44 West End Avenue
Number of rooms: 9
Make no mistake—Fred and Nancy Chorpita are Philadelphia fans. The flags they fly may not be Victorian, like their Haddonfield Inn, but lately they have been of the victorious, like the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
You need not wear knickers or even old Field of Dreams flannels to book one of Chorpita’s Sports Fan packages, perhaps unique in New Jersey B&B-dom. Chorpita’s season tickets to Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers games are often up for grabs with a room at his attractive inn on a residential street in Haddonfield, one of the quaintest South Jersey towns. A Phillies package, for instance, brings a VIP parking pass, prime tickets in the Hall of Fame club, and a 10 percent discount on rooms, which are priced from $209 to $339 year-round. (Package rates dependent on stubhub.com ticket pricing.)
Chorpita loves travel, too. Most of the Inn’s eight rooms and the mini suite have international themes, from the modern Tokyo to the leopard-spotted Safari to the aqua-hued Cape May.
The Inn is two blocks from both Haddonfield’s pinch-on-the-cheek-cute downtown, with its specialty shops and corner bistros, and the PATCO line to Philadelphia ($4.70 round trip, 20 minutes to Center City, trains running all night). Try Mélange Café on nearby Tanner Street for the marvelous amalgam of Italian and Cajun dishes or the Little Tuna on Kings Highway, the main shopping street, for its array of tuna preparations. A block from the Little Tuna is the Indian King Tavern Museum, with weekend tours of the venerable building where New Jersey was declared a state. Or find local architectural historian Joe Haro at the Markeim Art Center (856-429-8585) and take one of his periodic tours of Haddonfield’s grand homes.Click here to leave a comment