In case you don't know the Mainstay (and if you're reading this review, maybe you don't), this is one of Cape May's grand old Victorian-era buildings that has been lovingly restored and filled with period furniture. But the Mainstay has done this better than just about any other property in town. It is quite simple stunning, and is run with the utmost grace and polish. Each room, named after a US president, has its own character. But all are so comfortable, well appointed, and clean that the Queen herself would be happy here. Breakfast is similarly delightful—endless coffee and tea and cream, an egg dish, fresh coffee cake or muffins, bagels and toast, cereal and yogurt, cheese and cold cuts, and huge bowls brimming with watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries. There's no sitting around a table and trying to make small talk with the owners and other guests. (Ugh.) You fill your plate, take it out to a table for two on the glorious wrap-around porch, and feast to the sound of a tinkling fountain in the beautifully landscaped garden. So serene. So blissful. When I'm having a bad day at work, this is one of the happy places I take my mind to.
TIP: The Mainstay provides local newspapers. If you want a New York Times, walk to Congress Hall a few blocks away. By about 7:30 AM a small variety store there sells that and other papers.
TIP: Some rooms at the Mainstay come with parking. They're the most expensive, but paying the extra money eliminates the considerable hassle of finding parking on the street.
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