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Mainstay Inn

  • 635 Columbia Ave. Map It
  • Cape May


  • Accurate period decor and furniture
  • Downtown location


  • Standard breakfast
  • Expensive

Updated 06/13/2012

Fodor's Review

Fourteen-foot ceilings, tall windows, a thirteen-foot hallway mirror, and black walnut dining-room furniture show a pedigree of money and manners. The two wealthy gamblers who constructed the building in 1872, as a gambling clubhouse for their friends (men only), obviously meant to impress. In 1971, the Mainstay became Cape May's first B&B, and since then has been the archetype for those that followed. You can also stay at the adjoining Cottage, or across the street

in a duplex apartment. Guest rooms and suites have Victorian antiques, while the apartment has some traditional flourishes, but is mostly contemporary with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, and a small dining area.

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Hotel Information


635 Columbia Ave., Cape May, New Jersey, 08204, United States

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 9 rooms, 3 suites, 1 apartment
  • Rate includes Breakfast

Updated 06/13/2012

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