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What to do in Cape May in the Fall

While summers in Cape May attract visitors from all over the world, a little lesser-known secret is visiting Cape May in the fall. If you didn’t already know, visiting Cape May in the fall is one of the best times to visit. To help you plan your getaway, here are a few of our favorite things to do in Cape May in the fall.  

Go to the beach

Yes, go to the beach this fall! Autumn in Cape May never gets too hot or muggy and never gets too cold. It offers the perfect temperature to relax at the beach. Almost every day, there is a nice breeze, blue skies, moderate temperatures, and beautiful sunrises. While the water may be a bit cold to get in, the less-crowded beaches are a great place to grab a blanket and read a book while listening to the waves crash against the shore.

Cape May Victorian Weekend

Discover a little bit more about Cape May’s Victorian past by attending the annual Victorian Weekend. Held every fall, Cape May celebrates and highlights its Victorian heritage with a weekend full of fun events. Plus, it’s a good excuse to dress up in Victorian-era clothing without someone giving you a raised eyebrow.

Stroll the streets of Cape May

Walk around town and take in the sites and scenes of this beautiful time of year in Cape May. Storefronts are lined with fall and Halloween decorations, and the streets and sidewalks are dotted with red, yellow, and orange leaves, all getting you into the spirit of the season. Washington Street Mall is a great place to start. Congress Hall is another that gets dressed up for the season, plus the historic Victorian homes around town put on their best-dressed fall season attire.

Visit Cold Spring Village

Cold Spring Village is a historic representation of what life was like during the “age of homespun.” Witness the day-to-day activities of villagers who lived during 1789 and 1840. In the fall, they host a series of events including, a ghost walk, plus you can enjoy a seasonal ale at the on-site brewery set inside an 1804 English-style barn.

Scarecrow Alley

During the month of October be sure to pay a visit to the Emlyn Physick Estate to walk through Scarecrow Alley. The ground of the estate is once again transformed into a spooky Halloween scene with hundreds of homemade scarecrows, from funny-looking to hair-raising goblins. Remember to vote for your favorite.

Visit the Cape May Brewery

What began the South Jersey craft beer revolution, Cape May Brewery is now a household name for craft beer and a local Cape May favorite. Enjoy the mild weather and sample their tasty suds in their beer garden. They usually offer a new fall brew and exclusive brews to celebrate Cape May in the fall.

Book your stay at Stockton Inns

Stockton Inns is a seasonal Cape May hotel, open April through October. So, book while you can for a fall getaway to Cape May. Enjoy reduced rates, fewer crowds, and beautiful beaches when you visit Cape May in the fall.

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Choose from the Victorian mansion at the Stockton Manor or our budget-friendly hotel rooms at the Stockton Inn. The Stockton Manor is Cape May’s only oceanfront Victorian Inn with a pool, plus it offers loads of charm and character, perfect for your Cape May getaway. Relax on the wrap-around porch or enjoy reading a good book in your room, most boasting ocean views.

Or if you are looking for more of a budget-friendly option for the entire family, book a room at our oceanfront motel. The Stockton Inn offers an ocean-view sundeck, outdoor lounge chairs, and rooms with your basic modern amenities.

Book September 15th through October 10th and receive a special discount on your fall getaway to Cape May!