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July 27th, 2012 by johnmatusiak

Tuesday’s are a good day to be in Cape May in the summer. Every Tuesday between June 26 and August 28, 2012, the West Cape May Farmer’s Market assemblies behind the West Cape May Borough Hall. Some vendors sell locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and honey.  Other vendors are there to sell antiques, books, crafts, t-shirts, art, and more.

Community concerts take place between 5pm and 7pm, which feature performances by talented local musicians. Visitors can listen to live music  while strolling through the Farmer’s Market or while dining on some of the many food choices offered at the Market, such as bar-b-que, crab cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, and kettle corn.

The West Cape May Farmer’s market is only a short bike ride from the center of Cape May. For your next visit to Cape May or your next stay at The Bacchus Inn B&B, spend the afternoon at the West Cape May Farmer’ Market.

Jersey Fresh Produce

TO THE OTHER SIDE AND BACCHUS! – Special Mother’s Day Weekend Event with Medium Craig McManus At The Bacchus Inn B&B, Cape May

May 1st, 2012 by johnmatusiak

by Craig McManus

Join Medium and Cape May Ghost Writer Craig McManus, for a spirited Mother’s Day Weekend May 11-12, at The Bacchus Inn. Craig will be hosting two channeling groups on Saturday, exclusively for guests of the Bacchus.

May is a wonderful time to enjoy the sites and sounds (without the crowds) at America’s oldest seaside resort, and possibly reconnect with your friends and loved ones on the Other Side. Craig’s Channeling Weekends are an uplifting and wonderful experience.

After you arrive on Friday evening, there will be a meet and greet at a local restaurant. On Saturday, Craig will host two group-channeling sessions of ten people each, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. Craig’s incredible abilities as a medium allow him to reconnect those of us here on the Earth with our loved ones on the Other Side. During teatime, Craig will relate some of his experiences about the ghosts of Cape May, the theme of four books he has written about Cape May’s paranormal side. This will be one of the most unique Mother’s Day weekends you have ever experienced!

The price for this weekend event is $50 per person plus whichever room you choose at The Bacchus Inn. You must be staying at The Bacchus Inn and Cottage to participate in this event. Space is limited to twenty guests. Please call The Bacchus Inn to make reservations or for more information at 609-884-2129.

For more about Craig, check out his website,

Craig McManus

Craig McManus Investigating The Bacchus Inn Cottage




January 12th, 2012 by johnmatusiak

Enter for a chance to win a three-day, two-night stay at The Bacchus Inn Bed & Breakfast in beautiful Cape May, NJ.

One (1) lucky winner will receive a three-day, two-night stay for two at The Bacchus Inn Bed & Breakfast in beautiful Cape May, NJ. The prize package includes accommodations in a suite or deluxe room, daily breakfast for two, daily afternoon refreshments for two, and a Bacchus Inn “Deluxe Welcome Basket”.

To enter for a chance to win, participants must do one of the following:

1. “Like” us on on or before May 10, 2012 (no purchase necessary).

2. Make a reservation with us on or before May 10, 2012 for any time from Dec 1, 2011 to Dec 31, 2012.

3. Purchase a gift certificate from us on or before May 10, 2012.

You may enter as many times as you would like.

The winner will be drawn during the weekend of May 12, 2012. The winner does not have to be present during the drawing.

Please see Official Rules for more information

Please Note: Blackout dates may apply. Winner must redeem prize within one year from date of award. Meals (except as noted in the prize description), incidental expenses, tips and gratuities, taxes, and all other costs and expenses not otherwise specified herein are not included in prize package. (Approximate retail value: $600.00)

The Bacchus Inn Participates in the CMHA Sponsored “Cape May Chopped” Competition – 3

November 15th, 2011 by johnmatusiak

Part 3 of 3: “Celebrating the Victory” – Lisa Matusiak of The Bacchus Inn Bed & Breakfast won the locally adapted “Chopped” cooking competition that took place on Thursday, September 15. The event was one of many Cape May Food & Wine Festival events taking place in Cape May from September 15-25, 2011.

After Lisa was named the victor, she was presented a BBQ accessory set in a wooden box that was inscribed “Cape May Chopped – September 15, 2011”. Once the hand-shaking and congratulations were over, Lisa, John, their children, and several friends headed over to Lucky Bones Backwater Grill for a celebration dinner.

Soon after the event, many guests that came to stay at The Bacchus Inn had read about the event on-line and asked Lisa to cook her winning dish. She agreed to try and re-create the breakfast dish. It was well received and eventually became a regular in the late-summer/early-fall breakfast rotation. Perhaps the next time you stay at The Bacchus Inn B&B you will have the opportunity to try out Lisa’s award-winning “Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast w/Crunchy Pretzel Topping and Chocolate-Bailey’s Sauce”!

bacchus inn breakfast

The Bacchus Inn Participates in the CMHA Sponsored “Cape May Chopped” Competition – 2

September 26th, 2011 by johnmatusiak

Part 2 of 3: “The Competition Begins” – Lisa Matusiak of The Bacchus Inn Bed & Breakfast agreed to compete in the locally adapted “Chopped” cooking competition that took place on Thursday, September 15. The event was one of many Cape May Food & Wine Festival events taking place in Cape May from September 15-25, 2011.

The competition challenged 6 participants to create a brunch dish using all the food items from the “mystery basket”. The items in the basket were not revealed until the competition began. Each participant had use of an electric frying pan, a limited pantry of cooking staples, and the items they brought, which included their knives, utensils, and bowls. The competitors were given 30 minutes to prep, cook, and plate 3 portions of the same dish for the judges to taste. The six competitors were Cape May innkeepers who are amateur chefs with no formal culinary training. The 3 judges for the event were David Craig of Lucky Bones, Chris Huber of Black Duck and Godmothers, and Jamie Kelly of Island Grill.

At approximately 4:00pm, the commentator of the event, Jan Pask of CMHA, welcomed all the participants, judges, and the members of the audience. After all the introductions were made, Jan directed the participants to turn the electric frying pans on and to open the “mystery basket” in front of them to reveal the items they were required to utilize in their brunch dish.

Lisa looked at each item carefully. First, she saw a small loaf of Italian bread, half dozen eggs, and a half quart of half-n-half and thought, “OK, there is a lot that can be done with these 3 items.” Then she saw the strawberries and chocolate chips and quickly decided that the dish was probably going to be something sweet. She then saw the bag of hard pretzels and thought to herself, “What in the world am I going to do with pretzels?!”

As the participants were still absorbing the items in the basket, Jan announced the 7th “surprise” item that was required to be used, a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream! For a short moment Lisa considered drinking the shot, but then reconsidered and turned her attention back to the items in the basket and to what her next move was going to be.

Lisa decided that this was going to develop into a French toast dish. So, while pondering the question of what to do with the strawberries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and the Bailey’s, she cut the bread into 3 thick slices. She then cracked 3 eggs into a large mixing bowl and added about a cup of half-n-half. As she added some salt and sugar, the idea of stuffing the bread with the strawberries started to sound good. So she put the egg mixture aside and cut up the strawberries. When she added the strawberries to the pan with some butter she concluded that the pretzels and chocolate chips would somehow get added in after cooking the French toast.

Lisa took a knife and cut slits horizontally into each piece of bread and stuffed the cooked strawberries into the slits in each of the pieces of bread. She put the 3 pieces of stuffed bread into the egg mixture and allowed them to soak for a couple of minutes. This is when it occurred to Lisa that she could melt the chocolate chips to make a sauce, but what to do with those pesky pretzels?

She added more butter to the frying pan and placed the egg-soaked bread in the pan to brown. Then Lisa poured the chocolate chips into a small metal mixing bowl with a little half-n-half. She placed the metal mixing bowl in the corner of the electric frying pan next to the slices of French toast, hoping the chocolate would melt enough to make a sauce.

The commentator, Jan, calls out that the competition is 15 minutes in and that there is 15 minutes to go.

While the toast was browning and the chocolate was melting, Lisa took the bag of hard pretzels and placed it on the table. She then picked-up her wooden cutting board and used all of her strength the crush the pretzels into the smallest pieces she could get, while thinking to herself that a food processor would make this so much easier!

At this point, Lisa flipped the French toast and stirred the now melted chocolate chips. This seemed to be a good time to add the Bailey’s shot to the melted chocolate.

After a couple more minutes, Lisa took the French toast off the frying pan and placed one on each of the three plates sitting in font of her cooking station. Then she took the chocolate off, too, thinking that she would return it to the heat right before serving to warm it up again. Now the frying pan was available to make a topping using the crushed pretzels, butter, and some “raw” sugar that was available from the pantry.

Jan calls out “5 minutes to go”.

Lisa spooned some of the topping onto each of the pieces of French toast. Lisa took the bowl with the chocolate sauce and placed it back on the heat and stirred it with a whisk. Jan announces, “2 minutes to go”. Lisa took the whisk and drizzled the chocolate sauce over each piece of French toast. Done!

Then Jan calls out, “5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … competitors stop cooking!”

Jan then invited each participant to take their brunch dish up to the judges. When it was Lisa’s turn, Jan asked her to tell the judges and audience what she had made. Lisa said, “Today I made Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast with a Crunchy-Pretzel Topping and Chocolate-Bailey’s Sauce”. She watched as the judges each tasted her dish and wrote down their evaluation of her dish on the score card. When all 6 of the participants’ dishes had been tasted, Jan asked the judges to tally their scores and determine the winner.

As the judges came to a consensus, Jan gave each of the competitors a certificate for participating in this event. Then Jan asked the judges if they had made a decision, they indicated that they had.

The winner of Cape May Chopped is … Lisa!

Coming Soon – Part 3 of 3 “Celebrating the Victory”.

Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast with Crunchy-Pretzel Topping and Chocolate-Bailey's Sauce

Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast with Crunchy-Pretzel Topping and Chocolate-Bailey's Sauce

The Bacchus Inn Participates in the CMHA Sponsored “Cape May Chopped” Competition

September 17th, 2011 by johnmatusiak

Part 1 of 3: “Preparing for the Competition” – The Bacchus Inn Bed & Breakfast has reason to be proud this week as Lisa Matusiak, our chef, owner, mom, and wife, competes in the locally adapted “Chopped” cooking competition on Thursday, September 15. The event is one of the many Cape May Food & Wine Festival events taking place in Cape May from September 15-25, 2011.

Lisa was invited to compete late Wednesday afternoon with a telephone call from Jan Pask, Vice President of Cape May Historic Accommodations (CMHA), after one of the participants dropped out of the competition. Lisa, although slightly apprehensive, agreed to participate. After making dinner for her family Wednesday night, she prepped the breakfast for the next morning, as she normally does. The breakfast for Thursday morning was Challah Bread French Toast, a sweet dish, for 11 people. After that, she spent some time Wednesday night with her recipe book and watched a little food network to help get her into the creative cooking mind-set.

On Thursday morning, Lisa got JT, our oldest son, off to school. Lisa then did some work for The Bacchus Inn and took care of our youngest son, Ian. After making lunch, Lisa made an iron-on Bacchus Inn logo and ironed it onto a new apron purchased at one of her favorite stores in Cape May, The Cape May Linen Outlet. She then prepped her knives, bowls, and utensils that were suggested to bring by the event organizers and headed, on bicycle, to the “Chopped” event at the VFW hall on Congress St. in Cape May.

Lisa knew little about the other 5 competitors because of her late entrance into the event. The only information that she knew was that all the competitors were Cape May innkeepers and amateur chefs with no formal culinary training. The 3 judges for the event were David Craig of Lucky Bones, Chris Huber of Black Duck and Godmothers, and Jamie Kelly of Island Grill. Each judge is a respected member of the culinary/restaurant community in Cape May.

The competition offered each participant a mystery basket filled with 6 food items that were required to be used. Each participant had use of an electric frying pan, a limited pantry of cooking staples, and the items they brought, which included their knives, utensils, and bowls. The competitors were given 30 minutes to prep, cook, and plate 3 portions of the same dish for the judges to taste.

Coming Soon – Part 2 of 3 “The Competition Begins”.

Historic Cold Springs Village offers Cape May vacationers a unique experience

August 6th, 2011 by johnmatusiak

Historic Cold Springs Village is an asset of Cape May county. It is a collection of historic properties from the area dating back to colonial times. Visitors to bed and breakfast, motels, inns, can see actors making various crafts from candles to pottery. In addition to the historic village there are themed exhibitions. This week Historic Cold Springs Village is exploring the farm.

This weekend of August 6-7, 2011 you can go , “down on the farm.”  Down on the Farm weekend includes barnyard animals, horse drawn carriage rides and of course crafts.

Historic Cold Springs Village is just minutes from the City of Cape May. If you have had enough beach for a day it is a pleasant alternative.


Cape May’s 2nd Annual Volleyball Beach Bash

July 13th, 2011 by johnmatusiak

This weekend Cape May will be hosting the 2nd Annual Great American Volleyball Beach Bash. It will be held on the beach adjacent to Cabana’s Beach Bar and Grill on Saturday, July 16th. It is a fun event to either participate in or for bed & breakfast guests to sit on the beach and watch. Cabana’s will also hold an After Party from 3pm – 7pm with drink specials offered to everyone attending and food discounts for event participants. This is an event that visitors of Cape May should not miss!

To participate, please register at

Cape May offers some military history for Memorial Day

May 26th, 2011 by johnmatusiak

Anyone who visits Cape May will agree that it offers a colorful glimpse into our nation’s history. Cape May has a rich history that spans several notable events from the landing of the dutch ship that carried Captain Mey to when our little city at the southern most tip of New Jersey became an island during World War II. A major part of Cape May’s history is rooted in military service. So on Memorial Day weekend, when we honor fallen soldiers who fought for our nation, it is appropriate to talk about a few attractions here in Cape May.

Cape May is fortunate to have Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts or MAC. MAC offers guests of our Bed and Breakfast several World War II inspired tours of Cape May, such as the Friends of World War II Tour and World War II Trolley Tour. Guests can learn of Cape May’s rich military history on these tours. MAC also partnered with the State of New Jersey to renovate the World War II Lookout Tower at Cape May Point. The Cape May Lookout Tower offers guests the opportunity to enter and explore a piece of WW II history. The World War II Lookout Tower is lined with images of veterans. It is a WW II lookout tower first but also a special memorial for veterans. Guests of The Bacchus Inn Bed & Breakfast consistently say the World War II lookout tower is well worth visiting.

Cape May offers two services on Memorial Day weekend. One happens all season long the other for the Memorial Day holiday in Cape May. Sunset Beach at Cape May Point State Park flies a different veteran’s casket flag daily throughout the season. This modest ceremony takes place at sunset when the flag is then lowered as the sun sets along with a recording of “God Bless America” playing at the same time. The Memorial Day ceremony on Monday in Cape May is a more formal event taking place at the Columbia Ave Veterans monument. Dignitaries will say a few words and a representative from the VFW Post speaks as well. Vacationers are encourage to attend the Cape May Memorial Day events and to take a tour to learn more about Cape May’s military history.

Cape May Veterans Memorial on Columbia Ave

Birders Unite! It is the World Series of Birding in Cape May

May 14th, 2011 by johnmatusiak

The birds arrived several weeks ago here in Cape May. This weekend those who love birding will arrive to see the migration in a fun competition. Visitors don’t have to venture far to find there feathery friends. Guest of the Bacchus Inn Bed and breakfast need go no further than the porch to hear the birds beautiful songs. In spring the birds follow their instincts and begin the spring migration.

Cape May offers a perfect spot for birds to rest along their journey. There is plenty of food and mating partners.
The migration offers bird watchers a marvelous opportunity to see a large variety of birds. Many of these birds are not found in the Cape May area the rest of the years. Cape May is a pit spot for the birds and a great opportunity for locals to see exotic varieties. The males are in their mating plumage trying to attract the females. It is something to see.

A group of these bird watching aficionados decided to make a friendly competitions out of the unique birding experience here in Cape May. The group try to identify as many varieties of birds as possible in a given period of time. There is a misconception that all the birds are seen. This is not always the case. In fact many birds are identified by call alone. It takes a trained team but birders enjoy the experience. The WSOB

World Series of Birding Logo

competition is coordinated with the Cape May bird observatory. Results of the event can be found on there website.

If you are looking for a new hobby, birding at Cape May Point or in the Cape May region may be the answer. There are always other birders available to offer expertise and fine company in this nature seashore habitat.

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