As soon as you pull up in front of The Mission Inn, you will appreciate the incredible artistry that has taken more than 100 years to create.
Built in 1912, it is the only non-Victorian bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ, and the only California Mission style home in town. With its unique and impressive architectural lines, it was originally designed to resemble the old Spanish missions found up and down the coast of California. And with its award-winning gardens, the front lawn is a beacon for passers by as well as for birds and pollinators.
From the outside you can also appreciate the original and hand-made stained glass that accents the front windows. And as you enter the inn, you will be surrounded by breath-taking murals, all designed to bring the beautiful California landscape to Cape May-
These murals were hand-painted by a local artist named Jim McLoughlin and they extend into every room around the inn. As you take them in, you will notice that Jim had a sense of whimsy in his work, often hiding unexpected elements and optical illusions in his murals.
Because Jim moved to Philadelphia a few years ago, we have enlisted another talented local artist to continue the tradition of beautiful murals at The Mission Inn. Brian DeMusz does touch-ups around the inn twice a year to make sure that the murals are pristine for our guests to enjoy. And he also adds new artistic touches such as the recently painted garage doors and a few hidden monarch butterflies in the great room.
While the stunning murals extend into all of parts of the inn, they are not the only artistic elements that you will find waiting for you in your guest room. All eight of our rooms include a custom-built headboard above the king-sized bed. Each of these headboards was designed to reflect the front elevation of the actual mission that the room was named after. And they were created by the same artist who painted the murals.
All of the materials used to create the headboards were recycled from materials found around Cape May – including door frames, porch posts, shutters, and old hardware.
In our common spaces, we are lucky to have two original paintings from Nina Scull, an artist who lived in this house during the 1960’s. The first painting, usually hanging over the fireplace in our great room, is titled “Russian Peasant Woman”.
The second painting, typically hung in our dining room, is titled “Nina’s Villa”. This one is a painting of our very own veranda that was done in 1967. Both of these paintings have great stories attached to them – if you’d like to hear them during your next stay with us, just ask!