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About New Jersey

New Jersey may be one of the smallest states, and tucked in the shadow of New York City, but it punches above its weight with a stunning coastline, whip-smart Princeton, some of the finest views of Manhattan and peaceful rural towns. This unexpected variety makes it a tough choice when looking for the best places to stay in New Jersey.

Local Spots

In the summer all of New Jersey, it seems, heads to the Atlantic coast. But with 127 miles of beautiful beaches, there’s room for everyone. In the north, Sandy Hook has lovely white dunes where you can sunbathe to a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. In the Gateway National Recreation Area, you’ll find the nation’s oldest lighthouse, birdwatching and fishing. For a change of scene, you can hop on a ferry and in 45 minutes be in Lower Manhattan.

Nearby Jersey City has the famous Liberty State Park - site of the railroad terminal where, early last century, European immigrants headed after arriving at Ellis Island. Here you'll find bike trails, the Liberty Science Center and it's a great venue for concerts

If you're looking for a bit more peace and quiet, then Ocean Grove or Spring Lake will be just the ticket, where the pace seems steeped in genteel Victoriana.

Down on the state’s southern tip, Cape May is the country’s oldest seaside resort and one of the few places where you can see both a sunrise and sunset over the sea. The 190-acre Cape May Point State Park is home to Cape May Lighthouse, built in 1859, whose light can be seen from 25 miles away. In summer, climb its 199 stairs and see how far you can see.

What Not To Miss

  • Princeton is a tiny town with a top-tier, Ivy League university. Take a tour of its 18th-century buildings, including its art museum.
  • Lambertville, along the Delaware River, is a charming place for an afternoon riverside stroll and some gentle shopping
  • For wilder walks and hikes head to Pinelands National Reserve, inland from Atlantic City, a vast area of desolate sandy-soil forest, cedar bogs and wild blueberries, where you might spot rare orchids.
  • For amusement parks and casinos stay in Atlantic City where the boardwalk - the world’s first, built in 1870 - runs along eight miles of beach.
  • Prefer a bit of kitsch? Explore the three Wildwood towns which seem preserved in a gloriously tacky neon 1950s. There’s even a museum, the Doo Wap Experience, devoted to neon signs. Don’t be put off; the beaches are some of the coast’s largest.

If you’re planning to visit the coast in the summer, be aware that many locals will be too, so the best places to stay in New Jersey can get booked up pretty quickly.

    Best rural B&Bs

    • It may be a B&B but The Wooden Duck Inn, near Newton, is hotel-stylish with large, contemporary-country rooms - some with private terraces or four-poster beds - and a beautiful outdoor pool. Surrounded by woodland, it’s blissfully quiet, and there’s a ‘snack station’ for those hungry moments during the night.
    • The nine rooms in the charming white clapboard Whistling Swan Inn are furnished in elegant, traditional style with antiques, toile du jouy fabrics and the softest of colours. Choose the turret room for ultimate romance. There are lots of personal touches that make this a home-from-home in the quaint town of Stanhope.

    For City Chic

    • The Asbury, located just a short distance from Ashbury Park's boardwalk, offers simple yet smart accommodation and large common areas - complete with table tennis and pool tables. Come back after a day out to relax in the rooftop bar and admire the stunning views.

      For a romantic stay

      • Rooms are cosy and country-house traditional at the Lambertville House Hotel, close to the Delaware River. Some rooms have a balcony and there’s a charming flower-filled courtyard for dining al fresco.

      For An Apartment Or Holiday Home

      • If you've decided that you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide range available online with our partner,

      Travel Information

      • Best time to visit New Jersey is during the summer months, with the average temperature rising to 30°C in July. Expect the place to be fairly packed at this time - especially the beaches!
      • For a quieter and cheaper stay, consider visiting in May, September or October.
      • Fly into Newark Liberty International Airport, which is well-served by public transport links to take you elsewhere in the state.
      • United, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways fly direct from Heathrow - with the journey lasting around 8hrs30.
      • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

        Still undecided?

        • Browse our list of the best places to stay in New Jersey.
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        Best Hotels in New Jersey

        • The Chelsea Inn Atlantic City 10 rooms from £62

          City Style  -  Step back in time in this historic inn and pub - an atmospheric stay packed full of antiques and character
          Boutique  -  A charming historical hotel offering a boutique personalised stay
          Sights nearby  -  Atlantic City Broadwalk is a must on any trip to the city, sample salt water taffy and explore the shops and eateries
          Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcome
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          A historic inn and pub set just moments from the coast in Atlantic City. Each room is individually styled and packed full of character. Expect heavy antiques, beamed ceilings, and wooden floors. Downstairs the pub serves hearty cuisine in an atmospheric setting. A memorable boutique stay. See More

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        • The Asbury Asbury Park, New Jersey 110 rooms from £86

          Active Holiday  -  The games room, local swimming on offer and many nearby golf courses mean there are plenty of opportunities to stay active
          City Style  -  The Asbury enjoys a wonderfully central location in Asbury Park
          Local markets  -  Go visit The Market-a union of local, national and independent shops, artists and designers
          Sights nearby  -  Spend a day in NYC and see all the iconic sights it has to offer
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          Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

          The Asbury is a contemporary hotel located 300 metres from the city's boardwalk. It offers chic and simplistic accommodation, spacious common areas with table tennis and a pool table, and an outdoor pool. Enjoy a drink at sunset at The Baronet bar's rooftop garden! A friendly and unique city spot. See More

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        • The Reeds at Shelter Haven New Jersey 58 rooms from £95

          Beach Life  -  Head to the beach in style with complimentary electric shuttle, beach chairs, towels, tags, and umbrellas plus waterfront dining
          Spa breaks  -  Whether for couples, hen parties or friends get-togethers, the spa excels in treatments & packages for groups & private parties
          Value chic  -  Amazing value for luxury resort with fantastic amenities. Affordable weekend break with style
          Spa  -  Enjoy two floors of pampering heaven at the Salt Spa with Turkish Bath, blow-out bar, flotation therapy & inhalation lounge
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          Luxury water-front resort with all the trimmings. Beautifully-appointed contemporary rooms offer fresh decor and top-quality furnishings. Indulgent, yet affordable, weekend-away material: expect a nearby beach, on-site restaurants, sea views, spoiling spa and rooftop terrace, plunge pool & hot tub. See More

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        • Whistling Swan Inn Stanhope, New Jersey 9 rooms from £105

          Sights nearby  -  Wild West City Amusement Park is 5 minutes’ drive away
          Restrictions on children  -  Children older than 10 years are welcome.
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          Victorian style town house in quaint Stanhope. Each of the nine rooms has been carefully decorated in floral patterns, soothing colours, soft and luxurious fabrics and antique but well-maintained furnishings. Mouth-watering country buffet breakfast, free bikes to borrow and fresh home-made cookies. See More

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        • Wooden Duck Inn Newton, New Jersey 10 rooms from £108

          Views  -  Enjoy gorgeous views any time of year, filled with wooded acres, rolling hills and wildlife throughout.
          Four poster beds  -  The Mallard and Pintail rooms have four-poster beds.
          Great walks  -  Give the Sussex Rail Trail a shot!
          Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
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          Secluded and cosy country bed-and-breakfast inn with outdoor pool. Each room is distinct, with fireplaces, balconies and four-poster beds each in select rooms and an overarching theme of rustic, traditional country chic. Indulge yourself every morning on a mouth-watering three-course breakfast. See More

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        • Bungalow Hotel Long Branch, New Jersey 24 rooms from £108

          Beach Life  -  It's 300m to white-sand Long Branch Beach; enjoy sea views from rooms. Nearest private beach club is minutes on foot
          Local exploring  -  The hotel's Pier Village development boasts restaurants, day spas, shops, arcades, art galleries and bars
          Surfing  -  The area's great for surfing and paddle-boarding. If you've never hit the waves before, sign up for private lessons
          Swimming Pool  -  For a small charge, hotel guests can access sister hotel, The Wave, with beach club, pool and kid's area
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          Cool boutique hotel with contemporary design and decor minutes from the beach. Spacious rooms with serious style feature fresh all-white palette and unique artwork; some boast sea views and all have kitchenettes. Atmospheric bar and lounge, plus games room. Works for couples, friends or families. See More

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        • Chateau Inn & Suites Spring Lake, New Jersey 37 rooms from £108

          Beach Life  -  Enjoy complimentary beach passes during the summer season
          Great walks  -  Stroll along Spring Lake’s prestigious beaches on its two-mile private boardwalk
          Views  -  Most rooms feature views of Divine and Potter Parks
          Fishing  -  Spend a day fishing at Spring Lake
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          An elegant inn set on the Jersey Shore in the village of Spring Lake. Rooms are spacious with neutral palettes, wood-burning fireplaces, marble bathrooms, and soaking tubs. Indulgent continental breakfasts are served and there are plenty of spots to curl up with a good book. A charming stay. See More

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        • The Virginia Cape May 24 rooms from £120

          Local exploring  -  Historic district locations means Victorian buildings, shops and restaurants surround you and the beach is a few blocks away
          Beach Life  -  Stays include access to the beach club and facilities at Congress Hall, the Virginia's beach-front sister hotel
          Romantic Break  -  Intimate and boutique with access to luxe facilities nearby, this is a great choice for couples
          Sights nearby  -  The area's 600+ 19th century buildings are worth exploring; look for Queen Anne, Italianate, Gothic Revival and Colonial styles
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          Quaint and cosy centrally-located boutique hotel with contemporary decor, comforts and cuisine. Impeccable Victorian exterior gives way to velvet furnishings, glossy woods, pretty floral wallpaper and eclectic antique touches. Enjoy porch, sexy bar, fireside lounge & on-trend dining. Heritage cool. See More

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        • Carroll Villa Hotel Cape May 19 rooms from £132

          Close to nightlife  -  The property's Blue Batter Bar is Cape May's only venue featuring live music every night. The place to come for fun happy hours
          Lively area  -  On-site bar features live music well into the night. For those looking for night-time entertainment rather than quiet evenings
          Local exploring  -  Everything Cape May has to offer is walking distance; beaches, Victorian-era historic district, restaurants, shops and bars
          Beach Life  -  Endless white-sand Cape May State Beach is at the end of the road. Beach umbrellas and chairs are included in the rate
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          Family-owned hotel with fun restaurant, bar and live music just metres from the beach. Pretty Victorian exterior houses well-appointed rooms with sophisticated nautical palettes, Craftsman and mid-century furnishings and modern styling; some have sea views. Suits upbeat couples and families. See More

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        • The Harrison Cape May 9 rooms from £148

          Romantic Break  -  You won't be interrupted in the Summer Cottage. Enjoy sumptuous interiors, fireplace, Jacuzzi and stargazing on the patio
          Sights nearby  -  The central locations means that historic buildings, Washington Street Mall, restaurants and beach are all walking distance
          Great walks  -  Pack a picnic and head out for the day to Cape May State Park with its ocean views and sand dunes
          Whirlpool Bathtub  -  The Summer Cottage features a Jaccuzi tub
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          Romantic B&B in a former Victorian home. A contemporary take on opulent 19th-century decor combines Renaissance-style furnishings, period armoires, wall coverings, plush carpets and sleek marble bathrooms. Enjoy afternoon tea on the porch. Glossy heritage charm with modern comforts. See More

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        • Congress Hall Cape May 107 rooms from £148

          Historic  -  Known as America's first seaside resort, the hotel has been in operation for 200+ years. Famous guests include former presidents
          Families  -  As well as seasonal activities and goodies on arrival, the resort puts on Friday Family nights with movies, campfires & s'mores
          Total relaxation  -  Perfect ingredients for a holiday in the sun; pools, beach, spa, great food, yoga, fitness and sites within walking distance
          Beach Life  -  There's direct access onto the wide long sandy-beach with complimentary loungers, umbrellas and towels plus private cabanas
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          Grand Victorian-era institution offering classic American seaside holidays. As well as direct beach access, there's fun for all the family with spa, pools, sea-facing lawn, fire-pits, multiple restaurants and bars. Powder-blue rooms channel beach cottages with American heritage-style furniture. See More

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        • The Inn at Glencairn Princeton 5 rooms from £152

          Country Escape  -  Enjoy weekends with farm-style breakfasts, country walks, fresh air, afternoons by the fire and uninterrupted nights sleep
          Families  -  Two-bedroom Baldwin Suite, located in the original stone section of the manor, has a twin bed room that's great for kids
          Weddings  -  The property leafy ground's and charming historic outhouses and barns are perfect for elopements and micro-weddings
          Local exploring  -  A tranquil and scenic base from which to explore the area's sites, parks, university, museums and nearby cities
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          Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

          Idyllic country inn with pre-Revolutionary war history. Quaint rooms feature four-poster beds, wood floors, decorative fireplaces and Greek moulding. Enjoy the main area's revolving art collection, oriental carpets, beamed ceilings and 12-foot original cooking fireplace. Shabby chic gourmet haven. See More

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        • The George Montclair Montclair, New Jersey 31 rooms from £154

          City Style  -  Founded by makeup magnate Bobbi Brown - design costs have not been scrimped on here - the feel is classy & boutique
          Sights nearby  -  Take a stroll around the picturesque Van Vleck House & Gardens
          Private Hot Tub  -  The George Suite has a private hot tub and garden
          Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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          Recommended by  -  Tablet

          A design-led boutique (the brainchild of makeup mogul Bobbi Brown) in central Montclair. Beautifully crafted interiors have the feel of a traditional mansion yet the touches are quirky and modern. Fittings are well-considered (think Dyson hairdryers and one-off photographs). A very chic stay. See More

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        • The Hewitt Wellington Spring Lake, New Jersey 20 rooms from £155

          Beach Life  -  It's less than three blocks to Spring Lake Beach, an endless stretch of white sand. Passes, beach bags and chairs provided
          Lakeside  -  Located on the West side of Spring Lake, the property offers refreshing lake views and water-front trails in Divine Park
          Families  -  All suites accept four guests making this a great option for families. For more privacy, Room 28 offers two large rooms
          Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor swimming pool is open in the summer months
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          Immaculate Victorian hotel with idyllic lakeside position minutes from the beach. Beautifully refurbished rooms and spacious suites offer plush comfort with a classic period feel. Fab location and a heated outdoor pool are ideal for families while couples will enjoy the romantic fine-dining. See More

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        • The Nassau Inn Princeton 188 rooms from £162

          Weddings  -  A favourite venue for Princeton weddings with 10,000 sq ft of event space, 13 rooms, outdoor patios and fab catering
          Local exploring  -  The hotel's central Palmer Square location means that great dining and shopping are literally on the doorstep
          Sights nearby  -  Take a guided tour of world-famous Princeton University or visit Drumthwacket or Morven Museum & Garden
          Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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          Popular centrally-located hotel with over 260 years of history. Elegant rooms with period furnishings channel timeless colonial style; suites are fantastic. Charming traditional wood-panelled tavern is bursting with atmosphere. Professional events team on-site for business functions and weddings. See More

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        • Lambertville House Hotel Lambertville, New Jersey 26 rooms from £164

          Romantic  -  Whether opting for a romance package or not you are sure to value time with your partner in the intimate atmosphere of the hotel
          Sights nearby  -  The James A. Michener Art Museum and Mercer Museum are a 22 minute drive from the hotel.
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          Sophisticated inn near the Delaware River. Interiors are well-appointed with classic design. Bar offers Martini menu, selection of wines and small plates. Restaurant serves delicious and flavourful fare by Dish Catering. Eat outside in the courtyard garden with flowers creeping up the trellises. See More

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        • The Madison Hotel Morristown, New Jersey 186 rooms from £172

          Weddings  -  Grand Victorian-inspired greenhouse-style conservatory hung with chandeliers is ideal for romantic weddings and special events
          Business meetings  -  Host large functions over 14 meeting rooms over 14,000 sq feet of event space. Perfect set-up for gala dinners
          Sights nearby  -  New Jersey Midtown Direct Express to New York is located one minute from the hotel's entrance. Be in central NYC in an hour!
          Great walks  -  Loantaka Brook Reservation and George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum offer walking trails and scenic picnic spots
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          Elegant country resort with direct access to New York. Georgian facade houses opulent late-Victorian interiors, while spacious rooms feel timeless with period touches. Great set-up for large functions with multiple dining options, impressive event space, indoor swimming pools, gym & large grounds. See More

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        • Casablanca Cape May 10 rooms from £175

          Local exploring  -  The location is a few blocks from the beach and minutes away from the shops, restaurants and bars of Washington Street Mall
          Romantic Break  -  Designed for romance. Enjoy alone time with in-room fireplaces, free-standing air tubs and adult-only environment
          Beach Life  -  Walk to the beach in a matter of minutes. Beach bags, towel and chairs are provided on a compliementary basis
          Great walks  -  Spend the day in Cape May Point State Park with its sand dunes, sea views and historic lighthouse
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          Pretty 19th-century beach cottage transformed into contemporary design-led boutique property. Light and airy rooms feature grand antique beds, gas fires, statement bathrooms and fresh 'beach house' touches. Enjoy the dining room, porch and common lounge. Centrally located and perfect for couples. See More

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        • Woolverton Inn Stockton, New Jersey 14 rooms from £176

          Romantic Break  -  With fireplaces, luxurious whirlpool tubs, bucolic views and stocked fridges- this is the perfect couples' hideaway
          Great walks  -  Don't miss a stroll at dusk from the inn’s porch down to the banks of the Delaware River, crossing the bridge to Pennsylvania
          Local markets  -  Take an excursion to the Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market on Wednesday's
          Restrictions on children  -  Over 12s only
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          A charming B&B in the Bucks County area. Rooms are spacious and luxurious with patterned headboards, fireplaces and bathrooms with walk-in showers and stand-alone whirlpool tubs. Start your morning with an indulgent 3-course breakfast. An ideal choice for a romantic hideaway. See More

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        • Southern Mansion Cape May 24 rooms from £176

          Weddings  -  Perfectly suited with lush lawn for cocktail receptions, grand Victorian staircase, multiple event spaces & romantic backdrop
          Business meetings  -  Hold business meetings and events for up to 60 people with function rooms, meeting planner, catering and good on-site tech
          Local exploring  -  The property is just 10 mins walk to the beach or Washington Street Mall with its restaurants and shops
          Sights nearby  -  Learn about the area with visits to Cape May lighthouse, Victorian historic district, Physick Estate and Cape May County Museum
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          Centrally-located Victorian mansion set amongst leafy grounds. Classic period rooms feature antique four-poster beds, hand-painted tiles and ceiling fans. Relax in the double-height living room, solarium and original wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. A grand property with old-world charm. See More

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        • Lokal Hotel Cape May Cape May 8 rooms from £204

          Beach Life  -  On the beach across the street find custom lounge chairs and umbrellas. Beach kits include yeti coolers, towels, toys and games
          Families  -  Suites have been designed with families in mind. There's plenty of space, fab sleeping arrangements & buckets and spades
          Groups  -  The aesthetic and general vibe works as much for groups of friends as for families; everyone feels welcome here
          Great walks  -  Enjoy scenic walks in dune-filled Cape May State Park, and make sure to climb the Cape May Lighthouse for fantastic views
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          Collection of stylish self-catered studios and family-friendly two-bedroom suites just steps from the beach. Everything's been thought of in the airy rooms; enjoy ocean breezes, decks and ample space for chilling out. Pool, BBQs, garden and fire-pit on-site. Cool and contemporary micro-beach resort. See More

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        • The Peacock Inn Princeton 16 rooms from £208

          Romantic Break  -  A perfect spot for atmospheric drinks and dinner before climbing the stairs to your romantic suite
          Local exploring  -  Walking distance to shops, restaurants, historic sites and the university campus
          Sights nearby  -  Slip into the past with visits to Morven Museum & Garden and Drumthwacket; both former Governor's mansions
          Great walks  -  Enjoy the fall colours in Herrontown Woods Arboretum, a 142-acre forest with walking trails
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          Well-located downtown boutique hotel and restaurant situated in an 18th-century colonial mansion. Rooms channel Art Deco glamour with antique-style furnishings, decorative fireplaces and artwork; modern bathrooms feature underfloor heating. Enjoy a glamorous bar & dining rooms with a romantic feel. See More

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        • The Hugh Cape May 8 rooms from £259

          Beach Life  -  It's a short walk to mile-long sandy Cape May State beach. Beach admission, chairs and umbrellas are included in your stay
          Local exploring  -  The central location means that the town's historic district, shops, restaurants and beaches are all easy walking distance
          Sights nearby  -  Admire Beach Avenue's Victorian architecture, visit Cape May Lighthouse and shop in Washington Street
          Birdwatching  -  Bird lovers must visit South Cape May Meadows, a scenic bird sanctuary with beaches and wetlands
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          Victorian-era boutique B&B with playful modern decor. Individually-decorated design-led rooms feature bold colour walls, modern furnishings and 20th-century art plus fun prints and patterned touches. Enjoy chef-cooked breakfasts, a wrap-around porch, monochrome-chic lounge and pretty dining room. See More

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