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.

Founders Lucy Swift Weber and Charles Lemonides, a couple with a deep love of travel, have recreated each of the guest rooms to have their own personalities with furniture and decor that reflect the serenity of the Hamptons and evoke a sense of warmth and comfort.  Continue reading

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

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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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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c/o The Maidstone

Stepping into The Maidstone diagonally across from the tranquil East Hampton pond is a boutique hotel like none other you will ever come across. In all my years of traveling through Europe and North America, I have not yet stumbled upon lodging accommodations and a restaurant that is anywhere similar to what c/o The Maidstone and The Living Room restaurant deliver.

The kindness that the staff exhibits towards each visitor is compelling. It is like they have invited me into their eclectic ‘satellite’ Swedish residence. I met with the Front Office Manager, India Koster, and General Manager, Jakob Berlin. I have met the owner, Jenny Ljungberg on a few occasions, who is so hands on with her properties and oversees all aspects of her c/o lifestyle brand. As an avid art enthusiast and collector, she showcases works of art from her own collection throughout the hotel. The artwork rotates once each year around the month of May.

The Maidstone has 19 individually designed rooms, each inspired by a Scandinavian Celebrity including the Swedish dramatic soprano, Brigit Nilsson; and Norwegian adventurer and scientist, Thor Heyerdahl. I am enamored with each room. Each room is a masterpiece, a world of its own.

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Baron’s Cove

Before my memorable dinner at The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove a little over a week ago, I was treated with a personal tour of the hotel’s newly renovated property by Baron’s Cove Assistant General Manager, Dot Capuano, whom I have known for many years. Though the property is recognizable as to the layout of what it was prior to the refurbishments, the new decor, and the amenities now offered are harmonious with the seaside Sag Harbor Village and Hamptons lifestyle.

Whether you prefer to enjoy your lunch or a cocktail poolside, take part in a peaceful yoga class on the front lawn, or go to the nearby Long Beach in their complimentary shuttle service, you will be treated like a star at this resort. The new resort property is by Cape Resorts, with their home base in Cape May, New Jersey. There they have five hotel properties, with Congress Hall as their flagship hotel.

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Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant

Experience country living at its finest at the Bridgehampton Inn, set in the historic Village of the same name amongst Main Street’s art galleries, and charming boutiques. As you walk in the front entrance of the original building, you will be greeted within the historic entrance way, with the primary dining rooms just to your left and the private dining room adjacent to the cozy bar in the back.

There is a pleasant contrast between the old and the new. Notice in the photos below the bold orange vinyl chairs with black and white portraits of Bridgehampton’s agrarian history, hand-blown glassware with lovely seasonal flowers, and adorable Dalmatian and leopard statues on the fireplace mantles. The restaurant seats 50 while offering additional seating on their private back patio with plenty of shade under the grand oak tree.

The restaurant is a year old, opening in June of 2014. At the helm is Chef de Cuisine Arie Pavlou. His creative menu changes weekly and with the season featuring the best ingredients the East End has to offer. The handsome walnut bar is located in the original 1795 tavern room. The cocktail menu also changes weekly to compliment the food menu, and is curated by Kyle van Kempen, son of owner Sybille van Kempen, who also owns the famous Loaves & Fishes Foodstore in Sagaponack with her mother, Anna Pump, and Loaves & Fishes Cookshop now on the same property as the Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant.

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Tour of Topping Rose House

Topping Rose House is the epitome of luxury in the Hamptons at its prime. Topping Rose House is a full-service, luxury hotel in the heart of picturesque Village of Bridgehampton, and is approximately a two-hour drive from Manhattan. The hotel is within walking distance to the main street antique shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. I have had the pleasure of dining at their restaurant that is open year-round for both breakfast and dinner, and recently took a tour of one guest room in the house (historical main building) and one cottage suite. In all, there are 22 luxurious suites & guest rooms.

This is a resort destination where every guest is treated as a VIP. As a greeting for guests who are checking in during this current season, they are each treated to a rhubarb lemonade. In the winter, the beverage was hot cider, and during the autumn months it was beet lemonade. As General Manager Fiona Riesch explains, “We go for everything that is seasonal and from our farm. During the autumn months, for example, guests can taste the variety of vegetables we pickled from the summer. Plus, we are famous for our margarita with freshly squeezed beet juice. We also make our own popcorn. It is very addictive and you can’t stop. Right now it is a rosemary popcorn that is presented as a complimentary snack for guests. Even if you are a regular guest and check in at different seasons, there is always something new, and in season.”

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