Mainstay Inn Reviews


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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

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Best B&B in Cape May

4.6 on May 22, 2018

We had an outstanding stay for our anniversary in Cape May. The mainstay inn was a great location and had fantastic amenities. The included tea time and breakfast were the icing on the cake!

Still the Best In Cape May

4.6 on May 13, 2018

Our recent stay was only our second in the last twenty years after being frequent guests in the 1990s. We have stayed at several B&Bs in Cape May over the years and the Mainstay Inn remains our top choice by far! The Mainstay has lost none of its charm and it is as beautiful and well maintained as ever. Innkeeper Diane Clark gets five stars for her kind hospitality and for going out of her way to provide first class service. (And her restaurant recommendations were tremendous!) Highly recommended!

A warm and friendly place....gorgeous Victorian!

5 on May 06, 2018

Beautiful room and friendly staff, highly recommend.

Wonderful stay at Mainstay!

4.4 on April 23, 2018

Warmest of welcome! Beautiful property and rooms!

The Mainstay Inn, Cape May NJ

5 on January 03, 2018

Very relaxing stay, as always. We have been staying at the inn for over 30 years and have always felt at home by the owners and staff.

Holiday weekend

5 on January 02, 2018

The best place to stay when in Cape May

Great Place to Stay!

4.8 on December 17, 2017

this was our second stay at The Mainstay! we like to so much last year we went back for a 2 night get away again this year! clean rooms, afternoon tea, great breakfast, wine glasses left out for use, yummy home baked cookies! very convenient to walking to shopping area and beach! love the furnishings!

Christmas at the Inn

5 on December 06, 2017

The staff are excellent, housekeeping staff, Diane, Shane, Wayne, Savannah and Marga are the best. And those behind the scene staff that keep the Inn running so well. Thank you Pete and Esther for sharing your home with us.

Couple’s birthday celebration weekend

5 on November 29, 2017

We stayed in the Stephen Decatur room and loved the character of the inn. We enjoyed the afternoon tea and breakfast each morning. Great staff and beautiful inn, we will be back for sure!

Wonderful and relaxing time

5 on November 28, 2017

Stayed the holiday weekend in a sunny corner room with beautiful antique furniture, comfortable beautifully dressed beds, excellent breakfast and tea daily with accommodating innkeeper and staff. This is a beautiful place decorated for the Christmas holiday, very clean, quiet and relaxing.

The Mainstay is our first and only choice in Cape ay

5 on November 22, 2017

Every year in November my husband, our two dear friends and I celebrate our wedding at the Mainstay. Its been 17 consecutive years and we have reservations for next year, The best!!!!!

Welcome retreat

5 on November 15, 2017

Warm and inviting. Centrally located to shopping and beach. Wonderful breakfast and tea. Enjoyed cards by the fire in the main gathering room. Wraparound porch is fabulous. Would stay again!

Victorian Beauty

5 on November 15, 2017

Such a wonderful inn to stay at. Treated like family. Great location.

Our time Mainstay

5 on November 04, 2017

Since our first visit in the early '80's the Mainstay has been my ideal getaway spot for me and my husband. Now that the family is grown, we plan on it being an annual event. Beauty and graciousness surround you and being just a block or two from so much in Cape May, walking is the way to go. See you next Fall!

My favorite bed and breakfast!

4.2 on November 01, 2017

Have been here several times absolutely the better bed and breakfast to stay at cape may. Love the Victorian atmosphere the house just great. Diane was friendly at each breakfast and tea made us feel right at home. Just a beautiful and great stay. Thank you.

Cozy Bed & Breakfast

4.8 on October 31, 2017

My husband stayed for an extended weekend this month. This was our first B&B stay. The room was very clean with a Victorian feel and all the amenities you would need for a stay away from home. The breakfast provided was outstanding and the Innkeeper, Diane, was a very warm, friendly and knowledgeable person. I would recommend this B&B for anyone visiting Cape May.

Excellent, but not homey

4.8 on October 24, 2017

Without the owners on the premises, it is not possible to feel like you were 'invited into their home.' All my prior experiences in Cape May B&B have been at houses where the owners interacted heavily with me and made me feel like I was part of their family. Casual conversations, clearly happy to hear what we were all about and share their life story as well. Personal follow up after our stay. Not that the folks here were rude, but there was a space between them and I. Maids went out of their way to carry luggage and check in

Mainstay Inn and Cottage

5 on October 18, 2017

We have been to the Mainstay 5 times this past year, that should tell you something. Every time we have had fantastic time rest, relaxation and delicious food in an unbelievable environment. Diane Clark the Innkeeper is absolutely great, the Inn is spotless and very warm to relaxation.

Best B&B

4.4 on October 05, 2017

The best B&B in Cape May. Friendly, hospitable, and beautiful. Our go to place. Very convenient to the beach and center of town.

The Mainstay in Cape May,NJ

4.6 on October 01, 2017

Enjoyed our stay very much. Everything was perfect. I'm sure we will be back again.

After the summer rush get away

5 on September 21, 2017

This is a beautiful place to stay and the location is perfect. Very nice breakfast and tea time. Look for the jar of cookies in the foyer! The owners and hospitality team are very warm and welcoming too.

The Best B&B in Cape May

4.4 on September 18, 2017

The Mainstay is conveniently located near restaurants and the beach, and it's on the horse and carriage route, so you can hear the clip-clop of the horses hooves as they pass by in the early evening. The rooms are commodious (ours had a private porch). There is something for everyone at breakfast, and there are plenty of tables.

The Mainstay Inn Experience!

5 on September 16, 2017

The Mainstay Inn did not disappoint again this year! We booked extra rooms for friends to share the experience and they loved it! They had never been to a B&B before. I kinda feel bad tho because we started them out with the bar very high! We highly recommend the Mainstay for any Cape May escape. You will not regret it.

Mainstay .... can't go wrong

3.4 on September 12, 2017

This was our second time at the mainstay inn. Location is great, the property is spacious and welcoming, and the bottomless cookies are awesome! Breakfast is ok (fruit flies were annoying), French toast was served 2x in 4 days. Fourth day it just seemed like it was cut up and cooked, not great. The afternoon snacks could be better presented (and again the fruit flies) i.e. Cheese being cut prior with some better varieties. I enjoyed the butter cake in the morning and the fudge in the afternoon. Just some minor tuning up and this can easily be a "5"

Mainstay In n

3.2 on September 12, 2017

Innkeeper, Diane, very accommodating and friendly. Obviously loves the Inn and Cape May. Lovely breakfast .

Best porch in Cape May

4.0 on September 10, 2017

We've stayed in a few different places in Cape May but have settled on the Mainstay. Just a pleasure to stay there. The only improvements I could suggest are an upgraded afternoon tea and some loaner bicycles. Still, the Mainstay is out spot. A wonderful home and staff with the best porch in Cape May.


5 on August 11, 2017

we have been going to Cape May for the past 25 years and this year stayed at the Mainstay Inn. What a great time. The rooms were very nice, the breakfast in the garden was super and the Inn keepers were polite and friendly. We enjoyed evenings on the large porch and had a fantastic time. What more can I say but FANTISTIC

Best B&B in Cape May

5 on August 02, 2017

We have stayed in many B&B in Cape May but the Mainstay Inn is our favorite! The rooms are gorgeous, the public rooms seem transported in time out of the Victorian error, the breakfasts and mid-day snacks are excellent and they have a porch to die for. Highly recommend the Mainstay Inn!

Fabulous beautiful B&B with Charming Hosts

5 on July 30, 2017

We've stayed in a number of B&Bs in Cape May and this one is 5 star. Beautiful antique furnishings in a historical setting with amazing and charming hosts. You won't regret it.

Cape May vacation

4.8 on July 17, 2017

Have vacationed in Cape May many times and have always wanted to stay at The Mainstay Inn. It was a wonderful experience. We will definitely stay there again!

Cape May visit

4.0 on July 03, 2017

Convenient locale and pleasant place to stay.

An Inn to remember

5 on June 29, 2017

We first stayed at the Mainstay Inn in June 2016. It was the first time staying at a bed and breakfast and we fell in love with it the moment we pulled up in front of the inn. It is an absolutely charming, beautiful B&B and the front porch quickly became one of our favorite spots...especially the porch swings. Upon leaving last year, we decided to make it a yearly tradition and we returned in June 2017. Once again, the Mainstay Inn didn't disappoint. I don't know how I could love the inn anymore but it will always and forever hold a special place in our hearts since it was at the inn that my boyfriend proposed to me and I said YES! So, my fiancé and I will fondly remember the Mainstay Inn and will continue to visit every year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and see you next year...if not sooner! Karen and Grant

Here for a wedding

4.2 on June 07, 2017

Had a great time! Beautiful! My one complaint would be the bathroom in my room was very small.... Otherwise great weekend!

Holiday Get-A-Way to Cape May

3.8 on June 01, 2017

The Mainstay Inn at Cape May is a lovely and quiet friendly B&B that is very much Victorian throughout - with modern HVAC of course. The morning breakfasts were excellent and the late afternoon tea and fresh cookies were welcome.

Mainstay lodging - May 9-12, 2017

5 on May 15, 2017

Our stay at the MainStay Inn was great. The staff were most helpful and the room was very much to our satisfaction. Too bad the road construction was still underway but - you can't fight city hall!!

Best Bed & Breakfast

5 on May 10, 2017

This was our 4 stay at the Mainstay Inn. The 3rd time in the same room. Just a pleasant stay, good food, quiet place. The Innkeeper is so nice and they will go out of their way to make your stay so nice. The porch is the best, a big wrap around porch with the best rocking chairs - so nice to sit, relax, read etc.. Always leave with I can't wait to go back. Also it is within walking distance to the shopping and restaurants in Cape May.

April Stay

4.4 on May 07, 2017

We had a great time despite the rain. Staff was friendly and interactive and the cookies were great.

Nice place near beach and convention center

3.6 on May 01, 2017

Very nice B&B. Friendly staff and delicious breakfast and snacks. Close to beach and mall.

Beautiful Mainstay

5 on April 25, 2017

My husband and I were wowed by the Mainstay. Our room was lovely and comfortable. We loved the beautiful old inn and antiques. Breakfast was delicious and our hosts were very sweet and welcoming. Will definitely be back!

Great B&B

3.8 on April 12, 2017

Had a great Spring weekend stay. The breakfasts were delicious and loved the afternoon tea and snacks! The inn is perfectly located and allowed us to walk everywhere without having to move the car with the exception of going out to the end of Sunset drive and the lighthouse. Great B&B and the staff was very friendly. Would definitely stay again and will recommend to friends.


5 on March 22, 2017

My fiancé and I stayed at the Mainstay last weekend and it was truly an amazing experience. The staff, the owners, the other guests were truly a pleasure to be around. The staff are extremely friendly and make you feel like family. I know it sounds crazy because we had only stayed for a 3 days, but they are all so welcoming and when we left, I could honestly say, you felt as though we were leaving our family. There breakfasts are out of this world, their cookies, which they make fresh everyday where absolutely incredible. They also have a tea time at 4, with so many different kinds of teas that you just can't have just one cup. My fiancé and I are already planning our next trip back next March. We can't wait to go back. I would recommend the Mainstay Bed and Breakfast to all if you want a truly incredible experience. Thank you for such a wonderful weekend. See you next year. Kelly


5 on January 04, 2017

The area. House is cozy and love the porch

Mainstay NJ at Christmas

5 on December 19, 2016

Wonderful Christmas decorations and atmosphere.

Wonderful Weekend

5 on November 23, 2016

We had never stayed in Cape May before, and were pleasantly surprised how many fun things there were to do in November. The Mainstay Inn is magnificent, and we had a very relaxing weekend. The breakfasts were amazing, Diane!

The Best

5 on November 22, 2016

The best B&B we ever stayed at. Met the owner, a true gentleman

Another Amazing Stay!

5 on November 16, 2016

The Mainstay is our favorite place in Cape May. The staff treats everyone like family, yet provides enough privacy for an intimate romantic getaway. The breakfast and afternoon tea provide delicious food and excellent service. The décor creates a cozy backdrop featuring breath taking antiques. We highly recommend this historic B & B!

Fall Weekend Getaway at the Mainstay ...perfection!

4.0 on November 09, 2016

My husband and I have been on the go with family occasions since June. We need a weekend away for ourselves to relax, kick back and go at our own pace. Booking this weekend away at the Mainstay was all we could have asked for and more. We loved the Harte Room at the cottage and having our own private porch complete with hammock and rocking chairs made it that more special. The innkeepers were super fantastic and accommodating not to mention a fabulous breakfast was served up to us both days! We look forward to a return trip one of these weekends. Perhaps for Christmas!

A beautiful last-minute booking

4.6 on November 09, 2016

Had a wonderful time at the Mainstay! A wonderful tea service, delicious breakfast, and lovely room. The service was impeccable. My only difficulty was the heat didn't work in my room, but fortunately, it wasn't so cold that it proved to be a problem. I would highly recommend this property.


5 on October 11, 2016

The Mainstay in is an amazing property and centrally located to most things Cape May. The staff is beyond words and the property is in immaculate shape. I can't recommend this property more!

Spontaneous Getaway

4.2 on October 07, 2016

Lovely accomodations at a great location. Just what we needed for a quick and quiet getaway.

another anniversary

4.8 on October 04, 2016

each stay at the in has been outstanding. food,people and the inn itself are outstanding.

Mainstay Inn

5 on September 28, 2016

My husband and myself recently spent a wonderful weekend in the beautiful Mainstay Inn. Everything about our stay was great, beautiful room, great food, friendly hosts and the house was spectacular! We will definitely be returning again. I highly recommend staying here.

Very Special Place

4.4 on September 22, 2016

The Mainstay is definitely a very special place to stay. It's absolutely beautiful inside and out. Sitting on their grand porch and enjoying the day is heaven. Afternoon tea was a favorite! The staff couldn't be nicer. It's not inexpensive to stay there but if you can afford it or if it's a special occasion it really is the place to stay!

Great stay at the Mainstay!

4.6 on September 13, 2016

Gorgeous anniversary weekend at this stunning bed and breakfast. We loved our private porch and the proximity to beach and main shopping area. Came home relaxed and full of wonderful memories.

Wonderful stay

5 on September 12, 2016

They were very friendly and accomadating, will definitely stay there again!

Beautiful B and B

4.4 on August 31, 2016

A lovely stay. The house is gorgeous, filled with genuine antique articles. Service surpassed anything we have received at other B and Bs in Cape May. Breakfast buffet was generous and varied. Lots of amenities, from toiletries to a Bose radio in the room and sufficient outlets for all of our various devices. Seems like small stuff, but it adds up. We would stay here again.

Great B&B

4.8 on August 23, 2016

It was a wonderful stay at the Mainstay Inn, it is centrally located to the beaches and mall area. I would definitely go back again. We really enjoyed the big Veranda porch outside, and the quiet street

Beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Cape May

5 on August 18, 2016

We had a beautiful room, great service and fantastic chocolate chip cookies!

Great location and spacious room!

3.6 on August 17, 2016

Close to the beach. Big room and bath. WiFi was ok. Friendly staff and on site parking. Happy with our stay.

Was everything we expected

2.8 on August 09, 2016

The best part was the shaded wrap around porch and the large couch style swings. Loved all the antiques and the lookout tower that was open to all 24/7.

Outstanding property...Amazing staff

5 on July 07, 2016

This was our 1st visit to Cape May. We had a wonderful time while there. Not sure how we "picked" The Mainstay Inn...But we feel really lucky to have stayed there. Can I tell you this??? Everyone else staying there - has come back for several years. THEY KNEW EACH OTHER! How often does that happen? We knew no one when we was a friendly crowd though. They shared suggestions for activities/ dinner/ entertainment. Not sure I mentioned this...the Inn is so beautiful inside w/ a wonderful porch . Rocking chairs & Hammock are very popular. Short walk to the beach. The owner was onsite along w/ Innkeeper & staff. We enjoyed meeting everyone. We will return, of course, and we won't be the "newbies" next time.

Can't wait to go back

3.8 on July 07, 2016

Our second stay here. Stayed on third floor of the cottage. You can see the ocean from a window. AC worked great. Smaller bathroom than we are used to. We will make reservations earlier to get a first floor or 2nd floor room. Dianne and Tracy go out of their way to accommodate you. We will be back!

a lovely visit at the Mainstay Inn, Cape May

4.6 on July 02, 2016

The Inn and staff were wonderful. I was not expecting such a sumptuous breakfast, which could be enjoyed in the dining room or outside on the porch overlooking the lovely garden. I was also thrilled that they served tea in the afternoon in beautiful China cups, with a delicious array of cakes, fruits, veggies and cheeses. It was a wonderful experience.

Mainstay June 10-12 2016

5 on June 28, 2016

Our stay was wonderful. The Mainstay is beautiful, service was great. Will definitely be back,

I would definitely recommend the Mainstay Inn

5 on June 07, 2016

Beds were very comfortable.

Will make it a regular visit

4.0 on May 23, 2016

Room was ready when we arrived, clean and looked just as promised on the internet. The staff were helpful and friendly. Excellent B&B.

May getaway

3.8 on May 20, 2016

Unpredictable weather but a relaxing stay. Met the owners, lovely people and the staff was great. Would love to go back again.

The Mainstay Inn in Cape May, NJ

5 on May 19, 2016

The inn is elaborately and beautifully furnished. Our room was bright and the bathroom was spotless. Things like water and toiletries were thoughtfully provided. We were there in early May, before the summer season, but the afternoon tea and breakfast were delicious and nicely served. There is nothing bad to say.

Pleasant and charming weekend getaway

5 on May 11, 2016

A perfect, romantic getaway for our wedding anniversary. Would not change a single thing except to stay longer next time. We stayed in the Decatur room. We'd come back to the Mainstay in a heartbeat.

very nice place and great location

3.8 on May 11, 2016

great time !!!! beautiful place and location!

Nice Place

5 on May 09, 2016

Great Time

The Mainstay Inn

4.0 on May 08, 2016

Overall it was a nice stay. Shower space too small. Bathroom door allowed for no privacy-louvered. Would be nice to have bicycles and a bigger TV. Service was very good. Night innkeeper very friendly and helpful.

Your Main Stay in Cape May

5 on May 08, 2016

We have been staying at the Mainstay since 1992 when the original owners Tom and Sue Carroll sat down to breakfast and regaled tales of old Cape May residents. Over the years we tried other Bed & Breakfasts over the years but the Mainstay is over the top in elegance. The new owners, Pete and Ester were very friendly and made everyone feel comfortable and part of the B & B family. Diane, the Inn manager, offers up delicious breakfast and afternoon tea and will make all of your dining reservations for you. The Mainstay Inn boasts 6 striking bedrooms, a massive sitting room with gas fireplace, a dining room with original China dishes and a grand wraparound porch with swings and rocking chairs. The Mainstay is situated close to both beach and the Washington Mall and within walking distance of award-winning restaurants. Without a doubt, The Mainstsy should become your main stay in Cape May!

Excellent historic bed & breakfast in heart of Cape May

5 on May 04, 2016

Onsite dining includes homemade breakfast and afternoon tea with goodies.


5 on April 30, 2016


Beautiful b&b

5 on April 28, 2016

The common rooms are lovely and authentic. Our room was extremely comfortable. Very clean and innkeeper, Diane, was helpful. It is gal ways fun to meet other guests. Great location.


5 on April 28, 2016


Cape May for an overnight wedding

4.4 on April 21, 2016

Well appointed, walking distance to almost everything, very cool Old Victorian home. .

A nice week end in Cape May

4.4 on March 30, 2016

It was a very charmful and nice welcome from the mainstay team .cookies and tea , authentic deco and quiet environment.I highly recommend the bed and breakfast.

We are ready for our third visit!

5 on January 15, 2016

We've enjoyed two fantastic stays and have now made The Mainstay Inn our end-of-December tradition. Beautiful place, great hospitality, and yummy meals.

Great Historic B&B

5 on January 10, 2016

The Mainstay Inn was beautiful. The staff were delightful, the owners friendly, and the food delicious. We only wish we booked more nights! We'll be back for sure.

We had a lovely New Year's Eve stay at the Mainstay Inn.

4.4 on January 05, 2016

We will be back!!

We keep coming back!

5 on January 04, 2016

After our second stay at the Mainstay, we are certain we will return once again. The owners and staff are most hospitable and friendly and we always receive a warm welcome and enjoy our stay. Breakfast is divine into time is quite enjoyable with so many options to snack at on the late afternoon. This inn is a must-visit!

We love The Mainstay!!!

4.6 on December 28, 2015

Thank you for another lovely getaway at the Mainstay Inn. We highly recommend this establishment and can't wait to go back.

Simply the Best place to Stay in Cape May

5 on December 01, 2015

Dear Bed and Breakfast Traveler's, When you stay at the Mainstay you will see why we keep coming back. Our most recent stay in the beginning of November I think made our 6 return to this Gem in Cape May. From the moment you arrive you will be warmly greeted by a staff that welcomes you with open arms and makes you feel like family. Diane who is the inn keeper has been over seeing the Mainstay for 27 years and she along with her amazing team of Tracy, Rachael, & Marga, along with inn owners of Ester & Pete will spoil you to the point you will never want to leave. From the high tea and treats at the 4 pm hour to amazing suggestions for dinner or help with reservations they aim to please. I hope to see you there..... Warm Regards, Melanie Marcols & Ron Marcols Piscataway, New Jersey

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.


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.

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.

A Place of Serenity

5 on September 17, 2014

I love the Main Stay Inn! Every time I stay, I feel like I am stepping back into time. My room is always clean, and the service is excellent. I will continue to book my stays at the Main Stay for all future trips to Cape May. Furthermore, it is in close proximity to shops, fabulous restaurants, and the beach. For a true Victorian getaway, book your stay here! You will not be disappointed.

Cozy, beautiful Victorian

5 on September 16, 2014

The Mainstay is a clean, beautifully maintained old Victorian. It is only 1-2 blocks to the beach( easy walk) , and close walking distance to town, shopping and restraunts. The staff I'd professional, friendly and very helpful. The little 'extras' they add really make a stay here extraordinary. ( ex: beach towels, beach chairs, off road parking, shower & changing area for late day check out, making dinner reservations at popular restraunts , etc.) Would definitely recommend & would return again myself:)


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!

Main Stay Inn

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!

Mainstay Inn

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?

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.

The Mainstay Inn Review

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!

Relax, Enjoy and Immerse Yourself in 19th Century History

4.4 on June 05, 2014

My partner and I truly enjoyed our early June stay at the Mainstay Inn. It was our first time staying at an Inn in Cape May (as opposed to vacation rentals); and, when we visit the Cape again and want to treat ourselves, I wouldn't even bother looking elsewhere other than the Mainstay. The owner was on-site during our stay and took the time to greet all the guests at breakfast. Additionally, the three managers we met were all amiable, knowledgeable about the area and professional. Our room was spacious, historically accurate and charming. We enjoyed rocking on the porch during tea time and being within 5-10 min walking distance of all of downtown and the main city beaches. The small touches like antique games and books in the community parlor and the post-check-out shower room and beach chairs were much appreciated too. I highly recommend the Mainstay Inn!

WIll absolutely be back at the Mainstay!

5 on May 28, 2014

My wife and I visit Cape May annually but this was our first stay at the Mainstay Inn. What a beautiful Victorian B&B, wonderfully maintained and with many warm touches. The afternoon snacks were a welcome treat (so many of the B&Bs are dropping this feature) and the staff was friendly, attentive and helpful. Staying at a Cape May B&B in season is never cheap but our visit to the Mainstay Inn was worth every penny!

Getaway Weekend

4.6 on May 21, 2014

Arrived in monsoons but the fireplace was on and all was good. The next 2 days were beautiful and we biked Cape May as it was our first time there. Innkeeper made dinner reservations at excellent places. Gave recommendations and looked up information when asked. Check out time is early but we were able to leave our car for 4 hours before we left. Breakfast was fine. Coffee available early. Hot offering each morning but no choice. One day omelet, one day French toast, etc. Recommend Inn. You will not be disappointed. In a great location.

Wonderful Time

5 on May 20, 2014

My husband and I stayed one night last week and enjoyed it very much. We like to try a different B&B every night of our vacation. The Inn was very clean, the afternoon tea was very yummy, as was the breakfast. The innkeeper made us dinner reservations, gave us activity suggestions and copied a recipe I requested. The massive mirror in the entry was just gorgeous. I would highly recommend the Inn.

Fantastic Stay - Great new owners too

4.2 on May 06, 2014

Pete and Esther Scalone were onsite during our stay. They are very gracious and really cared about every detail of our stay. Diane Clark is a fantastic Innkeeper. She is very warm and gave us great suggestions for shopping and dining. We stayed in the Henry Clay room which has recently been refurbished. Great dining is within easy walking distance - Tisha's, Blue Pig and the Fish Market just to name a few greats. Climb up into the cupola with a good book. We were lucky that it rained one of the days we were there so we stayed warm and cosy reading in front of the great fire. It's also just a couple of blocks to the beach. The breakfasts were amazing and we enjoyed the afternoon tea.

Beautiful place to stay

5 on April 27, 2014

Pete and Esther were very friendly and inviting. Felt like we were staying at a friends home. Food was great - loved the bottomless chocolate chip cookies.

peace and quiet

5 on April 10, 2014

friendly owners and innkeeper-made sure I was comfortable, secure and provided for rest in beautiful surroundings

Absolutely Breathtaking and Incredibly Inviting!!!!

5 on January 05, 2014

Our stay included an amazingly gorgeous room with the ambiance and romance I could only imagine , I thought , in my dreams to a 4 o'clock tea time where my boyfriend and I were introduced to fabulous baked goods, cheeses and crackers and vegetabl trays with dips along with the aroma and taste of the most pleasureable teas all set up in a beautiful dining room. The sitting room was where we took our tea and plates and indulged in conversation and met new and interseting friends. The entire night was so pleasant and the staff was very personable. The next morning was a breakfast fit for royalty. It was delicious. We loved our stay so very much, we got the 2 night package as a Christmas gift for my boyfriends parents who also fell in love with the Mainstay. I would recommend it to everyone!!!

Lovely Stay!

5 on January 03, 2014

This inn is a gem. My sister and I had the pleasure of staying there Dec 26 & 27. The staff is friendly and warm. The room, "Clara Barton", was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was tasty and ample and very pleasant tea time as well. Great location also, can't wait to go back!

Wonderful weekend!

5 on January 02, 2014

Any time I've been in Cape May, I've sought to walk past the Mainstay Inn, dreaming about what it looked like inside. Well, my mom and I finally spent a weekend at the Inn and it didn't disappoint! I could write endlessly about the physical beauty of the Inn inside and out. Our room was well appointed; the food abundant and delicious; and the innkeepers friendly and comfortable. It was a pleasure and an honor to be a guest there. I will no doubt reserve at the Inn again in the future. It's definitely one of Cape May's true gems.

Can't miss

4.6 on December 31, 2013

We had a wonderful time the weekend before Christmas. We had never stayed in a Cape May bed and breakfast, and did not know what to expect. We stayed in the Main building. The Inn was not very crowded so the staff was not taxed, but the service was friendly, the breakfast was terrific.

Our shore home away from home

4.8 on December 30, 2013

My hubby and I have been staying at the Mainstay Inn over the past few years and dearly love everything about this Inn! The manager and staff are all very friendly and helpful with anything a guest might need; the Inn is exceptionally beautiful both inside and out; and the Inn is located in a beautiful part of Cape May ~ just a couple blocks from the beach and a couple blocks from the shopping district and superb restaurants in town. If you are looking to step back in time and stay in a beautiful Victorian inn, then please book a reservation at the Mainstay Inn!


4.8 on December 21, 2013

The service was wonderful, food was terrific. The upkeep facade & interior is unbelievable.

Equisite trappings

4.8 on December 16, 2013

Period decorating flawless and elegant, tapestry rich, nothing tacky or out of perfect taste. I was in awe of the interior decorating The manager was very helpful and accommodating in all respects. My only criticism in comparing apples with oranges would be the following: the breakfast was attractively served and ample and well prepared . . . but nothing creative or to write home about. Other B&Bs I have visited pride themselves on specific breakfast dishes, which is fun to sample the innkeepers' ''grandmother's special'' recipe for an unusual berry cobbler or brie spinach quiche. So ambience vs exceptional culinary servings . . . otherwise the choice would be beyond compare.


5 on December 09, 2013

The Mainstay is the finest B & B in Cape May. Total class. The rooms, service, etc. are excellent.

Best anniversary weekend ever!!!

5 on November 13, 2013

The mainstay is simply gorgeous! We stayed in the Stonewall Jackson room which has a little sitting area for extra space. We liked that we could read and relax other than on the bed. Speaking of which, the bed and supplied extra pillows was very comfortable. The breakfasts were delicious, the bake goods outstanding, and the innkeeper, Diane, was very friendly, professional, and accommodating. My husband, who it's not typically a "B&B" person was very impressed, and that's saying something because he prefers five star hotels. Just 2-3 blocks to the beach, a few blocks to Washington Street mall, and a lovely walk around Victorian Cape may.....we never moved the car except to go see the sunset at the lighthouse. It was just a wonderful stay, wouldn't change a thing!! D&S

Autumn in Cape May

4.4 on November 05, 2013

My husband and I have been enjoying Stone Harbor summers for the past 34 years. This Autumn we decided to treat ourselves to a Cape May extended weekend, just us, no responsibilities, just looking for pampering, quiet and walks on the promenade. The Mainstay immersed us in the Victorian Ambiance and its location is perfect for walking to the beach, restaurants, Washington Ave Mall and more. The breakfast was wonderful, as was the afternoon tea, a perfect segue to our evening. Our Autumn weekend gifted us with such seasonable weather that we could enjoy coffee on the porch in the morning and sink our feet into the Atlantic in the afternoon. We look forward to making Autumn in Cape May a new tradition by returning the Mainstay.

Lovely visit at the Mainstay Inn

4.8 on November 01, 2013

I brought my mother to the Mainstay as a birthday gift as she had always wanted to see Cape May. From the lovely accommodations to the friendly staff and other guests at the inn, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

B&B at its best.

4.6 on October 29, 2013

Relaxing environment and beautiful surroundings. We loved our stay!

Off-season stay at the Mainstay

5 on October 28, 2013

The only negative was the rainy weather, for which we did not hold Diane, the manager responsible. And even that didn't really dampen spirits. Cape May, in general, and the Mainstay, in particular, are just Very Nice Places To Be.

Lasting Memories at the Mainstay Inn

4.8 on October 20, 2013

A highlight to our Cape May visit was staying at the Mainsty Inn. Our Innkeeper, Diane Clark, tended to our every need. We started our day off on the right foot with a delicious and hearty breakfast. Wondering the hallways and rooms made you wonder what life might have been like back in the 1800's. Several folks who had stayed there before were anxious to talk about the history of the house. We felt like we received our own private tour of the Inn! Wonderful experience that we will long remember.

Exceptional Inn

4.0 on October 18, 2013

Lovely, rich atmosphere. Extremely friendly service. Made to feel at home.

It was like being in a novel!

4.8 on October 14, 2013

From the moment we walked through the front door, I was giddy with excitement. The inside made me feel like I was stepping into a novel, the type of novels that I read in high school that filled my head with fantasies of becoming a governess so I could relocate to Europe to work for a wealthy brooding widower who would eventually fall in love with me. We stayed in the Henry Clay room. The bed was cozy, the room and bathroom were impeccably clean and the furniture was beautiful (sadly the wardrobe did not lead to Narnia like I had hoped). The breakfast was scrumptious and afternoon tea made us feel extra special fancy. The fire in the fireplace was a welcome sight on a rainy afternoon and the 24 hour homemade chocolate chip cookies was a nice touch. It was an absolutely lovely stay.

Wonderful, relaxing B&B

5 on October 14, 2013

This was an excellent B&B - very comfortable, beautifully decorated, gracious hospitality and very centrally located. We had a wonderful stay!

Great place

5 on October 14, 2013

Great place to stay, accommodation, porch is great.


4.0 on October 09, 2013

We were able to book a one night stay and the owner is very pleasant and helpful. We were going to a flag raising at Sunset Beach. A very moving experience.


5 on October 08, 2013

The Mainstay Inn is a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Cape May. Upon arrival we were greeted by a staff member who walked us to our room with instructions on how to use the keys. The room was beautiful and very clean. We stayed in the Clara Barton room which was in another cottage. when you walked into the cottage to the right is a sitting room with a refridgerator and coffee maker as well as a cookie jar (filled with yummy cookies) and a jar filled with pretzels. Lots of brochures for area locations. Our room was upstairs and filled with antiques. The only bad thing was that you could hear your neighbors conversation and the wood floors squeeked a bit - but its an old house what do you expect? The breakfast was in the main building and we were able to eat on the veranda. There was fruit, toast, english muffins, granola and a delicious lemon pound cake as well as juice and coffee which was all self serve. When we were finished with that a server brought us a hot breakfast of french toast and sausage which was excellent. After breakfast we walked around Cape May and enjoyed the perfect fall day. By the way, all of the B&Bs were booked solid that weekend, so make sure you make your reservations early. From the initial phone call to check out our stay at the Mainstay Inn was exceptional. We would recommend it to others.

Great B + B

4.6 on October 07, 2013

Very comfortable

Twenty fifth wedding anniversary celebration.

4.6 on October 05, 2013

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Main Stay. It was lovely. The only criticism was the bed was very uncomfortable.

Mainstay Inn

5 on September 29, 2013

My favorite place to stay in Cape May. Wonderful breakfast, conversation and atmosphere. Diane, our host, was great! This is our forth time at the inn. Love it!

Still a great place

4.6 on September 28, 2013

Loved it years ago. Loved it a few days ago. Karen is a wonderful hostess. So pleasant and charming. She set the tone for my visit Diane made me scrambled eggs when the menu was too wonderful for my weight watchers diet. They both were so accommodating and even though I traveled alone I had refreshing interactions witn the others. That was very welcomed as my experiences made me think b and b was a Noah's ark. Not so at the mainstay.

Mainstay Cape May : wonderful experience

3.8 on September 28, 2013

Beautiful inn in a great location. Very quiet. Nice, professional and considerate staff. Tasty cookies! Steps could be an issue for older potential guests.

Great time at the shore

4.6 on September 09, 2013

Wonderful B&B and a great location

Loved it!

5 on September 09, 2013

We loved everything about the Inn - relaxed, friendly, great service!

A great getaway

5 on September 05, 2013

We had a delightful mini-vacation at this outstanding B&B in historic Cape May. Great accommodations, good food and hospitality.

Mainstay Inn, Cape May

3.4 on August 29, 2013

The highlight of the time at the Mainstay were the delicious breakfasts and afternoon tea. The Inn is centrally located for both beach and town activities. Our room was comfortable and clean. Dedicated parking was also a plus.

Can't wait to return

4.8 on August 28, 2013

We recently stayed at the Mainstay Inn for a long weekend. The Inn is not only breathtaking but also immaculate. The breakfast and afternoon tea and goodies were wonderful. Diane and Tracy are so friendly and helpful - going out of their way to help you. Love it.

A must stay in Cape May

4.4 on August 21, 2013

Love the porch and the whole house. Location was great. All personal encountered were friendly and helpful. We'll be back.

The standard by which bed and breakfast should be measured!

5 on August 20, 2013

Wonderful - gracious hospitality. We always feel welcome. Supberb tea and breakfast. Helpful manager and personel, always efficient and go beyond to see to our comfort.

Elegance and Comfort

5 on August 15, 2013

Our stay was great. The Inn was relaxing and very well maintained. The staff were friendly, and the food was incredible! My teenage girls loved the afternoon tea! Highly recommend a visit!

Charming, lovely B&B

4.2 on August 09, 2013

Looking forward to our return next summer.

Another great stay at the Mainstay Inn

4.6 on August 07, 2013

Came back for another visit and we were not disappointed. Everyone was friendly and the whole place was well-maintained.

Review of Mainstay Inn

3.4 on July 19, 2013

Very lovely place. Hiking up the "stairs" to the Grant room (really attic staircase) was a project in itself and all luggage had to be handled by us. Breakfast was nice, nothing exceptional. Overall, a nice place, very expensive but to be fair, was at the height of summer time.

Love the Mainstay Inn in Cape May'

4.6 on July 16, 2013

We have stayed at the Mainstay Inm for many years. It is always lovely and extremely well maintained! The breakfasts and the afternoon teas are delicious and offer a variety of foods! Wonderful selection! Tracy and Diane do a fantastic job of running the place. They are so friendly and helpful! We have become friends over the years! Can't wait to return next summer!

One of Cape May's best

5 on July 12, 2013

It's worth every penny! Pretty rooms, lovely porch, friendly staff, and delicious food. Enjoy!

Still the best!!!

4.6 on July 09, 2013

Have stayed in Cape May numerous times but this is the best inn in town!

First rate B&B in awesome location

4.8 on June 05, 2013

Stayed the first weekend of June 2013 and loved it. Within short walking distance to beach, restaurants & shopping. Breakfast (apple bread pudding, fresh fruit, and a cinnamin bun cake) was outstanding. Our room (Langtry) was beautiful and very comfortable. Overall an outstanding experience.

MainStay Inn

4.4 on June 03, 2013

MainStay Inn was absolutely gorgeous. Maintenance up to date and rooms spotless. Will definately return again. Would have liked cold beverage option during Afternoon Tea. Diane is a gem. Gave us great restaurant recommendations.

My Stay

3.6 on May 29, 2013

Stayed 2 nights at the Mainstay Inn. It was centrally located that all the things in town were within walking distance. Plenty of restaurants to choose from for meals. Shopping in the center square was nice. Parking was off street so if you drive anywhere, finding parking when you return could be troublesome. A couple of the rooms they offer do provide parking on the premises. You end up paying for that in the cost of the room. All in all a nice stay.

Beautiful porch

3.4 on May 28, 2013

Excellent grounds and historic building. Rooms are very large. The breakfast was okay. The afternoon tea is good and relaxing. The lookout tower is worth climbing to see the view from above.

We'll be back!

4.8 on May 20, 2013

This was our first visit to the Mainstay Inn and it far exceeded our expectations. We consider ourselves fussy but were very pleased with everything about the Inn. We look forward to returning soon.

Mainstay Inn

4.8 on January 14, 2013

The Mainstay Inn is a fantastic bed and breakfast in beautiful Cape May. We were there on December 28, 2012 our second trip to the MAinstay Inn and it Was wonderful. The rooms are beautiful and the service is excellent. We will defiantly be back in the spring and summer.

Winter Stay

5 on January 11, 2013

Great room and service.

wonderful place to stay

4.8 on November 12, 2012

Elegant Inn. Furnished with lovely antique and period reproduction furniture. Our room was elegant, comfortable, and clean. Gracious innkeeper. Delightful afternoon tea and delicious breakfast provided. Easy walk to shopping, restaurants, sights, and the beach. It was the perfect place in Cape May for us to stay,

Our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast

5 on October 31, 2012

We were so glad we chose the Mainstay Inn as our first B&B. We could not have asked for a more beautiful place. The service, the staff, the room and the food were beyond our expectations. We enjoyed ourselves so much we booked for next year before leaving. We don't feel the need to try another B&B, because Diane showed us a wonderful time and we look forward to next year. If you are looking for beauty, warmth and hospitality beyond belief, the Mainstay Inn is the B&B you need to visit.

Great place to stay

4.0 on October 25, 2012

First time in Cape May, walked around, checked everything out and i'm not sure I would have stayed anywhere else. The place has a more recent rich history and you can tell that the people genuinely care about the place.

Wonderful weekend

5 on October 20, 2012

We had a wonderful weekend at the Mainstay Inn! The room was beautiful, the atmosphere was romantic and the food was delicious! Debbie Pini


5 on October 14, 2012

This was our first B&B experience, and we loved it! The Mainstay was beautiful and everyone was super friendly.

The Mainstay Inn was outstanding in every way.

5 on October 04, 2012

Everything was perfect.


4.8 on September 28, 2012

What a gorgeous B&B! The staff is wonderfully friendly, breakfast was great and the building itself...priceless. I didn't want to leave!

My favorite place to stay!

5 on September 10, 2012

Everything is exquisite at the Mainstay--the authentic decor and atmosphere, the service by the dedicated and caring staff, the delicious and creative pastries and breakfast entrees. It's gracious and relaxed living at its best! We've stayed there several time and look forward to going back.

Mainstay Inn

4.4 on August 27, 2012

We stayed for three nights in the Bret Harte room. The room was very clean and the private 2nd floor porch with rockers and hammock was a bonus. The staff was very professional and made us feel like we were family. Would definitely return to the Mainstay Inn.

You Might think This Is Too Expensive!

5 on August 27, 2012

This was the third annual reunion with my roomies from college! (We graduated in 1970!) Previously we stayed in NYC at top rated hotels with a package deal. The MainStay at first glance appears expensive for a retired teacher. But the amenities more than make up for the expense. The Breakfast was delicious and filling and we ate it on a beautiful porch. At 3:00 there was high tea, again delicious and filling on the beautiful porch. In the evening we went out for dinner. The manager, Diane, not only recommended restaurants but on one occasion made the reservation for us! The Main Stay provided beach chairs, towels and an outside shower. In the evening the four of us sat around the gorgeous living rooms and had a glass of wine from a bottle that I had brought from home. Sooooo The Mainstay in was a DEAL. I'm going there next summer. You should too!(Just not when I am!) Anne

A Perfect Weekend

5 on August 23, 2012

This was our first time staying at The Mainstay, it was perfect for us in every way. We loved our room, the afternoon Tea on the porch was lovely. When first entering, Diane welcomed us, we liked that. Entering The Mainstay took us back to a period in time that we both love! I can not wait to go back!

Big disappointment

2.6 on August 22, 2012

Let me start by saying that we are veteran Cape May B&B stayers. The room was just OK bed was uncomfortable, and squeaked whenever you moved. Breakfast was a complete disappointment. All the reviews said how wonderful breakfast was however, I've had better, more fulfilling, "full breakfasts" at a Hampton Inn. Portions were skimpy, at best, and the 2nd day the "french toast/bread pudding" was almost inedible. Truthfully, the only reason we ate was that was all that was offered.. Lots of money for a whole lot of NOTHING! We will not be staying there again

Innkeeper Response
I am very sorry to hear that you were not happy with your stay, our goal here is to make all of our guests comfortable and happy. We think that our buffet in the summer is hearty and gives you a wide verity to choose from, if there was something that you wanted you should have mentioned it to us. We pride ourselves with giving the very best hospitality to our guests.

- Diane Clark (innkeeper)

Best porch in Cape May!!!!

4.6 on August 20, 2012

Great place, location perfect, best porch in Cape May - on the horse tour route - love hearing the clopping. Breakfast cassaroles a little heavy but plenty of other things to choose. Lovely staff!!

August visit

4.2 on August 19, 2012

I stayed at the Mainstay Inn with my sister and her family the week of August 12. We were very pleased with all aspects of the Mainstay and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We plan to return again in the future.

Rocking the night away

3.4 on August 12, 2012

We recently stayed at the Mainstay Inn in Cape May New Jersey. It is a beautiful place to stay. The restored victorian inn has wrap-around porches and have a ceiling height of 14 feet. It is a grand place to rock and sip wine at night as you listen to the clipity-clop of the horse draw carraiges under the yellowish hue of the street lamps that look like gas lanterns. A great place to go and relax.

Impeccable B&B

5 on August 11, 2012

It was a milestone birthday gift from my kids and the best birthday gift ever. The Mainstay is simply amazing this place is so beautiful and so charming that at check out time you just don't want to leave. Everything is conveniently located within walking distance, we parked the car and never used it again until it was time to leave. Impeccable Inn and impeccable service. Diane, Tracey and Julie really went out of their way to be very accommodating. Thank you ladies. Can't wait to go back to Cape May and my stay will be at The Mainstay Inn. Sicerely. Millie Burgos


2.8 on August 08, 2012

Nice but rooms are dowdy from the 1980's and could be updated

Another great stay at the Mainstay!

4.4 on August 07, 2012

This past weekend was our third stay at the Mainstay Inn. We've stayed in three different rooms now, and all of them have been beautiful. The house's porch is one of the best parts - most comfortable porch swings and hammocks in all of Cape May! Diane (the innkeeper) is great - really friendly, and she does a wonderful job running the place. Breakfasts are perfect - fresh coffee cake or muffins, lots of fruit, tasty quiche... We've basically had three perfect stays there. Overall, we just love the Mainstay, and hope to go back again soon!

August at Cape May

3.4 on August 06, 2012

Enjoyed the inn, the location was fantastic. Close to beaches, shopping and other main attractions. Although warned about the third floor for the Grant room, was still not prepared for the steep flight of stairs that had to be climbed. Finally, breakfasts were very uneven, the best one of the week was the baked French toast. Various Quiches did not live up to expectations

Still the Classiest Place in Cape May

5 on July 27, 2012

My husband and I now spend the 4th of July holiday here every year. When Diane (or Tracy) opens the door and gives us a hug, we know we’re home-away-from-home. But of this is way nicer than where we live! A few words in case you don’t know this place— Surrounded by a glorious shady garden, this B&B is a meticulously restored and furnished Victorian building with a movie-perfect wrap-around porch. (Wooden rockers! Porch swings! And a lazy old hammock!) It’s a short walk to the beach, to loads of restaurants, to the central walking mall, and to the local supermarket. If you stay here once, you’ll fall in love—and be back year after year just like us.


5 on July 24, 2012

This is "The Standard." No other B&B can match it for comfort and care.

Delightful Mainstay

3.4 on July 05, 2012

Great staff, beautiful inn and absolutley delightful town with easy walk to the beach and at least two outstanding restaurants (Washington Inn and Martini Beach (upstairs).

Best Stay ever & Home made Chocolate Chip Cookies too!!

4.6 on July 02, 2012

My wife & I stayed at the Mainstay Inn & it was wonderful! We were on the 3rd floor in the 2nd building. Only thing about the 3rd floor was ....It was the 3rd floor. The steps are pretty steep. I must say after the walk up (which was exhausting) it was totally it. Our room was beautiful. All sided of our room had windows, we lucked out on having cooler than expected weather so we didn't even need the Air. We loved everything about it, we are a younger couple, so the one thing I would memtion, is that if you are older & can not make the flight to the 3rd floow, try thy a lower level. All are GREAT!! We will be back , hopefull around Christmas!!

Great location and very nice rooms

3.2 on June 28, 2012

Very nice property in a great spot in Cape May. The details are well done here!

great anniversary destination

4.8 on May 30, 2012

We will make this a tradition. Diane treats guests like family.

Best B&B on the East Coast

4.0 on May 29, 2012

The Mainstay Inn in Cape May, NJ is an impeccably kept, lovingly restored Victorian mansion. The historical details, the antique furniture, and the ambiance are all first-rate. The inn is within walking distance of the beach, the main shopping plaza, and several superb restaurants. My only complaints: the in-room WiFi never did work, and the complimentary breakfast of French toast and sausages was sub-par - poorly cooked and cold. Neither of these criticisms would keep me from returning, however. It would be difficult to find a finer B&B on the East Coast.

Anniversary getaway

5 on May 20, 2012

We've been there for honeymoon, and now 2 major anniversaries. Terrific.

Sunny days!

4.6 on April 18, 2012

I can still hear the clopping of the horse drawn carriages as they make their "touring" past the Main Stay. Such a beautiful bed and breakfast run by a wonderful, friendly staff who couldn't be more accommodating! The breakfast and tea are fantastic too.......and being such a short walk to the beach and town square gave us plenty to do!

Always a great stay in Cape May

4.4 on January 19, 2012

the Mainstay has become an annual post-Christmas stay for my wife and I. The Inn is homey, the food delicious, and the service superb. We'll be back again next year!

Wonderful place to stay!

5 on December 26, 2011

Diane the innkeeper is wonderful. She made our stay wonderful, I would highly recommend the Main Stay to anyone looking for a great place to stay.

Great stay at The Mainstay

5 on December 17, 2011

This B&B is the best we have ever stayed at. The Mansion is more magnificent than we expected and the staff is awesome. The breakfasts and afternoon tea were just great. The innkeeper Diane is dedicated, friendly and professional, as is the rest of the staff. We stayed in december to enjoy the town in its holiday splendor and the inn was certainly decorated to the fullest. If you are looking for a memorable vacation in Cape May, this is the place to stay. After all, dont you deserve the best?

the mainstay lives up to its name

4.6 on December 07, 2011

the location was great. right in the heart of everything. the porch was awesome along with everything else !

Being a guest

5 on December 05, 2011

Being a guest at the Mainstay Inn, in Cape May, was the most enjoyable, relaxing and personal stay. And the atmosphere made us feel we were in a different time -- so excellent!


4.8 on November 15, 2011

The nicest b and b I have been to in a loooooong time!!. Celebrated my wife's birthday and the lodging set the tone for a wonderfully weekend!!!

mainstay inn weekend November

3.6 on November 10, 2011

Had a wonderful stay,the Mainstay Inn is located within walking to all the shops and restaurants. The staff was great and the room was clean and had that victorian charm we were looking for.

Wonderful Mini Honeymoon

5 on November 05, 2011

We took a few days directly following our wedding at the Mainstay Inn in Cape May. The house is beautiful and beautifully kept. The staff is extremely conscientious and breakfast was wonderful. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Cape may.

Beautiful weekend at the MainStay!

4.0 on October 31, 2011

We stay in Cape May at least once a year at a different Bed and Breakfast. Our mini vacation at the MainStay for two nights in October was wonderful! The Inn is beautiful, authentic and very relaxing. Breakfast was pleasing to the eye and palette. Wish we had stayed longer!

Enjoyable Visit

3.0 on October 29, 2011

This was our first visit to the Mainstay Inn in a number of years. The house, food and service were as we remembered--first rate. Our only disappointment was hearing the innkeeper Diane make disparaging remarks about guests out of their earshot. Perhaps she should be mindful of what she says when she thinks guests aren't around or aren't listening.

Oct. sun

4.6 on October 28, 2011

Had a wonderful stay, room was large with 2 beds and very clean and comfortable; loved the robes in the closet!. As a sr. citizen, going up and down stairs with my suitcase was a bit challenging.The rooms, furniture and high ceilings were lovely and the front porch is a fabulous place to relax and take in the street view. The location is within easy walking distance for beach and shops. Hope to go back.

wonderful band b

5 on October 19, 2011

we just spent last weekend October 14-15-11 at the beautiful mainstay inn, we hadn't been able to go there for last 16 years but had stayed there 6 times before that. The inn and the staff were outstanding!!! The Inn still has all its charm there is no where else i would stay in cape may

One of the best in Cape May

4.0 on October 18, 2011

After trying a few B and B's in Cape May during our annual visits, we have stayed at the Mainstay the last two years and plan on continuing the tradition. The Mainstay is everything you would expect from a victorian in Cape May. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, the breakfast is always delicious and satisfying as is the afternoon tea, but the highlight for us is the huge romantic porch. You couldn't ask for a better way to spend a few hours in the afternoon than snuggled up on the comfortable porch swing watching everyone going by admiring the Mainstay.

Wonderful Experience at the Mainstay Inn

4.4 on October 17, 2011

My room - the Windsor Room - had a museum quality Victorian bed and dresser set, plus Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper, oriental rug, bay window, ceiling fan and a large, well-appointed bathroom. For those loving Victorian decor, the Mainstay Inn's rooms are beyond compare. The entire property is immaculate and beautifully maintained. Diane, the innkeeper, prepares a wonderful breakfast every morning, after which I would often drink a second cup of coffee while sitting in a rocking chair on the wrap-around veranda. I've stayed at many B&B's over the years, but none better than the Mainstay Inn.

Always special to stay here.

5 on October 08, 2011

When I decided at the last minute to stay in Cape May I started looking around for places. Them it dawned on me that no place is better than the Mainstay. Luckily they had an open room for the Friday and Saturday nights I wanted. The room is perfect and the breakfast is excellent. The afternoon tea is also very enjoyable. The Mainstay is close to everything plus our room had it's own parking space. Looking forward to going back again.

Best accommodations we've ever had

4.8 on September 26, 2011

The room(Senator Henry Clay)was amazing,the bed very comfortable and the bedroom and bathroom very clean. The service from the staff was explemary and we had the best time ever. Having parking off the street was a plus. We can't wait to return to Cape May and the Mainstay Inn. We've told all our friends and family how great it was and worth every penny!

Attention to detail

4.2 on September 23, 2011

Absolutely loved our stay at the Mainstay! We were in the cottage next door but our room came with a private porch with a hammock! Incredibly relaxing and fun to just hang on the porch. The staff was exceptionally friendly and wonderful. I have stayed at many B&B's but the Mainstay's attention to every little detail was above and beyond any that I have ever experienced. They had a changing room with shower you could use after you checked out when you were done at the beach. I especially loved the homemade chocolate chip cookies that they put out everyday! All in all a perfect getaway weekend!

Mainstay Inn

3.0 on September 20, 2011

My husband and I were a bit underwhelmed with the service, a bit unfriendly at check in- the inn keeper greeted us rather impolitely, and when I asked about where I could chill my wine she just pointed to the other inn (rather than offering me an ice bucket or taking the wine herself). With very few guests that night (2) I felt they could have been a bit more welcoming to us, and more creative with the afternoon tea and breakfast. The inn is beautiful and very well kept but the some of the staff could use a little brushing up on hospitality and manners.

We will be back!!!

4.2 on September 15, 2011

A beautiful, beautiful place. Very comfortable, right in the middle of town. Wonderful breakfast and afternoon tea. And, most importantly, our room was the size I expected it to be. (Well, actually, a little bigger!) We had stayed at another Cape May B&B in May and although it was on a par with the Mainstay, their website photo made the room we booked look much larger than it turned out to be.

Great building

3.4 on September 03, 2011

Overall enjoyed my stay here. Was a little put out by my neighbors who basically kicked us off the upstairs balcony and insisted that their room came with a "private balcony." There was no sign designating so much, and it made for an uncomfortable few moments that were unnecessary. Staff could either post clear signs indicating such or police their out-of-line visitors...

Mainstay Inn

3.2 on August 26, 2011

We had a very relaxing, pleasant time at the Mainstay Inn. Overall it was a lovely experience. We were a bit disappointed in a few areas and very pleased in others. -Our check-in was brusque and a bit impersonal(but check-out was the polar opposite!). -Our bathroom was in need of updating and not in keeping with an inn of this caliber. -The bedroom itself was lovely, but smaller than we expected. -That said, it was fantastic having our own private porch and an assigned parking spot. -We really enoyed the afternoon tea time and our breakfast buffet. -The grounds and overall ambience of the common areas of the inn rate highly, and a bonus is it's proximity to the beach and shopping areas. Despite our minor disappointments, we would recommend this inn and would definitley return,

Brithday Getaway

4.2 on August 24, 2011

Our Visit with the main stay B&B was exceptional. We visited Cape May for the first time this past weekend for my wifes Brithday. The Location of the B&B was great we have short walks to everywhere we whated to visit and eat. the Folks at the mainstay were very accomadating to us from allowing us to leave our luggage before and after check out as well as the use of a shower and bath after the beach on sunday we had a great time and will return agina in the off season for a second visit David Goslee

Stay at the Mainstay

4.6 on August 22, 2011

We stayed for four nights, parking not included. Personal service was excellent for information and making restaurant reservations. Location is a nice distance from the ocean, and it was quiet.

Returning after 23 years

3.8 on July 27, 2011

Very pleasant stay on a very hot weekend, but the AC worked well. Wish there was a NY Times to share. Great common areas inside and outside. Look forward to returning before 23 years again.

A Real Treat

4.8 on July 25, 2011

This was a last minute getaway, just one night in Cape May with my adult daughter. We considered ourselves very blessed to book a last minute room, but were absolutely thrilled when we stepped into the fabulous Mainstay Inn: this is a top notch establishment, well above my expectations. The room was very quiet, beds were excellent, service was superb...and the breakfast! The afternoon tea! Access to showers and other amenities after checkout! Loved it.

Our Anniversary Trip

3.4 on July 15, 2011

Overall, we were very pleased to be back to visit the Mainstay. Glad to see the friendly and familiar faces of the staff. As always we enjoyed the comfortable accomdations and quiet evenings sipping cocktails on the front porch watching the horse and buggy tours go by.

Amazing Breakfast and Fantastic Service

5 on July 05, 2011

This is our second time at the Main Stay Inn I recommend this place to everyone who has never had a B & B experience. The house staff is so friendly we love the food and our stay is always so peaceful. If you need a weekend getaway and need to hide- The MainStay Inn is the place for you!

Mainstay Inn -- Absolutely Superb

4.6 on June 28, 2011

Absolutely wonderful [a rare superlative from a hyper-finnicky, too-difficult-to-please patron]. LARGE, clean, beautiful, QUIET, elegant rooms; gracious, extraordinarily helpful personnel; convenient location on a lovely street. There was nothing at all to dislike. Will definitely return.

Cape May Historic B&B

3.4 on June 27, 2011

The exterior, common area and grounds of this Victorian gem are outstanding. The porch has hammocks, swings and rockers. Our room (Henry Clay) had a lovely bed and views of historic tree lined streets of Cape May. Breakfast is included and is convenient rather than outstanding and ends too quickly for folks who may want to sleep in. The inn offers beach chairs and towels and a shower area to use after you check out. This is one of the more expensive inns in Cape May but books up quickly nonetheless. Its a very romantic destination.

nice weekend getaway

4.0 on June 22, 2011

Gorgeous Inn. Friendly and helpful staff. Sitting out on the porch was absolutely relaxing.

Review of Mainstay Inn, Cape May, NJ

4.8 on June 19, 2011

Innkeeper, food, distance to beach and mall, accomodations are awesome

A Wonderful Experience

4.4 on June 13, 2011

This was our third stay at the Mainstay Inn, and as before, we had a wonderful, relaxing time. The property is superbly maintained and impressive. Rocking on the veranda was delightful, and the promimity to the ocean, the downtown mall, and excellent restaurants meant the car stayed parked the entire time. The Mainstay Inn and its staff won't disappoint!

Keep Coming Back

4.2 on May 19, 2011

We really enjoyed ourselves last year, so we thought why not come back. We just did and I can honestly say, we will probably continue coming back. Cape May is fun and the Mainstay Inn makes it icing on the cake. Really nice place with great innkeepers.

Excellent Choice in Cape May!

4.2 on May 18, 2011

We were impressed with The Mainstay Inn. The house itself is incredible, filled with gorgeous antiques, and extremely well-preserved. It was like staying in a museum, yet very comfortable and homey. Diane was a fantastic hostess, so friendly and helpful. She offered a free upgrade to a nicer room, which was incredibly thoughtful. She also accommodated our early departure (due to the ferry crossing) and late arrival (even keeping tea and snacks out for us). We were thoroughly impressed with our stay and would love to come back again. Cape May and The Mainstay Inn was our favorite part of traveling in New Jersey!

Do Stay at the Mainstay

4.8 on May 15, 2011

Going to the Mainstay is like disappearing into another time. I felt well taken care of, and also comfortably on my own, if you know what I mean. I met lovely guests, the staff is wonderful and not intrusive, and the location--two blocks from the sea--is perfect for carrying the light beach chairs they make available. The porch is dreamy. I was there off-season both times--early fall and mid-spring--and while chilly, it was a restful, friendly time to go.

The Mainstay Inn

3.6 on May 10, 2011

Location is great,easy walking distance to beach & town. Inn is located on a beautiful street.Interior of house is beautiful, lots of antiques.

my first select registry stay

3.4 on May 04, 2011

Very clean B & B and all the food is home made. I nice surprise.

The Way It Should Be

4.8 on April 27, 2011

We have stayed at several bed and breakfasts in Cape may and now wonder why it took us so long to visit The Mainstay?! It is first class all the way around. The service is warm, friendly, and efficient. The location is unbeatable (close enough to what is going on but far enough to be "private") and the Inn itself is like a step back in time. The rooms are magnificent, and from a historical perspective, a stay at The Mainstay reminds you just why you started going to Cape May for a vacation to begin with. It is now on our list -- and it has now made it a very short list -- of places to stay in Cape May. Brava to all, from the Carroll's to Diana. Peter and Noeline Grefrath

a wonderful place to stay

5 on April 25, 2011

The Mainstay Inn is a beautiful relaxing place to stay with easy access to the beach and shopping / dining areas of Cape May. The Inn and Cottage are decorated specatularly - they could charge admission just for the public to see the rooms and antiques throughout. We enjoyed every minute we were there.

Our stat at the Mainstay April 2011

5 on April 25, 2011

We have always tried to get a reservation at the Mainstay each time we have visited Cape May over the past 15 years. Most of the time we have been lucky enough to stay there. While we have stayed at other B & Bs in Cape May, nothing comares to the service and quality at the Inn. Diane and her staff have always treated us, as well as other guests, like family. The rooms are always maintained in an excellent manner and the breakfasts served are top notch as are the snacks served in the afternoon. We recommend the Mainstay to all of our friends when asked where to stay in the Cape May area. We look forward to our next visit. Michael and Karen Saxe

Greene visit

5 on January 03, 2011

Enjoyable, lovely and very personable. We always enjoy our stay.

Stay at the Mainstay

3.6 on November 16, 2010

All aspects of this beautiful Inn were great. Parking was a bit tight but we managed.

Relaxing weekend at the Mainstay!

4.4 on November 11, 2010

My wife and I have passed the Mainstay Inn a hundred times and always wanted to stay there. We decided to do an early October weekend in Cape May at the last minute, and we were lucky enough to get a room in the cottage (the building right next door to and owned by the Mainstay). The main building is beautiful...decorated in they typical Victorian stylings of Cape May and the cottage feels like a second home! The huge porch was perfect for relaxing in the morning after breakfast or for people watching after a long day. We did a lot during our weekend, and the Mainstay was right in the middle of town...close to the beach and everything else. The service was outstanding...we arrived a little late due to traffic on the Parkway, but they didn't mind at all. The staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable the whole weekend, and were right there to ask us about our stay and thank us before we left. Food was great, with indoor or outdoor dining (weather permitting I'm sure) for breakfast and tea time. At night, the history of the buildings can be felt in the walls and the whole Victorian ambiance really shines through. Beautiful building, good food, and great service...a fun, relaxing experience and both my wife and I hope to return again next season!

We will be back again

5 on October 06, 2010

We found the Mainstay to be true to its victorian history with just enough modern amentities to make our stary comfortable and enjoyable. The rooms were much more spacious then we have experienced in other B and Bs. The house was clean and the breakfast and afternoon tea were wonderful. The large wrap around porch was a great place for a quiet afternoon or for some enjoyable conversation with our fellow inn guests. The never ending supply of Tole House cookies just added to our pleasure. We look forward to coming again and again.


5 on October 03, 2010

The Mainstay Inn is quaint, charming. Our visit there was a brief respite to an earlier place in time. The attentiveness of the staff and the attention to detail from the decoration of the rooms to the service was outstanding!

First visit to Cape May

4.0 on June 18, 2010

Our children gave us a gift certificate for our anniversary which we decided to use in Cape May. The Mainstay had been highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed. The Inn and the Cottage are beautifully decorated and our room in the Cottage was clean, airy and very comfortable. We loved being able to walk all over town and then come back and relax on the veranda. The breakfasts were amazing, especially the stuffed French toast, and afternoon tea offered such delicious goodies you had to sample everything. Many thanks to Diane, Maureen and Tracy and all the staff for making our visit so enjoyable. We will be back. P&S

Elegant charm

3.4 on June 01, 2010

Beautifully restored Inn.

A pleasant fall break

4.4 on October 14, 2009

Great hospitality, good food, and pleasant ambience.

Beautiful well appointed Inn

4.4 on July 02, 2009

Our stay in June was fantastic. This was our first time at the Mainstay and we absolutely loved it. Very private yet two blocks from all that Cape May has to offer.

Hope to go back soon!

4.8 on May 06, 2009

My husband and I stayed 2-nights in April, 2009. This is by far the most elegant B&B we've stayed in Cape May. The whole place is filled with beautiful antiques and is nicely kept. The guest rooms are VERY clean and you are provided with all amenities (clean fluffy towels etc.). The breakfast and tea time are most delicious and everything is home made. As mentioned before, sure hope to go back soon. :)

Holiday Tour Stay

4.8 on December 15, 2008

My wife and I spent this past weekend at the Mainstay Inn, perfectly located in the middle of the Victorian row on Columbia. Our last minute decision to partake in the Cape May Holiday House Tour, left us scrambling for a place to stay. What a super surprise. The Mainstay is the model of a perfect Victorian House turned Inn. I claim this even after touring 20 of the 23 B&B's on their Holiday Tour. The decor is second to none. The breakfasts were to die for, gourmet down to the fresh fruit. A baked stuffed French toast to home made break and cakes! The afternoon tea was more of a buffet of cheeses, cookies, baked goods and dips. Well worth the cost!! If you want that special place, look no further. Thanks to the staff for a great stay! Your Inn is beautiful and our stay was perfect! Tom & Bren Ny

a wedding present

5 on September 20, 2008

We stayed in Aug in the Inn and it was truly wonderful. We enjoyed our stay and loved the Inn We were in the Cottage and just loved our room. I always would walk past the Mainstay and enjoy the beautiful porch and it was just that a beautiful porch to enjoy breakfast and the afternoon tea. Thank you

Relaxing and Beautiful

5 on January 18, 2007

We try to go every year to the Mainstay Inn in Cape May. It is a beautiful historic Inn and we love the privacy of the carriage house. The Innkeepers are kind "well seasoned" and flexible. They want their guests to relax and enjoy the Inn as well as beautiful Cape May. We always do!

Mainstay Inn


  • Nightly Rate $175 - $345
  • Reviews (262) 4.5
  • Rooms 12
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