On The Rock: The Candlelite Inn

Candlelite Inn Shelter island

Photo by Tara Smith

One reason people are drawn to Shelter Island is the quiet, atmosphere of a gentler age and natural beauty everywhere you look. So it’s not surprising visitors opt to stay in a place that is inspired by these virtues such as The Candlelite Inn.

Open year round, the 181-year-old Victorian building has been recently redecorated, keeping a sense of the past but bringing in comforting, modern details. The five bedrooms range in size, but are all centrally air conditioned and furnished with queen size beds, private bath and connected to wireless internet. Downstairs, guests can make use of a fully equipped kitchen that offers a self-serve continental breakfast and a common living room, providing all the comforts of home while on the Island.

The first floor is also home to JBS Salon, owned by John Sieni, who also owns La Maison Blanche, another hotel and restaurant on Shelter Island. The salon offers hair styling, design, highlighting and coloring. Outside, a charming wraparound porch is where many choose to enjoy their morning coffee or relax in the evening.

candlelite inn shelter island

Photo by Tara Smith

For those looking for more privacy, there is the option of the Honeymoon Cottage. Located in a separate building behind the Inn, it features a king size bed, six foot double whirlpool, television, and antique furniture.

This cozy inn is located at 3 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, within walking distance to many favorite restaurants, cafes, shops and the Mashomack Nature Preserve. For reservations or other questions, call (631) 749-0676.