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Our History

The Story of The Deauville Inn

In a time of fast food outlets and “theme restaurants”, the Deauville Inn stands out as one of the few remaining places that offers fine food along with quaint atmosphere, entertainment and outstanding hospitality.  It’s situated on the bay, at the foot of Corson’s Inlet Bridge between Ocean City and Sea Isle City, New Jersey.

The history of the Deauville includes many colorful tales.  It was a reported speakeasy during Prohibition, as well as a rum-running station, a housed gambling casino during the ’20s and ’30s, long before casino gambling was legalized in Atlantic City.  Among the many notable guests to stay at the Deauville Inn, formerly known as The Whelan Hotel, was President Theodore Roosevelt.  Many famous entertainers graced it’s stage including, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, and Sophie Tucker.

When the Carpenter family bought the Deauville in 1980, it was in such bad condition that they were advised to knock it down and build a new building.  They decided to accept the challenge of restoring it to it’s former glory. 

Today the Deauville stands as a testimonial to the family’s and their many friends commitment, effort and many hours of physical labor.

Guests can sit on the outside patio, sip a cold drink, enjoy a meal, and watch the sunset, just as the whalers, fisherman and the laborers who built the old railroad (now long gone) into Sea Isle City over 120 years ago.

The Carpenter Family constantly strives to provide friendly service and outstanding food in a relaxed atmosphere.  The latest addition to the Deauville Inn was the “Beach House”.  For those who just want to relax on the beach with their toes in the sand while sipping on their favorite cocktail. 

Many choose to arrive by boat and use the Deauville’s convenient docking facilities.  The Deauville is a favorite with locals who enjoy many special events the Deauville Inn holds.  Of course, the main reason for a visit to the Deauville Inn is the food.  Serving lunch, dinner, and late night snacks, the Deauville offers the perfect dish for any appetite seven days a week.  Using only prime beef, freshly caught seafood, delicious vegetables, and homemade desserts, the Deauville’s kitchen offers an appetizing meal, whatever the hour.

Be sure to get on the Deauville’s Mailing List, so you can receive mailings regarding many events happening at the Deauville Inn.  Be sure to include your name, address including zip code.  Also include your email address if you would like to receive notices of upcoming events posted on our website.  We do not sell our mailing or email lists, they are strictly for in-house use – we dislike spam as much as everyone else.

On April 22, 2013, the Carpenter family celebrated their 33st anniversary at the Deauville.  The family has gone through many changes over the years.  The drive behind the family is the dream of the late Walter S. Carpenter, who wanted to restore the Deauville to it’s former glory and improve on it.  We all take pride in making his dream a reality, he is the “Wind beneath our Wings”.

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