The Dormer House

One- or Two-Night Stay for Two in a Room or Suite at The Dormer House in Cape May, New Jersey

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Historical B & B Close to Cape May Beaches

Cheerful, chatty husband and wife innkeepers Lucille and Dennis Doherty have an arrangement—she does all the baking for the holidays and afternoon teas, and he whips up the daily breakfasts. Their work enlivens a typical day inside The Dormer House, an 1899 Colonial Revival–style mansion that was once a summer residence for marble magnate Commodore Jacoby. Rocking chairs, antique furniture, and a grand marble fireplace help to create an aura of genteel hospitality, and year-round seasonal decorations brighten both the inside and outside of the house.

Each of the inn’s rooms and suites features a private bath, soothing pastel walls, and floral decorations, but all rooms offer their own unique experience—some have sitting areas, some have a whirlpool bath, and others have a life-size Bob Newhart. The Antique Rose suite on the third floor is tucked under the sloping dormer ceilings that inspired the inn’s name. A wrought-iron bed anchors the room, and the windows look out on the horses and carriages clopping along Columbia Avenue.

Every morning, Dennis cooks a full breakfast, which is served on the enclosed sun porch, and Lucille bakes sweets and snacks to accompany a lazy afternoon tea. The main sitting room houses a display of antique photographs and a collection of Victorian-era costumes.

Cape May, New Jersey: Seaside Resort Town with Victorian Architecture

Long billed as America's oldest seaside resort, the little island of Cape May lies at New Jersey's southernmost tip. When a fire ravaged most of the town in 1878, its residents rebuilt in the contemporary style of the time, and dozens of their Victorian homes remain standing today. Consequently, the Cape May Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Horses and carriages tour the colorful, cottage-lined streets, which have been deemed off-limits to chain stores and flying-car dealerships to preserve the classic, small-town feel.

Built in 1859, the Cape May Lighthouse stands guard over Delaware Bay. Its seemingly endless flight of stairs awards visitors who climb to the top with an unbeatable view of the Atlantic Ocean. The town is also known for its whale- and dolphin-watching tours that typically begin in late March, when sea captains lead expeditions into the bay to spot humpback and finback whales.

What You Get

Stay for two in any room or suite

  • $89 for one night, valid Sunday–Thursday
  • $185 for two nights, valid on Friday and Saturday

Amenities

  • Full breakfast and afternoon tea included
  • Antique and period furnishings
  • Enclosed sun porch
  • Onsite parking

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 6/14/12
  • Not valid 5/25-5/27
  • Limit 5 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 5 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • Fee up to 1/2 of Groupon price may apply for any cancellation
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Must be 10 or older to stay
  • 14% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call The Dormer House.
  3. Choose a date prior to 6/14/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One queen-size bed (some rooms also have a pullout couch)
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in most rooms, 3 in rooms with pullout couches
  • Adding occupants above standard: $30 per night for one additional guest in rooms with pullout couches
  • Private bathroom
  • Flat-screen TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: included in additional-occupant charge
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Stay for two in any room or suite

  • $89 for one night, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $225 value)
  • $185 for two nights, valid on Friday and Saturday (up to a $450 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: 50 miles from Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)
  • By car: about 90 miles south of Philadelphia

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