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

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!

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.

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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.


4.2 on April 23, 2015

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5 on April 08, 2015

The Mainstay Inn is elegant, warm and inviting, and superior, by far, to other bed and breakfasts in Cape May. There is no other place for us. Hospitality at The Mainstay Inn is premium. We just love it there and our friends at The Mainstay Inn are gracious and welcoming. Truly a treasure filled with charm, history and character. Chuck & Noel

Great ! Very Impressed

5 on February 13, 2015

I came up here a couple weeks ago to stay for my brother's coast guard graduation, and I must say I was very impressed. The room was very clean, real comfortable. When I came back to my room I found that the cleaning services/maids did a great job replacing sheets on the bed, as well as giving me plenty of fresh towels, soaps,lotion etc. New trash bags, a clean floor, it was spotless. I am very grateful to have stayed for two nights in your hotel. Thank you for everything. p.s The bar was a hit, it was real good/funny to see some older folks getting down on friday night, dancing and have a good time, the bartenders were very friendly and real professional, and the drinks were very reasonable. Once again. Thanks! -Kolby

Mainstay Inn Christmas visit 2014

4.6 on December 26, 2014

Our neighbors had recommended the Mainstay and it was everything they said it would be and more The friendliness of the staff couldn't be better and the breakfast was oh so delicious! Cleanliness is key for us and the Mainstay was spotless. Great location as it is within walking distance to great restaurants and shopping.

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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