Everyone loves to shop for Hamptons’ husbands in the summer but don’t discount the winter (there’s still lots to do!)
While the rest of the tristate area loves to head to the Hamptons when the weather warms up, our favourite season for a weekend away is winter. If you think that East Hampton is a sleepy hollow at this time of year, you’re correct (but that’s just how we like it). Here’s our must- do ‘winter in the Hamptons’ recommendations.
Dinner at The Palm
If you want to know where Hampton celebrities hide out, The palm at The Huntting Inn is the spot. Situated in this historical bed and breakfast, this generational old restaurant is nestled in the heart of East Hampton’s Main Street, which, according to National Geographic, is one of the most beautiful Main Streets in America. Open all year round, the Palm is the heart of the Hamptons. Off-season, this unassuming bar and restaurant is known to get festive as locals flock in for weekend funfair.
Tea at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor
This old-world spot in the main street of Sag Harbor is the perfect place for a cup of afternoon tea (which comes in gorgeous old-world silverware). The American Hotel reflects the cosmopolitan nature of this busy little village. In 1972 the present owner, Ted Conklin, acquired a neglected building which hadn’t taken guests since the early 1930s, had not sold liquor (legally) since before World War I, and hadn’t served a meal in decades. The coal stove was rusted, the privies were collapsed and the nonagenarian owner, Will Youngs, years a widower, had long since dedicated the dining room as his living quarters. Conklin proceeded to return the hotel to the gorgeous and quaint hotel we love today. By 1981 The Hotel had been awarded the Wine Spectator Grand Award Wine list for the best in the world, The famous DiRona and other culinary titles followed. This is the perfect spot for afternoon tea that leads to early evening drinks and dinner.
Pop into the cutest little florist
Whenever we’re in town, we make it our mission to visit the Sag Harbor florist. This gorgeous store, filled with the freshest blooms and sweetest scents is Instagram heaven.
Whites Apothecary is the quaintest pharmacy we’ve ever been into. From one of the largest collection of designer candles we have ever seen to gorgeous trinkets, perfumes and some of the most exclusive beauty products. From Dr Dennis Gross to La Mer and Bobbi Brown, Whites has you covered in both the beauty and health departments. Trust us, this is the perfect place to visit for Tylenol and to leave with Tom Ford.