IN THE NEWS
 
Click on the links to the right to view our news categories.
 
 

PRESS ARTICLES

 
 

Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns of Spring Lake,
gracious, charming, elegant

July 27, 8:20 AM | Jersey Shore Activities Examiner | Janet Grosshandle

The picturesque seaside town of Spring Lake at the Jersey Shore boasts gorgeous uncluttered beaches, quaint boutiques in town, and historic bed and breakfast inns that are the showpieces of this Victorian village. These graciously remodeled inns are elegant yet comfortable, and allow travelers a place to make wonderful memories.

Most of the inns, also known as B&B’s (bed and breakfasts) were built in the late 1800’s, renovated with love and attention to detail, and transformed into ‘homes’ for visitors. Guests enjoy the ambiance of 12-foot high ceilings, mahogany wrap-around porches (some that have ocean or lake views), sunrooms and parlors with fireplaces, and a sumptuous gourmet breakfast served in spacious dining rooms.

Imagine this: after having your fill of homemade French toast topped with fresh Jersey blueberries and steaming gourmet coffee, you start off on a stroll around Spring Lake taking in the older Victorian homes and elegant ‘summer’ cottages. You follow the paths of Divine Park, which surrounds Spring Lake, after which the town is named. Flower gardens bloom, large shade trees sway in the summer breeze, and you stop for a minute in the middle of a quaint wooden bridge that spans the lake’s glistening water to take in the beautiful sights.

Across from the park is the main street of town with cozy cafes, boutiques and shops for eclectic tastes. Only a few blocks long, after shopping you leave the heart of town and meander to the boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean beaches. Sit a spell on the many newly replaced benches and breathe in the ocean air.

Perhaps you then stop back at your B&B to change into your bathing suits, receive a beach barge for access to the swimming & beach area from your host, and use a bicycle the inns provide for their guests. Now go to the beach for some sun and fun.

Come back to your inn, with its meticulous gardens and grounds, and take a Jacuzzi bath in your beautifully decorated room. How about a quick nap in the antique four-poster canopy bed? It’s might be getting cool enough for a low fire in your bedroom fireplace or maybe rock a while on your private balcony’s rocking chairs.

Now it’s time for dinner in one of the many fine dining establishments before you take in a performance at the award winning Spring Lake Theatre. After such a full day, return to your inn and sleep well dreaming about what you’ll have for breakfast tomorrow.

Does this sound like a dream? You can live this dream right here at the Jersey Shore. These are the popular B&B’s and historic hotels and inns in Spring Lake: the Victoria HouseWhite Lilac Inn, theSpring Lake InnVilla Park House, the Sandpiper Inn, Ashling Cottage Bed & Breakfast, the Grand Victorian, Chateau Inn & Suites, Normandy InnJohnson House Inn, the Breakers Hotel, Walden on the Pond, Evergreen Inn Bed & Breakfast, the Ocean House, the Hewitt Wellington, and two blocks south in the town of Sea Girt, the wonderful Beacon House.

Summer is not the only time to visit these historic inns of Spring Lake. Autumn, winter, and spring all have their special ambiance and events too. All the information you will need is on the inns’ websites. A simple click can reserve your room at what is sure to be your favorite Jersey Shore inn.

eHow - How to do just about everything

Overnight Getaways in New Jersey
By Krista Brazeau, eHow Contributing Writer
July, 2010

For some, an overnight getaway can translate to a camping trip or a night at your regular, run-of-the-mill hotel. For others, the term getaway implies something a little more special. If you live in or around the New Jersey area, or plan to travel to this state, you will find a few options for that special getaway.

Spring Lake Inn

Built in 1888, the Spring Lake Inn is located just one block from the ocean. The inn is home to 16 guest rooms featuring a variety of amenities such as jacuzzi tubs, views of the ocean and fireplaces. The rooms each have their own color scheme and themed decor that reflects their given names such as Morning Glory, Sunrise, Moonbeam and Americana. Some of the rooms feature four-poster or sleigh style beds. A gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, passes for Spring Lake Beach and free WiFi are included in each reservation. Six Flags Great Adventure is a 30 minute drive from the property, but just a few blocks away you will find dining choices including Breakers on the Ocean and The Black Trumpet. Shopping options include Whimsicality and Dreamkeeper, which sells unique gifts, jewelry and home goods.

Spring Lake Inn
104 Salem Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732- 449-2010
springlakeinn.com 

White Lilac Inn
The White Lilac Inn, built in 1880, features 8 air conditioned guest rooms with fireplaces, private porches, large jacuzzis and a hot breakfast served daily. Canopy beds, ocean breezes, televisions and DVD players are just a few of the various features available. The inn is a popular spot for romantic getaways and features seven packages with a variety of themes and options. The Romance Package includes champagne, flowers, candles and a satin robe. The Spring Lake Historical Society and Sea Girt Light House are located just minutes away and will provide you with a peek into the history of the area. If you crave a little recreation, you will find hiking, canoeing and golfing opportunities nearby as well.

White Lilac Inn
414 Central Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732-449-0211
whitelilac.com

Read more: 
Overnight Getaways in New Jersey | eHow.co.uk

Spring Lake Inn: Se Habla Español ~
Multicultural Travel News
AUGUST 2008
by Lisa Skriloff

Realizing an American dream that started with her father, a Cuban immigrant, the owners of Spring Lake Inn, husband and wife team Andy Seaman and Barbara Garcia, serve their guests with a mix of European-style hospitality and contemporary amenities blended into an unpretentious yet elegant vacation. Purchased in 2002 with the support of Barbara’s father, whose hotel experience instilled the craft and love into her at an early age, the historic property (circa 1888) was once ‘Grand Central Stables Carriage House’, a stagecoach stop with hotel rooms on the top floors for coachmen. Completely renovated before changing hands throughout the years, this ‘European Mansion by the Sea’ is located in picturesque Spring Lake New Jersey, just 65 miles from New York or Philadelphia. “We love to meet our guests and try to make their stay the best it can be,” says Barbara, who enjoys speaking to guests in her native Spanish or conversational Italian, often on the irresistible 80-foot Victorian porch. Ads in Union City, West New York and Weehawken, NJ Spanish newspapers, flyers at churches and word of mouth bring Hispanic and South American visitors to the Inn. Whether guests choose a grand, oversized room from one of the 16 specially themed, European-inspired guestrooms and suites or a romantic corner table for two in the dining room, Barbara and Andy Seaman both ensure all the small details and classic comforts that make a great vacation extraordinary are taken care of. Each of the spacious guestrooms feature a combination of sumptuous luxury amenities such as magnificent ocean views, gas burning fireplaces, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, private bathrooms with Jacuzzi-style tubs, 4-poster or sleigh beds, refrigerators and digital cable TV. Free wi-fi is available throughout the Inn. Recognized by Westchester Magazine as an exceptional body, mind and soul-satisfying experience, Spring Lake Inn is ‘near to everything yet far from reality.' Located just one block from the ocean, guests are invited to stroll the two-mile private boardwalk or take a short bike ride to the pristine, picturesque lake. Through September 15, 2008, a mini-getaway to the Jersey shore includes a sand pail of salt water taffy as a gift along with a $50 gas credit!

For more information, contact Barbara Garcia-Seaman at SpringLakeInn@aol.com  732-449-2010 or visit www.springlakeinn.com.
 
 
 
  Global Inspiration, Italian Foundation  
New York Times  
August 29, 2008
By KARLA COOK;

Vivere @ the Grand Victorian - Spring Lake

VIVERE is a happy combination: beautiful 1883 Victorian building, deep porch above the beach traffic, glassed-in dining room with a view to the ocean.

Then there’s the food: crisp, clean flavors, fresh ingredients and global inspiration, against a comfortable Italian foundation. Add to that a pleasant informality; one can rent rooms here, and some of those who do mingle freely. One couple, carrying beer and an open bag of Tostitos, plopped down on a sofa adjacent to a dining table to enjoy the view, too.

This place is as special as its name (to live, in Italian) and its executive chef, Claudette Herring, 52 — who surprised herself and delighted her Trieste-born mother 16 years ago, when she abruptly left a job as manager of a hair salon to prep and cook at the Italian restaurant next door. “It was one of those ‘Aha!’ moments,” she said.

Vivere opened on weekends in December and progressed to five days a week by last month. Go before the hordes discover it, but don’t go too early (and expect lags between courses). On our first visit, we arrived just as the restaurant began serving, only to learn that the chef hadn’t yet composed the evening’s menu. The waiter told us it would take 15 or 20 minutes, so we sat on a boardwalk bench nearby and watched the waves, then returned to the restaurant and a handwritten one-page list of three antipasti, three pastas, five fish dishes and four meats. Though house salads were available, they didn’t fit on the page.

Among the appetizers, a sautéed mix of clams, mussels and sausage (tre amici) flavored with diced tomato, basil, parsley, thyme, garlic and white wine was well balanced and clean, with the sausage of outstanding quality; on a second visit, the sausage and broccoli rabe was its equal.

Another mix, of crawfish, peas and shallots in a cream sauce on puff pastry, was smooth and elegant. The caprese salad, with slabs of mozzarella, red pepper and Jersey tomato, is required of any Italian menu, and this was a creditable version of the classic. Zuppa di clams was ruined by an excess of salt and should have never left the kitchen. Otherwise, almost every savory dish needed salt — diners at the next table asked to borrow our shaker.

Pastas were delicious, particularly the sautéed shrimp with shiitake, cremini and button mushrooms over penne and a fresh fettuccine with sautéed vegetables and a light tomato-basil sauce. Fresh tomato and mozzarella over penne was well made and satisfying.

As for main dishes, seafood entrees are all well prepared. My favorite was sesame-crusted seared tuna laid on a bed of thinly sliced yellow beets marinated in sesame oil and vinegar, then topped with a tower of seaweed salad, making a compilation of vivid color and taste and a whimsical salute to summer.

Seared scallops with onion, pancetta and dried tomato were lovely yet more subtle and conventional, especially the sherry demiglaze. A massive roast pork chop was compellingly flavored with rosemary and sage but was overcooked; the generous portion of sautéed fresh spinach in a dish alongside was a welcome addition.

Tilapia francese (a sauce with lemon, butter and white wine) was balanced and beautiful, the pure white of the fish playing nicely against the deep green of spinach on the side. The grilled sausage and shrimp with broccoli rabe was delicious as well.

For a sweet ending, pick the chocolate mousse — a cold and hearty serving in a coffee cup — or, even better, the ricotta-walnut cake, served warm with a lemon cream sauce. House-made and celebratory, it, like Vivere, is a taste to treasure.
 
 
 
  Romantic Jersey Shore: Spring Lake
July 2008
Story by Sheree Bykofsky

Breathe in. You're anywhere in the world. Breathe out. You're in Spring Lake.

Have you ever had a dream that you were riding your bicycle on a two-mile boardwalk beside a pristine beach in a seaside town? Then suddenly, you came upon the most scenic lake with three covered bridges and swans? Cherry blossoms dripped their pink lavender leaves on the sidewalks and streets? And people waved from the porches of their Victorian homes? There were fine restaurants, sweet boutiques, Irish pubs and several glorious day spas where your last remaining stressful thought was kneaded right out of you? You floated up to your inn and enjoyed the view of the lake or the ocean from the rocking chair on your balcony? Later, you brought your own special bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to a top-notch restaurant, where you were treated like royalty. Well, maybe you weren't dreaming. Maybe you were in Spring Lake in early May!

Everyone has a favorite Jersey Shore town, and Spring Lake is my top pick. There's no better time to visit the seaside village than in early May, right after the establishments open for the summer but before the throngs arrive. Parking spaces are achievable, restaurant reservations are less necessary, prices are lower, and the cherry blossoms in high bloom are dazzling--particularly the ones that surround the Cathedral. But all of the seasons present a special treat in Spring Lake: the snow on the bridges over the lake make a spectacular postcard in winter; the beach and boardwalk alive with children, families and couples liven up Spring Lake all summer; and the vibrant colors of autumn and spring are but a hint of the many pleasures that await you.

Charming and simple B&B's abound, such as the lovely Beacon House, which features a refreshing pool between two small Victorians. Only one block from the beach and the quaint and historic Sea Girt Lighthouse, The Beacon House attracts a younger party crowd as it is right across from the very popular Parker House, a bustling summer meeting spot for young singles.

If you prefer an inn with that homespun feel, you may enjoy the Spring Lake Inn. Comfortable and filled with antiques, there's not a phone or flat screen TV in sight, but you will find nostalgia, comfort and tranquility. Three rooms do have whirlpools, and if you're in the mood for romance, request the eccentric pink room in the turret of the inn.

Nearby, Wreck Pond is a scenic pond with more white swans than you can count. Beside it is The White Lilac Inn, a dollhouse of a B&B's decorated with white lace and tin ceilings, a carousel pony and antique childhood artifacts. This is every girly girl's perfect vision of romance. Off the beaten path in Spring Lake, which in local vernacular translates to five blocks from the beach, the White Lilac Inn is a quiet retreat, perfect for reading, taking long walks, and getting intimate with that special someone. Some rooms do offer upscale amenities such as flat screen TVs and Jacuzzis while others simply offer peace and relaxation in an antique setting. Bicycles are included in the prices, which are lower than those of the inns near the beach.

But for those with an appetite for luxury, the Chateau hotel is the place to stay. Each room in both the main house and the adjoining and more modern villa has a marble bath, at least one large flat screen TV, a sumptuous bed, and fragrant Aveda amenities. Many rooms have wrap-around porches, and all either have a whirlpool or a large soaking tub. Bicycles may be rented right from the porch for a nominal fee or are included in several of the special hotel packages. Situated across from the picturesque Spring Lake and next to the opulent St. Catherine's Cathedral, it's no wonder that many brides and bridal parties make it their top choice as well. The hotel is very considerate to all of its guests. The Chateau only accommodates small bridal parties, so that no guest feels like an intruder.

Sometimes more is less. It's startling to realize that The Chateau beside the lake is less expensive than the inns near the beach. And it is right next to Egan's liquor store, which is handy because most of the restaurants in town don't have a liquor license and are BYOB. Speaking of which, pick up a bottle of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir and make a reservation at the Black Trumpet, an elegant restaurant located in the Sandpiper Inn. Featuring the freshest seafood caught right off of the boats and delivered to the neighboring Manasquan Inlet, the Black Trumpet is named for the fabulous black truffle that is sometimes used to flavor sumptuous culinary creations. Every dish is as thoughtfully and beautifully presented as it is beautiful. Imagine scallops rushed from the fishing boats, perfectly seared, drizzled with truffle oil and set atop exotic greens and a luscious crab cake.

More casual but still delicious meals are served up at the hopping and bopping St. Stephen's Green Publick House, as much a fine restaurant as it is a lively pub. Instruments sit on the stage and every night, different musicians pick them up and jam. They're so talented that you definitely get the impression that they've played a few times together before! They're clearly loved by the crowds that flock to St Stephen's Green every night to drink in the pub or dine on Fried Rueben Dumplings and Shepherd's Pie. For dessert, don't even look at the menu; just trust me and order the Irish Banoffee Pie.

A typical day in Spring Lake is spent strolling or bike riding on the boardwalk and around the lake, or visiting the enticing local shops. You may want to luxuriate in a soothing massage or lavender cold stone facial at the Hand & Stone Massage Spa. Or try an express facial and expert makeup application at the Juli Mei spa on Spring Lake's main street, which is called Third.

Did you ever have a dream so great that you wished you could have it again and again! Well, you can. Just go to Spring Lake.

IF YOU GO:
 
Chateau Inn & Suites
500 Warren Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
info@chateauinn.com 
www.chateauinn.com 
732 974 2000
St. Stephen's Green Publick House
2031 Highway 71
Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762
732 449 2626
www.ststephensgreenpub.com 
Spring Lake Inn
104 Salem Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732 449 2010
www.springlakeinn.com 
 
Black Trumpet
7 Atlantic Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732 449 4700
www.theblacktrumpet.com 
The Beacon House
100 & 104 Beacon Boulevard
Sea Girt, NJ 08750
Hand & Stone Massage Spa
Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762
732 449 1700
www.handandstone.com
Egan's Liquors
516 Warren Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732 449 7090
St. Catharine Church
Essex and West Lake Avenues
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
White Lilac Inn
414 Central Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732 449 0211
www.whitelilac.com 
Juli Mei
Apothecary . Accessories . Apparel

1303 Third Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732 449 0021
www.shopjulimei.com
   
 
 
 
  COASTING ALL THE WAY TO CAPE MAY
New York Daily News
June 22, 2008
by Inae Oh

A tad north of Seaside Heights, Spring Lake is the resort for those seeking a more laid-back beach experience. Here you can unwind from the bustle of the city at relaxation experts Spring Lake Therapeutic Massage or the Hand & Stone Massage Spa. Check out the Breakers on the Ocean, an upscale Jersey Shore treat. Originally built in the 1800’s, this hotel and restaurant is considered a major league attraction. For accommodations, try Breakers Hotel & Restaurant, 1507 Ocean Ave., Spring Lake, N.J. 07762.
 
 
 
  A Wealth of Activity in Picturesque Spring Lake
REALMORRIS.com
July 25, 2008
Story By Liza Jaipaul 

A picturesque gazebo, arched wooden bridges overlooking a glistening clear lake, rich, thick green grass, and two miles of beach -- complete with a pizza-free boardwalk. This is Spring Lake, and it isn’t your typical Jersey Shore town.

Instead, it’s a place where you can sip tea, lemonade or wine as you wile away an afternoon on a beautiful Victorian porch in a turn-of-the-century mansion with the ocean waves crashing in the background.

Spring Lake has a lot to offer, including charming bed and breakfasts, inns and plush hotels. Named one of the “Top 10 Getaways in New Jersey” by Travel & Leisure magazine, it’s the perfect place to go for a quick vacation; in fact, it’s been a vacation retreat for the wealthy since the turn of the century.

“People come here for special occasions or just to relax,” said Andy Seaman, who owns the Spring Lake Inn with his wife, Barbara. The Inn, built in 1888, is a block from the ocean and offers plenty of charm and European-inspired décor. Each room and suite has a unique theme, all designed to transport you to another era. And the homemade lemonade and chocolate chip cookies in the lobby are addictive.

The Breakers is a well-known oceanfront resort hotel, and then there’s Villa Park House, a family-friendly Victorian-style bed & breakfast -- to name just a few. Villa Park House is owned by Matthew and Dara Schmid. Matthew is a great chef and a graduate of Culinary Institute of America, and the breakfasts are made to order and to die for. I remember the omelet he made the last time I stayed there. It had goat cheese and white asparagus and the most delicious potatoes with sweet onions -- which were worth the trip all by itself.

Restaurants in Spring Lake offer innovative dining choices. There’s the Island Palm Grill for food with lots of flavor in a more casual atmosphere, or Whispers, for special occasions, and Copeland, an upscale restaurant with a martini bar -- and lots more.

Shopping is fun here, too, with 65-plus shops, ranging from homemade chocolate offerings to upscale clothing boutiques.

“It was our dream to open a bed and breakfast here,” Schmid said. “It’s just a wonderful place to vacation or live.”
 
 
 
  It's "inn" season for bed-and-breakfast
Asbury Park Press
August 28, 2008
By Brittany talarico

Bed-and-breakfasts are a common luxury in Jersey Shore towns. These are just two of the many B&Bs at the Shore.

Grand Victorian at Spring Lake

Lacey Dennison, assistant innkeeper, said everything is newly refurbished at Grand Victorian at Spring Lake. "According to the clientele, this bed-and-breakfast is very beachy and feels like you are in someone's home," said Dennison, 25, of Spring Lake.

The Grand Victorian has 22 rooms, nine with shared bathrooms and 13 with private bathrooms. Prices range from $150 to $350 per night. The bed-and-breakfast offers a summer special for $150 per night for any room Sunday through Wednesday.

Beach passes and warm breakfast is included for all guests, and breakfast specials change daily. Breakfast is served in the dining room, sun room or porch. Grand Victorian is at 1505 Ocean Ave. For more information, go to www.grandvictorianspringlake.com  or call (732) 449-5327.

The Beacon House

This bed-and-breakfast consists of two Victorian houses, the Main House and the Summer House, a block from the beach with a pool nestled in between. All guests receive a full breakfast each morning, use of the private pool, beach chairs, beach towels, bicycles and passes to the Sea Girt beach.

The Beacon House has 18 rooms, a two-bedroom cottage ($2200 per week), and two efficiencies, the Carriage House ($1800 per week) and the Light House ($1,500 per week.)

Owner Candace Kadimik describes the atmosphere of the Beacon House as "an air of casual elegance." "We are a unique inn in a beautiful area," Kadimik said. "We have a lot of repeat guests that have become part of our family."
 
 
 
  USA Travel Magazine
by Judy Worley

"The Victoria House Bed and Breakfast is a fabulous place for the romantic at heart and a place where you can create wonderful memories with an ambiance of nothing but luxury and elegance."
 
 
 
  Walking from Inn to Inn
Come in from the cold and explore the historic hotels of Spring Lake, a Victorian enclave on the Jersey Shore.
by Leslie Garisto Pfaff
Coastal Living - 2007
 
(Photo: Lisa Adams)

In the December dusk, just a shell’s toss from the beach in Spring Lake, New Jersey, the windows of The Breakers glow. On the hotel’s porch, merrymakers have laced up their walking shoes (and donned earmuffs) to join a holiday tradition in this town of tree-lined streets and turn-of-the-century homes. Spring Lake’s annual Christmas Candlelight Inn Tour provides access to a dozen of the town’s inns and bed-and-breakfasts, decked out in seasonal finery and smelling of warm cookies.

“The tour is a great way to look at a lot of different B&Bs in a one-day period,” says Alan Kaplan, innkeeper at Victoria House, a Queen Anne–style bed-and-breakfast that’s been on the tour since its inception in 1994. Visitors discover other attractions as well in this Victorian town. Unlike many communities along the Jersey Shore, Spring Lake doesn’t batten down after Labor Day. Offering everything from hand-painted country furniture to hand-dipped chocolates, the upscale shops clustered along Third Avenue remain open for holiday business. So do most of the town’s restaurants.

Its hostelries, too, cater to a clientele that enjoys Spring Lake’s small-town ambience and pristine Atlantic beach in the off season. John Uhler and his wife, Susan, have been making the three-hour trip from York, Pennsylvania, for 15 years. “We come all year round,” he says. “We love to walk and bike, and no matter what the weather, this is a great walking town.”

It has been that way since 1875, when a group of affluent Philadelphians founded The Spring Lake Beach Improvement Company to develop a luxurious seaside resort. Spring Lake clearly dates back to a more leisurely age. Along its quiet streets sit spectacular Victorian “cottages.” Broad porches allowed their occupants to take in the street life in shaded comfort—all within strolling distance of the ocean. The entire town, in fact, comprises roughly 2 square miles, a quarter of that water. There’s Lake Como to the north and Wreck Pond to the south. In between lies Spring Lake, a slender apostrophe of a spring-fed pond.

The lake, too, salutes the holidays. Tiny white lights outline both of its twig-style footbridges. Across from St. Catharine, a domed, Romanesque church, a pair of swans glides past two stoic fishermen in leather gloves and hunter’s caps.

Near the lake’s western tip, tour-goers walk briskly along the outdoor terraces of the Chateau Inn & Suites. Inside, the bite of the breeze blissfully gives way to warmth and luxury. Visitors admire four-poster beds of gleaming, dark wood, English leather sofas and club chairs, fireplaces and marble wet bars, and—miracle of technological miracles—plasma TVs in every room.

A few blocks away, the Normandy Inn provides a striking counterpoint. Just past the green-and-gold exterior of Italianate gingerbread, its double doors lead to a pair of pink parlors sheathed in damask wallpaper. A Christmas tree decorated with antique ornaments rises nearly to the 12-foot ceiling. An amiable traffic jam forms at the foot of the stairs as visitors queue up to snoop in the seven open bedrooms on the second floor.

That scene replays itself in inns across town as afternoon drifts into evening. The tour winds down at 7 p.m., but the streets still ring with spirited conversation despite the chill. At Victoria House, Alan and Lynne Kaplan serve post-tour Champagne and hors d’oeuvres to a convivial gathering of foot-sore but happy guests. The tour has gone well, says Alan. As proof, he offers an unofficial tally: “We saw lots of smiling faces.” It’s a testament to a community that knows how to please, whatever the season.
 
 
 
  SWEETHEART OF THE JERSEY’ SHORE INVITATION
A Valentine, Winter and Spring Getaway

From January 15 - May 15, 2009 the Historic Inns of Spring Lake know what makes a getaway to the Jersey shore sweet – and each of the 13 Inns and Hotels offers great specials that are romantic AND relaxing.

Visit a bed & breakfast or hotel of your choice and select a Valentine, Winter or early Spring ‘break’ to enjoy the luxury and privacy afforded in one of America’s most beautiful towns.
 
 
 
  AUTHORS & INNS – A SPRING LAKE EVENT
Winner of NJ Governor’s Tourism Award 2008
Meet Celebrity Cookbook Authors & Learn Their Culinary Secrets
 


Award-Winning Authors Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito

~ BakedNYC ~


 
Wanda Mann

The Historic Inns of Spring Lake are hosting their 3rd annual AUTHORS & INNS TOUR on May 16 and 17, 2009. The tour of 11 inns features cookbooks by a star-studded celebrity list of chefs, restaurateurs and culinary TV/media personalities who will be personally signing and selling their books.

TV media personality and Manhattan Lifestyle Reporter Wanda Mann is Mistress of Ceremonies for the weekend event that highlights the best new cookbooks that make home cooking and entertaining fun.
 



The celebrity authors and paired inns on Authors & Inns Tour Sunday, May 17th are:

VILLA PARK HOUSE - Barbara Kafka – renowned author/TV personality and honored with James Beard Foundation lifetime achievement. ‘The Microwave Gourmet’ is a NY Times Bestseller along with her collection of famous cookbooks

OCEAN HOUSE
- Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito – owners of BakedNYC and two of today’s most popular national TV guests. February’s O Magazine features 8 pages from their new cookbook “BAKED: New Frontiers in Baking”

SPRING LAKE INN
- Suvir Saran – owner of NYC’s Devi Restaurant, award-winning cookbook author and popular national TV guest features ‘Indian Home Cooking’

WHITE LILAC INN
- Hope Fox – Philadelphia culinary diva and Entertaining Guru – Food and restaurants her specialty! Let’s try to Impress for Less!

THE BREAKERS
- Jeff Nathan – Owner of Abigael’s on Broadway Restaurant in Manhattan, his show ‘New Jewish Cuisine’  appears on PBS – TV, the only Jewish cooking show on PBS-TV

NORMANDY INN
- Patricia Mack – Prominent National Food Editor/Author – panelist for James Beard Foundation and member of L’Dames de Escoffier shares secrets in ‘Tomatoes’

CHATEAU INN
- Marian Betancourt – Food/Travel Journalist – contributor to Woman’s Day, Philadelphia Inquirer and American Heritage – The Texas Hill Cookbook: A Taste of Provence

ASHLING COTTAGE
- Barbara Seelig Brown – TV host of ‘Stress Free Cooking’, food & wine spokesperson for Colavita Olive Oil and culinary educator

BEACON HOUSE
- Belinda Hulin – Celebrated New Orleans/Florida food journalist; her ‘Everything Pizza Cookbook’ includes clever dessert pizzas & pizza canapés for entertaining

VICTORIA HOUSE
- Lynne Kaplan – Co-author of ‘Breakfast, Brunch & More’, she is owner of Victoria House B&B and graduate of Institute for Culinary Education

SANDPIPER INN
- Barbara Vogel – Innkeeper of award-winning historic inn in Spring Lake who compiled her best breakfast, tea and late night signature dishes in ‘With Love from Sea Crest by the Sea’
 


One of 11 Featured Cookbooks in Authors & Inns Tour

 


Suvir Saran – Owner of NYC’s Devi Restaurant


A total of 500 Sunday tour tickets will be sold. Guests staying at any of the Inns for the Friday/Saturday weekend will receive a complimentary Sunday Tour Ticket as well as admission to the Private Culinary Presentations on Saturday, May 16. Inn Guests ONLY are invited to spend an hour with each of the following authors as they prepare a recipe from their book:

  • 12:00pm Suvir Saran - Pea Samosas from Devi
  • 1:00pm Patricia Mack - Trio of Cocktail Hour Tomatoes
  • 2:00pm Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito - No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie and Root Beer Desserts from BakedNYC
  • 3:00pm Belinda Hulin - Pizza for a Party
  • 4:00pm Hope Fox - Broussard’s Apple Chicken Calvados
AUTHORS & INNS TOUR DETAILS:

WHAT: “Authors & Inns: A Spring Lake Event”
A self-guided tour of 11 Historic Inns & Celebrity Cookbook Authorss

WHEN: Sunday, May 17, 2009
1:00-5:00pm

COST: $15/pp – Tour attendees receive Keepsake Tote Bag/Tour Map of Inns/Authors

TICKETS: 732-449-2010 – Barbara Seaman, Spring Lake Inn
732-449-0211 – Mari Kennelly, White Lilac Inn
732-449-9090 – Historic Inns of Spring Lake Association

WEEKEND INN GUESTS RECEIVE: Admission to Saturday, May 16 Private Culinary Demonstrations and Complimentary Sunday Tour Ticket

**All Sunday Tour attendees will have an opportunity to win:
  1. CHEF'S TASTING DINNER For 2 at Devi, New York City (PAIRED WITH WINES))
    Win a 7-course Tasting Dinner at the highly acclaimed Dévi. Called the “Best Indian Cuisine” by New York Magazine and “perhaps the city’s best Indian restaurant” by The New York Times’ Diner’s Journal Value: $260 (excludes tax and gratuity).
  2. BAKED Gift Set Brownie 12 pack with 8" Platter: BAKED brownies are slightly fudgy and full of the finest quality dark chocolate. This brownie gift set comes with 12 assorted individually hand-wrapped brownies and a keepsake 8" square melamine tray. Value: $47.50
**In 2008, AUTHORS & INNS received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Tourism.
 
 
 
  The GREAT ESCAPE::
www.UrbanBaby.com – June, 2008

When school ends and summer kicks in, you could all use a little new scenery — and keeping travel-time to a minimum is key. Below is a list of grown-up spots that a kid will also find fun. No Disney. No Club Med. Just family-friendly weekend getaways within a few hours of the city.

Spring Lake, New Jersey: Just about an hour outside of Manhattan via car or NJ Transit from Penn Station is the sleepy beach town of Spring Lake. Founded in 1892, you'll find rambling Victorian mansions with wraparound porches, and a kid's park surrounded by weeping willows and a spring-fed lake with swans. The two-mile non-commercial boardwalk is great for strollers and leads to an immaculate stretch of beach. Let the kids experience some traditional Jersey-style rides and amusements at the Point Pleasant boardwalk. The Breakers Hotel is just steps from the ocean and has a unique Jersey Shore style.
 
 
 
  Article:
Bucks County Town and Country Living
Spring 2008
The Irish Riviera

"Who needs the French Riviera when we have Spring lake, that offers great hospitality, gourmet food, well-mannered dogs, scenic beauty, pristine beaches and a two-mile boardwalk?"
Click to read more

 
 
 
 

Article:
The Philadelphia Women's Journal
Spring Lake, “Sweetheart” of The Other Jersey Shore

By Ann Augunas

The discovery of this little gem was not on our own. Truth be known, I never even heard of Spring Lake until invited by a friend to visit. Our summer vacation preference has always been to that “last bastion of gentility” also along the Jersey Shore, Stone Harbor, where, summer after summer for almost 40 years, we’ve spent our week or two of family-vacation time.

The history of Spring Lake as a vacation destination dates back to around the mid to late 1800’s when wealthy aristocrats and business tycoons from New York and Philadelphia decided it was an ideal place to spend their summers. In an area that was mostly farm land they found the space and proximity to the ocean perfectly suitable for building their summer homes. Their vision was also perfect as over a hundred years later she is still sought out as an idyllic vacation spot.

We arrived in Spring Lake when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the town actually looked like a picture-perfect postcard. Stunning homes, manicured lawns, spring blossoms and even lilacs trees set the scene. The sense of exhaling stress and inhaling peace and tranquility was immediate. It was just what we were hoping for, serenity and smallness.

While our purpose was to visit the elegant historic Inns for which the town is famous, we also were pleasantly surprised at how much more it had to offer visitors. There’s just enough to see and do that you won’t feel as though you’ve missed out on something.

It didn’t take long to understand why the accolades accorded Spring Lake are numerous and its awards well-deserved. From Travel & Leisure Magazine: One of New Jersey’s top 10 Getaways; from About.com: One of the Top Ten beaches in the USA (in its classic beach category). Romantic, elegant, a place that hearkens back to a ‘gentler time,’ the praise continues.

The 12-acre, springfed Lake in the center of town is the perfect anchor for the gorgeous homes and distinctive lodgings that wind around it. Quaint footbridges cross the Lake while swan, ducks and geese make their home in the adjacent waters of Wreck Pond. It’s a great place for quiet walks, a bike ride, or to sit and read a book.

Over the years the town has developed into a thriving little community, unique in what it has to offer. Downtown Third Avenue has an array of stores, galleries and boutiques, plenty of dining opportunities and casual eateries. You might even enjoy a Spa experience to enhance the romance of your visit. If so, you might stop in at Juli Mei’s, also on Third Avenue, as my husband and I did, him for a massage and me for a facial and makeover. It’s just what stress gurus recommend.

Places worth a visit are the Historic Society Museum located in the town’s Municipal Building on 5th & Warren Streets where surprisingly compact and informative displays take you from pre-archaic time on up to the present. The Spring Lake Community Theatre is a gem as is the baronial mansion in which it resides. Its unusual little library is also a treat. The magnificent St. Catharine Church overlooking the Lake was built by Martin Maloney in memory of his daughter Catharine who died at the age of seventeen. Truly spectacular. The Sea Girt Lighthouse on Ocean Avenue also has an interesting story to tell. It’s also the last live-in lighthouse to be built in the US.

The Historic Inns of Spring Lake are in a class of their own. Each is a tribute to the elegant days of yesteryear. Lovingly restored and cared for, they offer a taste of a bygone era coupled with all of today’s modern conveniences. Parlors are filled with fine Victorian pieces, bedrooms are comfy and cozy, and some have fireplaces and even Jacuzzis. Most have porches and sitting areas as well as lovely breakfast rooms where hosts and hostesses serve delicious breakfasts, daily.

Our B&B, the White Lilac Inn (circa 1880), was more than we hoped for. Owner Mari Kennelly has done a superb job with her loving attention to detail. The Inn is a beautiful and gracious, 3-story home sided by an unusually large, off-street parking area. Each room has a private porch. Ours also had 2 fireplaces, one that worked and one for show; two flat screen TV’s, and a Jacuzzi tub complete with two champagne flutes.

Breakfast is served in two beautiful rooms all decked out in white. Tables are topped with fresh linens, white with blue floral accents, and a white lilac on each table, sometimes real, sometimes silk. Mari’s collection of teapots and a whimsical carousel horse gracing the corner of one room, round out the decor. www.whitelilac.com

Most B & B’s cater to couples or solo travelers but a couple such as Spring Lake Inn and Villa Park House, right behind the White Lilac, are family friendly. Matthew and Dara Schmid, he a graduate of the CIA and she an anchor at MSNBC, have two little folks of their own and are very happy to have you visit. They have child-proofed the place so you’ll not have to worry about antiques and collectibles. www.villaparkhouse.com

Not into B&B’s? Beautiful Hotels and other Inns offer everything to make your vacations wonderful. The Breakers (circa 1882), on the ocean, is a full-service hotel/resort with 73 rooms and open year-round. www.breakershotel.com  Another oceanfront property is the boutique, Grand Victorian with 13 guest rooms and a fine dining restaurant. grandvictorian@springlake.com

Dining in Spring Lake and its neighboring towns is an adventure in culinary excellence. The following are some we really enjoyed during our 3-day stay. For Irish fare St. Stephen’s Green Publick House with its friendly Irish Pub atmosphere is where we enjoyed a Potato Leek Soup and our Shepherd’s Pie. At the Black Trumpet in the Sandpiper Inn we had a great Jersey Shore seafood dinner. And for Italian we had two fine experiences, one at the Breaker’s Hotel for lunch and one at Vivere in the Grand Victorian where Chef Claudette Herring specializes in Northern Italian country cuisine. Wherever you go you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

Spring Lake could well be the poster child for the 3 R’s so if you find rest, relaxation and romance to your liking there’s no lovelier place than this to experience it. They’ll love having your company! For further information and directions log on to www.springlake.org  or www.historicinnsofspringlake.com

 

 
 
 
  Article:
Main Line Times, PA

WINING AND DINING BY THE SEA
June 2008

by Ralph Collier

Mother Nature does some of her prettiest work in the Garden State, but you need to know where to look for it. In a seaside town called Spring Lake, there’s a stunning spot called The Breakers, which offers elegance in a lush garden environment facing the Atlantic. The Breakers is one of the few hotels in town with its own private heated swimming pool and an elevator. In a glass enclosed bar complete with its own white baby grand, the menu includes a French Kiss Martini (vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice), a Spark Plug Martini and other delectables. It is the bar sui generis.

Luncheon is served in the Seashell Dining Room in an unhurried atmosphere with eggplant Rollatini as a starter. The thinly sliced eggplant is pan-fried in extra virgin olive oil with a combination of ricotta cheese and prosciutto, topped with a mozzarella and filetto pomidoro sauce. The chef is a wizard with a Cajun grilled salmon topped with a dijon hollandaise sauce as well as a robust razor thin veal scallopini, which he sautees with shallots, mushrooms, white wine and more of the filetto pomidoro sauce. The day's dessert is destined to out dazzle any other. It is a house made puff pastry - a profiterol filled with vanilla ice cream and a rich chocolate sauce topping.

At Spring Lake's Memorial Community House, there is an intimate theater, where most recently, a musical drama, William's Dark Lady, was staged. It was produced by Pat Barry, who, in guiding some members of the press through the center, has the expression of someone who just opened a pleasant Christmas present. Discussing the children's theater workshop and dance school and some of the well-known actors who have appeared there -- Helen Hayes and Paul Newman, among others -- she exudes such generous joy in her craft that her smile becomes yours.

Just outside Spring Lake, at Sea Girt, almost 100 ships foundered in local waters in the 1890s; that's before the current Sea Girt Lighthouse was built, complete with a large kerosene lamp that produced a constant light. Decommissioned at the end of World War II, the historic lighthouse is open to visitors who enjoy the period furniture. There are also historic photos, including newspaper coverage of the cruise ship Morro Castle, which caught fire at sea in 1934 and drifted to the shore in the vicinity of nearby Asbury Park. Death toll was in the hundreds.

A few feet from the ocean, the Sandpiper Inn has two dining rooms, one for breakfast and the other, the Black Trumpet, for a pleasurable and invigorating dinner. At breakfast, the morning chef prepares the perfect omelette filled with spinach and bacon and an additional quartet of bacon strips on the side. There is fresh fruit, and in the background, you hear soft Beethoven piano sonatas. A splendid touch for starting a new day at the shore.

At the Sandpiper's Black Trumpet Restaurant, named after Owner/Chef Mark Mikolajczak's favorite mushroom, the dining room is blissfully quiet. The chef begins his presentation with a lobster guacamole seaweed sauce. In conversations with him, you learn that all of his seafood comes from the neighboring Manasquan Inlet, a couple of miles from the restaurant. He chooses his seafood from the decks of fishing vessels. The fluke, skillet seared, is just off the docks, served on fingerling spuds, corn and beans, topped with hush puppies. Jumbo lump crab cakes are served with Yukon Gold smashed potatoes with green beans in a red pepper remoulade.

Dinner at Vivere Ristorante at the Grand Victorian begins with a miraculously pure and intensely flavored roasted garlic and tomato soup with parmesan crostini. The menu dances to seasonal and regional rhythms, including a rigatoni with broccoli rabe and Lugania sausage in an oil and roasted garlic sauce. Impeccably cooked is the stuffed pork tenderloin with a Madeira semi glaze that Chef Claudette Herring pairs with sauteed pearl onions, pancetta and fresh peas. We skipped the poached pear and homemade biscotti due to the late hour.

Spring Lake, N.J. is a hard town to squeeze into a phrase. It is an island of prosperity little blemished by the current recession rumors, a tourist town with hotels and B&Bs beloved of vacationing families with a vibrant roster of restaurants. It is a mecca for sportsmen, with swimming, surfing, tennis and golf. But it is the sea, not high culture, that brings people to Spring Lake, and there is no better way to savor the area than to wander along the town's commercial-free boardwalk, an unspoiled seaside tract that lurks menacingly in the rare occasional fogs.
 
 
 
  Article:
www.aboutnewjersey.com
Spring Lake - the Irish Riviera
May 2008

by Betty Fleming

“Everyone is Irish in their heart” or so I have heard. Bearing this in mind, it didn’t take much effort on the part of this Polish princess to picture herself quite at home in Spring Lake, or as it is called, ‘The Irish Riviera.’ So much so, that upon awakening in one of the many sumptuous B&B’s in Spring Lake and having been pampered royally by my hostess, I was more than ready to start my adventure in this magical place by the sea.

Spring Lake makes you believe in the unbelievable. The lovely Victorian homes, the ocean views, the spring-fed lakes and parks--all conspire to make your romantic expectations a real possibility. On a particularly picture-perfect spring day when flowering trees line the walking paths and picturesque wooden bridges cross the lake, a lone fisherman sits idle, waiting in complete silence for that first bite. The serenity of the moment allows me to focus on my own journey of discovery. I need to know more about this place I have come to and what better way to take that first bite than at the local history museum.

The Historical Society Museum sits in the center of town, in a building that once was Spring Lake’s first public school (circa 1897). The museum transports one through the history of the first settlers, the Lenni-Lenape Indians, through the Victorian Era and into the 21st Century. The Society’s collection of historic artifacts, photographs, and ‘Postcards from the Edge of the Sea’ lends credence to the belief of all those who traveled by train to Spring Lake beginning in the 1870’s that this was indeed a place of pure magic. Those same sentiments were evidently shared by Martin Maloney, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who built Ballingary, one of the great homes of the Eastern Seaboard in 1897 as a summer retreat for his wife and three daughters.

The museum offers a glimpse of the Victorian Era and the grand hotels that once lined the beach. The Monmouth House, once considered the cornerstone of the Spring Lake Beach resort, burned to the ground in 1900 taking with it many of the town’s businesses, homes, and cottages along Ocean Avenue. Of the original oceanfront hotels, the Essex-Sussex House remains, not as a hotel, but as private residences/condominiums. The Wilburton, built in the 1800’s, was renamed The Breakers in 1905 and currently operates as a full-service beachfront hotel. Bed & Breakfast (B&B) establishments, charming inns and hotels with landmark gourmet restaurants--all manage to retain the same architectural style and seashore feel, keeping Victoriana alive and well in the Spring Lake community.

For more specific information and accommodations, go to www.HistoricInnsOfSpringLake.com 

Spring Lake Memorial Community House
Once a summer colony that catered exclusively to the rich and famous, estates have been sold off in smaller parcels, subdivided and developed, and Spring Lake now boasts a year-round population of approximately 4,500 residents. Recreation is still is a vital part of the community, supported in a large part by the Memorial Community House, currently celebrating its 85th anniversary. Dedicated on July 4, 1923 by Oliver Brown, Spring Lake’s former Mayor and New Jersey State Senator, the Community House was built for the “moral, social, literary, religious, educations and charitable purposes and community betterment.” Today, this cultural center offers a 350-seat theatre, a children’s theatre workshop and dance school, and a community library. Renowned performers such as Helen Hayes and Paul Newman have once graced the theatre stage.

For the season’s performances and ticket information, go to www.springlaketheatre.com or call (732) 449-4530 for reservations. Season subscription plans are also available.

Saint Catharine Church -
The beauty of Spring Lake enchants you and pulls you in, compelling you to experience not just its natural beauty but its spiritual side as well. That spirituality and reverence is glorified in the edifice of Saint Catharine Church (circa 1905), which reflects the architecture of both the Roman Renaissance and Baroque Eras. It was the desire of Martin Maloney to dedicate the Church in the memory of his 17-year old daughter, Catharine, who died of tuberculosis shortly after the completion of his summer retreat, Ballingarry. The tragic loss of his daughter inspired a true labor of love in which he commissioned works of art for the Church over a period of 27 years. Mr. Maloney brought Gonippo Raggi, a foremost religious artist, from Rome in 1904 to execute the paintings for Saint Catharine’s. A series of murals with Irish themes encircle the interior of the Church and represent a collaborative effort between Professor Raggi and Celtic artist, Thomas A. O’Shaughnessy.

Looking up at the impressive dome, one can’t help but feel awed by its’ majesty and the meticulous artwork and historical details in the murals overhead. In several paintings, it is believed the image of Catharine has been depicted in intricate detail, particularly The Burial of Saint Catharine that hangs above the Sacred Heart Chapel. This chapel was built following the death of his beloved wife in 1923. As in a true romantic tragedy, in a crypt below the chapel, Catharine and her parents are entombed for eternity.

Saint Catharine Church solidifies the style, the architecture and the romantic history that captures your soul and leads you to believe in this fairytale setting.

Spring Lake – The Sweetheart of the Jersey Shore - Where would this self-proclaimed princess end her oddessy? Would it be shopping in the picturesque downtown area that offers more than sixty fine shops and boutiques? Or would it be a walk on the commercial free two-mile boardwalk, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and its grassy sand dunes? Perhaps another choice would be to take a short drive to check out the Sea Girt Lighthouse, the last live-in lighthouse built in the United States? Decisions, decisions…

Listening to the idyllic sounds of breaking waves, the bleating of the seagulls, the smell of salt in the air, and the shouts of children on the beach—what else for this beach girl is there? My quest fulfilled, I truly believe the splendor, the history, and yes, the romance makes Spring Lake the Sweetheart of the Jersey Shore.

With that premise in mind, while taking a final stroll on the boardwalk I fully expected Prince Charming to come riding up on his Swinn. Alas, it didn’t happen, but this tale does have a happy ending. I will be back, already preparing for my return trip to Spring Lake in the very near future.

Prince Charming or not, I look forward to the Authors & Inns Tour on June 8, 2008 hosted by the Historic Inns of Spring Lake. Having won the Governor’s Award for Excellence at the 2008 New Jersey Governor’s Tourism Awards Ceremony for their signature event in 2007, the Historic Inns of Spring Lake are hosting their 2nd annual AUTHORS & INNS TOUR on Sunday afternoon June 8, 2008 from 1:00-5:00pm.

The tour of 9 historic inns features 12 award-wining Romance Authors with a link to New Jersey. Nine inns/hotels will open their doors to tour goers, sharing their distinctive properties for a glimpse into the historic and romantic style of Spring Lake. At the same time, prominent romance-genre authors will be at each inn meeting fans, selling and signing their most recently published books. The stories feature many of the most popular themes today from ‘international political thriller’ and ‘romantic novel set in India’ to ‘dangerous passion set in Ireland’ and ‘looking for love in the wilds of suburbia’.
 
 
 
 
 

MEDIA RELEASES

 
 

DECEMBER 2008 HOLIDAY
DECORATING with TINSEL and THEMED TREASURES


“Spring Lake Candlelight Christmas Inn Tour”

Innkeepers are Preparing their Inns for Tour Visitors



Spring Lake Inn – Barbara & Andy Seaman

Don’t forget your camera for the dazzling 19th Annual Spring Lake Candlelight Christmas Inn Tour on Saturday, December 6th from 3:30pm-7:00pm. Tour 11 of greater Spring Lake’s festive Inns and Hotels bedecked in their elegant and cleverly themed holiday finery, ablaze with vintage ornaments, handcrafted hand-me-down heirlooms and the illusion of a Currier & Ives postcard.

Innkeepers and their gracious staff cordially invite you to enter their doors to romance and history as you tour the inns, delighting in the joys and warmth of the holiday season. Guests are welcome to visit each parlor and porch, where they can drive or stroll from inn to inn, view breathtakingly adorned bedrooms and savor the spirit of Christmas. The secret is out that four of the ten themes are: Children’s Christmas Morning, Old-Fashioned Victorian Village, Christmas at the Seashore and A Victorian Dickens Christmas.



The Ocean House – Nancy Kaloostian and bunches of Santa’s

New Jersey’s oceanfront community of Spring Lake (Est. 1892) is rich in charm, style and history...proud of this distinguished collection of Victorian bed & breakfasts and boutique hotels.




White Lilac Inn – Mari Kennelly

 

  • Neighbors and visitors to Spring Lake have made The Spring Lake Theatre Company play ‘Scrooge’ a holiday tradition. This year they celebrate the 25th annual production with 11 performances scheduled for audiences of all ages.
     
  • The former Hollycroft B&B in neighboring Lake Como opens its Christmas boutique for holiday shoppers.
     
  • As the Tour afternoon fades into evening, visitors will be enchanted with the chiming of the town’s magnificent church bells, entertaining you with their own celebrated chorus, reminded of the past 115+ years that Spring Lake has been home to a rich diversity of people from around the world.
     
  • One lucky tour guest will win a Grand Prize ‘One Night Inn Getaway and a Christmas Surprise Basket’




  • Beacon House Inn – Candy Kadimik and THE Nutcrackers

    Today and during its heyday of the late 1800’s when Spring Lake was a playground of uncompromised luxury, this radiantly refined Atlantic seashore community sparkles throughout the holiday season. Together with the Candlelight Inn Tour, numerous events create a weekend to remember.

    Tour tickets are $30. They can be purchased at various retail locations throughout Spring Lake.***

    For information and advance tickets, contact:
    Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce (732) 449-0577
    ~ OR ~
    White Lilac Inn (732) 449-0211 www.springlake.org 

    Ticket Purchase Locations in Spring Lake:
    **All Participating Historic Inns
    The Bottle Shop – 1400 Third Avenue
    Linger- 304 Morris Avenue
    Manasquan Savings Bank – 305 Hwy 71
    Urban Details – 1111 Third Avenue
    Kate & Company – 1100 Third Avenue
    White Lilac Inn – 414 Central Avenue

    **Beacon House, Spring Lake Inn, White Lilac Inn, Villa Park House, Sandpiper Inn, Victoria House B&B, Chateau Inn & Suites, The Breakers Hotel, The Ocean House, Normandy Inn and Grand Victorian @ Spring Lake

    *Tickets are a non-refundable charity donation.

    For FALL MEDIA VISIT – BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 15 – JANUARY 15, 2009:
    Contact: Leigh Cort Publicity INFORMATION ABOVE.
     
     
     
     

    “Two Historic Inns are a Shore Bet”
    NJ Monthly Magazine Features Shore Guide’s Super Summer Best

    Spring Lake NJ (June 15, 2008) The Beacon House and Ocean House were named as two of 17 best Places to Stay in NJ Monthly Magazine’s just released June Shore Guide issue. They are both members of the 13-inn association of Historic Inns of Spring Lake, having distinctive styles & amenities that guests enjoy. Nearly every Jersey shore town had something fun, fabulous or funky mentioned – from dining, to surfing, from golf to watering holes, from dance halls to secluded beaches.

    The Ocean House “…opened as a resort hotel (circa 1878) and features a grand staircase from the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition.” www.theoceanhouse.net

    The Beacon House (circa 1879) “…seamlessly pairs modern comforts, such as a private in ground pool, with grand Victorian style and décor.” www.beaconhouseinn.com  

     
     
    Beacon House Villa Park House B&B Victoria House B&B Villa Park House B&B Spring Lake Inn The White Lilac Inn The White Lilac Inn Evergreen Inn B&B Chateau Inn and Suites The Sandpiper Inn Victoria House B&B The Ocean House B&B Sea Crest by the Sea The Breakers Hotel