After almost a 30-year lapse, this August I revisited the place of many idyllic childhood memories. Me and the kiddos rented a little house in East Hampton for a few weeks. The first half it was just us, the latter part friends joined. It was pure heaven in every way – the homes – omg the homes! There is no such thing as too many gray weathered shingles! The gardens – hydrangea, privet, boxwood and sprawling green lawns. Then there was the beach – perfect water temperature, just the right size waves and sand like baker's sugar.
You can't really tell how enormous the waves were on one particular day, but they were so huge no one was allowed in the water. North Shore Maui huge.
This was the house we rented. Kidding.
A few times a week we ate dinner at home. A lobster feast was planned well before we got there, so by the time the day came, expectations were high. It did not disappoint. Even the pickiest eater of our group – who shall remain nameless, but she has long brown – liked it. The emergency chicken strips were not needed.
This is the clan minus me (photo taker) and my friend Heidi who was probably in the kitchen making more food. The two in the foreground are mine. I could not get the boys to stop making faces. Whatever.
On our way to Shelter Island for lunch with my cousin Mark.
A stunning wooden vessell.
One of the most beautiful settings I had the privildge of experiencing was The Bridge Golf Club in Sag Harbor. The club house is off-the-hook gorgeous. I wish I took pictures of the private art collection inside. A-mazing.
More pretty Hamptons pictures…
The owners of the house we rented recommended The Round Swamp Farm for fruit and take-home dinner type stuff since it was not too far from the house. O.M.G. it is fabulous! The muffins and breakfast breads were a staple every morning.
I could have spent every day of the entire summer at the beach. Our routine consisted of a big breakfast at home, lunch and snacks packed in the cooler and from 11-4 every day that was where you would find us. On the first day after about an hour, Lily said she was bored and wanted to go back to the house (which did not happen). By the last day, we spent 7 hours at the beach and she was begging to stay more. There is something so magical about beach vacations and reducing distractions down to just a book and the ocean.
I digress…. On one of the few days we did not spent entirely at the beach, we toured the Watchcase Factory in Sag Harbor. It is the former location of the Bulova Watch Factory which has been empty for years. It's new incarnation will be luxury condominiums. Instead of decorating the model homes in generic staging furnishings, they decided to create a decorator's showcase out of the three housing options – many of which are designed by Steven Gambrel. Brilliant! AND proceeds go to curing Breast Cancer!
I thought I would give you a list of my favorite places in the Hamptons in case you might be planning a visit there…
Favorite Places to Shop for Clothes:
Henry Lehr – East Hampton and South Hampton
Nili Lotan – East Hampton
Favorite Places to Shop for House Stuff:
General Home Store – East Hampton
Hampton Toile – East Hampton
Serena & Lily – Wainscott
Fresno – East Hampton
The American Hotel at the bar – Sag Harbor
Tutto il Giorno – Southhampton and Sag harbor
Montauk Surf Lodge – Montauk
I hope you have had a magical summer too! I'm welcoming the new cooler temperatures and fashion adjustments!
ps – almost forgot to show the highlight of the trip… He was in the cookbook section too 🙂