by Kimberly Kaufell Gilbert
The Mason Cottage is a Victorian Bed & Breakfast located in historic Cape May, NJ.
The great thing about the inn is that it's within walking distance to everything, so once you arrive, you won't need to get back into your car (which is great for walking off the strawberry stuffed french toast served for breakfast!). If you're not up for walking, you can take one of their beach cruiser bicycles out for a ride to explore the town (the town of Cape May was recently voted a "Top 20 Prettiest Towns" by Forbes.com). Check out the great shops along Washington Street Mall - my favorites are Bath Time, Good Scents and Caroline's Boutique - they have the cutest clothes ever!
If you just want to relax at the beach, great news - the inn is only a block away and they offer complimentary beach chairs and towels, so no need to lug that stuff from home.
There inn has 9 rooms/suites each with private baths, flat screen TV's and I-Pod docking stations (yeah, I can listen to my Sugarland!). Most of their suites offer a Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, mini-refrigerator and Turkish cotton bathrobes.
The Mason Cottage makes for a fantastic "Girls Weekend" getaway: Enjoy a gourmet breakfast, relax on the veranda for afternoon tea, have a nice dinner at a local BYOB or enjoy a cocktail at the "Brown Room" in Congress Hall. To wind down, there are also a ton of DVD's to enjoy (chick flicks of course!)