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Mainstay Inn and Cottage

635 Columbia Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-2305
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#8 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
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A charming guest house that was built in 1872.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
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JenniferHanner41 wrote a review Jan 5
Gibbsboro, New Jersey10 contributions4 helpful votes
This is my third visit to the Mainstay Inn in Cape May. It's always worth going and always hard to leave! We've always wanted to visit at Christmastime, and this year gave us that chance. It's a truly beautiful inn, and epitomizes what is best about Cape May, especially at Christmas - beauty, warmth, charm, and history. We love the owners and the staff, everyone is so kind and helpful. The inn is meticulously clean, and the food is delicious. If you're going to stay in Cape May, this is the place to go.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: We had a private porch all to ourselves with the Bret Harte room.
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Cindy T wrote a review Jan 1
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This is a beautiful Victorian hotel. We loved our stay there and we highly recommend it. The breakfast was also outstanding and the room extremely comfortable. It is within an easy walk of the shopping in Cape May and the beach.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: We only stayed one night and the room we had was the Henry Clay. It was lovely
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Chris Maisano wrote a review Dec 2020
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Amazing time in “Christmas-Cape May” at one of Cape May’s most beautiful, historic Inns. The Mainstay was decorated so nice inside and out with fantastic accommodations including a lovely breakfast. Perfect location and every time you stepped inside it felt like you were traveling back in time to the late 1800’s.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Nancy P wrote a review Dec 2020
Kendall Park, New Jersey10 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautiful accommodations, very sincere staff, wonderful service. COVID accommodations were done with safety in mind and were very respectful of all guests. Love this place so much. Brunch is always new and very thorough. Feel like it’s a coming home each time I come back.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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BBBBTravel wrote a review Nov 2020
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania1,201 contributions385 helpful votes
We had an amazing stay. The building is a meticulously maintained (shockingly comfortable) living museum. As i sit here at breakfast I hear the grandfather’s clock chime, i am in another world. Location is perfect. Walk everywhere past other mansions to the elegant shops and eateries nearby. The house is the highlight of the Trolly Tour, for good reason. Its clearly the prettiest and has a scintillating history. Apparently a gaming establishment, then owned by a parson. Much of the furniture and decor is original, i was told. The room was very historical-except it was extremely comfortable and no need for a chamber pot! The modern bathroom had a huge room long window which brought in such light. We stayed in the Henry Clay “peacock” room. It had many windows and was as cheerful as a Victorian room could be. The best surprise was the cupolla. You are allowed to climb the ladder! I always wanted to experience a Widow’s Watch and this was my chance. As I expected it was atmospheric. Windy (surrounded by windows with a view of the sea) I couldve read a book with a cup of tea and been a character in an historical novel. It was sublime. The owner and inn keeper are extremely gracious and interesting. Breakfast was lovely. Will return.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mainstay Inn and Cottage
Which popular attractions are close to Mainstay Inn and Cottage?
Nearby attractions include Washington Street Mall (0.2 miles), Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater (0.2 miles), and Cape May Olive Oil Company (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mainstay Inn and Cottage?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Mainstay Inn and Cottage?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mainstay Inn and Cottage?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mainstay Inn and Cottage?
Conveniently located restaurants include Washington Inn, Cape May Peanut Butter Co., and Chill.
Is Mainstay Inn and Cottage located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Cape May.
Are there any historical sites close to Mainstay Inn and Cottage?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sunset Beach Gifts (2.8 miles), Historic Cold Spring Village (3.0 miles), and World War II Lookout Tower (2.7 miles).