Midweek Escape at Jedediah Hawkins
The Jedediah Hawkins is known for its romantic ambiance, the kind of place that’s just made for a good book and a cup of hot chocolate by one of the many fireplaces. It’s nice on a summer weekend, but is arguably even better midweek in winter. The one point you can’t argue is, the winter prices are better.
Make your winter escape Sunday through Thursday without the weekend traffic, and you’ll save 20% off the room rate on all the inn’s signature rooms – Sage, Rose, Cocoa, Cider or Belvedere (the latter is an ultra-romantic three-room suite tucked up under the eaves.) Or, if you’d rather, you can take your savings in the form of a $100 credit on dinner instead (the Jedediah Hawkins classifies itself as an inn, restaurant and speakeasy, and visitors rave about the food and the ambiance in roughly equal measures.) Also included are a full breakfast, and complimentary tastings at the inn’s 14 vineyard partners. (Call for the best price on midweek stays, starting at $275 plus tax, 631.722.2900.)
If you haven’t been to the inn, it’s worth splurging on a night. Jedediah Hawkins was a Jamesport resident, who built his house in 1863 with the money he made on trading vessels in his youth and working for the government during the Civil War. With its Italianate charm, the house was one of the North Fork’s finest residences and might have been a stop on the Underground Railroad (there are unexplained secret passages and trapdoors, though no reliable written evidence for this); it was rebuilt to its original grandeur in 2005.