The John Wesley Inn & Carriage House
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The Stockton Row "cottages" were originally built in 1869 as part of the 300+ room Stockton Hotel for wealthy Cape May visitors. The hotel was demolished in 1911, but the John Wesley Inn proudly reminds us of a more elegant time in Cape May, New Jersey.
Purchased by the Pontins in 2005, the John Wesley Inn & Carriage House has been completely renovated to balance antiques and amenities. It is one of the finest examples of true Victorian restoration anywhere. This owner occupied and operated Inn is open all year and offers a full compliment of seasonal amenities. We're centrally located in the Primary Historic District of Stockton Row, 1/2 block from the beach and 2 blocks from the walking mall. Park your car On-site and "forget about it". Walk to fine dining and shopping.
All rooms have: private bath, individual A/C & heat, LCD TV/DVD, iPod docking stations, wireless access, fireplaces, a personal safe and more. You are surrounded by authentic antiques that take you back to an era that once was. The new guest Sun Room offers a great place to relax and a complete wet bar.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bonnie and Lance Pontin for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
1. We are in a National Historic Victorian town. My house was built in 1869, four years after the American Civil War ended. People love the look and feel of the Victorian Era and my house lends itself to the leisurely atmosphere of days gone by.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
I am best known for my location, ½ block to the Atlantic Ocean, and the fact that I have paved, and onsite parking, as well. Cape May is a small island and parking is at a premium. My Inn, built in 1869, was completely gutted and rebuilt in 1988 over a four year period. People enjoy all of our beautiful woodwork and décor. I love the grand look and welcoming atmosphere of my Inn/our home.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
3. The number 1 reason to come to Cape May is to see and swim in the Atlantic Ocean, which is ½ block from my house.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
4. One cold December morning, my house being fully decorated for Christmas, a woman came downstairs into my dining room as I was putting a pot of hot coffee on my buffet. She said to me, “I want to pretend that I am, once again, a child on Christmas morning. Your table and entire décor surpasses any fantasy that I could ever have had. For that I thank you.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best kept secret about Cape May is its island beauty. It is rather like Nantucket and Cape Cod, and very easy to get to. It is full of Tulips in the spring, Hydrangea in the summer and beautiful leaves and pumpkins in the fall. Many people on the East Coast have yet to visit us.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Our guests should go to the beach every day. Cape May, being an island, offers beautiful sunrises overthe ocean on the east and magnificent sunsets over Delaware Bay on the west. They should walk the quiet streets and enjoy the large quantity of early and late Victorian architecture. The homes and hotels are inviting and a treat to walk through. Our Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts hosts many historic and cultural events throughout the year. The Cape May Winery is minutes away and offers a huge array of locally grown wines and informative tours daily. Our shopping is extensive and very eclectic with something for everyone. Those eager to ride bikes have a perfect spot with our “at sea level” terrain. This makes for pleasant travels for all ages.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Once guests park their cars in our driveway, it is easy walking to five star restaurants, cafes, shopping, live theatre, and night life.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
My favorite food in the area, of course, is the locally caught and prepared seafood. Several of the many wonderful restaurants, in town, offer wide selections of beautifully prepared cuisine.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The Historic Inns Accommodations called capemaylodging.com; the Cape May Chamber of Commerce,capemay.com and Cape May Times websites offer many selections from accommodations to dining and attractions.
How many rooms does your inn have?
10. The John Wesley Inn offers a B&B Inn with six rooms. Each room is double occupancy. We also have two carriage house apartments for families of all ages. They each sleep four persons.
Do you accept pets?
We do not have any pets here at the John Wesley Inn and we do not offer accommodations for pets. We suggest, perhaps, a hotel that is able to offer pet friendly services.
The Family Parlor
A gathering place for generations, remains the focal point of activity. Guests may partake of the warmth of the fireplace on a winter's night or relax with a book on our antique, damask settee.
Sun RoomPalladian windows, skylights, music and a complete wet bar offer a great backdrop after a day at the beach or sight seeing. The combination of couches, sitting areas and antique wrought iron table and chair set create a comfortable setting.
- Intimate Getaways
- All Special Occasions
- Homemade Breakfast
- Afternoon Tea/Refreshments
- Guest Sun Parlor/Wet Bar
- Individual AC & Heat
- All rooms have Fireplaces
- All rooms have Private Baths
- All rooms have personal room Safes
- Outdoor Heated Shower
- High Speed Internet Access
- Beach towels, chairs, coolers
- On Site Parking
- 2 blocks to Washington St. Mall
- Walk to Five Star Restaurants
DiningBonnie cooks and serves a homemade breakfast each day. Afternoon refreshments include tea, cookies and other treats.We welcome all who wish to step back in time to a period that was fanciful and frivolous. We invite you to visit our B&B, enjoying yesterday today, in the historic town of Cape May. Treat yourself to the best. The John Wesley Inn in Historic Cape May, the Nations first seaside resort.Dining Room - The Dining Room's wainscot, plate rail, antique brass chandelier and the family silver suggests a time long ago when large families and groups of friends gathered around the table for sharing food and conversation.