The Gables Story – As told in the APP

Asbury Park Press article by Susan Bloom. Published September 17th, 2014.

See why couple fell in love with LBI’s Gables Inn

A decade ago, as Sondra Beninati contemplated a career change after 25 years as a massage therapist, she noticed that the Beach Haven bed & breakfast then called The Green Gables was up for sale, and she found herself intrigued.

She and her husband, Stephen, New York City residents who also owned a home in the Loveladies section of Long Beach Township, long had admired the 1892-era Victorian structure for its history and elegance. Continue reading

Springing Back and Looking Forward

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As a wonderful summer is waning and a gorgeous fall winding up, I can’t help looking back with appreciation and forward with anticipation.

Unlike some other Jersey Shore towns still struggling with Superstorm Sandy recovery, a lot of LBI was lucky enough to rebound and redeem its rightful and historic place as a magnetic destination, luring back tourists and summer residents alike. Continue reading

The Gables Awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence


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May 29, 2014                                                                                      Call 609-492-3553


 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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“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


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