The stately white inn across the town pond in East Hampton boasts history and charm like no other in the summer getaway destination.
The Hedges family was one of the first to settle in East Hampton, calling the beautiful estate their home in the mid-1600s. In 1873, the home was inherited by John & Caroline Hedges, who added a second and third floor and opened a boardinghouse. As the decades passed and ownership was handed down or changed, the property has continued to maintain its colonial character, and it remains one of the most iconic inns in the Hamptons – and America.
In 2016, the 13-room luxury B&B underwent a refreshing facelift. The renovation added state-of-the-art amenities to each of the spacious guest rooms and updated the overall look of the property. Walking in, you feel as though you’ve stepped into a neighbor’s welcoming living room. Cozy couches hug the fireplace, fresh flowers liven every table, and beautiful pieces of art adorn the walls.
Upstairs, the bedrooms echo the familiar, comfortable feeling of the downstairs. Plush linens drape over dreamy beds, and sunlight pours in through open windows. We gushed over our beautiful and tranquil space, as we walked into room number 7. Beyond spacious, it had every amenity you could ask for – a straw tote bag with striped beach towels for a day in the sun, cutlery and plates for an afternoon picnic, a fridge to keep your rosé cold, and luxurious bath products to wash off the day.
Each morning, the smell of home cooking lured us into the dining room. Jenny, who is the inn keeper along with her husband Marcos, is also the Executive Chef. She prepares a breakfast so decadent it keeps guests returning year after year for that famous Hedge’s Inn breakfast. We enjoyed her delicious baked eggs with avocado and bacon, along with the elaborate morning spread of pastries, fresh fruit, and impressive coffee bar. Guests can enjoy their meal in the cheery, open dining room or dine outside in the garden, as we did, surrounded by purple flowers and the buzz of feeding bees feeding on the abundance of plant nectar.
Even thought the name of The Hedges Inn stems from the founding family, the property is indeed surrounded by those famous, grand Hamptons hedges, and gardens bursting with color and fresh flower smells. Out back, black-and-white loungers dot the lush green grass and a hammock calmly sways between two majestic trees. With a lawn as gorgeous as this, why would you go anywhere else?
The peaceful property is one of the largest we’ve come across in the Hamptons, and having the space to just breathe makes all the difference in the world. With such a lovely lawn, plenty of parking, and the most charming barn, the inn also hosts lots of fun weddings and local events throughout the year. For guests, the location is ideal for being both close to the beach and walking distance to all the great shops and restaurants in East Hampton.
Bird songs will be the soundtrack to a weekend at The Hedges Inn. Happy chirps and sing-song harmonies echo throughout the property. There is perhaps no better place to relax and unwind surrounded by nature, history, delicious food and the charm of The Hamptons.
Compass + Twine was a welcomed guest of The Hedges Inn and thanks them for a lovely stay and wonderful breakfasts! As always, all opinions are our own.
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