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Mainstay Inn

635 Columbia , Cape May, NJ 08204 USA (Show map)
128 Reviews
$165 - $345
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'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
  • Services4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.3

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peace and quiet

5 on April 10, 2014

friendly owners and innkeeper-made sure I was comfortable, secure and provided for rest in beautiful surroundings

Absolutely Breathtaking and Incredibly Inviting!!!!

5 on January 05, 2014

Our stay included an amazingly gorgeous room with the ambiance and romance I could only imagine , I thought , in my dreams to a 4 o'clock tea time where my boyfriend and I were introduced to fabulous baked goods, cheeses and crackers and vegetabl trays with dips along with the aroma and taste of the most pleasureable teas all set up in a beautiful dining room. The sitting room was where we took our tea and plates and indulged in conversation and met new and interseting friends. The entire night was so pleasant and the staff was very personable. The next morning was a breakfast fit for royalty. It was delicious. We loved our stay so very much, we got the 2 night package as a Christmas gift for my boyfriends parents who also fell in love with the Mainstay. I would recommend it to everyone!!!

Lovely Stay!

5 on January 03, 2014

This inn is a gem. My sister and I had the pleasure of staying there Dec 26 & 27. The staff is friendly and warm. The room, "Clara Barton", was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was tasty and ample and very pleasant tea time as well. Great location also, can't wait to go back!

Wonderful weekend!

5 on January 02, 2014

Any time I've been in Cape May, I've sought to walk past the Mainstay Inn, dreaming about what it looked like inside. Well, my mom and I finally spent a weekend at the Inn and it didn't disappoint! I could write endlessly about the physical beauty of the Inn inside and out. Our room was well appointed; the food abundant and delicious; and the innkeepers friendly and comfortable. It was a pleasure and an honor to be a guest there. I will no doubt reserve at the Inn again in the future. It's definitely one of Cape May's true gems.

Can't miss

4.6 on December 31, 2013

We had a wonderful time the weekend before Christmas. We had never stayed in a Cape May bed and breakfast, and did not know what to expect. We stayed in the Main building. The Inn was not very crowded so the staff was not taxed, but the service was friendly, the breakfast was terrific.

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Location Type

Airport, Beachside, Oceanside, 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, horse and carriage, lighthouse, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo, 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

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, In-room internet, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: over 12 yrs
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

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



Owners Pete & Esther Scalone, Innkeeper, Diane Clark

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


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

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