59 Province Lands Road

59 Province Lands Road, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

59 Province Lands Road, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

59 Province Lands Road, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

59 Province Lands Road, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Commanding a natural panorama that may be rivaled only by the dune shacks, the Inn at the Moors played a role the most glamorous rendezvous in modern town history: that August evening in 1961 when the new first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, came secretly to town for an evening of theater with her stepfather’s stepson, Gore Vidal, who was staying at the Moors Motel (as it was called then). The motel was constructed in the late 1950s by Maline Costa, proprietor of the nearby Moors Restaurant. Part of its roof ripped off in a 1960 hurricane, blowing over to Hawthorne Bissell’s tennis courts. When Bissell complained, Costa shot back, “I thought you wanted them roofed over!” The Costa family sold the motel in 1992 to Diane Daren and Loretta O’Connor, who now run the inn. It has 30 rooms plus the A-frame penthouse, built in 2002, where they spend summer months.


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