Central Ave House, Ocean Grove, NJ

Four Generations of Women have been running
the Central Avenue House since 1899

Cora MaeCora Mae Applegate In 1899, Jennifer’s great-grandmother, Cora Mae Applegate bought the hotel, had her children there, and she ran it until 1966. Originally called “The Auditorium House”, the inn was one of many hotels to spring up one year after the town was founded in 1869. Cora Mae was quite a character; once the hotel filled up, she would make room for one more guest by renting out her bedroom... she would then sleep on a cot in the back of the lobby! Her favorite greeting to new arrivals was, “go on up and take any room that is open, we’re just camping out here!”

Myrtle Davis

Myrtle Davis, Cora Mae's daughter and Jennifer's grandmother, Myrtle inherited the hotel in 1966 and began her second career as proprietor of the Central Avenue House and she ran it for the next 20 years! Myrtle was beloved by town folk and guests alike. In fact, most guests didn’t feel as though they were just staying at a hotel. Myrtle was their friend, and often, guests referred to a stay at the Central Avenue House as simply, “We’re staying at Myrtle’s.”

Joanne and John CulpJoAnne & John Culp Jennifer’s parents enjoyed sharing the hotel with youth groups, friends and family from 1988 - 2000. JoAnne (Myrtle's daughter) lovingly updated many of the guest rooms. Her terrific decorating style can be seen throughout the hotel.

Central Ave HouseJennifer In the year 2000, the hotel re-opened and Jennifer (JoAnne's daughter) has enjoyed carrying on the 100+ year family tradition of welcoming visitors to Ocean Grove. In the many years since Jennifer re-opened its doors, the hotel has gained a national and international reputation among travelers. In addition to serving guests, Jennifer also serves her country as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve.