White Lilac Inn

414 Central Ave , Spring Lake, NJ 07762 USA (Show map)


At first glance one may feel you are awaiting the arrival of a riverboat in historic New Orleans. The Inn's triple-tiered porches invite you to linger and watch the world go by. Inside you are welcomed by a gracious parlor and library. Guests may breakfast on our enclosed porch or in our garden room with fireplaces, original French doors and intimate tables for two. Throughout the Inn you will find bright and airy guest rooms Victorian in character but modern in comfort. Double whirlpool tubs, fireplaces,Cable TV/DVD, AC, WiFi and private porches. A secret garden and comfortable nooks and crannies all ad to your comfort.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Anniversary Weekend

5 on September 10, 2012

Found the white lilac online and was most pleasatly surprised when we arrived. Beautiful house in a quite neighborhood. Was greated by the owner Mari and her sweet dog, buddy. We stayed in the Gatsby's Getaway room. Large room with an amazing jacuzzi tub! Delicious breakfast in the sunporch was the perfect start to our days. Close to the beach and downtown Spring Lake. The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable about the local sites and restaurants. We will definitely be back for another stay at the White lilac!!!

Wonderful Stay

3.8 on July 09, 2012

We had an amazing time while visiting the White Lilac Inn. The staff was so accommodating and helpful, the room and bathrooms were both very nice/clean and the bed was very comfortable.

Serenity at its Best!

5 on August 02, 2011

Serenity at it Best...Wonderful Inn, Quaint, quiet,relaxing, Wonderful Breakfast,Caring and Friendly Staff....Clean Rooms...everything you expect from a B&B and More..Beautiful location...Lake right across the Street...Shopping on Third Avenue...Whos on Third for lunch , Beautiful Park with two Bridges...romantic and peaceful......

Love this place .. Third visit .. Peaceful, clean, relaxing, at home

4.8 on June 08, 2011

My husband and I spent our 3rd wonderful weekend here to celebrate my June birthday and to relax after a busy week. The Inn is beautifully decorated, very homey, bright, and clean, with soft music playing and sweets awaiting from a day enjoying the beach or reservoir. Private and comfortable, always a treat. Go!

Weekend Getaway

3.0 on August 09, 2010

Beautifully decorated, quiet location. Breakfasts were very ordinary and unimaginative for this type of lodging. Those who stay at B & B's when traveling are usually pleasantly surprised by gourmet breakfasts. Innkeeper should probably think a bit more gourmet to go along with an otherwise pleasant lodging experience.

a trip back in time

3.8 on June 14, 2010

the White Lilac inn is absolutely beautiful and filled with beautiful antiques. the room was exceptionally clean and pleasant and Mari and her staff were gracious and accommodated our special diet. the inn is on a quiet block right of the lake.

great innkeeper

4.2 on October 12, 2009

we had a great time; the entire weekend was wonderful. mari does a great job and we found the entire house to be very nice and clean

White Lilac Inn Getaway

5 on August 14, 2009

The Inn is charming and spacious. The Inn Keeper ( Mari) and her staff are warm, attentive and professional. They really make you feel at home. Breakfasts are absolutely delicious in the Garden Room. We very much enjoyed our stay with the private balcony and double Jacuzzi.

Outstanding B&B

4.8 on August 13, 2009

We have stayed at the White Lilac for about 7 years, and we hope to continue this yearly escape. Every room is decorated superbly, the rooms are comfortable and spotless, and the food is great. Mari is gracious and extremely knowledged host. She can answer any question with knowledge and with a very personal touch for each guest. The town is charming, and, of course, the gorgeous beach a few blocks away makes for a perfect getaway. The White Lilac provides beach chairs, towels, bikes--no need to bring anything except a desire to relax. We can't wait to return. Mr. & Mrs. G. Hnath, NJ

A wondeful get-away!

4.8 on August 04, 2009

A tranquil setting, tastefully decorated and thoughtful amenities (beach towels, bikes, beach passes, umbrellas, etc.) make it the perfect get-away. The staff is wonderful and accommodating. I have stayed there three times and look forward to going back again in the future. I highly recommend.

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Rooms & Rates

White Lilac Suite

White Lilac Suite. A gentle breeze flows through the double french doors leading to your own private second floor porch.Queen size canopy bed and fireside sitting area and for even more unwinding a whirlpool tub for two.Private bath with shower, TV/DVD, air conditioning and ceiling fan.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $229 - $319

Room At The Top

A perfect tree-top hideaway with a queen size bed, double whirlpool tub,fireplace, private bath with shower, cable TV/DVD, Central Air, a sliding door to your private porch with a view of the pond.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $229 - $319

Mary Chess

Mary Chess Soft tones accented with English cottage charm. Located on the second floor with access to a semi-private porch.There is a queen size mahogany sleigh bed,cozy fireplace with a comfortable sitting area,TV/DVD, air conditioning and a private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $179 - $279

Gatsby's Getaway

Gatsby's Getaway Art Deco Suite, Queen bed, private bath with soaking tub for two, fireplace, Cable TV/DVD, A/C, refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $229 - $319

Jessica's Garden

Jessica's Garden Located on the second floor and always a favorite. Light and soft tones with a queen size bed, cable TV/DVD, electric fireplace, AC and a private bath with shower. Step out onto your semi-private porch, relax and finally read that novel.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $179 - $279

Victorian Treasure Suite

Victorian Treasure Suite Experience the romance… Where proposals are made and Honeymoons and Anniversaries celebrated! Decorated in gentle hues of champagne and gold. This two-room suite offers a queen size bed, cable TV/DVD, air conditioning,private porch on the East side, two fireplaces and private bath with whirlpool tub and shower. The adjoining sitting room has a queen Murphy bed that can accommodate a 3rd or 4th guest ($50 xtra chg per night w an additional hall bath). Ask about adding our Romance Package.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $279 - $349

Bonnie Brae

This cozy,serene room is located on the third level. A queen bed draped in gentle shades of white beckons that afternoon nap. Private bath with shower, ceiling fan, cable TV/DVD and central air for you comfort.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $229

Vermont Cabin

Innkeeper's favorite room, it's whimsical and fun and located on the third level. Queen size brass bed, private bath with shower, cable TV/VCR, ceiling fan, central air and a cozy electric fireplace."It must be that romantic cabin feeling that keeps us returning to this room."recommended by Barbara & Doug

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $229

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Location Type

Lakefront, Lakeview, Oceanfront, Small town, Waterview


Newark, NJ (EWR) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From NYC & North ... Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. Route 34 S to Circle, Rt 524 (East) to Spring Lake Rt at 5th light Hwy 71 left at 2nd light onto Ocean Rd. over Rail Road, Left on Central ...414 Central.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, House Tours, Outdoor theater, Para sailing,, Modle boat ragatta's, Golf, Horsebackriding, Horse racing in season by train 20 min, 1 hr 15 min Atlantic City., Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, University, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Bike rental, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Library, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, VCR, Walk to mass transit , Beach Badges, Secret Garden, Garden Room Guest refrig. & Hot Shot, On Site Parking, Bicycles, Private Porches

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Spa, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Fishing, Antiquing, classical beach concerts, state and county parks, walking tours, historic house tours, live theatre, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Yes Front porch only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Age 14 and up.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends in season + holiday July 4th / Labor & Memorial Day wknds - 3 nights.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night paid in full or 50% of longer stay.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation Policy All cancellations are subject to a $50/bookkeeping fee per room. Cancellations with less than 14 days notice forfeit original 50% deposit and will also be charged for the full reservation on their account. You are always welcome to send a friend or family member in your place.



Mari Kennelly

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About the innkeepers

Having grown up at the Jersey Shore with a love of area history, art , antiques, Mari, loves to help guests with special intrests such as theatre, resturants, house tours etc. And "WHAT THE LOCALS DO"?

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Delicious hot

  • Time Served: 8;30am to 9;30am
  • Serving Location: Enclosed Porch with Fire place or AC, Garden Room with Fireplace, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian Diabetic -

Signature Dish

Apple or Peach baked french toast
The smell of cinimon luring you down to breakfast, a warm custard texture with a light peach taste...savory sauage on the side... a taste to remember.