Bed and Breakfast
Cape May, New Jersey
believe I have ever seen a historic house so painstakingly and lovingly restored and
preserved. Nor have I seen an Inn more inviting and attractive."
Richard Moe, President
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Selected for the Select Registry
Innkeepers of the Year Award in 2002
The Mainstay Inn was originally known as
"The Clubhouse," a 19th century pleasure palace, where gentlemen gathered in an
elegant setting for gambling and other amusements.
Since 1976, visitors have been able to enjoy the same grand spaces, with fourteen foot
ceilings, and museum quality antiques.
The six spacious
guestrooms are furnished with splendid antiques, much as they were in the 19th century,
but now all have private bathrooms with tub and shower.
All guest rooms have central air conditioning and most have designated parking spaces.
The building known as The Cottage became part of the
Mainstay in 1981. Built as a private summer home in 1870, the Cottage is joined to the Inn
by a brick walkway transversing a lovely garden with a Victorian fountain.
The six rooms in the
Cottage, all with queen or king sized beds, have private baths, and central air
conditioning, and most have designated parking spaces.
Two rooms have private porches
overlooking the garden.
Mainstay Apartment Suite: The
living room is equipped with a pull-out couch, an LCD flat screen TV, wireless access and
gas fireplace. Full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave and separate dining area.
Second floor bedroom with queen sized bed and bathroom with tub and shower. Air
conditioned; parking on street. Weekly Saturday to Saturday: $1,800 plus taxes, includes
breakfast & afternoon tea.
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Guest in the Inn and
Cottage enjoy breakfast served family style in our lovely dining room in the spring and
fall. In summer a generous buffet is provided, allowing guests to take their plates onto
the wide veranda or into the garden.
All guests are invited
to partake of the famous Mainstay afternoon tea, served each afternoon from 4pm
until 5pm. A vast array of beverages, homemade sweets, and savories are presented each
Also provided for all guests are lush
beach towels, and beach chairs with umbrellas. A shower and changing room are available
for those who wish to extend their beach time beyond checkout.
Rates and Information
- 2016 Rates for the Inn and Cottage Double occupancy rates: $130 - $295
- Prices include breakfast and our elegant afternoon tea. Many of the rooms have reserved
off street parking.
- We request a three-night stay on weekends in season and three to four nights on
holidays. Personal check is our preferred method of payment. An advance deposit by
personal check will be requested to confirm your reservation.
- Deposits are non refundable if cancellation occurs within 60 days of scheduled arrival
date during summer season, holidays and special events. For the remainder of the year the
period is 30 days. If we are able to fill all vacancies in the inn for the period of your
stay we will refund deposits less a $35 processing fee. If cancellation occurs outside of
the cancellation period refunds will be provided less a $35 processing fee.
- Check in time is between 2 and 10 p.m. in the Inn and Cottage and check out is 11 a.m.
You are welcome to use our beach chairs, and bathing facilities after you have checked
- Surely it would be impossible not to unwind here, not to feel as if one had found, at
long last, that perfect summer getaway where every care in the world is swept away by the
pull of the tides" Mid-Atlantic Monthly.
- P.S. Young children generally find us tiresome.
- Smoking is permitted on the veranda only
The Mainstay Inn is a member of the
Mobil Travel Club
Professional Association of Innkeepers International
Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America
Bed and Breakfast
635 Columbia Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Owners: Peter and Esther Scalone
Innkeeper: Diane Clark
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