The Gables in LBI: A Romantic Getaway

Dining Room at The Gables, LBIIn our effort to share with you the most romantic restaurants in New Jersey just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked our readers and Facebook fans for their personal suggestions. Top of the list, as it turns out, is a 120 year old establishment in Beach Haven.

The Gables is a small Victorian era hotel with an award-winning restaurant on site (2007-08 Zagat rated 26 “exceptional to perfection” restaurant). The romantic ambiance includes candle-lit tables, a wood burning fireplace, crystal chandeliers and original wide plank floors to help set the mood.

Built in 1892, it was originally called Kathlyn Cottage and was home to Beach Haven’s lifeguards. In the 1970s, the name was changed to Green Gables and it became LBI’s first bed and breakfast. There are just five guestrooms at the Gables, each with furnishings reflecting the Victorian heritage of the building. Rooms are appointed with marble baths, mirrored armoires and period accessories. Amenities include French toiletries, terry-lined bathrobes and working fireplaces or iron stoves in the room. A library/sitting room is available for guests. A gourmet breakfast is complimentary with an overnight stay.

When I asked owner Sondra Beninati, what makes The Gables so romantic, she said “It is the perfect place to fall in love all over again.”  I can imagine a lot of couples could attest to that given the long history of the hotel, not to mention that they are also a hot Wedding site. In fact, The Knot named The Gables one of New Jersey’s top ten historic sites to have a wedding, and WeddingWire recognized The Gables for excellence with Bride’s Choice Awards.

The restaurant and hotel are opening for the first time since superstorm Sandy on Valentine’s Day. Guests will be helping to celebrate this happy occasion and will be treated to a very special menu.

Chocolate Covered StrawberriesValentine’s Day Menu:

Seafood Bisque

Timbale of Baked Fusilli with
Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives & Feta Cheese

Choice of:

Cabernet Braised Short Ribs with caramelized pearl onions

Eggplant Wrapped Scottish Salmon with Parsley Pesto

Stuffed Breast of Chicken, with Fontina, Roasted Red Peppers, Fresh Basil

Entrees Accompanied by:
Saffron Potato Mousse
Mixed Seasonal Vegetables

Viennese Dessert Table

Dessert Table

If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day destination that really says ” I put a lot of thought into this for you Sweetheart, because you deserve it.”  The Gables will definitely send the message loud and clear. Not that I’m hinting or anything to my special someone, but it would be nice. I mean really nice. Just sayin’.

Valentine’s Night Special (Thursday, Feb. 14th only), Overnight Stay (with breakfast) & Dinner for Two from their Special Valentine’s Day 4 Course Tasting Menu $375. Valid only for the following guest rooms: Victoria-Albert, Chapel & Barrett Browning. Does not include taxes or gratuities. Must reserve by phone at 609-492-3553 or email to

The Gables

212 Centre St.

Beach Haven, NJ 08008


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