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

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.

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!

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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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