After 3 years of living in New York, I finally trekked out to East Hampton for an off season weekend get away with the boys. I wanted to find out what all of the fuss is about. I typically leave the city over the summer but head West or go on a trip to an Exclusive Resorts location. But right in my backyard is one of the hottest vacation-getaway spots in the country.
For the get-away, our friends gave us their beautiful house on Swamp Road in East Hampton on the way to Sag Harbor. Our first stop in East Hampton was for a boozy brunch at Babette’s.
She is big on the farm to table approach to eating. But the food is not what I want to talk about. It was the mimosa, the watermelon mimosa. Fresh pureed watermelon with a half bottle of Mumm Napa Valley sparkling wine.
It was unique, simple and delicious!
Later in the day, we drove out on route 27 to Montauk.
We were taking in all the sights, the deer and the water…and then a police car. We locked eyes, the police officer and me, and I knew I’d been caught so I just pulled myself over. He asked me if I knew I was going 60 in a 40 and I told him I didn’t even know what the speed limit was…kindly he let me go! Corbin, my 8-year-old thought it was hilarious!! My husband on the other hand, not so much.
We ended our first night in the Hampton’s at Sag Harbor at Tutto Il Giorno. It was highly recommended and frankly, I was highly disappointed with my dish. The boys out ordered me. As we were finishing up dessert, out walks exercise guru to the stars like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow – Tracey Anderson. She looked great. She was wearing jeans, a cropped brown leather jacket and her hair in a ponytail. She is a tiny little thing. It was cool to see her. I mean, I feel like I know her. After all, we’ve worked out together on and off for months now, on DVD, in my apartment.
After 24 hours, I finally tapped into the magic of the Hampton’s that everyone talks about. To me, for the most part it looks like every well kept small town in America.
It reminded me in a way of where I grew up in Carlisle, Arkansas with all of the original old buildings. But the buildings on Main Street in East Hampton are home to Ralph Lauren, Tiffany and Co., Elie Tahari and Brunello Cucinelli.
Instead, The Big Teaze, City Hall and the local drug store can be found in the old buildings in Carlisle, Arkansas. But the Hampton’s are located along the beach and two hours from New York City! Big difference! The trip out was easy, especially since it’s the off-season. We are definitely going back. I’ll leave you with some of the photos I’ve posted on Instagram and included here!
My post is part of Instagram Travel Thursday.