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Though it may not be as well known as its high-profile neighboring communities, the lovely hamlet of Quogue is an ideal East End vacation spot. And for those in search of tranquility and understated elegance, Quogue Club at Hallock House offers the perfect getaway.
In operation since 2014, the Club is the result of a thoughtful makeover by a group of local residents who purchased the historic Hallock House and restored the rundown structure to its original 19th-century appearance. With interior décor by renowned designer Alexa Hampton, it is now a private dining club and hotel featuring 14 rooms and suites adorned with beautiful textiles in carefully coordinated orals, stripes, and ikats. According to Interim General Manager Pascal Zugmeyer, “The décor, details, and level of service offered here all make the place special.” The Quogue Club’s location, right across the street from the Hampton Jitney stop and close to nearby beaches, is another great asset. Plus, it’s just 90 minutes from Manhattan, so getting there needn’t take up the entire day.
The Club combines the features of a luxury boutique hotel with the coziness of an inn. “It’s a private dining club, but open to hotel guests, so it’s like a peekaboo into club life,” notes Zugmeyer. Like any exclusive club, there are excellent amenities, including a well-equipped gym and a dance studio hosting yoga and hip-hop classes every weekend, as well as a treatment room for massages. According to Zugmeyer, guests may also borrow hotel bicycles to get around the area and down to the beach. Books donated by club members are arranged on bookshelves all around the property–a homey touch.
As befitting a dining club, the restaurant— featuring fresh, local fare and a member- selected wine list—is a star attraction. Founding Executive Chef Matt Birnstill, who has lived and cooked on the East End his entire life, uses his ties to the community to obtain locally sourced produce, meat, and fish. “He is very versatile,” says Zugmeyer of Birnsill, who is known for changing up the menu. Various specialty cuisines are offered throughout the summer: French fare for Bastille Day and barbeque for Independence Day, as well as tapas, Italian-themed, and Polynesian-themed weekends later in the season. Live bands are often brought in to entertain guests. “We like to keep it interesting for members,” says Zugmeyer. Golf enthusiasts can hone their swing at the Laurel Links Country Club, named one of the top ten NYC-area golf courses built in the past decade by Links magazine; and the hotel also offers year-round tennis at Westhampton Beach Tennis and Sport, just 10 minutes away.
Those interested in local history will be impressed by the Quogue Club’s rich past. One of Quogue’s first hotels, Hallock House began as a farmhouse built in 1842. The Hallock family took in boarders who probably arrived by stagecoach (which stopped where the Jitney stops today). At the height of his political career, Daniel Webster stayed regularly at Hallock House when visiting the area for shooting trips. (Quogue was one of the first resort communities developed along Long Island’s south shore.) In 1871 the building was renovated and enlarged by John Dayton Hallock, who later built two cottages at the rear of the property. More recently, as the Inn at Quogue, the Hallock House served as a local restaurant.
Open year round, Quogue Club can also be rented out in its entirety for weddings and other events. Whether seeking a relaxing week off, quick weekend getaway, or special event celebration, the Quogue Club o ers a uniquely luxurious experience.
(47 Quogue Street, 631.653.0100)