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

We are ready for our third visit!

5 on January 15, 2016

We've enjoyed two fantastic stays and have now made The Mainstay Inn our end-of-December tradition. Beautiful place, great hospitality, and yummy meals.

Great Historic B&B

5 on January 10, 2016

The Mainstay Inn was beautiful. The staff were delightful, the owners friendly, and the food delicious. We only wish we booked more nights! We'll be back for sure.

We had a lovely New Year's Eve stay at the Mainstay Inn.

4.4 on January 05, 2016

We will be back!!

We keep coming back!

5 on January 04, 2016

After our second stay at the Mainstay, we are certain we will return once again. The owners and staff are most hospitable and friendly and we always receive a warm welcome and enjoy our stay. Breakfast is divine into time is quite enjoyable with so many options to snack at on the late afternoon. This inn is a must-visit!

We love The Mainstay!!!

4.6 on December 28, 2015

Thank you for another lovely getaway at the Mainstay Inn. We highly recommend this establishment and can't wait to go back.

Simply the Best place to Stay in Cape May

5 on December 01, 2015

Dear Bed and Breakfast Traveler's, When you stay at the Mainstay you will see why we keep coming back. Our most recent stay in the beginning of November I think made our 6 return to this Gem in Cape May. From the moment you arrive you will be warmly greeted by a staff that welcomes you with open arms and makes you feel like family. Diane who is the inn keeper has been over seeing the Mainstay for 27 years and she along with her amazing team of Tracy, Rachael, & Marga, along with inn owners of Ester & Pete will spoil you to the point you will never want to leave. From the high tea and treats at the 4 pm hour to amazing suggestions for dinner or help with reservations they aim to please. I hope to see you there..... Warm Regards, Melanie Marcols & Ron Marcols Piscataway, New Jersey

This will Be your Favorite Place

4.6 on November 12, 2015

Dear Select Registry Discerning Traveler, Your stay at " MainStay Inn" will become a repeat experience, just like it has been for us. We first stayed their 3 years ago and we have been back 6 times now. Truly from the moment you walk in the door and are warmly greeted by Diane the Inns Manager, and the amazing assistance's of Tracy, Rachel, and Marga. The inn owners Pete & Ester may be their also showering you will their attention to all your needs of a Spectacular Experience in Cape May. From the recommendation to Special Dinner restaurants, or a event like the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Weekend (we love attending this event), or the Jazz Festival Weekend, or the Up coming Victorian Christmas Events to attend in town....You will be planning your return trip before you even leave. I look forward to see you there soon, we can share stories over the best Breakfast ever, or the afternoon High Tea with amazing Treats. Wishing you Safe, & Happy Travels, Melanie Marcols & Ron Marcols


4.8 on October 21, 2015

We couldn't ask for better service and comfort...everything was wonderful !!

Mainstay - Cape May at its Best

4.6 on October 15, 2015

Twenty-three years ago my and I came to the Mainstay for the first time. We loved it on first sight. We chose Victorian weekend to come again and were so happy we did. Still amazing, the staff was wonderful, the Inn restful and well appointed. We'll be back soon. Nancy and Chris Porrovecchio

Mainstay in August

4.6 on August 31, 2015

Mattress excellent; room cool, spotless and magnificent, hot water excellent, staff helpful. Location perfect. Wifi strong. We would return and return again!

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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