Join This New York Designer On Her Perfect Day On Shelter Island


Christine Gachot

red-and-white-striped cafe on shelter island as suggested by Christine Gachot

colorful woven furnishings on top a deck in the Hamptons

Designers John and Christine Gachot of Gachot Studios have had a home on Shelter Island, New York, for almost 20 years. Here, Christine shares her vision of a perfect summer Saturday on the beloved enclave.

7:30 a.m. Our house is adjacent to Sylvester Manor, so we typically start the day with the many public hiking trails that lead to our pup Slim’s favorite inlet in Dering Harbor.

10:30 a.m. Walk to Marie Eiffel’s and enjoy a delicious breakfast dockside. Ask to say hi to Marie as she always has some yummy sample she’s working on in her kitchen.

12 p.m. Rent a bike at Piccozzi’s Bike Shop and explore! My favorite beach is Hay Beach. It’s secluded, quiet and super sandy, with spectacular views of the Bug Light lighthouse.

2 p.m. Head to Sunset Beach for an unforgettable waterside lunch experience. Make sure to stop by their perfectly curated boutique afterward (bottom).

5 p.m. On to Black Cat Books for a respite from the sun (and wine) to peruse their vintage and rare book selection.

8 p.m. Dinner at Vine Street. The Machete cocktail is a must, as are the tuna tacos, calamari salad, daily special and much more.

10 p.m. Make a late-night ice cream stop at the Tuck Shop for soft serve with sprinkles. Then head back to Sunset Beach for drinks.

Photos: Doug Young; Christine Gachot Portrait: David Urbanke.