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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Park Cape May, New Jersey