Twenty years ago the Sand Castle Bed and Breakfast was just a dream. The Innkeeper, Nancy Gallimore, a former English teacher and co-owner of a commercial fishing operation decided to reinvent herself and her property after a divorce changed the course of her life. “When the idea came to me, via my realtor Benee Scola, I began researching the bed and breakfast industry and read a book titled “So You Want to Be an Innkeeper”, Nancy reminisced.
Long Beach Island, NJ was the right location and at the time there were no upscale properties so work began to convert her home to a luxury B & B. With the encouragement and help of many friends, opening day came in April 2000 and the town locals and the public embraced the new property.
“Some of my earliest guests from 2000 are still enjoying the Sand Castle”, Nancy proudly states. One reason for that fact is due to her diligence in keeping the property maintained and upgraded. But when you read the online reviews and speak with guests as I do, the greatest factor is Nancy’s warm welcoming nature and how much she cares about her guests’ comfort. Oh and I can’t neglect to mention her secret scone recipe (as well as breakfast) which people rave about!
My name is Joe and I am proud to be assisting at the Sand Castle now and to be part of Nancy’s life. I hope if you are reading this, I will meet you at the Sand Castle some time soon. It will be a relaxing experience like no other.