A Summer Day in East Hampton
Spending a whole summer with my family in the Hamptons is a bucket list goal of mine. It is my idea of paradise. Green grass, fluffy sand beaches, cool nights, gorgeous estates, and a cute but glamorous town with the best people watching (we saw Alec Baldwin once walking down Main St. and my dad introduced himself-haha!)! It's truly the best of country living by the beach. Having a summer house with a pool where we could walk to the beach and hosting company and my family is my idea of an idyllic summer. During the years I lived in New York, friends and I would take the Long Island Railroad out to East Hampton a few times a summer when we were in need of a beach day. We would walk from the train through town, passing stunning estates, all the way to the beach. It was the best. I also have had friends rent houses out in Montauk or invite me to spend a weekend at their family house in Quogue or by the bay and those days are even better when you can join them and live like a "local". But if you ever find yourself in NYC on a hot summer day, take the train out east and you'll have the best time- even if it ends up being foggy and misty like it was for us!
I totally agree with everything Abby says about the charm and village like feel of the Hamptons. NYC has never been my favorite place, but I always find the time when we are up that way to explore and relax in the many little towns on the east side of Long Island. They all certainly have their own vibe and distinctive characteristics from East Hampton to Montauk to Amagansett. So much of what we love about Europe is simply wandering around on foot and seeing what you may stumble into, and the Hamptons definitely have that same feel for us. While we may not be encountering 1st century architecture, we are popping in and out of boutiques and tasting the different bakeries and food stores along the way. But the major attraction for me is the gorgeous houses. So much character and all so unique, from the english cottage looking houses to the modern behemoths and everything in between. We find them all fascinating! The dream is to call one of these ours someday. Here's to dreaming!
For this visit, Austin, my friend and old roommate Jess, and I stopped for lunch at Serafina. It's a super cute restaurant with a nice covered patio and a good spot to people watch (uber-wealthy people with their kids makes for some fascinating interactions). After polishing off some wood-fire pizza, we kept walking, exploring more side streets than I had on previous trips. Quaint treelined streets like Pudding Hill and Lily Pond Lane are worth exploring. I don't know any town that has such a concentration of magnificent homes, especially ones you can walk past and see people in the yard, on the porch, and cars in the driveway. And the northeast blue hydrangeas (which we had in our wedding!) just cannot be beat. The Hamptons used to be farmland back in the day and the community has retained a lot of that charm (the windmills, white picket fences, and shingle style cottages) despite the influx of wealthy NYC elites spending their summer vacations in the villages. We spent the day walking through neighborhoods, relaxing at Main Beach, and shopping on Main Street and Newtown Lane- just trying to assimilate with the locals! We stayed just for the day, grabbed a snack and coffee from the Golden Pear Cafe on our walk back to the train station for our leisurely train ride back to Manhattan. A perfect respite from the busy city. Here are some pictures from our day in East Hampton...