A tandem bike conjures up images of a happy couple with the wind at their backs and the sun on their faces. You can find this air of romance at Tandem Bike Inn, located in the little beachside community of Belmar, south of Asbury Park and north of Manasquan. This pretty bed and breakfast was founded by a husband and wife who love riding a tandem bike together and see it as a metaphor for their lives and business together: “a team sport that require[s] us to be in perfect sync to be successful.” Choose from eight different rooms with names of nautical whimsy like Captain’s Ride and Peddler’s Journey. All are cozy with beautiful wood floors and simple, modern touches. Hang out on the large front patio in white wooden rockers, or take a ride on one of the inn’s three tandem or six individual bikes. The Tandem Bike Inn serves up a delightful breakfast of scones, quiche, fresh fruit and other delicacies, and high tea is hosted here every afternoon.
You’ll find the aptly named The Majestic Hotel at the intersection of Main and Beach Avenues in Ocean Grove, less than one block from the Atlantic. This historic Victorian, built in 1870, was completely renovated in 2000 and updated again in 2006. With the addition of an extension in 2008, this massive mansion now hosts 15 rooms and a luxury three-room penthouse suite. The rooms have all the modern touches you love, and the vintage details add a special romantic air to each room and the common areas. The Majestic is open year-round and includes a continental breakfast - stay here in the winter to have complimentary room service. For a romantic getaway, you can book the Relax and Rejuvenate package, which includes a couples massage, a two-night stay in a luxury queen or king room, chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival and an aromatherapy basket. For romantic relaxation without the fuss, head up to the cozy second-story balcony garnished with hanging flower baskets, ferns and cute rocking chairs to watch the sunset over the ocean.
West End, Long Branch
Located on Cedar Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Long Branch and only a few blocks from Monmouth University, Cedars and Beeches is a stately old Victorian mansion-turned bed and breakfast and a popular site for weddings and receptions. The highlights of this charming, well-kept mansion are its 12-foot ceilings, original grand staircase, Tiffany stained glass windows and impressive wrap-around porch. The grounds are well-cultivated, large and private, offering the perfect photo opportunities. Stay in one of the spacious and airy king rooms with gleaming hardwood floors and French windows that open onto the gardens and tall shade trees, or rent the extra-large apartment with a full eat-in kitchen and elegant touches. Cedars and Beeches is only half of a mile from the Atlantic. Take a picnic to the pretty and popular Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, named for the presidents who liked to spend the summer in Long Branch during the late 1800s and early 1900s. It’s one of the cleanest and least crowded beaches on the Jersey Shore, making for an excellent relaxation spot.