformed by vendors and crafters into an outdoor marketplace. Celebrate the season of rebirth and new growth! Be inspired by gardening and nature activities and demonstrations, and enjoy music, crafts & collectibles, festival food, wine, beer, Bloody Marys and mimosas. Jazz Brunch at the Estate for Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13: 10am Celebrate Mother’s Day under the tent at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom with brunch and enjoy live jazz from The Great American Songbook with Mary Lou Newnam, saxophone, and Sonny Troy, guitar. Advance reservations recommended. $30. Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 19: 11am This annual ceremony honors the dedicated military men and women who help preserve our freedom. The fully restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) is the perfect setting to pay them tribute. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower.

Murder Mystery Dinners Saturdays, April 28 & May 5, 12 & 19: 7pm The scene and the table are both set for a new mystery that will stimulate your imagination and satisfy your craving for a good whodunit. Enjoy a four-course dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street as you interact with the cast of likely suspects and the mystery unfolds around you. $50 Cape May Wine Trail Saturdays, April 28 & May 5: 11am-5pm Spend an afternoon visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Travel via MAC’s red trolley to Willow Creek Winery where you’ll enjoy tastings, then enjoy a delicious lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Physick Estate. You’ll then travel to Natali Vineyards for tastings there. Admission includes wine tastings, trolley transportation and lunch. $75 Chocolate Lover’s Feast Saturdays, April 28 & May 19: 1pm It’s a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn, 653 Washington St. $40. Brunch, Bingo & Lace Sunday, April 29 & Saturday, May 19: 9:30am Grab your best girlfriends and have fun as you play a little bingo, enjoy a fashion show by Lace Silhouettes/Cotton Company and win some great prizes at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., all during a delicious brunch. $25 Show Us Your Undies Fashion Show & Brunch Sunday, May 6: 10am You’ll see how undergarments shaped the fashionable Victorian lady and what proper gentlemen of the era had to cope with when dressing for the day, all on live models in this fashion show from Grand Oak Plantation that includes brunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom. $25

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Cape May Restaurant Week 2018

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - December 26, 2017

A favorite among many visitors is the Cape May Restaurant Week this year 2018

Visit Cape May Restaurant Week for an eight-day event form participating restaurants that offers your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35 per person

Simply visit any participating restaurant during the event (see days/hours on individual restaurant listings) and you’ll be presented with their fixed-price menu in addition to their regular menu. Reservations are suggested where available.

For full event information, visit

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Other Dates For This Event:

  • Sunday, June 03, 2018
  • Monday, June 04, 2018
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
  • Thursday, June 07, 2018
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Cape May Point State Park

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - December 14, 2017

Cape May Point State Park

Lighthouse & Yale Aves
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
Cape May Point with the Cape May Lighthouse is a major attraction for many visitors to the Cape May area. The parks landscape of marshes and tidal pools is the perfect area for major birrd migrations. Cape May Point State Park is a day-use park, open from dawn to dusk. Many trails lead visitors to various pond,  dunes, marsh and forest habitats of the park where wildlife can be viewed from observation platforms. The Cape May Point area is home to many beautiful Cape may cottages built in the early part of the last century. Many of the homes have spectacular views of the ocean and tidal marshes. One of the major attractions for this area are the amazing sunsets. Sunset Beach is located at the point and is amajor tourist attraction. Each night visitors and locals gather for natures most beautiful spectacle. The sun slowly sets directly in front of its viewers. A true sight to behold.
The natural area is significant along the East Coast for its resident and migratory birds and includes habitat suitable for northern and southern species of fauna and flora. The 157-foot-high lighthouse is still an aid to navigation. Visitors who climb the 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse are rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the scenic Cape May peninsula. Also within the park is the World War II Fire Control Tower Fire Control Tower 23. It’s New Jersey’s last remaining World War II tower, which was part of the immense Delaware Bay harbor defense system known as Fort Miles. Admission fee.
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Cape May Information

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - November 24, 2017


Cape May Chamber of Commerce

609 Lafayette Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts/Victorian Cape May
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
Restaurants, activities, events, photographs & articles

Beach Tags:

Tags are required from Memorial Day Weekend through Mid- September. Discounts are available if purchased before May 1st. $15/Season
$25/ Season
$13/ Week
$9/ 3 Day pass
$4/ Day


Atlantic City International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport


Aart’s Taxi

Bus Information:

New Jersey Transit

Wildwood Boardwalk:

The Wildwoods
Visit the website

Morey’s Piers Amusement Park
(609) 522-3900

Vacation Rentals

Cape May Vacation Rentals

32 Jackson Street

Cape May, New Jersey 08204


Car Rentals:

AAA Mid-Atlantic, CMCH: 609.465.3033
Ace Sharper, CM: 609.889.7722
Cape May Riggings, CM: 609.884.4777
Just Four Wheels, WW: 609.522.0049
Enterprise, SH: 800.736.8222

Casino Shuttle:

Lions Tours, WW: 609.522.3734
Victorian Cape Limousine, CM: 609.886.0111


Our Lady Star of The Sea
Roman Catholic on the Mall

Cape Island Baptist:



Cape May-Lewes Ferry:

Cape May-Lewes DE Ferry 
70 Minutes

US Coast Guard:



Cape Regional Medical Center
Cape May Court House
(Exit 11 off the Parkway)
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CVS Pharmacy
West Cape May: 609.884.3313
Cape May Court House (Exit 10 off the Parkway): 609.465.9010

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Tips for Renting Your Wildwood or Cape May Rental

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - July 28, 2017

If you own a vacation rental in the Wildwood or Cape May area and are on the lookout for more renters there are several things an owner can do to help increase rental income.

Build a Website for your Rental

One of the most important items on any vacation rental owners checklist must be a website. Any owner who wants to effectively market their rental will need a fully bookable website. Renters who visit your website are more likely to book if your rental can be reserved online. A static website provides basic information about your rental with contact information whereas a bookable site can capture rentals with the ease of being able to book online immediately. Owners often have only one chance to impress a potential renter and close the sale (rent your property) and that is when a renter is on your website. One company that offers pre-built websites and an online booking solution for owners is

Keep your availability calendar updated

Renters who find your website or listing will immedialty go to your calendar to look for availability. Owners are more likely to get an inquiry or booking if they have up to date info on availability. Today’s shopper is often pressed for time and wants correct information. If they cant find it they move on.

Use High Quality Images

Whatever means you use to market your vacation rental owners need to display high resolution photos of their rental. The better the photos the more likely a potential renter will take the time to look at the details of your property. Photos should highlight the most important features of your rental like ocean views, porches, roof decks, large living areas, game rooms, bedrooms and more. Your photos are the most important part of your listing. Put up bad photos and a renter will move on to the next listing. Use proper lighting when taking the photos.  Stage your photos. A simple staging technique is to use wine glasses and put fresh flowers on tables. Let your guests picture how they will enjoy your vacation rental.

Market your Rental

All owners who rent need to get the word out about their vacation rental. There are many ways to market a vacation rental. Some owners choose big listing sites like or Recently these sites have undergone major changes in the way owners can list their rentals. Gone is the traditional way of listing a rental that would show owner contact information. Contact information is now blocked. Now owners can no longer communicate directly with renters until a property is booked using the “Instant Book ” feature.  It now appears the big listing sites are moving towards a business model similar to Hotels. In addition, service fees are now charged to guests that book a rental. This added cost has renters looking elsewhere to avoid the service fee which can be hundreds of dollars for a weekly rental.

Local vacation rental listing sites are now offering an alternative to the big listing sites. It turns out local listing sites have an inherent advantage when it comes to search engines. Local listing sites do not have to pay to place on Major search engines. Local listing sites are recognized as being “relevant” to search engines due to the location. Google, Bing and Yahoo reward local listing sites with search prominence over big listing sites due to to this “relevancy” in the local market. The big listing sites must pay to be found in local markets. Look at any result for a vacation rental search and you will see paid results at the top. Below the paid results are the organic or free results. These are the local relevant sites. Many searchers avoid the paid links and look locally for a rental. is a local listing service offering traditional listings without service fees. also allows open communication between renter and owner. Another very important feature about local listing sites. Many will allow owners to put a link to their rentals website. The big listing sites do not.

These are just a few tips to help vacation rental owners in Wildwood and Cape May area effectively market their rentals. Happy Renting!


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Can you really own a Vacation House for Free

Vacation Rental News - admin - July 27, 2017

Can you really own a vacation house for free? There are several shows on TV right now that say that you can. Even if the answer is yes, its not easy. One popular show Vacation House for Free shows owners how to find the right property to fix up and rent out during the high season to break even or even turn a profit.

There are many factors that go into choosing the right rental for an investment. The adage location, location is still the key factor. When looking for a rental many buyers will buy where they have vacationed previously. This is especially typical for many Jersey Shore rentals.

So, what do you look for in a vacation that will produce enough income to pay the bills?

How long is the rental season?

Many rentals are seasonal. This means your rental is in demand for a specific season more than others. Homes along the Jersey shore are summer seasonal. Typically, the season is June through September. The most productive rental is the rental with the longest seasonal appeal. There are certain rental locations that are busy 356 days out of the year. Research the area and determine the average rental season.

What are the cost associated with owning a vacation rental?

There are many costs associated with owning a vacation rental.  Advertising, maintenance, insurance, mortgage, condo fees if applicable, cleaning, replacing damaged items, and many processing rent payments. building a website, property taxes and more. You may be able to meet y9our monthly mortgage payment but as you can see there are many other expenses involved. Also, you may have an off year and will want to factor in rent loss for bad years.

How do owners take care of a vacation rental when they do not live near the property?

Many owners hire a property maintenance company or person on call. This is an additional cost but a vital one for operations. Often owners are faced with calls from renters who may have issues that require onsite vests.

What do renters want in a vacation rental?

Know your market before buying. If it is a beach rental many renters want to be near the beach. Rents typically are much higher the closer you get to the Beach. Stock your rental with the things guests will want while on vacation. Books, games, movies, bike racks, sleeper sofas are just a few of the typical items guests use while at a rental.

Why are repeat guest so important?

The cost to acquire a renter can be very expensive. Advertising can typically cost hundreds of dollars per rental on popular listing sites. If an owner can build a following of guests who come back year after year there is less of a need to advertise. Many owners of rentals have the same guests book the same week each year. There is another plus to repeat or return guests. You know them. You know your property will not be abused. Some owners do not require a security deposit for repeats.

How can a buyer save money when looking for the right rental?

Many buyers look for the cheapest rental in the area and fix it up. Buyers need to calculate the costs associated with a fixer upper versus buying new or recently remodeled.

So can you really own a vacation house for free? As you can see the answer depends on many factors. Owning a vacation home can be an enriching and rewarding experience but it can also be a costly one. Choose wisely.

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Tips for Renting your Jersey Shore Vacation Home in the Offseason

Vacation Rental News - admin - July 23, 2017

Vacation rentals often have a high season and a low season. High season would be considered June through Mid-September at The Jersey Shore. Low season or off-season would be the remaining months.

Many owners are missing out on the extra income that can be generated during the offseason. Here are a few tips to help fill your availability calendar during the offseason.

  • Market your off-season to your Summer renters

Your summer rentals are easy to market to when it comes to off-season bookings. Reward your repeat guest with discounts. Build loyalty by offering discounts as a special thank you for choosing to stay with you during the summer season. Some owners offer off-season coupons that can be used on their websites during the booking process.

  • Lower the Price during the off-season

Off-season travelers tend to be more budget conscious. Offer lower pricing to renters. Off-season rental income even though discounted can make for a successful rental year.

  • Market off-season events

Off-season tourists are often looking for a weekend getaway. Many towns have unique events throughout the year on weekends. Cape May, New Jersey has a very busy Christmas season. If you have a website update your content with off-season events in the area.

  • Market your rental to co-workers

A great resource for off-season rentals are your co-workers. Many of your coworkers may already know about your rental. Offer them discounts during the off-season.

  • Offer Free Nights

Offer an extra night when your guests book. Many guests would like to extend a weekend stay. Offer the 3rd night free or any other variation like stay 6 nights get the 7th free.

If you’re looking for additional income for your vacation rental the offseason can be very rewarding. Every owner should know their market and what guests are looking for during an offseason stay.


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8 things you need to know before buying a vacation rental at the Jersey Shore

Vacation Rental News - admin - July 20, 2017

Repairs Happen

Things break. Dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances will need replacing. Air conditioning and heating units need maintenance. Renters can and will damage property. Be prepared for the unexpected expenses that can come at any time when owning a vacation rental.


Check-in Check-out Days

Many owners rent Saturday to Saturday. This creates traffic Armageddon. Now owners are moving the check-in check-out days to Friday and even Sundays.

Vacation Rental values can fluctuate.

Markets fluctuate. Stocks go up and down. So, does real estate. There are many factors that can affect the value of a vacation rental. If you are buying a rental expecting equity growth you need to understand there is risk in very investment.

Home Owner or Condo Fees always go up

Be prepared for yearly increases in Home Owner Association fees or Condo fees. Expenses go up just like your primary home. Expect a yearly increase in your dues.

Rental History

Get documented proof of a history. Many owners will have records of yearly rental income and expenses.

In Season- Off Season

Know what the rental season is. How many weeks can you expect to rent. Most shore homes rent during the summer season and that’s it. However, towns like Cape May have longer rental seasons.

Who will you call when your renters need help?

Every owner of a rental needs a backup person to handle emergency calls. Many owners live far away from their rental. Some own a Wildwood rental and live in Philadelphia. Be prepared for the unexpected calls.

You may not use your rental as much as expected

Many owners think they will be down the shore every weekend during the off season or slow rental period. Life can be busy. Taking time to visit your rental can be difficult.

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