Spring Lake, NJ, Ashling Cottage B&B

Travel & Leisure Magazine April 2000

You wonít believe youíre in Jersey. With two miles of clean sandy beach fronted by a noncommercial boardwalk, well-preserved Victorian hotels and gingerbread-trimmed houses with perfect lawns, just one chain store (Crabtree & Evelyn) and absolutely no fast-food joints, Spring Lake is blissfully out-of-date. Itís a favorite of New York Cityís old Irish clans and anyone looking for an attitude-free stretch of coastline. The hotels are charming enough, but for a really quiet get-away, try Ashling Cottage B&B (106 Sussex Avenue, 888/274-5464 or 732/449-3553). There are 11 beach-fresh rooms in the 1877 inn, one block from the ocean. Book far in advance.