When I learned that July was heritage month here on the Rue La La blog, I knew exactly what I wanted to share with you all – a place near and dear to my heart and perfect for summer galavanting! From the time I was born, I’ve spent every summer on the east end of Long Island. Pre-conceived notions aside, the Hamptons are what you make of them. For me, that means scouring for antiques, eating at my favorite local spots (the ones that have been there for decades), BBQ-ing at home, and long twilight strolls on the beach. For your next weekend trip, head out out east and stay at one of the many inns or bed & breakfasts – I promise you won’t regret it! Here’s your itinerary…
1. I typically start my Saturday mornings at SoulCycle barn in Bridgehampton. It takes care of my exercise quota for the weekend and is the only thing that keeps me from feeling guilty after indulging in a Candy Kitchen breakfast!
2. We’ve been eating at The Candy Kitchen every Saturday (and most Sundays too) for years and wouldn’t dare skip the tradition. It’s our version of Cheers (where everybody knows your name). I regularly go for an omelette but if I’m feeling splurgy their milkshakes & homemade ice cream are THE BEST! [image via]
3. I can never resist a stroll through town after breakfast. There are so many great little furniture and antique stores dotting the main street in Bridgehampton but I always head straight over to Maison 24. They have great hostess gifts and quirky home accessories, and their window display is always wildly creative. [image via]
4. We take the dogs on long walks down Ocean Road Beach as the sun begins to set. I love how quiet and breezy it is at that time of day. [image via]
5. We love heading over to the gorgeous Wolffer Estate for a late afternoon drink. During the summer, they regularly have live music playing from 5:30 until sunset. Enjoy a glass of rosé (my favorite) and enjoy the view – it’s stunning!
6. Finally, one of my favorite ways to cap off a perfect Hamptons day is by indulging in fresh lobster and corn on the cob (the most perfect summer foods!) at Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk. THE ideal place for watching the sunset. Be prepared to wait a bit to be seated as they don’t take reservations but I promise it’s worth it – the seafood doesn’t get any fresher than this! [image via]