News & Press

Lucille was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer in September 2016. Take a moment to read or watch about her 80 tremendous years at The Chalfonte!

Lucille Thompson, Queen of the Chalfonte

For 80 summers, Lucille Thompson has worked at the Chalfonte Hotel.

Tori Down The Shore: Legacy And Southern Charm At The Chalfonte Hotel

Watch Here: Tori Down the Shore from CBS Eyewitness Philly News visited Lucille in August, 2016 to discuss her 80 years in The Chalfonte's kitchen!

Take a moment to enjoy Dot & Lucille sharing smiles & recipes with Pat Tanner from Edible Jersey.

Dot and Lucille Prove Fried Chicken & Crab Cakes Key to Health

The amazing (and now famous) Dot and Lucille beautiful faces are everywhere throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The sides of buses, subway cars, newspapers and television—the Ladies are everywhere! Celebrating their 75th anniversary of working in The Chalfonte kitchen, since they were 8 and 12 with mom Helen, the Ladies' love has spread from The Chalfonte kitchen across state lines.

Dot and Lucille


Stories of Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May gathered in a book. Philadelphia Inquirer. August 8, 2011.

Chalfonte Hotel, FOX's New Day Cleveland, Ohio. July 12, 2011

Orr at the Shore, CBS Philadelphia, June 30, 2011

The Grand History of the Chalfonte Hotel, Shore News Today, June 29, 2011


The Chalfonte in Cape May embraces its Southern heritage By RICHARD DEGENER Staff Writer, Press of Atlantic City | Posted: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cape May NJ State Film Festival screens locally made films, helps boost city's shoulder season By VINCENT JACKSON Staff Writer, Press of Atlantic City| Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010

The 2010 summer season was an exciting one for the Chalfonte Hotel. As in 2009, the hotel underwent some physical improvements over the winter months. In the main hotel, the renovation of six guest rooms was completed to include our beautiful, new signature private baths. In addition to the improvements made with the main building, the Howard Street Cottage was renovated to include eight uniquely-styled guest rooms with private baths, heating and air conditioning. Now known as The Southern Quarters, with the inclusion of heat, The Chalfonte will for the first time be able to accommodate small numbers of guests in the off-season. Finally, the hotel’s exterior has been completely repainted in our signature crisp white with dark green trim and shutters.

This summer, the Chalfonte was fortunate to play host to Cape May native and magnificent talent, Magician Michael Grasso. His weekly show “An Evening of Magic, Comedy, and Oddities” included a verity of performers and consistently sold out the Chalfonte’s Henry Sawyer Theatre. Grasso was called to Hollywood in late August as a Wild Card contestant on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and went on to wow judges and achieve national fame when he made it to the Top Ten. Grasso is currently traveling the country on tour with the other AGT top finalists. We wish him great success as a truly memorable performer.

Historic Hotels of AmericaThe Chalfonte closed its season as host to the 10th Annual Cape May Film Festival. Several hundred guests enjoyed shorts, documentaries and feature films by emerging artists, both local and international. The three day event including appearances by Emmy nominated producer Greg Henry and former Soprano’s star Vincent Pastore, who was presented  the “Robert Prosky Character Actor Award.” The festival will return to the Chalfonte next fall, and we look forward to another year of hosting this exciting event!

Last, but certainly not least, The Chalfonte is pleased to announce we have been nominated and accepted into the Historic Hotels of America Association, affiliated with the National Historic Trust. Fewer than 200 hotels throughout the country are members of this very unique group and the Chalfonte Hotel is extremely proud to have been invited to join. One of the most important aspects of the hotel has always been its history and tradition and this affiliation will serve to further encourage and support this dedication.

We have many more new and exciting things coming for 2011 as we celebrate our 135th Anniversary!

We thank you again for an incredible season and wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season, and New Year. We look forward to seeing you this summer and sharing more of the exciting happenings at the Chalfonte Hotel!


Dedication of Lincoln Wing

On February 12, the Chalfonte dedicated the former “Annex” wing as the “Lincoln Wing” in celebration of the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln and his connection with the Chalfonte Hotel. Known as a great humanitarian, the Chalfonte pays tribute to our 16th president for his intervention to save the life of Civil War soldier Henry Sawyer, the first owner of the Chalfonte. Improvements of this wing include the addition of five private baths.

Cape May hotel made possible by Abe Lincoln - honest
Press of Atlantic City,
February 12, 2009

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