Although the oldest part of the Whitehall is an 1834 white-clapboard sea captain's home, the bright and cheery design characteristic of the Lark Hotel group that recently redesigned and renovated the hotel is decidedly contemporary with nostalgic touches here and there. There's nothing stodgy about this boutique hotel, and no detail has been overlooked, no space left unconsidered in the overall aesthetic. Take the Millay Room, a common space that pays homage to the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, who grew up in the area and read her poetry at the Whitehall, where her career was launched. Memorabilia pertaining to the poet's life and work cozy right up to a funky new portrait created by a contemporary artist, and guests are invited to play a tune on a handsome old Steinway. Some baths have been updated with walk-in showers, while others have their original claw-foot tubs. Look for crisp linens and many original furnishings, like dark-grain headboards. The fabulous new Pig and Poet restaurant
(another nod to Millay in its name) is helmed by chef Sam Talbot, a Top Chef veteran who serves creative American cuisine with a slightly Southern accent, using a wide range of local ingredients, including fresh seafood. Don't miss the savory cornbread pudding and the duck fat–roasted potatoes, and be sure to try one of the craft cocktails at the bar, or enjoy a nip outside around the fire pit.