The Hamptons are a playground for the rich, famous and elite living in and around the New York city area. Known for lavish houses, five star restaurants and some of the finest shopping on the eastern seaboard, the Hamptons are a popular Summer destination. This fall, I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Hamptons and let me tell you, this would be my recommended time of year to visit!
As a southern gal living in Coastal South Carolina, I barely get to experience colder temperatures and definitely do not have the luxury of stomping through piles of leaves on the way to the apple orchard. I was excited to spend one weekend amongst the changing leaves and cooler temperatures. And while it rained the entire weekend, our spirits were not dampened and had the time of our lives!
My Travel Partner
My travel partner on this adventure was fashion and lifestyle blogger, Kelly Harrold of Paper Meets Pearl. A fashionista in her own right she made sure we were decked out to the nines in quintessential Hamptons fashion from designers like J. McLaughlin and Target.
Getting to the Hamptons
Jet Blue offers great deals from Charleston to JFK in New York and we were lucky enough to find some cheap flights. A word of caution; while affordable, Jet Blue is often delayed and while free wi-fi and snacks are great perks, delays can really make for a tiring trip.
It is a well known fact that travel to the Hamptons in the summer is challenging and you can easily spend up to 4 hours on the road. While the Hampton Jitney is a popular mode of transportation, the only way to catch it is to travel into the city and then you are limited in your transportation once in the Hamptons. So, we decided to rent a car. Car rentals at JFK are easy to get to and plentiful. The drive out on Friday took us about 2.5 hours, coming back early Sunday morning, we made it in 1.5 hrs. Plus, we had the ability to be able trek all over the Hamptons at our leisure. A win in my books!
Our Hotel - c/o The Maidstone
Our host during the trip was the beautiful c/o The Maidstone, located in East Hampton. Known for its hip and luxurious Scandinavian inspired design, it did not disappoint. It was the perfect home base for an artist inspired girls trip. Each room is designed and highlights various Scandinavian designers, artists and celebrities. From a warm welcoming fire to fur draped Adironack Chairs on the porch, this hotel is quintessential Hamptons.
The room we stayed in was the Arne Jacobsen.
"Arne Jacobsen (1902-71), architect and designer. Educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Cph, professor at the Academy.
As a designer, Jacobsen made prototypes for furniture, textiles, wallpaper, silverware etc. Among his most famous designs are The Ant™, Series 7™, The Egg™ and The Swan™ , and the tableware Cylinda-Line." (source http://www.arne-jacobsen.com)
In addition to the luxurious decor of the hotel, the bar is warm and welcoming and the hotel's restaurant "The Living Room" was absolutely top of the line.
Pictured above: Arne Jacobsen room and bath (images c/o The Maidstone) | Below: Continental Breakfast and the front porches.
How We Spent Our 48 Hours
Day 1 Arrival - Friday
We arrived Friday afternoon a little cold and tired and decided to spent the evening grabbing a drink and quick bite at the c/o Maidstone lounge and bar. Not wanting to miss the opportunity, we then headed over for a glass of wine at Wolffer Estate's Candlelight Fridays. The band was amazing and the rustic interior of the estate was perfect for a chilly Hampton fall evening.
Day 2 - Saturday
Stop 1: Grindstone Coffee and Donuts in Sag Harbor
While the c/o The Maidstone had a beautiful continental breakfast we knew our trip would not be complete without a stop at Grindstone Coffee and Donuts in Sag Harbor. This quaint little donut shop does not disappoint. Known for their creative concoctions this was the perfect treat to start the day.
Stop 2: Shopping in East Hampton
During the trip we managed to visit Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Amagansett and Montauk to survey our shopping options. And unanimously we decided the best shopping is found in East Hampton. With shops ranging from Tiffany & Co to Hermes, you will not be disappointed.
In East Hampton we spent quite a bit of time wandering from store to store. The weather was not that great but we didn't let it stop us. After all, girls trip = shopping!
Stop 3: Guild Hall in East Hampton
Guild Hall is located in East Hampton and is know for its artists exhibits, cultural happenings and workshops. It is considered the cultural center of the East End. Admission is free and it offers a variety of styles of art. During our visit they had the works of William S. Heppenheimer, Connie Fox & William King and Michael Knigin.
Stop 4: Lunch at The Clam Bar at Napeague on Montauk Highway
The Clam Bar at Napeaque on Montauck Highway is the perfect spot to stop for a quick bite to eat and a cold beer on the way out to Montauk. Open now for more than 30 years, this cash only gem serves up a variety of eastern sea fare that is as fresh as it gets. In addition to seafood delights there are farm to table options and even vegetarian dishes. Yummy!
After lunch we continued to Montauk to see the ocean and check out the town. Montauk is much more laid back than the other hamlets and has much more of a beach vibe. I would recommend the Inlet Seafood Restaurant for a little sushi and a great sunset view.
Stop 5: - Pollock Krasner House and Study Center
After a relaxing drink in Montauk we headed to a bucket list item for art lovers and visitors to the area, the home and studio of Modern Art pioneers Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner. The homestead sits on a little over a quarter acre overlooking the Accabonac Creek in The Springs, near East Hampton. And while seeing their home is impressive, the barn is a show stopper. Standing in Pollock and Krasner's studio among the paint splattered walls and floors sends chills up the spine. For me, this was the absolute highlight of the trip and something I will never forget.
Final Stop of the Day - Destination Haus in Amagansett
After returning back to the hotel to recharge and grab a bite to eat we headed to our final destination of the trip, appropriately called Destination Haus. Destination Haus is located in Amagansett and opened on October 22nd of 2016. This stylish art gallery and home decor boutique is what brought me to the Hamptons.
Owners Carlyn and Lauren Vellante have created a beautiful and one of a kind space displaying works from some of the most creative artists and artisans around. I am lucky enough to have my work for sale within the space and feel truly blessed to be among artists such as Sam Malpass, Renee Bouchon, Andreina Bates and Kelly Rossetti. The gallery is warm and evokes a modern sense of east coast style.
Top row left to right: Kelly Rosetti and I at the opening, Shot of the great crowd at the opening
Bottom row left to right: Works by Andreina Bates, Works by Kelli Rosetti
Sunday - Back to Charleston
Overall our trip to the Hamptons was a whirlwind adventure and one that I will never forget. I was pleasantly surprised at how accessible the Hamptons are. After speaking with locals I discovered that we definitely picked the perfect time of year to visit. And while some restaurants and hotels have closed for the season, many are still open. So, if you want to experience fall weather, lessened crowds and some great art I would definitely recommend an autumn trip to the Hamptons. After all what is better than being able to wear your sweater and boots, drink some great wine, eat great food, sit in front of the fire, shop and see some great art?