Located on the Jersey Shore, Cape May is an eastern seaboard splendor, often overlooked by New Yorkers, New Jerseyans, and other nearby city dwellers as the perfect haven for getting away from it all. With wide beaches graced with white sand, a stunning seawall, dolphin sightings, terrific bird watching, lighthouses, and all the great nearby dining you could ask for, Cape May is a special destination for those needing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Exploring the Area
In town, there are wonderful shops, restaurants, concerts, and theaters. Take a leisurely few hours to go antiquing or visit the wineries or the Cape May Brewery where tastings are available. If you come during season, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to work on your tan, swim, go kayaking on the bay, or indulge in other water sports if the spirit moves you. Off season, there is nothing better than bundling up and walking the deserted beach, feeling the wind washing away the last bits of tension as you let yourself unwind.
All the Stress Relief You Need
There are a number of excellent bed and breakfasts in the area that provide the ideal alternative to traditional lodging. They are all historic inns boasting the finest modern amenities and complete access to wild nature, calming breezes, and all the stress relief you could ask for.
The Humphrey Hughes House
In the historic district of North Wildwood, the Humphrey Hughes House is the gracious former home of Mr. Henry Justi. Built in 1903, it was subsequently bought in 1927 by Dr. Franklin Hughes, who inspired the Queen Anne Victorian style home to be called “the Doctor’s House” by its neighbors. The building stayed in the family until 1980 when it was converted into the retreat it is today.
With spacious rooms filled with antiques, the Humphrey Hughes House features a gorgeous wrap-around veranda with rocking chairs that give way to a beautiful ocean view. Gardens grace the grounds, which are just a short walk from the beach, as well as the local nature trails that allow you to meander to your heart’s content.
With full breakfasts every morning, afternoon refreshments, whirlpool tubs, gas or electric fireplaces, and all the other modern amenities you could wish for, staying at the Humphrey Hughes House will give you all that you require to relax and forget your cares.
The Mainstay Inn
Originally called The Clubhouse, this 19th century bed and breakfast has quite a colorful past, including gambling and other nefarious activities that shall go unnamed. Today the Mainstay Inn boasts twelve exquisitely appointed guestrooms with private bathrooms, antique décor, 14-foot ceilings, air conditioning, and all the peace and quiet you need.
A guest area called The Cottage is connected to the main inn via a brick walkway, taking you through a delightful garden with a Victorian fountain. With six rooms, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and parking, two of the rooms also have their own private porches overlooking the garden. Built as private summer home in 1870, The Cottage became a natural extension of this glorious bed and breakfast, where family style breakfasts are enjoyed in the dining room or as a buffet in spring and summer for enjoyment on the luxurious veranda.
In summer, you can arm yourself with lush beach towels, choose your beach chair with umbrella, and settle down for relaxing days in the sun. And if you want to stay beyond checkout time, there is a convenient shower and changing room that you can use when you’re ready to get back on the road.
The Queen Victoria
With all the comforts of home and none of the stresses, the Queen Victoria is one of the most famous bed and breakfasts in the area. With four impeccably restored historic buildings complete with 34 rooms and suites, this inn invites you to lay back and enjoy the luxury.
Handmade quilts, private baths, whirlpool tubs, gas log fireplaces, and an attention to detail that is absolutely flawless have given this splendid Inn its reputation as the ultimate in easy hospitality. Enjoy a buffet breakfast in one of the three dining rooms with bistro seating or a large table where you can mingle with other guests. Afternoon tea and complimentary beverages all day and night are available, as are the wonderfully comfortable rockers that await you on the porch.
In the heart of Cape May’s historic district and just one block from the Atlantic, you can stroll or cycle to explore the area. With the inn’s gardens, rooftop sundeck, and wicker swing, you may just decide to stay put to the tune of the rhythmic breaking of the waves that lull you into reveries.
The Peter Shields Inn
This 1907 Georgian Revival mansion is an elegant beauty, with nine glorious rooms that boast of breathtaking views. Situated on peaceful Beach Avenue, you can easily stroll to the historic district or the beach, maintaining a relaxed pace for your entire stay. Pick up a complimentary his or her bicycle with basket and helmet and explore the area; then watch the sunset in the comfort of a lovely beach chair. This magnificent bed and breakfast will provide you with everything you need for an unforgettable stay.
Impeccably appointed rooms with plush bedding, fresh flowers, private baths, fireplaces, and all the premier amenities await you at this Diamond Collection boutique inn that is also recommended by the Zagat Guide for its epicurean gourmet dining. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast on the front porch, wine and cheese on your balcony overlooking the ocean, and a stay that will make you feel like royalty.
A former historic whaling captain’s home built in 1892, The Fairthorne is a magnificent Colonial Revival style home with a wraparound veranda, and the finest antiques mixed with the best of modern comforts.
Enjoy inviting guestrooms with feather pillows and whirlpool tubs, gas log fireplaces and an atmosphere that begs you to let your cares be carried away by the breeze. With gourmet meals, snacks and fresh baked cookies during the day, rockers in which to daydream, and all the sandy beaches you care to explore, The Fairthorne is a place where you are enveloped in a luxurious and comforting atmosphere that is ideal for forgetting everything else but the moment.
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