Long Island’s Oldest Grand Lady
The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages on Shelter Island, part of the Hamptons, is one of Long Island’s oldest hotels. Since opening 95 years ago, the property has been a mainstay for vacationers looking for a relaxing getaway with a warm, old-fashioned atmosphere reminiscent of another era.
Today, to celebrate its 95th anniversary, the Pridwin has re-opened after a two-year comprehensive refurbishment and is better than ever. With refreshed white paint and signature green casement windows, its 33 rooms and 16 private cottages sit on 7 pristine acres of waterfront property overlooking Shelter Island’s Crescent Beach. Staying here is like glamping and being transported back in time to one of those classic Adirondack summer camps… only fancier and with great service to boot.
Cape Resorts, owners of Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor and several historic hotels in Cape May, has partnered with the Petry family for the restart – the Petrys have owned and operated the property since 1961. Curtis Bashaw, the managing partner of Cape Resorts says it wanted to update the historic property while keeping the beloved traditions (s’mores around the fire pit at night, for one) and the original salt-of-the-earth atmosphere.
The design, under the direction of Colleen Bashaw of Brown Hall Design, is a creative blend of past and present. Much of the woodwork, hardwood floors, and wicker furniture are original and juxtaposed with bright new fabrics and contemporary wood furnishings. Other new elements include custom rugs in greens and blues for the bedrooms, hand brushed oak cannonball beds with rope detailing and botanical themed rugs and printed upholstery fabrics. garden in public spaces. The cottages have a fireplace and a view of the water.
Today’s Pridwin has many amenities: in addition to a swimming pool and fitness center, there is a spa with 3 treatment rooms as well as a games room and a convenience store named ” Edie’s”, named after the former Pridwin matriarch, Edie Petry. Guests can take advantage of free water sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding and have local staff to help them plan their days.
When it comes to soaking up, the horseshoe-shaped Crescent Bar offers creative cocktails and an extensive wine list. As the sun sets, this is where guests congregate, drink in hand, and mingle on the long porch. Dining-wise, The Terrace, overlooking the water, serves dishes to please all types of eaters, from grilled cheese and tomato soup like your mother used to make, to appetizer salads and locally caught seafood.
In the short time since its reopening, The Pridwin has had its share of celebrity visitors: Christie Brinkley and her family arrived by boat to dine on the terrace, and on August 11, Brooke Shields, Jonathan Adler , Simon Doonan and designer Nicole Miller hosted an event to benefit the New York Academy of Art with easels on the lawn. And I can’t forget to mention that designer Dennis Basso played rummikub with some friends by the pool one recent afternoon.
To sum up, The Pridwin is a campy and feel-good place. That’s exactly why it’s here to stay.