The John Wesley Inn Carriage House
30 Gurney Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

the innkeepers

The Innkeepers

Innkeepers…Bonnie and Lance’s family roots began in New Jersey. Bonnie grew up in Kenilworth, and raised her children in Cranford. Both are small towns in Union County. She taught school there for many years, most of which were on the kindergarten level. Her love of music, the piano in particular, added a special element for those who attended her class.

bonnie pontinWhile growing up, her parents owned a summer home in Normandy Beach. Summers and all breaks were taken visiting “The Shore.” Cooking for and entertaining the many family members and friends who visited was especially enjoyable for Bonnie. Family trips to Cape May, over the years, hold special memories. Searching for the gemstone like, illusive, Cape May Diamonds, along the beach, was a favorite activity that she and her family enjoyed. As the years passed, the dream of living and working at the Jersey Shore presented more and more allure.

Lance’s early childhood years began in Scotch Plains, NJ. His family pursued their love of the water and moved to Pt. Pleasant where they lived for several years on the Manasquan River enjoying boating and fishing. In 1961, his family moved to the Florida Keys where they purchased a marina. Fishing, boating, diving and lobstering became daily activities.

During the later years, Bonnie’s mother-in-law owned a small Bed & Breakfast. At times Bonnie helped run the business and enjoyed socializing with the guests. The prospect of combining family and professional life began to turn her thoughts to owning and operating her own Tourist Accommodations. Selection of a location, of course, turned to Cape May, a world renowned Bed and Breakfast location.

Lance has traveled extensively for over thirty years with his job. This experience brought a special understanding of what the traveling public is looking for, whether on business or vacation. Bonnie and Lance apply this knowledge and have a goal of “continuous improvement” to create a wonderful and memorable experience for those staying at the John Wesley Inn.

On St. Patrick’s Day, 2005, the dream became a reality when Bonnie (and Lance) bought the John Wesley Inn, moved to Cape May, opened the doors and began to live and work her dream. They welcome all to come, stay and enjoy their hospitality. The Inn is currently closed due to Covid and will reopen when it is safe to do so. Until then our Carriage House Apartments are a wonderful choice.

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