The Tower Cottage
Point Pleasant Beach
203 Forman Avenue
Number of Rooms: 5
According to local lore, a hurricane devastated the Point Pleasant Beach area early in the twentieth century, destroying the Tower Cottage’s beloved tower, which housed a widow’s walk and cupola. When Tony Haddad’s father Jack, co-owner of the B&B, passed away in 2005, Haddad and his wife, Maureen, purchased it from his mother, Sally, hoping to re-build it.
In 2008, their aspirations became a reality, giving guests an opportunity to enjoy sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean from the tower once again. But this luxury B&B offers more than breathtaking views – it also has Maureen’s cooking. Every morning, guests are treated to a homemade gourmet breakfast. At 7:30 a.m., she provides coffee and a baked goody: blueberry muffins or a coffee or raspberry cake. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 a.m., starting with a pineapple boat appetizer, cut in half or quartered, hollowed and filled with fresh fruit. The entrée varies. Her most popular dish is an asparagus frittata, made with fresh asparagus and Fontina cheese, and flavored with fresh herbs. In the afternoon, Maureen serves coffee or lemonade, depending on the season, and a scone, cake, or fruit and cheese platter.
Visitors may be tempted to cuddle up in front of their room’s gas fireplace wearing a micro-fiber monogrammed bathrobe and slippers (both provided by the Haddads). But is that why you came to the Shore? The Tower Cottage is only two blocks from the beach, making it easy for guests to venture to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, the boardwalk, or Martell’s Tiki Bar. In-season rates range from $315 to $425, depending on the room, for two people per night. After Labor Day, prices drop a bit, ranging from $275 to $375.