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Spring Lake, NJ 07762
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The inn is located 100 yards from the beach and has a glass-enclosed heated pool.
There is a restaurant on the first floor of the inn (though not associated with the inn). We were at the Sandpiper for New Year's Eve 1998. Included in our package was hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dinner. The food was catered and was served buffet-style. While not the best food we have ever tasted, it was better than most buffets we have experienced on New Year's Eve. The party was held in the Living Room, a very large room on the main floor with a fireplace, antiques, oriental rugs, and various groupings of furniture. It accommodated the inn's 25-or-so guests comfortable. Music was an array of CDs on the stereo. The party was overseen by innkeepers Rosemary, Harvey, and Linda - very capable and gracious hosts. A serve-yourself bar was set up on a table in a corner and the drinks kept flowing all night long. We met many people - from a cute 30-something couple on their first weekend away from their children in 15 years to an older couple who had known Rosemary for years and came to Spring Lake to celebrate the New Year every year.
Continental breakfast is provided every morning in the living room.
There is no bar or lounge at the inn; Spring Lake is a "dry" town. This does not mean one cannot drink; most restaurants encourage their patrons to bring a bottle of wine along with them for dinner. In our case, the drinks were provided as a part of the New Year's package.
By the time we left, we felt like the innkeepers were old friends.
Spring Lake is a quiet, seaside town in mid-New Jersey. There is indeed a lake that runs through the middle of the town. It is a beautiful little town, with many fine well-kept houses and border on estates.
On New Year's Day, we found an Irish bar in Sea Girt, a neighboring town just south of Spring Lake. The bar area had a big square bar, plenty of beer on tap, and televisions for viewing of college football games. We had some satisfying burgers as well.
We returned to Sea Girt for dinner, to an Italian restaurant with dark wood and brass. The bar was in the middle and there were nice private booths lining either side. The food and service were excellent.
Since we were in the area during a holiday, there wasn't a lot open. Tourists do not go to this area for the nightlife, but rather for a more "pure" shore experience.
We were in Spring Lake from December 31 to January 2. It was extremely cold and windy with wind chills below 20 degrees F the entire time we were there. This is actually a bit unusual for this time of year (usually it's warmer). The season for the beach starts at Memorial Day with high season commencing on July 4. The season runs into late September.