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
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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!

Nice Place

5 on May 09, 2016

Great Time

The Mainstay Inn

4.0 on May 08, 2016

Overall it was a nice stay. Shower space too small. Bathroom door allowed for no privacy-louvered. Would be nice to have bicycles and a bigger TV. Service was very good. Night innkeeper very friendly and helpful.

Your Main Stay in Cape May

5 on May 08, 2016

We have been staying at the Mainstay since 1992 when the original owners Tom and Sue Carroll sat down to breakfast and regaled tales of old Cape May residents. Over the years we tried other Bed & Breakfasts over the years but the Mainstay is over the top in elegance. The new owners, Pete and Ester were very friendly and made everyone feel comfortable and part of the B & B family. Diane, the Inn manager, offers up delicious breakfast and afternoon tea and will make all of your dining reservations for you. The Mainstay Inn boasts 6 striking bedrooms, a massive sitting room with gas fireplace, a dining room with original China dishes and a grand wraparound porch with swings and rocking chairs. The Mainstay is situated close to both beach and the Washington Mall and within walking distance of award-winning restaurants. Without a doubt, The Mainstsy should become your main stay in Cape May!

Excellent historic bed & breakfast in heart of Cape May

5 on May 04, 2016

Onsite dining includes homemade breakfast and afternoon tea with goodies.

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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