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“Peaceful, Romantic, and Chocolate to Enjoy” 5 of 5 stars
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The Mason Cottage Bed & Breakfast Inn
623 Columbia Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204   |  
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Ranked #26 of 49 Cape May B&B and Inns
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Peaceful, Romantic, and Chocolate to Enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We arrived too late to enjoy the afternoon tea, but were shown by the owner, Patti, how to use the snack bar area off the kitchen anytime. We loved our romantic Victorian room on the second floor, the Madison, and had a peaceful rest. It's a short 3 blocks walk to the shopping area and even shorter to see the ocean beachfront! Patti's morning breakfast of French toast was "out of this world" as the other couple staying conversed with us. Our peaks into other rooms not occupied was encouraged by the owner so we may choose another when we return. We wished we had more time to enjoy the ambience here, but easily found the ferry for crossing the Delaware Bay. This time of year it's easy to get around in the shops and find parking. Oh, and enjoy the chocolate she offers in the sitting room. We loved the malted milk balls...

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

We lucked into great weather and a great B&B this October in Cape May. Just outside the town center and those insatiable Cape May parking meters and blocks from the beach, the Mason is in a great location. The Davis Room on the second floor overlooking the street is a two room suite with a fireplace and a private bath with jacuzzi. I cannot confirm that it is a working fireplace. It's gas, but I couldn't figure out how to turn it on. Perhaps if the weather was a little cooler, I would have bothered to ask. Quiet even with a full house and nicely furnished, the room comes with a closet reminiscent of the Victorian era to which the building dates, that is to say really, really small. Check in is at Tea Time, so arrivals are greeted with warm beverages and an assortment of cookies, baked goods and homemade chocolate. Bicycles are available to borrow and provide an ideal mode of transportation to work off the wonderful French toast served at breakfast. Overall, a clean, comfortable, charming place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Merritt Island, Florida
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15 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

We decided to re-visit the Cape May area and thought it might be fun to stay at the same place (but during a different time of year). Last year we were there during the summer, this time we stayed in the fall (October). If possible, the stay was even better than before. This time we stayed in the Madison Room (2nd floor). The room was very quiet (even though the Cottage was sold out), inviting and very clean. Our weekend just happen to coincide with Chocolate Week. What a treat!! Friday night was an over the top Chocolate Reception. Everything was made in house, and was all about chocolate. Patti (Outstanding Innkeeper), is not only a great cook but also a great Chocolatier. This is definetely one of those places that seem to keep getting better with time!!!! We will be back for a third visit.

Room Tip: We have had a room on the first floor and on the second floor. We thought they both were private an...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

Husband and I did a two day getaway..last minute decision and found a $300 per night room at the Mason Cottage B&B.
Location is wonderful..just quiet enough but close to everything. B&B was fine..clean and a very nice front porch to watch people walk by.
The staff were pleasant..not really friendly..we never did figure out who was the operator and who were the workers..one very disappointing thing was that we were looking forward to the big, fabulous breakfast..had a very overdone quiche, pretty tasetless. Not what we expected.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Monroe, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

My fiance and I stayed at this beautiful B&B in August for 3 nights. We had an incredible experience. The location is perfect...one block from the beach and a few blocks to everything else. The Inn is stunning and kept in immaculate condition. Patti and her staff made us feel right at home and provided everything we needed for a perfect romantic getaway. The gardens are beautiful and the breakfast and tea snacks were amazing...especially the french toast! I highly recommend the Mason Cottage! You will love it. We had such an amazing time, we are looking into getting married in Cape May and staying here with our guests.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Rose Room and it was wonderful!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed staying at the Mason Cottage B&B on our return trip to Cape May in August. Despite the fact that they don't offer personal parking spots, the innkeeper, Patti, directed us to a street one block away where we quickly found parking (at 5 pm on a weekend) that wasn't metered.

Breakfasts were delicious - fresh fruit and a maple syrup-covered bread pudding on one day, and a freshly baked fruit nut muffin and salsa-covered egg casserole on the next. They offered a nice tea/snack hour from 3-4 pm and served lemonade, iced tea, and an assortment of cookies alongside a chocolate cake.

Our room, the Decatur Suite, was the first large room after a flight of stairs. The window a/c unit kept the room nice and very cool, as did the overhead ceiling fan with its 3 speed levels. True, the adjoining bathroom with jacuzzi and shower did heat up easily, but by keeping the door open and turning on the bathroom's ventilation van, it cooled down after some time.

Alas, our Cape May weekend that we had planned 6 weeks in advance had a small kink - record rains for the NJ and NY area (8-10" rain in one day!) for our entire weekend, so we never made it onto the sands of the beach. We did manage to walk the length of the beach area, as well as walking all over Cape May to enjoy the beautiful neighborhoods and buildings. We made several walks (some in rain) over to the Washington Mall for light shopping and dining.

Because of the rain, we were able to stick around the B&B a bit more and appreciate the beautiful veranda and its comfortable rocking chairs. We also had both of our breakfasts outside (it's first come first served) - there are plenty of tables/chairs in the front and one set in the back. As we checked out of the B&B, the sun had come out, and we saw some of the other guests using the complimentary bicycles and helmets. And, for TV lovers, there are small flat screen TVs in each of the bedrooms with lots of cable options...

All in all, a wonderful relaxing B&B that is only a short 2 block walk to the beach. We certainly would plan to come back on a SUNNY weekend =) As far as one of the other reviewers' comments about the lack of a/c, while we were in the common rooms and in our Decatur Suite, we were entirely comfortable with the temperature...however, there was no sun those two days and the temp outside ranged 68-80, so maybe that's why the place felt fairly cool. The Decatur Suite's a/c unit kept the room sufficiently cool for us, and we like it cool!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

My husband had planned a two night getaway leading up to my birthday this year as a surprise. He couldn't have picked a more accommodating and charming place for the special occasion. We really enjoyed our stay. Kim the innkeeper was friendly and hospitable. She provided us with tons of info and had some excellent recommendations for dining in cape may during our brief visit. The location was ideal being just a short block away from the beach and a couple blocks from the town center for shopping and dining. The cottage itself hosted a simple tea service at 3 pm daily and I will say that for a first attempt at shortbreads the tea cookies Kim made were so delicious we had to grab seconds. Breakfast each morning was made from fresh local ingredients and the only thing better than the food itself was having the chance to dine each morning on the beautiful porch. Great for people-watching or to relax and read a book. Mason cottage also has beach cruiser bikes available for use so on a could afternoon we took advantage and took a 2 mile bike ride to the cape may lighthouse and migratory bird sanctuary. It was picture perfect. That area was a hidden gem and apparently is the place to be for bird watchers in September and October. My birthday was topped off when I got a special treat. Peaches and cream French toast with a candle and a happy birthday greeting!! We had a great stay and would highly recommend the mason cottage for it's comfort, classic style and modern touches. Great location and great staff!

Room Tip: Our room was street facing. Had a great ocean breeze but you do get street noise as a result.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Mason Cottage Bed & Breakfast Inn

Address: 623 Columbia Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mason Cottage is a lovely country Victorian B&B located in the heart of historic Cape May. The inn is just one block from the beach and two blocks from many fine shops and restaurants. Built in 1871, the Mason Cottage is endowed with lofty ceilings, full-length windows and a sweeping veranda, all so characteristic of Victorian homes of the period. There are nine lovely antique appointed rooms/suites to choose from, each with a private bath. ... more   less 
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