10 quaint and cozy bed and breakfasts near the Jersey Shore
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You don't need to travel to New England to find adorable bed and breakfasts.
The Jersey Shore is full of them, housed in historic buildings and Victorian mansions. It may be old-fashioned, but a stay at a bed and breakfast, surrounded by antique furnishings with a warm breakfast ready-made for you when you wake up, has not lost its charm.
Here are some of the coziest bed and breakfasts in the Garden State:
Angel of the Sea, Cape May
Anyone who frequents Cape May knows the pink ladies: the two Victorian buildings that make up the bed and breakfast Angel of the Sea. Its ocean view, wrap-around porch and Victorian architecture and decor have made it part of the fabric of the beach town. It was built around the year 1850 as a summer cottage for chemist William Weightman.
During their stay, each guest gets complimentary use of beach chairs, bikes, beach umbrellas and towels, as well as gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, and an evening wine and cheese buffet. Angel of the Sea is definitely luxury, so save your pennies and treat yourself to a stay.
Go: 5 Trenton Ave., Cape May; 609-884-3369, angelofthesea.com.
Colonial Inn, Smithville
The Colonial Inn is smack in the middle of Smithville Village, an adorable hodgepodge of shops and restaurants. The rooms are scattered in private cottages around the village, as well as in the Main House and in the large structure called The Barn. Guests can choose from among rooms with double soaking tubs, steam showers, lakeside views or porches.
The Inn at Salem Country Club, Salem
With its odd angles and slopping roofs, The Inn at Salem Country Club is a unique getaway. It has two bed and breakfast rooms and a tower suite for guests staying the night. The B&B, complete with a large lawn and front porch, is snuggled between a 90-acre nature preserve on one side and the Delaware River on the other.
Go: 91 Salem Country Club Road, Salem; 609-420-8190, salemcountryclubnj.com.
The Inn at Sugar Hill, Mays Landing
The sunny yellow Inn at Sugar Hill sits riverside in Mays Landing. It features six rooms, each with private baths, fireplaces and flat screens. Your stay comes with access to the Inn's food pantry, which has plenty of snacks and drinks. Sugar Hill also has a veranda complete with a fireplace and board games that looks out onto the river, and a riverfront boathouse with wicker furniture to lounge in.
Go: 5704 Somers Point Road, Mays Landing; 609-625-2226, innatsugarhill.com/inn.
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Jonathan Pitney House, Absecon
Located a few miles from Atlantic City, the Jonathan Pitney House is the former home of one of the most influential men in Atlantic City history. He spearheaded the construction of a railroad between the Delaware River and Absecon Island, which led to Atlantic City becoming a tourist destination. He also advocated for the building of the Absecon Lighthouse, which is still open today. Now, his home (built in 1799) is a bed and breakfast decorated in grand Victorian style. Rumor is, it's also haunted by Pitney and his wife's ghost.
Go: 57 N. Shore Road, Absecon; 609-748-0536, jonathanpitneyhouse.com.
The Mason Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Cape May
Cape May is full of gorgeous Victorian homes, among them The Mason Cottage Bed & Breakfast. Mauve and fringed in carpenter's lace, the cottage was built in 1871 (150 years ago) with a veranda, sunny windows and high ceilings. Stay the night in one of its charming suites or rooms and wake up to a two-course breakfast. Your stay also includes afternoon refreshments served from 3 to 4 p.m., and complimentary bicycles, beach chairs and towels.
Go: 623-625 Columbia Ave., Cape May; 609-884-3358, themasoncottage.com.
Ocean Park Inn Bed & Breakfast, Ocean Grove
A few blocks from downtown Asbury Park and the beach is Ocean Park Inn Bed & Breakfast. This charming, mossy green house features a wrap-around porch overflowing with potted plants. Stay the night in one of 13 rooms, and for breakfast, dine on cakes, breads, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, eggs and coffee in the dining room or out on the front porch.
Go: 38 Surf Ave., Ocean Grove; 732-988-5283, theoceanparkinn.com.
Sea Gypsy Bed & Breakfast, Wildwood
If your idea of fun is Wildwood's bustling boardwalk, beach and amusement parks, head to Sea Gypsy Bed & Breakfast. Its Queen Anne Victorian architecture features a turret and two deck floors, while the inside is furnished with striking antiques. The Sea Gypsy is a quiet escape that's still close to vibrant Wildwood.
Go: 209 East Magnolia Ave., Wildwood; 609-522-0690, theseagypsy.com.
Williams Cottage Inn, Beach Haven
Built in 1888, The Williams Cottage is a stunning Queen Anne-style home that has been converted into a beachside bed and breakfast. Inside, explore antique furniture and original artwork, or snuggle up by one of the many fireplaces. The home even still has its original wooden staircase. Guests have access to beach tags, towels, umbrellas and coolers, as well as bicycles and tennis equipment. The building was originally the summer home of Dr. Edward H. Williams and was known as "the Onion Dome" by locals because of its onion-shaped cupola.
Go: 506 South Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven; 609-492-7272, williamscottageinn.com.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.