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FROM THE BLOG
March 29th, 2015
The tradition of Pridwin-caught fish goes back to the very beginning when Dick Petry began running the hotel in the ealry 1960s. His passion for fishing was unrivaled…..at least until the birth of his second son, Gregg.
Gregg was unstoppable. As a child, he would ask to fish everyday and eventually his parents capitulated to let him go on his own, provided he wear his zip-up life preserver (called “Willy the Whale” because of a cute whale print on it). You can see the pride of the catch in the photo above where he’s holding a bluefish almost as big as himself with his Dad.
Eventually Captain Dick procured a boat substantial enough to go fishing ‘off shore.’ Up until this point all of the fishing was done in-shore, in and around Shelter Island and Gardiner’s Bay on the threshold of the Atlantic ocean. Catching striped bass, weakfish, fluke, bluefish.
But with the new vessel, the crew started to head out beyond Montauk into the deep blue sea often fishing on the edge of the continental shelf where the water depth plunges from about 700 to 3000 in the various ‘canyons’ at the edge of ‘the deep.’
Yellowfin. Bluefin tuna. Albacore. Wahoo. Mako. Swordfish. Mahi-mahi. The catch expanded to many of the most delicous fish in the sea as Captain Petry and son Gregg began regular 2-day trips off shore throughout the season. And when they can’t get off shore, you can be sure they are fishing in shore. If one of the Pridwin boats is not at the dock, they are out fishing for the hotel restaurant.
January 10th, 2015
Baby, it’s cold outside! There’s nothing like a winter cold snap to get you daydreaming about beautiful and balmy summer Shelter Island months. At the Pridwin, it kicks us into gear like a ‘cold slap in the face,’ reminding us that we have turned the corner on winter and it’s time to get ready for the new season. The Pridwin team is getting ready and we are counting the days!
We are taking reservations for the 2015 season, which you can make here on our website or by phone. If you have any reservations questions, please e-mail Elizabeth at [email protected] or give us a call at the office, which is open Monday-Friday 10AM to 6 PM, 631-749-0476. For other general questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]
October 19th, 2014
The sun has set on the 2014 Pridwin season. It was a fantastic season and we thank all of our guests, cookout and restaurant patrons for making it one of our most successful ever. We should thank the weather too, which was particularly glorious this year. We don’t remember a day getting over 90 degrees, much less a drop of rain (much to the chagrin of the front lawn).
We will be closing down the hotel for the winter months and commencing our off-season renovation projects. We will keep you posted here on the blog with our progress.
General hotel booking for the 2105 season will begin after January 1st. But if you have stayed with us in the past, you can contact the office now about advance bookings and specials. The Pridwin office will be open Mondays through Fridays 10AM-5 PM.