Couples looking for a mid-week romantic summer getaway can leave the urban jungle behind by heading to the seaside town of Beach Haven at the south end of Long Beach Island. Here you’ll find a quaint 1886 Queen Anne style Victorian B&B, pristine wetland with kayak launches, sandy beaches, bike paths, public tennis courts and fine dining.
Begin your day by checking into the Williams Cottage Inn. This circa 1886 Queen Anne style Victorian home features eight uniquely decorated guest rooms. Most rooms have queen size beds, many rooms have full bathtubs and all rooms are furnished with designer eco-friendly linens and a private bath. The grand foyer, cozy library and formal dining room give this B&B the feel of an intimate boutique hotel.
After unpacking, unwind with a cup of gourmet coffee or tea available 24 hours in the dining room. Then head out for a 25 minute drive to Tuckerton and explore the natural New Jersey wetlands located along Great Bay Boulevard. See nesting ospreys, mating horseshoe crabs and other animals in a natural pristine environment. Book a two-hour guided eco kayak tour with First Bridge Marina & Kayaks or or rent your own.
For lunch stop by Tuckerton Beach Grill an area restaurant with expansive views of the bay and the Atlantic City skyline. Create your own Tuckerton Beach Burger or sample their grilled or fried seafood medley.
Return back to the Inn where beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas are available for those who want to sun themselves on the sandy shore. The inn provides free beach badges, which provide access to the beach, as the town charges an access fee during the summer to help pay for the costs of maintaining the beach.
More active beachgoers can borrow a bicycle or tennis racquet. Bike along the designated bike routes or play a game of tennis on the public courts located on Bay Avenue.
In the late afternoon, head over to the dining room for some fresh baked deserts and lemonade.
As the sun sets, walk over to the nearby Gables Inn and Restaurant to sample the local catch of the day or drive three miles over to Bisque for some continental cuisine. For an unexpected Caribbean treat, check out the chicken or pork jerk at Cinnamon Bay Caribbean Grill located in the town of Long Beach.
After dinner, return to your room, done the plush robes and take a luxurious bath or shower with L’Occitane toiletries. For some additional pampering, book one of the rooms with the full size claw tubs. For a final touch of romance, when you book the room, request a dozen roses, bouquet of seasonal flowers or hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries.
Awake in the morning to a freshly prepared gourmet breakfast featuring such delights as Belgium waffles, fresh fruit, and omelets made to order with a side of bacon or sausage. Linger over a second coffee as relax on the porch and take in the sea air before heading back to the urban jungle.
What & Where:
Williams Cottage Inn (506 South Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven; 609-492-7272)
New Jersey Wetlands
First Bridge Marina & Kayaks (500 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton; 800-50kayak) (CLOSED)
Tuckerton Beach Grille (1000 South Green St., Tuckerton; 609-294-3600) (CLOSED)
Bisque (79th Street & Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven Crest; 609-361-2270 (CLOSED)
Cinnamon Bay Caribbean Grill (7601 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island; 609-361-CBGB) (CLOSED)
Gables Inn and Restaurant (212 Centre Street, Beach Haven; 888-LBI-GABLES)
Helpful Information: For those looking for an extended mid-week getaway, check out their Mid-week Gas Rebate Savings. Stay any 3 nights Sunday-Thursday all summer long and receive a $50.00 gas rebate. They will also provide a list of restaurants with early bird deals, bars with “happy hours,” and coupons for local restaurants and other extra savings for a midweek getaway vacation. Also, the Inn is open year round for those who want to get away during the off-season.