Welcome to Minerva's by the Sea Bed & Breakfast
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We're open year-round
Looking for unique shore lodging that is neither a hotel nor a motel? Minerva's by the Sea is one of only two B&B's at the north end of LBI. And we are the only Barnegat Light lodging that is open all year! A sleek, modern venue with uncluttered lines and handicapped access, Minerva's informal and whimsical decor offers guest-centered hospitality. We welcome international visitors, national/regional guests, weekend retreats/workshops, and that "extra company" that won't fit into local homeowners' guest quarters.
Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney, one of New Jersey's tallest lighthouses, Minerva's . . . By the Sea is beautifully situated in the unspoiled, un-commercial, and often un-crowded sector of this wonderful barrier island on the Jersey Shore. Enjoy expanses of clean beach, tasteful shopping areas, and a variety of restaurants.
For many decades, Barnegat Light, a supplier to fish-lovers all over the world, has also been a favorite haunt of various crafts-people, writers, and musicians. Now we hope to entice you here with comfortable newly remodeled rooms, warm hospitality, delicious food — and of course the proximity to the healing qualities of the sea.
Please peruse our website, then give us a call, because we'd like to talk to you when you make your reservation. We'll also look forward to greeting you and your family when you come for your visit to Barnegat Light and Long Beach Island! Our motto is: "A gracious and respectful welcome. To everyone. Every time."
How come the name 'Minerva'?
Minerva's by the Sea is named for a beloved matriarch of the family business that owns and operates Minerva's. We chose this name also because there is historical symbolism:
Minerva was a mythical ancient Roman goddess. Because her specialties include wisdom and trade, she is often used as a ship's masthead. But Minerva — grand-daughter of Oceanus, born of the sea, daughter of the powerful Jupiter — was also the goddess of medicine and healing, and of crafts, poetry, and music.
Thus Minerva has the perfect credentials to be the muse of a fishing-village bed and breakfast!
Minerva's by the Sea is named for Minerva Jenkins Jones, who vacationed in Barnegat Light every summer for the last quarter-century of her 92 years. She was the mother of proprietor Emma Lapsansky.
Minerva Jenkins Jones, 1908-2000, in whose honor Minerva's by the Sea is named, loved LBI, and vacationed here every summer for the last three decades of her life.
Aileen Barbato Art exhibition, through August 31, 2014:
For half the year Aileen makes her living by the sea, as a captain for Towboat U.S. Barnegat Light. But in the interstices of her time, she creates astounding art!! Stop into Minerva's by the Sea for an introduction to the captivating paintings of this imaginative and mystical artist
*** The last special of summer 2014:
*Verbena--Aug 12 only, $175
Fall Getaway Specials! Check out Minerva's line-up! (each limited to ten participants)
September 19-21 "Telling Your Story: Writing your Life" with Kim Nagy, Founder/editor Wild River Review
September 27-29 Yoga and Taoist Workshop with Gabrielle de Burke (Only a few spaces left for this one!)
October 3-5 "Embracing the Coming Age(s)", with Jungian analyst Alden Josey
October 24-26 Minerva's Fifth Annual Gourmet Weekend, with Chef Charles Ostergren
November 7-9 "Lives and Lore of Barnegat Light",with * fishermen Danny Mears *environmentalists, *educators *safety teams
LBI awaits you!
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