The Mainstay
© The Mainstay

Set in an ornate, Victorian former gambling club, the Mainstay Bed and Breakfast Inn is an upscale bed and breakfast in the heart of Cape May that offers a tranquil escape from the city. Located just a few blocks from the beach and the vibrant atmosphere of Washington Street, the Mainstay boasts elegant guest rooms and suites with antique furniture and modern amenities, a stylish lounge with a grand piano, and a beautiful garden.

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1.Guest Accommodations

Guest Accommodations  

The Mainstay Bed and Breakfast Inn features six guest rooms in the main house, six cottages rooms, and a stylish beach apartment.

The six beautifully-appointed guest rooms in the main house and the cottages include the Cardinal Gibbons Room, the Henry Sawyer Room, the President Harrison Room, the General Grant Suite, the Stonewall Jackson Suite, and the Henry Clay Room. All of the rooms and suites in the main house feature beautiful antique four-poster beds with gorgeous linens, down pillows, and handmade quilts, and en-suite bathrooms with showers and/or bathtubs, plush towels and bathrobes, and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities. Accommodations feature modern amenities, including flat panel televisions with cable channels, individual climate control with heating and cooling, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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2.More Accommodation Options

More Accommodation Options  

Named in honor of the 18th president of the United States, President Ulysses S. Grant, the General Grant Suite is a spacious suite on the third floor that features a king-sized brass bed dressed with luxurious linens, and a separate sitting room with charming period antiques. The suite is flooded with natural light from eight windows and has a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and soaking bathtub and modern amenities such as individual climate control, flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Honoring the famous British actress and mistress of the Prince of Wales, the Lillie Langtry Room is an inviting sunny room with five large windows that boast beautiful views over Columbia Avenue. The room has a king-size bed with luxurious linens and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, a spacious seating area looking out over the beach and modern amenities, including flat panel televisions with cable channels, individual climate control with heating and cooling, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

The Clara Barton Room is a charming room with glorious ten-foot ceilings and a large bay window overlooking the gardens. Named after the famous Civil War nurse, the room features a queen-sized Victorian bed and marble dresser, a comfortable bathroom with double shower and modern amenities, including individual climate control, flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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3.More Accommodation Options

More Accommodation Options  

The Commodore Stephen Decatur Suite features an impressive Victorian queen-sized bed and matching marble dresser, private bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a separate sitting room with beautiful antique furnishings. The Suite is naturally lit from six windows on all four sides and modern amenities abound.

The Mainstay Beach Apartment Suite is a recently renovated modern apartment that can cater up to four people. The first floor of the apartment features a spacious living area with a gas fireplace, queen-size sleeper sofa, a small kitchenette with a stove, microwave and refrigerator, a dining area and a private deck. The second floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and houses the bedroom with a queen-size bed, and private bathroom with showers and/or bathtubs, plush towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products.

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4.Dining

Dining  

A full breakfast is served in the elegant dining room around an original walnut dining table or on the verandah in summer. Breakfast choices may include a selection of juices, fresh fruit platters, a signature entrée of sausage, bacon, ham, and eggs, an assortment of bread with preserves, bagels, freshly baked cake of the day, a selection of cereals, and coffee and an assortment of teas.

Afternoon tea is served daily and includes a daily variety of hot teas, iced tea and homemade lemonade (in summer only), assorted savories and pastries, homemade sweets and fresh fruits.

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5.Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

The Mainstay Bed and Breakfast Inn offers an array of amenities, including beach chairs and towels for use on the beach, early and late check-in options, a 24-hour self-service coffee and tea service, ice machines and use of guest refrigerators. Other amenities include a refreshment center with a variety of soft drinks and spring water, the Inn’s famous bottomless ‘Cookie Jars’ and ‘Pretzels’ in each room, and wireless high-speed Internet throughout the property. Additional guest services include concierge and reservation assistance, and daily delivery of Philadelphia and Cape May newspapers.

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635 Columbia Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey 08204, Phone: 609-884-8690

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