I recently had the pleasure of spending an incredibly romantic stay at The Gables Inn and Restaurant in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Although I'm a seasoned beachgoer, and fully appreciate the simplicity that a Jersey Shore get-away can hold, I've also had the pleasure of traveling extensively and hold in high regard fine accommodations, sumptuous meals and attentive service.
I was surprised and overwhelmed. The Gables is a meticulously appointed Victorian guesthouse replete with a restaurant to rival any New Jersey rumored four star establishments. The staff is easy and friendly-anything but stuffy-and attentive to every detail.
The meal was truly memorable. Far from the standard shore fare, The Gables restaurant embraces the farm to table experience, "slow food" at its freshest and finest. We began with mussels steamed with saffron, served with crostini and followed by a salad of local micro-greens dressed impeccably with a surprising vinaigrette. My companion had the duck breast with fresh grilled Jersey peaches and I was fortunate enough to have chosen the lamb chops, with an apricot and curry glaze, prepared perfectly medium rare and accompanied by a Moroccan couscous.
We were as comfortable as we could have imagined, all the while feeling pampered, catered to and completely and ultimately sated. We plan to return time and time and time again, knowing we will feel the same about each and every visit
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glorious Food - Gracious Lodging. A small, refined Long Beach Island hotel and restaurant, The Gables is a meticulously restored Victorian inn combining the charm of a fine 1890s home with contemporary comforts and the finest food and service. Our award-winning restaurant is a destination in itself, at any time, as we serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and after-theatre suppers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Gables Hotel Beach Haven
- The Gables Long Beach Island, NJ - Beach Haven