There is something magical about inns, and when they're at the beach, that magic virtually multiplies. We've got the summer's very best, most magical seaside inns, from the East Coast to the West (and even Hawaii!).
Photo: Courtesy The Chequit
Ninety-ish miles east of Manhattan and reachable only by ferry and seaplane, the always beautiful Shelter Island was once Long Island’s forgotten middle child, overshadowed by the South Fork’s glitzy Hamptons and the North Fork’s wine country. Now, the island is having a de facto moment, and it’s led by The Chequit, a sprawling Victorian built as part of a Methodist camp in 1872 and newly restored to charming perfection by David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea—skilled innkeepers whose Salt House Inn deservedly stole the spotlight when it opened two years ago in Cape Cod’s Provincetown. Bowd and O’Shea have added luxe touches (rain showerheads) while leaving the historic patina (worn floorboards) on the former camp dining hall, and the result is rustic fairy tale. Two other old-school buildings comprise the property, while a café along with the seriously cozy, local-catch-and-harvest-inspired Red Maple restaurant means you never have to leave the breezy compound. Why leave, when there’s complimentary Prosecco on offer, and a view from the wide porch of wooden sailboats bobbing in Dering Harbor? Not to mention the thrill of keeping New York’s best new secret?
Get here The two ferries that connect the North and South Forks of Long Island to Shelter Island are about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City. The North Ferry departs from Greenport; 631-749-0139. The South Ferry departs from North Haven; 631-749-1200. The Hampton Jitney is a luxury coach service out of New York City and is reachable by taxi from LaGuardia and JFK airports. Stay here The Chequit has 37 antique-studded rooms,from king standard guest rooms to expansive suites, plus a six-room cottage called The Summer House. Rates start at $195; 631-749-0018 or thechequit.com. inside tip Breakfast in bed can be delivered to your door—a perfect coffee and nibble pre-game for the lavish breakfast served in the lobby.