Fun-Filled Fall Weekend Getaways at the Jersey Shore

Now that the summer's over, a trip to the Jersey Shore might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering the options for fall weekend getaways.You’re probably thinking there won’t be anything happening, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Fall is a great time to venture to Cape May, NJ for a long weekend.

Arts and Craft Festivals 

Fall weekend getaways provide the perfect backdrop for arts and craft festivals. With the mild weather and the holidays ahead, it's the perfect time for shoppers and vendors alike. In October, Cape May offers two festivals. The Harvest Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show is held on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at Cape May Convention Hall.  Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, the Harvest Festival runs from 10 to 4 pm and features crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region.

NJ Audubon Cape May Fall Festival takes place in October, also at Convention Hall. In addition to arts and crafts, this festival includes activities for the kids, a silent auction and a sand sculpting demonstration on Saturday. The Raptor Project with Jonathan Wood and monarch butterfly tagging demonstrations will also take place during the festival.  

If you miss out on either of these, there is also the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival on November 4th, 2017 and the Holiday Craft Fair on November 24, 2017, both also at Convention Hall.

All That Jazz 

Jazz Festival Weekend is the perfect weekend for music lovers to gather in Cape May, especially those that favor jazz. The Exit Zero Jazz Festival features many talented musicians and vocalists performing throughout this long weekend at a variety of local venues. You can enjoy great music and tasty local brews during the Cape May Brewing Company Hops Pass Club Series.

Kick Off the Holiday Season 

Celebrate Halloween a little early with a fall weekend getaway. There will be trick or treating on the Washington Street Mall on October 22nd from 12 to 2 pm followed up by the Halloween parade, which steps off at 3 pm. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in all age groups and categories at the conclusion of the parade at the Emlen Physick Estate. Whether you want to participate or just enjoy taking in the creative costumes and floats, this will be a fun weekend for the whole family.

Forget the crowds and commotion of Black Friday and enjoy your holiday shopping on ‘Small Business Saturday’ while strolling the Washington Street Mall. End the day with the Grand Illumination of this quaint and picturesque shopping area.

Fall Weekend Getaways at the Grand Hotel

While you’re taking in all the local activities of the season, it goes without saying that you’ll want a great place to stay. Steps away from the beach and close to all the local events, the Grand Hotel of Cape May provides excellent accommodations your weekend away.

The Grand isn’t just a place to stay, it's part of the festivities. The ladies may want to take advantage of our upcoming “Grand Girls Gone Wild” weekend getaway, November 2nd to 4th, 2018. Couples may enjoy the escape of one of our Grand Rhapsody Weekend getaway packages. Celebrate Thanksgiving with our Ocean Holiday packages and, of course, there is Breakfast with Santa on December 1st, 8th &15th, 2018.

And you thought there wouldn’t be anything to do in Cape May in the fall! While it may be too chilly for a swim in the ocean, you can relax and unwind after a full day of activity with a dip in our indoor pool, heated to the perfect temperature all year long. What are you waiting for? Book your fall weekend getaway today.