Cote d’Azur vibe from the in-house bakery, wraparound porch and Pétanque courts
Free bicycles for touring the 27-square-mile island
Beautiful Crescent Beach is five minutes away
What To Know
A $2 resort fee per night will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
Queen Rooms are very small
The hotel is super quiet — not ideal for singles or partygoers (you'll find that down the road at Sunset Beach)
Shelter Island is accessible only by ferry or seaplane
Parking on site
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Sophisticated Victorian inn, with a Euro vibe, stellar restaurant and easy access to popular Crescent Beach
The intimate eight-room La Maison Blanche has been attracting weary Manhattanites east to Shelter Island since the 19th century, when the Victorian home was known as the Olde Country Inn. And although the outside retains its old-school charm — gardens, gazebo, wraparound porch — the inside is a revelation. After a top-to-bottom renovation, owner John Sieni rechristened the place La Maison Blanche in honor of a similarly genial St.-Tropez hotel. There’s plenty of wainscoting, to be sure, but modern color schemes, chic rugs and contemporary furnishings in both properties set the spot firmly in today’s era.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are light-flooded spaces done up in white and mint green, and most have views of the garden and pool. Pitched ceilings and overhead fans keep things cozy, while luxe sheets, flat-screen TVs and WiFi supply the modern comforts. Bathrooms are surprisingly spacious and have Côté Bastide toiletries, porcelain fixtures and plush towels.
In a hotel this small, you can expect to greet the staff members by name. Locals mingle with guests in the cozy bar, and the co-owners, aperitifs in hand, often come by to cheerfully recount the property’s history. After a filling meal at Shelter Island Tavern (reservations recommended), work it off with a ride on the hotel’s free bicycles. Or go full Euro and while away the day on the pétanque and bocci courts.
In the Area
Shelter Island sunsets are the stuff of legend. For optimal viewing, swing by the hotel bakery for a croque monsieur and make your way to Crescent Beach, or ditch the sandwich and nab a deck chair by the bar at Andre Balazs’ Sunset Beach. Active types should head to the south side of Shelter Island for hikes through lovely Mashomack nature preserve and its 10-miles of pristine coastline. For off-island excursions, take the five-minute ferry ride to the picturesque whaling village of Sag Harbor then drive to East Hampton for the shopping (Calypso, Eres and Catherine Malandrino) or to Montauk for good surfing and a hipster scene. Ferries also stop in quiet Greenport, jumping off point for bike rides and drives along the North Fork Wine Trail.
La Maison Blanche Hotel
11 Stearns Point Road
Shelter Island Heights, New York 11965
How to Get There
Flights are available to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The property does not offer private transfers to/from JFK, about 98 miles away, or LGA, about 95 miles away. For guests who rent a car, self-parking is available on-site for no additional cost. The property can arrange for a taxi service from the North Ferry (departs from Greenport, Long Island) and South Ferry (departs from North Haven, Long Island) for approximately $15 per person, each way, plus $2 for each additional passenger, each way. Rates aboard the North Ferry start at $10 per car, each way, plus $2 per extra passenger, each way. Rates aboard the South Ferry start at $14 per car, each way, plus $1 per extra passenger, each way.