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

Very Special Place

4.4 on September 22, 2016

The Mainstay is definitely a very special place to stay. It's absolutely beautiful inside and out. Sitting on their grand porch and enjoying the day is heaven. Afternoon tea was a favorite! The staff couldn't be nicer. It's not inexpensive to stay there but if you can afford it or if it's a special occasion it really is the place to stay!

Great stay at the Mainstay!

4.6 on September 13, 2016

Gorgeous anniversary weekend at this stunning bed and breakfast. We loved our private porch and the proximity to beach and main shopping area. Came home relaxed and full of wonderful memories.

Wonderful stay

5 on September 12, 2016

They were very friendly and accomadating, will definitely stay there again!

Beautiful B and B

4.4 on August 31, 2016

A lovely stay. The house is gorgeous, filled with genuine antique articles. Service surpassed anything we have received at other B and Bs in Cape May. Breakfast buffet was generous and varied. Lots of amenities, from toiletries to a Bose radio in the room and sufficient outlets for all of our various devices. Seems like small stuff, but it adds up. We would stay here again.

Great B&B

4.8 on August 23, 2016

It was a wonderful stay at the Mainstay Inn, it is centrally located to the beaches and mall area. I would definitely go back again. We really enjoyed the big Veranda porch outside, and the quiet street

Beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Cape May

5 on August 18, 2016

We had a beautiful room, great service and fantastic chocolate chip cookies!

Great location and spacious room!

3.6 on August 17, 2016

Close to the beach. Big room and bath. WiFi was ok. Friendly staff and on site parking. Happy with our stay.

Was everything we expected

2.8 on August 09, 2016

The best part was the shaded wrap around porch and the large couch style swings. Loved all the antiques and the lookout tower that was open to all 24/7.

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!

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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