A Room At The Beach Bridgehampton

Just at the edge of the Village of Bridgehampton is A Room At The Beach, a new boutique hotel located within two miles of some of the Hamptons’ most beautiful beaches. The whimsical property is home to ten rooms, each meticulously designed by owner Lucy Swift Weber.

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Claude’s at Southampton Inn for Brunch

Claude’s at the Southampton Inn, within easy walking distance to the Village of Southampton’s boutique shops, is open daily for breakfast and dinner, with brunch being served on the weekends. Executive Chef James Carpenter leads the kitchen with iconic year round favorites and local sourced seafood, with a focus on savory comfort dishes this winter.

We came in on a Sunday late morning just after 11am for brunch. A Sunday Brunch may include bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Sangria, or Draft Beer for $25.

We started with cranberry and apple juice ($3) as well as freshly brewed coffee and cappuccinos ($5). Our first dishes ordered included Eggs Benedict: poached eggs, Canadian bacon, hollandaise, English muffin & brunch potatoes ($15); and Claude’s Winter Salad Bowl: shaved Brussels sprouts, kale, apples, dry cranberries, Gruyere cheese, and maple cider vinaigrette ($12). These two dishes complemented each other very well, as the Winter Salad was very light and refreshing, and the Eggs Benedict was a hearty, satisfying plate.

We finished brunch by splitting the Banana Stuffed Brioche French Toast: Nutella, pure Vermont maple syrup, topped with fresh berries ($13); and Steak & Eggs: grilled black Angus hanger steak, Vermont cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, ratatouille & brunch potatoes ($20). These two particular dishes were top notch and so perfect to enjoy as we escaped the frigid temperature outside.

The brunch dishes rotate seasonally. Additional brunch menu items include a Sexy Grilled Cheese with Gruyere, Vermont cheddar, and provolone; a Chef’s Omelet served with brunch potatoes; and Smoked Salmon Benedict.

The restaurant is open seven days a week. A prix fixe menu is available all night Sunday through Thursday, and 5pm-6:30pm on Friday and Saturday. This Valentine’s Day, Claude’s is serving a special three-course prix fixe menu for $30 that also includes coffee or assorted fine teas.

https://southamptoninn.com/restaurant // 631-283-6500

Cliffside Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

A romantic escape set in the historic seaside town of Newport, The Cliffside Inn is a couple’s ideal luxurious destination with the comforts and senses of home. The Inn also serves as a perfect getaway for small groups,, families, and friends. This was my husband’s first visit to Newport and my second. The last time I explored Newport was nine years ago while on a holiday bus trip from Hartford, CT where I visited several of the mansions during the holidays. I had longed to come back for several years and was delighted that I had the opportunity to stay for the weekend.

We arrived to The Cliffside Inn late on Friday night. We were so pleased with the communication with the staff prior to our arrival, regarding where we could pick up our key and where to park. My husband and I stayed in The Carriage House, which has its own private entrance, its own parking space, and is just steps away from the main house.

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Getaway to c/o The Maidstone

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.

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Catching Up with Chef Carolyn at Mill House Inn

The Mill House Inn in East Hampton is one of my favorite spots in the Hamptons for an overnight stay and the best breakfast you could ever imagine. New at Mill House Inn this summer includes a variety of refreshing iced beverages, homemade ice pops, juices, and more. Recently, I caught up with Executive Chef Carolyn Stec to learn more about the menu additions and what’s new a the Inn.

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The Baker House 1650

Set on East Hampton’s Historic Main Street and steps away from the Village is The Baker House 1650. The Baker House evokes a comforting English countryside vibe and offers a rich history of the East Hampton Village. Even if you are a local, I highly suggest dropping by for a visit. The property in and of itself is breathtaking; I could see myself just pausing to meditate in the mid afternoon, taking in the fresh air and peaceful ambiance of the garden and lush trees, away from the quintessential Hamptons summer scene.

According to their website, the architecture of the Baker House is described as a “17th century Cotswold-inspired masterpiece.” The manor is reminiscent of a dream. Plus, the location cannot be beat. You are within a ten minute walking distance to the heart of East Hampton Village’s shopping and dining district. Once you step inside, you will notice that every detail is well attended to and distinctive, from the cozy fireplaces and floral arrangements, to the luxurious bedding amenities. It was no surprise that the soundtrack to Downton Abbey was playing softly in the background during breakfast. If the Crawley Family from Downton Abbey owned a summer home in the Hamptons, this would be it.

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The Graybarn Cottage of Mill House Inn

The Graybarn Cottage is a private rental home owned and operated by The Mill House Inn in East Hampton. Available to rent for the weekend (night minimums may vary throughout the year), for the week or the season. The cottage offers a perfect escape for large families, groups of friends, and or wedding parties and is available for up to eight adult guests or twelve guests in total including children. The home features three bedrooms in the main house with a loft, and a one bedroom guesthouse, two of the bedrooms are master suites with fireplaces, soaking tubs and steam showers. During the warmer months, you can relax poolside at their 40′ heated gunite pool.

Though I cannot reveal the location of the cottage as its address is revealed upon booking, it is within walking distance to the beach and to the Village of East Hampton. It offers seclusion and convenience with housekeeping twice daily and a personal assistant that will advise you of how you can make the most out of your Hamptons stay. They will help you with everything from dining recommendations and reservations to points of interest.
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Breakfast at Mill House Inn 2016

I invite you to join me for my breakfast experience following my overnight night stay with my husband at The Mill House Inn. I had visited the Inn for breakfast once before during the summer of 2014, and have been reminiscing about my unparalleled morning culinary adventure ever since. I was more than delighted to return and am even more eager to share my and my husband’s meal with you.

To start, we were greeted promptly and courtesy by the Courtney Silhan, the Assistant General Manager of Mill House Inn. She was with us every step of the way throughout our stay, and was always more than willing to extend herself in a truly genuine manner. She is the gem of the Inn.

We began our breakfast with freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, as well as a spot of TAZO Early Grey and Green Tea with local honey and milk. Don’t you just love the little scissor that accompanies the honey “straws”?
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The Mill House Inn

Set at the edge of the Village of East Hampton, is the iconic Mill House Inn. Before reading ahead, I want you to jot down what you’re perfect destination spot in the Hamptons may encompass. For myself, it would include an abundance of superior bedding intwined with luxurious comfort, a professional, down-to-earth and accommodating staff, and a five-star-worthy multi-course breakfast. I would be certain that every point on your list would be met or exceeded at Mill House Inn. The Inn far surpassed my expectations in every respect. For me and my husband, it was not just an overnight stay, it was an experience. This was an experience that we will make a point to repeat once or twice a year. We concluded that we would recreate our staycation at Mill House Inn once around Valentine’s Day and once during the Christmas holiday rush.

It is a great feeling to see how much the staff cares about each and every one of their guests and goes out of their way to make their stay unforgettable. Mill House Inn is comprised of the most sincere and knowledgeable individuals. They extend themselves in every way possible, from making dinner suggestions and reservations, recommending sightseeing excursions, wine tours, nearby fitness facilities, and so much more. Above and beyond is only the beginning.

The Inn is truly a remarkable place to be any time of year. Choose to stay in any one of their ten guest rooms that each evoke their own personality with simplistic, luxurious comfort.
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Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast

Set in the heart of North Fork’s wine country in Cutchogue is Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, owned and constructed by Lisa and Anthony Sannino. Since its opening in 2005, it has been rated as the top bed and breakfast on the North Fork. Noted as the “hidden secret for an unforgettable romantic stay” of the East End making it the perfect destination for an anniversary stay or weekend getaway.

Each of the two large suites offers guests a private entrance-way. The Tuscan Suite, which is on the second floor, has a large private deck with chairs, and a spectacular view of the vineyard, and is completely private. You may choose to spend your evenings sipping wine and reminiscing about your day. The suite is beautifully decorated in Tuscan style with heated tiles. The bathroom is just as beautifully decorated with a tile and stone walk-in shower with an overhead rain shower, side pulsating jets and a hand-held washer. Within the spacious bedroom there is a king size bed, seating area, coffee pot & espresso, Flat screen TV, wine refrigerator, A/C, and first floor accommodations. The details are so exquisite in each room and every amenity is high class that it can be compared to staying at a high class resort with the intimate comforts and sentimentalizes just like home.

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White Fences Inn

With its prime location just off of Montauk highway in Watermill, White Fences Inn has quickly become the sought after bed and breakfast destination. Set in the heart of the Hamptons, White Fences Inn boasts five luxurious rooms: three guest rooms and two suites. Owned by Eric and Liz Brodar along with their adorable puppy dog, Bailey, they first opened White Fences in July of 2015. After the finishing touches on the historic home’s addition were complete on September 15th 2015, the three additional guest rooms were ready for guests (Little Cobb, Mecox, and Halsey Suite). Each room offers a modern gas fireplace, private bathroom with a shower, soaking tubs in all but one bathroom, heated floor, flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi, high end Malin & Goetz toiletries, Frette & Matouk linens, robes and slippers, hairdryer, and central air conditioning with individual controls. The inn is within walking distance to the Watermill Hampton Jitney stop, the beaches, museums, fitness studios, and boutique shops.

“We knew we wanted to come to New York and be by the water,” explains Liz Brodar. “We grew up here and our family grew up in New York, and we knew we wanted to offer something more upscale in the sense of style [as] most inns are older and traditional.”

The property and house where White Fences Inn is now located was originally for sale during the recession in 2010. The Brodars went to Maine and bought an existing bed and breakfast in the Kennebunks and completed a full restoration. The price had dropped on the Watermill location, and they made the purchase and relocated to the East End.
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1708 House

Set within the heart of Southampton Village, steps away from your favorite boutique shops and restaurants, is the restored 1708 House bed and breakfast. Guests who choose to stay here year round can jump back in time to the quintessential luxuries of the 18th and 19th century, and enter a historical portal filled with handsome antique furniture, oak beams, plush bedding, a figurative gallery, and paintings in the style of the 15th century masters that seem to take on a life of their own.

When you escape to the East End to this sprawling boutique hotel, expect to have every expectation fulfilled all while set in the perfect Hamptons location. Perhaps you may wish to venture to Cooper’s Beach for the morning (complimentary beach passes provided), or explore the nearby museums (two for one admission to the Southampton Historical Museum for each room). The rates are some of the most reasonable I personally have come across while touring area B&Bs.

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Hamptons Holiday Bed and Breakfast Photo Tour

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.

Stops on the tour included: The Huntting Inn, The 1770 House, Ladies Village Improvement Society, Baker House 1650, c/o The Maidstone, and Baron’s Cove. Below are some photos that highlight the tour.
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The Chequit

The Chequit has made its statement as one of the finest places to stay while visiting Shelter Island. This charming, luxurious hotel has only been open under new ownership (and after extensive renovations) since the beginning of the summer season. I have strongly considered taking a “staycation” with my husband and what better destination than tranquility of Shelter Island? Lovingly restored and offering guests a plethora of memories and relaxation even before exploring the rest of the island.

The Chequit, part of Salt Hotels, a group of boutique hotels owned by David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea, boasts thirty-seven guest room with its downstairs lobby evoking a Victorian-era opulence with a fireplace, candles, and cheerful sunflower cornices, and curtains.

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