[OLD] The Dormer House - Cape May, NJ

One- or Two-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 lend to the feel that you’re staying in an elegant guesthouse, and year-round seasonal decorations brighten both the interior and exterior.

Each of the inn’s guest rooms and suites features a private bath, pastel walls, and floral decorations. However, each room offers its own unique experience as well—some have a sitting area, 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.

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

Stay for two in any room

  • Option 1: $89 for one night, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $170 value)
  • Option 2: $185 for two nights, valid for check-in Thursday-Saturday (up to a $340 value)

Book by: 5/24/13
Travel by: 6/13/13

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

  • Must book by 5/24/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 6/13/13
  • Not valid 3/19-3/31 and 5/24-5/27
  • Limit 5 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 5 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • Availability is limited on weekends
  • If cancelled, fee up to half Groupon price may apply
  • Must be 18 or older to check-in, 10 or older to stay
  • 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 bed)
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 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, PA
  • By bus: 0.5 miles from the New Jersey Transit station at Cape May Welcome Center

Customer Reviews

(89 ratings)

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Laura M. ·
January 26, 2014
Our waitress/housekeeper/guide. She was so sweet. She really ran around like a nut to make everyone's experience flow. She had a great personality. What a gem!


Laura M. ·
January 26, 2014
Your employees are great, but the grounds and the windows need cared for. I realize it was early in the season last year, but still. There were items laying around outside that had been there for more than just the winter. The windows/screen on the top floor had not been cleaned/vacuumed in a really long time. Other than that, we had a wonderful time.


Juretta G. ·
July 4, 2013
The hospitality.
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