If you’re planning to hit the Hamptons this summer you should consider a side trip to the chic Chequit on Shelter Island. The Salt Hotels’ historic bed and breakfast property opens on May 8, 2014 after extensive renovation that includes a new restaurant, a grab-and-go café serving Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee and pastries by Baked, as well as a local beach-inspired retail outlet by Wampum.
The fabled 37-room inn features three buildings: The Main House, The Cottage and The Summer House. Located within the inn’s Main House and spread over the two floors are 21 rooms and suites, many with water views. All offer King-sized beds, while the superior and deluxe rooms feature seating areas. A one-bedroom suite located on the third floor features a claw foot tub and a beautiful roof terrace. Across the lane, The Cottage features a mix of room categories all with king-sized beds and a spectacular one-bedroom Garden Suite with two full bathrooms and a private deck.
There is a quaint lovingly-restored six room cottage painted with white-washed walls, shabby chic antiques, private bathrooms and a beachy charm. “When Salt Hotels was looking for its first property outside of Provincetown, we knew the location needed to be dramatic, while at the same time keeping with our company ethos. We found all of that in The Chequit on Shelter Island,” said David Bowd, Co-Owner and Chief Executive, Salt Hotels. “It is a magical spot that offers guests a relaxing escape with a strong sense of place and history. It’s also very exciting, with our third property, to expand our guest offerings including Red Maple, a full-service restaurant as well as a retail partnerships with Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, Baked and Wampum.”
The Chequit, which was built back in 1872, reigned as the crown jewel of Shelter Island Heights, a planned community founded by Methodists for religious retreats. The land was divided into small parcels designed to accommodate tent platforms where visitors would sleep and The Chequit served as the community dining hall. In the 1880’s, when the religious zeal began to wane, Victorian cottages sprang up on the tent sites, many of which surround the inn today, and it continued to serve as a dining facility. In the 20th century, The Chequit evolved into a hotel, and in the 1940s basked in its glory as a vacation spot for the rich and famous.
“Inspired by its own illustrious past of 143 years of hospitality, the design of The Chequit celebrates the property’s Victorian heritage as well as its high society heyday with a fresh, modern take,” said Kevin O’Shea, Co-Owner and Creative Director, Salt Hotels. “With peaceful guestrooms, dramatic public spaces that transcend the seasons, and lush outdoor recesses, The Chequit is poised to once again command center stage on Shelter Island’s social and dining scene with style and grace.”
The inn’s design reflects the golden age of vacationing on Shelter Island. Its cozy reimagined renovated rooms are finished in a warm palette of blush and French gray, with tribal-inspired rugs scattered on the restored hardwood floors and furniture in bright pops of color. The hand-crafted white wood bed frames have double crescent-shaped headboards with custom brass finials, reminiscent of the brass beds commonly found in summer cottages, and custom mattresses swathed in luxury bedding. Other luxurious amenities will include brand new bathrooms with rain showerheads and bath products from C.O. Bigelow and the natural, sustainable, LA-based brand Further, and a few modern conveniences like mini fridges and complimentary WIFI.
Ferry Terminal is a short eight-minute drive from the hotel and connects the Island to Sag Harbor on the South Fork. Both ferries run throughout the day but are first come first serve so guest should plan accordingly due to heavy travel during peak seasons. The Chequit will be open year round with rates starting at $195 per night including breakfast daily,Wi-Fi and parking. For more information and reservations visit www.thechequit.com or call +1.508-487-1911.
Salt Hotels is a fast-growing collection of boutique properties that takes the concept of a classic bed and breakfast outside the box with a fresh, contemporary “no rules” approach. Beginning with the award-winning Salt House Inn in Provincetown, MA in 2013, now the flagship for Salt Hotels, the brand operates three properties in the U.S. The others include two properties opening in spring 2015: Eben House (Provincetown, MA) and The Chequit (Shelter Island, NY). There is also a healthy pipeline of development in the following destinations: New York, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and London. As a full service hospitality company, Salt Hotels provides comprehensive services in hotel management, design and development, creative services, sales and marketing, revenue management, food and beverage development and management and human resources. www.salthotels.com