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New Jersey Bed and Breakfasts: A Beginner’s Guide

by Abby Montanez

Sometimes, traveling out of state can feel like too much effort. And while hotels are typically the preferred lodging choice, staycationers are seeking a different type of experience. More residential comforts, if you will. Lucky for us, New Jersey has its fair share of bed and breakfasts, spanning from North to South. 

For me, a good B&B embodies the unique charm and coziness of home. Oftentimes, your stay is coupled with extra special touches from the host. Along with a relaxed feeling, picture freshly baked muffins for you and treats for your furry friends delivered every morning. You can consider this list a beginner’s guide to New Jersey bed and breakfasts.

North Jersey Bed & Breakfasts

Woolverton Inn – Stockton, NJ

This elegant property sits right on the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border. Better known as a popular wedding venue, the bucolic setting of Woolverton Inn also makes for a great romantic getaway. This charming manor-turned-bed and breakfast offer guests a chance to rest their heads in either the main house or in The Cottages. Begin the day with a hearty three-course country breakfast before exploring the surrounding area’s historic splendor.

Photo via @woolvertoninn

The Inn at Millrace Pond – Hope, NJ

Head to the scenic countryside of North Jersey and unpack your bags at The Inn at Millrace Pond. This B&B has a rustic feel, think a gristmill and stone structures, and dates back to the 1700s. The 23-acre property boasts 17 renovated rooms with private baths, a main dining room, an on-site tavern and meeting house. If you don’t want to meander too far from the grounds, you’ll find picturesque pathways and even a wooden footbridge.

Whistling Swan Inn – Stanhope, NJ

The opulent Whistling Swan Inn melds a modern getaway with the grandeur of the Victorian era. Think deep-hued furniture and lots of ornate finishings. This B&B is within close proximity to many New Jersey attractions including Waterloo Village, Lake Hopatcong, state parks and more. When you return from a busy day, unwind in the side-porch hammock, or get cozy for the night around the fireplace with homemade chocolate chip cookies. Breakfast here is served buffet style and is best enjoyed overlooking the English Garden.

The Neighbour House B&B – Long Valley, NJ 

Sitting outside in the early mornings on the columned porch of The Neighbour House B&B is a luxury in its own right. This 1800s farmhouse melds Greek Revival architecture with a rural, homey vibe. Guests have access to a large living room, a dining room and a reading room in addition to the kitchen. The warm and welcoming guest rooms are located on the second floor. Among the many amenities, lodgers will be served a full country breakfast—a generous display of fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, eggs and homemade baked goods. 

Wooden Duck B&B – Newton, NJ

This secluded (albeit wildlife abundant) oasis is a welcome respite from the bustling tri-state area. The Wooden Duck is situated amongst the woods of Sussex County and offers 10 guest rooms divided between the Estate House and Carriage House. The grounds here include an in-ground pool (open seasonally), gardens, an outdoor patio, a dining room and a den. A three-course breakfast is served every morning and features seasonal offerings from local farms and butchers.

South Jersey Bed & Breakfasts

The Hugh – Cape May, NJ

Take one French Second Empire house and two ex-fashion industry professionals with an eye for food, style and design and you get The Hugh. This is Cape May’s newest boutique B&B, which opened officially in summer 2020. The Hugh’s interiors are super-chic and what owners John and Sandy Vizzone describe as “modern Victorian.” Local walks around the lovely Cape May area are encouraged and breakfast is prepared daily by Sandy using sustainable local ingredients. There’s also an on-site, farm-to-table restaurant. Jardin offers a nine-course prix-fixe menu that’s all sourced within a 500-mile radius of Cape May.

Photo via @the_hugh_inn

The Gables – Beach Haven, NJ

The charming, seaside town of Beach Haven is the perfect setting for The Gables. This historic inn-meets-restaurant is a well-known spot for Jersey shore travelers. Here, they have five romantic guestrooms outfitted with marble bathrooms, antique accessories, spa tubs and more. Dining at the on-site restaurant is a must, open every weekend during the fall and spring. All stays come with a complimentary gourmet breakfast.

The Queen Victoria – Cape May, NJ

The Queen Victoria consistently finds itself among the “best” bed and breakfasts in New Jersey. This award-winning B&B is just blocks away from Cape May’s beaches, shops and other local attractions. There are actually four restored buildings that offer accommodations and each boasts beautiful, distinct period features. Picture cozy parlor spaces, porches and fireplaces. A generous homemade breakfast buffet is served daily featuring recipes from “The Queen Victoria Cookbook.” In addition, afternoon tea is also available. 

The Jonathan Pitney House – Absecon, NJ

Back in the 1800s, “The Father of Atlantic City” saw the potential of the Absecon neighborhood. From the fresh sea air to the saltwater permeating the area, The Jonathan Pitney House still remains in the idyllic Abescon neighborhood. Inside this New Jersey B&B, guests will find original materials from its fireplaces to clawfoot tubs. The accommodations include a range of stately guest rooms and luxurious suites. Take a day trip to nearby Renault Winery or head to Historic Smithville.

Ocean Park Inn – Ocean Grove, NJ

There’s tons of character packed into this 13-room boutique B&B. The exterior features a super-cute porch and tons of hanging greenery to match its facade. The interiors are elevated by thoughtful touches such as indulgent (complimentary) breakfasts and ocean views. Ocean Park Inn is also located blocks away from Asbury Park or Ocean Grove’s Main Ave.

Angel of the Sea – Cape May, NJ

Angel of the Sea is located in Cape May’s East end and features 27 Victorian-style guest rooms. It was originally built circa 1850 and later turned into a B&B in 1989. With a wraparound and elaborate gingerbread detailing, Angel of the Sea is a nod to Cape May’s past. You’ll love the little details like afternoon tea with freshly-baked sweets or wine and cheese in the evening. Complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, bicycles and more also help to elevate the experience.

Have you stayed at any of these New Jersey bed and breakfasts? Let us know in the comments. 

Main image by/of @woolvertoninn

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