The Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

710 Bayview Avenue P.o. Box 607, Barnegat Light, New Jersey 08006
Innkeeper(s): Nancy Gallimore

Wine, Cheese and History in Barnegat Light 15 Aug 2014, 5:45 am

Sunday, August 24th marks the annual Barnegat Light Historical Society’s Open HouseWine & Cheese Party.

The event, a yearly favorite, is a great time to mingle with locals and explore the beautiful building.  Once a one-room school for Barnegat Light (from 1903 to 1954), the building is on the National Register of Historical Places. It holds artifacts, replicas and photographs that show the history of Barnegat Light and Long Beach Island. 

Not to be missed – the First Order Flashing Lens from the Barnegat Light Lighthouse, built by French Physicist, Augustin Fresnel. The lens was capable of throwing its light more than 20 to the horizon. There are also several artifacts and replicas from the fishing industry, like a replica of a Pound Fishing Net, a fishing method popular from the 1880's to 1955.

You’ll want to show up early to make the most of your time. The event runs from 4 pm to 7 pm at 5th and Central Avenues and it's a short and easy walk from the Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast. If it seems familiar, you may have been there recently when I presented a slideshow of my travels and wildlife encounters.

For more information call 609-494-5404 or visit

Have fun,
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

TONIGHT: Barnegat Light innkeeper presents wildlife photos 14 Aug 2014, 7:18 am

TONIGHT (Thursday, August 14th)  I'll be presenting photos from my travels and wildlife encounters! Please join us at the Barnegat Light Historical Society and Museum at 7:30 pm.

You'll get the backstory on this Polar bear in Canada.

These snow monkeys in Japan. 

... and more!

The Barnegat Light Historical Society and Museum is located at 501 Central Avenue, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006.

Hope to see you,
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

Viking Village Craft Show Coming Soon! 1 Aug 2014, 10:38 am

The Viking Village Craft Shows held each summer season are a popular attraction in Barnegat Light. The next show is Sunday, August 31st from 10am to 4:30pm – come rain or shine!

Visitors are encouraged to mingle with the artists, stroll by the docks and check out the fresh catch of the day. Nearly 100 craftsmen will display fine arts, photography, ceramics, wood crafts, clothing, handmade jewelry and accessories. 

Admission is free and there is plenty of parking.

If something about Viking Village seems familiar, you might have seen the fishing vessel "Lindsay L" owned by Kirk and Pam Larson in a blockbuster movie. The scalloper portrayed the "Hanna Bodan" in the film The Perfect Storm. Warner Bros. leased the boat for about two months and Capt Kirk Larson, Jr and Capt Larry Walsh were at the helm behind the scenes.

For more information on the historic Viking Village visit:

Hope to see you soon, 
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

Barnegat Light Garden a 'Hidden' Gem 19 Jul 2014, 7:47 pm

If you love the feeling of stumbling upon a hidden garden, you’re in for a real treat! Barnegat Light is home to one of the most beautiful flower gardens on Long Beach Island. It’s a delightful place to clear your head, read a good book, or stroll with a friend.

The Edith Duff Gwinn Garden, is located behind the Barnegat Light Museum, at 5th and Central Avenues. Edith Duff Gwinn and Frances Selover worked to beautify this nook of Barnegat Light for many years. Their successors, members of the Long Beach Island Garden Club, continue their work today.

The garden is open every day and provides a lovely place for inspiration. If you pop by on Mondays from May till November, you’ll find members of the club planning, planting and enjoying the sun.

The Edith Duff Gwinn Garden is within walking distance to the Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast. To get there: Walk northeast on Bayview Ave toward W 7th Street, turn right onto W 6th Street and left on Central Avenue.

Happy wandering,
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

Viking Village dock tours return for summer! 30 Jun 2014, 1:57 pm

Viking Village fishing dock tours are back!

From now through August 29th, visitors to Viking Village can get it on the action by touring the fishing dock at Viking Village every Friday at 10 am… rain or shine.

The tour starts outside the main storage building with an overview of the dock’s 90-year history and the kinds of fishing that are done from there.  You’ll get to see scallops being shucked, bagged and iced at sea. The swordfish, tuna, and yellowfin that are caught will be placed on hooks. Other fish will be caught in nets. As the tour progresses, you’ll see the landing and grading areas too.

It’s non-stop action. While boats return to port at all hours, Viking Village tries to time at least one boat to arrive for off-loading during the tour. There will also be a chef demonstrating how to cook of the day’s catch.

Every year, the dock handles approximately 2 million pounds of scallops and fishing boats unload more than 5 million pounds of seafood there.

If you’re unable to attend on a Friday morning, you can still walk the dock and tour the village on your own. You can also taste some of the catch at nearby restaurants.

Plan ahead and stay overnight at the Sand Castle Bed &Breakfast to make the most of your trip to Barnegat Light, New Jersey. The B&B is within walking distance to the docks.

See you soon,
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

Sand Castle B&B marks anniversary with guest discount! 17 Jun 2014, 7:55 am

We’re celebrating our 15th year as a luxury bed and breakfast on Long Beach Island!

As a thank you to all our guests who’ve helped the SandCastle Bed and Breakfast turn a joyful 15, we are offering midweek June discounts. Stay two nights Sunday through Thursday and get a $75 discount per night during June 2014. Isn’t it grand?!

Oh, and while you’re here:
Soak in our Jacuzzi under the stars
Watch the sunset from our town’s historic lighthouse
Hit the beach
Play games in our parlor
Savor a chef-prepared gourmet breakfast
Walk among the sand dunes
Cool off in our pool
Wash your worries away

The Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast is a contemporary, bayfront, inn located on the north end of Long Beach Island, in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, just two short blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. The inn, more of a mini-resort, features luxurious rooms and spacious suites with spectacular bay views, private entrances, private baths, modern amenities, outdoor Jacuzzi, pool, and rooftop deck. The inn also provides complimentary bicycles for guest use. A member of the Preferred Inns of New Jersey and of the Diamond Collection of, the bed and breakfast is the epitome of elegance. 

Want to know even more? Check or for details or call 609-494-6555.

Hope to see you soon!
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival coming this June! 2 Jun 2014, 11:44 am

The countdown to the Annual Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival is underway!

Later this month (on Saturday, June 28th) from 2:30-5 pm the Historic Viking Village Commercial Fishing Dock in Barnegat Light will be full of local restaurants cooking up their favorite seafood dishes. Festival-goers will have plenty to sample. There will also be live jazz music and self-guided dock tours.

Tickets cost $30 at the door; $25 in advance. And may be purchased at:

The Chamber of Commerce
Ship Bottom
How You Brewin'?
Barnegat Light & Surf City
Off the Hook
The Seawife
Viking Outfitters
Wink – in Barnegat Light & Surf city
Elks Lodge in Manahawkin
The festival, now in its sixth year, is one of the most popular on Barnegat Light. Make sure to reserve your room at the Sand Castle B&B EARLY! Then arrive with plenty of time to unwind and be close enough to walk back after festivities for lounging in the pool or hot tub under the stars.

Look forward to seeing you,
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

Romantic Night Climbs at Barnegat Lighthouse 21 May 2014, 5:30 am

Ever climb so high it feels like you could touch the moon? It’s a lot like that during the night climbs at the Barnegat Lighthouse. It's truly a romantic experience and quite the adventure!

Throughout the next few months, The Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will be hosting several night climbs and nighttime activities (weather permitting). This means you’ll get to climb 217 steps to the top of “Old Barney” and enjoy a panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, and Long Beach Island.
Built in 1857, the Barnegat Lighthouse stands 172-feet above sea level. It creates a single beam of light that’s visible for up to 22 nautical miles.
While it’s best to check the schedule before you go to confirm, here is the tentative schedule of events:

Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activity: lighthouse night climb

Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (lighthouse climb ends at 9 p.m.)
Activity: campfire and lighthouse night climb
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activity: lighthouse full moon night climb

Date: August 9, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activity: lighthouse night climb and concert

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activity: lighthouse night climb

Date: Saturday/Sunday October 18 & 19, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Activity: Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey 2014
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Activity: campfire and lighthouse night climb

If you’re planning a visit, make sure to stay at the Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast and arrive in time to stroll along the beach and linger among the area's signature sand dunes. You'll also want to make use of the inn's pool and outdoor Jacuzzi where you may soak under the stars. Next day, a chef-prepared gourmet breakfast awaits.

Hope to see you soon,
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

See you in April! 28 Oct 2013, 9:00 pm

Dear Friends:

A little note to let you know that The Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast is open for reservations for next season, gift certificates and gift gallery sales but closed for overnight stays until April 2014. 

Please "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be the first to know when our doors re-open in Spring!

Well, I'm off to some adventure-ing!

See you in the Spring,
Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast

Coming Up: New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge 17 Oct 2013, 2:32 pm

Want to visit New Jersey lighthouse-to-lighthouse? Here’s your chance!

New Jersey lighthouses and several museums are participating in the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend this October 19th & 20th. Visitors get to tour the state and visit each lighthouse to help raise needed funds for continued lighthouse preservation.

These lighthouses have played an important role in New Jersey's history--guarding mariners and protecting the coast for more than 100 years. The lighthouses encourage the public to take advantage of this special weekend to learn more about maritime history.

Hours of operation for each lighthouse can be found on lighthouse challenge website.  

If you’d like to beat the crowds, arrive a day or two before and stay at The Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast – you’ll have a great view of Old Barney!

See you soon... Nancy Gallimore, Innkeeper Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast