Tour of the Hamptons
It’s been AGES since I wrote blog post. My time has been filled with design projects and family events, but it’s really been a combination of writer’s block and lack of blocking the time to do it that has stopped me from sharing on the blog. SO, after this long, long lack of sharing, I am starting with a tour of some of my favorite places in the Hamptons.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the beach is always a favorite, but which beach? Well,Cooper’s Beach was once voted the number one beach in America, and I do like to go there sometimes, but my favorite is Gin Lane Beach across from Lake Agawam and next to the Southampton Bathing Corp and Dune Church. It’s just incredibly bucolic. (AND, there is a small area by the lake where you don’t need a beach sticker, but let that be our little secret…)
Next stop would be what I think is now WORLD FAMOUS, Tate’sBake Shoppe. This quaint little bakery not only creates the Kathleen King’s famous thin, crisp chocolate chip cookies, but also incredible pastries, cakes,pies, and has delicious lattes. There’s even a few tables in front which are always full this time of year. So, why not just take your treats back down to the beach, LOL.
Another favorite place is the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. I feel like this place is a hidden gem. For 25 years it has been a public garden, and for several years, I participated at their annual Much Ado about Madoo Fundraiser as a vendor in their garden market. If you’re ever in the Hamptons in June around Father’s Day, that’s when they invite vendors to the garden to setup and sell products with a portion of the proceeds going to the Madoo Conservancy. It’s really a magical place to see consisting of two acres with gazebos and bridges and ponds and stunning plants. The garden was the vision of artist Robert Dash, and it really is an inspiring place for artists. They offer both garden and art programs. There is a lot of history. I definitely recommend checking out their website to learn about their programs and hours.
Another great stop in Sagaponack is the Wolffer Estate on a Thursday night for their Twilight Thursdays every Thursday through August 29th. Live music fills their tasting room every Thursday evening. Enjoy wines by the glass and bottle, savor cheese and charcuterie plates and drink in the cozy vibe. If you can’t make a Thursday, Wolffer Estate Vineyards also has the more casual Sunset Fridays and Saturdays Experience Hamptons living at its most laid-back on Friday and Saturday evenings at our beloved Montauk Highway outpost. Bring a blanket and enjoy wines by the glass and bottle, cheese and charcuterie plates, wrapped sandwiches for purchase, and an expansive vineyard view as the sun goes down. Check out their website for the listing of performers.
I also have to share one of my favorite restaurants, Bistro Ete, in Watermill. Not only is the atmosphere cozy and coastal, the food is amazing, as well as the service. Chef Arie Pavlou serves what he calls coastal French cuisine. I call it delicious! And, I can honestly say he and his wife have been there every time I’ve eaten there greeting patrons with a smile.
Of course, I have to include shopping on my tour, and I may be biased, but Jobs Lane is still one of my favorite places to shop. Let’s start with the Farmer’s Market on Sundays.
Then, there’s Topiare Flower Shop. Owned and opened by Erin Hattrick Meaney, this gem of a shop recently expanded and is not only filled with flowers which you just can’t help, but stop and take a deep breath as you walk in, but also great gift items and home accessories. You can also bring in your own vessels for Erin to create amazing arrangements. And, if you stop by the Flower Shop, you might as well stop by the Topiare Candy Shop, too!
If you visit Topiare Flower Shop, you’ll be just across the street from my shop, which I’m happy to say, aside from my home, is my most favorite place in the Hamptons…?