When New Yorkers crave a beach getaway, they typically set their sights on the east end of Long Island. Some flock to the Hamptons for chic white parties and boutique shopping, while others prefer the laid-back vibe of the North Fork, where farm stands and wine trails reign supreme.
Lodging here is a little tricky, with most visitors owning or renting houses for the summer. Fortunately, those looking for a quick weekend getaway can opt to stay in the chic-yet-affordable Hotel Indigo East End.
Situated in Riverhead, NY, right at the base of the split between the North Fork and South Fork (aka the Hamptons), Hotel Indigo is the perfect place to explore all the East End has to offer.
The building here was once a Best Western, but all semblance of the budget chain is gone. The lobby is outfitted with modern fixtures and rooms, although on the small side, pack a clean, cool eco-chic design punch.
Relax at the end of the day at the hotel pool or one of the outdoor seating areas—like the sleek courtyard and fireplace.
And if you’re hungry, look no further than Bistro 72, the hotel’s casual-yet-elegant restaurant. Here, locally grown ingredients and regional wines take top billing.
Even if you’re not interested in dinner, it’s well worth it to drop in to try their stellar cheese plate, filled with local and imported cheeses, nuts and fruit (a half plate, $14, is more than enough for two people to nibble over a glass of wine).
Rates vary, but start around $145/night during weekends. Check out their specials and packages page for deals.
photo credits: Hotel Indigo East End