The 1770 House
What We Love
- Less than a five-minute walk into downtown East Hampton
- Intimacy: The inn has six rooms and a private, two-bedroom Carriage House
- The property is flanked by manicured gardens and a gurgling fountain, and offers meals alfresco in the summer months
- Fresh seafood at the stellar in-house restaurant
- Personalized service; staff often greets repeat guests by name
- The inn provides guests with pamphlets for East Hampton walking tours
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- You'll need to arrive by 11PM for check-in
- The quiet, romantic atmosphere makes this inn a great retreat for couples
- Cozy rooms have been recently refurbished, and feature flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms with Molton Brown amenities scented orange and Indian cress
- You must walk through the ground-floor restaurant to get to two of the guestrooms
- Room service is available during dinner hours; guestrooms are stocked with Dean & DeLuca snacks
- Free WiFi
Built in 1663 as a private home for William Fithian, one of East Hampton’s original settlers, The 1770 House has become a stalwart sleep. And it has lost little of that colonial charm. A crackling fire greets guests in the library, which features a warm oriental rug, original wood-beam ceiling, fresh flowers and eclectic trinkets hand-picked from the owners, Bonnie and Ben.
Bed and Bath
Welcoming and historical it is, but the rooms abound in modern, sleek amenities: Flat-screen HD televisions, silky white Frette linens, goose down comforters and marble bathrooms with rainfall showers and Molton Brown bath products. Gleaming dark wood beams, gas fireplaces and sumptuous finishes define the six bedrooms in the main house, which was redesigned by renowned local architect Frank Greenwald. Expect cozy spaces with muted jewel-toned, floral wallpaper, thick multihued curtains and classic, plush period furnishings. The bright and airy two-bedroom, two-story Carriage House is well worth the splurge for families and has a beachy aesthetic, with tan walls, whitewashed ceilings and dark hardwood floors.
The inn boasts a prime Main Street spot, not far from some of the East Coast’s best beaches. Chef Michael Rozzi helms the ground-floor dining room (a favorite of local culinary doyenne Ina Garten), which has been lauded time and time again for its inventive new American fare (try the natural Pennsylvania chicken with fricassee of artichoke, pancetta, fresh garbanzos and mushrooms), impressive wine list and romantic outdoor garden seating (in summertime). Breakfast is a cut above your standard continental spread, offering dishes such as smoked salmon frittata with cream cheese, chives and green salad, and poached eggs over English muffin, Canadian bacon and hollandaise. But the real local secret is the lower level Tavern — which serves a juicy burger and has a convivial speakeasy-like coziness, with a small bar, stained glass accents and an original beehive fireplace.
In the Area
The Monogram Shop is the quintessential (albeit teensy) one-stop shop for all things beautifully monogrammed, initialed or etched. From cashmere baby crewnecks to personalized plastic tumblers, this store proves that custom never goes out of style. The unofficial tunic provider of the Hamptons and beyond, designer Roberta Freymann’s East Hampton shop is a happy mix of her beloved bright Indian block prints, jewelry, and gorgeous bedding. The charming Fresno restaurant is tucked off the beaten path, with a romantic patio and creative cuisine that’s not to be missed. A must-see for any self-respecting art lover, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is where some of Jackson Pollock’s most famous works were produced.
How to Get There
My wife and I were there for restaurant week and were very impressed with our dinners. We ordered the shaved brussels sprout salad and the roasted butternut squash soup. Both were out of this world. For entrees, we ordered the pork rib eye and the Scottish salmon. They were also quite good. Dessert included coconut semolina cake and sticky date cake providing and excellent finish to our meal. Add to that the incredibly friendly and attentive service and it all added up to a wonderful experience.
The food was well prepared and well presented. Gourmet pedigree. Although I enjoyed the foie gras and the monk fish with lobster reduction, I wasn’t blown away by either. I think the main selling feature is eating in a well appointed revolutionary war era building where the food is perfectly fine and the service excellent.
The 1770 house is perfect. It's centrally located to everything and the staff is super helpful and nice. Randye is the best! Before our arrival, she answered numerous questions that I had. The room was very very clean. I can't stress enough how CLEAN it was. The grounds in the backyard are pristine. All around great experience. Thank you Randye for all of your help.
My experience with this visit was exemplary from beginning (with placing the reservation online) to end. The team at 1770 House provide the type of classic, warm, welcoming hospitality of the good old days. The accommodation is clean, secure, divinely comfortable and provides the perfect spot from which to enjoy beautiful East Hampton Village.
Dinner in the Tavern exceeded my already high expectations far beyond the already rave reviews I had read, and was again delivered with outstanding service.
Breakfast was plentiful, fresh and delicious. The only fault was my own, that I didn’t book to stay longer. I Recommend The 1770 House without hesitation and only hope I’m fortunate enough to have an opportunity to visit again someday not too far away!
I have stayed in the Hamptons four times. The 1770 House was by far the most lovely of experiences. The staff are exceptional and so accommodating. Randye is a treasure of an individual who works to make every guest feel comfortable and welcome. She is also a fabulous tourist guide having lived in the area for years. She is just one of the features that makes 1770 House a Hampton standout. The environs are gorgeous and beautifully tended. The style is colonial and perfect for a cozy get-a-way. There are three restaurant venues, great for any time of the day. The breakfast is especially yummy and abundant, and it is included in the overall price of your stay. I had brioche french toast one day, and omelets how I wanted them, the other two mornings.
I was there for HIFF 3 days. One night I ate downstairs in the tavern, very comfortable. I had a burger and fries which were delectable and Oregon Pinot Noir which I enjoyed. I wanted to eat in the regular dining room for dinner, but my schedule didn't allow it. Judging from the people who were there, it is a go-to place in East Hampton in the evenings. There is parking on the street for the restaurant.
Folks who live in East Hampton encouraged me that even in the winter months it is fun. . The 1770 House has a gas fireplace where you can warm yourself and have a drink in the sitting area, then go in for dinner after a day of seal watching in January out in Montauk. The cottage behind the Inn looks very inviting and is perfect for a family. I certainly will return. It's perfect location to Guild Hall and walking distance to shops and the other movie theatre venue. This is a huge plus for me when covering HIFF.