This is our own historic home in the center of Bridgeton's vast, mostly Victorian historic district--largest in the state! We share it much like a traditional B&B, and are glad to accommodate a single guest or as many as 4-5 in any one family/friend group, providing complete overnight privacy in the one-flight-up 'Victorian' section and assuring a delicious breakfast at your preferred time of choice in the original 'farmhouse' section dining room in the morning. Come away for work and play!
The house, set on a bluff above the Cohansey River lined with handsome Victorian homes, is just a few steps from Bridgeton's villagey downtown and its well-endowed 1000-acre park (biking, running, even a zoo!), and not much more than a mile from the Rutgers Food innovation Center. There's lots to see, do...and have for breakfast! Food is in fact central to life here: for centuries, the area has attracted diverse communities to work in surrounding farms, rivers and bays, helping create a rich weave of cultures and foodways. Vacationers should know that we are the gateway to the historic and scenic Bayshore, a rich destination in itself, and only about 45 minutes or so from some of the most gorgeous of South Jersey's Atlantic beaches , if you don't mind a nice drive to get there. But we are situated perfectly for those who like their cozy, cosmopolitan & comfort-driven privacy with a dash of cultural ambience as well as green views, big skies and bold sunsets (and an immaculate room to stay in!). The Millville Autosports Park and the Renaissance Arts Center, Levoy Theater and Wheaton Arts Glass Museum are only about 15-20 minutes east of us; the Bayshore Center at Bivalve about a half-hour to the south. Philly is about 45' to an hour away, NYC & DC only 2 1/2 hours. More about the house? It's a sensitively updated nationally-registered 'historic-house-tour' house whose older "farmhouse" kitchen/dining room section goes back to the 1820s. The more elegant additions are Victorian--1870 to 1900--and contain the two BnB rooms on the second floor, directly across the hall from each other. (NOTE: They look out over West Commerce St, a "gateway" access road, quiet on weekends, but with some street noise on weekday mornings). The two rooms (again, never rented to more than one group at a time) are retro in feel but with A/C and other amenities, and combine a sense of seclusion with easy one-flight access to the dining-room/kitchen for breakfast. The spacious main BR (first pictured) is fitted with (among other things) an old-fashioned four-poster DOUBLE-bed--NOT a queen-size, please note! It has its own close-door, step-down, bright and spotless bathroom, recently-restyled with tiled floor and shower. The twin-bedded room across the landing sleeps one or two additional adults or children for an additional $50, but note that because guest-bathroom access is through the main room, you need to work out sharing. Another half-bath for emergencies directly downstairs takes some of the pressure off, but--again--we maintain guest privacy by booking only ONE family or group at a time! Note also: there's no need to pay for the second room if you're OK sleeping a young adult or child in a fold-out bed in the large Master BR for only $25 more, or a baby in a collapsible crib for $10.
PRICING REFLECTS SEASONAL CHANGES, so PLEASE do consult the calendar for higher/lower-priced periods.
Even overnights sometimes include some down-time, so we are happy to accommodate those looking either for interesting ambience OR needing a quick and practical in/out.
If you're a medical professional working or interviewing in Vineland Hospital, it's only 20 minutes away. So is Millville's Motorsports Park. We're only a block from the County Court House in the heart of Bridgeton's historic district, the largest in the state, and a mile from the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. Our own historic house sits on a high bluff above the Cohansey Riverfront, just a few steps from the bridge Bridgeton was named for over 300 years ago. The river, City Park, zoo and amazing (and under-appreciated) Bayshore landscapes of Down Jersey offer many choices of eco- and agri-tourism as well as historic field trips.
Nature still rules in the Cumberland County region. Birdwatching is unbelievable--starting with eagles and on down. Horseriding, canoeing, kayaking (even a sheep farm) are nearby. The Atlantic Jersey Shore beaches (including Cape May) are about an hour away. Take your pick of scenic natural resources: massive parks and protected watersheds, historic river and bayside villages, landscaping nurseries, farms and farmstands, arts and crafts, antiquing, festivals and public events, including the annual Japanese Obon Festival (bet you didn't know there'd been a a Japanese community here since the mid-20th century!).
Here in Bridgeton we're surrounded by big Federal/Victorian/Edwardian Arts/Crafts-style homes and public buildings in the West Side and Courthouse districts. (We're in the heart of the annual Bridgeton Historic Holiday House Tour in December... just use that phrase for internet look-up) . Two nearby public murals by Philly Mural Project artist Cesar Viveros-Herrera, a muralist in the great Mexican tradition, celebrate farming and industrial history. And we're more widely surrounded by some of the most interesting historic settlements in the Northeast--tribal home of the Lenni Lenape Indians, places where Swedes, Finns, Dutch, English and more have passed or settled going back to the 1600s, and what is considered the first settlement of free Blacks in the original colonies.
The past generation or two have brought hardworking Mexicans and their upwardly mobile children to the farms and nurseries, transforming Bridgeton into a bilingual city (at least bilingual; Asians and South Asians are other large minorities). We think we have some of the best Mexican restaurants in the region, two in walking distance: Las Palmas-- with a kind of funky ambience, bar and fantastic food (ask for Moses, and say we sent you) and La Cabaña, on East Commerce Street. Nearby are a couple of good pizzerias, one with sit-down service, and a Jamaican take-out restaurant. Drive about a mile to the Green Olive (privately-owned, NOT Olive Garden) with good "continental" style dining.
Back here at the Hann House, your hosts are Flavia (retired professor, writer and preservationist) and Sandy (collectibles specialist and man of many parts). We haven't wasted a minute of the ten years we've lived in South Jersey and know it better than some locals. And everybody knows us. Want fun? We know where to find it. Privacy? That too.
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