Shelter Island

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Shelter Island[1] is an island and town in Suffolk County in New York. It is between the two forks on Long Island and in total is 6.5 sq miles and was founded by the Sylvestor family.

Villages and Hamlets[edit]

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

In order to get onto this island, you must take either:

  • North Ferry, 631-749-0139, [2]. Take the Long Island Expressway (I-495) east to the last exit, exit 73. The off-ramp will lead you directly to Suffolk County Route 58 east. After about three and one half miles, County Road 58 will merge into Route 25 east. Continue on Route 25 east for about 20 miles to Greenport. Watch for signs marked "To Route 114 South." These signs will direct you to turn right onto Sixth Street. Drive one block and make your next left on Wiggins Street ("To 114 South"). At the end of Wiggins Street, ferry traffic makes a hard right turn and continues turning right to enter the final staging area. The ferry line takes you away from the ferry, around a loop, and back in line facing the ferry dock and passenger terminal. This ferry is also easily accessible from the Greenport Station on the Long Island Railroad.
  • South Ferry, Tel. 631-749-1200, (Fax: 631-749-1201 email: cclark@southferry.com), [3]. Take Queens/Midtown tunnel. Take I-495 east to Exit 70. Turn right at the "yield" sign to Route 27 east. Continue on 27 through the town of Bridgehampton. At traffic light, turn left onto County Road 79 through Sag Harbor (4 miles) to stop sign at flag pole. Go left over bridge on 114 north for 3 miles to the South Ferry.
  • Westmoreland Airport (49NY), 516-354-5310. A small, 1400ft private airstrip for emergency use only.

Get around[edit]

The main means of getting around on the island is by car. But you may also walk or ride a bike. There are various places to rent bikes on the island. Coecles Harbor Marina and JW Picozzi both allow rentals of bikes. Another way to see Shelter Island is by Gem Car. This is an electric vehicle that goes only about 35 mph. With the highest mph of 40 on the island, it is a great way to get around especially on a warm day. A Gem Car can be rented at Coecles Harbor Marina.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mashomack Nature Preserve, There is a nice nature preserve that would be a great place to see. It is part of the Nature Conservancy and comprises 1/3 of the island.
  • Kissing Rock Also, there is a huge, well-known rock located at the end of Cresent Beach that was redecorated immediately after 9/11.
  • During the summer, once a week, the Perlman Music Camp, founded by world-known violinist Itzak Perlman, puts on a performance. The students are gifted young people and occasionally Itzak Perlman conducts the students.
  • The Ram's Head Inn was the site of the Shelter Island Conference on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in 1947. Many famous physicists attended, including Oppenheimer and Feynman. A small plaque commemorates the event.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • This island has many beautiful beaches. Spending a day at the beach would be great to do. There are many different beaches on Shelter Island to choose from. The most popular beach is Cresant Beach which is located across the street from the popular Sunset Beach Resort. A more family beach is Wades Beach. Both are bathing beaches with lifeguards on duty during the summer season.
  • Also, there are two golf courses; only one is open to the public, which is called Goat Hill. The other golf course is the ""Dering Harbor Country Club"" that features a 18-hole course. For the kids there is a mini-golf course called Whales Tale, which also serves ice cream and other snack bar food.
  • Another place to grab some ice cream is at the Tuck Shop, they also have excellent slushies’ to quench anyone’s thirst on a hot day.
  • There are also retreats available for groups through St. Gabes and Quinipet. Quinipet also offers other activities like sailing, day camp and openings for events.
  • Take a hike at the Mashomack Preserve and go birdwatching.
  • Rent horses at Paard Hill which also offers lessons for all levels.
  • Play a game of tennis at the tennis courts is also an option.
  • Black Cat Books is a wonderful and classy used bookstore on 114 around the middle of the island. It has a sprawling black couch to rest on and plenty of fiction, art, photo books and more. A great break for those biking across the island on the Hamptons-Greenport route.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are quite a few little shops on the island that are worth checking out.

  • Jacks Marine (True Value), Bridge Street, ☎ 1-631-749-0114. This is a Toy store for all ages! It has been on Shelter Island for over 60 Years! If you are on the Island, you must visit Jacks!
  • Another shop on Bridge Street that offers some of the best souvenirs from Shelter Island is the Bliss Department Store. A few other shops reside nearby.
  • Looking for a movie theater is pointless, there is none. Although there is Geo Jo video, on 57 North ferry rd, ☎ 631-749-2324. This is not your usual video store but worth a visit.
  • There is only one supermarket on the island called the IGA supermarket. Located at 75 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964. There is a newly owned IGA supermarket at 75 North Ferry Road, that offers home and boat delievery. Catering also available 631-749-0382.
  • If needed there are also two banks and two post offices.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bob's Fish Market a classic seafood restaurant with other comfort foods and family friendly.
  • The Chequit Inn Good bar and eloquent food. There’s a wonderful patio and is also a great place to meet for a drink. Some nights they host a live band and special events
  • The Dory A real harbor bar. Not too fancy, but a great place to share memories with your friends.

There are plenty of restaurants where you may want to grab a bite to eat.

  • Islander Simple meals. Nothing fancy.
  • Pridwin offers eloquent food and rooms for the night or vacation. They have cabins ideal for young families. Wonderful pool. Spectacular sunsets. Wednesday night BBQ’s in the summer with a live band and plenty of dancing.
  • Ram's Head Lovely place. Perfect for a quiet weekend. Excellent food and service. Superb bar tender. Simple but fine accommodations.
  • Shelter Island Pharmacy You mean the soda fountain? Looking to recover from last night’s festivities? This is the place to be for a breakfast pick-me-up.
  • Bella Vita Fantastic Brooklyn-style pizza. Also try their other Italian dishes and superb cheesecake.
  • Vine Street the most popular of the restaurants on Shelter Island. Right off of route 114. This restaurant offers some of the best quality meals with respectful pricing.
  • Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Road Shelter Island, +1 (631) 749-2001, [4]. young, hamptonite late night spot. Enjoy sitting at the bar beach side or even in a lounge chair on the beach  edit
  • Planet Bliss, 23 North Ferry Rd, 631-749-0053, [5]. World Bistro Menu.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are quite a few places to get a drink.

  • The Dory
  • Sunset Beach Resort club feel.
  • Pridwin relaxed.
  • Sweet Tomato’s restaurant.
  • The Chequit
  • Salt at the Island Boatyard.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Sunset Beach Resort, 35 Shore Road, +1 (631) 749-2001, [6]. Sunset Beach is a romantic hideaway on secluded Shelter Island on the east end of Long Island, New York. The 20 room seasonal hotel with restaurant, bar and boutique was opened in 1997 and has remained one of the most unique and beloved Long Island retreats. The charming restaurant offers French bistro cuisine with unsurpassed sunset views overlooking the Peconic bay. Inspired by the Italian and French Rivieras, Sunset Beach is famed for its lively atmosphere and vibrant patrons. $235-$635.  edit

Hotels[edit]

  • The Chequit Inn,
  • Pridwin
  • Ram's Head
  • Sunset Beach Hotel

Bed and breakfasts[edit]

  • Belle Crest Bed and Breakfast
  • House on Chase Creek Good food and absolute peace and quiet in an immaculate old house.
  • Beach Tree House
  • The Candlelight Inn

Get out[edit]

...The same way you got on.



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