The Chequit


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.

On my tour, I stepped inside two suites: Chequit Suite and The Washington Suite. Each suite is painted a pale, rose pink with a subtle grey hue on the bottom. Each room has a king-sized bed with the additional day bed in the Chequit Suite. The Washington Suite has its own small dining table to enjoy your in-room breakfast while reading the day’s paper.

The small details that Bowd and O’Shea have integrated into each room, such as the vintage-style ladder and throw blanket/beach towel that interchanges throughout the seasons and the do not disturb “Gimme Shelter” door sign, are part of what make The Chequit so special. Free breakfast is included with your stay and can be served in your room or at the lobby. I highly recommend enjoy drinks and dinner at their restaurant, Red Maple.

During the summer, The Chequit offers an intimate, vintage Shelter Island experience at The Summer House, located on the main property opposite the inn. During your stay, you will be enveloped in shabby chic beach cottage charm.  The house is adorned with white washed wood framed walls that set the backdrop for charming cottage antiques and cozy renovated bathrooms. Choose between the Summer Double, Summer Queen, or Summer Deluxe.

The First Annual Chequit Tree Lighting will take place Saturday, December 12th from 4-6pm. Guests will be delighted with mulled wine, hot cider, a “baked” sale, as well as the opportunity to decorate cookies and ornaments. Children of all ages will see Santa and get a photo taken in their photo booth. All profits will benefit the Shelter Island Historical Society.

The Chequit is open year round and is currently open Thursday night thru Sunday night. You can now book your stay for the 2016 season. // 631-749-0018


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