Bountiful in its sense of Old World charm and rustic elegance, Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport is a veritable tour de force on the North Fork when it comes to setting a mood.
The inn’s soothing atmosphere is created as soon as guests walk into its dimly lit rooms, the woody aroma of the venue’s multiple fireplaces infused with the faint sense of incense.
Visitors are met with an equal sense of warmth from their hostess, whose kind smile conveys an eagerness to make your meal or stay as comfortable as possible. Indeed, the inn prides itself on its long and enduring reputation for providing genuine hospitality, good food and an exceptional wine list.
Modeled in the Italianate style complete with ornate architectural details and a belvedere, Jedediah Hawkins was built in 1863, when it was then revered as one of the finest residences on the North Fork. Years later, after the house fell into disrepair, it was blessedly saved from the wrecker’s ball and meticulously restored.
Today, the cozy five-suite property boasts gas fireplaces and private bathrooms, along with a fine-dining restaurant featuring a seasonal menu that, in the fall, includes selections like duck wings, butternut squash soup and lamb.
Don’t miss the inn’s foremost attraction, the authentic speakeasy, located downstairs. During the winter months Jedediah Hawkins Inn hosts “Sessions in the Speakeasy,” a series of workshops led by some of the best, most approachable experts in their fields. The workshops are a nod to the wealth of high-quality wine, beer and spirits made on Long Island’s East End. Sessions feature locally made products served with a locally sourced signature tasting menu prepared by the inn’s executive chef, Richard Kanowsky.