Spring Lake Inn

104 Salem Avenue, Spring Lake, New Jersey 07762
Innkeeper(s): Barbara & Andy Seaman
 
  • Introduction

    Spring Lake Inn, spring lake new jerseyWelcome to the Spring Lake Inn, where European-style hospitality, history and contemporary amenities blend together for an unforgettable vacation experience. We've been told that our inn is unpretentious, yet elegant, inviting, yet private for those guests who need time and space to unwind. Built in 1888 as the Grand Central Stables of Spring Lake NJ, the inn is only a block from the ocean and the 2-mile boardwalk. We serve sumptuous breakfasts in the grand dining room as well as afternoon tea. Our 80 ft. Victorian porch is irresistible. Each of the 16 spacious guestrooms and suites offers all or a combination of the following luxury features: fireplace, ocean view, Jacuzzi, 4-poster bed, sleigh bed, refrigerator and digital cable TV. Fine dining, boutique shopping and spa pampering are only blocks away. Spring Lake New Jersey is one of America's most genteel seashore towns where time can stand still at our "European Mansion by the Sea."  ~ Barbara and Andy Seaman

    Spring Lake Inn fireplaceThe Spring Lake Inn (circa 1888) was erected by Timothy Hurley as Timothy Hurley's Grand Central Stables Carriage House, a stagecoach stop with hotel rooms on the top floors for the coachmen. In 1975, Pat Giblin and Fran Allison purchased and renovated the hotel. During their ownership, they rented out the kitchen and dining room to proprietors who ran a restaurant separate from the hotel. By 1982, the Spring Lake Hotel, Inc. purchased the restaurant under the management of Stanley Klos. His purpose was to combine Spring Lake's charm with business and academia. The next owners in 1986 were Linda and Bill Polsney who added a new porch and private bathrooms for the 15 guest rooms.

    Spring Lake Inn patioThe Spring Lake Inn moved twice during its evolution. The Wolverton map of 1889 shows the original building constructed on Atlantic Avenue in the name of Maltby.

    The 1890 Sanborne map shows the building in the name of Tim Hurley Carriage House and Livery then located on Third and Salem.

    The 1905 Sanborne map shows the building as Tim Hurley's Carriage House, Livery, Trucking, and Shed; shortly after, it moved to 104 Salem Avenue.

    Historical Fact:

    In 1982, the Spring Lake Inn offered lodging to guests at $50/week. Additionally, the restaurant was open for dining events for up to 50 guests.

    Today:

    Today, guests find a world of relaxation and romance at Spring Lake's premiere bed and breakfast where small details and classic comforts surround them. This picturesque luxury hotel is renowned for its warmth and intimacy where the experience is sure to become a lasting memory. Whether guests choose a grand, oversized room or a romantic corner table for two in the dining room, European-inspired décor blends with the congenial atmosphere that greets you at the front door. The Spring Lake Inn's 16 guest rooms and suites each reflect a unique theme that transports guests from reality into the charms of a genteel era of gracious hospitality.

    Owners, Barbara and Andy Seaman:

    Andy is a Jersey Boy who ran many renowned hotel operations from The Inn at Reading (PA) and Tarrytown House (Tarrytown, NY), acted as Regional Food & Beverage Director at the New Orleans Sheraton (LA), and was employed at the corporate Food & Beverage office of Westin hotels. He has worked in 26 U.S. cities over his 22- year career.

    Barbara began her career in the hospitality business with the Waldorf Astoria Hilton Hotels and met Andy as Hotel Manager at the Tarrytown House. As General Manager of the Barbizon hotel in New York City, she juggled the needs and wants of celebrity clients from the world of politics and Hollywood. Now she juggles the needs and wants of her two little sons while continuing to run the Spring Lake Inn.

    Spring Lake Inn tea and cookiesThis is the culmination of all of our experiences in life - hotels, restaurants, etc--.and our ability to run our own business. We trust our business savvy. We love to meet our guests and wonder how they found us. We try to make their stay the BEST it can be, helping them choose the right restaurants for them to make each stay memorable is what we do best.

    You will find a world of relaxation and romance at Spring Lake's premiere bed and breakfast where small details and classic comforts surround you. Our picturesque luxury hotel is renowned for its warmth and intimacy where your experience is sure to become an everlasting memory.

    Whether you choose a grand oversized guestroom or a romantic corner table for two in our dining room, the European-inspired décor blends with the congenial atmosphere that greets you the moment you walk through the front door.

    The Spring Lake Inn's 16 guest rooms and suites all reflect a unique theme that transports you from reality into the laid back charms of a grand era of gracious hospitality.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Andy Seaman for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our guests come to relax at the shore.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for great food, quiet location and super service.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Spring Lake is known for quiet enjoyment in a pristine setting at the Jersey shore. A very special town with no traffic lights, national chains or parking meters. Very civilized community with the longest non commercial boardwalk in New Jersey is also known as the Irish Riviera.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "We love the Inn because it's like being in someone's large home without having to be a part of their entertainment. We park our car and never touch the keys again until we leave."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Lake is spring fed and is like a miniature Central Park with tennis courts, a playground, walking and biking trails and benches for relaxing.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Non commercial boardwalk, flat areas for biking with nearby bike trails, the lake itself, near other shore towns including Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Point Pleasant Beach, Allaire State Park, Six Flags.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Three of the area’s highest rated Zagat restaurants, the beach, downtown shopping area, and the lake.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are many fine restaurants in our area as well as ethnic foods. Whispers is the closest and best white table cloth restaurant and is a "Bring Your Own Wine".

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    springlake.org is the Chamber website.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 17 overnight rooms including the Innkeepers suite.

    Do you accept pets?

    Pets are not permitted. We do have names of local pet sitters for pets with the proper records.

     

  • Weddings & Special Events

    Spring Lake Inn dining

    The moment you arrive at the Spring Lake Inn, your guests will feel that your wedding is going to be very special. Exclusivity and individual attention are our specialty. Offering you our genuine care and dedication to make your Beach wedding in New Jersey unforgettable is what we do best!

    From our distinctive guest rooms to our staff’s warm and friendly service, we personalize every wedding and special event, accommodating up to 70 guests. When you choose to be the only event at the renowned Spring Lake Inn, we offer many optional packages that make planning easy. Select from our traditional cuisine or custom designed menus; the style depends on your personal taste. Our goal is to ensure an elegant party that you’ll remember forever.

    Friends and family will experience a truly unique and intimate affair in the charming seaside village of Spring Lake. Let us pamper you with romance by providing an ideal setting for your dream wedding.

    *Special rates are available during our winter months for your wedding, reunion, anniversary, bridal or baby shower, rehearsal dinner, or any private affair.

    “Andy & Barbara made everything so easy for us. Their experience really showed in their suggestions on the menu and timing. They were both there servicing our wedding from start to finish, and handled all the details perfectly. All our guests commented on how nice the inn and the staff were. We can’t wait to return on our Anniversary.”

  • Environmental Responsibility

    Spring Lake Inn frontThe Spring Lake Inn has made a life-long commitment to environmental responsibility. Our accountability isn’t a 1-day job; it’s something that we’re dedicated to for life!

    Our Inn is now a participant in the CORE (Customer On Site Energy) Program for the state of New Jersey. It’s part of the state’s Clean Energy Program and the federal initiative to reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

    We not only protect our family’s future, but we also protect the high quality hotel experience our guests expect. Whether you’re an activist or simply hope to do good in the world while doing something good for yourself, we invite you to participate in our efforts while you enjoy our boutique European-style hotel.

    The following are a few of the practices that we’ve adapted, including the use of environmentally friendly products and procedures with high-impact and benefit to our planet:

    • Installation of Solar Panels on Roof
    • Recycled Paper: Property-wide printing on recycled paper
    • Towel/Linen Re-use: Guests can choose to do their part to reduce energy and detergents required for daily washings
    • Recycling: Back of house recycling of glass, bottles, paper, cardboard, etc.
    • Energy Conservation: Back of house lighting retro-fitted and audited to ensure energy efficiency
    • Water Conservation: Implementation and audit of low flow systems for faucets, toilets and showers

    “We support a sustainable world by using non-intrusive, high quality, eco-friendly products and services at the Inn. The sunshine at the shore is a wonderful thing and it’s helping us reduce our energy needs since we are now our own power producers with the sun as our means.”

  • Corporate Meetings and Conferences

    Spring Lake Inn tv room

    Arrive for a Meeting - Leave with a Memory

    “The Spring Lake Inn specializes in hosting corporate meetings and executive retreats tailored to the specific needs of each organization. Providing personalized service with a relaxed, refined ambience is our highest priority. We pride ourselves on employing a genuinely caring staff, presenting comfortable historic accommodations and anticipating our guests’ wishes while maintaining a professional and friendly style. Let us match our extraordinary service to your unique interests in our enchanting seaside town.”

    The Reasons that Meeting Planners choose the Spring Lake Inn:

    • We’re a small quaint hotel where your meeting is the only group event taking place. Flexibility is a hallmark of our Inn and we can customize any event to your unique needs.
    • Nothing is more important to us at the Spring Lake Inn than the success of your meeting or retreat. We host commuter or overnight meetings in a town that is renowned for its exclusive privacy and tranquility. You can really think as well as create here.
    • We help you design each facet of your meeting including professional site inspection, custom-designed adventures, and 5 star restaurants experiences.
    • We offer much more than the charming seaside town of Spring Lake. We get raves reviews for impeccable service, elegant historic accommodations, and amenities that executive travelers demand. Our staff is dedicated to providing each guest the highest quality products and services in a friendly, comfortable setting.
    • We watch your budget with you. A meeting at the Spring Lake Inn includes full breakfast buffet, complimentary beverage breaks, and onsite parking.
    • Our Optional themed luncheon and break refreshment menus are memorable because they’re homemade. Whether you choose to enjoy them on-site or at a picnic on the beach, each facet of your retreat will have style and budget considerations.
    • Spring Lake Inn offers a formal seminar room and an adjacent informal library/parlor space with a fireplace and plasma TV.
    • The Inn was built circa 1888 and has enjoyed a tradition of more than a century of warm hospitality.
    • We offer flexible check-in time and stress-free check-outs without billing nightmares.
    • The Spring Lake area has numerous options for enjoying the fresh Atlantic Ocean air and exercise, from taking a brisk walk on our noncommercial 2-mile boardwalk to a barefoot stroll on our pristine beach. The town center is a pleasant stroll over the famous Spring Lake footbridge and has over 60 unique shops to explore. Team-building experts are available for indoor and/or outdoor sessions Professional golf courses are nearby.
    • We book it and cook it. You will see the same faces serving you as you did at your booking.
    • Another reason to choose the Spring Lake Inn is our convenient accessibility to New York City and Philadelphia…their airports, activities and international flair. Spring Lake is a train stop on the Jersey coast line from Penn station in New York City.

    “It was a great location, very private and great for a group meeting! Breakfast and Lunch were delicious and local restaurants are fantastic. The Staff at the Spring Lake Inn were very accommodating! The wireless internet access was a huge bonus!”  ~ Linda Corradino Exec. Assistant to V.P. R&D Unilever Americas

  • Activities

    Spring Lake Overview

    The New Jersey Shore is full of exciting activities and intriguing history. Whether you come here to find solitude on our picturesque beaches, or are looking for adventure in a new place, you’re sure to find yourself here. Our historic Spring Lake Inn New Jersey Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to retreat to when you need a vacation, and we’re just minutes from all the activities our area offers!

    If you’re looking for some Fun Things to Do in New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure is just 30 minutes away. If you’re just looking to relax and enjoy yourself, spend some time on the beach and walking through our historic town. You’ll be amazed by the unique shopping opportunities, and afterwards you can choose from a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from casual home style food to unique cuisine from around the world.

    Take a look around our site for more information about Spring Lake NJ, its history, and all the fun and exciting activities and attractions you’ll find here.

    Outdoor Activities

    One of the things that makes Spring Lake NJ unique is the wealth of gorgeous, turn-of-the-century (that’s the 20th century) homes, and two miles of pristine beaches. You could spend a day just walking through the area learning about the history of Spring Lake and enjoying the view. While you’re out, you should drop by the Spring Lake Historical Society museum at the corner of Warren and Fifth, on the top floor of Spring Lake’s Borough Hall, built in 1897. The space the museum makes its home is unusually elaborate, and served as a Masonic meeting room in the 1950’s. This gives the museum itself an intimate, ornate quality, rich in architectural details.

    Bring along your golf clubs as there are a number of local courses, each offering its own unique challenges. The closest course to our Inn is the Spring Lake Golf Club which offers two different courses, Thunderbird, which is 18 holes, and Sandpiper, which is 9 holes. The Spring Lake Golf Club Academy has one of the best practice facilities in the area, featuring a grass driving range with target greens, as well as two large practice greens. They even offer one on one instruction. The Bel Aire and Spring Meadows courses are also very close by. Bel Aire is 9 holes and perfect for some post-breakfast exercise, while Spring Meadows is 18 and usually requires guests reserve tee times 7 days in advance.

    If tennis is more your style, bring your racket and head to nearby Divine Park, across the street from the Third Avenue shopping district. It has two courts hiding among the ancient sycamore trees. You can also enjoy the trail that surrounds Spring Lake New Jersey and all the beautiful views it provides. Fishing is permitted at the lake and is stocked each spring with several species of game fish. You can also surf fish along the beach.

    Historic and Seaside Parks

    Spring Lake is a unique seaside town, offering visitors a break from the hustle and bustle of their day to day life. Here you can enjoy 2 miles of picturesque beaches along with the longest non-commercial boardwalk in the state. There are a number of beautiful and historic parks near our Bed and Breakfast in Spring Lake NJ that are perfect for spending time outside with family and friends. Divine Park surrounds Spring Lake, which is actually spring-fed, and is a gorgeous place to spend a sunny day. The path around the lake offers beautiful views of the lake as well as the native birds and fish. The wooden bridges in Divine Park are frequent sites for wedding pictures.

    Just south of the town of Seaside Park lies one of the natural treasures of The Jersey Shore, Island Beach State Park. This park makes its home on nine miles of natural barrier island and features some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state. With its goldenrod-covered sand dunes, bay-side wetlands, beach plum, and black cherry, Island Beach State Park is a breath of fresh air for those hoping to escape the overdeveloped areas of the shore.

    Allaire State Park New Jersey is about a 20 minute drive from Spring Lake, and is perhaps best known for it’s historic, restored, 19th century iron making town, Allaire Village and it’s antique steam trains on the Pine Creek Railroad. The Manasquan River winds through the park offering a habitat for more than 200 species of wildflowers and other trees and plants, as well as native wildlife. The diversity of the wildlife and natural beauty of the park draw canoeists, fisherman, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders from all over to enjoy the numerous trails in the park. Not far away, the Manasquan Reservoir offers a variety of outdoor activities for everyone, and even offers canoe and paddle boat rentals.

    If you’re looking for something romantic, take a cruise through the inland waters of the local rivers or Barnegat Bay. The River Belle and River Queen are Mississippi river boat replicas offering sightseeing, dining, and dancing in style on the water. You can even go on murder mystery cruises and special New Years Eve cruises. It’s a popular attraction, so it’s always a good idea to make reservations.

    Culture

    There are a number of cultural events that take place year-round in Spring Lake New Jersey. During the summer, Potter Park in Spring Lake hosts a variety of early evening musical presentations called Summer Concerts in the Park where you’ll see everything from jazz festivals to a children’s choir. The PNC Arts Center also hosts a variety of events, ranging from concerts and live performances to a drive through a display of Holiday Lights with an ice skating rink and Santa during the holidays.

    The Spring Lake Community Theatre opened in 1978 and has been offering year round entertainment for residents and visitors to Spring Lake ever since. Over the years the theatre has featured numerous Broadway quality musicals, comedies, and dramas. The professional cast offers six different shows each season, and the proceeds from opening night ticket sales for each performance is donated to a different area charity. The Spring Lake Community Theatre is located just minutes from Spring Lake Inn, and is a must when you’re spending time in the area. You can also see a variety of live performances at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove.

    Another unique aspect of the Jersey Shore is the multiple wineries located in the area. Each of the wineries listed below operates a tasting room, and the Cream Ridge Winery even offers custom wine labels. Drop by any for a tour of the vineyards and even private tastings. Come stay at our New Jersey Bed and Breakfast to enjoy all of the exciting Things to Do in New Jersey on the New Jersey Shore.

    Local Attractions

    The Jersey Shore is home to a number of fun filled New Jersey Tourist Attractions that are sure to entertain the entire family. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk is one of the most famous commercialized boardwalks on The Jersey Shore, and offers children’s rides, batting cages, miniature golf, and arcade games. Every week during the summer, the boardwalk hosts fireworks displays and concerts on Point Pleasant Beach. The Jenkinson’s Aquarium is also right on the boardwalk, and has been educating the public on all aspects of marine life and conservation since 1991. Here you can see all different species of sharks, penguins, alligators, seals, and coral reefs. It’s a unique opportunity get an up close view of some amazing animals from all around the world.

    Six Flags Great Adventure is one of the most popular attractions in New Jersey, and is located in Jackson, only about 30 minutes from our Spring Lake NJ Bed and Breakfast. Great Adventure is the main amusement park for one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world, and is known for its daring roller coasters. Some favorites include Nitro, Superman: Ultimate Flight, Medusa, and Kingda Ka, which as of 2005 is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. The train is launched by hydraulics to reach 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, and reaches a maximum height of 456 feet. The park is also home to Hurricane Harbor, a world class water park. Right next to the park is Six Flags Wild Safari Animal Park, where guests drive through a 350 acre wildlife preserve home to 1,200 animals, including several endangered species. The trail is 4.5 miles long and allows the animals to walk right up to your car.

    The Monmouth Park Racetrack is a thoroughbred horse racing track in Oceanport NJ and is the Oceanport home to the Haskell Invitational. The original track opened in 1870 on what is now the site of the Fort Monmouth parade ground, but was forced to close in 1894 due to a ban on betting in New Jersey. The track reopened on June 19, 1946 after 53 years. The main track is a one mile dirt oval, and features chutes for 6 furlong and 1 ¼ mile races. It features a clubhouse, landscaped gardens, and a picnic area. The track hosts races seasonally Wednesday through Sunday, and every Sunday is Family Fun Day, where children can enjoy pony rides, face painting, live music, and bounce horses.

 
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