Fall Family Fun near Cape May, NJ

When you catch that first hint of chill in the air as summer draws to an end, it’s easy to get excited about the changing of seasons. With autumn comes a whole new set of fun activities—so get ready for some spooky decorating and pumpkin spice coffee galore!

If you have young kids, these family-friendly fall events near Cape May, NJ, are a great way to embrace the spirit of the season. We know your children will find something to like during this upcoming fall at these two autumn-loving events:

1. Beach Plum Farm

According to Beach Plum Farm, fall is the best time of the year. Look for pumpkins, apples, sun-kissed peppers, zucchini, all manner of squash, leeks, scallions, lettuce, and fresh herbs like fresh basil, thyme, mint, and oregano. Thin-skinned new potatoes are in.  Roast them with their pasture-raised poultry for a winner, winner, chicken dinner! At the Beach Plum Farm, they truly believe eating locally grown produce makes for tastier food for their guest and happier visitors at all of their properties at Cape Resorts Group.

Beach Plum Farm is open on Saturday and Sundays for you to enjoy family fun this fall. The Market is open from 8am-5pm and the Kitchen is open from 8am-3pm. Interested in having a special dinner, a birthday party or wedding in Beach Plum Farm's beautiful unspoiled setting? You can easily book an event thru their FAQ page.

2. Cape May’s Physick Estate’s Scarecrow Alley

You’ll find family fun at Cape May’s Physick Estate in the spring and summer as well, but fall is when this place really comes alive. From Friday, Oct. 12 through Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Estate will be transformed for Halloween; Scarecrow Alley showcases homemade scarecrows, from spooky to funny. Have your kids vote for their favorite; they’re also welcome to submit a scarecrow for display – there may be an awesome prize for them if theirs wins!

Ready for Fall Family Fun?

We’re sure the whole family will love some of these fall events near Cape May, NJ. If you think you might be interested, make your plans and (if necessary) get your tickets as soon as possible. You won’t want to miss out on the seasonal excitement that only autumn can bring!



Cape May Influencer Blog Series: Cape May Running Store Interview With Harry Back

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If you’ve been following our Cape May Influencer Blog series, we sat down with Harry J. Back, co-owner of the Cape May Running Store and asked him a few questions about the history of the store and the upcoming running events.

In the second part of this interview, Harry talks about the training, coaching, nutrition plans, and more that the Cape May Running Store offers clients. Check it out.

Cape May Running Store Q&A With Harry Back 

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Lisa: It’s wonderful when the sport and community can come together for a greater cause. I saw that you have a lot of various runs to do throughout the town. Your website shares multiple options-  3k, 5k, 10k, and you have various routes throughout Cape May that anybody can access. So what do you recommend for beginners?

Harry: I think anybody who wants to start a running program they should start out super slow, taking their time. I always like getting people started with just a combination of walking and running. So maybe you jog for three minutes, then you could walk for five minutes, and then you start to shorten those walks and lengthen the time that you're running. I think for the beginner, it shouldn't be about the distance, it should be about time. I think I'm going to get out and I'm going to do my walk/run for around 40 minutes. It progresses up and then you eventually start adding to it and can say, "Well, how many miles did I do today?" I try not to get people to think about miles in the beginning until they're off and running full time without taking any walking breaks.

Lisa: For those of us that aren't self-starters tell us about the coaching that you offer?

Harry: Yes.You can go on to the website or stop in the store. On our website,  click on the CMRC Endurance Training -- some people find it intimidating, but it isn't. I work with wide ranges from beginners to people that are training for Ironman.

Lisa: Is that something that's one on one or do you do groups for that?

Harry: One on one. Usually, I have an initial meeting and then we'll meet every once in a while or I'll join them for their workout sometimes, but it's all on an online platform.

Lisa: On average, how long would it take for someone to feel comfortable?

Harry: It's individualized. I actually give them workouts to do. I utilize an online  platform called TrainingPeaks where I can see how individuals progress, and can monitor progress to make on-going adjustments each week based off their previous week.

Lisa: Oh, so this platform allows you to work with people virtually from anywhere? You don't need to be in Cape May? 

Harry: Yes that's right. It gives us great flexibility.

Lisa: Do you offer a nutrition plan to complement the program?

Harry: Yes. Some people need nutrition and we supply that as well. It definitely gets pretty involved in terms of doing a program to look at their nutrition now and then look at what their goals are. Then we’ll adjust their nutrition plan based off of what they're lacking or what they're getting too much in terms of where they're trying to get. Is it to lose weight? Is it to gain muscle? Is it just to eat healthier?

Lisa: Yes, and for endurance runners and exceptional athletes, I imagine nutrition plays a significant factor if you're doing the long races. It sounds like you offer many styles of coaching.

Harry: Yes, everybody's different. I take every individual that I work with and no one plan fits all. So that's why we meet, they fill out a questionnaire, we talk about what their specific goals are, what their background is, and then we start with one week at a time. Then at the end of the week, I sit down, I review everybody's week, and then make adjustments based off of that. There are people that like going to the track and doing track workouts. There are people that absolutely despise it, but there's always more than one way to skin a cat. And so I can just adapt that workout to the road or take a road workout and adapt it to the track.

Lisa: How many coaches do you have?

Harry: Currently, it's me and my wife. My wife joins in for the swimming side of it and the nutrition side of it. I push a lot of that towards her because that's really her strong background.

Lisa: Oh, that's great because you cover everything that's so important for a sport like running and so many related sports.

Harry: Yes, we have basketball players, soccer players, softball players, baseball players. It doesn't matter. If you're moving in the offseason, they should really be doing some kind of running program.

Lisa: And you're open all year?

Harry: Yes. We will slow down when it gets colder and be open weekends in January and February, and then add days back in March and then move back to every day.


Lisa: Harry thanks for sharing your wealth of information and giving us the place to go for all our running and training needs. We will look forward to checking out the upcoming races and encourage our followers to stop in for advice and gear!



Cape May Influencer Blog Series: Cape May Running Store Interview With Harry Back Part 1

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Located in Cape May, NJ, the Cape May Running Store is the source of all things running in Cape May County. Owners and fellow runners, Harry J. Back and Michael P. Mader strive to share their passion and experience with running to everyone in their hometown and to everyone who loves Cape May. 

As part of our Cape May Influencer Blog series, a new series where we sit down with local, influential businesses and understand what makes them so successful and unique, we sat down with Harry J. Back. Check out part 1 of our interview with Harry to understand the history of the Cape May Running Store, get the details on upcoming events, and more.

Cape May Running Store Q&A With Harry Back Part 1

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Lisa: Can you tell our audience a little bit about your background and what brought you to Cape May?

Harry: I was born and raised in Cape May. I went to Cape May Elementary, Lower Cape May Regional High School, the whole nine yards.

Lisa: Can you tell us about your experience with running and how you got into it?

Harry: I really got into running as exercise for other sports, like hockey, surfing, and lifeguarding. So I wasn't actually a runner competitively per se, until probably my early-20s. My passion for the sport really just grew once I learned the science behind it.

I spent 19 years teaching at Binghamton University in upstate New York. I basically taught anything that had to do with exercise, like nutrition, stress management, marathon training, triathlon training. That started to even peak even more for me in terms of the running industry.

I started doing some adult coaching with the local running store in New York and I just kind of carried that through. Then a good friend of mine (Michael Mader) that I grew up with here also got involved in running later in age. We got together and decided we were going to open up a running company in Cape May. He thought it was going to be much later than it was.  We were kind of looking at it as a retirement thing for us, and then the ball started rolling, and it all happened very quickly. We opened up in 2017.

Lisa: So Cape May was an obvious choice for you since you were born and raised here and it’s a great place for running. As you know, there are a series of various runs offered throughout the year, like the annual Cape May foot race as one of the most popular. What would you say is one of your favorite races?

Harry: Well, it's soon to be. My favorite race is the Beach to Brewery race, which will be the first one ever run will be this year, September 21st. The Great Cape May Footrace has been a staple of this town for 40 years, and that was really our first order of business when we started the company. We met with the Chamber of Commerce and took that over. We've been running it since 2017. So the Great Cape May Footrace is always going to have a dear place in my heart just from watching it as a little kid and then actually eventually taking it over. This is our second year with the Cape May Hallowed Half Marathon

The first year was difficult. We had a full-blown Nor'easter that day, so the numbers shrunk a bit, but hopefully, we'll have a nice turnout this year. And we've added to it a 5K, which we're calling the Nemour's Fright Night 5K where all the proceeds from the 5K will go to the Nemour's Children Hospital for the Cardiac Center.

Lisa: So in looking at the upcoming events, when is the next run?

Harry: September 21st is the Beach to Brewery (Cape May Brewery) 6.2 miles. 

Lisa: Did I see that this inaugural race sold out already?

Harry: It sold out in nine days. We will shuttle the runners back from the brewery.

Lisa: I'm glad they don't have to run back after enjoying time at the brewery. I know this is a 21 and older race but tell us about other family races offered?

Harry: Certainly. The Cape May Race is, the Great Cape May Footrace, and the Murph Mile. The latter is the race I started to raise money for the Clete Cannone Scholarship Fund. This scholarship awards Cape May lifeguards and their families including current or past lifeguards of the City of Cape May. I am the chair of the committee that reviews the applications to decide who receives the scholarships. This year, we were able to donate $2,500 directly to the scholarships. We already gave out five scholarships this year at $2,000 apiece.

Lisa: That's fantastic. It’s great to see such community involvement.

Harry: Yes, we try to be. I think our goal is to really build a strong running community in general, but we support all the local athletes -- everybody that's a high school athlete in the county, they would get an extra discount. We do promotions for them. The same thing with all the lifeguards, we take care of all them as well. That's really what it's about and we try to give back as much as we can. 









Top 4 Weekend Events Around Cape May in August 2019

With only two weekends left in August there’s still so many great events being offered around Cape May , so you’ll have to prioritize the “must-do” events to balance all Cape May has to offer. To help, we’ve curated a list of the top four weekend events around Cape May left this August 2019. Check them out.   

4 Best Cape May Weekend Events Left in August 

  1. The 28th Annual Mid-Atlantic Tournament 

One of the most anticipated fishing events of the year, the annual Mid-Atlantic Tournament will take place on Friday, August 23, 2019, in Cape May at the Canyon Club Marina. This day-long fishing tournament costs $3,000 per boat. If you don’t have a boat, we recommend going to the marina for the kick-off party and the weigh-ins, to see who wins the $3.5 million prize. For more information click here.

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Photo Credit: The Mid Atlantic 

2. Ghost Walks at Historic Cold Spring Village 

If you’re looking for something to do that is not of this world, then this event is for you. Join Bob Bitting, Psychic Medium, on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 8:00 pm to 9:45 pm at the historic Cold Spring Village for a 45-minute ghost walking tour. Tickets for this spooky event cost $16 for adults and $14 for children 3-12 and HCSV members, and all proceeds are donated to the HCSV Foundation. For more information or to book tickets click here

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Photo Credit: Historic Cold Spring Village Facebook

3. Ocean Galleries Presents Jane Seymour ‘California Colorist’ 

Calling all art lovers. On Friday, August 30, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Cape May’s Ocean Galleries is offering guests the opportunity to admire award-winning actress, artist, and designer Jane Seymour’s collection for free. The “California Colorist” collection features watercolors, vibrant oil paintings, and bronze sculptures. Guests will be able to meet Seymour at the intimate reception. To learn more about Seymour and her artwork or to register for the event, click here

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4. Sunset in the Vineyard with Live Music at Jessie Creek Winery

On August 31, 2019, cherish the views of the sunset, live music, Jenni Mac’s homemade snacks, all over a locally made glass of wine at the Jessie Creek Winery. From 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, guests can lounge on the vineyard’s lawn, snuggle up by the vineyard-side fire pit, play corn hole, horseshoe, and more. Learn more about this free event here.

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Photo Credit: Jenni Mac’s Winery Snacks Facebook Page 

Top Best 3 Bakeries in Cape May, NJ

Who can resist the sweet smells and freshly baked goodness produced by local bakers and their ovens? Cape May, NJ, is lucky to feature a historic beach town several great eateries, while housing a few spectacular bakeries, as well. We have chosen the top three bakeries for you to discover while you journey throughout downtown Cape May in search of a delicious treat.

1. Madison’s Bakery

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Located in Cape May, you’ll notice Madison’s Bakery and its storefront, thanks to the cupcakes, cakes and deserts on display. Madison’s Bakery works with local suppliers to source the freshest, most authentic ingredients and use old-fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality. Their goal is to make your taste buds extremely happy! With the chilly fall days approaching, Madison’s Bakery offer comfortable seating inside their bakery with free Wi-Fi and plenty of outlets for you to get some work down or to enjoy an afternoon catching up with friends!

2. Avalon Coffee Cape May

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Felicia’s Cake Factory offers home baked goods created with both passion and family-inspired recipes using the finest and freshest ingredients. This gourmet bakery and coffee shop has 11 different homemade Gourmet Cream Cheeses that pair perfectly with their Artisan Bagels. Our Muffins, Scones, Croissants, Cinnamon Buns, Sticky Buns and not only taste great but also look beautiful. They also specialize in Espresso, Lattes, Cappuccinos, Chai Teas, Frozen coffee drinks and a large selection of Teas.

A storefront that emerged in Cape May in 2005 and has since been pumping out savory snacks while keeping local businesses in mind. From their signature breakfast sandwiches to a delicious Herb Crusted Turkey sandwich, Avalon Coffee can deliver you a delicious meal.  

3. Chez Michel Bakery

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A French patisserie in Cape May offering fresh pastries, cakes, baguettes, multigrain breads, croissants, cinnamon buns, sticky buns, custom wedding cakes, and various French items. Michel Gras is a classically trained French pastry chef with 35 years’ experience. His passion for doing only the very best is reflected in his spectacular wedding cakes. He works hard to provide everything a bride and fiancé are looking for that special occasion – friendly staff, finest ingredients, fun experience, and the masterpiece of your dreams that will leave you smiling and impress your guests.

Check Out These Top Bakeries

The next time you find yourself enjoying historic Cape May, be sure to check out either of these bakeries for a sweet, fresh baked snack. Take that baked good to go as you explore everything the area has to offer with cooler days upon us. Be sure to check out the bakery’s link that interests you most to learn more about what treats are available for you to devour.