4 Long Island Bed and Breakfasts for the Perfect Summer Getaway

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a night or two in a bed and breakfast tends to create a cozier, more intimate experience. Here are four Long Island options that offer both local getaways and easy access to some of Long Island’s unique places to dine, shop and play:

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East Hampton Art House

THE STAY As the name suggests, the place is a hotbed of creativity, as the owners are also the resident artists, and guests are welcome to visit their studios. However, with its exclusive access to Clearwater Bay’s private beach and marina, rare water views are also part of the experience. There are only two rooms (be sure to read the strict cancellation policies), but those who stay can expect a 66-foot pool, kiddy pool, hot tub with a waterfall feature, and lap pool. endless interior. The courtyard is home to a landscaped garden with private seating areas. A gourmet breakfast (included) is served daily, but guests can also choose from a 24-hour butler’s pantry. There’s also a communal lounge — decorated with artwork — and equipped with a fireplace and board games as well as a TV, darts, pool table, and gym. complete. Guests also receive free parking passes to area ocean and bay beaches. The Art House also has housekeeping staff who constantly clean, wipe, vacuum and dust and masks are worn by staff members whenever they are in close contact with guests.

THE GETAWAY Located in Springs, it is perfectly placed for easy trips to the upscale shops of downtown East Hampton Village (approximately 7 miles); the village of Sag Harbor is about 14 miles west, Amagansett is about 7 miles south, and Montauk is 17 miles east.

NEWS 9 Good Pinck Way, East Hampton; 631-907-4645, easthampton-arthouse-bedandbreakfast.com. Rates start at around $1,000 a night.

Cedar House on the Sound

Cedar House on Sound Bed & Breakfast is home to a private vineyard and there is a fire pit out back for guests to sit and relax.

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THE STAY Located on Sound Avenue in the middle of the North Fork, this converted barn has been transformed into a five-bedroom respite with modern amenities (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth charging stations, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs) and a breakfast buffet. Multi-course lunch (included) served daily. Home to a private vineyard, there is a fire pit out back and three indoor common areas, including the “Great Room”, which features games, a pool table, putting green and reading area. Guests can also relax in a bar where local drinks are served. Concierge services are also provided, so you won’t need to make your own reservations or work hard to figure out which area attractions suit your interests as they’re prepared with suggestions. Maintaining a high standard of cleanliness is a top priority and the b&b will often adapt to rebooking for guests who find themselves unexpectedly ill after booking.

THE GETAWAY Mattituck’s dining and shopping options are nearby, including its famous way of love – but Sound Avenue is also dotted with Riverhead wineries and craft drink spots; the closest being Macari Vineyards (150 Bergen Ave., Mattituck; 631-298-0100, macariwines.com), just half a mile west. To the east, the bustling village of Greenport less than 15 miles away.

NEWS 4850 Sound Ave, Mattituck; 631-298-7676, cedarhouseonsound.com. Rates start at $270.

The harbor rose

Harbor Rose Bed & Breakfast is located on a hill...

The Harbor Rose Bed & Breakfast is perched on a hill and this 19th century house and former rectory offers sunset and water views.
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THE STAY Sitting atop a hill, this 19th-century house and former rectory has stunning sunset and water views — and despite being transformed into a welcoming spot, you can still hear the church bells ringing. church ringing outside. It still has mouth-blown glass windows and original wooden floors, but also has high-speed internet and when you get breakfast (included), expect organic food ( including gluten-free, kosher, and vegan choices) and alkaline water (via an in-house water purification system). The innkeeper is available and responsive (this is his personal residence) and cleaning is done with baking soda and vinegar (medical grade UV lighting is also used to sanitize), to accommodate guests potentials who may have environmental allergies or seek a high level of wellness.

THE GETAWAY Located at the west end of Cold Spring Harbor Village, it is approximately half a mile from the B&B to the shops and restaurants there, as well as Cold Spring Harbor State Park (95 Harbor Rd., Cold Spring Harbor; 631-423-1770, parks.ny.gov

NEWS 253 Harbor Road, Port of Cold Spring; 516-482-2740, theharborrose.com. Rates start at $250.

Seven

The Seven on Shelter Island offers guests access to a...

Seven on Shelter Island offers access to an outdoor pool, gym and wellness treatments.
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THE STAY You’ll need a ferry to get to this boutique B&B, which in a past life was a Shelter Island farmhouse. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor gym. Wellness treatments are also available. Fireplaces are also set up inside and out, and there are board games next door as well as bicycles; a buffet breakfast is also included. When it comes to its cleaning policies, Seven follows procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), including frequent disinfection of surfaces.

THE GETAWAY Even at the height of the summer season, Shelter Island is often a quiet place, and although cars and cyclists share the roads, it’s a scenic place to ride. There are also many beaches that require parking permits, but these cost $25 and can easily be purchased online (shelterislandchamber.org). However, Seven is only 0.3 miles away. Crescent Beach (36 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights), which is one of the guarded locations on the island and is across from The setting sun on the beach (35 Shore Rd., Shelter Island Heights; 631-749-2001, sunsetbeach.fun) a luxury hotel with a restaurant open to the public. Shelter Island is also home to several other restaurants; for the chance to explore its rich nature, there are miles of hiking trails to Mashomack Reserve (79 S. Ferry Rd.; 631-749-1001, nature.org), and to explore its history, the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm (80 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island; 631-749-0626, sylvestermanor.org) began as a 17th-century plantation — and that’s after the land was home to Native Americans for thousands of years — but today Today it is a non-profit organization where some of its historic structures still stand and a calendar of events is offered.

NEWS Rates start at $732 a night; rooms generally have minimum stays of 2-3 days.

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