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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.
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!
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!
5 on May 06, 2018
Beautiful room and friendly staff, highly recommend.
4.4 on April 23, 2018
Warmest of welcome! Beautiful property and rooms!
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.
5 on January 02, 2018
The best place to stay when in Cape May
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!
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.
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!
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 President Harrison Room is named for Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States (1889-1893) who spent several summers in Cape May both doing and after his presidency. He had a summer home in Cape May Point from 1890 to 1896 and made the Congress Hall Hotel his summer White House. The room features twelve-foot ceilings and is located on the second floor of the mansion. This room is decorated in shades of rust and green with a hand-made oriental rug and a queen-sized Renaissance style walnut bed. The large bathroom was the homes original bath, serving the entire house, and features the original wood framed tub and pedestal sink. The room has central air conditioning with individual controls, a 15-inch flat panel TV and wireless internet access. The room is on the second floor of the mansion. Parking is provided with this room.
The Henry Sawyer Room is named for Cape May's Civil War hero who was captured by the Confederates. On the eve of his execution he was traded in a prisoner of war exchange for the son of Robert E. Lee. This is our largest room, with two double beds and three large windows overlooking Stockton Place and Columbia Avenue. It features twelve-foot ceilings and is located on the second floor at the front of the mansion. The wallpaper and border are hand silk-screened, and the carpet is by Karastan. The two double beds, each with matching marble topped dressers, were part of the original furnishings of the Clubhouse. The bath has a tub and shower, central air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV and wireless internet access. Parking is provided with this room.
The Henry Clay Room overlooks Columbia Avenue with six eight-foot windows and commemorates the visit of statesman Henry Clay to Cape May. It is said he was so popular ladies often pursued him on the beach seeking a lock of his hair. The spectacular queen-sized Victorian bed was here in the 1870's, as was the matching marble topped dressers. The room features twelve-foot ceilings and is located on the second floor at the front of the Mansion. It believed to be the original master bedroom. The bath has a tub and shower, central air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. Parking is provided with this room.
The Cardinal Gibbons Room is named for James Gibbons, the Roman Catholic Archbishop who was elevated to the cardinalate in 1886, and the second American to receive that distinction. He used the Mansion as a Catholic retreat for several summers in the late 1890's at the turn of the century. This spacious room has twelve-foot ceilings and is furnished with a stunning, museum quality matching double bed and dresser, which have been in the building since 1872. The rooms matching Greek revival wardrobes predate the house to the 1820's. The bedroom also has one of two original chamber pots on a leather covered "slider" under the bed for decorative function only please. The wallpaper is hand silk-screened by Bradbury and Bradbury, and the carpet is a fine hand woven oriental. This room is on the second floor of the mansion and has a bath with tub and shower, central air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. Parking is provided with this room.
The Stonewall Jackson Suite salutes the famous Confederate General who visited Cape May many years before the Civil War. This large suite has a king-sized bed with a comfortable traditional loveseat and chair. The loveseat is a twin-sized sleep sofa making this room available for a third person. There are nine windows on three sides on the Inn, which make this room especially light and breezy, a large bath with tub and shower, air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. This second floor suite is at the rear of the mansion and was expanded as part of an early 1900's addition which extended the second floor over a back porch that was behind the first floor kitchen. Parking is provided with this room.
The General Grant Suite commemorates President Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States (1869?1877), who visited Cape May after the Civil War. This spacious suite has a bedroom with a king-sized brass bed and a separate sitting room with high quality period antiques. The room is light and airy featuring eight windows on three sides of Inn, a bath with tub and shower, air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. This third floor suite is the most private room in the mansion and was part of an addition in the early 1900's which added this third floor space at the back of the house. Access to the suite is by a separate stairway which is steep and not recommended for guests with any mobility issues. The room can be matched with the Cardinal Gibbons rooms via a separate door in the Gibbon's bathroom for a nice two room reservation that would bypass the steep stairs. Parking is provided with this room.
The Windsor Room honors Wallis Warfield, the Duchess of Windsor whose family vacationed in Cape May. This room is located on the first floor of the cottage and is our most easily accessible room. This is a large room as it was once the dining room of the original house with twelve-foot ceilings and a lovely bay window overlooking the garden and fountain. The three-piece birds-eye-maple bedroom suite with queen-sized bed is of museum quality. The wallpaper is by Scalamandre and the carpet is a Karastan. The tiled bathroom has a tub and shower with a fabulous oversized pedestal sink. The room also has air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. Parking is provided in the main house parking lot with this room
The Bret Harte Room is named for the famous writer of western novels who visited Cape May for a journalist's convention. This is one of our most popular rooms because of its access to a large private veranda that wraps around the entire front on the cottage with vintage wicker furniture and a private hammock. The bed is a queen-sized "Shakespeare" carved headboard and matching dresser. The room features ten-foot ceilings, four large windows facing the ocean breezes, bath with tub and shower, air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. It is located on the second floor front of the Cottage. Parking is provided with this room.
The Room commemorates the visit of the famous Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross to Cape May. This is a large room with ten-foot ceilings and a bay window overlooking the garden and fountain. There is a queen-sized Victorian bed with matching marble-topped dresser and other fine antique pieces. The bath is small but popular because of its large two-person shower with dual showerheads. Other features include quiet air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. This room is on the second floor of the Cottage. Parking is on the street.
The Henry Ford Room celebrates America's famous industrialist who once raced automobiles on our beaches against Louis Chevrolet. This room is a bit smaller than our other rooms but it is popular because it has a private back porch overlooking the garden and fountain. The room also features a large bathroom with tub and shower. It is furnished with a beautiful queen-sized Renaissance Revival bed and other quality Victorian antiques. This room is located on the second floor rear of the Cottage. Features include a bath tub and shower, air conditioning with individual control, a 15-inch flat panel TV and wireless internet access. Parking is on the street.
The Lillie Langtry Room honors the famous British actress and mistress of the Prince of Wales who shortened her visit to Cape May when her presence was discovered by too many adoring fans. This sunny room has five large windows overlooking Columbia Avenue. There is a king-size bed and beautiful seating area facing the beach just a block away. The room features a bath with shower only, air conditioning with individual room control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. The room is located on the third floor of the Cottage and parking is on the street.
The Commodore Stephen Decatur Suite is named for the famous naval hero who visited our city many times even before the American Revolution. This suite has an impressive Victorian queen-sized bed with matching dresser and a separate sitting room with lovely furnishings. The wallpaper is a beautiful blue and the carpets are by Karastan. The room features a bathroom with shower only, air conditioning with individual room control, a 15-inch flat panel TV, and wireless internet access. This room is light and airy with six windows on all four sides of the third floor of the Cottage. Parking is provided with this room.
Recently renovated modern accommodation for up to four people with a queen-size bed and a new queen-sized sofa bed in the living room. The first floor features a living area with gas fireplace, the sofa bed, a small kitchen with stove, microwave and refrigerator, dining area, large LCD flat screen TV and private deck. The second floor bedroom and bath include a second TV and is accessed via a spiral staircase. The space is air conditioned and heated. New items include a queen sofa bed, occasional chairs, dining table & chairs, high definition TV w/BluRay player, dressers, bed, headboard and private patio area. Parking is provided with this room.
Airport, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town
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
Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn
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
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
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