The Gables has seen many changes since the structure was built in Beach Haven, New Jersey by the Cahill family in 1892. Then known as Kathlyn Cottage, the spacious front porch led to the foyer, parlor, and a large dining room. Upstairs, a warren of 14 small bedrooms housed Beach Haven’s lifeguards, and a sleeping porch provided respite on hot summer nights. Centrally located, Kathlyn Cottage became an informal community gathering spot, serving over the years as a postal drop, an all girls’ boarding house, and the venue for the first annual Beach Haven Fire Department Turkey Dinner.
Purchased in the 1970s by preservationist and history buff Lucy Reddington, Green Gables, as it was then called, was turned into LBI’s first bed and breakfast. A decade later, Lucy sold her business to a dynamic Italian couple, Adolfo DiMartino and Rita Rapella, who obtained planning permission to open a restaurant at the Inn. They added a professional kitchen and enlarged the dining room … and earned four stars from the New York Times food critics.
Our talented Chef, Richard Diemer, carries on the Green Gables’ tradition of fine dining, earning a rating of 27 from Zagat and winning their highest award of excellence and a listing under Zagat's Best American Restaurants.
Restoration of this historic Long Beach Island B&B began in November 2005 under the aegis of new owners Sondra and Stephen Beninati. The venerable old house has undergone extensive structural repairs, but the original plank floors and roof remain, albeit with new shingles. The warren of upstairs rooms has given way to five luxurious bedrooms with en suite marble bathrooms. A testament to a more gracious era, The Gables has been restored with loving care and meticulous attention to period detail. It remains a vital part of historic Beach Haven, offering a warm welcome, gracious lodging, and glorious food.