Inn at a Glance: The Carisbrooke Inn
Guests at The Carisbrooke Inn will notice the staff’s friendliness and attention to detail the moment they walk through the door, where a staffer waits to greet them and tow their bags upstairs. Victorian touches and a warm color palette in guest rooms bring to mind a cottage in the French countryside. Each unit is individually styled with antique furnishings and vintage pieces, but also features a flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi.
- Raise a toast to your getaway with pours from a complimentary bottle of wine.
- Start the day right with a homemade multi-course breakfast in the sunlit parlor.
- Mingle: In the evening, join the reception in the Main Parlor—you might be offered a special wine blend, fresh bruschetta, and focaccia made from an old family recipe.
- Take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean—it’s just steps away.
Ventnor City, New Jersey: Historical Seaside Hamlet near Atlantic City Casinos
Less than 2 miles from downtown Atlantic City’s casinos and clubs lies its more subdued neighbor, Ventnor City. It’s a small, old-fashioned beach community with quaint shops and restaurants, a welcome complement to Atlantic City’s frenetic atmosphere.
The town is the perfect launch pad for trips to the beach’s signature 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.
Proving further that Atlantic City isn’t all nightclubs, boardwalk, and casinos is Gardner’s Basin, a maritime village along the bay. Here, a community of artisans uses seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes and picture frames. However, the Basin’s biggest claim to fame is the 25,000-gallon Atlantic City Aquarium.