Restored Grand Victorian B & B Steps from Boardwalk
In 1905, the Rev. James E. Lake built a grand Victorian home in Ocean City, the resort town he and his brothers founded some 26 years before. Gables and turrets adorn the home's rounded exterior, and a grand, curving staircase fills the entryway. Restored to its full splendor in 2003, the building—now home to the Atlantis Inn Luxury B&B—brims with fine, Old World details, including intricate carved woodwork and chandeliers dangling gracefully from high ceilings.
Tucked away in the Cordoba, Fiorenza, Oporto, or Arles room, guests discover sumptuous furnishings and thoughtful touches. In the Fiorenza room, for example, a finely carved four-poster bed stands regally, covered, like all Italian nobility, in Milanese linens and tasseled pillows. At the foot of the bed, a marble fireplace pops and snaps, warming the room for those emerging from the two-person therapeutic spa shower equipped with Bulgari hair and skin products.
Atlantis Inn's 1,600-square-foot mahogany rooftop deck crowns the building, showing off sweeping views of Ocean City's famed boardwalk and massive, brightly lit Ferris wheel. In the morning, a full American breakfast greets hungry lodgers with steaming coffee, pastries, and fruit in the posh, sunny dining room.
Ocean City, New Jersey: Historical Beach Town Close to Atlantic City
A short walk from Atlantis Inn B&B brings visitors to Ocean City's 2.5-mile boardwalk, a recreation mecca packed with beach-themed shops, family amusements including mini golf and rides, and old-fashioned ice-cream and candy shops. Nearby, a surf-themed café dishes up casual eats, luring locals and visitors alike with breakfast and lunch items served in a cheerful, brightly colored room.
Just about 25 minutes from Ocean City, the bright lights of Atlantic City sparkle. Away from the casinos' frenzy and the boardwalk's bustle, a 150-year-old lighthouse beckons to climbers and calendar photographers. Kids and adults also clamber inside a delightfully kitschy, giant elephant. Built in 1881, the oversize pachyderm offers pleasant views of Atlantic City through cleverly placed windows.