It’s one of the most visible homes in Greenport, New York, and now The Shady Lady, a white Victorian located on Route 25, is a boutique hotel called the Lin Beach House.
The Lin Beach House is the sister hotel to the Matchbook Distilling Company. The hotel has five oversized guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. The rooms have 17-foot ceilings that hang high above king-sized beds. The bathrooms include clawfoot bathtubs for soaking. The rooms’ balconies overlook the traditional garden and beach of the onetime resort. You can also catch a glimpse of the neighboring Knotokosta Winery and its vineyards. Inside the hotel, you can enjoy the Match Book Distilling Company’s bar, Days Like These.
“Our theme is ‘play, sip, stay,’” explains Paul Monahan, the hospitality director at the beach house. “It’s for people seeking an escape. Whether you come and get lost in the sheets or sit down and write the next chapter of your book in the bar downstairs, this place is a playground for anything you want it to be.”
Turning the Shady Lady into a boutique hotel was a year long project. The team kept a lot of the original charm by leaving the original floors, fireplaces, and period-correct architectural details in place. Brass fixtures throughout lend to that old charm as well, and the opulent chandelier from its days as the Shady Lady is still there.
The beach house will also feature “pop-up kitchens” for its dining service. “The kitchen won’t be open for regular service,” explains Monahan. “We’re not interested in managing kitchens. A baker could come here, use this kitchen and we’ll do a special cupcake menu that evening. It will be spontaneous and evolving.”
The Lin has self-check-in keypads “that allow you to immerse and emerge yourself at your convenience.” The vision is for the beach house to be “a guest house, where creativity, luxury, relaxation and indulgence can all be found in equal measure.” If that sounds like something you need—and who doesn’t?—then you can book your room for the two-night minimum with a starting rate of $250.