New Jersey January 07, 2019
This Grand 1881 Mansion Inn In New Jersey Will Make You Feel Like Royalty
Imagine this…you sunbathe on the beach for hours, stroll through the sand, splash around in the cool, refreshing water. After your fun in the sun is done for the day, you take a few steps and find yourself surrounded by spectacular shops. You enjoy a delicious dinner and live music to end your evening. Then, you head back to your hotel, just a block away…but this isn’t your average Hilton or Holiday Inn, it’s a historic bed and breakfast, beautifully adorned and serving up a bountiful buffet each morning. All this and more can be a reality, right here in New Jersey.
Welcome to the Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast in Cape May, where you're sure to feel like royalty.
Cape May has so many lovely spots to spend a weekend, but the Queen Victoria is truly fit for a queen, or king.
The Queen Victoria is actually comprised of several unique buildings, all with a rich history.
The Queen Victoria building was constructed in 1881, and it's the building where guests check in. It has nine romantic guest rooms, each with a private bath. There's also a lovely parlor area with 11.5' ceilings. A carriage house, the Crown Jewel, is adjacent.
The Queens Cottage building (completed in 1888) is perfect for those seeking privacy, or those with large families traveling together. The first floor has two luxury suites, each with large two-person whirlpool tubs. An adjoining parlor is for the exclusive use of guests in these two suites, and has a butler’s pantry featuring a Keurig, complimentary beverages, and more. The second floor is home to two additional luxury suites, also with their own shared parlor.
Some consider Prince Albert Hall to be the heart of the complex. This home houses the kitchen.
Located on the site of the former Columbia Hotel, which burned to the ground in 1878, it was purportedly constructed in 1882. It offers 6 Premium rooms and 5 Luxury Suites with private entrances. It also has a picturesque porch that's a popular dining spot in summer months and a gorgeous roof deck where you can watch the sun set.
Last, but not least, is The House of Royals - it was designed and built in 1876 by Charles Shaw, builder of the Emlen Physick Estate. The first floor was originally a general store offering stationery, sundries, and patent medicines. The second floor, with its high 11-foot ceilings and 9-foot doors, unusual in a residential setting, was a gentleman’s gambling club including a large common room and several smaller private gambling parlors. There are currently 10 guest rooms, some with ocean view balconies. All have luxurious bathrooms with heated towel bars.
Whichever building you stay in, the rooms are simply stunning. I've included a few photos because you just have to see them! This is the Queen Victoria.
Check out the fireplace in Kee Garden!
The bright and cheery Bloomsbury.
The beautifully furnished Prince Albert room.
The absolutely regal Princess Victoria!
Check out the gorgeous prints in the Lord Melbourne room!
And now let's discuss the "breakfast" side of "bed & breakfast"...It's a delectable delight.
Most mornings, you are given a choice of dining locations (depending upon how many guests are in house), including one of their social dining rooms with a large common table in the Queen Victoria building or Prince Albert Hall, as well as their beautiful and opulent House of Royals dining room, which features a more intimate bistro dining option.
But now for the best part...the food! Each day they offer one of the mouthwatering special entrées featured in their cook book, along with a delightful variety of other foods, including home baked breads, fresh baked muffins and biscuits, fresh baked New York style bagels and English muffins (with their homemade strawberry jam), fresh cut fruit salad, vanilla yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs, as well as a variety of juices. Make as many passes through the buffet as you desire, it is all you can eat. To drink, you'll find a locally roasted, custom blend of coffee (both regular & decaf) and Harney & Son’s teas.
In addition to breakfast, served from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., there’s afternoon tea with some sweet and savory treats. Doesn’t that sound spectacular, your majesty? To learn more about all the attractions in Cape May,