There is a picturesque area of Long Island less than 100 miles of New York City that is lined with sprawling vineyards, organic farms, and quiet beaches—and no, it's not the Hamptons. Unlike its cousin to the south, the North Fork of the island is quieter and more understated, but it's not any less quaint. Lately, it's been going through somewhat of a revival. Enter Sound View: the latest property to land in the sleepy fishing town of Greenport, New York. Still untainted by swarming tourist crowds and the infrastructure that often comes along with them, the historic enclave is not short of great vintage shopping or farm-to-table restaurants.
Sound View might be a newcomer to the design hotel scene, but the space is well established. The 1953 property was recently renovated by Eagle Point Hotel Partners and designed by Brooklyn-based firm Studio Tack (of Scribner's Catskills Lodge fame) and is reminiscent of the golden era of motels with touches of New England, modernism, and nautical undertones that nod to the town's fishing and boating history. One could argue that the property—open year-round—is even better in the off-season when there is little more to do but to watch the wild ocean waves from the comfort of a cozy sofa with a cocktail in hand. If you agree, take a look at the newly opened Sound View hotel, and book a quick fall getaway before every New Yorker flocks there.
"After purchasing the property from a family that has owned it since 1953, I spent close to a year living and breathing the place," says owner Erik Warner of Eagle Point Hotel Partners.
"I met the community, and with every story, I listened and became more informed about what the property needed to be. I was dedicated to paying homage to its past while bringing Sound View into the present."
The guest rooms at Sound View are designed with cedar shiplap walls and recycled flooring materials, but that's not without all the modern comforts one would expect from a hotel, including a Tivoli radio and Quiet Town bedspreads.
The bathrooms' elongated subway tile mosaic feels at once modern and respectful of the property's historic past. The fixtures retain a certain classic—even nautical—flair. They are complete with Waterworks bathroom fixtures and Malin & Goetz bath products.
"There is something deeply romantic about the old seaside village of Greenport," says Warner. "I believe the village goes back to the mid-1600s and has been a very active port since. This innate beauty of this place coupled with its history is constantly stimulating. Sound View is an extension of that, a place where you're simultaneously connected to the land and the sea."
Each of the Sound View's newly designed guest rooms spills out onto a boardwalk-style or private deck and feature custom beach loungers that overlook the hotel's private beach. Some of the rooms feature a breakfast nook to linger around on a lazy Sunday morning.
The property is open year-round to accommodate the lovers of winter ocean escapes. In the summer, hotel guests are served tableside by the pool deck and private beach, anchoring them until the sun goes down.
Off the in the lobby lounge, guests are encouraged to wind down or grab a quick drink or bite, overlooking the expansive views outside.
"The design of the hotel layers inspiration from New England modernism, popularized by the Bauhaus enclaves on Cape Cod and by Horace Gifford in nearby Fire Island, the golden era of roadside hotels, and the great American Road Trip," the designers at Studio Tack told MyDomaine.
"While the design borrows from nautical references, our goal was to honor Greenport and the surrounding region through understated nods to the rich fishing and boat-building history."
In the piano bar, a nod to the building's historic past, rich, old-world charm invites visitors to lounge, sip a craft cocktail, or listen to some of the many live music acts featured on weekends.
The Library, the property's private dining room, is complete with oversized windows and unobstructed waterfront views. Hundreds of books line the shelves in this warm, comfortable space, which can be used for private events or simply enjoyed by guests.
The Halyard, the hotel's main restaurant, embodies the property's nautical geography and history with fresh produce, seafood, and wine from the North Fork and the Atlantic Seaboard. The menu features coastal dishes like lobster beignets and oyster po'boys.
The maritime design is felt throughout with the classic captain's chairs and the family-style wooden tables. Galen Zamarra, James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of the acclaimed Mas in New York City, helms Sound View's food and beverage program.
"I promised the community that I would embrace and enhance a property that had been a mainstay for decades," says Warner. "While it was a challenge to hold that promise and elevate the property to all it could be, it was also the most rewarding part of the remake. Everyone on the project went above and beyond expectations to create something incredible."
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