Jedediah Hawkins Inn

Long Island's fairytale, pastoral stay
It’s hard to imagine back to a time when Jedediah Hawkins Inn was in such disrepair that it was slated for demolition. But that’s precisely where it was back in 2004, until it was saved from the wrecking ball in the 11th hour and subsequently restored to its former grandeur.

Originally built in 1863 by sea captain Jedediah Hawkins, the property, constructed in the straight-from-a-fairytale Italianate style, is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, and the renovation earned it the New York State Preservation Award. It sits on 22 acres, flanked by area farms that provide much of the offerings on the menus at each of the inn’s two restaurants, the elegant Jedediah Hawkins or the casual downstairs Speakeasy.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The six-room inn offers a quirky charm that fits well into almost anything you’re looking for in a destination, be it a quiet retreat to rekindle romance or an action-packed weekend seeing the sights of the North Fork.
  • There’s also plenty to do right on the grounds, from relaxing in the hammocks to playing a game of bocce ball. Get pampered with an in-room massage or sip a cocktail in the gazebo.
  • Head to the barn to take in the work of local painters. It’s all at your fingertips at this magically restored pastoral escape that's just 1.5 hours from New York City.
  • If you feel like taking a walk, beat the heat under the shade of the pergola-lined path out back while sipping your favorite cocktail. The pergola, alight with fragrant wisteria in summer, is made from logs straight from Amish country.
  • 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.
Things to Know
  • All guests get a complimentary tasting at 14 area vineyards and friendly staff can arrange a private tour, limousine transportation or a picnic lunch.
  • The Jamesport hotel also lends out bicycles to guests who might want to pedal to the beaches of Peconic Bay or the local farm stands.
  • Seeing as how warmth and luxury never go out of season, the best time to visit Jedediah Hawkins Inn is whenever you decide to make reservations. Ward off winter’s chill during a romantic getaway with your better half where you can relax in front of a remote-controlled gas fireplace — most rooms have one.
  • In spring, head over to one of the 14 area vineyards offering inn guests a complimentary tasting. The staff at the luxury inn can arrange a personalized tour of any of the vineyards, including Sherwood House in Jamesport and Paumanok in Aquebogue.
  • Of course, summer is high season in the Hamptons. Manhattanites make the 1.5-hour drive to sun on the beach or hit up the North Fork's more than 50 vineyards for some wine tasting. 
The Rooms
  • Each of the inn’s rooms boasts a unique style from the whimsical romance of the Rose Room to the elegance of the Sage Room.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Other rooms, like the Sage, Indigo and Cider Rooms, are great but 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 Look
  • Originally built in 1863, Jedediah Hawkins Inn was slated for demolition by order of the fire marshal until it was rescued from the wrecking ball and painstakingly restored in 2005. The outside of the inn looks like something straight from of a Victorian fairytale.
  • There’s a grand fountain in the front yard and an Italianate façade complete with wide-bracketed eaves and square cupola. Brick red accents stand out against the rich greens of the shutters and bay windows while inset panels decorate the porch columns.
  • Inside, traditional Victorian takes on a modern twist where the home’s original wide-plank floors and molding give way to sleek furnishings and modern décor. In fact, the golden Buddha that sits on the front parlor’s mantel looks right at home.
  • The Long Island hotel’s five rooms and master suite offer a unique design that suits your mood, each with a different take on modern meets traditional. An accommodating staff is delighted to help you decide which unit is best for your vacation needs.
Getting There
400 South Jamesport Avenue, Jamesport, New York 11947
ISP (45 min)   LGA   JFK  
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