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A favorite of many locals and summer sightseers, the Ram’s Head Inn is a classic hotel, restaurant, and event venue on Shelter Island. This is where my family and I escape to during the summer season, and we couldn’t think of a better destination for endless hours of play, great food, live music during select evenings, and the most peaceful and secluded setting.
The Ram’s Head Inn, known for its historic charm, is home to an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, led by Executive Chef Joe Smith. Open 7 days a week during the summer months for brunch, lunch and dinner, Smith’s seasonally focused New American menu boasts fresh local produce, game, and seafood, accoutered with herbs from the Inn’s own garden.
Nicole Miller, iconic American designer and longtime Hamptons resident, shares her entertaining tips for the summer including her must-have in-home essentials, her favorite East End restaurants, and what she is most looking forward to this upcoming season.
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There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than with a savory stew or hearty soup. We’ve rounded up the best comfort foods of the Hamptons that include garlicky mac n’ cheese, pot pie, and plenty of pasta. Continue reading
Getting out of the crisp, fall air and into a warm, cozy home with fall-inspired candle scents of pumpkin pie, apple cider or spicy nutmeg wafting through the air is one of the best perks of this season. Although you can walk into countless East End boutiques, these are the best for finding your festive fall candle.
Country Lane in Sag Harbor should be your go-to spot for decadent candles that’ll make your mouth water. Pumpkin Vanilla, Bourbon Maple Sugar, Honey Soaked Apples, Roasted Espresso, Spicy Cinnamon Hot Toddy and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are just some of the delicious candle scents you’ll find at Country Lane. Continue reading
Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island is that hidden oasis that everyone must visit, whether you are a seasoned visitor or resident of Shelter Island to one who is visiting for the first time. During my lunch on a Wednesday afternoon, my guest and I met families from as close as Manhattan and those vacationing all the way from Northern Italy, who expressed how much they loved the Inn.
Lunch for us was such a perfect time to dine outdoors. With the abundance of sunshine and picturesque views of the backyard and beach, it is the place to unwind and grab a delicious bite to eat. Continue reading
This past Saturday, October 21st, my family and I celebrated Oktoberfest at Ram’s Head Inn in Shelter Island. At the event that went from 1-5pm, there was live music from Points East, a Pig Roast, pumpkin painting, lawn games, local brews & ciders, and classic German fare. The buffet table included Bratwurst, butternut squash, corn salad, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. The buffet was served from 1-3:30pm.
A raffle benefitting AmeriCares hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico was also featured with prizes from DoubleTree by Hilton Times Square West, Isola Restaurant, Lieb Cellars, EFL Kids, Dering Harbor Co Aerial prints, and more. The drawing took place at the end of the event.
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Whether you are celebrating with that special someone, close friends, family, or perhaps a long lost connection, I have curated a list of some of my favorite sweets to enjoy on Cupid’s Day and even all winter, from local sweet treat to a specialty food favorite.
What a year 2016 was! I had the pleasure of dining at the best restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork as well as some notable restaurants in Manhattan, Connecticut and Washington D.C. It proved to be very tough to narrow it down to ten favorite dishes, but after careful consideration, I am thrilled to present the ten best things I ate this past year. I could only imagine what delectable plates 2017 will bring!
The Ram’s read Inn is a staple of the historic and peaceful Shelter Island. Founded in 1929, every aspect of the Inn takes you back into the pages of the roaring 20’s with its grand, rustic interior and decorum. Driving to the Inn takes you about ten minutes or so away from the town’s center, though every moment is worth it. I felt as if I was heading toward my own serene escape, that may be the island’s best kept secret. I could only hear the wildlife’s calls and chatter as I exited my vehicle.
This is true country living at its finest. Instantly, I noticed the row of Adirondack chairs, a private beachfront, play equipment for the youngest visitors, a tennis court, and sprawling acres of green grass with plenty of shade. This is the place most of us only dream of escaping to. There are very few, if any, spots on the East End that exists quite like this. I felt as if I transported back in time by at least fifty years. My family recently told me that they frequented The Ram’s Head Inn in the 1980’s and 1990’s as their hideaway far from the seasonal traffic.
Just in time for the summer revelry on the East End, one of my favorite restaurants on Shelter Island, Red Maple at The Chequit Inn, is now serving lunch on Saturdays and Brunch on Sundays. Red Maple’s lunch and brunch service showcases seasonally-inspired menus to be enjoyed inside the spacious, yet intimate dining room or on the charming patio al fresco. Red Maple’s home, The Chequit, is a stylish retreat that is open year round and within walking distance to many boutiques, historic sites, and the North Ferry.
Last Saturday was cool and calm. It was so lovely to see the cheerful pieces of furniture out on the front porch as well as the dining chairs outside. The Chequit is so stylish and full of life, and yet it is also a peaceful spot to escape the city and the hoards of crowds you find on the Hamptons’ main streets.
Escape the chills of winter and rejuvinate at Shelter Island’s dreamy modern inn, The Chequit. The inn is hosting a special Wellness Weekend led by one of America’s top yoga instructors, Heidi Kristoffer Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, 2016. Upon arrival to The Chequit, you will instantly unwind into a relaxing retreat setting, replete with renovated plush rooms with luxury bedding and amenities, as well as a welcoming lobby and restaurant showcasing locally-sourced and seasonal plates.
Named one of Shape Magazine‘s “50 Hottest Female Trainers in America – 2014,” Kristoffer will guide visitors on a comprehensive journey for the mind, body and soul. As part of the all-inclusive weekend package, wellness aficionados will experience an array of activities and events. The schedule highlights are presented below.
After I experienced a true treat attending my second Summer Fancy Food Show, I dove deep into learning all about the specialty food industry. Did you know that specialty food, defined as unique and high-value foodstuff made in small quantities from high-quality ingredients, is a rapidly growing market and yields over 100 billion dollars annually? According to The State of the Specialty Food Industry 2015, the fastest growing categories include pasta, pasta sauces, nut butters, and ready-to-drink tea and coffee.
I am looking forward to attending the 2016 show in Manhattan to discover even more food brands and innovative approaches to culinary products. In the mean time, let’s jump back to 2015 to read about my ten favorite Specialty Food items.
The Chequit has made its statement as one of the finest places to stay while visiting Shelter Island. This charming, luxurious hotel has only been open under new ownership (and after extensive renovations) since the beginning of the summer season. I have strongly considered taking a “staycation” with my husband and what better destination than tranquility of Shelter Island? Lovingly restored and offering guests a plethora of memories and relaxation even before exploring the rest of the island.
The Chequit, part of Salt Hotels, a group of boutique hotels owned by David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea, boasts thirty-seven guest room with its downstairs lobby evoking a Victorian-era opulence with a fireplace, candles, and cheerful sunflower cornices, and curtains.