Stay at the Historic Canoe Place Inn Hamptons Bay
Like the French Riviera and the Amalfi Coast, the Hamptons stand out as an enduring icon of coastal glamour. Hampton Bays, located near the end of Long Island (you’ll find NYC at the other end) and known as the “first stop east”, is the Hamptons beach town closest to the city – and is once again home to a hotel worthy of a destination. Of the many famous historic hotels dotted across the United States, including some located along the shores of Long Island, few are more storied and treasured than recently renovated hotels. Canoe Place Inn and Cabins. The property offers a low-key take on the Hamptons lifestyle with elegantly redesigned accommodations, locavore restaurants, and a spa created in partnership with ONDA by Naomi Watts.
where it all started
If its walls could talk, Canoe Place would fill the shelves with bestselling books. Documented as the site of America’s oldest inn, Canoe Place reopened this summer with much of its original “bones” intact and carefully restored as a new boutique property for today’s discerning travelers. today. The next chapter of the historic property continues the story of a much-loved and very famous destination frequented by luminaries of years past.
Canoe Place first established itself as a notable place to stay for weary travelers and water horses in 1697. The name recalled the property’s early use as a Native American portage site. After the Revolutionary War, this then simple lodging house became a place of importance and was considered a fine social gathering place for bold names and politicians.
For the next two centuries and under different ownerships, Canoe Place continued to build itself as a premier destination for vacationers. Ernest A. Buchmuller of the Waldorf Astoria and his son-in-law Louis developed the inn into a full-fledged, respectable resort hotel, braving devastating fires and even a Prohibition-era shutdown led by federal agents of Washington disguised as wealthy patrons at the height of the Roaring 1920s.
The new owners responsible for the renovation, cousins Gregg and Mitchell Rechler of Rechler Equity Partners, refused to let an American treasure be lost to history; they set their sights on rejuvenating Canoe Place into the icon it once was for over a decade. Today, accommodations include 20 rooms and suites, five cottages, and residential-style boathouses spread over six acres that span the Shinnecock Canal.
More than a hotel
The colonial-inspired structure has always been a prominent hub, and even functioning as anything from a nightclub complex to a dance hall, Canoe Place has also always been considered an invaluable cultural hub. Exceptional hospitality remains the backbone of the establishment, as it invites guests and passers-by to stay a little longer and linger in the beauty and history of an American landmark.
Despite its decade-long, head-to-toe renovation, the new vision maintains the overall integrity of the hotel, and the restoration produces a modernized version of the historic inn. Working with renowned Brooklyn-based interior designers, Workstead, a “garden by the sea” concept, inspired the historic-turned-modern renovation. Unpretentious comfort best describes the chic, vintage-inspired designs and trellis-patterned wallpaper that perfectly complement the original fireplaces and vaulted ceilings in the Grand Ballroom and Pavilion, all preserved to perfection. And Workstead has outfitted each stylish suite and cottage with contemporary furnishings and sustainable bath products from Costa Brazil.
Art lovers will be captivated by the collection of paintings and sculptures by renowned artists such as Doug Aitken and James Turrell, whose Obsolete Quaker items the pieces are beautifully displayed in the foyer of Canoe Place. Other works include Chief Pretty Eagle by Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson and the towering 12-foot fiberglass and steel deer statue by Tony Tasset.
Beautiful design and dining room
The property’s role as a cultural center continues in the kitchen of Canoe Place with exceptional dining experiences offered under the direction of award-winning chef Ülfet Ralph. A Relais & Château veteran, Ralph brings his Mediterranean roots to the table with a globally inspired yet regionally inspired menu that changes with the seasons. Working in partnership with the East End’s community of farmers, artisans and fishers, Canoe Place’s culinary team sources the freshest, highest quality ingredients to suit the season. year.
Start your evening with a fresh summer gazpacho with red tomatoes right next to the vine before sharing a plate of grilled watermelon and feta salad served with local sea bass over an open fire with mixed organic vegetables. Save room for dessert and dig into a new local favorite like lemon semifreddo with apricot-peach meringue or decadent chocolate cake. If you really want to treat yourself, the filo bread pudding with banana, cardamom cream and coffee bourbon sauce is a must – and can be enjoyed at the bar with an extra glass of whiskey or expertly crafted Sazerac to make it good. measure.
An oasis of well-being
And what would a large hotel be without a wellness centre? Nestled in the restored Canoe Place Inn is a beautifully appointed full-service spa created in partnership with renowned beauty team ONDA. ONDA at Canoe Place offers exclusive new treatments including the Rejuvenating Facial and Body Bliss treatment and signature ONDA experiences like Ultimate Lift Facial and Total Wellness Massage, as well as a curated collection of clean, sustainable beauty products.
Joining other stars who have visited Canoe Place in the past as admirers of the property, ONDA co-founder Naomi Watts shares her passion for wellness with facials, massages and energy treatments led by a beautician for the pleasure of clients. “I, along with the entire ONDA team, am thrilled to be part of the Canoe Place story,” Watts said. “We are thrilled with the property’s story and look forward to sharing it with our beloved fans.” From every angle, Canoe Place is ripe for rediscovery.