Word of Mouth: Shelter Island

A verdant respite with plenty of creature comforts above the Hamptons

As some NYC residents vacate the boroughs for summertime escapes, Shelter Island provides a setting of resplendent beauty, quiet isolation and thoughtful adventure. The island’s motto “life between the ferries” nods to the fact that it’s only accessible by car-carrying boats—one of which comes from Shelter’s southern neighbor, Sag Harbor and the other, from the North Fork’s Greenport. Shelter Island’s separation from its social southern …

Greenport’s Charming Beachside Sound View Hotel

Thoughtfully refurbished, this North Fork destination isn't just for summer getaways

While many tend to associate the East End of Long Island with summertime, rosé and maybe clichés, there are plenty of reasons to head that way—even during the colder months. One of those reasons is Sound View. Located on the laid-back North Fork, and spread out over a quarter-mile of beach on Route 48, this thoughtfully refurbished hotel offers undeniable charm. First opened in 1953, …