Fab Find! From Cape May with Love at The Virginia Hotel

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The Virginia Hotel is offering two unique Valentine’s Packages this year, featuring the historic Cape May Diamonds. Found along the pristine beaches of the Delaware Bay, the Cape May Diamond is a pure quartz crystal that appears as a frosted pebble when first discovered on the beach.  Once tumbled and cut, the stone resembles that of a real diamond. These shiny treasures are found in different shapes and sizes all along Cape May’s popular Sunset Beach. Throughout the year, visitors and locals alike scan the beaches for their very own one-of-a-kind diamond to keep as a reminder of their time spent in Cape May.

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Cape May Diamonds have a history that predates the birth of the United States. In the 1750s, it is said that the last chief of the Kechemeche tribe, King Nummy, presented a large Cape May Diamond to Christopher Leaming, a local whaler. The Kechemeche believed that the “diamonds” contained supernatural powers, and used them to seal bonds of peace and friendship. 
Today, similar bonds are created as families and couples scour the shores of Cape May Point looking for the famed rocks.

To honor the search for “the one” – that special someone and the perfect diamond, Cape May’s Virginia Hotel is bringing these local jewels to you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with 3 special offerings. And for those who may not know, Cape May, NJ isn’t just a wonderful summer beach-town, it’s also a romantic winter getaway. With beautiful Victorian inns, a cozy beach-town feel, fresh salty air (even in the winter!), boutique shops, and delicious restaurants, Cape May is a special place to spend Valentine’s Day – especially at the luxe, critically-acclaimed Virginia Hotel and its fine dining restaurant, The Ebbitt Room.

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Your very own Cape May Diamond will be waiting for you when you book one of the following:

From Cape May With Love

Celebrate your next milestone or special occasion at The Virginia Hotel. Give a gift as unique as your love and as extraordinary as Cape May with a pair of beautiful Cape May Diamond Earrings. These precious gems are created from stones found right here in Cape May.

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Upon arrival, a silver tray adorned with chilled Champagne, chocolate truffles and a pair of Cape May Diamond earring will be delivered to your room.
  • $110 Voucher for Dinner for two in the Ebbitt Room*
  • Continental Breakfast for two
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • 1pm late checkout*Valentine’s Day dinner at The Ebbitt Room is offered as a Pre Fixe Dinner for Two. Please make your dinner reservations after booking your package by calling The Ebbitt Room at 609-884-5700.Rates starting at $345.00 per night Valentine’s weekend

Cape May Promise

  • Whether you fell in love on the way to Cape May years ago, or its your first visit to this beautiful place, you want to show that special person in your life how much they mean to you. This package promises to create memories that last as long as a Cape May Diamond. Enjoy the ultimate epicurean experience with a romantic meal in the relaxed and elegant setting of the Ebbitt Room. Your romantic getaway is waiting for you on Jackson Street.
  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Upon arrival, a silver tray adorned with chilled Champagne, chocolate truffles and a pair of Cape May Diamond ring will be delivered to your room.
  • $110 Dining and Cocktail Credit for Dinner for two the Ebbitt Room*
  • Continental Breakfast each morning
  • Complimentary Valet Parking*Valentine’s Day dinner at The Ebbitt Room is offered as a Pre Fixe Dinner for Two. Please make your dinner reservations after booking your package by calling The Ebbitt Room at 609-884-5700.Rates starting at $360.00 per night Valentine’s weekend

Diamonds and Dessert During the month of February, The Ebbitt Room will be featuring Diamonds and Dessert – a decadent dark chocolate mousse bar filled with milk chocolate and peanut butter praline made for two and topped with salted caramel sauce, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, and dark chocolate hearts. Each dessert is decorated with a one of a kind 2-carat Cape May diamond, polished and shined from the beaches of Cape May and set upon crushed graham crackers made to resemble the sandy search for the diamond.While the stones themselves have little monetary value, like real diamonds the memories and legends that are associated with Cape May Diamonds last forever in the sand of the city’s beaches.

About The Virginia Hotel

The Virginia, Cape May’s foremost luxury hotel, offers luxurious accommodations and personalized service in an immaculately restored 1879 landmark building, reopened by Curtis Bashaw of Cape Resorts Group in 1989.  Featuring 24 well-appointed guestrooms, intimate public spaces like the lobby bar and enclosed sun porches, and The Ebbitt Room – the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Virginia offers its adult-only guests a flawless integration of service and style with a timeless glamour.  The Ebbitt Room provides its discerning visitors with seasonal farm-to-table offerings from Beach Plum Farm, bringing the fresh food movement forward in Cape May. Acknowledged by Condé Nast Traveler in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards as a top hotel in the Northeast, in the 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards at #2 in their list of the Top 10 Hotels in the Mid-Atlantic, and again in the 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards as one of the Top 25 Hotels in the U.S., as well as as in the magazine’s prestigious 2013 and 2014 Gold List, the hotel is nestled on Jackson Street in the heart of the famed historic district of Cape May, New Jersey, and is a mere half block from the town’s beautiful beaches.

The Virginia Hotel is located at 25 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204.

Readers are invited to learn more about The Virginia Hotel and Cape Resorts properties at www.caperesorts.com

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Fab Find! The Tilley Shantung Fedora — a Must for Your Honeymoon!

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I LOVE this Fedora! It’s eco-friendly, water-resistant, packs well and looks super-cute on me AND super-hot on my husband. We’ll be sharing it during our trip to Caneel Bay on St. John in a few weeks.

I’m often asked for suggestions on what couples should pack for their honeymoons, and this hat makes my Top Musts list! It’s SPF-protecting and with its subtle chin strap will stay on your head while you’re catamaraning or walking on a breezy beach. Hats are the in accessory right now, and this fedora is right on trend. I was blown away by how it looks completely different on me and on my husband, so this is definitely a fabulous hat to have on vacation. Here’s some more about it, from the Tilley website:

The S7 Tilley Shantung Fedora is designed with a medium brim and trimmed in a natty black and grey ribbon hatband. Created using paper made of pulp derived from rice stalks, our handwoven Japanese Shantung straw proves to be a smooth, durable and pliable material that provides maximum sun protection.

Features

    • Insured  against loss
    • Excellent sun protection, rated UPF 50+
    • Repels rain
    • Ties on in the wind
    • Secret pocket
    • Three removable and washable sweatband pieces
    • Packable

Brim size: Front and Back: 2 ¼” Sides: 2 ½”
Weighs 3.5 oz.

Fabric

    • Made from 100% shantung with a water resistant finish.
    • Shantung is a paper product from Japan made of pulp derived from rice stalks. The paper is created and then cut on a slitting machine and coiled into long lengths. The lengths are hand woven into a smooth, durable and pliable       material.
    • The fabrics of all Tilley Hats have been certified to block 98 percent of harmful UVA/UVB radiation and deliver an ultraviolet factor (UPF) of 50+, the maximum rating given.
    • You       still need SPF 30 sunscreen and sunglasses with UV filters!

World’s Best?

HERE’S WHY TILLEY HATS ARE ACKNOWLEDGED ‘THE BEST IN THE WORLD.’

 

APPEARANCE AND COMFORT: To protect you from the sun and rain, Tilleys fit lower than other hats. This also tends to give one a rather dashing appearance! For your comfort, they’re held on by gravity, not painful pressure on your forehead. On a hot muggy day, you’ll especially appreciate this!

 

INSURED AGAINST LOSS: With your Hat, you’ll be provided with “The Straight-Shooter’s Statement of Loss of a Tilley Hat” insurance policy. The insurance is for two years, all perils, 50% deductible, and is not issued by Lloyds. We understand the anguish of losing this reliable companion, or of having your dog terminally gnaw it. Should that happen, we’ll replace your late, lamented Tilley at half the current catalogue price.

 

EXCELLENT SUN PROTECTION: The fabric of all Tilley Hats have been certified to block 98 percent of harmful UVA/UVB radiation and deliver an ultraviolet factor (UPF) of 50+, the maximum rating given.

 

REPELS RAIN: Yes, this Hat has been treated with a water resistant finish, but it is no sou’wester! The finish will probably give you enough protection to have time to find shelter, but shantung is not meant for a steady rain. We do, however, realize that Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so here are some tips on how to re-shape your Shantung Fedora if it does get caught in that downpour! Shantung is pliable, so while it is still wet, re-shape the brim with your hands and stuff the crown with tissue or a towel. Once dry, if you still have some creases use steam, or a damp cloth to smooth over. Try not to crush, or stuff your wet shantung Hat into a bag, etc. It will dry looking crushed! If that happens, simply wet the Hat again with a damp cloth, and follow the directions above.

 

TIES ON: The Tilley comes with a tuckaway, adjustable, fore ‘n’ aft Wind Cord. When it’s calm, the Wind Cord stays hidden in the crown. When there’s a breeze, place the part with the sliding knots behind your head. When it’s windy or you’re sailing, use the chin part too. Visit our Facebook page to watch the Tilley Hat Wind Cord tutorial.

 

HYDROFIL®. ANTI-SWEAT BAND: Soft and comfortable, it picks up sweat from your forehead and wicks it away to your temple area where it evaporates. The removable sweatband pieces can be hand washed in warm water and soap and air-dried. We provide 3 sweatbands for your convenience.

 

SECRET POCKET: Inside the crown is a good-sized pocket sealed with Velcro®. In it, carry your I.D., hotel key, $10 bill (in your case, a $20), plus 50¢ for an emergency phone call.

 

BRAG TAGS: There are 8 of these in the Secret Pocket. You’ll have fun with them; they can even get you into trouble, if you wish.

 

In my www.gorgeouslygreen.com column, I’ve suggeted this hat not just as a honeymoon Must, but also as a terrific hat for the groom and groomsmen to wear at a beach or garden wedding! At $99, it’s upscale enough to make for a great gift for the guys!

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In Love With This White Wedding at Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort

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See more images of this dreamy destination wedding design at my Jumby Bay Weddings blog, where you’ll see the airy, ethereal look of all-white wedding design transforming into golden hues as the sun sets over this beach wedding scene. I’ll be posting image-by-image in the coming weeks, sharing the Jumby Bay design team’s best details and stellar work in creating a magical beach wedding setting!

Wedding Themes: The Dolphin and Its Magical Symbolism

Destination weddings, beach weddings and summer weddings often feature island-style motifs for invitations, décor, programs, centerpiece accents and even wedding and shower favors. You’ll see palm trees, colorful fish, sandy beach scenes, starfish and seahorses. Now, a new design has emerged as a leader in wedding décor and themes: the dolphin.

So many brides and grooms dream of swimming with dolphins, and they might just pick their honeymoon spot because it affords them the dreamy opportunity to do so, either in open ocean waters or in a dolphin-swim attraction at a zoo or aquarium. Dolphins just make us happy. They’re smart, friendly, protective, and just bring a smile to your face.

But did you know that dolphins have symbolism, just like in the Language of Flowers where a white rose means innocence and purity? Cultures long ago ascribed symbols and meanings to animals, and the dolphin has a list of enduring meanings that could make your wedding or bridal shower theme extra-special to you.

Here are the symbols and meanings most commonly associated with dolphins:

  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Contentment
  • Friendship
  • Generosity
  • Gentleness
  • Grace
  • Harmony
  • Intelligence
  • Playfulness
  • Power
  • Protection
  • Renewal
  • Transcendence
  • Vibrance

The cultures that looked upon the dolphin with symbolic messaging embraced the idea that dolphins belong to both air and water, since they swim and also leap into the air. So they look upon the dolphin as living in two worlds at once, which is a mighty symbol for marriage: you live in the realm of your marriage, and you also live in your own personal realm. Soaring or majestically gliding in both.

Dolphins have been associated with deities of Roman and Greek culture, such as Poseidon (Greek)/ Neptune (Roman) with themes of strength, freedom and protection over the sea. For Eros(Greek)/ Cupid (Roman), the meanings are love, friendliness, playfulness, sensuality, desire, exploration, curiosity, attraction and joy.

Pirate lore, always a big draw for the islands, calls the dolphin as a symbol of protection, and some legends associate dolphins with mermaids. The dolphin, then, is quite a magical creature in legend, bringing with it a collection of good portents for your marriage. In modern times, we also associate dolphins with their friendliness, caring and generous spirit, even a healing presence – which you might find describes your partner and your partnership itself.