The Virginia Hotel
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY
On Jackson Street in Cape May, America’s first seaside resort, the restored 1879 Virginia Hotel combines nostalgia with modern amenities: nightly turndown, room service, and beach cabana rentals. Each of the hotel’s 24 rooms and five cottages is outfitted in soothing coastal colors and plush Belgian and Italian linens. The Virginia has a serene, adults-only vibe—except for the fact that no one can quiet the whispering heard from certain empty rooms ever since two large oil portraits (rumored to be depictions of the original owners) were hung in the lobby; 800/732-4236 or virginiahotel.com.