Whether you’re coming from the North or South Ferry or already on the Island, a day on Shelter Island is never a bad idea. The island may only be 12 square miles of land nestled between the North and South forks, but it packs a lot of punch when it comes to dining, entertainment, and natural beauty. The island and its residents have character in spades.
My Perfect Day on Shelter Island would start with a visit to the Havens Farmers’ Market and a yoga class at the historical Havens Barn. I would sign up for the weekly yoga class with Heidi Michel Fokine that takes place every Saturday during the summer from 9 to 10:30 AM. Visit www.heidifokineyoga.com for more info and schedule.
The market hosts a group of incredible vendors. Grab a coffee from Stars Café, fresh bread from Blue Duck, cheese from Consider Bardwell, and fresh fruit from Goodale or Wesnofske Farms and you’re in business. Sit in the picnic area and enjoy. Before you leave, pick up some fish from Alice’s Fish Market for dinner.
Next up, I would take an artists’ studio tour. This Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, ARTSI, the Artists of Shelter Island, will host its annual studio tour throughout the island. The tour will take a look inside the studios of 14 Shelter Island artists and it’s free and open to the public. Artists include Janet Culbertson, Kathryn Cunningham, Melora Griffis, and Mike Zisser. For more info visit, www.artsi.info.
My perfect day on Shelter Island wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Marie Eiffel Market. You can take the fine foods to-go — selections include fresh baked goods, organic produce, and hand-rolled pizza — or stay and enjoy the café with a nice selection from the coffee shop and prepared items from the French bakery. There’s also an organic and raw juice bar. I like to sit and enjoy. The dockside water view just adds to the experience.
Later, I would stroll through Mashomack Preserve. It features 2039 beautiful acres of interlacing tidal creeks, woodlands, freshwater marshes, and fields.
I would end the day at Sunset Beach, just in time for sunset at this magnificent institution. Sunset Beach includes a hotel, restaurant, bar, and boutique created by André Balazs, Balazs is also the mastermind behind Chateau Marmont in LA. At the restaurant, enjoy a menu that celebrates the summertime food of the French Riviera. Try the pan roasted halibut or charred sweet potato, created by Executive Chef Edi Cungu, with a glass of André Balazs’ Reserve Rosé.