Mainstay Inn

635 Columbia , Cape May, NJ 08204 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


'The jewel of them all has got to be the Mainstay,' according to the Washington Post. Built by a pair of wealth gamblers in 1872, this elegant, exclusive clubhouse is now one of the premier B and B inns in the country. Guests enjoy 12 antique filled rooms and suites, three parlors, spacious gardens and rocker filled verandahs. Breakfast and afternoon tea daily. Beautiful beaches, historic attractions, biking, birding, golf, and tennis.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Outstanding property...Amazing staff

5 on July 07, 2016

This was our 1st visit to Cape May. We had a wonderful time while there. Not sure how we "picked" The Mainstay Inn...But we feel really lucky to have stayed there. Can I tell you this??? Everyone else staying there - has come back for several years. THEY KNEW EACH OTHER! How often does that happen? We knew no one when we was a friendly crowd though. They shared suggestions for activities/ dinner/ entertainment. Not sure I mentioned this...the Inn is so beautiful inside w/ a wonderful porch . Rocking chairs & Hammock are very popular. Short walk to the beach. The owner was onsite along w/ Innkeeper & staff. We enjoyed meeting everyone. We will return, of course, and we won't be the "newbies" next time.

Can't wait to go back

3.8 on July 07, 2016

Our second stay here. Stayed on third floor of the cottage. You can see the ocean from a window. AC worked great. Smaller bathroom than we are used to. We will make reservations earlier to get a first floor or 2nd floor room. Dianne and Tracy go out of their way to accommodate you. We will be back!

a lovely visit at the Mainstay Inn, Cape May

4.6 on July 02, 2016

The Inn and staff were wonderful. I was not expecting such a sumptuous breakfast, which could be enjoyed in the dining room or outside on the porch overlooking the lovely garden. I was also thrilled that they served tea in the afternoon in beautiful China cups, with a delicious array of cakes, fruits, veggies and cheeses. It was a wonderful experience.

Mainstay June 10-12 2016

5 on June 28, 2016

Our stay was wonderful. The Mainstay is beautiful, service was great. Will definitely be back,

I would definitely recommend the Mainstay Inn

5 on June 07, 2016

Beds were very comfortable.

Will make it a regular visit

4.0 on May 23, 2016

Room was ready when we arrived, clean and looked just as promised on the internet. The staff were helpful and friendly. Excellent B&B.

May getaway

3.8 on May 20, 2016

Unpredictable weather but a relaxing stay. Met the owners, lovely people and the staff was great. Would love to go back again.

The Mainstay Inn in Cape May, NJ

5 on May 19, 2016

The inn is elaborately and beautifully furnished. Our room was bright and the bathroom was spotless. Things like water and toiletries were thoughtfully provided. We were there in early May, before the summer season, but the afternoon tea and breakfast were delicious and nicely served. There is nothing bad to say.

Pleasant and charming weekend getaway

5 on May 11, 2016

A perfect, romantic getaway for our wedding anniversary. Would not change a single thing except to stay longer next time. We stayed in the Decatur room. We'd come back to the Mainstay in a heartbeat.

very nice place and great location

3.8 on May 11, 2016

great time !!!! beautiful place and location!

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Location Type

Airport, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, lighthouse, horse and carriage, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Outdoor grilling, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , afternoon tea, locker at golf club, Robes in Rooms, beach chairs and towels, day spa discounts

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited over 12 yrs
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Full weekends in summer
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One nights fee or 50% (whichever is greater)
  • Cancellations: Return of deposit, less $35.00 upon rebooking of room.



Owners Pete and Esther Scalone, Innkeeper, Diane Clark

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian