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Mainstay Inn

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

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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
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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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.

Relaxing Stay

4.0 on December 17, 2014

Recently spent a long weekend at The Mainstay Inn which I've been longing to stay there. Although we have no complaints I will say I didn't feel any connection whatsoever to this B&B, the innkeeper or the other guests.

Historic B&B in Cape May

5 on December 12, 2014

Beautiful Victorian antiques, gas chandelier, mirrors, etc... Owners and staff were exceptional gracious and knowledgeable of the history of Cape May.

Wonderful B&B

4.8 on December 10, 2014

This B&B was a great experience. When we arrived we received an upgraded room. Full breakfast included in the price of the room. Will definitely be back. Highly reccomend and the owner was so nice and friendly.

Best B&B we have stayed at in Cape May

5 on December 04, 2014

The Mainstay is an elegant, yet down-to-earth place to stay. It is conveniently located and magnificently furnished. Breakfasts and teas are delicious and the rooms are excellent. We look forward to staying at The Mainstay again.

Beautiful "Bed"; Average "Breakfast"

4.2 on October 31, 2014

Home and surroundings are unparalleled, but was disappointed with breakfast offerings over 2 mornings; simple omelet one morning and standard pancakes another. Porch setting just begs for visitors to relax and watch passersby. Very nice room with period antiques which makes it feel as if one is stepping back in time. Conversely, bathroom was modernized with all the amenities which is appreciated for those who do not wish the full Victorian-era experience.

Great place to stay

4.8 on October 28, 2014

I took my wife away for a weekend for her birthday and could not have been happier with our choice. Great location and great hospitality. The owners were genuinely wonderful people and everyone at the Inn treated us with the utmost respect.

mainstay - beststay!!!!

5 on October 15, 2014


Best B&B in Cape May

4.0 on October 07, 2014

We stayed in the cottage and had the place to ourselves. The next time we would like to stay in the main house. The antiques and furnishings are unbelievable. Diane made us feel at home. We will be back.

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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



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

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