Where last I left you, the sky looked like this:
We were on a ferry, heading here:
Ahoy, Shelter Island!
After a grey and rainy day in Greenport and after Real Madrid had won, we made our way onto the ferry and headed over to Shelter Island. Our destination was La Maison Blanche, an adorable looking Bed & Breakfast.
Nestled into the most glorious foliage! And how fitting it had a French name. 🙂
So cute and innocent looking!
We should have known things would get interesting when we walked in and found a sign at the front desk indicating it was closed.
The place was adorable inside, but there was no one there. On the front desk was an envelope waiting for us with our room key, a note, and some information about which restaurants were open (since it was the off-season).
Some things available to purchase in the room. They had all their bases covered.
But, you know, we didn’t think anything of it. We decided to get back in the car and explore while we still had daylight.
The house next door.
We found our way to the beach, just in time.
These photos are unedited, by the way!
How gorgeous are those colors?! I love autumn!
Apparently going out on the beach was private property, but that guy went fishing. He kept looking around.
Communing with nature.
I know, I know, but I just couldn’t stop taking photos of it! No editing!!
No lifeguard on duty? No kidding!
We finally tore ourselves away from the bewitching and hypnotizing sunset to travel more around the island. We went down a road labeled “Dead End” and found a gorgeous little inlet and this 9/11 memorial…rock.
We finally made our way back to our hotel…to find it still completely empty. Completely empty. There was not another soul in the entire place. And the hallway looked like this. It was like The Shining!!
Tell me you would not have been creeped out! Look at Tell me you would not have been creeped out! Look at the resemblance!
Xabi tried to scare me a little.
We began to explore the rest of the hotel and realized how truly and completely alone we were. There were minimal lights on, so most of the place was dark.
What kind of emergencies are you expecting?!?!
Xabi was creeped out, too!
There is an attached restaurant to the hotel that was deserted as well. We opened it up and turned on some lights so we could eat dinner there. The restaurant had a bar. That we had complete access to. I don’t know if the owners knew how lucky they were that we were honest. We did not touch a bit. But we really should have! How could they leave the bar open with no one there and strangers staying?!
We should have been “Cointreauversial” and helped ourselves to booze!
In the midst of our exploring and scaring ourselves, I stopped to admire the decor.
No one home.
The only lights on were the ones we found to turn on.
There was a pétanque course right outside our bedroom.
We were convinced that someone was going to murder us in the night with the pétanque balls.
I wasn’t scared at all.
While roaming the hotel, scaring ourselves silly, we discovered that we LITERALLY were the only guests in the hotel. And all the other rooms were unlocked. Our room had a full bed and a sofa bed that had been made up, so they clearly knew that 2 people were staying. ALL THE OTHER GUEST ROOMS WERE EMPTY. THEY COULDN’T EVEN UPGRADE US SO THAT WE COULD BOTH SLEEP ON A REAL BED. I STILL CAN’T GET OVER IT.
Understandably, I slept poorly that night. I had several nightmares (I am not usually this suggestible!), and wondered briefly if the house was haunted, to explain why people kept appearing in my dreams and I kept thinking someone was in our room, despite it being double locked from the inside. Ironically, I just discovered this. So, who knows. Maybe it is. :p
The next morning, I woke up and attempted to shower. It was 39ºF and I waited and waited and waited for the water to get hot. It never did. (I was totally wrong about how they were going to murder us. It was going to be with hypothermia!!)
We came downstairs and found coffee and pastries waiting for us, as promised, but still no live person. We ate our breakfast in the restaurant area again, then went back upstairs to get our bags. (And, no, I did not steal Rose’s Bioderma!) I had just come down the stairs with mine when…OUT WALKED A WOMAN. A real live person. Who worked in the hotel. Just in time, because we were about to drive off without signing anything.
We took a minute to take some photos in the daylight and remind ourselves of how benign the place was. Maybe.
It looks so different in the daylight…
We discovered the porch swing too late!
Playing with the pétanque balls.
Or was that all I was doing?!
After this, Rose made me stop, mwahahaha.
Nothing scary there…
Our road to freedom!
Bye bye creepy Shining hotel!
We decided to take the ferry on the other side of the island for a different adventure on our drive home. We were a lot more fortunate with the weather that day.
Me and Xabi on a boat.
Bye bye, Shelter Island!
We decided our first drive-through town was going to be Sag Harbor. I became obsessed with the trees that looked like this. We almost got into an accident looking at some by a roundabout. Luckily, we found more where I could actually pull over and take photos!
This one was Snapseeded and Instagrammed.
How cute and quaint!
Yeah, you know, the information center was a windmill, no big.
It’s not called harbor for nothing!
I love how run down this look, in comparison to the rest of the place.
Rose has been on a Places That Rich and WASP-y People Frequent kick lately, taking me through Greenwich, CT on our mini road trip last month, and stopping at Newport, RI on her way back from a wedding last weekend. So we HAD to stop in the Hamptons somewhere. Neither of us has ever been. So we chose Southampton, because it’s the toniest, daaaahling.
Xabi felt quite at home in Southampton.
This was a silversmith workshop. Naturally.
We decided we had to stop at one place we knew all the famous people went, and a bakery was all we could afford!
But it was really pretty!
Done pretending that we were rich and privileged, we got back in the car and headed back to the city. Because Rose is a darling, she actually drove me to Brooklyn so I could drop my bags off at my house and not leave them in her car and take them home on the subway later. She got to cross a bucket list item off her list by having pizza at Di Fara’s, at least!
We headed into the city and fooled around at Bloomingdales for a while. Then hoofed it to Goorin Bros so she could buy a hat (I still have not had money for mine 🙁 ), and then we walked crosstown and caught another sunset, NYC style. 🙂
We met up with friends before the Frightened Rabbit show. Which rocked. Hard.
I have video on my Instagram, and I totally recommend checking them out!
And that’s it for this month’s adventure! I really hope we get to keep this up and have another in December!
What are your favorite mini getaways? Do you have any trips planned?
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