The Best B&B Getaways: The Atlantis Inn

Ocean City, NJ

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,

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.