[OLD] The Dormer House

$95 for a One-Night Stay at The Dormer House in Cape May, NJ

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Historical B&B Close to Cape May Beaches

Cheerful, chatty husband-and-wife innkeepers Dennis and Lucille Doherty have an arrangement—she does all the baking for the holidays and afternoon teas, and he makes breakfasts each morning. Their work enlivens a typical day inside The Dormer House, an 1899 Colonial Revival–style mansion in Cape May, New Jersey, that was once a summer residence for marble magnate Commodore Jacoby. Rocking chairs, antique furniture, and a grand marble fireplace create an aura of genteel hospitality, and year-round seasonal decorations brighten both the house’s interior and exterior.

Each of the inn’s guest rooms and suites features a private bath, soothing pastel walls, and floral decorations, but all rooms offer a unique experience as well—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 that’s served on the enclosed sun porch between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., 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. At any time, head out to the inn’s wraparound porch and enjoy the scene on charming Columbia Avenue with a glass of lemonade.

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. To complete the image, horses and carriages tour Cape May’s colorful, cottage-lined streets, which have been deemed off-limits to chain stores to preserve the classic small-town feel. And along Delaware Bay stands the 1859-built Cape May Lighthouse. Those who climb its seemingly endless flight of stairs are rewarded with an unbeatable view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

$95 for a one-night stay for two in any room, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday 10/7–12/31 (up to a $160 value)

Book by: 11/23/12
Travel by: 12/31/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


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

The Fine Print

  • Book by 11/23/2012 or promo value expires
  • Valid for travel 10/7/12-12/31/2012
  • Not valid 11/21-22, 11/28, 12/23-25 and 12/31
  • Not valid Fri-Sat
  • 5/person +2 as gifts
  • 5/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • $20 fee to cancel reservation if room can be rebooked, otherwise fee up to 50% of Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Must be 10 or older to stay
  • Credit card required at booking/check-in
  • Not valid for Smith Cottage
  • Gratuities and 14% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One queen bed; some rooms also have a pullout sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2; 3 for rooms with pullout sofa beds
  • Adding occupants above standard: $30 per night for an additional guest

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

Getting There

  • By plane: 44 miles from Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)
  • By car: about 93 miles south of Philadelphia
  • By bus: 0.5 miles from the New Jersey Transit station at Cape May Welcome Center

Customer Reviews

89 Ratings

Gave this to my parents as a gift. They loved the atmosphere and the welcoming feeling.
Isabel C. · June 3, 2017
Breakfast was very good. Staff was helpful.
Charlene S. · May 13, 2017
Lovely b + b
Lynne S. · November 11, 2016
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