Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas by the Sea: Historic Cape May and Victorian Printable

Friends and frequent readers may have guessed from my many posts featuring Cape May NJ that this charming historic town is one of my very favorite places to visit. While winter finds other nearby beach resorts closing their shutters for a long winter's nap, Victorian Cape May dons her holiday festive finery, trims the tree and decks the halls. Now a yearly "girls getaway" tradition, four friends and relatives headed beachside for a little dose of coastal Christmas spirit. With limited time and budget, we still managed to have the most delightful visit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. So I thought I'd share our

Cape May Christmas To-do List

Get glimpse of Santa(s) at the Virginia Hotel
This elegant hotel adds some Christmas whimsy each year with playful climbing Santas

 Admire the "Gingerbread" Houses
Often referred to as "Gingerbread", Many Cape May houses boast intricate Victorian scrollwork and vibrant colors seemingly inspired by their candy covered namesakes

Step Back in Time at Congress Hall
America's oldest seaside resort (1816) began as a large but modest boarding house and grew in popularity and grandeur to host several presidents. John Philip Sousa composed the Congress Hall March in its honor after performing there. Nowadays it is transformed into a winter wonderland, delighting young and old at Christmas time.

OoH and aah over Holiday Lights
You won't want to miss a visit to the historic Emlen Physick Estate, and their wonderful tree and Dicken's village in their gift shop and tea room. Take one of their trolley tours and learn about the town's unique history. Or simply stroll around the area to admire the houses, shops and B&B's by night.

Enjoy Holiday Shopping (or just browse)
Browse the areas unique mix of shops including Winterwood, a year round Christmas shop or the art and vintage co-op gallery West End Garage.

and of course
Eat Drink and Be Merry
Time out at one of our absolute favorites for award winning eats and
 the "Happiest" (and budget friendly) happy hour
The Mad Batter

Of course the real gift was fun times spent with friends and family!

Wishing everyone
the Joy of the Season
Please enjoy our Victorian Cape May inspired
 printable Christmas Card
simply right click on image and choose "open in new window" and print for holiday crafting and giving
Created using images from The Graphics Fairy, cat image from Pinterest, source unavailable 


  1. Lovely photos of beautiful Christmas decorations. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

    1. Thanks so much Marilyn!
      And a Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 to you as well :)

  2. That's a wonderful to do list! What a fabulous place to visit during the holidays! And thanks for the printables! Merry Christmas from Florida, Diane

    1. Thanks so much Diane!
      So glad you enjoyed the post- And lucky you to be in sunny Florida!
      Merry Christmas!

  3. Beautiful town! Have a wonderful Holiday! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  4. Wow, what a dreamy place! That is great that you can go there so often. I have never been there and have always wanted to.
    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Gina!
      It is nice it's close enough to do a quick trip :)
      Merry Christmas!

  5. Dearest Christina, what a gorgeousness and what a delight the gift you're presenting us for Chritmas, that's truly a treat, thank you, sweet friend !

    With utmost gratitude I'm sending blessings on your Christmas,
    may it be filled with Joy, Peace and Love to you and your dear ones

    Xx Dany

    1. Thank You Daniela for your kind words!
      Best wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and Wonderful New year!

  6. Hi Christina, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! That is how I found yours!
    I love, love, love your tour through Cape May. That resort is definitively worth a visit in winter (and probably at other times of the year, too. These Victorian houses are simply stunningly beautiful. Would wish that I could go there myself in the future.
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed the post.
      It really is such a unique town and such fun in any season.
      Wishing you a Happy 2017! :)


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