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Cape May Trolley Tour

Cape May News - admin - April 14, 2020

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If you’ve ever been to Cape May, you’ve probably seen quaint red and green trolleys rolling about. What you may not realize is that these trolleys offer a variety of unique tours that immerse visitors in the history and culture of Cape May.

Visitors can tour the major historical sites and landmarks of the region in a trolley vehicle with Cape May Trolley Tour. During the tour, the guide explains the historical and cultural significance of each stop.

The tours are run by a wonderful non-profit organization, the Mid-Atlantic Center For The Arts. Founded in 1970, MAC has done so much for the city over the years. They’ve restored notable landmarks including the Emlen Physick Estate and Cape May Lighthouse, launched the Cape May Music Festival and offer a wide selection of events year-round. Their volunteers are dedicated and knowledgeable, offering top notch trolley tours.

What I love most about the MAC trolley tours is that there’s something for everyone. Options include a Welcome To Cape May tour for first time visitors, Ghosts Of Cape May tour, focused on the city’s supernatural residents and a Mansions By The Sea tour highlighting the Victorian architecture of the area. You’ll also find the Cape Mayhem interactive trolley tour which allows passengers to explore some of the area’s strange superstitions and curious events, historic tour, children’s tour and lighthouse tour. During the holiday season, enchanting Christmas trolley tours are available.

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Cape May Run the Vineyards 5K at Hawk Haven Winery

Cape May News - admin - April 14, 2020

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New in 2020 is the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run! All kids receive a Finishers Medal, tech shirt and juice box. 

Features a flat 5K trail course through the scenic vineyard with chip-timed instant results. Runner Giveaways include a Glass of Sangria or Wine, Souvenir Wineglass, and an awesome Tech Shirt with a Tank option for Women.  Everyone who registers will receive a shirt. Shirt orders placed on June 17, 2020, please register early to guarantee your choice. Extras available so All registrants will receive shirt. Live musician, Food Vendors, and games at the after-party. Free Downloadable Photos. Medals and wine for top overall and medals for top male and female age groups winners. (3 Deep). Custom Finisher Medals available for purchase $6 online, $8 on race day. 

Race day packet pick-up from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. (Pre- race day PPU options TBD) 

Race starts at 6pm  Walkers welcome (Must be Registered)Cost: $42 for 5K; $25 for 1 Mile Kids’ Run

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Cape Mays Beaches

Cape May News - admin - March 25, 2020

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There is plenty of variety in the beaches that line the promenade in Cape May, but some of our favorites are just a short drive away. Most notable is Sunset Beach, which as the name suggests, offers wonderful beach sunsets and Cape May diamonds, bits of polished glass created by glass, sand and time Just north you’ll find Higbee Beach, another incredible option that’s secluded and dog-friendly. For a quiet option that’s right in town, head to Poverty Beach for soft, white sand and a vantage point that might even produce some dolphin sightings during the summer months. There are even a few whale and dolphin watching boats that offer up-close-and-personal encounters if you’re into that kind of thing.  If your looking for the what we think is the best beach area in Cape May its the Cove. The cove is a secluded beach area that features a crescent shaped beach. Located at the end of Beach Avenue towards the lighthouse, the Cove is everything we love about a beach in Cape May. Quiet and remote you will love it!

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Vacation Rental Pricing for Owners

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - March 25, 2020

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One of the most important factors in owning a vacation rental in the Cape May area is to set your rates properly for your rental. If you price too high you may leave money on the table. However if you price too low you are not capturing the full value of your rental. So how do you determine the best rate for your rental. Comps. Study pricing of similar homes in your market. If your home has a highly desirable offering – such as ocean front, bay view or ocean view this should be front and center, and reflected in your pricing.  Travelers will pay a premium for these locations.

However, there may be aspects of your home you don’t even know are attractive to guests. In Cape May, for example, we have many guests who prefer the historic district and its location nearer to the mall than the ocean. Travelers want the convenience of the shops and restaurants. Some travelers just want the famous large Cape May porch experience where they can sit back and people watch. Others prefer a street where the horse carriages run. It’s critical to identify these selling points that may not be obvious at first and price accordingly.

Cape May is not your typical shore town. The town has now become a year round destination. Gone are the days of renting just in the high season. In Cape May the season now starts on Valentines Day and runs through the New Year. To capture the additional rent owners need to scale their pricing based on the time of year and the volume of business.

Know your market and adjust your pricing accordingly.

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Tips for Rental Owners

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - March 17, 2020

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Update your Description

Updating your description will provide your guest with the latest changes you may have made to your rental.
Don’t take a set-it-and-forget-it approach to your home’s listing. It should be a living piece of copy that you update regularly. Be sure to revisit your listing when you do the following…

Improvements to your home, such as performing renovations or adding new amenities

Changes to local attractions. bars, restaurants and activities.

Make your description seasonal. In the winter, words like warm and cozy are far more enticing than summer words, such as breeze and sunshine.

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Cape May Rental Tips

Vacation Rental News - admin - March 5, 2020

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Create a guest manual
Save time answering questions and provide a detailed manual about your rental.

The TV at a rental can be a challenge for new guests. The remote may be different from a guests home remote. Save the remote instructions and place them in the manual or download the instruction manual from the cable provider.
Provide information on sound systems, It’s important to create a book or binder that details every item or function in your home. A few examples include:

  • How to program the thermostat and suggestions for settings
  • How to use entry systems, electronic locks, and gates
  • Which remote controls pair with which audio/visual functions
  • How to operate kitchen appliances like Nespresso machines or high-end blenders

This manual should also include local attractions and history, any recommendations you have, a warm welcome, and instructions for departure. At InvitedHome, we use a virtual binder that answers any questions guests may have

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Vacation Rental Tips: Get Reviews

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - February 21, 2020

One of the most important and often overlooked rental element for owners is the gathering of reviews. Reviews are critical for any listing. Travelers have no better way to gauge a rental than reading a review from a previous guest.

Reviews can make or break your vacation rental. If you put enough focus on the guest experience, you’ll generate a feedback loop that will lead to more bookings and higher occupancy rates.

However, that doesn’t come without a bit of effort on the owners part. You’ll need to regularly check and respond to your Cape May rental reviews–good or bad. Responding to a negative review gives you the opportunity to address the issue and improve it for next time. Responding to a positive review shows your commitment to and engagement with the guest experience. Simply thanking your guests for staying and leaving a review is better than doing nothing.

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Keep your Availability Calendar Up to Date

Vacation Rental News - admin - February 14, 2020

One of the most important item in any vacation rental listing is the availability calendar. To often owners forget to update calendars and travelers then lack the necessary information to make a decision on a particular rental. Owners only have one shot to grab a potential renters attention and if renters can not see important information they will move on to the next listing.
The guest starts long before visitors arrive at your home. Not only is it inconvenient for guests to learn their desired dates are not, in fact, available, but it can even penalize your ranking on some sites like VRBO. On CapeMayVacationRentals.com we do not penalize an owners ranking if they do not keep their listing current. However the owner will receive fewer inquiries if a listing is lacking current availability. The better the listing in terms of quality photos, thorough descriptions, reviews, current rates and an up to date calendar the more likely an owners listing will receive quality inquiries and bookings.

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Tips for your Cape May Rental

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - February 13, 2020

Provide a Manual for your rental guests

Want to avoid late night calls from guests regarding simple issues at your rental? Create a thorough guest manual with details about your rental.

Your TVs, sound systems, kitchen appliances, and hot tubs all have the potential to thoroughly confuse guests. A manual will help familiarize your guests with that particular amenity. It’s crucial to create a book or binder that details every item or function in your home. A few examples include:

  • How to program the thermostat and suggestions for settings
  • How to use your TV.
  • How to reboot your wi-fi
  • Cable Company phone numbers
  • Condo Rules
  • Check-in and Out times
  • Emergency help number for onsite issues
  • Local hospital and emergency care facilities.
  • How to use entry systems, electronic locks, and gates
  • Which remote controls pair with which audio/visual functions
  • How to operate kitchen appliances.

This manual should also include local attractions and history, any recommendations you have, a warm welcome, and instructions for departure.

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Photography Tips For Cape May Rentals

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - February 13, 2020

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Photos are the key to your listing. The better the photos the more likely your listing will be viewed.
Your listing is in competition with all listings in your area. How will you differentiate your listing from others?

Here are a few ways to do this:

  • Learn to employ composite lighting techniques. This is a great way to show off a room’s beautiful interior AND the amazing view out the window, all in a single picture. No washed out colors, no overexposed blocks of natural light. 
  • Show off the best features of your rental. Do you have a pool? Renters love pools. Views? Take photos of your ocean views. Highlight your listing with photos that grab travelers attention.
  • Think about how your photos will be assembled. There should be a flow that helps the potential guest understand which rooms connect where
  • Add a detailed floor plan as a photo. This helps renters visualize space and flow of your rental.
  • Use lots of photos in your listing to maximize its visibility. Studies have shown guests are 80 percent more likely to learn more about a home when there are more than 20 photos.
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