Bayberry Inn

223 Perry Street, Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Innkeeper(s): Andy & Toby Fontaine
 
  • Introduction

    Voted "Most Perfect Stay" and "Best For Walking to Shops & Restaurants" - Arrington's B&B Journal. Also featured in "Travel Smart" & "South Jersey Magazine"

    Welcome to the Bayberry Inn, a Cape May Bed and Breakfast

    Experience the ambiance and serenity of a by-gone era in one of the most romantic and historical Cape May Bed and Breakfasts. As you savor the fresh ocean air, and listen to the sea birds and the waves nearby, you’re sure to unwind and be refreshed. Our sunny front porch is the perfect place to enjoy a book, a glass of wine, or a daydream, and observe the world from your retreat.

    Whether for a romantic getaway, or a vacation with best friends, you’ll receive exceptional hospitality at the Bayberry Inn. Your hosts, Andy and Toby are natives of the area and glad to share ideas and suggestions for places to go and things to do. Our Cape May Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located within two blocks from some of the cleanest beaches on the Jersey shore.

    An easy walk to Cape May shops, dining, live theater, and the beach.

    No matter when you're here, you'll see exotic orchids in bloom throughout the house. Growing orchids is a hobby of ours. Bring your lap top if you wish. We have wireless internet access. We also have delicious, homemade breakfasts each morning! Plus many other amenities.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Andy & Toby Fontaine for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at our inn because we are very conveniently located, have on site parking, and prepare a full breakfast each morning.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Best known for our exotic orchids, and our friendly hospitality. The food’s not bad, either!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Best reason to visit: beautiful and clean beaches, birding, history, great dining, and the arts!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Clean.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Cape May is a mature, yet family friendly town, and very walkable!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Day one: beach and/or wineries
    Day 2: ocean kayaking or whale watching.
    Day 3: visit the Physic Estate or Cold Spring Village; later see a professional live play
    Day 4: horse and carriage or trolley ride around town and/or visit the unique shops and galleries

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    There are many things in walking distance from our inn:
    The Washington Street Mall (an open pedestrian mall), The BEACH, two professional equity theaters, several fine dining and casual restaurants, two parks - live music in season, ice cream shops, miniature golf, bicycle shop, gourmet cheese shop, a CVS pharmacy.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    My favorite restaurant is George’s Place - we love Greek food!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Travelers may want to check: www.capemay.com and www.capemaytimes.com.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Bayberry Inn has a total of 5 units - 4 guest rooms, and a suite.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are not able to accommodate pets.

     

  • Growing Orchids

    What began as an innocent birthday gift from Andy to Toby, sparked a new passion - ORCHIDS Though we always enjoyed our house plants, we were delighted with the lasting beauty of this exotic plant

    Well, one thing led to another...Now, we have a mini green-house full of these living gems!

    Andy lovingly cares for them each day, and we display the ones that are in bloom for all to enjoy.

    Our guests are often surprised with the wide variety of orchid species and hybrids we now have. One lovely orchid smells like chocolate when in bloom, another reminds you of honeysuckles; though most of our orchids don't have a fragrance, or it's quite subtle.

    Decorating with living orchids is not new. Victorians loved to collect and display them in their homes. Many orchids were discovered and named in the Victorian era. They certainly add beauty and grace wherever they they're grown!

    We enjoy sharing what we've learned about orchids with our guests who have questions, though we're by no means experts.

    It's just our passion.

  • History of the Bayberry Inn, Cape May, New Jersey

    The Bayberry Inn, formerly the Joseph Q. Williams House, is one of the oldest homes in Cape May. The original house, which is the back portion and includes the dining room was built circa 1800. The front of the house, was built in 1856, by Joseph Q. Williams, a young carpenter and mayor of Cape May during the Civil War. He and Sarah raised their children and entertained in this elegantly simple home.

    In 1878, much of Cape May was devastated by a fire that began just down the street, in the Ocean House Hotel. The Williams house narrowly escaped damage.

    Now, the home is a Cape May bed and breakfast, known as the Bayberry Inn, welcoming guests from around the world.

  • Meet your Cape May Innkeeper hosts, Andy and Toby Fontaine

    We are a rarity in Cape May bed and breakfast innkeeping circles - we're both natives of the Cape May area.

    Andy's family ran a local seafood market, which he worked in during summer vacations. Toby's great grandparents operated a dairy farm which served Cape May for forty years, starting around the turn of the century.

    We bought the house, which we named Bayberry Inn, in December 1999. Since then, we've enjoyed sharing our hobbies, and knowledge and love of Cape May with the many interesting people who find their way to our Cape May Bed and Breakfast Inn.

    We're both avid antique collectors. We have an interesting collection of antique clocks of every shape and size. (Andy enjoys repairing and restoring them.)

    We also have an extensive collection of orchids. There are always several orchids in bloom in the Bayberry Inn's parlor at any given time. When you visit, ask Andy to show you some of the other orchids in the greenhouse!

    We look forward to your visit.

  • Guest Comments

    "Thank you, Thank you! Ours was truly an amazing experience. We came to Cape May to escape the stress and succeeded. Felt truly pampered..." - Jill & JoAnne

    "...Although the bed part was great, the breakfast was outstanding! Loved the chocolate orchid!" - Patti & James

    "Great company and really great food in a town with the most character that we've had the pleasure to visit." - Larry & Mary Ann

    "Thank you so much for your kind hospitality - again! It was a wonderful, relaxing time, and your home and its warmth made it so. Always great to meet new people and enjoy good food to start off the day." - Elly & Bob

    "What a wonderful comfortable atmosphere you provide..." - David & Julie

    "... The food was indescribable. The only Bed and Breakfast I would recommend." - Pam & Hal

    "...It felt like we were staying with friends..." - Valerie & Steve
    "What a lovely way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary!" - Carol & Rich

    "There is love here...Our special weekend - our love was enhanced by it." - Maria & James

  • How To Find Us

    From the end of the Garden State Parkway, go over the bridge and continue on Lafayette Street until the end. You will see Colliers Liquor Store and a parking lot at the end, which is Jackson Street. Turn right. At the traffic light turn left onto Perry Street. Bayberry Inn is the second house on the left.