A beautiful B&B in a newly restored historic home just outside Atlantic CityInhaling the sea air that prompted the Father of Atlantic City to move to Absecon and this very house
Sampling coffee cake and fresh fruit at complimentary daily breakfast
Taking afternoon tea in the parlor, in winter, or on the porch, in summer
Antiquing, wine tasting, riding the Atlantic City trolley or climbing the lighthouse in the area
What To Know
You'll be welcomed with lemonade and shortbread cookies
The house has no elevators, something to consider if you'll be lugging your bags up to the third floor
A relaxing stay at the recently restored 18th-century home of Atlantic City's founding father, including breakfast and an afternoon snack each day
Where better to rest and recharge than at an inn that was built by a Columbia-educated physician to take advantage of an uncommonly restorative setting? Absecon is located just 15 minutes from New Jersey’s Atlantic coast, and its quiet atmosphere and therapeutic sea air are exactly what prompted Dr. Jonathan Pitney to move here from his native Mendham – a 100-mile horseback ride. Today, the air is salty as ever, and Absecon remains one of the quietest towns in Atlantic County. In fact, it was Pitney’s contagious passion for the region’s climate that drew the first tourists to neighboring Atlantic City and led to its enduring popularity; he’s widely considered the resort destination’s founding father.
You’ll have time to enjoy all those slots machines, funnel cake and boardwalk rides later, though. As a guest at the doctor’s former home, you’ll want to embrace the slow pace of living that he and his wife enjoyed. Sit down to daily breakfasts of fresh pastries; attend teas in the afternoon; and raid the country cupboard and fruit bowl 24 hours a day. Sample complimentary sweets, and choose between lounging in the parlor, on the porch or in your individually decorated Victorian room. The waters of Historic Gardner’s Basin and the shops of the Antique Center are nearby, as well – and if you want to continue honoring Dr. Pitney, away from the AC action, you’re just minutes from the lighthouse that he also commissioned.
Rooms are individually decorated, but they share a charm and elegance that harkens back to the house’s Victorian days, when it was Dr. Jonathan Pitney’s private home. They number eight in total and each hold a private bath and gas fireplace.
The inn is just 15 minutes from Atlantic City, but it feels worlds away. The pace here is much quieter and slower, whether you lounge on the porch or in the parlor, or visit Historic Smithville, the Historic Renault Winery, the Antique Center, Forsythe Wildlife Preserve or the lighthouse that Dr. Pitney commissioned. Of course, if you do run out of things to do, Atlantic City’s boardwalk stays open till late in the night, with countless restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and buzzing casinos.