Tucked away on a quiet street about a 1/2 mile from Andre Balaz’ ultra sceney Sunset Beach, you’ll find a sweet little inn that is more reflective of Shelter Island’s relaxed and mellow vibe. La Maison Blanche opened this spring after a speedy winter transformation by 2 hotel veterans, John Sieni who also runs the island’s Candlelight Inn and Alistair MacLean who does double duty as the manager of the Smyth in Tribeca.
The hotel adds a perfect dose French charm to Shelter Island with a yummy brasserie menu and wine list, a couple of Petanque courts, and an onsite bakery that makes homemade baguettes and chocolate crossaints.
John is responsible for the interior design of the hotel, and he’s given the 8-room Victorian inn a soothing, cozy aesthetic. He scoured upstate antiques shops and the island’s vintage shop, Marika’s for one of a kind furniture and art. The vintage pieces give the rooms a sweet charm.
The soothing paint color on the walls is Healing Aloe by Benjamin Moore.