To stay at The Shoals Suites and Slips is to exhale.
The property, which opened last year, is located on Long Island’s North Fork and lives on the Peconic Bay with views of the water and Shelter Island creating the perfect environment for a quiet, luxe weekend filled with relaxation.
The Shoals, which is a self-dubbed “boatel,” is made up of 20 suites and 20 boat slips, including an event space, sundry shop, shared outdoor space and more. Each suite includes a private outdoor area whether a terrace or patio setup.
Open year round, The Shoals welcomes seafarers et al. It can be accessed by land or by water making it a destination not only for visitors by car and boat but also a space for locals to gather in the warmer months and beyond.
And it is designed to accommodate more than just a night’s stay, if desired.
The suites are apartment-style, with kitchen appliances, dishes and dining nooks. The set up is definitely livable. I worked from The Shoals for two days comfortably and felt I could have stayed for much longer — after all, the king sized suite was bigger than the studio apartment I once occupied in Manhattan.
The structure is characterized by its cedar-shingled exterior featuring clean lines. It was designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen with the land’s maritime past in mind — the Shoals once served as a fish market. And the interior is well-decorated with simple elements in blues and other neutral tones that give a modern coastal feel alongside comfortable beds perfect for deep, renewing sleep.
Complimentary breakfast is offered daily at The Shoals with pastries, coffee, Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit served in a natural light-filled dining area. A food truck is open on the property’s waterfront lawn on select days, too. Aptly dubbed “The Shoals Food Truck,” guests of The Shoals have access to the vendor which serves Little Ram oysters alongside a menu by Chef François Payard that includes fish tacos, lobster rolls, salads and gelato.
And there are plenty of off-site dining options that are sure to wow. In nearby Greenport, the streets are lined with eateries and shops. Just down the road is the elegant and inviting North Fork Inn & Table by Chef John Fraser. Its Dining Room menu features plenty of delectable options, including the local Roasted LI Duck accompanied by creamy polenta and macerated cherries, or the Grilled Filet Mignon which comes with cedar-wrapped asparagus, crispy shiitake mushrooms and an aged balsamic. The dessert options were certainly not to be missed either.
The Shoals provides a delightful escape colored by sunsets, salty air and plenty of locally focused options that are sure to please. It’s a relaxing spot that I’m, for one, sure to return to soon.
One point of advice: It helps to have a car if you are hoping to explore the area. The Shoals offers bikes and some additional transportation but with nearby restaurants, vineyards and more, a car provides independent, easy access to North Fork’s delights.
Location: Southold, New York
The Vibe: Understated coastal luxury in a dreamily quiet location with stunning sunsets and laid back energy.
Our Favorite Thing About the hotel? The hotel’s property is the best part. It’s a relaxing space that’s accessible by boat and by car and it’s an escape in itself.
Food + Drink: The Shoals Food Truck, gift shop (has some snacks and drinks), breakfast is included.
Any Neighborhood Recs?: North Fork Table & Inn, Claudio’s.
Amenities: Intracoastal views, air conditioning, kitchenette, coffee machine, fridge, private outdoor space, walk-in showers, Malin + Goetz bath products, free parking, iron upon request, outdoor shower, ATM.
What’s Nearby?: North Fork Table & Inn, Southold Social, Lighthouse Nautical Museum, Horton Point, Southold General.
Pricing: Starting room rate at $295/night, starting boat slip rate at $100/night.
Closest Airport: Long Island MacArthur Airport (Closest major airport is John F. Kennedy International Airport)
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