Classic Charm with a Modern Flare
With its bright lights, glamorous casinos, and big name entertainment, it’s not hard to see why Atlantic City has been called “The World’s Playground.” This action-packed city at the Jersey shore offers exciting attractions and a six-mile-long Boardwalk where guests can walk, bike, or ride the “Jitney” to shops, restaurants, and amusements. Yet, despite Atlantic City’s obvious modern vibe, visitors can still see hints of its historical roots and classic charm all over town. Once a small tract of undeveloped marshy land, Atlantic City’s forward-thinking founders were determined to turn it into a health resort in the mid-to-late-1800s. It didn’t take long for the town’s popularity to spread, especially once the railroad service opened in 1854 and began bringing tourists from the Philadelphia area. During that time, visitors dressed in their finest suits and dresses to stroll down a removable Boardwalk that was set up during the busy season to keep sand out of hotel lobbies. By the early 1900s, Atlantic City was booming and nightclubs popped up all over town, due in large part to the fact that Prohibition was mostly unenforced here. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s and 1980s that Atlantic City reinvented itself and became the gambling mecca that it is today.
Landmarks Rich With History
While visiting Atlantic City, be sure to stop by the country’s third tallest lighthouse – the Absecon Lighthouse – which was built in 1854. Located in the Inlet section of town, guests can walk around the two-acre property, tour the Keeper’s Cottage museum and gift shop, and climb to the top of the lighthouse for an amazing view of the city. In addition, the Boardwalk’s historic Steel Pier is another landmark that provides a glimpse into Atlantic City’s heyday. This iconic amusement pier has been delighting beachgoers since it first opened to the public in 1898. Over the years, it has provided fun and entertainment in many forms, such as the famous Diving Horse, concert classics like Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, exciting games and amusement rides, and interesting exhibits for visitors to tour.
Vintage Homes of Atlantic City’s Glory Days
Atlantic City also retains its classic charm in the many restored homes of the area. These grand properties feature architectural details that are not often found in the condos and townhomes of today including graceful archways, quaint porches, and impressive staircases that add to the ambiance of your vacation. At the same time, guests can still enjoy the modern conveniences they are used to such as renovated kitchens, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and more. Vantage is pleased to welcome visitors to these beautiful properties so they can experience a glimpse of Atlantic City’s glory days while still being just a short walk or ride from the modern-day attractions:
- 1 Plaza Place, Atlantic City – 5-BR/2.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Located in the popular Lower Chelsea district, this charming turn-of-the-century home is spacious and well-equipped for large families or multiple families vacationing together. Catch some rays on the second floor deck or enjoy your morning coffee in the bricked rear courtyard. This property is just 1.5 blocks from the beach and Boardwalk.
- Bartram 111-1, Atlantic City – 2-BR/1-BA, Sleeps 4 – Located in the quaint Lower Chelsea area, this adorable ground floor apartment has been recently renovated with new flooring, paint, appliances, and more. Guests of this property have the benefit of being just a half block from the Boardwalk and 1.5 miles from the first casino.
With summer just around the corner, our Atlantic City homes are filling up fast. Browse Vantage-NJ.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 629-0020 to find the perfect spot for your South Jersey Shore vacation.