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Steps away from the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill sits a quaint, five-bedroom inn. Walk over the pebble driveway and up the steps to enter the doorway of White Fences Inn, where you’ll undoubtedly be greeted by Bailey, a seven-year-old Goldendoodle. As Bailey wags his fluffy, golden tail to newcomers, innkeepers Liz and Eric Brodar are smiling right behind. The happily married couple immediately set a tone akin to entering a family home.
This luxury bed and breakfast was opened by the Brodars in 2015, after owning an award-winning location in Kennebunk, ME.
“What sets us apart is that we are owner-operated and with that, the personalization and attention to detail are our first concerns. We try to create an experience not just a place to put ‘heads on beds,’” Liz explained of the newly refurbished property.
Each room is renovated with a personal touch: the Corwith, a 250-square-foot room on the second floor of the original home; the Mecox, the newest addition, at 300 square feet; Little Cobb welcomes 400 square feet; Halsey Suite has 450 square feet; and the largest room, at 500 square feet, the Benedict Suite, appropriately named after the original owner. The property was owned by the Benedict family in the 1800s. Alongside modern touches of WiFi, gas fireplaces, heated floors, and private bathrooms comes a traditional guest favorite, breakfast.
It is prepared by Liz using seasonal ingredients from local purveyors. The banana Nutella muffin melts in your mouth with exploding pockets of hazelnut chocolate, chopped strawberries on the side. Also featured is a maple, strawberry, chia seed, and almond milk parfait, with flavors and textures that are both light and refreshing.
For something more filling, try an egg atop whole grain toast with melted cheese and tomato. All of this served with delicious orange juice and coffee or tea. It begs the question, why go out for breakfast when you can wake up to such a personalized, guest-only experience? It sets the tone of a true getaway.
Liz also enjoys engaging in the community. She created the first Hamptons Bedside Reading Authors weekend, a literary event that expanded throughout the Hamptons. After the success of this debut event, she is also eager to organize a Hamptons hospitality group, she said.