Colonial Bed and Breakfast in Charming Historic Area
The historic town of Smithville is just a 20-minute drive from Atlantic City, but it looks like itâ€™s from a different century. Cobblestone streets, footbridges, and early-American specialty stores hark back to the days before the Revolutionary War. Kids can even hop on an old-fashioned carousel. Situated in the heart of town, the Colonial Inn fits in nicely with these surroundings. Each individually decorated guest room captures the simplicity and elegance of the olden days with quilted bedspreads and wood furnishings.
With this getaway, you have the choice of staying at the inn or in the barn. Each features period decor and modern amenities such as steam showers and TVs with DVD players. A breakfast of muffins and juice is served in the morning. Later, you can snack on cookies and tea in the lobby. This Groupon includes a tasting for two at Tomasello Winery, an award-winning local institution known for its ice wine. In addition, you’ll receive a bar of all-natural, handmade soap from local outfit Little Egg Harbor Soap Company.
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-timey shops selling tea, candles, and sweets. Just step outside the Colonial Inn for a walking tour of the square, or you can take the family to get a full view of the town by riding paddleboats in the town marina. In the fall, it’s worth driving through the area to see the lovely fall foliage.
A 20-minute drive will bring you to 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.
While you’re on the boardwalk, check out the more than 150-year-old Absecon Lighthouse. A 228-step climb gets you to the top for sweeping views of the skyline and the sea. Down at its 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.
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