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National Rosé Day, French Sole Trunk Show, & Live Music This Weekend At The Ram’s Head Inn By BELLA New York MAGAZINE

June 9, 2017

How Classic Hamptons Hotels Stay Some of the Best BELLA New York MAGAZINE | June 30, 2016 | Reply

With new hotels and restaurants opening and closing on the East End year after year, these classics have not only stood time’s test, but have made updates and renovations to stand up against even the shiniest newbies. Here is a look at what some of the oldest hotels in the Hamptons are doing to continue to stay some of the best.

Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island, NY Ram’s Head Inn 108 Ram Island Drive Shelter Island, 11965 631-749-0811 The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island reopened this spring after closing for repairs and updates during the winter months. The classic waterfront hotel and restaurant, built in 1929, unveiled a $20,000 renovation which included a new sound system, updated decor and lighting, and a new look to their popular bar & lounge, newly dubbed “Harbor Hall,” which included tables personally hand- crafted by owner James Eklund. Several guest rooms were renovated and redecorated as well. James and wife

Linda Eklund have been at the helm since 1979 and have taken care to keep this beauty in pristine condition. Guests get the full experience of a chic and relaxed Shelter Island vacation at the airy inn, its award winning farm-to-table restaurant, and its expansive beachfront grounds offering amenities like tennis and bocce. The Inn most recently partnered with Elements Fitness bringing Beachfront Barre and paddleboard lessons, rentals, and excursions to the waterfront property.

Gurney’s Montauk, Montauk, NY Gurney’s Montauk 290 Old Montauk Hwy. Montauk, 11954 +1-631-668-3203 Since new owners took over in 2013, the 90-year-old oceanfront resort has been undergoing a major facelift which now boasts 42 newly renovated rooms, a 30,000 square-foot spa and sand-filtered seawater pool, and new dining options. The interiors now do justice to the unbeatable views and location

Southampton Inn, Southampton, NY Southampton Inn Southampton, 11968 +1-631-283-6500 Combining casual Hamptons style with European comfort, the Southampton Inn has been a local landmark for three generations. The most recent update to this classic boutique hotel is the addition of Café Klyde, a farm-to-table restaurant. Guests will experience well priced, locally sourced options, with plenty of selections for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diners – all within a family friendly environment. Guests have a choice of dining outside in the Inn’s courtyard or in the renovated 68-seat dining room. Carry Out is also available for guests to bring to the pool patio, the beach, or on a bicycle excursion.

Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, NY Topping Rose House 1 Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike Bridgehampton, 11932 +1-631-537-0870 The 22-room, 1890’s-era inn is celebrated chef Tom Colicchio’s first foray as a hotelier, and food is a major part of the experience by Kyle Koenig, a Colicchio protégé. The main house rooms retain the original charm and feel of the Greek Revival-style mansion, yet offer modern amenities such as flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi.

C/O Maidstone, East Hampton, NY C/O – The Maidstone 207 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 631.324.5006 The Maidstone has maintained its residence since 1740, yet this classic Hamptons institution has a modern and eclectic feel due to owner and hotelier Jenny Ljundberg who took over the property in 2008. Ljungberg is responsible for its unique and modern Scandinavian decor, and updated onsite restaurant as well as modern amenities such as onsite yoga classes provided by popular East Hampton studio Elements Fitness. The chic, eclectic guestrooms feature different themes, ranging from old-world regality to contemporary Finnish design. All have private bathrooms, WiFi, TVs, DVD players, and minibars. There are also 3 Swedish-style cottages. Category: BELLA Blog, Home, Travel

April 9, 2017

What’s New At The Ram’s Head Inn For 2017 By BELLA New York MAGAZINE

On April 14, 2017, the Ram’s Head Inn will open its doors for the season, debuting a new chef, new menu, an updated cocktail list, and, of course, a fresh line up of live music and events for the season. NEW CHEF Chef Matt Murphy, who has made multiple appearances at the James Beard House and was inducted into the Chef 2000 Group in 1996, brings a wealth of exceptional dining experience. Past experience includes: The Ritz Carlton, the Rainbow Room, The Russian Tea Room, Melrose Hotel and La Colombe D’or. Murphy learned much of his art de cuisine while traveling in Europe and living in Italy. After settling on Long Island, Murphy opened Antares Café in Greenport which was named one of the 10 best restaurants on Long Island by USA Today. Murphy also held the position of head chef at the Jedidiah Hawkins Inn. NEW MENU Chef Murphy’s new menu celebrates the abundance of local delicacies the East End offers. Local duck and seafood, as well as local produce grown on area farms, and in the Ram’s Head’s own gardens will be mainstays on the Spring/Summer/Fall menus, keeping the farm-totable/fine dining tradition the Ram’s Head has been known for for the past 30 years alive. NEW COCKTAILS Harry Brigham, bar manager and mixologist behind the Ram’s Head’s cocktail lounge Harbor Hall’s famed classic and inventive cocktail list has been hard at work crafting up this season’s list. Favorites like Summer Thyme remain, and new offerings like Hot Blooded are sure be crowd pleasers. Summer Thyme Belvedere Vodka, muddled local raspberries, fresh squeezed lime juice, fresh local thyme, peach bitters. Hot Blooded Botanist Gin, muddled Blood Orange slices, cayenne simple syrup MUSIC AND EVENTS LINE UP

The Inn officially reopens Easter Weekend. Here is a line-up of festivities for the weekend: Friday, April 14th, 7-10pm Points East Band brings their upbeat and folksy take on classic rock n roll to Harbor Hall Saturday, April 15th, 5-10pm Enjoy our new Spring Dinner Menu Sunday, April 14th – Easter Brunch Open from 11:30AM – 7PM Enjoy our special Spring menu with Easter brunch additions offered from 11:30am – 2PM

6 Fresh Bachelorette Party Ideas For The Beauty-Loving Bride There's nothing like bonding over a group blow-dry. by Aly Walansky August 23, 2016 • 9:36 AM ET

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If partying all night in a Vegas nightclub isn't your thing, don't feel like you can't have a stellar bachelorette party. For the bride-to-be who loves beauty, there are options galore for your bridal shower or bachelorette party! Blow It Even better than a round of shots? A group blowout. In New York, RPZL hosts bridal showers and bachelorette parties on the reg. "Our girlie yet futuristic open space lends itself to the perfect day of

relaxation and cocktails before all the wedding madness starts, says Lisa Richards, RPZL co-owner. At the fetes, each girl picks a style from a look book, then the group sips cocktails, dances, and snaps photos in the on-site selfie booth (clearly a must.) If your group is set on doing the nightclub thing, why not combine the best of both worlds? Drybar Vegas has 20 chairs—making it twice as big as most Drybar locations—and it's open till midnight on the weekends. The yellow-and-pink salon also has a DJ and a full cocktail bar stocked with drinks that match the names of hairstyles on the blowout menu: Mai Tais, Cosmos, Manhattans, check! Get an IV Wait, what? No, seriously: IV treatments are all the rage, including for the beauty set. While IV clinics have been getting attention in the media for curing hangovers, they are also great for everything from sexual pleasure to feeling pretty! IVme Wellness + Performance in Chicago, for instance, offers a Wellness & Vitality Package. This is used to promote well-being via hydration and high dose vitamins. The vitamin-packed IV will moisturize your bachelorette party from the inside out. The package also includes a Super B Shot, which is known to boost energy; the oxygen therapy is knows to reduce stress. All useful stuff for a bridal party! Polish Change At Can Can Parleur, an organic nail spa in Los Angeles, owner Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro is all about empowering women while pampering them. The salon is decked out in Moulin Rouge-type decor, and treats, champagne, and more are always on hand. "Can Can Parleur is the perfect place for an indulgent bachelorette party that makes the bride and her maids feel special from head to toe. It's a Parisian soiree without leaving LA," says Carolann. Services include manicures and pedicures with toxic-free polishes and gel options; staffers can even whip up a signature scent for the party's body scrub, lotions, and oils. Oh, and they customize cocktails, too. Relaxed Retreat If you go away for a weekend, your first inclination may be to head to a party town. But, don't overlook getaways that offer a little R&R. For instance Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island recently partnered with Elements Fitness for in house health and wellness programming. One of the Inn's offerings is customized Stand Up Paddle Boarding for bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as wedding parties. The paddle boarding excursion, as well as the food and cocktails to follow, are tailored to each group's preference. The day can even include a sunset dinner at the beach-front gazebo upon return.

Glam Photos You'll remember this night forever. You may as well look hot in the photos! WithHollywood Pop Gallery, bachelorettes and bridesmaids get professional makeovers and designer clothes; then, each girl gets to participate in a pro photo shoot. Some groups have even been known to hire male models to pose in the pics as well. Fashion Tour This one's for the shopaholic. With Tour de Couture LA, groups get a curated tour from one of LA’s top personal stylists, complete with champagne or Perrier and private tours of the best fashion destinations—including hidden gems and exclusive vintage shops. Naturally, styling advice is included. The Lookbook is Bravo's home for inspiring content and experiences that feed fashionistas with a steady diet of share-worthy styles, personalities, and industry news.Like us on Facebook to stay connected to our daily updates.

Best Places to Live: Shelter Island, New York By Bob Curley and Tracey Minkin

Get to know this charming little island only 90 miles east of Manhattan, and one of the 20 Best Places to Live 2017. Get the inside scoop on Shelter Island, including where to eat, drink, play, and stay.

Embodying a “just right” balance worthy of Goldilocks, this 8,000-acre island caught like a pearl between the pincers of Long Island’s North and South Forks has sophisticated style and oldfashioned island authenticity in equal measure. Being accessible only by ferry infuses life here with a remote sensibility, despite being so close to wine country to the north, the buzzy Hamptons to the south, and the thrumming canyons of Manhattan just 90 miles west. But you’d never know it on a quiet morning: With just more than 17 miles of shoreline and four little harbors bobbing with boats of every size and purpose, Shelter Island is just that: a maritime gem hidden in plain sight—quiet, colorful, and staunchly original.

Shelter Island by the Numbers Population: 2,418 Average July high: 80 Average January low: 24 Median home price: $888,700 Average commute time: 17 minutes Number of sunny days: 206

Best Beaches and Other Attractions Half-mile-long Crescent Beach has the island’s best sunsets, as well as a taste of the beautiful people who hang out here under the radar. The Mashomack Preserve occupies the entire southeastern peninsula of Shelter Island, more than 2,000 acres of pristine oak woodlands, marshes, and creeks fringed with 12 miles of undeveloped coastline. Managed by the Nature Conservancy, the preserve has five hiking trails ranging from one to 10 miles in length, plus a water trail that explores the creeks and coast in Coelce Harbor. RELATED: America’s Best Seaside Inns

Where to Eat and Drink Get your morning off to the right start at the gorgeous Chequit Hotel (see below), where White Hill Café serves Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, straight outta New York City, along with superb baked goods. An island favorite for visitors, locals, boaters, and the jet set, The Shipwreck Bar at SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill is 39-foot schooner that has been transformed into an open air bar serving drinks and food, and offering live music seven days a week in the summer months. Just don’t

gawk at the celebrities that hang out here… the whole joy of Shelter Island is that it leaves the buzz of the Hamptons buzzing across the water. One of Shelter Island’s loveliest 19th-century Victorian homes is now the address for the 18 Bay restaurant. Chef-owned, it has a seasonally changing menu based on local sourcing and availability: four-course, fixed-price dinners start with antipasto and lean toward Italian-inspired seafood dishes, finished with house-made desserts.

Where to Stay Shelter Island got a cool-kid upgrade with the arrival of The Chequit, a sprawling Victorian built as part of a Methodist camp in 1872 and newly restored to charming perfection by David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea, who have added luxe touches (rain showerheads) while leaving the historic patina (worn floorboards) on the former camp dining hall, and the result is rustic fairy tale. Two other old-school buildings comprise the property, while a café along with the seriously cozy, local-catch-and-harvest-inspired Red Maple restaurant means you never have to leave the breezy compound. Why leave, when there’s complimentary Prosecco on offer, and a view from the wide porch of wooden sailboats bobbing in Dering Harbor? A little off the beaten path even for Shelter Island, the 17-room Ram’s Head Inn has New England charm running from a spacious lawn seeded with Adirondack chairs for sea-gazing to sunset dining on a wide porch. The beachy farmhouse exterior of the Shelter Island House gives little hint of this inn’s brightly decorated second-floor suites: spa-inspired baths with jetted tubs and Cote Bastide toiletries encourage lounging in bathrobes, although you should eventually make your way downstairs to the lively tavern for cocktails, conversation, burgers and bourbon short ribs.

Matt Murphy to Helm Ram’s Head Inn’s Kitchen


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Shelter Island’s Ram’s Head Inn announced Friday that Matt Murphy is their new executive chef for the upcoming 2017 season. Murphy replaces former executive chef Joe Smith, who, after many years at the inn, is moving on to embark on a “new venture.” The new executive chef has held sous chef positions at the Ritz Carlton, the Rainbow Room and The Russian Tea Room, and executive chef positions at A.R.OC., Broadway Grill and the famed La Colombe D’or. Murphy learned much of his art de cuisine while traveling in Europe and living in Italy. After settling on Long Island, he opened the well-received Antares Café in Greenport, which was named one of the 10 best restaurants on Long Island by USA Today. Murphy also opened The Kitchen at Greenport, and was head chef at the Jedidiah Hawkins Inn. Most recently, Murphy was executive chef at the Melrose Hotel in Washington DC and the Centerport Yacht Club. He has made multiple appearances at the James Beard House, and was inducted into the Chef 2000 Group in 1996.

Photo: Courtesy Ram’s Head Inn In preparation for the coming season, Murphy has revamped Ram’s Head’ Inn’s brunch, lunch and dinner menus, which showcase locally sourced seafood, produce and game. As is tradition at the Ram’s Head Inn, his dishes feature herbs, fruits and vegetables plucked from the Inn’s onsite gardens, located just steps from the kitchen door.

Along with his major menu contributions, Murphy has also created several new items for the bar menu at Ram’s Head Inn’s cocktail and music lounge, Harbor Hall. The bar menu items will beautifully complement bar manager Harry Brigham’s inventive seasonal cocktail menu. “Matt will complete the full fine dining/farm-to-table experience that we have provided our guests since the early nineties,” Ram’s Head Inn owner Linda Eklund says, adding, “His passion for food and knowledge of the abundance of ‘local delicacies’ make him the perfect fit for the Ram’s Head.” The Ram’s Head Inn, located at 108 South Ram Island Drive on Shelter Island, reopens for the season on Friday, April 14. For information or reservations, visit or call 631-749-0811.

Summer Dining Guide 2017: New on the North Fork


Shelter Island’s The Ram’s Head Inn (, 631-749-0811) on Shelter Island has announced that Matt Murphy is their new executive chef for the 2017 season. Murphy has held sous-chef positions at the Ritz Carlton, the Rainbow Room and The Russian Tea Room, and held executive chef positions at A.R.OC., Broadway Grill and the famed La Colombe D’or. Most recently, Murphy was executive chef at the Melrose Hotel in Washington DC and the Centerport Yacht Club. Murphy has revamped the Ram’s Head Inn’s brunch, lunch and dinner menus, showcasing locally-sourced seafood, produce and game. His dishes feature herbs, fruits and vegetables plucked from the Inn’s on-site gardens, located just steps from the kitchen door. Murphy has also created several new items for the bar menu in the cocktail and music lounge, Harbor Hall. The bar menu items beautifully complement bar manager Harry Brigham’s inventive seasonal cocktail menu.

Dan’s Taste of Summer Countdown: Joe Smith, Ram’s Head Inn


Dan’s Harvest East End, the can’t-miss food and wine classic, will be held on Saturday, August 20, at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue. As Chef Joe Smith from the Ram’s Head Inn says, “it’s important to recognize and celebrate the relationship between East End wine and the agriculture, aquaculture and overall East End culinary culture. Each complements the next so perfectly. We are so blessed to live and work where we do. Truly nature’s finest.” What fuels your creativity as a chef? Fresh, local ingredients. We have access to the best in the world here on the East End. What local ingredients are you using right now? Anything I can get my hands on. The fish and duck we offer is local, and, as the growing

season progresses, we will use as much produce as is available in our dishes. We will start using herbs and vegetables we grow in our own gardens as soon as they are ready to harvest. Some herbs are already up. What do you think of the Montauk Fishburger? This is something that the Ram’s Head Inn is very much in favor of. We have been very active in supporting the local school garden project since it’s inception four years ago. The garden supplies the students and faculty with produce for their lunch program and, during the summer, the produce is sold at the local farmers market to help support the garden. Teaching children about sustainability and conservation is near and dear to our hearts. What’s your local beverage, or cocktail, of choice this season? Wölffer Rosé is a continual favorite. We make a blueberry mojito with blueberries and mint, which are both grown on our property. Which of your dishes would you most like to serve to another chef? Our Crescent Farm Duck Breast—it’s crispy, salty and delicious. How has the gluten-free eating trend affected your menu? Not that much as many of the items we offer can be easily altered or are already gluten-free. What are you most looking forward to at Dan’s Harvest East End? Getting a chance to meet some of the exceptional chefs from all around the East End I could survive on a desert island if I just had: oysters on the half shell, bicolored local corn, heirloom tomatoes, and Wölffer Estate Vineyard rosé. Dan’s Taste of Summer kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton hosted by Adam Richman on Friday, July 22 and continues on Saturday, July 23, with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks presented by Farrell Building Company hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, both on the waterfront at Fairview Farm at Mecox in Bridgehampton. VIP tickets for GrillHampton are $185 and offer early access to the event beginning at 7 p.m. General Admission, from 8 p.m.–10:30 p.m., is $135. VIP tickets for Taste of Two Forks are $295 and offer early access beginning at 6:30 p.m. General Admission, from 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m., is $185. The oceanfront food and drink fest ClambakeMTK at Gurney’s Montauk hosted by Marc Murphy and Eden Grinshpan premieres on Saturday, July 30. General Admission for ClambakeMTK, from 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m., is $150. VIP tickets are $250, and include access to the after-party from 10 p.m.–12 a.m. Dan’s Harvest East End, the can’t-miss food and wine classic, hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian, is Saturday, August 20, at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue. VIP tickets for Harvest East End are $285 and offer early access beginning at 6:30 p.m. General Admission, from 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m., is $135.

A portion of this year’s ticket proceeds from GrillHampton and Taste of Two Forks will benefit All For The East End (AFTEE), a 501(c)(3) that showcases and provides support to the more than 1,000 charity organizations in the five East End towns. A portion of proceeds from Harvest East End benefits Long Island Farm Bureau and HRHCare. To purchase tickets and get more info on all Dan’s Taste of Summer events, visit!

Fall Cocktail: The Smashing Pumpkin at Ram’s Head Inn


Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island is keeping busy this fall with Friday Date Nights prix fixe meals and jazz from Jane Hastay, Peter Martin Weiss and various guest vocalists in their Harbor Hall cocktail lounge on Sundays. Whatever brings you to this venerable local institution, make sure to try their new seasonal cocktail, The Smashing Pumpkin from Ram’s Head Inn‘s bar manager and in-house mixologist Harry Brigham! “It’s a very refreshing cocktail, and the warm, serrano spice vs. the cool, sweetness of the cider and pumpkin is perfect for this season,” Brigham says of his creation, which includes four ingredients: serrano pepper- and cinnamon-infused Soltado añejo tequila, fresh local

apple cider made from New York apples, house-made pumpkin spice syrup, and a pumpkin ale, “to add a bit of bitterness and depth to the drink.” Sounds good, right? Lucky for you, Brigham has shared the recipe, so you can also try making it at home—though it surely tastes better while listening to some cool jazz and/or eating a meal at Ram’s Head Inn. There’s a reason they’ve been in business since 1929. The Smashing Pumpkin 2 oz Soltado spicy añejo tequila 2 oz Fresh local apple cider 3/4 oz pumpkin spice syrup 2 1/2 oz Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (or other pumpkin flavored beer) Directions: Combine first 3 ingredients in mixing cup with ice, shake to chill, strain into chilled martini glass. Add pumpkin beer. Garnish with fresh apple slice and a dash of nutmeg. Friday Date Nights at Ram’s Head include a special $35 prix fixe meal featuring three courses with half priced wines (bottles under $90) and live music in the lounge. Sunday Night Jazz will continue every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. through Columbus Day weekend. Ram’s Head in is located at 108 Ram Island Drive in Shelter Island Heights. Call them at 631749-0811 or visit


From Beach to Table: The Best Summer Dining in the Hamptons By Holly Peterson on June 12, 2017

From East Hampton to Montauk, there’s a hangout to suit any mood or appetite. Whether you're craving a chic spot or a break from the scene, there's a restaurant for everyone in the Hamptons.

Ram's Head Inn This quaint Shelter Island hideout with a country aura would be a good setting for a romantic novel. There’s a rolling lawn, a gazebo for drinks, and dining both outside and near the fireplace inside.

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The Ram’s read Inn is a staple of the historic and peaceful Shelter Island. Founded in 1929, every aspect of the Inn takes you back into the pages of the roaring 20’s with its grand, rustic interior and decorum. Driving to the Inn takes you about ten minutes or so away from the town’s center, though every moment is worth it. I felt as if I was heading toward my own serene escape, that may be the island’s best kept secret. I could only hear the wildlife’s calls and chatter as I exited my vehicle. This is true country living at its finest. Instantly, I noticed the row of Adirondack chairs, a private beachfront, play equipment for the youngest visitors, a tennis court, and sprawling acres of green grass with plenty of shade. This is the place most of us only dream of escaping to. There are very few, if any, spots on the East End that exists quite like this. I felt as if I transported back in time by at least fifty years. My family recently told me that they frequented The Ram’s Head Inn in the 1980’s and 1990’s as their hideaway far from the seasonal traffic.

Recently, The Ram’s Head Inn opened the season with a newly renovated cocktail and music lounge, newly dubbed Harbor Hall, due to the Inn’s breathtaking views of Coecles Harbor, and the classic, music hall feel of the bar, lounge, and patio.

At the Inn, you will find music and vineyard tastings every Tuesday night with the added perk of a cultivated and locally sourced cocktail list by their new bar manager and in-house mixologist, Harry Brigham. With the addition of twists on classic cocktails, Brigham has also crafted a few seasonal libations that truly tap into what it is to celebrate summer in the Hamptons. Think Blueberry Mojitos with fresh mint and berries plucked from the Ram’s Head’s own garden. The cocktails I sipped were Summer Thyme: Belvedere Vodka, local raspberries, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Fee Brothers peach bitters, and topped off with a fresh sprig of thyme; and Sidecar: Remy Martin 1738, Cointreau lemon juice, flamed orange peel ($14/each). Another notable cocktail is the Modena Cocktail: Hendricks Gin, 25 year old aged balsamic vinegar, fresh strawberries, topped with St. Germain foam. Brigham has created ten specialty cocktails for the season. For my tasting, I tried from their spring menu first the Hazelnut Crusted Goat Cheese: pickled beets, micro arugula, truffle honey ($16); Pan Roasted Angus Filet Mignon: artichoke creamed spinach, rosti potato, Madeira ($44) with a side Caesar salad. The Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection, what a masterpiece. Each layer was a splice of heaven on earth. The dish set in well with the classic, laid back vibe. As you may know already, anything goat cheese tops priority on my list. The Goat Cheese plate was superb with a little taste of savory, creamy, crunchy, and sweet; a little tease for the palate but so satisfying. Bar fare menu items include the R.H.I. Burger: white cheddar, chipotle aioli, bacon ($18); and Truffle Mac and Cheese: smoked bacon, white cheddar, gruyere, parmesan ($14). For the spring menu, there is a Raw Bar that includes East Coast Oysters with cucumber-ginger mignonette ($18/35); Jumbo Shrimp ($18); and Tuna Poke with avocado-wasabi mousse ($20). Fresh fruit and vegetables are grown in their garden including blueberries, tomatoes, and hearty herbs such as thyme. Lunch and dinner are served daily at the Inn, as well as a brunch every Sunday. // 631-749-0811

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Harbor Hall, Shelter Island The new lounge and bar at the Ram's Head Inn has a fantastic raw bar and locally sourced menu. 
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Bringing you the best offbeat escapes in the Northeast Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island NY by MALERIE YOLEN-COHEN on NOVEMBER 15, 2016

On a bulb of land separated from the rest of Shelter Island by a couple of narrow causeways, the hilltop Ram’s Head Inn was originally built by Joan Covey as a resort in 1929. At the start of the Great Depression, Covey enticed her Real Estate clientele in Great Neck, Long Island, to enjoy an island getaway for low cost just a short drive from home, and though the inn has gone through several owners and permutations, it still

honors Covey’s original intent. In 1979, Linda and James Eklund purchased the property, fixed it up and have been renovating as needed year after year.

First Impressions of Rams Head Inn

If ever you yearn for a lost-in-time shore experience, this place delivers. A rambling, antique resort on an island (Big Ram Island) on an island (Shelter Island) on another island (Long Island), it takes a concerted effort to get to, but the property is so exquisite, you might not want to leave.

The lawn, peppered with white Adirondack chairs slopes down to a tiny cove beach from which you can kayak and swim in calm warm water. There’s a gazebo, a bocce court, corn-hole boards and tennis courts as well: everything you’d need for a relaxing afternoon or two away from civilization.

The lobby is cozy and welcoming, with friendly staff, who will either take you right to your room or point you towards the popular bar or a comfy sunroom where you’ll find the only television on site.

It’s easy, breezy, and with a stellar restaurant on the main floor, a self-contained resort. You never have to leave (and in fact, people come here to read, reconnect, enjoy a good bottle of wine, and catch up on sleep).

Rooms at Rams Head Inn

Most of the 17 rooms are small but charming and bright: beds sport white coverlets, a couple of antique pieces, and shear curtains allowing a good amount of sun in.

Like many century old inns, some rooms have shared bathrooms, and a few feature private albeit tiny ones (which can benefit from some re-grouting and new floors, but otherwise tidy and clean). The whole effect is like your own personal cocoon.


From all accounts, food in Rams Head Inn Restaurant is good to excellent, and the bar is a popular hangout – especially on jazz nights. For an optimal experience, though, book a table on the outdoor patio at sunset, and drink in wine and bay views to feel one with nature.

Property Amenities

Use of small sailboats, kayaks and SUP’s, as well as hammocks and chaise lounges are available, complimentary, to guests at the 800 ft. beach. Regulation-sized Bocce Court Tennis Court Wi-Fi Full Bar Private Dock for guests who come by boat located at the causeway.

Just the Facts In high season, shared bath $150 per night weekdays, $195 weekends, private bath $275 weekday and $325 weekends. Two bedroom suites $350 weekdays, $425

weekends. All include continental breakfast, wi-fi and use of property amenities. For offseason rates, contact the property.

31 Amazing Vacation Spots for When You Really Need to Escape No cell service? No problem. By Juliet Izod

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Hello, #Summer2017. Here’s Your Hamptons Memorial Day Weekend Lineup POSTED BY: THEHAMPTONBEE MAY 25, 2017

Sag Harbor Yacht Club, waiting for the season to start.

The Ram’s Head Inn kicks off the 25th year of its popular Summer Sunday Jazz Series, 6 p.m. Relax in the cocktail lounge (Harbor Hall) or watch the sunset from its Great Lawn while listening to live jazz. 108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island Heights.

Here’s What’s Happening In The #Hamptons For Fourth Of July POSTED BY: THEHAMPTONBEE

JUNE 30, 2016

Well hello, blue skies! And Happy Birthday, ‘Murica. If you happen to be taking a jaunt to the Hamptons, perhaps for the full week ahead, here’s a short list of what’s going on. Our criteria: Events must support local businesses or entrepreneurs, plus we’d actually have to be interested in attending them. (This explains why there is a shameful number of events involving booze.) We’ll be adding to the calendar as we hear about more.

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Dockers Waterside, 4th of July Kickoff. $5 Friday Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., then dancing under the stars with party band Mean Machine on stage until 11:30 p.m. 94 Dune Road, East Quogue. Elements Fitness, pop-up barre at The Maidstone hotel. Workout fuses isometric exercises with ballet conditioning, followed by happy-hour specials at the bar (we

didn’t make this up), 3:30 p.m. (Also offered Sunday, July 3, at 11 a.m.) 207 Main St, East Hampton. Wolffer Wine Stand, Sunset Friday with vineyard views (bring blanket) and live surf rock with Mamalee Rose & Friends, rhythm & blues, 5 p.m. till sunset. 3312 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack. Marders, Films on the Haywall, “Hamlet” starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Bring a beach chair, a blanket and a picnic. Films start at dark, but not before 9:00 p.m. 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton.

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Springs Farmers Market, vendor stalls outside Ashawagh Hall featuring local food entrepreneurs, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton. Westhampton Beach Farmers Market, more than 40 local farmers, growers, producers and vendors with everything farmed, grown or produced on Long Island, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 85 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach. Pig Pen Produce, quirky produce stand in Springs famous for its pink trunk, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 240 3 Mile Harbor/Hog Creek Road, East Hampton. Oreya, the new Greg Grossman restaurant, is featuring live free music starting at 2 p.m. (and continuing all day Sunday), with a line-up that includes acts Ja Rule and Sacha Muki. Capri Hotel, 281 County Road 39A, Southampton.

Sunday, July 3 

Southampton Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market, with local vendors offering vegetables, fruits, pickles and more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. Healthy in the Hamptons, fitness and health-inspired morning featuring miniworkouts (and bonus: free childcare!), sponsored by Bombelle, Raw Revolution, Sag Harbor Cycle Company and others, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Duck Walk Vineyards, 231 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Springs General Store, Sunday Jam with Job Potter, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 29 Old Stone Highway, East Hampton.

Monday, July 4

Montauk July 4th Fireworks, sponsored by Montauk Chamber of Commerce, 9 p.m.-ish, from Umbrella or IGA Beach. There’s also a dinner cruise. Best viewed from any town beach, Montauk.

Tuesday, July 5 

Tuesday Tunes & Tastings, live music (Jon Divello and Chris Tedesco) and a complimentary tasting of Macari Vineyards wines on the lawn at the Rams Head Inn, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island Heights.

Shelter Island’s Ram’s Head Inn Introducing New Chef And Menu This Spring Olivia Braat March 13, 2017

Ram's Head Inn in Shelter Island is welcoming new Executive Chef Matt Murphy this spring. With his extensive resume that includes time at a number of highly esteemed restaurants and the coinciding plethora of local and global experience, Mr. Murphy is radically amping up the dining experience at the Inn. Staying true to the luxury farm-to-table cuisine known to the Inn's restaurant, Murphy overhauled the brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Also holding true to the traditions of the restaurant, Chef Murphy will feature locally sourced seafood, produce and game, featuring herbs, fruits and vegetables from the Ram's Head's own gardens. Working with bar manager Harry Brigham, Murphy added a number of new items to compliment the creative bar menu.

Executive Chef Matt Murphy. (Courtesy Photo) "Matt will complete the full fine dining/farm-to-table experience that we have provided our guests since the early 90's," said Linda Eklund, owner of the Ram's Head Inn. "His passion for food and knowledge of the abundance of 'local delicacies' make him the perfect fit for the Ram's Head." Mr. Murphy has held positions at the Ritz Carlton, the Rainbow Room and The Russian Tea Room as sous chef, and executive chef at A.R.O.C., Broadway Grill, and La Colombe D'or. Once settled on Long Island, Murphy opened Antares CafĂŠ and The Kitchen in Greenport and worked as head chef at the Jedidiah Hawkins Inn. He owes his expertise to these many notable positions as well as from his travels in Europe and time spent living in Italy. Matt Murphy will begin his reign with the seasonal reopening of The Ram's Head Inn on April 14th, 2017. Ram's Head Inn is located at 108 South Ram Island Drive in Shelter Island Heights.

Shelter Island Sunset. (Courtesy Photo)

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7 Great Historic Upscale Lodgings in Northeast USA 01/19/2017 11:09 am Malerie Yolen-Cohen Travel Writer,; Northeast getaway expert

Rest your head in a place formerly occupied by a Sea Captain or Industrialist, in stone houses erected during the early stages of the American Revolution, in resorts founded in remote locales by risk-taking entrepreneurs. The following seven upscale establishments from Delaware to Maine - each with a unique origin story - allow you to stay overnight in the distant (and not so distant) past.

4. Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island NY. On a bulb of land separated from the rest of Shelter Island by a couple of narrow causeways, the hilltop Ram’s Head Inn was originally built by Joan Covey as a resort in 1929. At the start of the Great Depression, Covey enticed her Real Estate clientele in Great Neck, Long Island, to enjoy an island getaway for low cost just a short drive from home. Though the inn has gone through several owners and permutations, it still honors Covey’s original intent. In 1979, Linda and James Eklund purchased the property, fixed it up and have been renovating as needed year after year. If ever you yearn for a lost-in-time shore experience, this place delivers. A rambling, antique resort on an island (Big Ram Island) on an island (Shelter Island) on another island (Long Island), it takes a concerted effort to get to, but the property is so exquisite, you might not want to leave. It’s easy, breezy, and with a stellar restaurant on the main floor, a self-contained resort. The lawn, peppered with white Adirondack chairs slopes down to a tiny cove

beach from which you can kayak and swim in calm warm water. There’s a gazebo, a bocce court, corn-hole boards and tennis courts as well: everything you’d need for a relaxing few days away from civilization.

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15 Simple Joys of Shelter Island and Montauk NY: Roads Less Traveled on Eastern Long Island Malerie Yolen-Cohen Travel Writer,; Northeast getaway expert

Picture the Eastern end of Long Island NY - the North Fork (wineries) and the South Fork (Hamptons, Montauk)- as an open lobster claw. Shelter Island would be the fish in between, nearly, but not quite, in the lobster’s grasp.

Accessible only via 10-minute car ferries from either Sag Harbor or Greenport, Shelter Island in Peconic Bay is, in effect, a getaway from a getaway. Obscure and removed, the island (for the most part) doesn’t swagger. There are no nattily dressed 40-somethings clinking wine glasses on a Shelter Island beach in glossy magazine photos. If you’re hoping to bump into a celebrity, look elsewhere - say, the Hampton’s.

Meanwhile, Montauk NY sits at the extreme East End of Long Island, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. Walk west toward Manhattan (118 miles away) along its wide, sandy beach and you’ll get to the swankier East Hampton border. It takes about 30 minutes to get from Sag Harbor, where the Shelter Island South Ferry drops you off, to the middle of Montauk - an end-of-land burg rooted in hard work, commercial fishing, independence, resilience, and extreme beauty. Lately, Party Animals have discovered its beaches - the same soft sand that caresses the feet of Hamptonites - leading to heated discussions among locals about the cost of this frenzied popularity.

But come to Shelter Island and Montauk off-season (May, June, September, October) and you’ll avoid all the crowds and controversy. Most hotels and many restaurants and attractions are still open (some all year long). The following simple pleasures are just a start. (And don’t forget, for more information on each of these destinations, as well as other “Offbeat Escapes in the Northeast” consult the SHELTER ISLAND

1. Plan a few hours at the Mashomack Preserve. Taking up a nearly a third of Shelter Island, this 2,029-acre Nature Conservancy wildlife refuge is one of the best run and locally treasured preserves in the region. Though busiest in the summer season, there are programs here throughout the year. Aside from an interactive Visitor’s Center, with well-done “please touch” exhibits that highlight forest, meadow, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and shoreline habitats, and a slightly macabre deer duo who died locked in horns, there are five well-marked trails of various lengths from one to ten miles. With 12 miles of shoreline, 45 small ponds and 7 salt marshes, there’s a lot to see here and each trail has its own unique aspects.

2. Pick up some “mermaid’s toes” at the Stern Preserve at Reel Point. You’ll be in shell nirvana at this 8-acre preserve on Big Ram Island. This crunchy, sharp-edged beach is the perfect place to find a high concentration of a variety of beautiful shells.

3. Bring your bike and enjoy peddling the sun-dappled roads on this mostly residential 27 square mile island. In season, beaches are full, parking is tough to find and bicycles make the most sense. Off-season - it’s just beautiful.

4. In summer, catch a “works in progress” concert, presented by teenage music prodigies, at the (Yitzhak) Perlman Music Camp.

5. Stay at Ram’s Head Inn - a classic Shelter Island resort built in 1929, and consistently maintained. On a bulb of land separated from the rest of Shelter Island by a couple of narrow causeways, the rambling hilltop Ram’s Head Inn is perfect for those who yearn for a lost-in-time shore experience

(read: no TV’s). The in-house restaurant is one of the best on Shelter Island, with views overlooking the property and water beyond. The lawn, peppered with white Adirondack chairs slopes down to a tiny cove beach from which you can kayak and swim in calm warm water. There’s a gazebo, a bocce court, corn-hole boards and tennis courts as well: everything you’d need for a relaxing few days away from civilization.

6. Take the 10-minute ride on the South Ferry to Sag Harbor - $14 for car and driver each way.

7. Check out the scrimshaw and finely decorated whalebone corset stays at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, set inside a Greek-Temple style mansion designed by 1800’s starchitect, Minard Lafever. On the Peconic Bay side of the South Fork, Sag Harbor was safe haven for whaling ships coming in from the often-dangerous Atlantic Ocean, and the diversity of the crews (Blacks, Whites, Native Americans) led to a diverse Sag Harbor population that continues to today. MONTAUK NY 8. Drive or bike six miles from town, out to the easternmost point of Long Island to the Montauk Lighthouse, commissioned by no other than George Washington himself and completed in 1797. Situated in Montauk Point State Park, the lighthouse is not the only reason to make the trek. Even if you don’t intend to climb to the tower with 360-degree views of Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, do walk the beaches and step onto the viewing platform in back of a Visitors Center that encompasses a café and gift shop.

9. Play 18-holes at Montauk Downs State Park - a Robert Trent Jones golf course considered one of the Top 50 Golf Courses in America. Managed by the State Park system, green fees are low (tops out at $96 high season weekends for non-residents, $46 for residents) and the property is stunning. 10. Ditch the crowds and find a private patch of oceanfront at Hither Hills State Park. Also a popular campground (RV’s included) Hither Hills SP beach is pristine and as gorgeous as those in downtown Montauk - but without the sandy hordes. 11. Shop high to lowbrow at designer Cynthia Rowley’s shop, Homeport, and Montauk Corner Store - a family owned variety store that’s a little bit souvenir shop, a little bit pharmacy. 12. Speaking of Cynthia Rowley’s shop - it happens to be adjacent to the Memory Motel - yes, THAT Memory Motel - memorialized in the Rolling Stone’s song of the same name, written by Jagger/Richards after staying in Montauk before the Tour of America ‘75. “She’s got a mind of her own, and she uses it well. Yeah. Yeah.” 13. Catch an unparalleled sunset while listening to the crashing or lapping of waves on an Atlantic Ocean beach. It’s the most heartwarming joys of Montauk and costs absolutely nothing. 14. Eat divey-old-school with updated menus. Both The Shagwong Tavern and The Dock Restaurant have been satisfying locals and adventurous tourists for decades. The Shagwong just transferred ownership, redid its interior and modified its menu to reflect changing diets (keeping favorite dishes for loyal patrons), and the result is a positive dining experience from plate to service. The Dock - down by the commercial fishing docks near Gosman’s Fish Market - with its irreverent signage and eclectic paraphernalia - still satisfies with good grub, drink, and possibly seafaring stories.

15. Stay in an adorable, eclectically decorated cottage shaded by Japanese Cherry trees and other plantings, just three blocks from the beach. Hither House Cottages eschews “scenesters� in favor of families, people with dogs (yes, pet friendly), and others seeking peace and serenity. Each of nine cottage units on stunning property with gazebo features a kitchen, teak chaise lounges, outdoor showers, dedicated parking spots, and all the modern comforts of home - TVs with HBO and fast wi-fi included. Hither House has its own beach (parking pass provided with room) a five-minute walk away. Best of all, this upscale (though not ultra-lux) lodging is fairly priced. Cottage units from $105 off-season to $365 on weekends in prime season, includes parking, beach pass, wi-fi. Follow Malerie Yolen-Cohen on Twitter:

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Romantic Getaways

Most Romantic Hotels in the Northeast U.S. Preppy, posh and perfect for romance: Feel the love at these romantic hotels from Martha’s Vineyard to Montauk. By Brooke Showell Kasir June 28, 2017

Island romance need not always involve a tropical locale. The islands of the Northeast, reachable by ferry, car, plane or train, are rich in a passionate trifecta of natural splendor, charming history and the beauty of four seasons. And alluring hotels provide a unique sense of place and ideal starting point for exploration. While summer is prime time for these romantic hotels, don’t think of them as a summer fling — the love affair continues well into shoulder season.

Ram's Head Inn – Shelter Island, New York

Birds chirping, wine glasses clinking and bay water gently lapping is what you’ll hear from a perch in a pair of Adirondack chairs on the sprawling lawn of this neatly tucked away, historic 17-room inn. Shelter Island, known as the “un-Hamptons,” sits quaint and quiet on Long Island’s east end (accessible only via ferry from Greenport or Sag Harbor). Ram’s Head’s private beach, tennis court and charming farm-to-table restaurant render leaving the property entirely optional, though you’ll want to explore the island’s 17 miles of shoreline, trails of Mashomack Preserve, antiques shops and gorgeous sunset over Crescent Beach.


Named for their deep red flesh and rosy blush on the skin, Blood Oranges are the perfect blend of juicy, sweet, and tart — making them the ideal cocktail ingredient. Harry Brigham, bar manager and mixologist at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island, New York, shares his take on the drink trend of the moment. Harry shares, “I have always enjoyed the combination of sweet and spicy, and the citrus and juniper are a perfect pair. I have also tried this with granular sugar and muddled cayenne pepper (use a small amount cayenne as it goes along way). It’s a great substitute for the cayenne simple syrup. The granular sugar can add a nice texture to the drink. I use the cayenne pepper because I prefer the flavor and heat to that of the jalapeno which is the more common pepper used in cocktails these days.”

Hot Blooded 1/2 blood orange cut into 4 pieces 1 oz cayenne simple syrup 2 oz Botanist Gin Muddle blood orange with cayenne simple syrup Add gin and ice Shake and pour into glass & top with ice Garnish with lime wedge, blood orange slice, and a lemon twist


Kelli Delaney and Dr. Mark Kot at the Ram’s Head Inn The Ram’s Head Inn 2nd Annual Summer Games, sponsored by Crops Farm Vodka, will host a tournament of lawn games including bocce, cornhole, and horseshoes on Saturday July 16th from 3-7pm, to benefit the Shelter Island Ambulance Corp. Overlooking Shelter Island’s scenic Coecles Harbor since 1929, the Ram’s Head Inn is a classic hotel, critically acclaimed restaurant, and renowned event venue. Each of the seventeen guest rooms is individually designed to offer a comfortable and relaxing escape, while capturing the history and charm of this waterfront Inn. The Ram’s Head Inn offers relaxed and accessible luxury with attentive service and plush amenities, including well-appointed bathrooms, quiet suites, and available transport service to the island’s ferries.

For the past 5 years, the Ram’s Head Inn has been home to an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, led by Chef Joe Smith. Open 7 days a week for brunch, lunch and dinner, Smith’s seasonally focused New American menu boasts fresh local produce, game, and seafood, accoutered with herbs from the Inn’s own gardens. For more information and reservations, please visit or 631-749-0811. BBQ & cocktails are also included in the $50 ticket price with music by Jon Divello. Location: 108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, NY 11965

A Rocking Reason to Head to Shelter Island This Summer TRAVEL BETH ANN CLYDE | MAY 31, 2016

New lounge means more music at summer staple Ram’s Head Inn Since 1929, Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island has been a go-to spot to gather, relax and escape the grind of everyday life. Never one to rest on the laurels of being a summertime staple, co-owners Linda and James Eklund did some off-season renovating. Expect the Harbor Hall lounge you’ve been

listening to Sunday Night Jazz in since the 1980s to look and sound a little different. There will still be great music—even more, perhaps, and you’ll be able to hear it better thanks to an enhanced speaker system. The improved lighting includes pendant fixtures and more light behind the bar that makes the glass rack sparkle, and you’ll be able to sip a crafted cocktail at a newly installed mahogany tabletop. “My husband likes to say, ‘Owning an old building is like owning the Golden Gate Bridge. Once you’ve finished everything you wanted to do, it’s time to do something again,’” Linda said. “You always want to do something that’s going to create a spark when someone walks through the door.”

The Harbor Hall lounge got a facelift, but the cocktail menu will be vintage.

Expanding the lounge became something of a necessity after the Eklunds gave guests the chance to extend their much-needed getaways a day longer by opening the inn on Tuesdays last year. Dinner in the lounge and kitchen

became more like free-flowing experimentation, with food and drink pairings and tastings. The kicker? The meal was free for guests as part of “Tuesdays On Us” promotion. “There’s no set format, it’s that day where we can play around,” Linda said. “We do all kinds of things and someone was like, ‘Why don’t we do music there also?’” The Eklunds obliged. Though the lounge got a facelift, this year the cocktail menu will be more of a throwback. Bar manager Harry Brigham will be making cocktails with hand-squeezed juices and top-shelf liquor. Think the Sun Splash made with lemon, lime and orange juices, orange blossom water, orange-flavored vodka, Cointreau and a splash of cranberry juice. “On Shelter Island, people have great bars and wine lists, but I wanted to go a step further and I really thought our clientele would be willing to wait those extra few minutes while they watched their cocktail being created,” Linda said. It is vacation, after all, and that “enjoy-yourself” vibe has helped Ram’s Head Inn stand the test of time. “It’s just a comfortable place,” Eklund said. “We’re not trying to be anything other than that. People can come dressed up, people can come dressed down and everybody feels like they fit right in.”

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East End Inns to Explore This Summer TRAVEL MARY DEMAIO | MAY 16, 2017

When you’re lucky enough to call 631 or 516 your area code, there’s no place like home for a vacation. Between the serene beaches, lush farmlands and burgeoning arts scene, the East End is dripping in opulence. If weekend escapades in Europe or Florida aren’t in the cards for you this summer, rest assured a staycation, complete with a few nights at one of these seven charming North Fork and Hamptons inns, will feel like a getaway. Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island

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No streetlights and peaceful shores make Shelter Island the place to be for some R&R. Ram’s Head Inn encompasses the same remote atmosphere offering moonlight basketball, hammocks, boats for sailing, paddling boarding, kayaking and swimming and a restaurant heavy on new American and seafood. Click to stay.

New Chef Keeps Ram’s Head Fresh WHO'S COOKING LEIGH ANDERSON | JUNE 7, 2017

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From Long Island to Manhattan to Italy and back, Matt Murphy has been perfecting his skills in the kitchen since he was a teenager. Formerly a chef at the famed La Colombe D’or and the Melrose Hotel, Murphy was hired as the new executive chef at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island in February. A waterfront venue that prides itself on local ingredients from the East End,

Ram’s Head has proven to be an ideal match for Murphy, who has always been dedicated to serving fresh, high-quality food. I caught up with Murphy to talk about his cooking style, the menu at Ram’s Head and how he likes to spend his time outside of the kitchen. Tell me a little about your background and how you got started in the restaurant industry. I started in the industry at 14 working at the Villa Victor in Syosset (now the North Ritz Club). I was thrown into the kitchen at that time and I’ve loved it ever since. I was 16 when I knew this was what I wanted to do for a living. Food is everything to me. It has allowed me to live a life doing what I love. It’s my passion; it’s exciting. I’ve worked in three-and four-star restaurants such as Rainbow Room, the Ritz-Carlton and Russian Tea Room and I was taught by some great European chefs along the way. How would you describe your cooking style and how has Ram’s Head influenced it? Because I was brought up by French and German chefs, I was classicallytrained in French cuisine, which was a staple in New York City. Though the diversity of the food scene has always been extensive in the city—and is even more so now—French cooking was very prevalent when I was growing up. My style is also influenced by my love for local ingredients (sea bass, fluke, oysters, hothouse tomatoes)—a mentality that fits in perfectly with Ram’s Head Inn. I’ve worked in big and small places and I think everywhere you work changes your style a bit, and Ram’s Head has made my cooking a little more sophisticated. Can you talk a little about why the concepts of “farm-to-table” and “locally sourced” are important to both you personally and to Ram’s

Head Inn? I’ve owned two restaurants on the North Fork and it was always important for me to stop at the farm every single day. I think, and have always thought, that it is essential for a chef to know what’s available in the area. For 30 years, Ram’s Head has had this philosophy, even before the “farm-to-table” movement became a trend. We have a garden on the premises; we get our fish from local waters and our ingredients from local farmers. When Ram’s Head brought me in, I agreed to work within that framework and it was a great fit. What’s your favorite item on the menu? It’s hard to say because we change the menu as things become available. But one of the things I love is our farm-raised rabbit dish, which has been making a comeback. In the 60s and 70s, all French restaurants had rabbit, then it died down, and now it’s popular again. I guess things go in cycles. What’s brunch like at Ram’s Head? Brunch is unbelievable and we’re having a lot of fun with the menu since it’s not as serious as the regular dining room menu. We’re doing avocado toast, PB&J brioche French toast, fried burrata on prosciutto—and people are loving it. What other restaurants do you enjoy eating at? I eat everywhere. I especially like to eat at places where people break barriers with food. I don’t do fast food or food that’s not well cared for. One of my favorite restaurants is Le Coucou, in the city, which serves older French cuisine. I also love Central Michel Richard, which is my favorite restaurant in Washington, D.C. I had gone there with a friend and we ended up sitting at the bar and ordering every single thing on the menu.

Do you have a guilty pleasure when it comes to food? Oh, definitely. Some of my favorite foods are caviar and foie gras, which is duck or goose liver. Also, anything fresh from local waters is unbelievably delicious to me. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a glass of wine and some local oysters. Aside from cooking, what do you like to do in your spare time (when you have any)? I’ve been collecting art, everything from contemporary to Renaissance, and I go to a lot of museums. When I lived in Manhattan after college, I was close to the Met. I would pop in and spend 45 minutes there every day. I just admire the genius of it; artists do things nobody else can do. I mean, there was no TV in the 1700s‌It was all out of their imaginations. And I think cooking is a little like that as well.

What’s New Social Eats? By Rolise Rachel March 6, 2017

The Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island. Photo by Monique Singh-Roy Shelter Island, an island just north of Sag Harbor, has been considered a “must” destination for years. It’s quieter and things from yesteryear seem to endure there. It’s a special place. A large portion of Hamptons visitors venture over via the South Ferry year round. There are noteworthy hotels and restaurants on this historical island. The Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island’s hidden gem is one of them.

The Inn which overlooks Coecles Harbor, has become one of the most established hotels in the area. It’s been owned and operated by Linda and James Eklund for over 37 years. Last month, the Eklunds announced that they welcome a new chef to their restaurant and the Inn. They also thank and support long time Chef Joe Smith with his new endeavor. Matt Murphy will be joining them as executive chef.

Chef Murphy, who has made multiple appearances at the James Beard House, brings a wealth of exceptional dining experience. Past experience includes: The Ritz Carlton, the Rainbow Room, The Russian Tea Room and La Colombe D’or. “[Chef Murphy] will complete the full fine dining/farm-to-table experience that we have provided our guests since the early 90’s,” said Linda Eklund, owner of the Ram’s Head Inn.

Sunset at The Ram's Head Inn “His passion for food and knowledge of the abundance of ‘local delicacies’ make him the perfect fit for the Ram’s Head” noted Mrs. Eklund. The Ram’s Head Inn reopens for the season on April 14th, 2017. There is live jazz every Sunday in the summer months.

108 S Ram Island Dr, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965 631.749.0811

Matt Murphy takes over as executive chef at the Ram’s Head Inn June 13, 2017 By Peter M. Gianotti

Matt Murphy is the new executive chef at the Ram's Head Inn in Shelter Island Heights. (Credit: Ram’s Head Inn)

Matt Murphy, who starred at the departed Antares Cafe in Greenport, is the new executive chef at the Ram’s Head Inn in Shelter Island Heights. Murphy, 56, had been the top chef at the Centerport Yacht Club and the Melrose Hotel in Washington, D.C., in recent years. He also manned the kitchen at La Colombe d’Or in Manhattan, and earned a two-star rating in 2000 when he opened Antares Cafe, a restaurant that contributed to the growth of fine dining on the North Fork. The Inn has been a dining destination for decades, known for its country style and waterview site. It offers alfresco dining as well as indoor. Murphy said he plans to continue the inn’s focus on local ingredients. Currently they include “fluke, black sea bass, dayboat scallops, and oysters.’ He added, “I just planted the garden.” The dinner price range on the menu is $12 to $16 for appetizers; $28 to $38, for main courses. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner as of June 15, and also offers Sunday brunch. The Ram’s Head Inn, 108 S. Ram Island Dr., Shelter Island Heights, 631-7490811,

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Meet Matt Murphy, the new chef at the Ram’s Head Inn by Annette Hinkle

Matt Murphy at the Ram’s Head Inn. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

The restaurant at the Ram’s Head Inn is up and running for the season, and manning the kitchen is a new executive chef, Matt Murphy, who owned Antares Café in Greenport from 2000 to 2010. Murphy is a born chef. At the age of 14, he got his first restaurant job and by 19, he was running a restaurant in Syosset. But as a chef, Murphy notes he really cut his teeth, so to speak, while working at La Colombe d’Or in New York City. He also spent time learning technique in Europe where he cooked both in Paris and in Tuscany. These days, he’s happy to settle into the pastoral environment at the Ram’s Head Inn where he knows he has access to the freshest ingredients available. In a recent interview, Murphy reflected on how both the business of food — and the customers who eat it — have changed over the decades he’s been in the business. “I think people have an enormous amount of knowledge compared to previous times,” says Murphy. “With so many TV shows about food, unfortunately, people think they’re experts. But the good thing is, they get it.”

“I think in some ways we’re evolving into a country that looks at food as part of our cultural heritage, like they always have in Europe, but we never have here before,” he said. From a practical point of view, in terms of supplying his kitchen with ingredients, a great deal has changed for the better on that score as well. “There are so many more purveyors of fine food now,” said Murphy. “I came out in 2000 and I couldn’t get bread on the North Fork. We finally got Tom Cat Bakery to come out.” “Now, 17 years later there are specialty purveyor trucks you wouldn’t have ever seen out here then,” he said. “D’Artagnan, Wild Edibles — these are high-end purveyors.” In months to come, diners can expect much of what grows and lives around us will find its way onto the menu at the Ram’s Head Inn. “This season, I’m trying to grab as much local as I can,” he said. “Tonight, I’ve got local fluke, black sea bass, oysters from Orient, the herbs from the garden, some vegetables from the hot house guys on the North Fork.” “As we get a little warmer, I’ll have one section of the menu where I’m going to a farm stand in the morning and that’s what we’ll have for the day,” he added. “We’ll have lots of fish, and now there are the snail guys. People are also doing honey and we’re getting ducks from Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue.” For visitors to Shelter Island, Murphy believes its important that people traveling to a destination have an opportunity to eat what’s local. “It’s interesting and more healthy — and it takes people to a higher standard as opposed to getting something off a truck,” he said. Some of the offerings on the new Ram’s Head menu include starters such as spiced foie gras terrine with local honey, brioche croutons and jellies and oysters and caviar. For entrées, the choices include duck confit with polenta, assorted chutneys and green beans, as well as an herb and mustard crusted rack of lamb served with gratin potatoes and braised carrots. While dinner sounds divine, don’t overlook the Sunday brunch options on the Ram’s Head menu. “The brunch menu is really cool,” says Murphy. “We kind of went the other direction with a fried burrata — it’s the whole ball — on Serrano ham, with acorn squash and candied walnuts.” “It’s a little more sophisticated than mozzarella sticks,” he grinned. We should think so! The Ram’s Head Inn restaurant is open Thursday to Monday with brunch served every Sunday. On June 12, the Ram’s Head will begin serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Guests are also invited to the weekly Sunday Jazz Night at the Ram’s Head Inn. In addition to small bites,

guests can relax in the cool cocktail lounge, Harbor Hall, or watch the sunset on the great lawn while listening to the sounds of live jazz courtesy of Jane Hastay, piano, Steve Shaughnessy, bass, John Ludlow, sax, Baron Lewis, trumpet, John Cataletto, drums, and a guest vocalist every Sunday from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The music begins at 6 p.m. For menus, hours of operation, and other event information about the Ram’s Head Inn, visit Matt Murphy, The Ram's Head Inn

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The Ram’s Head Inn’s Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail

The Ram’s Head Inn Smashing Pumpkin cocktail (Ram’s Head Inn courtesy photo)

On Shelter Island, be sure to stop in at the Ram’s Head Inn and try the seasonal Smashing Pumpkin. Made with Soltado Spicy Añejo tequila, local apple cider, pumpkin spice syrup and a shot of pumpkin flavored beer, it’s then garnished with a slice of fresh apple and a dash of nutmeg. “It’s a very refreshing cocktail, and the warm Serrano spice verses the cool sweetness of the cider and pumpkin is perfect for this season,” said Harry Brigham, the inn’s bar manager and mixologist. The Ram’s Head Inn is located at 108 Ram Island Drive on Shelter Island. Call (631) 749-0811 or visit

AUGUST 22, 2017


How to Have the Perfect Day on Shelter Island BRIDGET SHIRVELL


JUL. 6, 2017

You love the nonstop energy and grade-A people-watching in the Hamptons, but sometimes you need, well, a vacation from your vacation. That’s where Shelter Island comes in. A quick ferry ride from the Hamptons, the island feels like a whole other world: a charming, laid-back beach town, minimal crowds, pristine natural landscapes. Here’s how to spend a day on Shelter Island from morning till night.

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10 a.m.: Hop on the Ferry Start your day by taking in the stunning views on the ferry ride to Shelter Island. The South Ferry shuttles visitors from North Haven to the island every 10 to 15 minutes from 5:45 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. Pro tip: If you’re not bringing your car or a bike across, take the North Ferry out of Greenport, as there’s a bike rental on that side of the island. 10:30 a.m.: Feast on Baked Goods After the 10-minute ferry ride, head to the north side of the island for breakfast at Marie Eiffel Market, an adorable patisserie that feels like it was transported from a side street in Paris (maybe because it’s run by a French expat). A croque madame and an almond-pear tart should be plenty of fuel to get you through the morning.


11:30 a.m.: Kayak the Harbor Time to explore: Rent a kayak or take a guided tour with Shelter Island Kayak for a serene, up-close look at some of the island’s waterways. The calm harbor is ideal

for kayakers of any skill level (including kids), and you’re likely to spot turtles, fiddler crabs and other critters.


1 p.m.: Eat Amazing Seafood After working up an appetite with all that paddling (hey, triceps), it’s time for lunch. Local favorite Salt offers a daily raw bar, lots of large plates of locally caught seafood—ideal for sharing—and summery, easy-drinking cocktails (like the watermelon-basil One in a Melon).

2:30 p.m.: Hunt for Treasures Post-lunch, window-shop the island’s collection of charming shops. Book lovers should stop into Black Cat used bookstore and hunt for first editions of their favorites.


4 p.m.: Take a Walk with a View Head back toward the south part of the island for a hike in the Mashomack Preserve, which covers 2,039 acres (a full one-third of the island). The mix of freshwater marshes, tidal creeks and oak woodlands make for a great place to spot ospreys and other wildlife.

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7 p.m.: Finish the Day with Pasta and Live Music Before hopping on the ferry back to the South Fork, stop at casual Vine Street Café for linguine and shellfish fra diavolo and a superb wine list. Afterward, swing by The Ram's Head Inn for cocktails (and, if it happens to be Sunday, live jazz). 9 p.m.: Head Back…or Don’t Not ready to say goodbye to the peaceful surroundings? Grab a room at The Chequit, a charming seaside inn that ticks every box on our lodging wish list: bright, luxurious quarters, breezy porch for lounging and complimentary breakfast.

Daily Bee: Summer Games On Shelter. A Xmas Pop-Up. Plus, Ice Cream On The Beach POSTED BY: THEHAMPTONBEE JULY 13, 2016

Happy Thursday! Behold, pictured above, a pleasant cocktail hour on Shelter Island (specifically, on the lawn at the Ram’s Head Inn). Shelter Island, the island off the coast of Sag Harbor, accessible by ferry only, is sort of like the forgotten Hampton. Full of halcyon charm, it’s also a place that time forgot. There’s a lot of forgetfulness about Shelter Island, including the fact that we forget to go there, all the time. But once we do, we LOVE it. So here’s a reminder: Go to Shelter Island. And if you care to go this weekend, the Ram’s Head Inn, built in 1929, is hosting its second annual Summer Games, with bocce, cornhole and horseshoes, on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. There will also be live music, BBQ and (we hope) lots of Harry’s “Summer Thyme” Cocktails, which is that red drink pictured above…

February 22, 2017

Business Briefs: Oscars at Baron’s Cove & Rowdy Hall; New Chefs Announced

“Rowdy & The Oscars” Ballot Contest Rowdy Hall is hosting the annual “Rowdy & The Oscars” ballot contest. In each check presenter, customers will find an “Oscar Ballot” form. Those who choose to participate should fill out the ballot and present it to the host, manager, server or bartender. Whoever submits the most correct answers will win and receive a $50 gift certificate and two movie vouchers. If there is a tie for most correct, a drawing will be held. The contest ends Sunday, February 26, the date of the Oscars. Rowdy Hall is open seven days a week serving lunch from 12 to 3:30 p.m., midday menu from 3 to 5 p.m. and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Rowdy Hall is located at 10 Main Street in the Parrish Mews, East Hampton. For more information, call (631) 3248555 or visit

Baron’s Cove Oscar Party Baron’s Cove, 31 West Water Street in Sag Harbor, will host its 1st Annual Oscar Party on Sunday February 26 at 4 p.m. in celebration of the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Nosh on food inspired by Wolfgang Puck’s 2017 Oscar Menu, sip Baron’s Cove’s “Golden” Meyer Lemon Oscartini, and view the awards on multiple televisions. For more information, call (631) 725-2100 or visit

Matthew Kar has partnered with the Suffolk Theater. Photo by Randee Daddona

Suffolk Theater Welcomes New Chef The Suffolk Theater is proud to announce a new partnership with Matthew Kar, the chef and owner of Christopher Michael Catering and owner of the Jamesport Manor Inn. Together, Mr. Kar and his team bring to the table over 30 years of culinary experience and quality farm to table dining. The Suffolk Theater is located at 118 East Main Street in Riverhead. For more information, please call (631) 7274343 or visit to see show offerings and the catering, a la carte, and price fixe menus. Ram’s Head Inn Announces New Executive Chef The Ram’s Head Inn has announced that Matt Murphy will assume the responsibilities of Executive Chef for the upcoming 2017 season. Owners James and Linda Eklund express their thanks to former Executive Chef Joe Smith for his many years at the Ram’s Head Inn, and wish him the very best as he embarks on a new venture. Mr. Murphy brings to the Ram’s Head Inn fine dining experience after holding sous chef positions at the Ritz Carlton, The Rainbow Room and The Russian Tea Room, and executive chef positions at A.R.OC., Broadway Grill and the famed, La Colombe D’or. Mr. Murphy learned much of his art de cuisine when traveling in Europe and living in Italy.

Matt Murphy will serve as executive chef at The Ram’s Head Inn this season.

“Matt will complete the full fine dining/farm-to-table experience that we have provided our guests since the early 90’s,” Linda Eklund, owner of the Ram’s Head Inn said. “His passion for food and knowledge of the abundance of ‘local delicacies’ make him the perfect fit for the Ram’s Head.” After settling on Long Island, Mr. Murphy opened Antares Café in Greenport, which was named one of the ten best restaurants on Long Island by “USA Today.” He also opened The Kitchen at Greenport, and held the position of head chef at the Jedidiah Hawkins Inn. Most recently, he has held executive chef positions at the Melrose Hotel in Washington D.C., and the Centerport Yacht Club. Mr. Murphy has made multiple appearances at the James Beard House, and was inducted into the Chef 2000 Group in 1996. Chef Murphy has revamped the Ram’s Head Inn’s brunch, lunch and dinner menus, showcasing locally sourced seafood, produce, and game. As is tradition at the Ram’s Head Inn, dishes will feature herbs, fruits and vegetables plucked from the Ram’s Head own gardens, located steps from the kitchen door. The Ram’s Head Inn reopens for the season on April 14. For more information, please visit and for reservations, please call (631) 749-0811.

Farm to Table at Classic Shelter Island Destination April 6, 2017

Dining al fresco at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island.

By Rachel Bosworth The official (unofficial) start of the summer on the East End is less than two months away, and seasonal restaurants are shaking off the dormant winter months as they prepare for the return of local patrons and summertime guests. In the middle of the two forks is Shelter Island; not quite Hamptons and not quite North Fork, but as much a destination of for all those who come to the East End. In one of the furthest points east is a historic restaurant and inn getting ready to open its doors for the summer season.

The restaurant at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island may have a rich, vast East End history, but not only the menu is new this spring. In February 2017, the restaurant announced its new executive chef, Matt Murphy. “Matt will complete the full fine dining/farm-to-table experience that we have provided our guests since the early 90’s,” says Linda Eklund, owner of the Ram’s Head Inn. “His passion for food and knowledge of the abundance of ‘local delicacies’ make him the perfect fit for the Ram’s Head,” she adds.

Grilled swordfish with mango relish at the Ram’s Head.

Though the menus are in the process of being completed, guests may expect a marrying of old classics and new favorites. The concept of the menu will be virtually the same, focusing on local seafood and produce. “[There will be] variations on the classic offerings; duck, lamb, etc., but with the chef’s personal twists,” Ms. Eklund says. Menu items have included Crescent Farms duck breast with black forbidden rice, broccolini, and blackberries; herb crusted striped bass with hummus, ratatouille, and cured lemon buerre blanc; and pan seared jumbo sea scallops with succotash, smoked bacon, and oyster mushrooms. The dishes at the New American restaurant are known to change as the seasons do, offering a harmonious blend of traditional and non-traditional options. The addition of Chef Murphy comes after years of fine dining experience in restaurants such as The Russia Tea Room, the restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, and Jedediah Hawkins Inn, among others. Having been born and raised on Long Island, he will work with local fishermen to offer the freshest seafood. His revamping of the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus will also showcase locally sourced produce and game, along with herbs, fruits, and vegetables harvested from the Ram’s Head Inn’s own gardens right on the property. “The gardens will not be in full swing when we open mid April, but we can expect that some of the herbs will be up and ready to use,” Ms. Eklund shares. Chef Murphy has also created new items for the Ram’s Head Inn’s cocktail and music lounge bar menu, which the team finds to be a perfect complement to bar manager Harry Brigham’s seasonal cocktail menu. “I am really looking forward to kicking off the season at the Ram’s Head,” Chef Murphy says. “I think people will really love the new menu, which brings in the best of local fare and my own twists on classic dishes.”

The revamped wine list is in the process of being finalized as well. “Once the menu is set, our bar manager, Harry Brigham, and dining room manager, Dennis Smith, will set out to building the season’s wine list,” Ms. Eklund shares. “We will again offer regional wines and complement the list with representation from across the country and around the globe.” The restaurant offers ample seating in the main dining room and Harbor Hall lounge, both with warming fireplaces during cooler weather. On sunnier days, dining is available on the patios overlooking the harbor. As the restaurants gets into full swing after Memorial Day, weekly music events will again take place. Sunday Jazz night features live music with pianist Jane Hastay, bassist Steve Shaughnessy, sax player John Ludlow, trumpet player Baron Lewis, and drummer John Cataletto with guest vocalists weekly. “Tunes and Tastings” will return in June to pair music and local wines. The Ram’s Head Inn is located at 108 S. Ram Island on Shelter Island Heights and will reopen for the season on Friday, April 14. For reservations, or more information, call (631) 749-0811 or visit

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Shelter Island is one of the best places to live by the coast: Coastal Living by Annette Hinkle

Shelter Island was recently named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast by Coastal Living magazine. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Well, it’s official! Shelter Island has been named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast. The title was bestowed upon our little corner of the universe by the esteemed editors at Coastal Living magazine, and Shelter Island shares the honor with 19 other enjoyable seaside destinations, both in the United States and abroad. In their critique of Shelter Island, Coastal Living’s writers Bob Curley and Tracey Minkin liked the fact the Island embodies a Goldilocks-esque “just right” balance of sophistication and old-

fashioned authenticity. They also appreciated the ferry-only access, which ensures the Island’s remote sensibility, yet still allows for easy day trips to the wineries of the North Fork and the Hamptons happenings on the South Fork. Other plusses for Coastal Living writers included the nearness of Manhattan (and its total incongruity with Shelter Island’s quiet ways), and our 17 miles of shoreline “with boats of every size and purpose.” “Shelter Island is just that: a maritime gem hidden in plain sight — quiet, colorful, and staunchly original,” wrote Curley and Minkin. Though we may be partial, we couldn’t agree more. In terms of best beach, Coastal Living chose Crescent Beach which they rated tops for sunsets as well as beautiful people. For those looking to avoid those beautiful people, The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve scored high on Coastal Living’s list of top attractions. And why not? At more than 2,000 acres with 12 miles of coastline, the magazine’s staff appreciated the many hiking opportunities and water vistas the preserve offers.

The magazine also gave a thumb’s up to the Ram’s Head Inn for its New England flavor, the fine lawn with Adirondack chairs perfectly situated for sunset views, and dining on the porch. Here’s Coastal Living’s breakdown of “Shelter Island by the Numbers”: Population: 2,418 Average July high: 80 Average January low: 24 Median home price: $888,700 Average commute time: 17 minutes Number of sunny days: 206

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Kicking back at The Ram’s Head Inn: Cocktail Island by Annette Hinkle

The Basil Breeze at the Ram’s Head Inn. (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

Built in 1929 and perched on a gentle hill overlooking Coecles Harbor, The Ram’s Head Inn is one of the most idyllic spots on Shelter Island and an ideal place to get away from it all and unwind in style. And when it comes to unwinding, Harry Brigham, the man behind the bar in the inn’s comfortable and elegant lounge, is always ready and willing to mix up a cocktail or two to get the process going. Traditionalists will appreciate the fact that on offer at The Ram’s Head Inn bar are some great retro favorites, like the Old Fashioned and the Sidecar. But with summer now upon us, one of the most popular signature drinks on the cocktail card is the well-named Sunsplash, an inspiring offering made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry, fresh lemon, lime and orange juice, and the key ingredient — orange blossom water.

“It’s cold and fresh. The orange blossom water adds perfumy notes,” explains Mr. Brigham. “It’s just a couple drops — it’s very powerful stuff and adds that aromatic perfuminess — but when you don’t have it, it falls short.” As a bartender, Mr. Brigham has been making the Sunsplash for more than 20 years and he notes his secret to crafting great cocktails is to use the best ingredients available and not cut corners by working ahead. “The staff and I don’t take shortcuts when making drinks,” he says. “Everything is done to order. Anything we can do at the moment, we do.” That means muddling the herbs by hand as needed and using only fresh lemon, lime and orange juice. Crafting high-end cocktails has become a tend from coast to coast in recent years. So here on Shelter Island, what does Mr. Brigham find his customers are really looking for in a drink these days? “We’re on an island. It’s not a Caribbean island, but it is an island,” Mr. Brigham explains. “People want something fresh and fruity. So we try to do what wouldn’t be over the top in sweetness and make sure you don’t lose the base spirit.” “All these things work together… and premium spirits make premium drinks.” Two herb-inspired cocktails at The Ram’s Head Inn are the Summer Thyme and the Basil Breeze. The Summer Thyme consists of Belvedere vodka, raspberries, lime juice, locally sourced peach bitters (when available), and a sprig of thyme. The Basil Breeze is a creative blend of house infused basil vodka, fresh lemon and Steigl-Radler Grapefruit beer from Germany. The beer provides a gentle fizz with grapefruit overtones that combine nicely with the basil flavoring to make this a particularly refreshing drink for a hot afternoon. Speaking of hot, for those really looking to spice up their summer, the Shelter Island Sunset is the way to end the day — figuratively and literally. Mr. Brigham’s version is made with Soltado’s añejo tequila, which is infused with Serrano peppers and cinnamon. While the tequila brings a nice amount of heat to the drink, its spice is tempered with a mixture of mango and strawberry purees and a splash of citrus. To our way of thinking, it’s an ideal way to heat up our summer spirit while we watch the sun go down over Coecles Harbor. So grab a seat in an Adirondack chair on the inn’s lovely lawn and get lost in a cocktail or two. Let’s face it… summer doesn’t get much better than this. Cheers! The Ram’s Head Inn is located at 108 S. Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island Heights. (631)

Cocktail Island, Coecles Harbor, Harry Brigham, Ram's Head Inn

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The Summer Games begin early on Shelter Island by shelterislander

Sumana Swamy and Brian Castelli of New York City play a game of cornhole at the first Summer Games in 2014. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

All are welcome to join the second annual Ram’s Head Inn Summer Games to benefit the Shelter Island Ambulance Foundation this weekend. On Saturday, July 16 at 3 p.m., the inn hosts a day of live music, barbecue, cocktails and lawn games to benefit the non-profit foundation that supports the island’s all-volunteer Emergency Medical Services squad. Bring a team to compete in bocce, horseshoes and cornhole. Live music will be provided by Jon Divello. Tickets are $50 and include entry to the games, barbecue and two cocktails. For tickets and information or call (631) 749-0811. The Ram’s Head Inn is located at 108 S. Ram Island Drive. Ram's Head Inn, Summer Games

3 Things to do on Shelter Island this weekend: August 12, 13 & 14 by shelterislander

August 12, 2016

The Ram’s Head Inn will host the Island Gift of Life’s 2nd Annual Summer Soiree this Sunday (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Looking for something to do on Shelter Island this weekend? Shelter Island by northforker has got you covered. Here are three events worth checking out. Or as always, you can visit our events page. Island Gift of Life Foundation 2nd Annual Summer Soiree Spend an afternoon enjoying food, drinks and shopping on Saturday, August 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ram’s Head Inn. There will be a J. McLaughlin trunk show, live music, an art auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Island Gift of Life Foundation, which provides financial assistance and other related support services to patients on the East End with life-threatening illnesses. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance at or at the door. The Ram’s Head Inn is located at 108 Ram Island Drive.

May 23, 2017

36 Hours on Shelter Island, N.Y. By JANE BLACKBURN BORNEMEIER JULY 13, 2017

Between the North and South Forks of Long Island, a peaceful summer refuge, and loads of history.

Shelter Island Kayak rents kayaks and paddleboards and offers tours from Coecle’s Harbor. Credit Eric Striffler for The New York Times

Shelter Island, in the language of its original inhabitants, the Manhansets, meant “an island protected by islands.” It lies between the North and South Forks of Long Island, which was declared a peninsula after a court fight in 1985. But geological particulars aside, the sentiment and the feeling of protection from overcrowding and rough seas remains to this day. Its recorded history dates to the 17th century and the Caribbean sugar trade. It is reachable only by ferries, from Greenport on the North Fork and North Haven on the South Fork, private boats and seaplanes. The island — about 12.5 square miles of wetlands, forests, beaches, golf courses, marinas and homes ranging from modest cottages to the grandest of mansions — is home to about 2,400 yearround residents, according to the 2010 census — a number that grows to 12,000 by various estimates in the summer. Still, with one-third of the island set aside as a nature preserve, it remains a bucolic place beloved by longtimers and newcomers alike.

1. 36 Hours on Shelter Island, N.Y.

Friday 1) 3 P.M. IMMERSION

If you take the eight-minute North Ferry ride ($2 on foot, $11 one way for cars) from Greenport, head up the hill to Stars Café for a snack, then immerse yourself in history with a stroll through Shelter Island Heights, the most charming nook on the island. Originally named Prospect by the landowner Frederick Chase in the early 19th century, the area later became the site of camp meetings for the Methodist Episcopal Church. Since 1993 it has been listed on both the United States and New York State Register of Historic

Places. Its current design dates to about 1872 and was conceived by, among others, Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in New York, and the landscape architect Robert Morris Copeland. The centerpiece of the Heights, the Union Chapel, was built in 1875. 2) 4 P.M. GOLF AND VIEWS

Find a seat on the porch of the Shelter Island Country Club and enjoy views of Peconic River and Dering Harbor from one of the island’s highest points. The country club, also known as Goat Hill, is a public nine-hole golf course established in 1901 ($25 for nine holes, weekends). The restaurant, now renamed the Flying Goat, and bar are favorite gathering places for locals.

Walking along one of the scenic trails at Mashomack Preserve. Credit Eric Striffler for The New York Times


As you head back down the hill, you’ll see the historic Chequit Hotel (pronounced CHEE-quit). Its new restaurant, Red Maple, offers a raw bar, flatbreads and fish, and has outdoor seating overlooking the water and the North Fork. Like the Heights itself, the Chequit (recently renovated) dates to about 1872 and the church camp era. 4) 7 P.M. BOCCE, BURGERS AND MORE

It’s time for dinner at Shelter Island House’s restaurant, the Tavern. (The Shelter Island Taxi, known as the Go’fors, can be reached at 631-749-4252. It is operated by John and Anu Kaasik who also own the Azalea House Bed and Breakfast.) With its cozy bar, dining near a fireplace on chilly nights and outside dining by the swimming pool, the Tavern is a year-round favorite. The menu includes luscious burgers, “Montauk” beer-battered fish and chips, pasta and steak. Expect dinner with an appetizer and entree plus wine or a cocktail to cost about $50 a person. Its outdoor fire pit is encircled by Adirondack chairs, and bocce courts, lit by strings of white lights, offer entertainment before or after dinner.

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Ram’s Head Inn, on the island’s picturesque eastern end. CreditEric Striffler for The New York Times

Saturday 5) 9 A.M. BROWSING FOR FOOD

Visit the outdoor farmers’ market at the Shelter Island Historical Society on Route 114 for local produce, flowers, herbs, fish, breads, pies, cheeses, olive oil and more. It’s a great place to mingle with residents and learn about the agricultural history of the island and the North and South Forks. The society’s main building is closed for renovation, but the gift shop, which features handiwork from local artists, remains open. 6) 10 A.M. HARBOR RIDE

Rent a bike ($25 a day, $20 a half day or $15 an hour) at Piccozzi’s Bike Shop and ride through Dering Harbor. On Winthrop Road you will pass Dering Harbor Inn, with its tennis courts and a fitness center that has yoga, spinning and Zumba classes. (Daily and weekend passes are $25 and $50, respectively.) Cross a fishing bridge between the harbor and Gardiner’s Creek. The harbor is full of grand sailboats in summer, while the stately homes along the way are among the island’s most elegant. Last year, Dering Harbor turned 100. When it was founded it had the distinction of being the smallest municipality in New York State.

The striped bass, served at the Pridwin Hotel. CreditEric Striffler for The New York Times


For some, the lovely, protected beaches are the real reason to come here. Pick up sandwiches at the Marie Eiffel market across from Piccozzi’s Bike Shop and head to Wades Beach on the south side of the island. Shelter Island Kayak, which has been operated by Jay and Patti Damuck for 25 years, offers twohour kayak tours from Coecles Harbor through nearby waterways ($60 for adults). They will also transport kayaks and paddleboards to the beach of your choice with a little advance notice. (Kayak rentals are $30 for a two-hour minimum; paddleboards, $30 an hour.) Wades, with picnic tables, lifeguards and a restroom, is a family favorite. The adjoining Dickerson Creek is a

treasured spot for clamming at low tide and watching the tiny fiddler crabs burrow into the sand. (If you want to dig for edible clams, you’ll need a shellfish permit from the town hall.) Across the way is a hook of land known as Shell Beach, accessible by water or by the narrow, sandy Oak Tree Lane. 8) 4 P.M. THE LOVELIEST OF THEM ALL

Speaking of beaches, it would be wrong to miss what some people think is the loveliest stretch: Hay Beach on Menhaden Lane. It has no services, and a sign declares it is not a bathing beach. It does have nesting areas for piping plovers and mesmerizing views of Gardiner’s Bay, the lighthouse known as Bug Light, and the meandering coastline leading to Orient Point on the North Fork. 9) 6 P.M. DINING VIEWS

Head back toward the North Ferry and prepare yourself for the only real nighttime scene on the island, along Shore Road and Crescent Beach. Start with dinner at the 1920s-era Pridwin Hotel. Entrees like lobster roll, slowcooked salmon and local striped bass are under $30. (The hotel’s front lawn is the scene of all-you-can-eat cookouts on summer Wednesdays.) The upstairs balcony facing Greenport has one of the best dining views on the island.

The fire pit at Sunset Beach, the hotel and restaurant on Shore Road. CreditEric Striffler for The New York Times

10) 7:30 P.M. ISLAND MUSIC

Take in a concert at the Perlman Music Center. The center — on land that was once Dr. Pettit’s Camps and then the Peconic Lodge — was created in 1994 by Toby Perlman, the wife of the violinist Itzhak Perlman. It provides a summer of intensive musical training for talented, young string musicians. Evening performances of classical music are popular among locals and visitors alike. Mr. Perlman himself makes occasional appearances. Most of the events are free or a small donation is requested. 11) 9 P.M. PARTY SCENE

For many visitors, the two-story party scene at Sunset Beach, the hotel and restaurant on Shore Road, is not to be missed. Some arrive by boat — or more

accurately, by yacht — from the Hamptons, anchoring off the beach for latenight mingling over food and drinks. During the day, under colorful umbrellas, hotel or restaurant guests can order drinks, play beach volleyball or get a massage on the beach. For information on seaplane flights from Manhattan, visit

Sunday 12) 9 A.M. NATURE TREK

Take a hike at Mashomack Preserve, which is protected from development by the Nature Conservancy. The preserve has more than 2,000 acres of forests and wetlands, threaded with trails that range from 1.5 miles long to nearly 11. There is a renovated manor house, scene of social events in the summer, and a variety of environmental programs for adults and children. 13) 11:30 A.M. BRUNCH AT THE RAM

Ram’s Head Inn, on the island’s picturesque eastern end, sits on a promontory overlooking Coecles Harbor on one side and Gardiner’s Bay on the other. Narrow causeways connect two islands — Little Ram Island and Ram Island (also known as Big Ram) to the rest of Shelter Island. Brunch entrees at the inn include deep-fried burrata with prosciutto, brioche French toast and duck confit hash with poached eggs and hollandaise ($16 to $18). Then stroll down the luxurious lawn and sit in an Adirondack chair or make your way to the little private beach (kayaks, small sailboats and paddleboards are free for hotel guests). There you can plan your next trip to Shelter Island.

3. Lodging The Chequit’s imposing location at the top of a hill, in easy walking distance of the North Ferry (thanks to a new sidewalk), makes it a popular choice. Past guests were said to have included Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller and various members of the Kennedy family, who occasionally sailed down from Cape Cod. Rates start at around $245 for a double room; Seven, a bed-and-breakfast, is just up the hill from Crescent Beach at 7 Stearns Point Road. Once a farmhouse, built in 1902, it features kinetic sculptures and a contemporary art collection. Double rooms start at about $355 a night during the summer season;

Summer eating in the Hamptons: Where to eat from Le Bilboquet to Union Cantina There's more to the east coast seaside than clam chowder, from French classics to fusion flavours, discover the top eateries to explore this summer Hugo Campbell-Davys Friday 12 August 2016

Summer in the city means one thing: go to the beach! Here is our pick of the best new spots to hit in the Hamptons.

Red Maple at The Chequit Armed with flatbreads, local seafood, and rustic yet delicious roasts, this new spot is set to be exactly the escape you need. Resting on a secluded hill, it has

been a favourite for celebrities and high rollers since the 1940s, such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, who called it their Hamptons home. The revamped Red Maple restaurant is housed in the Chequit landmark resort on Shelter Island. With their new executive chef Gayle Scarberry in place, the menu has had an overhaul with seasonal dishes featuring ingredients including Montauk fluke, Prince Edward Island mussels and South Fork asparagus. There is also picnic option available, where you can have a hamper made up of your favourite treats to take with you to the beach, poolside, or whatever adventure you might be getting into. Le Bilboquet The classic Upper East Side hotspot, Le Bilboquet, is joining the cool kids and has headed to the Hamptons. Known as much for celebrity spotting as their French dishes, expect much of the same glamour and buzz at the new Sag Harbor location, that made this a social must in the city. The menu keeps the French hits coming with dishes such as moules mariniere, foie gras, and duck. The former B Smith restaurant location has had a complete overhaul and has been nicknamed "the hottest new Hamptons opening of 2016". Billionaire owner Ron Perelman is looking to expand further afield with an Aspen, Colorado location also in the works. Arbor Much loved Duryea's gets a Mediterranean little sister filled with fun and sophistication. Businessman Marc Rowan has opened Arbor this season with a new team of players, offering beach-front dining from local favourite and former Shelter Island’s Sunset Beach's ex-chef Pierre Sudre. The menu has dishes such as merguez with braised lentil, bell peppers, soffritto and Dijon mustard and free-range chicken with roasted potatoes, lemon and basil. Light and full of flavour, this is a menu that everyone can find something on, pairing the chilled out energy of the beach with a hint of city sophistication.

With a gorgeous outdoor garden surrounding the bar, this is the perfect spot to spend summer days and nights. Inside, find a sunken dining room with an exposed wine cellar and yet another bar. The drinks list has around 20 bottles available by the glass as well as a craft beers and expertly made cocktails.

The Jue Lan Club opened in Circo's former home

Jue Lan Club Restaurateur Stratis Morfogen brings his Flatiron Chinese spot to the Hamptons. After a Memorial Day weekend kick off, Flatiron's Jue Lan Club now has a second outpost in Southampton. Featuring some Chinese-styled classics, this new spot has opened in Circo's former home and follows a similar vibe to the original flagship. Trying to capture an artsy yet clubby feel, this 6,000 square foot space features a nightclub (The Barn) with 200 seats plus a gallery space curated by Gruin Gallery's Emerald and Adrian Gruin, showcasing special works from Greg Haberny, Mint & Serf and never-before-seen Keith Haring. Hang out and eat small bites such as braised oxtail bao buns, chicken satay, and shrimp crystal dumplings, before putting on your dancing shoes until the wee hours of the morning.

Topping Rose House's patio dining area

Topping Rose House After chef Tom Colicchio's departure last year, the world waited to see who would be able to take his place at this year-round oasis of luxury at Topping Rose House. The restaurant managed to snag another big name to make sure their food game is on point. Enter Jean-Georges Vongerichten, award-winning chef and restaurateur, who will take over the kitchen housed within the 1842 Greek Revival-style mansion-turned-hotel. The menu is hyper seasonal with many of the ingredients coming from the estate's own farm. Just 10 minutes walking distance from the Bridgehampton train station and less than a five-minute walk from the beach, the hotel has 22 guest rooms, annexes and guest cottages, as well as a pool and modern garden plus a spa and fitness centre.

Harbor Hall at the Ram's Head Inn has a newly renovated cocktail lounge with a vaulted ceiling and hand-crafted tables

Harbor Hall Armed with a new bar manager and a completely renovated dining room, the Ram's Head Inn is back and better than ever. Sitting right on the waterfront, the classic inn has been remodelled to the tune of £16,000. The Shelter Island getaway features the Harbour Hall restaurant, with world-class cuisine from chef Joe Smith which focuses on local produce and is very seafood heavy, embracing the region’s natural bounty. Using the local terrain as inspiration, the style itself falls firmly into the New American category, allowing influences from around the world to shape delicate dishes bursting with flavour. The drinks are being looked after by mixologist Harry Brigham, who has worked in the Hamptons and New York City for several decades, and put together a new list of craft cocktails featuring seasonal flavours whenever possible. The space had a complete makeover; updated decor features handmade-tables by the owner himself, plus carefully arranged lighting. The space is more than just a restaurant as it houses weekly wine tastings and a raw bar. Union Cantina From the same restaurateur as the Southampton Social Club, this new upscale Mexican spot, Union Cantina, is full of flavour, colour, and delicious tequila

and mescal. Because summer obviously means you should be drinking agave spirits, Ian Duke’s traditional Mexican taqueria helps tick that box. The extensive menu aims to cover all the bright Mexican flavours, the drinks are a huge aspect of the experience. Modelling themselves on pulquerias (taverns) of Mexico, drinks focus on fermented agave drinks served with all the style and flair we've come to expect. Housed in the former Publik House spot, this year round eatery features Iron Chef contestant executive chef Scott Kampf – who previously worked with Duke over at Southampton Social Club – and at the former sites occupants Publick House. For more urban food news, go to      

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Kelly Bensimon Tries a Food and Wine Pairing: Watch Her ‘Travel With Us’! By Mandie DeCamp


Rosé all day! Kelly Bensimon gets her wine on and continues our “Travel With Us: The Hamptons” series at Rams Head Inn on Shelter Island, New York. She’s pairing wine and food with the help of the Inn’s executive chef – Matthew Murphy. Watch the video above to see all the mouth-watering food and wine! Celebrity Hairstyles That Look Just Like Food Before a wine tasting, make sure you first know how to properly taste. “Swirl, smell and then sip,” Murphy advises Bensimon. Once you know how to taste, make sure you know how to pair it correctly with food. Murphy walks Bensimon through a three course meal she won’t soon forget!

Charcuterie & Cheese Plate

Course 1: Champagne Paired With a Charcuterie and Cheese Plate “We grab from the farms every single day. All of our produce and our ducks are local. We get a lot of our fish from Montauk,” explains Murphy. He pairs the local cheese and charcuterie with a local champagne that has notes of citrus. Champagne, he explains, pairs well with an appetizer because it’s light and airy. 2017's Sexiest Bikini Bodies and Swimsuit Styles Course 2: Rosé Paired With Scallops and Risotto Murphy explains that when doing a wine tasting, you typically drink light to dark. So after champagne comes rosé! “Rosé is having an amazing moment right now. Apparently it’s the water of the Hamptons!” Bensimon exclaims. The chef pairs the scallops with the rosé because the buttery texture of seafood pairs nicely with a dry rosé.

Kelly Bensimon and Chef Murphy

Course 3: Cabernet Franc Paired with Salt Crusted Filet Mignon “Chef, this speaks to my Midwestern values! Meat and potatoes – I’m in heaven!” Bensimon is most excited for the third course. A salt-crusted filet mignon is paired with garlic potatoes, asparagus and crispy shallots, with a veal demi gloss. A heavier dish is usually best served with a dark wine, so Murphy pairs this one with Cabernet Franc, made from a black grape variety.

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Media secured by Starlet PR on behalf of the Ram's Head Inn located on Shelter Island, NY.