Crescent Beach Sunset

La Maison Blanche: Sheltered on Shelter Island

Crescent Beach Sunset

On July 13th, the new Shelter Island Hotel, La Maison Blanche (“The White House”), will host a charity Petanque Tournament and Bastille Day Celebration.

The nine-room hotel, which opened in May, features a brasserie-style restaurant that will be serving a Bastille Day menu: charcuterie and cheese plates, croque monsieur sandwiches, and moules marinieres. Pentanque (translated literally as “feet anchored”) is the French version of Bocce originating in Southern France. The tournament is sponsored by Lillet, Gosset Champagne, and Ricard. The $30 entrance fee (per team) will be donated to the Shelter Island Lions Club.

Located at 11 Stearns Point Road in the Shelter Island Heights district, La Maison Blanche is a quiet, peaceful property dating back to the late 1800s. Rooms are decorated in a soothing, beachy palette with high, fluffy beds, and views of the garden and Pentanque courts. Crescent Beach, known for its beautiful sunsets, is a two-minute walk from the hotel but you could ride over on one of the hotel’s rent-free bicycles or get shuttled over by one of the hotel’s accommodating staff members. The pet-friendly hotel offers its guests 400 thread count linens, bathrobes, a full mini-bar, LCD TV, iPod docking stations, and Cote Bastide bath products.

The hotel’s owners – Alistair MacLean and John Sieni – purchased the property (formerly known as The Olde Country Inn) with the idea of transforming it into a beach chic, international destination. Shelter Island offers a quieter environment than the more hectic Hamptons areas on the East End of Long Island.

At just about 12 square miles, the island is steeped in history and tranquility, with a natural, untouched quality (in other words, no Starbuck’s, fast-food joints, shopping malls – you get the idea). Commerce on Shelter Island is through a network of small businesses, privately owned restaurants and shops, and marinas.

Shelter Island is accessible from Eastern Long Island via two ferries: The North Ferry from Greenport or the South Ferry from North Haven. The Greenport Long Island Railroad Station is steps away from the North Ferry if you plan a visit sans auto.

For more information on La Maison Blanche, visit the website.

To register a Pentanque team for La Maison Blanche’s Pentanque Tournament and Bastille Day Celebration, please call 631-749-1633 or email

One Response to La Maison Blanche: Sheltered on Shelter Island

  1. Barb says:

    Great article. I was debating where I wanted to go for a “close to home” vacation, and from reading Ms. Toscano’s article and seeing the pictures of La Maison Blanche, my mind is pretty much made up. Who could resist that comfy bed, beautiful sunset and a hotel whose staff and decor is reminiscent of a bygone era with the modern comforts of today? Thanks to Ms. Toscano and Woman Around Town for an informative article. Now, hopefully I can get a reservation!

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