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. 


Brunch entrees at the inn include deep-fried burrata with prosciutto, brioche French toast and duck confit hash with poached eggs and hollandaise ($16 to $18). Then stroll down the luxurious lawn and sit in an Adirondack chair or make your way to the little private beach. 
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This quaint Shelter Island hideout with a country aura would be a good setting for a romantic novel. There’s a rolling lawn, a gazebo for drinks, and dining both outside and near the fireplace inside. Read More


Even if you don't stay at the landmark Ram's Head Inn perched hillside above Coecles Harbor, you'll want to swing by to see live jazz or a local band in the cocktail lounge, Harbor Hall. Read More


On a bulb of land separated from the rest of Shelter Island by a couple of narrow causeways, the rambling hilltop Ram’s Head Inn is perfect for those who yearn for a lost-in-time shore experience (read: no TV’s). The in-house restaurant is one of the best on Shelter Island, with views overlooking the property and water beyond. Read More


hile the “Farm-to-Table” restaurant trend has caught fire in recent years, and raised the bar on what constitutes “fresh,” the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island has always operated by this method.  It was never a trend to follow for the classic restaurant and inn, just what made the most sense when creating their seasonal menus.  Read More


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.  


Rosé all day! Kelly Bensimon gets her wine on and continues our “Travel With Us: The Hamptons” series at Rams Head Inn on Shelter Island, New York. She’s pairing wine and food with the help of the Inn’s executive chef – Matthew Murphy. Watch the video above to see all the mouth-watering food and wine!  Read More →


Birds chirping, wine glasses clinking and bay water gently lapping is what you’ll hear from a perch in a pair of Adirondack chairs on the sprawling lawn of this neatly tucked away, historic 17-room inn.  Read More


A little off the beaten path even for Shelter Island, the 17-room Ram’s Head Inn has New England charm running from a spacious lawn seeded with Adirondack chairs for sea-gazing to sunset dining on a wide porch. Read More


Located on coveted Shelter Island in eastern Long Island, this hotel has been welcoming guests to its beachfront property since 1929. During the summer, lunch on the Inn's private beach and then grab a kayak for a paddle around Coecles Harbor.  Read More


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 →