About the Inn ↓


Found at the heart, the very pulse of the East End, all are welcome to visit the Ram's Head Inn.

The Ram's Head Inn is a Shelter Island gem: world class hospitality and accommodations, exceptionally fine dining, and a history of beautiful and memorable private events. Make the visit all yours, while existing in a world all its own. 


As Leonardo DaVinci once wrote, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." The Ram's Head Inn was built in 1929 as an inn and has always been an inn throughout that time. The building stands as it was originally built: continually undergoing renovations by owners Linda & James Eklund, of Reich/Eklund Construction Inc., now cruising into their 37th year of owning and operating the Inn. 


Ram’s Head Inn is one of Shelter Island’s go-to Inn’s when visiting the area for a weekend getaway or wedding. Overlooking the water and equipped with tennis courts, paddle boards, a bar, and more- what’s not to enjoy? I had the opportunity to check out the Inn this weekend and dine at their restaurant, and I am excited to report my findings. The Inn is casual and rustic, and my dining experience was superb! 


On June 4, 2010,  APS Editor in Chief Gene Sprouse presented a plaque to the proprietors of the Ram’s Head Inn, in recognition of the Shelter Island Conference that contributed so much to modern scientific thought. The citation reads: “At this site a small group of theoretical physicists met soon after World War II, and in a burst of pent up energy after five war years doing military science, attacked several of the most important problems of the time to achieve dramatic understanding of some fundamental questions in quantum physics.”  Read More →


"Shelter Island still has a lot to offer this time of year, with fewer crowds getting in the way of the peaceful scenery. Hotels like the Chequit Inn and the Ram’s Head Inn are open year round and serve up predictably exceptional seafood."  Read More →



The Eklunds and the Ram's Head Inn are dedicated to giving back to their community they love and value so dearly. The Inn has sponsored countless 5K & 10Ks on the Island, boating races, benefits, community service endeavors, music programs, events honoring students of the Shelter Island School, and more. Perhaps most notable, is the Inn's involvement with The Island Gift of Life Foundation, Inc.

The Island Gift of Life Foundation helps people cope with life-threatening illnesses residing in the four eastern townships on Eastern Long Island while also expanding the pool of bone marrow donors to potentially aid cancer patients all across the globe. To learn more, please visit The Island Gift of Life Foundation website.  


Highlights of The Ram's Head: There may be no more serene spot on the island than the lawn, strewn with Adirondack chairs, that gently slopes down to the inn's 800-foot private beach. Sailboats, paddle boards, kayaking are available for guests' use (or moor your own boat) as is a tennis court / basketball court. Read More 


The inn's 17 rooms are spacious and quaint: you can imagine them having housed generations of New Englanders. The restaurant serves everything from omelettes to lobster pistachio pie. If you want to head to the beach, it's just steps away, and your footprints may well be the only ones on it." Read More →


"The most romantic place on Shelter Island is the elegant dining porch of the Ram's Head Inn, overlooking Coecles Harbor.  It's a little bit like Mt. Vernon, with green lawns rolling to the water, and amber sunsets. Read More →