There is no better way to enjoy the fall harvest than with a stay at a working farm by sea in the Garden State! The 62-acre Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May is officially launching their new guest cottages this fall offering visitors a place to hit the hay after taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of everything this little slice of heaven located between the ocean and the bay has to offer.
A true American Restoration story, three of the cottages are historic homes that were renovated this spring to bring them into modern times, while still maintaining their own personal, vintage charm. One of the cottages, The Whaler’s Cottage, is believed to be one of the oldest homes on the island built in the mid-1700’s. There are also two brand new, Amish-built barns on the property, offering guests a total of five “cottages” now available for overnight stays. The cottages sleep up to eight guests, making it a perfect space for family vacations, reunions, and girls’ getaways. All are equipped with full kitchens, living rooms, dining areas, wood stoves and screened porches and feature amenities like bicycles, golf carts, binoculars for birding, and a fridge stocked with goodies from the farm. Guests will enjoy the rhythms of the real working farm, where the wakeup call is a crowing rooster and there’s no greater way to unwind than by taking a dip in the orchard surrounded pool or sitting around a roaring campfire. Visitors can cook breakfast in their own kitchen with the fresh produce, meat and eggs provided or join everyone in the main barn for a hearty meal.
This is the latest project by Curtis Bashaw, the Founder and Managing Partner of Cape Resorts, and his partner, Will Riccio. Bashaw has saved and breathed new life into a number of historic buildings, including Congress Hall, The Virginia Hotel, Beach Shack and West End Garage in Cape May, New Jersey and Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, NY. In fact, none of the beloved properties owned by Cape Resorts have been built new. Although initially conceived as a home for Bashaw and Riccio and place to grow fresh produce for Bashaw’s restaurants and Riccio’s Louisa’s, Beach Plum Farm has become a destination in its own right. Offering true farm-to-table dinners (some even cooked over an open fire!), tours, and family-friendly events, the farm has become a fast favorite for visitors. More than 100 different varieties of fruit, veggies, herbs and flowers are grown at the farm, where livestock like chickens, ducks, turkeys, lambs and pigs are also raised.
The Winona Cottage
Sleeping up to eight people, this cottage is one of the original Sears, Roebuck, and Co. mail order homes. Called the Modern Homes program, Sears sold over 75,000 homes between 1908 and 1940. The Winona was a popular model between 1927 and 1932. The arts and crafts cottage vibe runs throughout the house with its beautiful floors and airy screened southern-facing porch. Click here to view photos.
The Whalers Cottage
Sleeping six, this cottage dates back to the late 1700’s, making it one of the oldest homes on Cape Island. Philip Hand was a descendant of Mayflower pilgrims who found their way to the southern tip of New Jersey chasing the burgeoning whaling industry. Philip established a plantation and when his daughter Martha was married, he built a home on a parcel of land as a wedding gift. With its winding staircase and fireplace from the 1700’s and special kids’ loft, the Whaler’s Cottage will take you back to the frontier days on Cape Island and was the homestead for what has become Beach Plum Farm. Click here to view photos.
Sleeping up to six people, the Plum Barn dates to 1850’s and was used as a carriage house. Converted to a home in the 1950’s, it has been restored featuring the original beams and beadboard. The Owl Barn is set atop a rise next to a towering dawn redwood. The Hidden Barn is nestled in a grove of evergreens. Both were built in 2018 by the same Lancaster County, Pennsylvania family who built the farm’s main barn in 2015. Using Pennsylvania Hemlock and old fashioned mortise and tenon joinery, the timber frames were raised on a chilly March day and are held together with wooden pegs. Click here to view photos.
Fall Weekends at the Farm
Starting September 21, 2018
Prepare for a relaxing weekend full of good food, adventure, fun activities and wide-open spaces. Guests can choose from any of the excursions, from a morning of egg gathering or potato harvesting, to a long walk along secluded Davey’s Lake; expert guides are on hand to offer an informative and enjoyable experience. On Saturday evening, those staying in the cottages will join other farm guests at the communal table lit by twinkle lights, set with beautiful flowers, and enjoy good conversation and culinary creations from the harvest of the season.
The Fall weekend on the farm includes:
- Guided Excursion of choice each day
- Farm-to-Table Dinner Saturday Evening with other farm guests
- Breakfast each morning with choice of: Breakfast at the Barn Cafè, a continental breakfast basket delivered to the cottage door, or a fridge stocked with all the ingredients to make breakfast at your leisure.