I had the pleasure of enjoying a lovely, whimsical stay at one of my favorite spots on the East End, c/o The Maidstone in the historic Village of East Hampton. This eclectic and chic boutique was just the spot my husband and I needed for a little ‘staycation’ with our daughter. The entire hotel is family-friendly and dog friendly, making it an ideal escape for everyone. Every aspect of The Maidstone and their restaurant, The Living Room Restaurant, is so inviting and stylish. You could spend your entire stay at the hotel and still not discover every chic and heartwarming Scandinavian detail this oasis has to offer.
We began our stay by checking in just after 3:30pm, set our belongings in our room, Josef Frank. Each of their 19 rooms, named after a Scandinavian celebrity or historical figure, is individually designed and has its own character and charm. Austrian-born Josef Frank was a renowned artist and architect who adopted Swedish citizenship in the latter half of his lifetime. The room features an original Josef Frank banana sofa by the bay window and a dressing room, a marble bathroom featuring a free-standing claw foot tub along with a separate rainfall shower, a King-size Hästens bed, luxurious toiletries by Malin + Goetz, and flat screen television with a DVD player.
My family and I are no strangers to dining out at The Living Room Restaurant at c/o The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton. We come here not only because it is both child-friendly and dog friendly (we don’t have dogs at the moment yet we love to sit and ‘dine’ with them), but for the consistent, slow food, Scandinavian cuisine and hardworking, reliable staff members that perform to the highest of standards. During our dinner last week on a Tuesday evening, we never once had to ask for more water, bread, drinks, or to see a wine list. Our waiter was efficient and courteous as was the front desk staff.
Upon arrival, we chose to sit in the open lounge in the front of the hotel that offers beautiful views East Hampton’s historic district. Sarah was thrilled that she could play with the toys and books provided for children who stay and dine. She was occupied for over thirty minutes, or until or entrees arrived. Then Sarah came to sit and eat with us.
I had the pleasure of dining for lunch at Greenport‘s landmark eatery, Claudio’s Restaurant. Claudio’s is celebrating their 146th season and has been owned and operated by the same family all of these years. In fact, did you know that Claudio’s is America’s oldest same-family owned restaurant?
I admire the nostalgia each time I visit Claudio’s: the old-world nautical interior, grand bar, and wooden table seating in their side room with excellent views of Greenport Harbor. Whether visiting Claudio’s for a drink and appetizer at the bar, or for a full-course seafood lunch or dinner, I am always reminded of my visits to Greenport and touring the quaint seaside community ever since I was very young. It has become a family tradition to visit the restaurant at least once during the early autumn months.
First and South, located in the heart of the Village of Greenport, is one of the best kept secrets on the North Fork. This quaint, country chic gastropub serves lunch and dinner with a splash of live music on select nights. This my first visit to the restaurant for lunch under the helm of new Executive Chef Ricky Hebson. My guest and I chose to sit inside at one of the cozy corner booths with plenty of decorative throw pillows.
This past Sunday, my family and I attended the 10th annual North Fork Foodie Tour that spanned from Riverhead to East Marion. As my favorite event on the North Fork, it is a rare opportunity to explore the bounties of Long Island’s wine country and farm stands while exploring methods of sustainable agriculture. On the tour, we tasted and purchased local goodies and took behind-the-scenes tour and many notable establishments.
Out of the 20 locations on the self-guided tour, we were able to make seven tops as this year we started at 12:30pm. Yet through these stops, we had the opportunity to explore how certain products are made such as the coffee roasting process at North Fork Roasting Co. and how different cheeses are crafted at Catapano Dairy Farm.
Below you find a selection of photographs that highlight each stop that my family and I made while on the tour: