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Mainstay Inn

635 Columbia , Cape May, NJ 08204 USA (Show map)
153 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
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.3

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4.6 on September 16, 2014

I give a Five Star to the Mainstay Inn.....amazing starting with the staff, rooms, service cleanliness....keep it up!

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3.4 on September 14, 2014

Nice atmosphere a but pricy. For the price the food could have been a bit more decadent , fresh squeezed juice and some pancakes and waffles would have topped off the breakfast portion very nicely. Overall very relaxing and intimate setting would certainly recommend

excellent stay

5 on September 10, 2014

i was greeted right away and was given all the information i needed. they were all very helpful and the house was in excellent conditon

doesn't get better than this

5 on August 14, 2014

We have stayed at a number of hotels and B & Bs in Cape may over the past 20 years. This was the best. The property is in pristine condition, and packed with dazzling antiques. Just to see it is a reason to come to Cape May and stay here. In addition, the service was exceptionally friendly and accommodating, and it is within an easy walk of nearly every place one would want to be in Cape May. New owners plus mostly longtime staff, all very dedicated to the hotel and the community.

Best B & B in CM

5 on August 14, 2014

Upon arriving,, met new owner, Pete & felt very welcome. it's been our 4th vacation there & can't imagine another greater stay. First thing I noticed were the tea cups (instead of mugs) set out with lovely tea pots if you wanted to have a pot of tea. Everything is available--beach chairs, bikes, towels, a shower, etc. & a nice outdoor Table & chairs & umbrellas where you can also was great!

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5 on August 11, 2014

This place defines the Cape May bed and breakfast experience.

My Vacation

4.0 on August 08, 2014

I have stayed at the Mainstay Inn three times and have been very satisfied with my rooms and the breakfast.The rooms are always kept very clean and are decorated in beautiful Victorian style. I have met the owners and they are very nice and definitely want their guest to be comfortable and satisfied with their visit at the Inn. The staff are very friendly and the breakfast and tea time are great. I love staying at the Mainstay Inn and will be returning for another stay.


4.4 on August 05, 2014

Fabulous b & b in my favorite town!

Our 5th stay!

5 on July 28, 2014

Once again, our stay was great. This was our fifth time at the Mainstay Inn and we left determined to come back again. The new innkeeepers are wonderful and the staff is the same friendly, conscientious and attentive team that makes this place so special. We parked our car the day we arrived and never touched it again for four days because the inn is so close to everything and Cape May is such a joy to walk around. Thanks again!

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?

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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

Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Country 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: Limited 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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