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Mainstay Inn

635 Columbia , Cape May, NJ 08204 USA (Show map)
144 Reviews
$165 - $345
per night

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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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Very enjoyable 4th of July weekend

4.6 on July 22, 2014

It is always a pleasure to stay at the Mainstay. Just sitting on the porch is so relaxing. The breakfast is delicious and the afternoon Tea is very satisfying. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable with all modern conveniences. Plus beach chairs and towels included for the beach. What else could you ask for?

good time to relax

4.0 on July 17, 2014

pleasant stay with very nice open common rooms. We booked a return this coming fall.

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5 on July 06, 2014

We enjoyed every minute of our stay at The Mainstay Inn. The owners, Esther and Peter, were wonderful and we felt so comfortable and at home right away. Everyone who we dealt with was professional yet incredibly warm; the food was delicious; and the inn is incredibly clean and well-maintained. The inn's setting is so perfect - porches everywhere with beautiful scenes to watch, comfortable swings, lots of space to relax. All in all a perfect trip.

Relaxing Inn near the Beach

4.0 on July 04, 2014

We had a very relaxing stay near the beach and right in the heart of Cape May.

Soooo relaxing!

4.6 on June 23, 2014

We felt so welcome by the owners and the inn keeper alike. My husband has celiac disease and is therefore "gluten free". They went out of their way to be sure that his breakfast was gluten free. We were also welcome to use the facilities the day that we checked out. We will definitely visit again.

Mainstay Experience

5 on June 18, 2014

This is my second time at the Mainstay Inn and I plan to make it an annual event. Beautiful accommodations, outstanding owners and staff.


5 on June 16, 2014

it was so nice place to stay in and very relaxed

getaway for sisters

4.2 on June 14, 2014

The staff of the Mainstay Inn were willing and helpful for my sister and me, especially the flexibility for us to change rooms in order to be near a refrigerator for her medications. It was a delightful stay!

Beautiful Period B&B in Cape May

4.4 on June 11, 2014

We booked two rooms for ourselves and another couple in Cape May as two of us competed in this year's Escape The Cape Triathlon.

Amazing B&B!

4.6 on June 08, 2014

We have been going to this inn for 25 years now; this last visit was to celebrate our silver anniversary! We met the new owners, they are delightful people. The ambiance, service, rooms- everything is wonderful! We will be back!

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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, 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, 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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