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round residents have had homes
and businesses here for decades.
But rising taxes and soaring home
prices have driven a significant
number of families off the island.
Many of their former homes have
been torn down in recent decades,
making way for larger, more opulent Shore residences. Over the
past winter, one local institution,
the Surflight Theatre, declared
bankruptcy, ending its 64-year run.
And while the visitors who crowd
LBI each summer keep coming back
for old-favorite attractions like
Barnegat Lighthouse (aka Old Barney)
and Viking Village (1801 Bayview Avenue) at the northern tip of the island,
and Fantasy Island Amusement
Park and Thundering Surf Water
Park to the south, they also frequent
LBI’s newer, tonier attractions.
Among the more prominent new-
comers is the Arlington in Ship Bot-
tom (1302 Long Beach Boulevard), a
craft-beer bar with a trendy menu that
emphasizes locally sourced produce
and seafood. Lacey Township-bred
brothers Paul and Brian Sabarese
opened the Arlington in 2013 after
purchasing the weathered Bayberry
Inn, which Hurricane Sandy had bat-
tered the previous fall. The brothers
moved quickly, adding a new bar area
and importing barn wood from Min-
nesota to give the renovated interior
a warm, rustic look. Fish-themed
touches add a seaside appeal.
Brian, 40, runs the kitchen, tweaking
the menu with seasonal ingredients to
complement the ever-changing beer list.
Local brewers like Kane Brewing (Ocean
Township), Carton Brewing (Atlantic
Highlands) and Cape May Brewing are
among the 23 beers on draft, as are numerous Belgian and German imports.
“There are definitely places in LBI that
have craft beer on draft, but for us, it’s a
constant rotation of beers,” says Paul, 34,
manager of the restaurant. “Every time
you come in, you should be able to try
The Sabarese brothers previously
worked at Plantation (7908 Long Beach
Boulevard, Harvey Cedars), a high-end
eatery opened by Philadelphia restaura-
teur Martin Grims in 2003. Plantation
upped the ante on the LBI vacation expe-
rience, as did Daddy O (4401 Long Beach
Boulevard, Brant Beach), the hip hotel
that opened in 2006. A stylish addition to
4401 Long Beach Boulevard
7Stylish, sleek and colorful, this
22-room boutique hotel brings
contemporary luxury to LBI.
Stroll to the nearby beach or
chill at the rooftop sundeck/bar.
High-season rates: $210–$485
212 Centre Street
7 This small, tastefully decorated Victorian-style inn (only
five rooms) is one of the prettiest
spots on the island. The restaurant also is top-notch. High-season rates: $225–$339.
1202 Central Avenue
7 Within walking distance to
the beach and bay, this family-friendly motel is centrally located
on the island. Rooms and ef-ficiencies are large and freshly
renovated, post-Sandy. High-season rates: $179-$219.
THE SEA SHELL
RESORT & BEACH
10 South Atlantic Ave
7 This oceanfront resort and
beach club has its own private
beach and pool. There are three
dining areas: the outdoor Palm
Grill, the indoor Palm Tree and
the popular Tiki Bar (open all
day and night from 11 AM to 2
AM). The hotel’s 53 rooms have
been newly renovated for the
2015 season. High-season rates:
ART & CRAFT
Ali Driben, left, a
student at American
University, sinks her
teeth into a colorful
creation at POPularity
Pops in Beach Haven.
woman’s family has
vacationed on LBI
since she was two.
BELOW: Craft beer
is the headliner at
the Arlington, a Ship
Bottom eatery that
opened its doors in
2013 at the site of
the former Bayberry
Inn. Co-owner Brian
Sabarese promises a
constant rotation of
beers on tap.