Shelter Island is a great last minute getaway from NYC: Harper’s Bazaar

Sunset at Crescent Beach on Shelter Island
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

This just in from Harper’s Bazaar and its roundup of the best last-minute weekend getaways from New York City.

First on the list? Our own slice of paradise, Shelter Island.

In the post, entitled “#TheLIST: The Best Last-Minute Weekend Getaways From NYC,” writer Natasha Huang Smith extolls the virtue of our hometown.

“Practically tailor-made for the busy, overly stressed New Yorker, Shelter Island has everything from charming waterfront bed and breakfasts and calm sailing adventures, to peaceful dinner spots that are perfect for the lazy, relaxing weekend we are all after come summer,” she said.

She goes on to recommend staying at The Chequit, a historic inn with rooms that have a “relaxed yet glamorous vibe,” and the shabbily chic, seasonal-only Summer House as a low key alternative to the main inn. For the famished, the advice is to head to the famous Marie Eiffel Market in the heights for imported cheese, organic meats and water views from the back dock (we highly agree).

The article also wisely encourages visitors to rent kayaks and head out to explore the Island’s inlets and waterways where all sorts of bird and wildlife can be spotted. She also shares an insider tip about the popular local tradition of Wednesday night barbecues on The Pridwin lawn. Pay one price and listen to live music while enjoying clams, steak, hamburgers and corn on the cob. It’s a great way to make friends with the year ‘rounders.

Also recommended is a stop at Sunset Beach, which is just up the road from The Pridwin. It’s described as a great spot where you can have dinner “or a chilled glass of rosé and soak in the magnificent beach views and sounds of crashing waves.”

Crashing waves? Well, perhaps during a March nor’easter. Personally, we’re inclined to describe the waves along that particular stretch of beach as “gently lapping.”

But if big breakers are really what you’re after, you’re better off with Montauk (the number 7 pick) where the surf is high and the hipster beards are as long as the boards strapped to the top of their vintage cars.

Also on the list, Shelter Island’s lovely local neighbor — the North Fork which came in at number 4.