Lovingly restored bed-and-breakfasts and an upscale Spanish-style inn are our picks for the most romantic places to stay in Cape May, a classic seaside town on the southernmost tip of New Jersey.
The Southern Mansion -- built as a private mansion in 1863 -- is a quiet bed-and-breakfast that combines Southern charm (a wrap-around porch with wooden rocking chairs) and eccentric flourishes (leopard-print carpet). Each Victorian-style guest room is uniquely decorated with antique furniture and original art. The gourmet free breakfast includes a continental spread plus made-to-order hot dishes. And note: Only children over the age of 10 are allowed on the property.
Unlike the majority of the Victorian-style bed-and-breakfasts in the Cape May area, the 1912 Mission Inn was built in the classic California Spanish architectural style. Perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway by the beach, the upscale inn includes individually designed rooms (each themed after a different California mission) and an impressive home-cooked daily breakfast.
A picturesque hotel with beautiful porches and parlors, the Queen Victoria has 30 rooms in four lovely homes. Patterned wallpaper, needlepoint pillows, quilts, and bedside hurricane lamps are just some of the charming details guests will find inside the rooms. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, TVs with DVD players, and mini-fridges; Premium rooms are available with extra features like private entrances, hot tubs, fireplaces, and porches.
Built in the classic Victorian Queen Anne style at the end of the 1800s, the Albert Stevens Inn retains much of its original charm with a floating staircase, traditional color palette, and stained-glass windows, and a wooden veranda with rocking chairs. Each of the 10 rooms and suites is tastefully decorated with lace window treatments and hand-printed wallpaper from Bradbury and Bradbury, but also feature modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and air-conditioning.