Sweet in Shelter Island: La Maison Blanche

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.

A pair of mountain bikes ready for exploring the island…

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.

The chocolate loveseat nestled in that little nook pops against the pale grey/green walls.

The art throughout the hotel is wonderful. The black and white tulip paintings in the lobby are stunning.

Light Blue velvet wing chairs in the lobby paired with a vintage raffia covered trunk.

Look up. The light blue color in the eaves is a lovely touch and an easy design idea if you’re lucky enough to have a porch.

Happy Travels!