Shelter Island Kitchen Remodeling and More!
Locally known as the “Un-Hampton,” Shelter Island is a secluded island on the Eastern end of Long Island, New York. The stark opposite to its crowded and pretentious neighbor, “the Hamptons,” has a population of almost 2500 individuals. However, it increases to 15,000 during the touristy summer months. With an area of 8000 acres, this small town is water-locked making it only accessible by ferry. This mellow rural town is an 8-minute ferry ride away from Greenport to the north and a 5-minute ferry ride away from North Haven to the south. Wetlands, nature conservatories, and beaches cover most of its area.
Shelter Island’s history resembles its neighboring town of East Hampton and Southold, where it too was initially inhabited by the Manhasset tribe of Indians. Initially, its name was Manhansack-aha-quash-awamock, which translates to an island sheltered by islands. In 1683, James Farret received it as a reward from an English Earl and changed its name to “Mr, Farret’s Island.” In 1641 he sold this land to Stephen Goodyear of New Haven, and once again, changed its name to “Mr. Goodyear’s Island.” During the 1660s, it was given its present name when Quakers sought refuge here after being persecuted in New England.
Due to its sequestered charm and highly preserved natural sights, Shelter Island is becoming a favorite summer vacation destination for New Yorkers. In addition to this, it is now a preferred wedding destination over Hamptons as it costs less than the later. The same Island where Ted and Stella from the famous TV show “How I met Your Mother” arranged their wedding. If you have watched the episode, then you must have had a glimpse of its hippie, laid-back, and quiet atmosphere. There are many spots to enjoy in this hidden and unexplored treasure of Suffolk County such as:
Mashomack Preserve —- Under the protection of Nature Conservancy, this 2000 acre natural park is full of woodlands, coastal creeks, and hiking trails. A rich and diverse habitat for several endangered species is open for a hike, walks, and educational tours.
Shelter Island Brewery — After the tiring hiking, you can drop by the local brewery to enjoy a cold, freshly brewed beer using local ingredients under the sun. A quirky way to beat the heat.
Island Beaches — Many picturesque beaches on the island where you can go for a fun hangout with friends or family. But if you feel a little adventurous, some beaches like Crescent Beach also offer paddleboarding and kayaking.
Being a tourist destination, three-quarters of the property here comprises beach homes, small cottages, boutique hotels, and B&B’s. Tourism is the most significant contributor to its economy, from rentals to restaurants and bars. However, its conspicuous lack of nightlife and entertainment sets it back from its neighbor Hamptons. For this precise reason, people come here for a private and relaxing staycation where they prefer to cook their food. Some like to host BBQ nights or cook freshly caught seafood. So spending some extra bucks on your kitchen’s renovation in Shelter Island will pay back remarkably in the future since it is the rising star of New York‘s tourism sector.