ON LOCATION: A WEEKEND ON SHELTER ISLAND WITH COMPASS + TWINE
Recently one of our FAVORITE travel bloggers, Compass + Twine visited us on Shelter Island and couldn't wait to share with us their experience....
Turns out you don't have to go far from New York City for an island getaway. Just 2.5 hours from the big city, Shelter Island is an idyllic and relaxing reprieve from the hustle & bustle of urban life. While most of the great beach destinations within driving distance from NYC tend to be overrun by massive crowds in the summer time, Shelter Island is not. The tiny extra effort to hop on a 5 minute ferry ride, for some reason keeps the masses away, and we're not angry about it. The charming character and laid back vibe of the island have us planning our next trip back already. For the perfect weekend getaway, we've put together a list of the best of Shelter Island.
Sitting outside, under stings of bistro lights, the vibe at Red Maple is the epitome of relaxed dining. They're serving a delicious seasonal menu and offer brunch, lunch, and dinner seating's. Snag an spot under the big tree, sit back, and enjoy.
As the name suggests, there isn't a more perfect place for sunset cocktails than the restaurant & bar at Sunset Beach. Ask for a table upstairs and enjoy the view while you nosh on tuna tartare and king crab with the most scrumptious remoulade sauce!
For a yummy Mexican lunch, take the 5-minute ferry ride back over to Greenport and grab a seat at the vibrant and fun Lucharitos. Are you a queso lover? Great news! Order the trio of drips and you'll shall definitely be pleased.
Located right on the water at the Island Boat Yard, you can arrive by car or boat for lunch and dinner. Definitely order the oysters Rockefeller and a glass of local Wölffer Estate rosé to start. For dinner, we love the fish tacos but eater beware: they are spicier than they look!
Hit the beach for a day in the sun - you're on an island after all! Public beaches include Crescent Beach, Wades Beach, Menhadden Lane Beach, Shell Beach, and Fresh Pond. Crescent Beach is our favorite with great views, a fun vibe, and plenty of water activities to choose from.
EXPLORE THE NATURE PRESERVE
The beautiful Mashomack Preserve occupies an entire third of Shelter Island. Lush green woodlands and freshwater marshes make up the Preserve, which is considered one of the richest habitats in the Northeast.
9 HOLE GOLF
Shelter Island Country Club, known locally as Goat Hill, is a fun 9-hole public course. Bring your clubs (or rent some when you get there) and spend an afternoon golfing with friends.
Rent a kayak from Shelter Island Kayak to explore the beautiful shoreline and get some good exercise in. With loads of quality kayaks to choose from, you can either go off on your own adventure or join in on their daily kayaking tours.
The Chequit is the newly renovated boutique hotel that has really elevated the island’s game to a prime summer destination. As part of the Salt Hotels collection, The Chequit's thoughtful design and beach-chic style makes it one our favorite boutique hotels on the East Coast. Read our full review of the hotel: here.