Hotel at a Glance: The Grand Victorian at Spring Lake
Guests of this stately Victorian mansion can easily access Spring Lake’s quaint shops and seashore. The beach is just across the street, and guests can also wander to the nearby boardwalk to enjoy an elevated view of the lapping waves. At the end of the day, visitors can return to their cozy room, yet still feel like they’re relaxing on the beach, thanks to decorations that include seashells and paintings of the water.
- In-room amenities include cable TV, coffee and tea, and paraben-free Earth Tempo toiletries.
- Share vacation photos on social media after hopping on to the hotel’s free WiFi network.
- Stay entertained with countless programming options on your room’s Smart TV.
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.