Hotel at a Glance: Colonial Inn
Colonial Inn may be just 13 miles from Atlantic City, but it feels like a world away from the tourist-packed boardwalk. It’s set on a peaceful lakefront in the hamlet of Smithville, known for its locally owned artisan shops and restaurants. The inn makes you feel at home (and supports local shops) by offering you house-made snacks and a bar of all-natural organic soap from the Little Egg Harbor Soap Company.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms at the inn have country-style aesthetics, and some afford such amenities as four-poster beds and free WiFi.
- Start the day with coffee and a complimentary breakfast.
- Treat yourself to a complimentary afternoon snack.
- Swirl and sip at the nearby Tomasello Winery—famous for its ice wine—with this Getaway’s included tasting.
- Recent award: The inn’s hospitable service helped it earn TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2018.
Galloway Township, New Jersey: Atlantic City Neighbor Home to Historic District
Galloway Township is a rural seaside community hiding in the shadows of party-centric Atlantic City. It is perhaps best known as the home of the historic town of Smithville, whose cobblestone village square has restaurants, an arcade, and old-fashioned shops selling tea, candles, and sweets. Just step outside the Colonial Inn for a walking tour of the square.
A little farther away (a 20-minute drive to be exact) lies Atlantic City and its iconic boardwalk, which stretches for 6 miles along New Jersey’s eastern coast. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, the boardwalk grew in popularity as a place where you could drink and gamble during Prohibition without much trouble from the police, as depicted in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The boardwalk is still popular for its casinos, but it’s family-friendly, too; visitors are just as inclined to sit at the beach or stop at one of the many carnival rides.