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“Personal touch is key”
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Inn at the Park
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Bordentown, New Jersey
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“Personal touch is key”
Reviewed 24 August 2012

It's best to book in advance when planning a trip to Cape May, NJ, but my girlfriend Sarah and I were fortunate enough to find this beach town B&B at the last minute. We called Friday morning to inquire about a room for the same night. Lucky for us, they had a suite available, so we reserved it and promptly made our way down the shore. We paid heavily for making plans so late, though: over $330 for the one night. Anyway, Mary Ann informed us as we were leaving the next day that she doesn't usually rent for single nights at all, so I felt happier about our stay knowing that she had made an unusual exception for us.

The Sancerre Suite had a large, firm bed with plenty of pillows and a quilt. There was an attached room with a pull-out futon, a TV, a dresser and an armoire for our clothes. The bathroom had a double shower (kinky!) and some really delicious smelling soaps. The room was mainly decorated with knick-knacks and doilies, and there was a nice journal or two signed by many of the previous occupants of the room.

After talking with Jay and Mary Ann about our plans for the day, our first stop was the beach, about an 8 minute walk down the street. Its not the closest spot by the shoreline, but looking at all of the Victorian houses along the way makes up for it. Don't bother bringing beach supplies. Our stay at the Inn included a beach bag and a couple of beach towels, as well as free beach chairs to use -- nice. There is also a full shower outside for washing off the sand before coming back inside. After the beach, we stopped at the Firehouse Museum, had lunch at the Ugly Mug, spent the rest of the afternoon and evening wandering the Mall and promenade, and finally made sure to catch the sunset and nightly flag ceremony at Sunset Beach. Be sure to grab a photo of the concrete ship before it disappears!

The next day, there were two breakfast tables that each sat 6, and it was funny because we were seated according to our juice preferences. Mary Ann had made sure to ask about our food preferences well in advance of the meal (Sarah is a vegetarian who eats fish and eggs), and everything came out SO good. I loved the down home style meal. It was very rich but definitely gave me the fuel I needed to make the long drive home in the Jersey shore traffic.

All in all, Mary Ann and Jay run a good business. They are friendly and thoughtful people and I'm glad that they found space for us at a time when most of the places we called were thoroughly booked.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

My husband and I decided last minute to get away for our 42 nd wedding anniversary. We found Mary Ann and Jay to be delightful hosts. Breakfast and 5:00 pm "SNACKS" were delicious. I recently had a knee replacement so the Cottage room was easy to enter and was on the ground floor. Definately would come back and recommend others to try this B&B.

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Jay and Mary Ann are wonderful hosts. The sit-down breakfasts and late afternoon wine and hors d'œuvres gave us a chance to meet other guests while enjoying the delicious food. The inn is in a quiet neighborhood, just a few blocks away from the Washington Inn, where we had a great dinner on the first night of our stay. We hope to go back soon.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, PA
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

My husband, teenage son, and I spent a wonderful three days at Inn at the Park. The breakfast and afternoon hors d'œuvres were delicious. Mary Ann and Jay even accommodated our son's preferences. The accommodations were charming and well-kept. We even had a separate room for our son. Mary Ann and Jay were also gracious hosts--advising us on restaurants and things to do in Cape May, checking in on our thoughts, and generally making us feel at home. I highly recommend this B&B, for families and for couples.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

This is our 10th stay at the inn at the park. Mary Ann and Jay are like family. Its hard to know where to start because everything they do is special. The rooms are always very clean and well kept. 3 of the rooms are on the first floor so if you have trouble with the steps like me it makes it very convenient. A gourmet breakfast is served every morning. Jay is a trained chef and mary ann keeps records on returning guests. She trys to make sure you are served something or something you reailly enjoy. How many inn keepers do that? Afternoon hor derves are served at with wine and makes a great social hour with other guests. Everything is done with the guest in mind. We can't wait to return again. Try the inn at the park and you will keep going back.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

We stayed at the Inn at the Park for two nights and had a lovely time. The owners are extremely friendly, personable people and we enjoyed chatting with them. The guests were also interesting. Our room was lovely, with all of the antique furniture in great shape. In the early evening they have a wine tasting with appetizers -- yummy stuff (ex: bacon-wrapped dates with cheese, cheese 'pennies' (round, flat, fried cheesy goodness), fruit, red and white wines, tea, bruschetta, etc.). Breakfasts were delicious, as well (chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, apple fritter, scones, etc.). They go out of their way to make sure you'll enjoy your food (one of the guests was a vegan and that made separate food specially for her).

The Inn is within walking distance to the beach and Washington Street shopping. The owners had good dinner reservation recommendations, as well. Our favorite was Tisha's. It ranked up there with a top NYC restaurant.

I only wish we could have stayed there longer. We greatly enjoyed our getaway.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We had a wonderful trip to Cape May. The Inn at the Park is a beautiful home. Mary Ann and Jay take tremendous pride in making sure you feel at home. All rooms have private baths and 2 rooms have private entrances. The rooms are nicely decorated and spotless. The breakfasts were great and the owners are friendly and courteous . The home is a short 10 minute walk to either the beach or the outdoor mall. We will certainly go back.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Additional Information about Inn at the Park

Property: Inn at the Park
Address: 1002 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1737 (Formerly Plum Palace in the Park)
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Cape May
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inn at the Park is an 1893 Queen Anne bed and breakfast for food and wine lovers with modern amenities. There are 5 guests rooms and 1 suite with air conditioning, ceiling fans, 1 whirlpool, 1 soaking tub, 3 two-person showers, TVs, 3 fireplaces, family cottage accommodations, and on-site parking. ... more   less 
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Inn At The Park Cape May, New Jersey

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