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

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

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.

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!

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 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.

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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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