Victorian mansion that overlooks Spring Lake is a stone’s throw from the beach and a historic lighthouse
Hotel at a Glance: The Hewitt Wellington
For more than a century, vacationers have gotten a restful night’s sleep in the three-story Hewitt Wellington. The stately Victorian inn, whose wraparound porch overlooks Spring Lake, is only three blocks from the Jersey Shore.
- Where you’ll stay: Inside quaint, Victorian-influenced guest rooms.
- Wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast.
- Enjoy fine dining at the on-site Whispers Restaurant, which features a seasonally based menu. Open for dinner only.
- Nearby attraction: The Sea Girt Lighthouse has stood on the coast since 1896.
- Recent accolades: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, and 2017
Spring Lake, New Jersey: Coastal Resort Town with Gilded Age Beginnings
The stately Georgian mansions that mark the streets of this seaside village were built to house exhibits for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. Once the fair closed, wealthy New Yorkers and Philadelphians transported the mansions 75 miles east to open plots of farmland around Spring Lake, and a town was born. Thanks to its affluent underpinnings, Spring Lake became a coastal resort town for wealthy families of the Gilded Age, on par with Bar Harbor, Maine, and Newport, Rhode Island. Today, the town still draws visitors to its 2-mile stretch of sandy beachfront and a wooden boardwalk that remains untouched by tourist shops and glowing neon signs.
You can get a glimpse of mid-19th-century life at the Historic Village at Allaire, open Memorial Day through mid-December. The village encompasses a working blacksmith shop, a bakery, and a carpentry shop, as well as a general store stocked with goods handmade by the Allaire’s artisans.