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
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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!

Summer 2015 Vacation

4.2 on August 27, 2015

Been coming to Cape May for several years now and have stayed at other Bed and Breakfast. I have to say that the Mainstay Inn is my favorite. It is a beautiful cottage decorated true to it's Victorian period. The rooms are beautiful. The staff goes out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful stay. My family and I enjoy sitting on the large wrap around porch eating breakfast, Tea Time, or just relaxing on one of the porch swings. The Mainstay Inn is also in walking distance from the beach,shops, and the many restaurants. I would definately recommend this beautiful Inn to anyone contemplating either a summer vacation or even a short stay in Cape May.

Beautiful B&B, great food

4.2 on July 15, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful B&Bs in cape may. The food was excellent and staff was very friendly. We loved having breakfast on the huge porch. Location is convenient to shops and beach. I do wish the bathroom was a little nicer and the bed was not so hard. For the price there should be more luxury. Overall a great place to stay and I would recommend it.

Return Visit

3.8 on June 11, 2015

Returned after 20 years and were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful condition of the Mainstay. Beautiful room in an excellent location. Good breakfast.

Beautiful & restful

4.0 on May 26, 2015

The Inn is very beautiful & the breakfasts were delicious. We enjoyed being able to eat breakfast outside on the porch. The gardens are very pretty & restful with lots of birds. we will visit this Inn again.

A must stop in Cape May

5 on April 27, 2015

An elegant ,beautiful stop over in Cape May .Victoriana at its finest .The Afternoon Tea sublime ,breakfast wonderful .

The Essence of Cape May.

4.8 on April 26, 2015

This is my sixth visit to the Mainstay. It sets the standard by which I measure all other B&Bs.

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Location Type

Airport, Oceanfront, Vista oceano, 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 & Esther Scalone, Innkeeper, Diane Clark

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian