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The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages has been a mainstay of the Shelter Island community since it opened in 1927. After a two-year renovation, the property is back in action, and if it initially looks like little has changed, that was precisely the point.

“As a historic landmark on Shelter Island, we have sought to preserve the tradition of this exceptional property while enhancing offerings for year-round enjoyment,” Curtis Bashaw, managing partner of Cape Resorts said of the hotel, which celebrated its official ribbon cutting on July 14.

The Petry family has owned The Pridwin since 1961, but partnered with Cape Resorts, a management company known for its preservation of historic hospitality properties, on the renovation and operations of the hotel. “Our family could not be more excited for this next chapter of The Pridwin,” says co-owner Glenn Petry. “In Curtis and his team at Cape Resorts we have found kindred spirits dedicated to tradition, community and service.”

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The hotel sits on 10 acres on Crescent Beach overlooking Peconic Bay where guests can enjoy the waterfront views across from the 49-room property. There’s swimming in the pool or at the private beach (with full bar and food services). Other activities include biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, tennis, fishing and motorized water sports, providing summer camp staples with a luxurious twist. Adding to the childhood pastime feel, there are 16 private cottages with wood burning fireplaces, kitchenettes and private decks overlooking the water. (Certainly not the bunk beds of our adolescence.)

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While the main property may have gotten a spruce, details from the hotel’s early days remain intact. The upper lobby has original wainscotting and hardwood floors, and three chandeliers salvaged from the 1927 dining room. A restored fireplace centers the lounge, decorated with books and vintage ship models rescued from an estate on the island. “We found ways to repurpose many of the classic pieces that have been part of the hotel for so long, including the original wicker furniture in the lounge which so many guests will remember, as well as many of the dining room chairs and even some of the original China, says Colleen Bashaw, Vice President of Design for Cape Resorts.

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To really hit the point home, there’s a “history hall” filled with photographs, original property signage, room kets and hotel mementos from the past 95 years. “It’s important to all of us that The Pridwin still feels like somewhere people can ‘return’ to, where they can relive their fond memories while also creating new ones,” Bashaw says.

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Indulge in some new offerings on the property, like the Pridwin Spa, which offers a full menu of massages, body, and face treatments using OSEA products. Wine and dine at The Terrace, the new main restaurant with an open-air deck featuring American cuisine from executive chef Drew Hiatt, who utilizes local seafood, produce and wines from East End vineyards. There’s also the adjoining Crescent Bar for cocktails and sunset views. And for any locals and longtime patrons who have been thinking about the property’s beloved freshly baked donuts — no need to worry, they’re back too. Sweet!

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