Among the more moderately priced inns in expensive East Hampton is the Bassett House Inn (128 Montauk Hwy., 631/324-6127, www.bassetthouseinn.com, $195–325 July–Aug.), a large white wooden hostelry with black shutters. Built in the 1830s, with several add-ons over the years, it offers 12 guest rooms, all outfitted with antiques. Some of the cheaper rooms share baths; some of the more expensive ones have fireplaces, and one has a whirlpool.
The old-fashioned Maidstone Arms has been bought and reinvented into the free-spirited Scandinavian
c/o The Maidstone (207 Main St., 631/324-5006, www.themaidstone.com, $450–550 in summer, $225–295 off-season), offering loads of great amenities, including all organic linens and toiletries, complimentary classic cruiser bicycles, and beach parking permits. Pets are welcomed into several rooms of this property, which overlooks the village green, and provided with their own bowls and treats ($25). Humans can dine well at the hotel’s restaurant, The Living Room.
Among the oldest of hostelries on the South Fork is Hedges Inn (74 James Ln., 631/324-7100, www.thehedgesinn.com, $595–750 in summer, $205–425 off-season). Built by one of the town’s founding families, with sections dating back to the mid-1700s, the inn features 11 nicely restored rooms, some overlooking Town Pond, and dining at the James Lane Cafe.
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