Going to the Jersey Shore in December? Doesn’t quite sound right compared to the bustling seaside activity during summer.
But when Tony & Maureen Haddad renovated their Tower Cottage Bed & Breakfast last year, they never realized the popularity it would rapidly obtain as 'a perfect romantic getaway,' even in the off-season. "So many of our couples came back this fall, and some are even booked around Christmas," adds Mr. Haddad.
Typically, tourists travel from New York City, northern New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania to vacation at the Jersey Shore. But, according to co-owner Maureen Haddad, "We have had some locals even slip away for a romantic getaway weekend so they’re close to home in case there was an emergency with the children."
Driving instead of flying to vacation getaways is increasingly popular due to people cutting back due to the recession, notes Ms. Haddad.
The Haddads started their bed and breakfast business without any prior experience. Tony Haddad is a project manager for the government at Fort Monmouth. His wife, Maureen, is a real estate agent.
Based on the comments registered by their guests on bed and breakfast websites, you would never know the couple has little hospitality experience. Apparently, the Haddads are described as 'superb hosts' by many of their guests. Tony Haddad maintains that it’s all in 'the little details' of making their customers feel special.
Visitors enjoy marble or imported tile individual room bathrooms in decorated rooms influenced by English, French & Italian cultures. Each room or suite features a gas fireplace, plush goose down comforters, therapeutic whirlpools, full gourmet breakfasts plus afternoon refreshments.
The Haddads note that Point Pleasant Beach is an active year round community although the population swells considerably in summer. “There are many great restaurants open year-round, plus a lot to do with nearby shopping malls & outlet centers, arts, entertainment, and all kinds of special fun events," adds Tony Haddad.
The Tower Cottage is located at 203 Forman Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach. You may visit their website at www.thetowercottage.com.