65 miles from Philadelphia (1 hour and 15 minutes by car)
After an afternoon spent on the porch watching myriad Lexuses and BMWs drive by the turn-of-the-century lodging house that Kristina and Robert Doliszny had just bought from her parents, the couple had an epiphany: Even smack-dab in the middle of America’s Greatest Family Resort, there was clearly room — and the clientele — for something a little, well, fancy. And so in 2002 they gutted the place, installed sybaritic bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and body-spray showers, imported elegant European antiques and Anichini linens and Bulgari soaps, decked the veranda in Honduran mahogany, installed a 1,600-square-foot deck — and then found themselves with an inn that rivaled even the beach for guests’ attentions. You’ll see: This is a luxury resort in the form of a grand old seaside Victorian, with sunny yellow walls, a spacious rooftop deck, goosedown on the beds, and rockers on the veranda. There are baked goods galore at teatime, an on-site spa for a little massage action, Asbury Avenue shopping just steps away, and luscious strawberry crepes (with Nutella, if you wish) at the nearby Ma France Creperie.
Book it: The Atlantis Inn, 601 Atlantic Avenue, 609-399-9871, atlantisinn.com.
Rooms: 10 suites, and 2 multi-room apartments with kitchens.
Rate per night: $175 to $525; 2-night weekend minimum required October 20th-June 1st; 3-night minimum in high season: summer (June 11th-September 1st); holiday weekends; fall weekends (September 5th-October 13th).
Snacks: Afternoon tea with baked goods from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.
Meals on-site: Breakfast.
Don’t miss: The Boardwalk is well worth walking (or biking) to, if only for hot apple-cider doughnuts from Oves.
Insider tip: Bring your own wine to this dry county; the Dolisznys will store it properly for you in the wine cellar.
Bonus: There are more than 150 DVDs for the borrowing in the lobby.