The Mainstay Inn & Cottage

Select Registry Member Since 1976

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The Mainstay Inn & Cottage

Select Registry Member Since 1976

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The Basics

The Mainstay Inn’s history begins in 1872. Designed by the famous Philadelphia architect Stephen Decatur Button, it was originally established as a private gambling club.

Things We Love

oatmeal cookie tower

We offer guests bottomless cookie jars for snacking throughout their stay


Breakfast served in our lovely dining room in the spring and fall and on the veranda or garden in summer

cape may coast

We are ideally located just a block from the beautiful beaches of Cape May

At A Glance

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Smoke-Free Property
  • Free On-site Parking
  • Concierge Services
  • Fireplace or Firepit Onsite
  • Full House Rental Available
  • Weddings & Events Available

Best For

  • History & Heritage
  • Romantic Retreat/Honeymoon Destination
  • Wedding/Special Occasion/Celebration

In The Know

Here are a few things you can't miss when you visit...

  • Rent a bike and cycle through the area to see the historic sites of the city
  • Step on board one of the area’s charter fishing boats for deep sea and Delaware Bay fishing trips
  • Take a ghost tour of the area, which combines history and tales of local hauntings
  • Hop onboard the Cape May Whale Watcher and take in the dolphins and whales


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 twelve 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 at our Cape May, New Jersey bed and breakfast 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. 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 day.
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.


Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, National Historic Registry

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

Restaurant on Premises: No

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Breakfast: Complimentary

Breakfast Service: Full

Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables, Communal

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Beverages, Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Snacks, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea

Rooms & Suites

Accommodations: Apartments, Efficiency, Suites

# of Rooms: 12

Beds: Double, Queen, King

Safes: Front Desk

Handicap Accessible: Limited

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishing, Bathrobes, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Private Deck

For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary

Front Desk/Security: Business Hours

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, National Historic Registry


Minimum Stay Required: Weekends, Holidays

Smoking Policy: Outside - Only in designated areas

Family Friendly: Over 12

Weddings & Events

Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions

Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Outdoor

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