December in the Hamptons is most often represented with sprinkles of frost, and a light dusting of snow on the grass. Yet, this past weekend hosted some of the warmest temperatures ever recorded this time of year. Think early to mid April as we anticipate the height of the season on the East End! My family and I decided to take full advantage of this lovely weekend and marvel at the decorations across East Hampton and in Sag Harbor, walking past historic buildings, and stepping inside some of the bed and breakfasts and hotels to view their holiday decorations.
I had never been inside Baker House 1650, though I had been to the property for private Pilates classes with Erika Bloom Pilates. This hotel is one of the finest pieces of architecture in East Hampton. If you choose to come here, you can relax the afternoon away in their heated spa room, which includes a sauna, heated lap pool, and the opportunity to be pampered with a deep tissue massage, couple’s massage, or hot stone massage. If you are a local or are not spending the night there, you can use their spa for a cost that ifs fairly reasonable. For example, a massage is $160/hr.
At each bed and breakfast, they served cookies, coffee, hot cocoa, and tea. Sarah really enjoyed herself. Since we never give her cookies at home, we let her take part in the festivities by munching on her (first) sugar cookie, and oatmeal raisin cookie.
To note, one of my favorite spots in Sag Harbor, Baron’s Cove, was adorned with delightful Christmas decorations, including their eye-catching Christmas tree. I treated myself to one of their signature cocktails, Gimme S’more, with cinnamon vanilla vodka, Godiva liqueur, and a toasted marshmallow garnish. I paired it with their Buffalo Fried Oysters and some complimentary, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.
We took our time at each destination, which took us over the course of three hours. It was a sublime opportunity to settle in to the joys of the holiday season while becoming enrobed within our jolly ol’ hometown.