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What We Love

  • 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
  • Free WiFi
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A relaxing stay at the recently restored 18th-century home of Atlantic City's founding father, including breakfast and an afternoon snack each day

The Lowdown

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.

How to Get There

Dr. Jonathan Pitney House
57 N Shore Rd
Absecon, NJ 08201-2147 United States


5.0 Excellent 42 Reviews
Great stay, would love to return!
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I stayed in the Atlantic city room and it was wonderful! It has a king-size bed, two chairs by a fireplace and a large bathroom! Also, it has its own entrance from outside, and is very close to the parking lot. Although it is not in the main house, it is only a few steps away. They leave out snacks and drinks, which were very yummy. The breakfast was delicious and the staff were super nice. We will definitely stay here again, if we come back to the area, and would highly recommend to all!

Enjoy Atlantic City but stay here!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful! We stayed in Room 15. King size bed/bedding were great. Bathroom fresh and clean. Gas fireplace. Fantastic breakfast! Staff are friendly and helpful. Beautiful grounds. Ten minute drive from Atlantic City. Stay here.

Loved it!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we stepped into this beautiful B&B we felt welcomed. The room we had suite 15 was so spacious. Breakfast was amazing and the innkeepers are wonderful ladies. W e have our next stay booked already

Reviewed 1 month ago

Outstanding, Excellent, FANTASTIC, what else can I say about this Beautiful Bed & Breakfast!! The entire house and grounds were immaculate. Our gorgeous romantic room#8 was exactly as described. Well organized staff and so kind and friendly. Our morning breakfast was homemade cooking and so, so, Delicious... did I say DELICIOUS! I give the Pitney House and staff 10+Stars. Thank you for your hospitality.

Quick weekend getaway
Reviewed 2 months ago

Adorable! Decorated very cute inside and out. Staff was pleasant and accommodating. Road noise could be an issue but luckily we are sound sleepers. Our room faced the road. Would stay here again. Short driving distance to AC. Had fun shopping nearby.