America’s first inn reopens, redesigned for 21st-century Hamptons hospitality

August 9, 2022

Photo credit: Matthew Williams

Canoe Place Inn and Cottages, situated on the site of America’s oldest inn, reopened its doors this week after being shuttered for nearly two decades. The historic 17th-century Hamptons inn, which was once referred to as “The First Stop Out East,” has been restored and reimagined for the 21st-century traveler.

Canoe Place Inn was founded in 1697 as America’s first inn. The one-time refuge for starlets, socialites, politicians, and presidents is situated on six acres alongside the Shinnecock Canal.

In addition to guest rooms, suites, and residential-style Canoe Place boathouses serviced by luxury membership club Inspirato, the new boutique seaside resort offers a 350-seat private event space and a 100-seat restaurant with outdoor seating for 120 guests. Interiors have been designed by Brooklyn-based Workstead, highlighted by work from local and internationally renowned artists.

Photo credit: Evan Sung

Photo credit: Evan Sung

Amenities include a heated pool, fitness center, private boat slips, exclusive beach shuttle, and a full-service spa from ONDA Beauty. The property’s restaurant, Good Ground Tavern, is helmed by Relais and Château veteran Chef Ülfet Ralph, featuring seasonal ingredients and local flavors.


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