La Maison Blanche; Shelter Island, NY

Take a jet-set escape (without the flight) to this Long Island haven for a slice of Riveria chic.

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  • La Maison Blanche; Shelter Island, NY

  • La Maison Blanche; Shelter Island, NY

La Maison Blanche; Shelter Island, NY


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Reminiscent of a villa in the South of France, this upscale island retreat immediately plants its tricolore in the sand with two gravel pétanque courts out front, in addition to a small pool. Co-owner Alistair MacLean adds Gallic touches to an unfussy, modern aesthetic. The eight guest rooms are airy, with light wood floors and luxe amenities such as Ralph Lauren robes.

Borrow one of the inn’s six gratis bikes and stow a picnic basket of croissants, croque-monsieur and pastries from the on-site bakery. The roads on the secluded island are mostly traffic-free, and a ride to the Mashomack Preserve (631-749-1001, nature.org; suggested donation $2) for a stroll along its trails is stellar, as is Shell Beach.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar has established itself as a local favorite. Charles Le Tous, previously the chef de cuisine of Midtown’s Bistro Vendôme, prepares classic French fare including plump escargots ($13). For a racier night out, head to Crescent Beach, a five-minute walk away, and order cocktails at André Balazs’s sceney Sunset Beach boutique hotel (sunsetbeachli.com). (631-749-1633, maisonblanchehotel.com). Rates $275–$595; mention TONY when booking to receive a bottle of the house rosé and an artisanal cheese and charcuterie plate on arrival when you book before May 23.

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