Sandy Victims Receive Second Award; Climb Higher as Top B&B in US by TripAdvisor

Sea Spray Inn, a nineteenth century Victorian mansion in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, bounces back from Hurricane Sandy then claims an even higher spot among the top B&Bs in the country
OCEAN GROVE, N.J. - March 18, 2015 - PRLog -- Once devastated by Superstorm Sandy, the Sea Spray Inn in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, shows its tenacity by moving higher on a list of top B&B and inns across the United States. Last year the inn made headlines when it ranked 17th on the list following its inspiring comeback from Superstorm Sandy. This year the inn has surpassed those results to climb to number 13out of 25 in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards. The world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe.

"This award is such a huge recognition of our perseverance and our commitment to our guests, as well as to our history,” said Mary Ellen Tellefsen, who co-owns the inn with her husband, Eric. “We knew we had to move forward.” The Sea Spray Inn has been in continuous service as an inn, bed and breakfast or boarding house since it was built in 1872.

“It’s a huge deal and very meaningful, particularly when you revisit the damage Sandy caused and that we had to shut down the inn for 5-months to recover,” said Eric Tellefsen. “Last year we made a comeback, this year we shot straight up.”

“TripAdvisor’s community of millions of travelers has helped us highlight some of the very best hotels from around the world,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice list of thousands of award-winning properties is perfect to inspire travelers as they think about their 2015 travel plans.”

Today the Sea Spray Inn features eight-rooms and magnificent panoramic ocean and lake views from the first floor porch and the second floor wrap-around deck. It also features luxurious linens and private en suite bathrooms. In addition to post-Sandy upgrades, this past year the inn renovated another guestroom and bathroom, and refreshed its online presence through a new website:

All of the inn’s rooms combine the detail of a bygone age with environmentally friendly products, luxury linens, and modern amenities, including central heat/air conditioning, televisions, DVD players, and complimentary wireless internet access. Each day begins with gourmet breakfasts. The inn caters to vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, and other dietary restrictions.

Initially a 19th century Victorian-era camp meeting site, Ocean Grove has become one of the Jersey Shore’s finest year-round seaside resorts. As a national historic district, it also has the highest concentration of authentic Victorian architecture in the country. Ocean Grove was named one of the top ten beaches for 2014 by Fodor's. The Sea Spray Inn is one block from its famed boardwalk, up the block from the beach and about a 3-minute walk to town.

For more information, or to make a reservation, visit http://www.theseaspray.comor call 732-897-0700.

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