At Southampton Inn, a new remodel—and fresh culinary offerings—makes the beloved property worth another visit.
If the expansive serenity of the Southampton Inn’s grounds weren’t enough to lure you in for a bespoke, be-hedged respite, its recent stylish redo would be. Inside the famed Tudor-meets-cottage-chic spot, you can expect to find brand-new furnishings in the sun-drenched lounge, now fitted out with plush hydrangea-purple couches and French doors that open onto the manicured 5-acre property; several rooms have also received a luxurious makeover, with furnishings from One Kings Lane. And a new inn shuttle can deposit you at Cooper’s Beach or the winery of your choice. Add in the newly installed local chef James Carpenter (of Maidstone Arms and American Hotel fame), now at the helm of Claude’s, the inn’s on-site eatery, and you may well wear out your OpenTable app. The restaurant’s $500,000 renovation lends a fresh, beachy feel, with sandcolored banquettes and floors the hue of worn-smooth driftwood, while the poolside alfresco dining area has also been revamped. Carpenter redid the lunch and dinner menus with his slow-food touch, featuring lots of savory local sourcing. “It’s very easy to make great food when you’re surrounded by great farms and seafood,” says Carpenter. “We support them, and everyone wins.” Expect such dishes as Peconic Pride oysters with shallot-cucumber mignonette; local rope-cultured mussels kicked up with garlicky, herby chimichurri sauce; and roasted chicken from New York-based Murray’s, complemented with crunchy fresh summer veggies (everyone knows a good chef is judged on his ability with fowl, and Carpenter will win you over with his crispy, herb-spiked version). On Thursday nights, grab your seat for Cabaret Claude, the inn’s weekly supper club, where you’ll be entranced by Juilliard-trained piano prodigy Konstantin Soukhovetski.