So chic and ever-evolving is The Chequit, one of my top three favorite spots on Shelter Island. Red Maple is one of my top choices to bring friends and family to dine. Each time we have visited, we have always been more than impressed with the service and quality of the dishes. Their coconut cake, for example, was chosen as one of the Ten Best Things I Ate in 2016.
New to Shelter Island’s stylish retreat this season includes an expanded offering of baked goods at their onsite grab-and-go outlet, White Hill Café; a freshly stocked Salt Supply retail shop; and delectable new menu offerings at Red Maple, the inn’s bar and restaurant.
I had the pleasure of enjoying a lovely, whimsical stay at one of my favorite spots on the East End, c/o The Maidstone in the historic Village of East Hampton. This eclectic and chic boutique was just the spot my husband and I needed for a little ‘staycation’ with our daughter. The entire hotel is family-friendly and dog friendly, making it an ideal escape for everyone. Every aspect of The Maidstone and their restaurant, The Living Room Restaurant, is so inviting and stylish. You could spend your entire stay at the hotel and still not discover every chic and heartwarming Scandinavian detail this oasis has to offer.
We began our stay by checking in just after 3:30pm, set our belongings in our room, Josef Frank. Each of their 19 rooms, named after a Scandinavian celebrity or historical figure, is individually designed and has its own character and charm. Austrian-born Josef Frank was a renowned artist and architect who adopted Swedish citizenship in the latter half of his lifetime. The room features an original Josef Frank banana sofa by the bay window and a dressing room, a marble bathroom featuring a free-standing claw foot tub along with a separate rainfall shower, a King-size Hästens bed, luxurious toiletries by Malin + Goetz, and flat screen television with a DVD player.
December in the Hamptons is most often represented with sprinkles of frost, and a light dusting of snow on the grass. Yet, this past weekend hosted some of the warmest temperatures ever recorded this time of year. Think early to mid April as we anticipate the height of the season on the East End! My family and I decided to take full advantage of this lovely weekend and marvel at the decorations across East Hampton and in Sag Harbor, walking past historic buildings, and stepping inside some of the bed and breakfasts and hotels to view their holiday decorations.
Stops on the tour included: The Huntting Inn, The 1770 House, Ladies Village Improvement Society, Baker House 1650, c/o The Maidstone, and Baron’s Cove. Below are some photos that highlight the tour.
Stepping into The Maidstone diagonally across from the tranquil East Hampton pond is a boutique hotel like none other you will ever come across. In all my years of traveling through Europe and North America, I have not yet stumbled upon lodging accommodations and a restaurant that is anywhere similar to what c/o The Maidstone and The Living Room restaurant deliver.
The kindness that the staff exhibits towards each visitor is compelling. It is like they have invited me into their eclectic ‘satellite’ Swedish residence. I met with the Front Office Manager, India Koster, and General Manager, Jakob Berlin. I have met the owner, Jenny Ljungberg on a few occasions, who is so hands on with her properties and oversees all aspects of her c/o lifestyle brand. As an avid art enthusiast and collector, she showcases works of art from her own collection throughout the hotel. The artwork rotates once each year around the month of May.
The Maidstone has 19 individually designed rooms, each inspired by a Scandinavian Celebrity including the Swedish dramatic soprano, Birgit Nilsson; and Norwegian adventurer and scientist, Thor Heyerdahl. I am enamored with each room. Each room is a masterpiece, a world of its own.
Before my memorable dinner at The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove a little over a week ago, I was treated with a personal tour of the hotel’s newly renovated property by Baron’s Cove Assistant General Manager, Dot Capuano, whom I have known for many years. Though the property is recognizable as to the layout of what it was prior to the refurbishments, the new decor, and the amenities now offered are harmonious with the seaside Sag Harbor Village and Hamptons lifestyle.
Whether you prefer to enjoy your lunch or a cocktail poolside, take part in a peaceful yoga class on the front lawn, or go to the nearby Long Beach in their complimentary shuttle service, you will be treated like a star at this resort. The new resort property is by Cape Resorts, with their home base in Cape May, New Jersey. There they have five hotel properties, with Congress Hall as their flagship hotel.