Welcome to

Minerva's by the Sea

 Bed & Breakfast 

        13  West  Seventh  Street     Barnegat Light, NJ 08006



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2019!!! Minerva's is in our SECOND DECADE of offering superb hospitality, legendary bed & breakfasts on LBI, and a dozen or so enticing "specials" weekends every year. (See our Facebook page for photos of past events!)  Minerva's continues its mission:

  • to entice our old friends to return to Barnegat Light's expansive, unspoiled beaches, intriguing shops and eating spots
  • and to attract some new friends to discover us

Start Your Day Right With Minerva's Gourmet Breakfast

At breakfast--(which is geared to respond to your dietary needs, e.g., gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, etc.)--you can spark up conversation with the staff and/or Minervas' other guests about things that matter to you. Or you can choose a quiet and intimate spot on the deck to read the morning paper (the Sunday New York Times is waiting by the coffeepot!).

After breakfast, the clean, expansive, uncrowded beaches, the lighthouse, and Barnegat Light's array of shops and eateries await you--or maybe you'll retreat to Minerva's library or garden, or to the perpetual jigsaw puzzle in the lobby, or to the exquisite privacy of your spacious and tranquil room (each of our five units has a renovated bath; no two units have adjoining walls; and two units have private decks!)

What's unique about us?              

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for our specials and
periodic small-group, budget-friendly "theme" weekends for yoga enthusiasts, writers and book-lovers, nature-lovers, music-lovers, food-lovers, or other "special" interests. (And let us welcome  your group or office gathering, featuring our gourmet breakfasts and suppers to make for a relaxing NJ Bed & Breakfast getaway or retreat. Ask about our special rates for group events.)

A Bed and Breakfast Spot the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Looking for unique, family-friendly shore lodging that is neither a hotel nor a motel? Minerva's by the Sea is one of only two New Jersey bed & breakfasts at the north end of Long Beach Island. We are the only Barnegat Light lodging that is open all year!  A sleek, modern venue with uncluttered lines, squeaky-cleanliness,  and a sunny living room with an eclectic, tantalizing library, Minerva's  Bed & Breakfast's informal and whimsical decor offers guest-centered hospitality. Our New Jersey Bed and Breakfast welcomes international visitors, national and regional guests, weekend retreats and workshops, and that "extra company" that won't fit into local homeowners' guest quarters.

(Click here to take a peek inside Minerva's!)

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Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney,  one of our state'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 New Jersey Shore. 

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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, bird watchers, and musicians. Now we hope to entice you here  with comfortable  rooms, warm hospitality, delicious food

How come the name 'Minerva'?

Minerva's by the Sea Bed and Breakfast NJ is named for the beloved matriarch of the family  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 New Jersey bed and breakfast!

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             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.

Click here for a look at the inside of Minerva's

Happy Holidays!

2019 will come....

and with it some nifty getaways at Minerva's! Meanwhile...check out these specials

Twelve-Days-of-Christmas/SUMMER sale:

    Book your summer 2019 vacation between December 12 and December 24, 2018 and get 2018 RATES. (NB--August weekends are filling up fast!)

January 4-6, 2019Gourmet Weekend, featuring Chef Charles Ostergren preparing supper before your eyes! Call or text for details.

March 29-31, 2019: Writers' All: Novices and Pros Retreat. Stay tuned for details!

May 17-19 AND May 31-June 2: Women's Renewal Weekends. Learn more about early-registration discounts!:


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