Erin Duenas


  • Long Island, New York, USA

Erin Duenas is a correspondent who lives on Long Island and covers the region for Forbes Travel Guide. She has written for the New York edition of Metro and is a regular contributor to a weekly Long Island newspaper. Duenas covers topics ranging from travel and local history to diet and nutrition. When she isn’t writing, Duenas is studying to be a dietician and is on the lookout for a new healthy recipe to try out on her three kids.

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    What are the rooms like at Jedediah Hawkins Inn?

    Jedediah Hawkins Inn opened in 2005 as a Decorator Showhouse, a fund-raiser for an area hospital, after extensive reconstruction saved it from demolition. Each of the property’s six rooms includes Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions with DVD players, Frette linens and towels, Malin and Goetz toiletries and heated tile floors in the private baths, and most of the accommodations come with remote-controlled gas fireplaces.

    With each room conceived by a different designer, there is a unit to suit any mood at the inn. If you’re there with your better half for a romantic weekend, head upstairs to the dreamy Rose Room with its soft pink walls and shabby-chic white, wrought-iron bed frame. Pull out your e-reader by the brick fireplace, take a bath in the tub or just enjoy the view of the grounds and farmland from the large window. 

    If you’re feeling a little bold, go for the upstairs Cocoa Room, also known as the Marilyn Monroe Room thanks to the large print of the icon hanging on the wall. Decidedly more contemporary, the Cocoa Room has a walk-in shower and a sumptuous feel with brown velvet covering the walls and icy blue accents on the pillows and curtains.

    The stately Sage Room, also upstairs, is a more traditional option done in creams, greens and blues with heavy yet elegant drapes that block out morning light. Staff will tell you this is the room to be in if you like sleeping in. This unit includes a bathtub and pretty quilt-like bedding which makes it feel like home.

    Also upstairs is the Cider Room, an eclectically decorated space that feels enormous thanks to the oversized quilted headboard that reaches the ceiling. Bright corals and sleek bedding mingle with darker wood tones and antique-inspired furniture, striking a balance between the traditional and the modern that suits any sensibility.

    The Indigo Room, located on the first floor close to the kitchen and dining areas, is handicap accessible and features a full-sized bed. Done up in a fun nautical theme that includes blue and white plaid and sailboat wall décor, the Indigo is a not-so-subtle nod to the area’s beaches.

    Still, the crown jewel of Jedediah Hawkins Inn is the three-room Belvedere Suite on the third floor, accessible from its own private staircase and popular with honeymooners. Here, rustic meets romantic with an exposed brick chimney, barn board walls and cushioned window seats and floral fabrics setting the quaint mood. The sitting area offers a comfy couch to snuggle on as you watch TV and take in views of the Jamesport hotel’s gardens. Head up into the suite’s private cupola to look at the stars or steal a kiss with your honey. Staff says it’s also a great place to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July or for a bride to be photographed.
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    What restaurants does Jedediah Hawkins Inn have?

    Jedediah Hawkins Inn offers two restaurants, both serving farm-to-table organic fare, some of it grown right in its own garden. If you’re looking for understated elegance, head to the ground-floor restaurant Jedediah Hawkins, a dining option that offers a menu prepped with local bounty such as duck breast served with apple and cauliflower puree or the pappardelle made with local bay scallops. An extensive wine list provides a variety of both local and international selections. Weather permitting, dine on the porch and take in the expansive view of the farmland flanking the inn’s scenic backyard. The décor of the dining area is a mash up of classic and contemporary ideals. The soft color palette and beach-inspired paintings by local artist Max Moran offer a modern flair while the ornate mirror sitting atop the stately white marble mantel (both original to the property) is a nod to the traditional.

    If you’re feeling a bit more playful, head downstairs to the Long Island hotel’s Speakeasy, a dimly lit, quirky space in the basement where original fieldstone covers the walls and brick reclaimed from around the property line the floor. The menu offers typical pub fare, but with a sophisticated twist (see: hamburgers on top of brioche buns and pot pie made with short ribs and gorgonzola cheese). You can also find fascinating libations here, such as wine from a keg and local potato vodka. While down in The Speakeasy, check out the odd passageway under the stairs and ponder Jedediah Hawkins’ line of business — some speculate he was a gunrunner or part of the Underground Railroad — while you play Jenga or watch TV. Notice the peep holes in the door leading out of The Speakeasy; they’re a fun touch to the scene.
  • On February 11, 2014
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    Where is Jedediah Hawkins Inn located?

    Located at 400 South Jamesport Avenue on Long Island, Jedediah Hawkins Inn is nestled in the heart of the North Fork’s wine country among more than 50 vineyards. Surrounded by 22 acres of picturesque gardens and farmland, the six-room property is central to everything you would want to try during a visit to the east end of Long Island. Whether it’s the posh shops of the Hamptons, the quaint downtown of Jamesport, the fresh produce of local farms or the splendor of Great Peconic Bay, this address is near it all. If you decide to leave the car at home and hop on the Hampton Jitney (it stops just a half mile down the road), there are no worries because the luxury hotel lends out bicycles that will get you where you want to go during your stay. Jedediah Hawkins Inn also provides an easy escape from Manhattan; the boutique hotel is only 1.5 hours from New York City.
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