Valentine's Day Weekend in Cape May

Posted February 8, 2009

Cape May, NJ - Usually, Valentine's Day falls on a weekday. And who feels like celebrating when you're coming home from work at 6 or 7PM??

But this year, you have no excuse. Valentine's Day is on Saturday - date night!! And not only is it on a weekend, but a holiday weekend, to boot - the three day President's Day weekend.

Don't think that fact hasn't been lost on the good folks in Cape May. Bed and breakfast inns are offering special Valentine's Weekend deals. Restaurants are re-opening their doors in time to serve romantic dinners for two. And there are several special events planned.

A Romantic Movie

Take your sweetie to a move about about an Irish street busker (Glen Hansard) and a Czech immigrant (Markéta Irglová) who sing their way to love and success. The Sundance award winning film captures what feels like a private serenade. One of the songs in the film is the Oscar winning “Falling Slowly." You'll leave the theater not only with a good feeling but also with champagne and chocolates, courtesy of local merchants. Tickets are $15 at the door at Cape May Stage's Shackleton Theater and starts at 7PM.

Romancing Your Pet

Your favorite valentine might be your own beloved dog or cat. The Gimme Shelter Shindig sponsored by Animal Outreach of Cape May is a way for you to show your love for all of those poor, unwanted pets yearning for a loving home. Head over to the Cape May VFW Hall on Congress St. Saturday night at 6PM for lots of good food, beer and great music to dance the night away, courtesy DJ Ed McDonough. $25 at the door. (609) 898-IPET.

Some music...

Let a member of the famed Mondrian Ensemble set the mood.
Pianist Aurelia Mika Chang along with violinist Kathryn Krueger perform works by Mozart, Sarasate, Massenet, Kriesler, Waxman Sunday afternoon at 4Pm at the Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington Sts., Cape May. Tickets are $12 at the door.

A little Wine

You and your Valentine can go on a wine tasting adventure Sunday, traveling to three local vineyards. To make sure you're not drinking on an empty stomach, the tour starts with lunch at Lucky Bones at noon. Afterwards, head to the Cape May Winery, Turdo Vineyards and Natali Vineyards. $75 per person. Contact the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts for tickets. (609) 884-5404.

The King and Queen of Cape May

If royalty makes you weak in the knees, spend Sunday evening at a royal coronation. Cape May's King and Queen, Bud Swain and his royal sweetheart Patricia Milligan, will be crowned Sunday night at the Half Moon Gala. It's the start of Cape May's celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's big trip. There will be a royal court presiding over a royal buffet dinner complete with royal cocktails, royal music, and royal dancing. The Half Moon Gala takes place in the Congress Hall ballroom Sunday night starting at 7PM. Tickets are $50 and limited but still available through Swain’s Hardware or the Chamber of Commerce.

Or just....

Or you can do nothing all weekend but take long walks on the beach -'s most recommended romantic pastime. What else do you need but a warm fire, a glass of brandy - or hot chocolate - and your favorite Valentine.

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