Stunning gardens line the sidewalk in front of The Gables, an inn and restaurant in Beach Haven, N.J. You can't tell from the picture, but the street is immediately to the right. What a great use of a mere sliver of space.
The front porch of The Gables restaurant. What I wouldn't give for hanging baskets that size.
All over the island, you see hydrangeas producing both pink and blue flowers on the same plant. That's one of those happy quirks of nature that can happen when you have a soil pH between 5.5. and 6.5. Higher pH produces all pink blooms; lower pH, all blue.
My favorite house on Long Beach Island. I neglected to shoot a photo of its historical marker, but it has stood for more than 100 years -- even though it's right next to the beach, and even though at least two major hurricanes have swept LBI during its time. The guy on the bike is another historical artifact. I'm married to him. (And note the cool pink coaster bike I rented for the week!)
I really like the way the narrow black trim gives this house presence. It does for the windows what eyeliner does for the eyes. And that aqua bench provides a nice pop of color.
Without the awnings and window boxes, this would be just another beach house. Bunting on the window boxes adds a fun vintage vibe.
I just had to include this. It's the most elegant port-a-john I've ever seen. The bathroom, in a trailer parked near a beach entrance, includes vessel sinks and solid maple doors on the stalls. And yes, that's a built-in fireplace underneath the vent.