Shelter Island
We'd like to dock riiiiiight here

Bracing yourself for the mass arrival of vacationers this month? Flee to saner, less crowded ground for the day on Shelter Island. This reachable-only-by-ferry enclave has loads of cool things to do (residents Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler agree):

Where to eat: Marie Eiffel?already popular on the island for her beach-chic apparel and decor?recently took over Reddings Market, infusing it with her French style. Pick up a coffee and pain au chocolat made on premise, or grab a beet salad, roasted chicken and a bottle of rosé from across the street at Shelter Island Wine & Spirits for a picnic sur la plage. 184 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-0003

Where to shop: Bird, the popular Brooklyn boutique that put Cobble Hill shopping on the map, has landed on Shelter Island. Beach Bird offers more summerwear, like bright K. Jacques sandals and whimsical sheaths from Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato, among coffee table books, Turkish beach blankets and other cute nesty items. (Open through Labor Day) 183 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, 631-749-5763

Where to unwind: The Perlman Music Program, run by Toby Perlman and her husband, world-class violinist Itzhak, holds waterfront concerts featuring talented young musicians Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are just $20--a steal to hear a future virtuoso. 73 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-0740

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