About the Mason Cottage
Downtown Cape May Accommodations [Near the Beach]
Historic Accommodations in Cape May, NJ
In 1869 Edward Warne, a wealthy Philadelphian Developer and Attorney, purchased the vacant lot at 623-625 Columbia Avenue and began construction on his summer home. During the construction of the home, Edward and his wife Elizabeth decided to divide the house into two homes (which is why you will notice two sets of elaborate stairwells at the inn), which would accommodate the Warnes as well as their son John and his new wife. The Warnes's new home was completed in 1871, just in time for the summer season. Over the years, family tensions arose which caused the Warnes to put the cottage on the market for sale.
The home was purchased in 1940 by the Mason family (hence the Mason Cottage) and it was not long after that Wilber Davis Mason, Sr. opened his home as a guesthouse to weary travelers. The current owners acquired the cottage in early 2009 and have lovingly renovated the inn blending history with modern sensibility.
Are you An Early Riser?
Tea and coffee selections are available 24 hours a day at our self-serve bar near the guest pantry. In the colder months, guests can relax in the parlor, by the fire and read a favorite book.
Start your day with a walk through town or along the beach [only one block away] - the early morning is one of the most peaceful times in Cape May.
Why not take one of our complimentary bicycles for a leisurely bike ride along the ocean on the Promenade (bikes are permitted on the Cape May Promenade before 10 AM).
Breakfast at the Mason Cottage, Cape May Bed & Breakfast inn
Enjoy a delicious 2-course, seated breakfast each morning during your stay (whenever possible, we source Local Cape May Products).
Our Breakfast Item Changes Daily and alternates between a sweet dish and savory dish.
Upon checking in at the inn, we will go over the breakfast seating time.
Choose to dine inside in the dining room or outdoors (in the warmer months) on the expansive veranda that wraps around three sides of the inn, overlooking the gardens, along Columbia Avenue.
With advance notice, we are more than happy to accommodate our guests with special dietary concerns: Gluten-Free | Vegetarian | Vegan | Lactose Intolerant
As our guests are aware, all food served at the inn is prepared by us personally, providing us with the confidence that it has been prepared in a healthy, hygienic and sanitary manner. We will continue with our plated 1st & 2nd course breakfast service. Guests can enjoy their breakfast in the dining room (3 tables available) or outside on the veranda (all tables are appropriately distanced).
Afternoon Refreshments/Light Snacks
Afternoon refreshments and light snacks are offered daily to all guests of the Mason Cottage from 3:00 - 4:00 PM in the parlor.
Our selections change daily, as well as seasonally:
Guests will enjoy a selection of beverages, such as hot tea, iced-tea/lemonade or sangria. Snacks may include assorted gourmet cheeses | nuts | dried fruits, cookies | cupcakes | fruit pies.
COVID19 Updates: Afternoon refreshments and /snacks will still be available (now in a pre-packaged manner).