The polo parties and charity auctions! This show-off summer theatre closes promptly after Labor Day.
The shutters come down on those preppy pieces of priceless real estate, and the wide white beaches, four Ralph Lauren boutiques, and ritzy restaurants empty out. You can actually get a table and have a conversation over the pan-seared scallops at the Meeting House in Amagansett.
This, in our opinion, is the best time of year to go. We were congratulating ourselves on our off-season savvy as we sauntered to the Hampton Jitney stop at 39th Street and Third Avenue, only to be confronted by an enormous line of people. Thank God Mr Smith had booked seats.
Our little secret, it seemed, was out.
On board was the usual cross-section of Manhattan Hamptoneers: When we tipped up at reception, there was a fire crackling in the grate — is there a more soothing autumn sound? Our room, in the eaves of the building, was not fancy, but extremely comfortable in a granny's spare-room kind of way, with striped, sprigged wallpaper, a whopping bed, and soft sheets of doubtlessly astronomical thread count.
We just had time to wash up the house brand is Molton Brown before descending for dinner in the oak-paneled restaurant. We started by splitting a salad of endive and apple studded with crispy pork belly, and two cheeses, a Rogue Smokey Blue from Oregon and a Brillat Savarin.
For the main event, Mr Smith went for Angus Beef short ribs and I one-upped him with a vast Berkshire pork chop that had wallowed in cider before being whacked on the grill, giving it a fruity, boozy flavor, a clever, more complex alternative to apple sauce.
The inn has won accolades for its extensive wine list 16 pages , and the malbec Mr Smith chose proved to be a velvety complement to our comfort-food spread.
The Walkers - 8th September We all loved being so close to the sea We thought the hotel was clean until we discovered bed bugs the last night. Those working at the hotel are very friendly and amenable and add to the relaxed atmosphere of the place.
We lingered long after the other guests couples and family parties had departed, autumn in the Hamptons being an-early-to-bed sort of affair, and then ascended to our cozy nook. Mr Smith was keen to snuggle in front of 'Sex and the City' one dividend of dating a metrosexual , and he was hoping to find his favorite show, Catch, on pay-per-view.
But the inn is not the land of cable channels, and we were reduced to watching the strangely compelling 'Say Yes to the Dress'.
Five episodes and countless bouffant creations later, we drifted off, dreaming of tiaras and organza. We awoke to leafy shadows dancing across the walls, a gorgeous morning for biking and beach.
After homemade buttermilk pancakes swimming in maple syrup, we set off to Bermuda Bikes, and thence to Main Beach, which once again had gone to the dogs and their walkers.
I rewarded him at Dylan's Candy Bar with a generous helping of cola bottles, fizzy fish, sour cherries, and a souvenir tin of hot chocolate. There are also good-value stay-and-park packages, with valet parking. There is off-road parking provided for one car.
We gawped at the shingled showstoppers lining the dunes, then jumped back on our steeds in search of more real-estate porn on the roads that peeled off Lily Pond Lane. No weekend away is complete without a boozy lunch, and we had ours with a side of margarita pizza at the bar at Cittanuova in East Hampton.
I rewarded him at Dylan's Candy Bar with a generous helping of cola bottles, fizzy fish, sour cherries, and a souvenir tin of hot chocolate. Back at , we sat in front of the fire with a couple of glasses of red, and plotted the evening meal, settling on an East Hampton classic, Nick and Toni's.
The average age in the room was something, but we've always fancied ourselves young fogies. So comfortable had we become in our country cocoon that we skidded right past check-out time on Sunday morning.
And this, we decided, was the greatest boon of House. We loved The entire experience.
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