Shelter Island Heights, NY: Like the Hamptons, without the Hamptons
At the eastern end of Long Island, Shelter Island is a small community of about 2200 residents on a 27-square-mile plot of land. It's peaceful and unspoiled, a relative rarity in these parts.
Residents might fear a new hotel on the island could change that, but La Maison Blanche is only eight rooms, so the ecosystem isn't likely to change much. The hotel sure has, though. Formerly The Olde Country Inn, it's got new owners and a thorough makeover. Those eight rooms now come fully loaded: from high-thread-count linens to free Wi-Fi.
There's a brasserie, lounge, and outdoor bar, as well as a bakery. You get use of bikes at no charge if you'd rather get some exercise than lay on the beach. Tough call since the hotel's located by Crescent Beach, one of the nicest beaches in the area. This white house is family friendly, LGBT friendly, and pet friendly.
In other words, you're welcome.