Quiet, Comfortable Rooms Near Atlantic City Boardwalk
The peacefulness of the oceanfront along Atlantic City belies the area's glitzy boardwalk, which buzzes with hotels and casinos. During its 140-year history, the 8-mile-long walkway has served as a glittering playground for gamblers and a haven for bootleggers during Prohibition, as depicted in HBO's series Boardwalk Empire. The site's excitement and history is easily from Clarion Inn & Suites Atlantic City North, which resides about 7 miles away. Thanks to its location in the sleepy village of Absecon, however, the modern, comfortable hotel provides a quiet respite from the multitude of entertainment options along the southern New Jersey shoreline.
Sunny yellow walls, clean lines, and stylish furnishings lend to a light, airy atmosphere in the spacious guest rooms. Guests can lay back on expansive king-size bed in each king suite and channel-surf on the flat-screen TV. A golden-hue sleeper sofa graces the adjoining sitting area, and the dark-wood desk in the corner includes built-in outlets to accommodate laptops, cell phones, and travel-size belt sanders.
Each morning, in the lobby, the hotel lays out a complimentary continental-breakfast spread. After a workout in the fitness center, one can take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool or unwind in the sauna. Hotel beverage credit is redeemable at any time, day or night, from the 24-hour bar next to the front desk.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Seaside Gaming Mecca with Historical Lighthouses
The board game Monopoly modeled itself after Atlantic City; befitting its importance to the city, Boardwalk is the crown-jewel property of the game. The hotel's shuttle (round-trip service for two included in some options) can ferry a cargo of gamers and sightseers to Atlantic City's famed boardwalk throughout the day. With the $40 slot credit ($20/person), visitors can try their luck on the flashing, jangling machines at Showboat Atlantic City's Mardi Gras Casino. Afterward, one can stroll the slats of the boardwalk and pay a visit to the Atlantic City Historical Museum, which tells more of the area's story with a trove of artifacts, photographs, and Miss America Pageant memorabilia.
Just off the boards and fresh from a recent multimillion-dollar restoration, the 150-year-old Absecon Lighthouse lets visitors climb its 228 steps to the summit, where they can explore a replica of the original lightkeeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company. The lighthouse also features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Beyond the artifice, just a short drive from the hotel is the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, a migratory-water-bird sanctuary set on a 47,000-acre patch of coastal wilderness.