Dr. Jonathan Pitney House
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
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
My husband and I recently stayed here. I paid extra for the Romance Package (Champagne and Chocolate covered strawberries) to be ready and waiting in the room upon arrival as a surprise for my husband. However, when we arrived around 4:00 PM, to my disappointment, it was NOT in our room and there was NO ONE around to speak with (our key was left in a slot with a note that they had to run out on errands) I waited almost an hour and no one had returned. I finally called the number on the bottom of the note and left a voicemail concerning my disappointment. A woman returned the call in a timely fashion and apologized profusely about the mistake. She said she would set it up immediately and for our inconvenience/disappointment would refund the price of the package. I thanked her.
Well it's been over two weeks now and she still has not made the refund as promised.
Not that it's a lot of money or anything but if you tell someone you're going to do something you should do it. It's a shame because it was a nice place and I would have stayed there again.
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights. Pulling up the landscaping is so pretty and maintained. You can see the hard work and care.
Our first morning we met Laurie and Emily and one other young lady and I can't remember her name! But they were so sweet and took care of us with a wonderful breakfast. On top of that they filled us in on what to check out. We told them we are both non drinkers so they suggested we go to ocean City.
Our room was beautifully set up, clean and so welcoming. It felt very open and roomy. The area is very quiet and peaceful. It is on a main Rd but we live on a main Rd so this did not bother us. I sleep with a fan so it drowns out any noise.
The 2nd morning was the best part of the house because we met Jeneene. She greeted us so welcoming and we talked with her for so long because we had so much in common!! She is so wonderful and hard working and down to earth and really puts her heart and soul into being there. Our 3rd morning she blew us away with the most delicious breakfast she whipped up! I truly cannot say enough good things about her. She is someone I wish I had as a friend!
We are already planning on when we can come back!
This B&B is everything you could ever want and more! The staff is exceptionally nice, the rooms are absolutely beautiful and the overall hospitality is remarkable. The B&B is a short distance from many local attractions and is only about a $15-$18 Uber ride down to the Atlantic City boardwalk. I would recommend this to everyone and will definitely look into returning soon!
This was an amazing B&B! The rooms and house were beautiful and super clean! The innkeeper and everyone else were really friendly and helpful! It is literally like 15 minutes outside of AC! It was a great price for the amazing service and room. The breakfast was delicious as well! I def am planning on going back in the fall. It was my first trip but def not my last! I loved it!
This place was just what the doctor order! Quiet, relaxing and wonderful food and service! We stayed in the Atlantic city room and it was perfect! On first floor and rocking chairs out front to relax with a glass of wine. Smithville and A.C. right down the road.