Friendsgiving on a luxurious farm? We accept

With the coming of fall comes the kickoff of the holiday season, with many planning to head home for the holidays to reunite with relatives for Thanksgiving. But for those who can’t, who may not want to, or who wish to share the holiday with close friends before the family foray, there’s ‘Friendsgiving.’ While there’s no ‘official’ date for Friendsgiving, in 2022, many will celebrate the week leading up to Thanksgiving day. Imagine this scenario: besties gathering with laptops by day, hiking, fresh air, horseback riding, and comradery on the day’s off hours.

Imagine getting a group together and staying in a cozy cottage at a farm by the sea where the fridge will be filled with just-harvested ingredients; literal farm-to-table meals; and surprises that will delight the group throughout the entire visit. Beach Plum Farm is an idyllic setting to celebrate the season of thanks with those you love. For Friendsgiving, a special celebratory dinner will consist of fresh farm ingredients, farm-raised Heritage Turkey, and more, which the chef will deliver directly to the door to be served by a cozy fire.

Located near the beaches of Cape May, NJ, is Cape Resorts’ Beach Plum Farm—a 62-acre working farm that not only grows over 100+ different types of produce, fresh flowers, and herbs, but also is home to Berkshire pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys—all of which serve Cape Resorts’ restaurants and of course, is the cuisine of the farm. The herbs are also used in personal care products like shampoos, lotions and shampoo that can be found at Cape Resorts’ properties.

The farm’s activities, include everything from fishing charters, beach clean-ups, scavenger hunts, farm yoga, horseback riding and even participating in integral farm operations like turkey harvesting. There is no shortage of wild bird watching on hiking paths and a bevy of surprises like fresh coffee in an old-style cottage mailbox—flag up; swings and hidden waterways. The farm offers a variety of distinct activities with the beautiful beaches of Cape May close by.

The farm’s collection of six well-appointed cottages and barns sleep 6-8 guests per cottage and offer completely customizable interior spaces featuring hotel-like privacy of separate bedrooms, as well as the convenience of shared cottage amenities like full kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, each perfect for a cozy getaway with besties. Outside, beautiful settings abound—from gardens to walks around backfields to relaxing respites on the chaises by the luxury pool located in an orchard. Cottages come with private fire pits, bicycles and a golf cart for travel around the property.

For those seeking more space, the adults only Virginia Hotel and Cottages offers four lovely Victorian cottages along Jackson Street, the crowning glory of Cape May's historic district. These beautiful cottages are available for rental by the full house or as separate apartments. They are ideal for families or group of friends looking for a weekly rental and have an ideal location with ocean views just ½ block from the beach. Transportation from the Virginia Cottages to the farm is available.