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A Graceful Victorian Lady
When walking along Howard Street, you can't miss the sprawling white building. It's The Chalfonte Hotel, which takes up almost an entire block. This stately hotel was built in 1876 by Colonel Henry Sawyer, who was a Civil War hero. He envisioned it as a boarding house, but expanded it in 1876-1909 to accommodate a larger clientele.
It's a short walk to shops, restaurants and the beach. The Chalfonte has 70 guest rooms and 12 private baths. A full breakfast is served. There is a three night minimum on a holiday weekend--reservations run from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The long veranda generously stocked with rocking chairs give those who stay here a comfortable place to relax and reconnect with the past. Accommodations range from $135-$299 per night.
The Grand Dame of Them All
One of the most venerated and recognizable hotels in Cape May is the Chalfonte Hotel. Built in 1876 for Colonel Henry Sawyer, the Chalfonte's signature features are its expansive white clapboard facade and expansive first and second-story porches trimmed with lacey, gingerbread architectural trim. Deep-green, stripped awnings shade an inviting first-level porch and comfortable rocking chairs beckon guests to take a rest there, read, or gather with others. Common areas and guest rooms come decorated in light fabrics and antiques.
Guests may enjoy breakfast and dinner in the "Magnolia Room," (see more below) or a cocktail in the Chalfonte's charming "King Edward Bar." Guests may choose to add the Modified American Meal Plan which includes daily breakfast buffet and a 4-course dinner for the rate of $25 pp + tax and gratuity. A terrific value! The European Plan will cost $10 pp for daily buffet breakfast + tax and gratuity.
Some special packages include breakfast and happy hour cocktails. Check the hotel's website for these special packages and what is offered.
The Chalfonte is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Entertainment is sometimes offered as are many art exhibits, etc. Check their website.
Unique Quality: The Chalfonte, which boasts 70 rooms, is also known for its fine Southern cooking served in the famous "Magnolia Room." Ms. Helen Dickerson reigned over the kitchen for some 60 years and now her two daughters are carrying on in her kitchen and preparing her famous recipies such as fried chicken, crab cakes, corn pudding, spoon bread, blueberry cobbler and more. The Childrens' Dining Room, a Victorian tradition, serves children between 3 & 8 years old. The dining room is opened to the public and reservations are suggested. The 4-course Monday - Saturday offerings are prix-fix at $34 for adults; $10 for children 3-8. The Chalfonte also offers a Southern Buffet Breakfast daily for $9.95 adults; $5 for children 8 and under. Sunday evening Supper Buffets are served 6 - 9pm for $29 adults; $10 for children 8 and under.
A fabulous location for a quick walk to the beach. The Chalfonte is loaded with history, comfort, and good food. I've heard that quests don't even have to lock their rooms!
Directions: A short walk from the waterfront in the heart of Cape May, shopping and restaurants.
The Chalfonte Inn.
Check their site for their fairly expensive package deals.
Unique Quality: Though listed here under accommodations, this southern style beacon of genteel grace that dates back to 1876 exudes such charm that it is certainly on the must see list as well.
Directions: 301 Howard Street, Cape May, New Jersey
609-884-8409 • Toll Free: 888-411-1998
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