Along the Northeast Corridor that runs from New York City to Washington, D.C., South Jersey is known for its convenience to other major metropolitan areas, offering day trips and re-fueling stopovers for travelers headed in either direction. But whether you’re staying locally or just looking to get out of the house for a weekend, the region has some unique lodgings that will offer more charm, culture, and heritage than your average hotel stay does, while sacrificing none of its modern comforts.
Many bed-and-breakfasts offer the personal touch of a home-cooked meal, but how many fill out that experience with farm-fresh eggs, gathered onsite? The Candle House Inn in Mullica Hill has that and other noteworthy amenities, including private, tiled bathrooms, complimentary WiFi, and an in-ground pool. “Close to everything, but tucked away from it all” is the motto here, and it certainly lives up to those words.
In historic Pitman, The Inn on Holly is a Victorian home that revives the antique culture of the early 1900s, with claw-foot tubs, a wrap-around front porch, and first-floor sitting rooms. Breakfasts are provided daily, with locally grown produce, and a gourmet version on weekends. Each room offers modern conveniences as well: Sterns and Fosters beds, high-definition cable television, and WiFi service.
Located two blocks from the Burlington train station and a short stroll from the banks of the Delaware River, The Lily Inn is a step back in time that’s a quick ride from Trenton or Camden along the River Line. Its original white cedar floors are offset by 10-foot ceilings, a blue marble fireplaces, and a collection of antiques that echo the nearby shops in the historic neighborhood nearby. The facility even allows small dogs to join their owners in the suite for an additional $25 per night.
Bird-watchers and nature lovers will enjoy a stay at Barrett’s Plantation House in Mannington Township, where the gardens are home to several species of birds and even more seasonal flowers. Parts of this estate date back to 1735, and the restored portions still recall its colonial roots—pumpkin pine floors, period antiques, custom draperies, and reproduction furniture. Breakfast is provided every morning, and the evening includes a complimentary cocktail hour with snacks.
Still not ready to give up the comforts of modern design? At Aloft Mount Laurel, the pulse of the city beats in suburban South Jersey. With a contemporary bar, lounge, and 24/7 pantry, Aloft isn’t the kind of place to hole up in your room—although with 42-inch LCD televisions, plug-n-play electronics charging stations, and complimentary Internet access in every suite, you certainly could.