Cape May, the oldest seashore retreat in the United States, started hosting summer visitors back in the early 1800's.
It was considered fashionable then, as now, to have a summer "cottage" at the seashore.
In an effort to save those former 19th century summer "cottages," preservation-minded innkeepers have slowly turned the huge homes of the past into bed and breakfast inns, guest houses, suites, and apartments. In addition, several wonderful historic hotels have survived the past 100 years or more intact.
The Cape May Historic Accommodations are all lodging places built before 1920. Today, the town is known nationally for its huge collection of Victorian era architecture. Recognizing Cape May's uniqueness, the federal government has declared the entire town a National Historic Landmark.