The Gables Awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

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    THE GABLES AWARDED 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 Recognized as a Top Performing Inn & Restaurant as Reviewed by Travelerson the World’s Largest Travel Site

BEACH HAVEN, NJ – MAY 29, 2014 The Gables Historic Inn and Restaurant announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. Continue reading

May Peace & Joy Surround You

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I’m so grateful to be able to celebrate the New Year at The Gables.  Because of the life changing events of 2012, fire and flood, I will never take The Gables, the staff, and our clientele for granted.
This has been a good year for us.  Mother Nature has been kind to the shore. Folks on our island and our mainland neighbors who suffered through hurricane Sandy, are rebuilding and making life on the island “normal”. It makes surviving the storm all that much sweeter.

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Gratitude

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“The grateful heart sits at a continuous feast.”
Proverbs 15 15

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”  - Novelist Charles Dickens

Gratitude

What a beautiful summer this has turned out to be. No one knew for sure how it would unfold.

Some of our fellow islanders and merchants are still struggling with Sandy’s aftermath, and my heart goes out for them. Many come in to The Gables just to forget about it for a while.

But, for the most part, LBI has pulled itself back onto its feet, and more and more people are realizing it.

During late spring and early summer, many people were hesitant, reluctant to plan a vacation here. They weren’t sure if the beaches, stores and restaurants would be open.

Roads were nearly empty of traffic. Boards still covered many windows. Lots of businesses had not reopened.

After a lot of work and determination, more and more businesses opened, residents rebuilt, and word spread that all of the benefits our beach towns offer are available again: fine dining, lodging, theater, music and general shore fun.

Families began returning.

Beaches became full.

Prospective brides began scouting wedding venues.

As I sat on our front porch during last week’s Wedding Open House, soaking in the sea air, breeze and excitement of couples planning their nuptials, I was overcome with gratitude.

I realized that a week ago today – August 22nd – we reopened after being closed following an Easter Sunday fire that damaged our beautiful landmark and threatened our livelihood. We were grateful that no one was hurt.

At the reopening benefit for emergency responders, we expressed our gratitude for them and for everyone who showed their support during the trying post-fire period.

We also were hopeful for a thriving “shoulder season.”

Then came Sandy, on October 29, – exactly two months after we were finally able to welcome everyone back and share our restored gem for the first time since the fire.

Once again, we were grateful that there was no loss of life and that The Gables and many other island structures could be salvaged.

We were grateful again when we reopened in late winter.

We have been so thankful to see our friends gradually return, stopping in for meals or just to say hello. Many had become family and had their own obstacles to overcome. Seeing them enjoy themselves brings us joy.

As we look forward to Chowder Fest and embrace early fall and all the beauty it brings us, I will frequently remind myself of one of the most important things in life: gratitude

Baby’s Back in Town

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Now things finally feel right again.

Don’t get me wrong.

We stewards of this precious Grand Old Lady treasure every detail of her body.

We were crushed to see some of her features charred by an Easter 2012 fire and then marred by Sandy.

We painstakingly and meticulously restored her to her natural authentic beauty, just as we did when we bought her in 2006.

We flaunted the results of her reconstructive surgery for 40 some days after the post-fire reopening.

Then Sandy hit and our Victorian mistress was back to her bare bones.

We again restored and redressed her, and reopened.

Her renewed majesty greeted customers who’ve become family and strangers we hope will become friends.

Great times and candlelit meals were again enjoyed amidst the warm ambiance that emanates from her 120-year-old soul.

We were again grateful, for her, and for the return of all the people she embraces.

But it seemed a little something was missing: a little piece of her heart.

The 1932 special edition Steinway babygrand piano that adorned her foyer and enchanted her guests had been away under the care of an expert specialist for 14 months since the fire.

The unique Steinway, nicknamed by one pianist as “The Butter Machine” for its ease of action and velvety tones, was finally released last week and returned home.

During the bustle of business this past Saturday night, I was stopped in my steps.

The music was wafting through The Gables like a fine perfume.

I just stood still for a split second, absorbing.

I finally felt like everything was right again.

And our Grand Old Lady seemed to have an even brighter glow about her.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2013

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Memorial Day serves as a day of remembrance, commemorating those who have died in military service for the United States. For those of us who live and work at the shore, Memorial Day has an additional meaning – the unofficial start of the summer season.

This Memorial Day Weekend, and this summer season, are very special to those of us at The Gables. We lost the better part of last season due to the Easter fire. We enthusiastically reopened in late August, and 46 days later were forced to close up shop due to the storm.

By the time we opened our doors once again in February, we had already resolved to have our best year ever. We look forward to seeing all of the diners and guests whom we missed last summer. We look forward to delighting our diners with our chef’s latest culinary creations. We look forward to hosting another season of happy occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.

We look forward to spending our summer with you, and are grateful we are able to do so.