Mainstay Inn

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


'The jewel of them all has got to be the Mainstay,' according to the Washington Post. Built by a pair of wealth gamblers in 1872, this elegant, exclusive clubhouse is now one of the premier B and B inns in the country. Guests enjoy 12 antique filled rooms and suites, three parlors, spacious gardens and rocker filled verandahs. Breakfast and afternoon tea daily. Beautiful beaches, historic attractions, biking, birding, golf, and tennis.



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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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Location Type

Airport, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, lighthouse, horse and carriage, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Outdoor grilling, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , afternoon tea, locker at golf club, Robes in Rooms, beach chairs and towels, day spa discounts

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited over 12 yrs
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Full weekends in summer
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One nights fee or 50% (whichever is greater)
  • Cancellations: Return of deposit, less $35.00 upon rebooking of room.
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Owners Pete and Esther Scalone, Innkeeper, Diane Clark

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


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