Wilbraham Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn and Suites

133 Myrtle Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Innkeeper(s): Patricia Carnes
  • Introduction

    Built in 1840 and enlarged in circa 1900, the Wilbraham Mansion, now a popular Victorian Cape May, New Jersey B&B, is truly a home of expansive proportions. Although an integral part of the Cape May, NJ historic tours of old homes and mansions for years, the Wilbraham Mansion remained a private residence until December of 1988.

    John Wilbraham, a wealthy Philadelphia industrialist, brought Victorian Inn style into this magnificent home and made it his permanent residence. Today, the Cape May, NJ Bed & Breakfast mansion retains the ambiance and time-honored tradition in grandeur, combining elegance, comfort and a relaxed atmosphere.

    You'll step back in time with our period reproduction wallpapers and some of the original furnishings of the Wilbraham family. Call (609) 884-2046 today to book your Cape May, New Jersey Bed & Breakfast. Bring your family or friends, or enjoy a pampered weekend alone and treat yourself to luxury spa services daily.

    If you're looking for romance, relaxation or simply a Bed & Breakfast experience that is second to none - visit the Wilbraham Mansion, a Victorian Inn and Suites unlike any other B&B in Cape May. Start making your own memories by the sea! You'll find our B&B to be warm, friendly and comfortable!

  • About Our Inn

    The Wilbraham Mansion offers more than the typical comforts of a Bed & Breakfast. Our 20 x 40 foot indoor heated pool represents an amenity no other Cape May, New Jersey B&B can offer! Experience today's comforts and yesterday's Victorian elegance in one of the oldest and finest homes overlooking Wilbraham Park.
    The Wilbraham Mansion, a Cape May, New Jersey Bed & Breakfast, was built in the 1840s and enlarged in the 1890s. It is a high Victorian mansion with more than 20 Victorian style rooms and suites. The interior design features of the Wilbraham Mansion rooms and suites include ornate plaster moldings and original eight feet high French doors with 19th century beveled glass. The five original diamond-backed, gilded mirrors convey grandeur and opulence rarely seen in a public building today.

    The Wilbraham Mansion Suites are in a newly designed building complementing the design and deacor of the historic Wilbraham Mansion, yet containing all the modern amenities you could ever need during your stay. Each Cape May Bed and Breakfast suite features an LCD TV, DVD player, Satellite TV service, gas fireplace, two-person Jacuzzi, whirlpool bath, Salon Spa, two-person shower, mini refrigerator, ceiling fan, and individual temperature control. The building is fully handicapped accessible, and complete with an elevator.
    All of the Wilbraham Bed & Breakfast rooms and suites are air-conditioned, have cable television and private baths. Each reservation includes a full, cooked breakfast (served at 9 am), afternoon tea (served from 3 to 5 pm) and use of the indoor heated pool. Enjoy the stately elegance of the Cape May, New Jersey Wilbraham Mansion.

    Start making your own memories by the sea! You'll find our B&B to be warm, friendly and comfortable. Check dates and availability online or call us at (609) 884-2046 today!

    Located in heart of West Cape May Business District, directly across from the Wilbraham Park. Conveniently located to many Shops and Restaurants, Eight Minute Walk to Beach. Eight Minute Walk to Washington Street Mall.
    If you're looking for romance, relaxation or simply a New Jersey Bed & Breakfast experience that is second to none - visit the Wilbraham Mansion, a Victorian Inn and Suites unlike any other B&B in Cape May, New Jersey you've seen. Start making your own memories by the sea. Give a gift certificate to the one YOU love today! Wilbraham Mansion Gift Certificates are available in any amount and are valid for one year.
  • Amenities

    All stays include the following Amenities:

    • All suites and rooms have private baths
    • All Suites and Rooms have Color Televisions
    • All bedrooms are air conditioned, some have ceiling fans
    • Use of indoor heated pool (20 x 40)
    • Full cooked Breakfast (served at 9 am)
    • Use of two Victorian Parlors
    • Use of two Dining Rooms ~ Use of TV Room
    • Use of glassed in Front Porch with plants and flowers
    • Use of open porch in back of the pool
    • Afternoon Tea (served 3 - 5 pm)
    • Parking on site ~ Ice maker in kitchen
    • Iron and ironing board available
    • Refrigerator on second floor for guest use
    • Wireless Internet ~ Refrigerators in Suites
    • Two person Jacuzzis, Double Showers, Fireplaces in Suites Building
    • Individual Temperature Control in Suites Building
    • Elevator, Handicapped Accessible in Suites Building
    • Off-Street Parking & Bicycle Rack ~ Beach Chairs ~ Outdoor Shower
  • Weddings at the Wilbraham Mansion

    Weddings at The Wilbraham Mansion and Suites are unique. We offer only one wedding party per weekend and the entire Mansion and Suites building (22 rooms) are set aside for your family and friends. Your event weekend starts when you check in and runs through your entire stay.

    The Wilbraham Suites building has been constructed specifically to host special events. The first floor has a wrap around porch and a lobby with a built in bar for serving your guests during your cocktail hour. A commercial catering kitchen, fashionable public restrooms and a beautifully appointed tearoom that accommodates up to 125 people completes the first floor.The second and third floors contain a total of twelve suites. Each suite is appointed with beautiful Victorian furniture, period wallcoverings and amenities such as two person Jaccuzzi Salon Spas, two person showers and fireplaces.

    A list of professional suppliers is available that will provide everything you can think of from wedding service officials to photographers to flowers and spa services. The Wilbraham Suites is a BYOB establishment. You are free to bring your own alcohol or partner with one of the many local liquor stores in the area. Most will deliver your order and pick up and credit unopened bottles after the event. If alcohol is served, you must have a bartender ($30 per hour) and insurance (1 M for the event, approximate cost $200) that covers the serving of alcohol.

    Call (609) 884 2046 us today to arrange for a site visit.

  • Area Information

    Located at the very tip of New Jersey, and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, the Jersey Cape is an ideal vacation destination. From action packed boardwalks to quiet beaches, there is something for everyone. Play a round of golf, stroll through nature trails, take a fishing trip, enjoy the thrill of boardwalk roller coasters, or plunge down a water slide. Other great attractions include the Cape May County Park and Zoo, the Wetland's Institute, Leaming's Run Colonial Gardens, Historic Cold Spring Village, Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May County Historical Museum, and the many other fine local museums.

    Come frolic in our surf, relax on our beaches, stroll our Boardwalks, tour our Victorian Inns, relive our past, climb our lighthouses, browse our shops, fish our waters, enjoy an outdoor concert, be part of our night life, visit our botanical gardens, spend a day at our park & zoo, hunt for "Cape May Diamonds", sail our bays or experience our natural beauty at one of our campgrounds.

    No matter the season, there's always something to see in Cape May, America's First Seaside Resort. Stroll our historic streets lined with beautiful Victorian homes, dine in our award-winning restaurants, or spend the day relaxing on the beach.


    Discover Cape May County’s history – and have fun doing it! Climb to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse and stop by the Hereford Lighthouse, relive the county’s patriotic experiences during World War II at Naval Air Station Wildwood or see what life was like here in mid 1800s with a visit to Historic Cold Spring Village.
    Most towns have local museums filled with history, artifacts and knowledgeable people – the Sindia Museum in Ocean City, the George Boyer Museum in Wildwood or the Sam Azeez Museum in Woodbine housed in an historic synagogue. The Cape May County Museum in the John Holmes House is one of the oldest structures in the county, c. 1755, with period rooms, displays of furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative and practical objects from the 17th to 20th centuries.

    The county is filled with buildings and sites on the National Register of Historic Places including most of Victorian Cape May, the state’s only National Historic Landmark City. Tours of the town – by trolley, foot or even horse and carriage – are a wonderful way to learn about Cape Island’s history, great fires, presidential visits and more.


    Enjoy the Ocean City Pops, the Cape May Jazz Festivals – both spring and fall – or catch a play at Cape May Stage, a professional Equity theater in a small, intimate setting. For classical  music lovers, the Cape May Music Festival is six weeks of pure enjoyment with chamber groups, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, pianists and others who perform at convention hall and Church of the Advent. The East Lynne Company, another Cape May theater, produces plays of American heritage as well as works of and by American literary figures. Film festivals are a more recent addition to a growing, year-round arts calendar. For the antique lovers, shops are everywhere especially along the Route 9 corridor that runs the length of the country.

    In July and August, resorts sponsor an abundance of summer concerts, most of them free, outside and with the ocean and sunset as a backdrop. Sit on the sand, spread out a blanket or grab a beach chair and enjoy. Outdoor art shows along Boardwalks, promenades and tree-lined paths at historic sites showcase talent that often gets inspiration from local scenes.


    To visit Leaming’s Run on Route 9 in Swainton is to leave the world behind and be enveloped in acres of flowers, gardens, birds and butterflies. From early summer to late fall, the gardens, flowers and birds change with the seasons.

    For youngsters, there’s no more natural place to have fun than the Wetlands Institute with salt marsh trails, aquariums filled with turtles and horseshoe crab exhibits – or check out those crabs up close and personal along the bay especially in the spring when literally thousands come ashore to lay eggs that help provide nourishment for migrating red knots. Cape May Nature Center right on the harbor in Cape May is busy with harbor safaris, guided kayaking trips, biking tours, gardening programs, family hikes, and beach explorations. And don’t forget the Cape May County Zoo – it’s home to hundreds of animals including zebras and giraffes who live in the natural savanna.

    A dozen or more golf courses – public and private, 9 holes or 18, are located throughout the county. Birding enthusiasts already know that Cape May is the birding capital of North America – and novices and would-be birders are always welcome to join the fun. Cape May Point is a great place to start with marked, easy-to-follow trails to help even the novice birder spot ducks, swans, osprey, and other shore birds and wildlife along the way.

    Straddling the border the Cape May-Cumberland border, Belleplain State Forest encompasses 21,000 acres of Pinelands. One of Southern New Jersey’s premier camping destinations, it¹s a great place for hiking, biking, bird watching, canoeing and exploring. The county also maintains several parks, open to the public at no cost. One of the newest attractions, the Villas Wildlife Management Area is quickly becoming a favorite spot for birdwatchers, walkers and anyone who just wants to see nature up close and personal.

    Excerpt from http://www.thejerseycape.net

  • How To Find Us

    The Wilbraham Manison is located in West Cape May, just 10 minutes from Cape May's beaches and 8 minutes to the Washington Street Mall for shopping and dining.

    From New York:

    Take the NJ Turnpike South to the Garden State Parkway South. Take the Garden State Parkway until it ends and becomes Route 109 South. Proceed on Route 109 South, cross over the bridge, and proceed straight on Route 109 South until it becomes Lafayette Street. At the end of Lafayette Street (it dead ends into Collier’s liquor store), turn right onto Jackson Street. Go two blocks and bear right at the fork in the road. The Wilbraham Mansion is the first mansion on the right after CVS.

    From Philadelphia:

    Take the Atlantic City Expressway East to the Garden State Parkway. Go South on Garden State Parkway. Take the Garden State Parkway until it ends and becomes Route 109 South. Proceed on Route 109 South, cross over the bridge, and proceed straight on Route 109 South until it becomes Lafayette Street. At the end of Lafayette Street, turn right onto Jackson Street. Go two blocks and bear right at the fork in the road. The Wilbraham Mansion is the first mansion on the right after CVS.

    From Washington:

    Take the Cape May – Lewes Ferry to Cape May. Make a right onto Route 9 (Sandman Blvd). Go North on Route 9 to Seashore Road. Turn right and proceed to the next traffic light. Turn left at the light and go to the end of the park. Make a sharp left onto Myrtle Avenue. We are the first mansion on the right after CVS.

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