shelter island

June 21, 2012

 a few nights ago we made our way over to shelter island, a quiet, nonchalant haven of long island, which when you drive out to the coast, oozes a dreamy, quixotic, french riviera essence.  

i kept shaking my brain out of a cap d’antibes reverie, reminding myself that i was not in a passport-requiring, faraway land. 

on shelter island, children romp whilst the adults make use of their own types of tumblers, buckets, corkscrews, and things “shaken” not stirred.

it really is an island, so we ferried our way across the water as the sun began her reluctant and kaleidoscopic descent.

fancy shoes need apply.

here i am plotting my relocation eastward.*

we dined at sunset beach, a restaurant and bar attached to its namesake hotel, a luxurious, south-of-france styled auberge run by andre balazs, who has hit home runs with his other hotels chateau marmont, the standard, and the mercer

literally steps to the sand, the view is unbeatable. we caught the grand finale as the sun set her sleepy head underneath the ocean covers. 

inside the view is just as pretty. i couldn’t keep my eyes off this hostess. she was a dish of summer fresh. 

don’t let this empty bar fool you, as the night and dj spins on, this floor fills with manhattan’s most fashionable as they fight their way out of the city heat, and maybe into a new stranger’s bed. 

we straight-laced couples kept it tame….a glass of rose’ here, a hot fudge sundae there, maybe some making out later? 

woo to the hoo. 


 *photo by meghan venison

  • RELOCATE?!?!?! NO!!!! Wait, actually, if you relocate do i get the dogs and house??? Xo

    • goodniteirene

      yes, we would leave it all to you…..
      hh and i keep having these fantasy conversations about what it would be like to live out here….
      and then he reins me back in….

  • my hometown!! sad face….

  • Niloofar

    Oh!! I have been plotting my move to the other coast for years now!!!”/

  • Now I want to move east too – is this the same Shelter Island of the Leo Di Caprio movie – looks much more inhabitable in your movie. You looks so lovely in that skirt on the starboardside or whatever you say me maties. (yes, I've watched way too much SpongeBob)

  • goodniteirene

    thank you miss jody…but let's be quite clear my adorable northern california wit, it's shelter island, NOT shutter island!!!!
    i was not locked up with the insane and spouse murdering psychotics…but kind of you to make the reference…
    love you kitten.

  • That's the kind of place I should be in right now, not this city heat. I can't wait to hit the road tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend, Katie! 🙂

  • omg, take me to sunset beach right now! how is it that you're having this marvelous time while everyone else in nyc is melting and bemoaning the 90 degree weather? you must've brought some west coast fairy dust with you because it looks insanely great! still, selfishly miss you and want you to come back soon!

    xo mary jo

  • Gorgeous photos!!!! I can tell you for sure that living on the east coast is tough, especially if you are a native CA girl!!! Let's see….bugs galore and constantly living with bug bites, humidity, rain, freezing cold, annoying accents (sorry, it's my least favorite of accents), and other things I won't dare mention. I couldn't wait to move back. But you almost make me change my mind with these photos. OC sure has it's flaws. Sounds like a great trip. XO

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