The Boarding House - Downtown Cape May Walking Tour

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  • The Boarding House Hotel.
  • The Hotel Dale, built in 1911.
  • Stephen Smith
  • Harriet Tubman
  • "Winter Station" was owned by the Reading Railroad.
  • "Summer Station" was located just outside of town.
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea
  • The original St. Mary's church was built in 1848.
  • This historic marker hides in the alley.
  • Dr. Edgar Arthur Draper
  • The iconic Ugly Mug bar
  • Mug club glasses hang from the ceiling
  • Congress Hall has been welcoming guests since 1978.
  • Congress Hall's "Hallway of History"
  • The "Pink House"
  • Artistic millwork porch details
  • 1972 - The first bed and breakfast in Cape May
  • The "new" Mainstay Inn on Columbia Ave.
  • The original Iron Pier.
  • Cape May's Victorian promenade.
  • Stockton Row Cottages
  • The Stockton Hotel
  • The Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast
  • The original Columbia Hotel
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Stained glass window memorials
  • The Empress is a private residence.
  • It has been completely renovated.

1 hour and 30 minutes
1.3 mi
Guided by Curious Cape May
Curious Cape May


The Boarding House is a surf-inspired, dog-friendly hotel in the heart of historic downtown Cape May. And while it is one of the newest hotels in town, it has an interesting history as does the entire town. On this walking tour, you will explore some of Cape May's curious past, visit some of our favorite places, wander past historic buildings, and discover some of the best vistas in town. And along the way, we'll share insider tips to help you make the most out of your time here.

About Your Guide

Hi there! I'm Wendy, co-founder of Curious Cape May. I came to Cape May four years ago to start a new chapter in my life. When I'm not riding my bike around town, or enjoying live music with a cold cocktail, you will likely find me at The Mission Inn, Cape May's top-rated bed and breakfast and the product of my mid-life crisis! :-) Curious Cape May is a unique tour company that we started to be able to share our passion for the incredible history of the nation’s first seaside resort. We invite you to take our free walking tour to discover some of Cape May’s hidden stories about its curious past. I look forward to showing you around this amazing town!

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Guide Points

  1. The Boarding House

    The Boarding House Hotel is inspired by the classic surf culture of our seaside village. While it's one of Cape May's newest hotels, it's a…

  2. Stephen Smith House

    Stephen Smith, a former slave turned businessman, philanthropist, and clergy from Philadelphia, was said to be the wealthiest Black America…

  3. Harriet Tubman Museum

    Did you know that Harriet Tubman spent time in Cape May? As one of the most famous leaders of the Underground Railroad, she established a h…

  4. Cape May Welcome Center

    Cape May has not had a passenger train service in or out of town since 1982, but for almost a century before that, the Reading Railroad shu…

  5. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

    Known as "the church on the mall", Our Lady Star of the Sea is a Roman Catholic Church that marks the entryway to the Washington Street Mal…

  6. Edgar Arthur Draper Historic Marker

    This marker pays tribute to Edgar Arthur Draper - the namesake of "Draper Walk". He was the very first African-American physician in Cape M…

  7. The Ugly Mug

    If you are craving something with more substance than fudge, stop into our next location - the iconic Ugly Mug bar. You will find good bar …

  8. Congress Hall

    Congress Hall is one of Cape May’s oldest hotels. What started as a simple boarding house by the sea in 1816 has become one of the most his…

  9. Eldridge Johnson House

    This historic Gingerbread house is known as the Eldridge Johnson House, but the locals call it the "Pink House." It currently houses a mode…

  10. The George Baum House

    Known today as the George Baum House, the Edwardian style structure at 24 Jackson Street is in the heart of the historic district on Jackso…

  11. Iron Pier Craft House

    Just past the old-fashioned arcade, on the corner of Beach Ave and Decatur Street, look across the street to find the historic building tha…

  12. John Wesley Inn

    The John Wesley Inn located at 30 Gurney Street is one of the original Stockton Row cottages. Built in 1869 as part of the grand Stockton …

  13. The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast

    The Queen Victoria, situated at 102 Ocean Street, is currently a 35-room bed and breakfast composed of four buildings—The Queen Victoria, P…

  14. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May

    This beautiful stone building with the bright red door houses the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May.

  15. The Empress

    This was once one of Cape May’s historic bed and breakfasts called the Bell Shields House. Today, the 4,563 square feet home includes 8 bed…

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