For more than five decades, the Southampton Inn has provided guests with low-key and affordable getaways while maintaining a nostalgic Norman Rockwell experience.
Located in the center of historic Southampton village, the Inn prides itself on offering the personal attention of a bed and breakfast with the services of a hotel. The property has 90 well appointed guest rooms set on several acres of manicured lawns and gardens.
Owner and operator Dede Gotthelf, who bought the hostel in 1998, said “all old things are new again”, especially for this year, following the drastic changes that were introduced by COVID-19 Last year.
Some of the many safety upgrades include the use of ultraviolet lights to sanitize restaurant rooms and tables, as well as the ballroom and game room areas after meal service and special events.
All bedrooms have added new furnishings, upgraded rugs, new linens and amenities from Gilchrest and Soames.
New outdoor furniture provides additional seating for outdoor dining on the afternoon pool deck, in the courtyard for breakfast and small to medium-sized events, and on the lawns south and north for tent parties.
Gotthelf says demand for weddings, private parties, and corporate outings is “huge this year with lunches, brunches, and cocktails / dinners outside or inside the ballroom in the event. bad weather ”.
The hostel’s 15-meter heated outdoor swimming pool will remain open until Columbus Day, depending on the weather.
New bikes have also been upgraded with baskets, helmets and padlocks to allow guests to properly explore local homes and estates around the village of Southampton.
Players will be excited to add new lawn games including croquet, the oversized Connect Four, horseshoes and badminton, as well as new indoor board games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry and Parcheesi.
The hostel’s award-winning restaurant, Claude’s, which serves breakfast, lunch and brunch, has limited hours this year from around 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to ensure that hotel guests can support the right restaurants local area for dinner. Claude’s is also available for special events and corporate evenings for 10 to 200 people.
The on-site tennis court also has a new relationship with area tennis professionals while continuing to provide racquets, balls, private lessons, and even clinics for children.
But, more than anything else, Gotthelf says the inn is a “perfect starting point for discovering the history and culture of a unique seaside village, established in 1635”.
She adds that the Hamptons have transformed into a destination featuring gorgeous estates, swanky parties and fundraising galas with fine food and wine.
“The Southampton Inn,” says Gotthelf, “has always offered charm, the beach for strolling, swimming and reading by the shore and the light, with tours of local artist studios and galleries, including there are three on the hostel property. Ardt Gallery, Tethys Gallery and The Art Warehouse.
The hotel provides passes to hostel guests to the Southampton History Museum, which is packed with exhibits on ancient whalers, the 19th century summer colony, Native American gifts from the area and the Carriage House flea market where fancy finds include everything from art to tableware and furniture to diamond rings.
Tickets are also being offered for Pianofest in the Hamptons, which spotlights this year’s award-winning American musicians for Monday night concerts in the village.
Hostel guests can also take part in a variety of programming, including silent disco dances at the Southampton Arts Center, free Wednesday night concerts on the Southampton Cultural Center lawn, and even the occasional beach party at famous Coopers Beach. .
The LongHouse Reserve, Madoo Conservancy, Conscience Point, and many local farm stalls are also worth exploring.
Fishing, boating, paddle boarding, sailing and surfing continue to be popular attractions for visitors of all ages.
Gotthelf has been explaining this over the past 20 years. the inn has become a unique, warm and welcoming “home away from home” for others to share the classic and traditional experience of East Long Island.
“While galas and shopping are fabulous and fun, it’s the friendships and family reunions that create the unique Southampton experience,” she says, adding, “I try to share my Hamptons with our guests in offering the old fashioned memories and activities of my childhood.
And as each summer season draws to a close, the inn’s longtime staff celebrates with their annual We Survived the Summer BBQ and poolside party.
She adds that for customers, the end of the season means “lower fares, fewer cars and more availability for golf outings, corporate ties and family celebrations.”
The Southampton Inn is located at 91 Hill Street, Southampton. You can reach him at 631-283-6500. Visit to sudamptoninn.com.