BY TRACEY TOOMEY
M/V Lt. Joe Theinert at sunset
|Aerial view of the South Ferry|
|Vine Street Café|
Did You Know...
This 8,000-acre island is surrounded by scenic bays on all sides and is “sheltered” by the North and South Forks and Gardiners Island to the east. The first European settlers were wealthy sugar merchants from Barbados who came to Shelter Island in the middle of the 17th century in search of white oak for their barrels. Its secluded harbors are the perfect spot to anchor elegant sailing vessels, and the island rapidly became a booming summer community with hotels, bathing pavilions, tennis courts and summer homes.
Not a boat owner? No problem! The South Ferry Company connects the South Fork with Shelter Island. Ferries depart every 10 to 15 minutes from 5:40 AM to 1:45 AM.
Chef and co-owner Terry Harwood serves up organic local American fare at Vine Street Café. Start with the lobster green goddess before moving on to the miso glazed salmon with bok choy, mushrooms, jasmine rice and sesame vinaigrette. Or if you are in the mood for some indulgence, try the perciatelli bolognese—it is Ina Garten’s favorite! 41 S. Ferry Road, 749-3210
After a long day of traveling by car, train or ferry, rest your weary head at La Maison Blanche, the Hamptons’ praise-worthy new boutique hotel. Formerly the Olde Country Inn, it manages to retain a Victorian charm and elegance while accommodating modern flourishes and amenities such as 400-thread-count linens, Côté Bastide bath products and complimentary iPad usage. Fill a basket with pastries from the on-site bakery and take one of the hotel’s bicycles to nearby Crescent Beach, or stay on property for a game of pétanque followed by dinner at La Maison Blanche’s brasserie-style restaurant. 11 Stearns Point Road, 749-1633
PHOTOGRAPH BY JACKIE BLACK (BOLTAX); ED SAMBOLIN (MASHOMAC PRESERVE)