The lunch counter at the Shelter Island Pharmacy, the scenic trails of Mashomack Preserve and the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church’s burial ground were all stops on a Philadelphia Inquirer travel writer’s tour of of the Rock, which was featured in a recent piece for the newspaper.
“Indeed, Shelter Island, at the eastern end of Long Island, is 15 minutes and 100 years from the Hamptons, that glitzy, glittery, fabled playground of the rich and famous,” writer William Ecenbarger states. “Even today, it might have posed for Norman Rockwell.”
The piece highlight the slow-paced and old fashioned throw backs of the Island, but also it’s glamourous side. It notes how Ethel and Robert Kennedy as well as Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe have all spent nights at The Chequit Inn.
But the most charming anecdote in the piece comes from a brief visit to the sesonally-shuttered Ram’s Head Inn.
“Meandering along back roads, I come across the Ram’s Head Inn, a rambling, Colonial-style building, and decide to get a drink,” Ecenbarger said. “The door is open and I walk in to find a man sitting at the reception desk. I ask him if I can get a beer. ‘We’re closed for the season,’ he says. ‘But if you wait five minutes until I finish this paperwork, I’ll open the bar for you.'”
“Shelter Island is that kind of place,” he concludes.