19 Archertown Road
Number of Rooms: 10
Dancer Farm Bed & Breakfast sits on a 250-acre working farm in South Jersey—remote yet not that far from the Turnpike and I-195. That accessible isolation is part of the beauty of this tranquil 1800s farmhouse. Originally the home of horseman Vernon Dancer, a renowned harness racer, the property was purchased by Randy Johnson and Ray Shea in 1999 and transformed into a ten-room B&B.
Filled with antiques and collectibles, each bedroom has a private bath and a different theme: There’s the popular Romance in the Air room, which boasts a two-person, hydro-massage tub; the Lighthouse-Keeper’s Quarters, a loft-style suite that evokes the Shore; the Beautiful Wildflower suite, a spring-like periwinkle space; and the Farm suite, which offers stellar views. “There’s something for everyone,” says innkeeper Diana Lee Black.
Breakfast, served in the dining room overlooking the meadows, can include such favorites as apple cinnamon French toast, stick-to-your-ribs blueberry pancakes, or Black’s favorite: prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and poached eggs on an English muffin with rosemary roasted potatoes.
Following breakfast, guests stroll the lush gardens and wildflower meadows of Johnson and Shea’s adjacent Laurita equestrian center (which offers horseback riding lessons), and their nearby Laurita Winery. The winery is a short hike down the “walkabout,” a meandering path through the vineyards. Guests can participate in tastings and tours, have a bite, and enjoy a picnic on the winery property.
Back at the Inn, several cozy common rooms, a shady patio, and a screened-in gazebo are places to unwind. For guests who want action, Six Flags is less than 20 minutes away, as are the Jackson Outlets.
Weeknight rates run from $135 to $215 until Memorial Day weekend. Weeknight and weekend rates beginning Memorial Day weekend through October 31 run from $190 to $310.