With its beachfront promenade, old-fashioned (and very active in the summer) bandstand, and hundreds of Victorian buildings, Cape May in southern New Jersey may be the ultimate East Coast example of seaside charm. These boutique bed-and-breakfasts live up to the small town’s sweet reputation.
The Queen Victoria is a beautiful, mid-range bed-and-breakfast in Cape May with 30 rooms in four picturesque homes. Decorated with charming antique furnishings, the hotel has an excellent location as well -- it’s a short walk to the beach and Washington Street Mall. A tasty breakfast buffet and afternoon tea and snack service are served daily. The Queen Victoria has bicycles guests can borrow and outdoor showers for cleaning off after a day at the beach.
Built by Dr. Albert Stevens as a private residence and office suite at the end of the 1890s, the Albert Stevens Inn is now a mid-range, antique-filled bed and breakfast. The 10-room property attracts couples looking for a quiet place to stay with lots of great perks like two verandas (one open-air and one covered), free bike rentals, gourmet breakfasts, and an afternoon snack reception. Rooms are decorated in a traditional style and offer a mix of high-tech and low-tech entertainment (think flat-screen TVs and board games).