The inn on Hamptons Bay dates back to the 1600s.
One of the oldest inns in America is beginning a new chapter of its storied history. What started as a trading station in the 1600s in Hampton Bays on the East End of Long Island and was later transformed into an inn hosting Revolutionary War soldiers, presidents, celebrities, and other dignitaries throughout its more than 300-year-old history, is now once again welcoming travelers as the elegant Canoe Place Inn & Cottages.
The meticulously restored property, known as the "first stop out east" for those driving out to the Hamptons, sits on six idyllic acres adjacent to the Shinnecock Canal, just minutes from Southampton. It features 13 rooms, seven suites, and five cottages. Across the canal, 37 residential-style boathouses, serviced by luxury membership club Inspirato round out the accommodation options.
"We're really taking history and re-imagining it into today. It's an eclectic mix of both traditional and contemporary design," Mitchell Rechler of Rechler Equity Partners, the developer behind the inn, told Travel + Leisure.
Rechler collaborated with award-winning design firm Workstead to create the interiors. Independent hospitality management firm Main Street Hospitality and James Gersten of Silver Street Hospitality, who conceptualized the food and beverage program, are also part of the team that just reopened the hotel.
Led by the concept of a "garden by the sea," Workstead invoked the grandeur of Canoe Place Inn and "the understated comfort of a classic Hamptons residence," per Rechler, by incorporating chic vintage-inspired motifs, trellis-patterned wallpapers, and clawfoot bathtubs paired with a soothing palette of soft greens, butter, and light dusty blue.
While some of the original features, such as seven of the fireplaces, the vaulted ceilings of the grand ballroom, and the dome of the Pavilion, have been preserved, the hotel's amenities are entirely fit for a modern traveler. Bathroom toiletries by luxury beauty brand Costa Brazil, luxury bedding and towels, grills and fire pits, and outdoor showers await guests at each cottage.