TOP TEN REASONS TO VISIT THE EAST END THIS WINTER AND SPRING*
10. Enjoy the Hamptons’ gorgeous beaches. Winter means taking advantage of the vast expanse of sandy beach and open sky sans the summer crowds. Walk, jog or picnic beside the Atlantic Ocean in absolute peace and feel all the feelings. No parking permits required.
9. Skate on an NHL-sized rink. The Hamptons is all about water. And, winter’s water happens to be frozen. The Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton has an open-air ice-skating rink and hosts regular public skating nights on the weekends. It boasts a warming house with a fire and steaming hot chocolate – just the right combo to take the chill off.**
8. Check out an oyster farm. If oysters are best enjoyed in months containing the letter “R” then February is a perfect month for oyster-lovers to visit Widow’s Hole Oyster Co. in Greenport where owner Mike Osinski will give you the tour. Once you sample the farm’s freshly shucked jewels, it’s likely you’ll make plans around their fireplace for a return trip in March and April.**
7. Chill out in a heated pool. The Seawater Spa at Gurney’s Montauk is the next best thing to summer and comes complete with a heated, sand-filtered, ocean-fed indoor seawater pool with ocean view. Go in all the way since their on-site salon promises you’ll be perfectly coiffed in time for Moscow Mules at Regent’s Cocktail Club – voted Best Hotel Bar in the World by Tales of the Cocktail.
6. Read all about it. Different weekly literary events at Harbor Books in Sag Harbor provide an ideal way to comfortably rub elbows with a variety of writers and readers and perhaps even get a convo going – difficult to do during summer’s SRO literary scene.
5. Beat the East End big kids at the antiques game. A treasure trove of antique furniture and vintage home accessories is waiting to be discovered on the North Fork. Why wait ‘til they inevitably find their pricey way along 27?
4.The Bridgehampton Inn and Restaurant stands at the gateway to Bridgehampton’s village center and is a tough reservation to score in season. No small wonder with meticulously curated country-luxe rooms, a restaurant that’s quickly become a culinary destination and its renowned Loaves and Fishes Cookshop.
3. Get a dose of culture. The Parrish Art Museum in bucolic Water Mill can hold its weight in the art world. Winter promises plenty of elbow-room to gaze at portraits by Cindy Sherman and Annie Leibovitz, as well as paintings by Warren Brandt and Raymond Parker. Pop into the café and peruse the museum shop stocked with a well curated selection of design books and arty gifts.*
2. Visit a vineyard decked in lights. Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack wraps their vines in about 15,000 LED lights for the winter. Soak in the spectacle – then sip and nibble in the winery’s tasting room. Winter in a Bottle.
1. Adorn yourself at addō Sag Harbor. Stella Flame is “Jeweler in Residence” at this ever-evolving designer collective. Now’s a great time to create your unique version of her sought after “Story Chains” and take in the coveted silver, gold and bejeweled offerings hand crafted by her cadre of master jewelers. Off-season (thru May 1st, 2016) open Fridays and Saturdays 11-6 and Sundays 11-5.
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