A hideaway on City Island, the Bronx's personal Nantucket.
In the mid-1990s, chef Pierre Saint-Denis purchased a 19th-century Victorian manor on historic City Island. This mile-and-a-half of land is buttressed by lighthouses and surrounded by Long Island Sound. Once home to a sea captain, the mansion has been turned into the kind of cozy, antique-laden inn you might stumble across in the French countryside. Saint-Denis named it Le Refuge after his Upper East Side Manhattan restaurant. Seven spacious bedrooms, including three king bed suites with private bathrooms, occupy the top two floors. The bottom floor is a French restaurant that offers a three-course prix-fixe menu including such classics as bouillabaisse and duck à l’orange. Nearby, recreation abounds. Waters sports include boating, kayaking and saltwater fishing. Guests can also enjoy horseback riding, a driving range and an 18-hole golf course.