Get your FREE Nutrition eBook → Click Here

The Chequit, Shelter Island

by Marissa on September 2, 2015

Chequit Inn Shelter Island

Like lots of things during summer, my blogging has gone on a bit of hiatus. But I’m back for a minute to rave about our long weekend surprise trip to Shelter Island where we stayed at The Chequit. This trip came just as Summer seemed to settle into New England and we were greeted with the most perfect weather. 

Every Summer we spend at least one weekend out East, but it’s usually in The Hamptons. When we visited Shelter Island for the first time two years ago, we knew we had to go back. It’s the perfect blend of laid back-casual meets city-chic at the beach. Since it’s an island, the only way to reach it is by ferry so that makes it feel slightly more chill and secluded than dealing with the crowds at the beaches in Montauk or The Hamptons. 

We left Thursday afternoon, but the rain and traffic prolonged our travel time so that by the time we arrived, we were both ready to relax.

The Chequit is a charming Summer cottage-turned Inn that sits on a hill. Newly opened and renovated with a beachy-antiquey feel, it’s one of the most inviting places to stay on the island. When we checked in, we were shown to a cozy room in the annex which is a separate building but a stone’s throw from the main cottage. We quickly changed and went to the on site restaurant Red Maple for dinner where we had some of the most delicious food of the trip. The focus at Red Maple is on local and seasonal and David’s chicken and my larger-than-life prawns did not disappoint.

Chequit Inn Shelter Island

After an early bedtime and an early-morning run around the island, we made our way to the porch for an out-of-this world, healthy, homemade continental breakfast. This was not cereal and toast. We’re talking a daily frittata, homemade granola, Greek yogurt, fresh berries and homemade pastries. The best part is that is was included with the room.

Chequit Inn Shelter Island

We always lingered a little longer at breakfast because of how inviting the porch and the grounds were for eating and relaxing. 

Chequit Inn Shelter Island

The rest of the trip was spent exploring the nearby towns: lunch in Sag Harbor, a day trip to Montauk and pit stops for green juice and lobster rolls on Montauk Highway (I’m all about the balance!).

Chequit Inn Shelter Island

Of course, a trip to Shelter Island isn’t complete without sunset drinks at Sunset Beach. We made sure to sneak that in too!

Another favorite meals was at Vine Street Cafe, a must-visit on Shelter Island. It was impromptu and we were lucky to snag a seat at the bar where we dined on delectable grilled octopus, a tasty arugula and olive salad and a cheese plate along with local rose. 

On our way home Sunday evening, we stopped at a few of the road side farm stands to pick up local fruit and veggies which are always super fresh and so good. 

It was truly one of the best and romantic trips I’ve had and the best part is that it’s only a couple-hours drive from the city. 


Wellcoin: The World’s First Health Currency

July 31, 2015
Thumbnail image for Wellcoin: The World’s First Health Currency

This post is sponsored by Wellcoin. All opinions are my own.  It pays to live healthy – literally!  Today I’m announcing my partnership with Wellcoin, the world’s first health currency on a mission to help Americans lead healthier lives.  Wellcoin is a free web site and app that encourages you to log healthy activities  — like […]

Read the full article →

Health Coach vs. Registered Dietitian: What’s the Difference?

July 23, 2015
Thumbnail image for Health Coach vs. Registered Dietitian: What’s the Difference?

In my experience, health coaches can often be mistaken for dietitians or nutritionists. While there are some similarities, there are plenty of differences.  I went to the dictionary to get a baseline definition of each. Merriam-Webster, defines each as follows:  Dietitian: “A person whose job is to give advice about what to eat in order […]

Read the full article →

Food Intolerance

July 6, 2015
Thumbnail image for Food Intolerance

Determining your food intolerances just got easier.  Pinnertest is a quick and easy test that helps you reliably and accurately determine your food intolerances.  A lot of people confuse food allergies with food intolerances. Food intolerances are more common than food allergies and manifest in your body in adverse ways like bloating, tiredness, brain fog and […]

Read the full article →

Training and Racing

June 30, 2015
Thumbnail image for Training and Racing

I used to spend a fair amount of time on this blog talking about training and racing. If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted about my training and upcoming races since my NYC Marathon Race Re-cap last November.  That’s because I’m not currently training for a […]

Read the full article →

Freedom From Fad Diets

June 29, 2015
Thumbnail image for Freedom From Fad Diets

This year I celebrate six years at the helm of my health coaching and nutrition business, Marissa’s Well-being and Health. When I think of everything I’ve accomplished and how my life has changed since taking the leap toward such a drastic career change, I feel sheer joy.   During this time, I’ve had the opportunity to […]

Read the full article →

Healthy Summer Grilling Recipes

June 16, 2015

Check out Healthy Summer Grilling by Marissa Vicario at Mode

Read the full article →

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Day and Make Self Care a Habit

June 5, 2015
Thumbnail image for 7 Ways to Upgrade Your Day and Make Self Care a Habit

How often do you make self care a habit? You may be surprised to learn that most of us know how we can keep our physical, emotional and mental well-being in check with self care, but few of us rarely give it the attention it deserves. In one study, only 6 percent of adults engaged in health-related […]

Read the full article →

Summer Ice Pops

May 28, 2015
Thumbnail image for Summer Ice Pops

  This post is sponsored by Evolution Fresh.  The first weekend of Summer came and went and left me with a nasty cold – my first in at least 6 months!  One of the ways I keep my immune system strong and re-build it when it takes a hit is by getting a daily dose […]

Read the full article →