Grand Opening of the Ram's Head Inn on Shelter Island


Looking for the perfect summer get-away? KDHamptons has found it! We are so excited because the new summer season means that Shelter Island’s Ram’s Head Inn is having its Grand (re)Opening. With a new owner and a new look, this iconic Shelter Island waterfront destination is now open for business. Get ready to enjoy the private beach, fine dining, live music, large private event spaces, spa services and guest rooms on 4.5 acres! Count me in!

“I have always loved the Ram’s Head Inn. It’s one of those places where no matter who you are, you feel part of an exclusive, old world club. I want to build on that goodwill and create a modern and welcoming experience from the moment you step foot on our property.”  

— Aandrea Carter, owner, Ram’s Head Inn

The Ram’s Head Inn is reopening its doors this summer with a fresh point of view, thanks to its new owner Aandrea Carter, a longtime East End resident. The historic Inn, built in 1919, still has all of its legendary charm as it ushers in a new era – evident the minute you walk through its glossy marina blue front door.

Ms. Carter is restoring the beloved waterside restaurant and Inn into a year round destination. The farm/sea-to-table restaurant, which seats up to 100 people, spreads across an airy, newly whitewashed dining room, a chic bar, a sun-drenched garden room, as well as a covered veranda and outdoor patio. The art-filled rooms flow into one another, making it the perfect destination for intimate family and friends gatherings, retreats and special events, from private parties to weddings.

The Inn features 17 guestrooms, as well as beauty and spa services, a wellness program, which includes seaside yoga and delicious herbal concoctions. The expansive lawn, dotted with old world white Adirondack chairs, invites you to come and sit awhile, whether for morning coffee, afternoon smoothies or sunset cocktails. Your body immediately relaxes as you drink in the stunning water views.

Located 100 miles from New York City on the Eastern End of Long Island, Ram’s Head Inn is situated on Shelter Island’s scenic Ram Island. Accessible via car, seaplane, boat or private yacht charters from Sag Harbor, the Ram’s Head Inn offers a private dock and eight moorings for ship-to-shore dining and recreation.


Guests arriving by water need only radio marine VHF Channel 77 to reach the dockmaster.  The Ram’s Head’s dedicated launch will function as a water taxi to Coecles Harbor boaters as well as ship to shore transport for guests mooring at one of the eight dedicated mooring balls, or ordering food and drinks to go. The launch will also be available for private dining and cruises. A 42 foot Azimut yacht will be available for charters and day trips.


This season will also see the debut of the Ram’s Head Oyster, developed in an exclusive partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, which will be developing oyster and other shellfish beds in the Ram’s Head Inn’s waterfront.   A percentage of proceeds from the Inn’s oyster sales will be given back to the bays in support of Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program’s shellfish and habitat restoration efforts.  

Executive Chef Joe Smith remains at the helm of the Inn’s award-winning culinary program. Guests can expect the return of his farm/sea-to-table cooking, as well as some new surprises. A weekly raw bar will be featured all summer long, beginning Memorial Day Weekend.  Several local oyster farmers will be onsite shucking their own delicacies for guests to sample. 


All Ram’s Head Inn offerings will be available to guests via their all-inclusive Grass Pass, which gives day visitors access to a plethora of amenities including beachfront food and beverage services and activities, luxury picnic options, outdoor fitness classes, and spa offerings.  


The full grounds of the property are available for private events, accommodating up to 250 people.  The 4.5 acres also offers several locations for more intimate events, including a private beachfront, waterfront tented event space, exclusive gazebo, organic herb garden, and cigar lounge.  Weekly outdoor yoga and fitness classes will be offered and open to the public.  We can’t wait to see you there!


The Ram’s Head Inn

108 South Ram Island Drive,

Shelter Island Heights, NY 111965


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Compiled by Emmy Sammons