The Southern Mansion
What To Know
- Beach chairs and towels are provided by the inn
- Onsite parking is complimentary
- WiFi is only available in the reception area
- Free WiFi
Located in Cape May, The Southern Mansion is in the historical district and minutes from Colonial House and Cape May City Hall. This 4-star bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Cape May Model Trains and Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater.
Make yourself at home in one of the 24 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones with free local calls.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreation amenities such as an attached winery or take in the view from a garden. Additional amenities at this bed & breakfast include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
A complimentary continental breakfast is included.
How to Get There
My husband and I were visiting Cape May for the first time ever, and we stayed at the Southern Mansion. We absolutely loved it. We drove around the East Coast for a week, and my husband said that Cape May was his favorite of the entire vacation, and it's easy to see why. The staff at Southern Mansion were all super helpful and sweet, and the breakfast was well above and beyond what we expected.
We didn't know in advance that the house was haunted, but we both realized it after only a few hours on the property. We are totally okay with staying in haunted locations, and these ghosts are not malevolent at all. A little knocking, and some pulling of bed covers. They're just saying hello. Super okay with that. If you're on the second floor, keep an eye out for a ghostly man in military uniform with a full mustache. He's not scary at all. You get the feeling he will protect you.
If you want to visit haunted locations and encounter friendly spirits, please stay here. It is such a comforting, pleasant experience. My husband and I would love to go back.
We just hosted our daughter's wedding June of 2019 at the Southern Mansion in Cape May, New Jersey, and I can only say it exceeded our expectations!
From the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour in the gorgeous Victorian Garden, to the dinner in the Solarium with the beautiful ceiling fans and cathedral-high glass windows, overlooking the garden, to the reception in the ballroom, everything was magical and perfect. The guests all raved about the historic building, the setting, and the food. The waitstaff was efficient and unobtrusive. Everything ran like a well-oiled machine.
Ken, the wedding manager, and Denise, his boss, could not have been more accommodating and reassuring in the months leading up to the actual wedding. We booked the Southern Mansion after we first met Ken, because we unanimously decided we wanted to work with him. It was clear that Ken loves weddings and making them happen.
When we first met with Ken, he suggested that we try to have our guests book the entire Mansion for the weekend so that the entire place would be ours. So glad we took his advice, the entire place was ours for the weekend filled with family and friends and by the time Saturday evening rolled around, a lot of the guests knew each other and it just made it seem like a weekend long party.
The rooms are simply gorgeous, the bridal suite - beautiful, comfortable and spacious. The cooked to order breakfast each morning was delicious, and the reception dinner, especially the 7 oz filet was mouthwatering. Even the Italian Wedding Soup was easily the best I have ever had. We have gotten so many compliments on the food and the wedding itself. Many people said it was one of the nicest weddings they had ever been to. While I did have my reservations in the beginning, having the dinner and the reception in separate rooms, that was actually the best part. It was not a "cookie-cutter" wedding and the different locations just added to the enjoyment of things.
While we were lucky, and the weather could not have been more perfect, I can't imagine that even if the ceremony had to be moved inside, that Ken and the staff at the Southern Mansion would not have made an indoor ceremony and cocktail hour just as wonderful. Having the entire place to ourselves was like having it as our home for the weekend. No one made us feel that we were in the way or on someone else's property. The front desk staff and everyone we met was gracious and welcoming. Ken, the wedding manager, also recommended the perfect DJ as well, Ken Schaffer of Ken Schaffer Entertainment - DJs & Lighting Design, who kept the dance floor hopping.
The added perk for those who watch Ghosts Hunters, on which the Southern Mansion was featured, is that several guests reported some "strange" happenings, including me.
I know this review seems over the top but I honestly can't say enough good things about the Southern Mansion and their wonderful staff. If you are looking for a destination wedding location, check this out, you won't be disappointed.
My husband and I stayed here in May over a weekend of heavenly weather. Staying here was exactly what we needed. We wanted a weekend of fun and relaxation without our five children. The inn is enchanting! We loved our third floor walk-up room- we are always competing with our Fitbit steps. LOL. The room was beautifully decorated and spacious -- we felt like royalty. The bathroom was updated and immaculate. We had a nice view of the beautiful lawn on the side of the inn. There was a lovely, spacious porch with chairs where we enjoyed a little happy hour with the beer we had brought in a cooler bag. We could walk a few blocks to the wonderful Cape May Tennis Club (if you play tennis you must play there! Very reasonable;relaxed environment; well-maintained). The other direction took us a few blocks right into the Washington Street shopping district. We walked to the liquor store and to dinner. We brought backpack chairs for the lovely 15 minute walk to the beach. The neighborhood is beautiful -- lots of charming houses and not too much traffic. Ken was a very warm and welcoming host, and was full of information and suggestions. The breakfast was an amazing spread, and also offered cooked to order dishes from a fairly large breakfast menu (for an inn). We are going to make a stay here an annual tradition.