Before you plan a New Jersey weekend getaway or decide on a vacation spot for your lodging accommodations, take a tour of the Island Guest House - Front Porch, Reception area, Dining Room, Cafe Kitchen, Sea Glass room, Garden Courtyard, Internet Cafe, Coffee House.
Face it - one of the best parts of a vacation is fabulous food. And who doesn't love to eat? Well, we love to cook here at the Island Guest House! Although bed and breakfasts are all known for serving breakfast, we mix it up with a little style, flair, and passion! Both the owners, Mark and Joanne, have been putting some real quality time into the kitchen. Our theory is this - provide the best ingredients, fresh local market produce, fresh herbs (many from our own garden), have a few signature dishes which will remind you of our Inn, create sumptuous, home-cooked breakfasts, which will coax you out of your rooms in the morning and intrigue and interest you. Oh, yes, and have lots of fabulous coffee all the time!top
That sounds like a perfect start to the day, right? But we wanted to deliver something even more - ourselves and our continuous quest to serve you better. We know that people love to see behind the scenes, to know the recipes for that yummy stuffed French toast, that breakfast casserole, or those signature cheese blintzes with berries and whipped cream.top
So when we remodeled our kitchen recently, we had a vision in mind. We didn't just want more convenience for ourselves, but we wanted to literally invite our guests into the kitchen. So, we designed a beautiful European-style cafe kitchen with the very best Wolf stove and appliances, safety standards, and quality. We then encased these in a design of beautiful hand-painted Italian tiles and added glass-front cabinets, hardwood floors, and a large central island surrounded with comfortable stools for you, our guests, to perch on and trade coffee for conversation. We wanted you to be able to see us chop up the fresh ingredients in our recipes and to get to chat with the Innkeepers, Joanne and Mark, in a friendly and fun atmosphere or ask questions about the best place for dinner or what to do around Beach Haven in the evenings. top
Of course, there are many other choices for breakfast here also. Our formal dining room is always set for an elegant breakfast option.
In the Reception room, we have intimate tables for two lit with candles under lovely Victorian Tiffany-style beaded glass chandeliers. A marble topped bar and credenza is where we greet you upon your arrival offer you a glass of wine during get togethers, and where on Tuesday mornings, we greet the Beach Haven Bed and Breakfast tour group and talk about the history of our Inn along with lemonade and "Olde Time" music from the player piano. Please feel free to play a tune while you are here. In the closet, a small Library of books and magazines are available for you to read including many on local history, including our Inn. An ice maker is also tucked away in there, handy for keeping your drinks cold at the beach.
The Sea Glass room is brand new and completely finished! What a great addition to our space! Located through the French doors off of the kitchen and opening into the garden, it is bright and sunny in the morning for breakfast. Check your email with a cup of coffee anytime, or browse on the internet. This is the heart of the WIFI, so your connection is always great. With its huge 60 inch flat screen TV, movie nights at the Inn are almost like the theater! We even make popcorn! Lots of times there is a great game, race, or special TV event that everyone wants to see, and large screen is the only way to go!
It is also a great venue for private parties, weddings, and reunions. As a private room it holds 36 persons and there have been many times where a scrapbooking group, retreat, business meeting, yoga retreat, or bridal or baby shower required a space to meet. It opens to the garden with its lighted patio/dance floor, and between it and the rest of the the interior, can hold up to 70 guests. Perfect for that inclement weather backup plan at a garden wedding or barbeque, too.top
You will love to sit on the enclosed front porch. It is filled with wicker furniture and a gently moving ceiling fan, giving that breezy Island feeling. It is a great place to read or meet the others in your group. Grab a cup of iced tea from the kitchen while you wait! top
I think, though, the location that has always been the favorite of guests at any time of the day is the garden courtyard. It sits at the center of the property, behind the picket fence and rose arbors, and is flanked on one side by the main Inn, on the other by the Innkeeper's house, and at the rear, the cottage.
It is wonderful to breakfast al fresco in the morning sunshine, and to meet and greet other guests at the candle lit tables in the evening. Here in the garden, round tables with market umbrellas fill the courtyard among the many roses, flowers, and fountains. It is a perfect time to enjoy the evening air, the sound of distant surf, and maybe a relaxing glass of wine , or whatever you fancy. A large lighted patio is brand new! top
This is a favorite place for weddings, family reunions, picnics, and the many special occasions that people like to celebrate here at the Island Guest House. If you are interested in a gathering, just call us or look at our weddings and events page. top
Off of the kitchen, through the French doors, is the Sea Glass room. Opening to the Garden, it is the perfect spot for breakfast or checking emails, as well as a beautiful private room for a small wedding/reception, bridal shower, meeting, retreat room, or private dinner for your group or event. Between the Cafe and the front common areas, we can accommodate up to 70 people inside the Inn for your gathering. top
A large flat screen TV in the Cafe is great for movie night, or for showing family videos at receptions or reunions. top
Our coffee house brings together guests and friends with music, coffee, and desserts for an intimate gathering on select evenings in the Sea Glass Cafe. top
When you arrive at the Island Guest House, you will be offered a refreshing drink or a soothing cup of tea or coffee. Afternoon tea time and refreshments consist of a selection of our favorite recipes for cakes and cookies, homemade in our kitchen, as well as fresh iced tea garnished with mint from our garden or refreshing lemonade. top