Head east. Out to the Hamptons. Find the Shelter Island ferry. Pause. Enjoy the ride.
Dock at the beach. Wind around a little until you reach what appears to be a grand white mansion.
There, you’ll find exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Peace. Quiet. And piping hot butter croissants.
Welcome to La Maison Blanche, a secluded Shelter Island estate that’s championing the finer points of European living with an on-site bakery, brasserie and regulation bocce court, accepting reservations now.
Really, this isn’t that much different from a spur-of-the-moment trip to someone’s country home... in the South of France. Which means a heavy dose of white wainscot and dark hardwood conceived by an André Balazs expat. It also happens to mean an aggressive in-house bakery that begins pumping out pastries around 5am.
You’ll retreat here to refill your joie de vivre meter through any means necessary. Most likely: jazz brunch into cocktails on the wraparound porch into bike ride to the beach into steak frites into a leisurely soak in your suite’s oversized tub.
And should you end up way out east this Thursday, you’ll find the hotel is hosting a pétanque tournament in honor of Bastille Day. Which means there’s only one thing left to do.
Win the whole damn thing.