Lined with charismatic bed and breakfast inns that capture the Victorian elegance and a seaside resort that overlooks the idyllic Atlantic Ocean, Cape May is the perfect place to plan your romantic getaway. Lovers can participate in countless charming activities such as waterfront dining, riding a horse and carriage and afternoon tea parties during their visit.
But nothing is more crucial than having the perfect place to stay overnight and rekindle your romance. From historic hotels to charming cottages, here are some of the best romantic accommodations in Cape May, New Jersey.
Carrollvilla is a historic bed and breakfast with 20 rooms that has been accommodating guests since 1882. Guests will immediately appreciate the Craftsman-style house with mid-century modern touches and Victorian furniture when visiting Carrolvilla. Each room is individually themed with floral wallpaper and colonial bedposts. The bed and breakfast is also outfitted with Mad Batter, a restaurant and bar with recipes that were awarded by OpenTable as a Diner’s Choice. Best of all, the serene beach is only a few steps away from your room.
The Queen Victoria is an award-winning bed and breakfast designed to enhance your getaway. Located just minutes from the beach, great shopping, and restaurants, the inn offers 32 Victorian-style bedrooms that look like they were designed for Queen Victoria herself. Guests will notice the traditional royal red colors found throughout the inn and luxurious room names like “The Crown Jewel” and “Prince Albert Hall”. Several bedrooms are outfitted with a private luxury whirlpool tub (so be sure to ask for it when booking). Remember not to oversleep so you and your lover can enjoy the full English breakfast with tea and sweets waiting for you in the morning.
Some people may feel it’s not romantic unless they bring along their furry pal for a mini getaway. Built in the late 1700s, Billmae Cottages is a pet-friendly guest suite designed to accommodate you and your dogs. There, you will meet other like-minded dog lovers and have play dates with your pets or participate in the “Yappy Hour” for free treats. The Billmae Cottages are split into two sections: the Cottage Suites (laid out like a studio apartment) and the Cottage Too (with hotel rooms). Inside the rooms, guests will appreciate the dog breed themes, such as Pomeranian or Jack Russell Terrier patterned pillow and bedsheets, as well as the rustic country interior.
Set in a one-and-a-half acre award-winning garden, Southern Mansion is a favorite destination for lovers that are into history. As the largest bed and breakfast inn in Cape May, this antebellum inn was built in the mid-1800s and was once a favorite destination for southern gentry. Centrally located in the historic district and a five-minute walk to the beaches, shops and restaurants, guests will find this place to be very convenient to go on their romantic adventures. Each room at Southern Mansion is designed with heirloom furnishings, antiques and period pieces that lend to the splendor of the mansion’s architecture.
Congress Hall is a four-story hotel that features Federal architecture and is the oldest seaside resort in the area, having been built in 1816. Guests will be greeted with a dramatic entrance as they walk through the 12-foot doors and foyers with marbled floors. The indoor palm trees, wicker furniture and the smell of the ocean wafting into the hotel all add a romantic touch. The rooms are luxurious and feature sky blue walls, seashell interiors and window views facing the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is also home to several restaurants and hip hangouts, including The Boiler Room, The Blue Pig Tavern (with ingredients plucked from the hotel’s own garden), and several coffee shops. At night, when you gaze out of your window with your significant other, you’ll see the true beauty of Cape May as the moon reflects off the ocean. With this picturesque atmosphere, you’re sure to fall in love with your partner all over again.