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.
Their backyard and garden is so lovely, like escaping into someone’s magical, private garden. Outside, you can relax the afternoon away by reading a book on their patio, playing ping pong, hula hoop, sipping white wine, practicing yoga, or meditating in their Zen garden. Details we especially loved were the personalized surfboards nestled up against the house, the red Kronan bikes on the front lawn, and all-around peace and natural surroundings. It was like we took off in a jet plane and landed thousands of miles away from our Hamptons home base. Be sure to take your pair of bikes out for a mini ‘tour’ of the town or to the ocean for a day at the beach. Plus, Kronan bikes come with a child seat.
Our daughter, Sarah, loved the cozy bed where we read her stories and played games, she also loved the children’s Swedish clogs that were lovingly hand-painted with swans (and are available for purchase). We snacked on some in room popcorn and Tate’s cookies, and my husband ordered a glass of wine at the bar. I loved their cozy white robes that I wore after my soothing, hot bath. I haven’t had a bath in years, which was so revitalizing. It is always so funny when you realize how much you needed a break! Thank you, c/o The Maidstone!
Outside our room, we appreciated the appointed mix of artwork and photography curated by owner, Jenny Ljungberg. The artwork that tells a story of its own rotates approximately each season. Her husband, Jonathan Baker, offers samples of his 100% organic bath and body products in each room. You can also purchase his candles, bath and body oil, and unisex cologne at their gift shop.
We awoke the next morning to breakfast served in their living room that was kissed by the morning sunlight. Our tiered breakfast display consisted of muffins, bagels, scones, and croissants, with hardboiled eggs and Greek yogurt topped with homemade granola, then finally leading up to a mini mason jar filled with berries, a cup of freshly cut pineapple, and jam for the pastries. We paired breakfast with hot, Earl Grey tea and our daughter had apple juice. Breakfast is served from 8am-10:30am. During busier mornings, there is a traditional Scandinavian breakfast spread displayed for guests just in front of the bar.
Come stay overnight at c/o The Maidstone and relish in a memorable, Swedish-style stay just as my family and I did. Visit for the day as well! Also, don’t miss their annual Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas tree lighting, Christmas dinner, and New Year’s Eve dinner.
http://www.themaidstone.com // 631-324-5006