Restored Grand Victorian B&B Steps from Boardwalk
In 1905, the Reverend James E. Lake built a grand Victorian home in Ocean City, New Jersey, the resort town he and his brothers founded some 26 years before. Rev. Lake's house still stands today—it's now the Atlantis Inn Luxury Bed & Breakfast, which holds a 2012 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, and it brims with Old-World details such as the gables and turrets on the rounded exterior. Inside, an original grand circular staircase fills the entryway and chandeliers dangle from the high ceilings in the dining room and common areas.
The hotel is also located just steps from Ocean City's historic boardwalk, which is lined with mini-golf courses, amusement parks, and a concert hall. You can get sweeping views of the boardwalk and its brightly lit Ferris wheel on the inn’s mahogany rooftop deck.
Each of the suites has decor influenced by European locales. The wrought-iron bed in the Biarritz, for example, was inspired by the Charlemagne collection of France. The Cinese-Avignon suite has an in-room fireplace, and all suites feature two-person jacuzzis. In the morning, head down to the sunny dining room for a full American breakfast of coffee, pastries, and fresh fruit.
Ocean City, New Jersey: Historical Beach Town Close to Atlantic City
A short walk from Atlantis Inn Luxury Bed & Breakfast brings visitors to Ocean City's 2.5-mile boardwalk, which is packed with beach-themed shops, family amusements including mini golf and rides, and old-fashioned ice-cream and candy shops.
Just about a 25-minute drive away from Ocean City, you can see the bright lights of Atlantic City come into view. There's a wealth of casinos here and a lively boardwalk. On the boardwalk, it's worth it to check out the Absecon Lighthouse, which is more than 150 years old. It's possible to climb its 228 steps to the top, which features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Down at the base, you'll find a replica of the original light keeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company.