White Lilac Bed & Breakfast Inn

414 Central Avenue, Spring Lake, New Jersey 07762
Innkeeper(s): Mari Kennelly
  • Introduction


    Located in Spring Lake, New Jersey, The White Lilac Inn offers peaceful and picturesque lodging by the Atlantic Ocean.

    Our circa 1880 bed and breakfast is decorated in an eclectic Victorian style. The inn has triple-tiered porches for guests to enjoy the sea faring air, as well as comfortable common rooms for guests to relax and enjoy.

    The White Lilac Inn offers nine guest rooms, each with air-conditioning and combinations of the following amenities; fireplace, private balcony, whirlpool tub, clawfoot soaking tub, access to the wrap-around porches.

    Our location just mere blocks from Wreck Pond and the Atlantic Ocean allows our guest to be in close proximity to the many activies found in the area. Within a few short miles, guest can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling, antiquing, golf and tennis, or unwind on one hundred and eighty feet of verandas.


    Breakfast is served from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. on our enclosed porch or can be enjoyed in our garden room. For those who would like to taste local cuisine, the Old Mill Inn Restaurant in Spring Lake Heights, less than a mile away, offers dishes noted for it's culinary specialties.

    For the convenience of guests, the Inn offers off street parking.

    The White Lilac Inn welcomes you to enjoy relaxation and romance with your stay.

  • 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 Mari Kennelly for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Leisure Vacation

    What are you best known for? 

    Romantic Getaway

    What makes your inn unique?

    Private porches, fireplaces in every room, all private baths, some with double whirlpool tubs

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Great history and good “Karma”!

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

    Beautiful pristine beaches and gorgeous scenery

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

    Guests felt welcomed and comfortable.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    It truly is like stepping back in time (but with good plumbing).

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

    Relax and enjoy the tranquility...or go bathing, fishing, swimming. Good theatre, great restaurants, go hiking, bicycling, shopping, antiquing.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Beach, boardwalk, restaurants

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Whispers, the Mill, Harrigans, Rey’s, St Stephens...so many good ones.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    visitspringlake.com, springlake.org, www.monmouthcountyparks.com/. www.Whitelilac.com (under recreation or restaurant tabs)

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 9 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We don't accept pets, but refer guests to Purr & Pooch or Camp Bow wow.


  • Recreation & Relaxation

    There is plenty to do in Spring Lake, New Jersey. Just minutes from our inn, guest can enjoy a multitude of activities that can fill your vacation days. White Lilac Inn can also serve as the perfect "home base" for day excursions to New York City, Philadelphia, Princeton and Atlantic City. Below is a brief list of activites nearby. For a more detailed list, please visit the Recreation and Relaxation page of our website.

    • Antiquing
    • Shopping
    • Art Galleries
    • Atlantic City/Casinos Nightlife (1 ¼ hour drive)
    • Allaire State Park/Historic Village
    • Beaches
    • Boating
    • Fishing parties
    • Boat Rentals
    • Arts / Concerts / Theatre
    • Movies
    • Horse racing
    • Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Safari and Water Parks
    • Golfing
    • Manasquan Reservoir
    • Spas
  • Guest Reviews

    "Beautiful place for romantic souls :)
    I spent here few days with my boyfriend and it was surprise from him - beautiful place.......near ocean, just few mins of walk. Fantastic rooms,with fireplace, terrace where you can sit and enjoy rays of sun. Very nice owner Mari taking great care of us,always preparing us breakfast in pretty breakfast room. Little cute library where you can sit too.

    Thank you Mari for beautiful stay. I recommend very much :)"
    Reviewed March 20, 2012

    "The White Lilac Inn is comfortable and an elegant place to stay.
    Upon our arrival we were met by Mari who is a sweet inn keeper. Her inn boasts of antiques and the modern (Jacuzzi). Our room was great and we even got the opportunity to use the balcony because is was warm even in February. The breakfasts are made for you after you enter the sunroom which I thought was a nice touch over the standard buffet breakfasts. We would definately return to the White Lilac Inn."

    Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    Staten Island, NY

    For more reviews, please visit the Guest Reviews page of our website.