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
I stayed at the Johnathan Pitney House for three nights. It's a beautiful historical home that is very well kept including the grounds.
A few key points...
If you check in later in the afternoon, there isn't anyone to greet you. So if that's something important to you, then I would recommend checking in early rather than later. For example, if you need assistance with luggage. They did however have a phone number to call on my reservation and the gentleman answered immediately and answered any of my questions. The inn is beautiful, neat, and clean and was extremely quiet. My room was on the top floor in the main house and faced the road. The road itself is a busy and you can hear the traffic although at night it seemed to quiet down and it didn't affect my sleep. If your a light sleeper, you may want a room in the back of the main house or stay in the back building. The room was spacious and decorated in the period of the home. It doesn't have central air, so you will have to listen to the air conditioning wall unit. It does however provide the room with adequate cooling. The bathroom was conducive with a claw foot tub that adds a nice touch, but it can be a little challenging getting in and out. House keeping did a great job with our linens and towels. Breakfast was good and served in the dining room. The staff was wonderful. They are very hospitable and really made me feel right at home!
I would recommend staying here and will stay here in the future.
I was looking for a place to stay in Absecon and my search brought up the Dr. Jonathan Pitney House, A former Board member of a historic preservation non-profit, I couldn't resist the idea of staying in a historic B&B. I am so glad I decided to do so! The premises are beautiful, including beautiful gardens and lawns. The hospitality is second to none (thank you Tracie), and my room was clean, quiet and comfortable. If you are in Absecon I recommend you stay here, I know I will again and again!
Built over 200 years ago, the Pitney homestead is an amazing B&B with great food, an amazing and welcoming staff, and rooms that remind you of when this house was originally built. We stayed here prior to seeing Air Supply at the Borgata Casino. Only 15 minutes away, the Pitney House was better than any 5 star hotel. Spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and the grounds are landscaped impeccably. Gina and I cannot wait to go back in the fall when the crowds are gone. Oh, did I ention and outstanding value as well?????