The Island Guest House was built at the turn of the last century, about 1900. It was built as a Beach Haven inn and operated throughout the last hundred or more years as a hotel, rooming house, inn, and bed and breakfast, depending upon what was popular at the time. However, it has always served those who visit the island to enjoy the sun and surf.
It was called the Germantown Inn up until 1963, when it was turned into a bed and breakfast. Mark and Joanne and their family purchased the Inn about 19 years ago and have been lovingly restoring it, from taking up carpeting and exposing the beautiful hardwood floors to providing modern amenities, adding tasteful finishing touches to make guests welcome, and continuing in the tradition of providing excellent service and gracious hospitality.
Feel free to come and tour our Inn. We are included in The Beach Haven Historical Associationâ€™s tour of bed and breakfasts on Tuesday mornings, or you are welcome to just stop by the Inn anytime for a personal tour by us or our staff.
HISTORY OF BEACH HAVEN
Beach Haven, New Jersey is a bustling community that offers visitors a cornucopia of attractions, from pristine sugar sand beaches on the Atlantic Ocean to antiques shops, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. The adventurous can enjoy the Thundering Surf Waterslide with water rides and interactive 'squirt works', playing miniature golf, chartering a boat for deep sea fishing, or renting a bike, trolley, kayak, surf board, or scuba gear. Try a boat tour of the scenic bays and inlets along the Jersey Shore, or step back in time and take a walking tour of charming Victorian and Seashore Colonial houses constructed before 1900. For a change of pace, board one of the ships at the wharf for a cruise to Atlantic City and a day of gaming. These activities are all within a short walking distance, with ice cream parlors dotted along the way for summer sustenance.
Beach Havenâ€™s Surflight Theatre, just steps away from The Island Guest House, is an invaluable asset to the whole area. Featuring Actors Equity live musical theatre, the season runs from Memorial Day weekend until mid-October, resuming for two weeks in December for a holiday-themed show. A typical season consists of eight or nine musicals and three or four plays. From late June until early September, they also produce 12 weeks of Children's Theatre. For current information, go to www.Surflight.org.
At the other end of the island, donâ€™t miss the old Barnegat Bay Lighthouse (Old Barney). First built in 1834, its redesign was assigned to West Point graduate and army engineer Lt. George G. Meade in 1855. He not only did a better job of it, but in time rose to be a Brigadier General and defeated General Lee at Gettysburg.
A short drive away, New Jerseyâ€™s Bay Shore, from Waretown to Atlantic City, is studded with weathered little coastal towns that beg to be explored. The 40-acre Tuckerton Seaport Museum preserves aspects of the old seafaring way of life; further along the coast, the 44,000-acre Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for nature lovers.
HISTORY OF THE ISLAND
Long Beach Island, better known as LBI, is a barrier island linked to the New Jersey mainland by a single bridge. Just half a mile wide and 18 miles long, LBI is home to Barnegat Lighthouse at the northern end and Holgate Bird Sanctuary at the southern end. In between, there are six waterfront townships catering to lovers of sea and sun.
People settled on Long Beach Island in 1690 and got its first boarding house, owned by Robert Tucker, in 1765. Tourism grew as transportation expanded. A number of charming, historic Victorian homes remain in the town of Beach Haven, including the Island Guest House.
Today, LBI retains its character as a tranquil seaside retreat with miles of beaches, boating, fishing, and fresh seafood. This is the perfect place to stroll on the beach, bike, jog, read, explore. Sunrise on the ocean, sunset on the bay, refreshing sea breezes, and pure relaxation are a Long Beach Island tradition.
LONG BEACH ISLAND ATTRACTIONS
- Long Beach Island
- Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
- Sailing: Experience the beauty of Barnegat Bay under sail. Relax and enjoy a carefree cruise aboard a 30' sailboat.
- Kayaking in one of South Jersey's most beautiful hidden treasures. Enjoy sheltered winding creeks, spectacular birds, partial beaches, and the contiguous salt marshes which lay refuge to thousands of fascinating species and habitats. Located in nearby Tuckerton.
- Biplane Rides offering the adventure of a lifetime. Sight Seeing Tours~Sunrise/Sunset Tours~Beach Tours~Aerobatic Rides~Gift Certificates.
- The 2nd tallest lighthouse in the United States. Barnegat Lighthouse is the quintessential symbol of the Jersey Shore and is a special license plate in NJ.
- Experience the Popcorn Park Zoo, located in Forked River. Visit this amazing sanctuary for abandoned, ill, injured, exploited, abused, or elderly wildlife; exotic, farm animals, and birds. Thousands of animals are cared for annually. The Associated Humane Society's devotion and dedication truly gives these animals a better life.
- Experience two centuries of American History in Batsto Village ~ a NJ historic site.
- Wedding & Civil Service Officiant ~ member of the National Assn. of Wedding Officiants ~ Mayor Emeritus Deb Whitcraft.
- Museum of New Jersey Maritime History, Dock Rd & West Ave., Beach Haven, N.J. 609-492-0202, *Open Year Round* - Hours September through May: Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm; June-July-August: Daily 10am-7pm - Don't miss this amazing museum located in Beach Haven!
- Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge ~ Features an 8-mile loop perfect for viewing thousands of wildlife species while on bicycle or in your car!
- Amusements Guide
- Beach Haven, Then & Now
- Alliance for Wellness Holistic Center
- Transportation to LBI from New York City (Summer season only)