Cape May, NJ, The Mainstay Inn

Paul Grimes, Condé Nast Traveler

"Architecturally, no inn, anywhere, quite matches the Mainstay, an Italianate villa with a broad veranda, built in 1872 as a gambling and entertainment club for gentlemen."

Travel and Leisure

"If you can get a reservation at the Mainstay, by all means take it. In a town of charming B&B’s, this Italianate Villa seems to float dreamily above the rest."


The Washington Post

"The jewel of them all has got to be the Mainstay. If you’re lucky enough to pick up a cancellation there, you’re in for a treat."

National Geographic Traveler

"Behind its picket fence, a broad veranda and porch swings beckon. I had passed the Mainstay many times before, but had never actually gone in. Now I found that beyond its narrow, 13-foot-high windows lies Victorian luxury, probably the most successful rendition of it to be had at any of Cape May’s Inns."

Washington Times

"Cape May will forever dispel the image of crowded, concrete and asphalt New Jersey. The town is cool, clean and jolly. There are no fast food places, no boom boxes. Ancient hotels with swaying front porch rockers hold court here."