The Fairthorne Cottage Bed & Breakfast

115 Ocean Street, Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Innkeeper(s): Diane & Ed Hutchinson
  • Introduction

    Be our guest at The Fairthorne Cottage Bed & Breakfast in the heart of the historic, ocean-side village of Cape May. Built in 1892 by a whaling captain, this Colonial Revival-style inn in Cape May features leaded, stained glass windows and a graceful wraparound verandah appointed with wicker furniture.

    Relax on the verandah of this charming Cape May bed and breakfast and watch horse-drawn carriages tour the streets of Cape May or sip a glass of sherry by a crackling fire.


    Morning is a special time at this lovely Cape May B&B, bringing with it a sumptuous, "signature" breakfast. Each afternoon at this delightful Cape May, NJ bed and breakfast, you are invited to gather for complimentary tea and light refreshments. This beautiful bed and breakfast in Cape May provides complimentary beach towels, chairs, and bicycles, and is ideally located just one block from the beach, shopping, and an assortment of restaurants and churches.

    After your delightfully relaxing and enjoyable stay at Fairthorne Cottage, you will be convinced that this beautiful Cape May inn is, by far, the most romantic bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ!


  • Breakfast

    Each morning you will enjoy one of Diane's homemade muffins or coffeecake perfected over the years. "Jersey Fresh" vegetables may be found in an entrée of the day or perhaps we'll serve eggs benedict with Canadian ham and asparagus. We alternate our menu to sweet one day and savory the next. A French Toast Strata with lemon and raspberries with raspberry sauce is a much requested sweet breakfast.

    During the warmer weather you will be served your breakfast outdoors on the veranda where you can enjoy your steaming coffee and generous serving of homemade muffins, fresh fruit and entrée. Early coffee is always available before 7:00 a.m. You can choose an early seating, 8:30 a.m. or take a bicycle ride early and come to breakfast at the 9:30 a.m. seating.

    Special care is always taken of your special dietary needs, just let us know at check-in or give us a call before your arrival so we're prepared for you.


    Early each afternoon you'll smell those special cookies baking for tea time. Chocolate chip biscotti, brownies, or just simply chocolate chip cookies. Our daughter, Christine teaches photography at Paskack Valley High School. Each year she brings her best students to Cape May to shoot for the day, but the highlight of the day is Mom's Chocolate Chip cookies! We also serve a savory such as homemade pizza with "Jersey Fresh" tomatoes and fresh basil.

  • Area Attractions

    Wildlife Unlimited’s Salt Marsh SAFARI

    Voyages of discovery into the Cape’s greatest wilderness..the Atlantic coastal back bays.

    Cape May Winery & Vineyard

    Tasting Room open daily 12PM to 5PM located just a few short miles from the inn

    Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC)

    Tours by trolley, walking or self guided. They have them all. Lighthouse tours, house tour, boat tours. Special events and festivals.

    Cape May Bird Observatory

    Spend time in the field at Cape May’s world famous "hotspots." No matter what your interest or experience, they have a guide for you. Or go on your own. Cape May is famous for birding.

    Cape May Stage

    Professional Equity Theatre

    The East Lynne Theater Company

    26th year! Equity Professional Theater since 1980.

    Cape May Day Spa

    Treat your body to an uplifting, luxurious spa experience. Located in Victorian Cape May the Day Spa is a full-service spa offering state-of-the-art spa services in a relaxing, tranquil, richly-appointed ambiance of total comfort.


    We suggest either letting us make your dinner reservations for you or calling ahead yourself during the busy season and for Saturdays in the should season.

    Fine Dining:

    Union Park Dining Room
    609 884-8811

    Washington Inn
    609 884-5697

    Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel 
    609 884-5700

    The Merion Inn 
    609 884-8363

    The Mad Batter

    Freda’s Restaurant 
    609 884-7887

    The Black Duck 
    609 898-0100

    Tisha’s Fine Dining 
    609 884-9119

    Peter Shields Restaurant 
    609 884-9090

    Oyster Bay Restaurant & Bar 
    609 884-2111

    Casual Dining

    Cucina Rosa
    609 898-9800

    Lucky Bones Backwater Grill
    609 884-BONE

    Lobster House 
    609 884-3064


    Depot Market Café

  • Map & Directions


    1. The most direct route to Cape May is via the Garden State Parkway which ends in Cape May and becomes Lafayette Street.
    2. To reach our inn, continue straight to the second traffic light (Ocean Street) and turn left.
    3. Continue straight for two and a half blocks.
    4. The Fairthorne is on the left.
    5. If you come to Cape May via the Cape May - Lewes Ferry, follow the signs along Ferry Road to Cape May.