March Madness Bounce Back — Redux!

basketball on empty outdoor court

If March conjures up images of basketball to you, we’ve got a new spin on the ball

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So…we created this fun promotion last year, got all the materials printed and sealed…and then WHAM! Covid stopped play.

Forget the 2020 date on the card. We’re declaring a rematch in 2021.

MARCH MADNESS BOUNCEBACK! Here’s the game plan: Join us anytime during the month of March, and for each night you stay, we’ll give you an envelope with a special prize inside which will be valid on a future visit in 2021. Prizes include:

  • A bottle of champagne
  • Charcuterie board and wine
  • Set of 2 etched ABM wine glasses
  • ABM bathrobe
  • 20% off your stay
  • $100 off your stay
  • $250 off your stay
  • $500 off your stay

You’re guaranteed to win one of the prizes, but the catch is: YOU CAN’T PEEK! Bring back the unopened envelope on your next stay in 2021 and we’ll open it together to see your prize.

Call us at 631-283-8550 or book online today and join the fun!

P.S. If you visited last March and got a card, GOOD NEWS! Your unopened card will be valid through the end of 2021!

“I gotta get outta here”– Surviving Winter, 2021

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Not long ago, we got a call from a woman in Queens looking to get out of the city for a few days.

“I’ve gotta get outta here. Are you–and the restaurants– open right now? Nothing’s open here, and I just want someone to serve me a meal for a change!”

Oh, we get it. The pandemic has been, and continues to be isolating, sobering, and stifling. But we are grateful to say YES, most of the restaurants in Southampton and the greater East End area ARE open for both a dine-in experience and take-out expedience. Some even offer special prix fixe menus. And if you’re up for a little bundling up, one of our faves, Bistro Ete, even has an outdoor “Apres Ski” menu.

So what to expect when you visit? Everywhere you go here in the Hamptons, you’ll find all personnel masked and gloved. Restaurants require reservations, don’t generally serve late, and maintain careful socially-distanced seating. Masks are required by patrons anytime they are not seated at their table, same as they are here at the Manor. (If you’d like to know more about Covid-19 safety practices at A Butler’s Manor, read more here.)

And speaking of a meal worthy of a social media post…banana crepes, avocado toast, bacon and fruit on a plateof course, you’ll be served an exquisite breakfast too! Chris and I are in California until April, but in our absence, manager Debbie Mckay has been earning stellar reviews for her secret recipe coffee cake… apple strudel …cinnamon raisin French Toast muffins, and more! Here’s a recent winner: banana crepes offset with avocado toast and a side of bacon. Beautiful and delicious!

 

So if you’re more than ready for a change of scenery, we’re ready for you! Shake those winter blues with a getaway to where you can be pampered for a change. Click here to check out our available rooms!

Dreaming of summer at the pool in the dead of winter

 

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Winter is traditionally the time that Chris and I reflect and plan for the future, initiate projects, and in general, recharge for next summer season. We’re very excited about some of the projects we’ve finished in the last few months, and those we have planned for the months ahead!
View across pool to a summer garden

Before

 

We’re upping our game — and your space — around our saltwater pool. Check out our new decking — now a full deck on both sides of the pool.

grey and red concrete paving around a sparkling pool with garden in the background

After!

We finished this at the beginning of October last year, just as the pool was shut down for the season, so we are excited to see everything put together when the pool opens May 1. Can you imagine how great it will feel to relax in the sun around the sparkling saltwater pool this year?

And since Gerry and his crew at Summit Pavers were onboard, we repurposed the original brick decking to create a new space near the pool for a gas fire pit! Surrounded by landscaping, we expect it will soon become a favorite place to gather. 

Here’s a picture of the fire pit deck prior to its installation (the fire pit vessel arrived in January, with the snow — it was installed where the table is in the picture). I’ll have better pictures to share once we finalize the seating around it. But just think how great it will be to enjoy a drink in the firelight in the cool evening air…

Oh boy, is it Spring yet????

Ready to reserve your seat by the pool this summer? Call or click here to make a reservation today!

Helping you get the most out of your visit to the Hamptons

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The Hamptons are known world-wide as a playground for NYC’s wealthiest, and it’s true that the area gets a lot of Manhattan traffic. But just as many of our guests come to the Hamptons as a bucket-list item. Chris, Debbie, and I take seriously our commitment to be ambassadors to the area in order to help our guests who are not (yet!) frequent flyers get the most out of their visit.

water mill on a pondTo this end, many years ago we drafted an informal South Fork itinerary that can be done in one day if necessary or two if exploring further. We also provide a detailed map that has every dirt road on the East End (a far cry from the sad map provided by the rental car agencies!). For guests staying longer, or those who would especially enjoy exploring Long Island’s burgeoning Wine Country, we created an itinerary that focuses on the North Fork of Long Island. (One thing we admit we can never do with this latter itinerary is keep up to date on new winery recommendations, as the number of wineries on the North Fork have gone from about 15 when we first opened to well over 50 today!)

winking happy face painted on the side of a white motelAnd, for those who really want to get down into the cracks and see the East End that those of us who live here know about, we created an expanded itinerary in the form of a game called the Selfie Scavenger Hunt. The Selfie Scavenger Hunt goes further off the beaten path to show off some of the historic, quirky, charming, or just plain gorgeous aspects of the South Fork that are never found by those who think the Hamptons are all about beaches, shopping, and celebrity sightings.

Because where you stay is an important part of your experience, click here to check out our available rooms, and plan a trip today. Check out our itineraries to whet your appetite – all are accessible on our website under the Things To Do tab. Ask for a paper copy on your arrival if you prefer, or access any of our itineraries on your tablet while you’re exploring our area.

Maximizing your time in Southampton and beyond — just another way we can provide our special blend of silver service! We look forward to seeing you!

Stay Safe. Stay Small. Stay Inn.

FAQ: Do you allow children?

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Two or three times each summer week we get a phone call from someone who has perhaps found us online but has only looked at the pictures. They’re ready to reserve for their whole family and are taken aback when we explain that we can’t make a reservation for them, that we aren’t suitable for families with children underumpled bedsheets with an open bookr 12 years old. It is a policy we enforce firmly. Here’s why.

Reflecting the owners’ diverse backgrounds and interests, no two bed and breakfasts are the same, and we are all different from a hotel. But unlike a hotel, most of us are fortunate to be able to define our properties in ways that complement our offerings. Chris and I have created A Butler’s Manor to be an adult-oriented bed and breakfast. Our food, ambiance, and amenities are geared to adults. Our rooms, with only one exception, sleep only two guests. We promote ourselves as a getaway from the kids, whether it be a romantic weekend or date night, a mother/daughter get together, a golfing trip with the guys, or a girls’ shopping trip.

Yes, we have a beautiful pool, and sure, the kids would love it. But admit it: As much as you love your kids, are you really going to relax around the pool to the soundtrack of “Marco! …Polo!” Nope, and nor will anyone else.

woman relaxing with wine by a pool

Unlike Amazon.com, we know we cannot be all things to all people, so we have chosen to do what we do very well to those who appreciate what we offer. We’ll happily redirect parents to a local property that is set up to welcome children, ensuring that everyone has a great vacation.

We know it isn’t always an option to let Grandma and Grandpa enjoy the kids so that you can get away to recharge your batteries as a couple. But when it is, come see us, and let someone take care of YOU.

The gift of anticipation

Admit it. Ever since the COVID-19 lockdown began, you’ve done so much online shopping that your Amazon Prime delivery guy is now on your holiday gratuity list.

And now it’s the holiday season and you’ve got every possible thing you want, so what is there left to give each other?

Here’s an idea. Give the gift of anticipation: a Gift Certificate to a getaway at A Butler’s Manor.

Let them anticipate the opportunity to escape the confines of everyday life. Anticipate being in the Hamptons, miles away from the busy crowds, breathing fresh clean air. Because with only five immaculate guest rooms, A Butler’s Manor offers a quiet, safe space for you to recharge and relax.

wood burning fire in fireplace with glass of red wine in foregroundAnticipate some contemplative time away. Romantic wood-burning fire, perfect for snuggling with a glass of wine?  Check. Empty offseason beaches for (mask-free!) walks? Check. Early morning coffee in your room, followed by gourmet seasonal breakfast at your own private table in our dining room? Check.

You can feel good not only about your great taste in gifts (!) but that you’re supporting us small business owners, especially during this seriously trying year.

Give the gift that Amazon can’t deliver, but we can…the anticipation of a tranquil, much-needed getaway that creates memories that don’t expire or go out of style. Give a gift certificate to A Butler’s Manor. Call us or click here today and we’ll make it happen!

Stay Safe. Stay Small. Stay Inn.

Join the club

It started out as a joke when a room wasn’t available for the entire span of time that a guest wanted to book, necessitating a change of rooms during their visit.

“You’re joining the Sleep Around Club,” we’d tell them. “The elite club of people who have slept in every guest room at A Butler’s Manor.”

Then it became something we told repeat guests whose previous room wasn’t available for their requested dates. It was quite the inside joke: “You’re part of our Sleep Around Club now!”

Then last October as they said goodbye, lively repeat guests Joanne and Mark commented. “See you next year! It will be our final room for the Sleep Around Club!”

Sure enough! So when they booked their annual weekend getaway for October, we added a complimentary Celebration package to mark the occasion, and as usual, thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them during their stay.

“How many of us are there in the club?” Joanne asked, on checkout. “Maybe there should be a plaque!”

What a great idea. While a few repeat guests had laughed upon booking that they were continuing to add credits towards their membership in our Sleep Around Club, I actually hadn’t pulled up the records to ascertain just how many people there were in the club to date.

Now I have: There are seven esteemed members of the club, of which Joanne and Mark are now our most recent members. And there are twelve repeat guests who are one room away from the honor. (Think you’re one of them? Drop me a line and I’ll tell you which room you’re missing!)

To be clear, we are gratified by the return of many other repeat guests, some whom have come far more often than five times (since there are five rooms in the inn). Some have a favorite room. Others have specific requests, such as a tub, or a king-sized bed, or a third person traveling with them (automatically a Villefranche booking). But the members of the Club are largely comprised of those who have actively sought out a room new to them, just to experience A Butler’s Manor from a slightly different perspective. Since we worked hard to give each room its own personality, I appreciate their curiosity and confidence in us.

Yep, I’m going to order a plaque to hang in our upstairs hall to honor the few, the proud, the intrepid…the members of the Sleep Around Club at A Butler’s Manor!

Start (or continue!) your membership today by booking a visit! Join the club!

When music takes you sky high!

If you could fly over A Butler’s Manor — literally fly, it might look like the view over the house and gardens, beautifully captured in our brand new drone video by the talented team of JJ Photo and Dave King. It all started out through music.aerial view over property showing large house, pool, and extensive gardens

We’ve just added this magnificent video to our website. Check it out!

We’re winding up our 2020 high season under the COVID-19 cloud. As you can imagine, it’s been a summer where live entertainment has been difficult to find. By mid-July, when the Hamptons were cleared for Phase 4 Reopening, businesses and attractions around here were getting creative. There have been monthly Friday Night concerts on the patio of the Parrish Art Museum, outdoor concerts at the Southampton Arts Center, drive-in movies at Cooper’s Beach…all socially distanced, but with an understanding of the pent-up demand for entertainment in a form other than via Netflix.

man playing guitar outside surrounded by trees and grassChris and I are lovers of live music, and one of the casualties of COVID this year for us was the summertime Wednesday night Concerts in the Park series, curated by the Southampton Cultural Center. So we were especially excited to meet Dave and Jackie, who first stayed with us early in July. Dave is an accomplished singer/songwriter and gifted us and our other guests in residence with an impromptu open-air concert on one of the nights of their visit…a spark of joy during this somber pandemic year.

Jackie and Dave are a creative pair. Music, videography, photography, horsemanship (!) and more are talents they share between them. And they don’t stop working even when they are on vacation, something Chris and I can relate to. On their second visit, in addition to filming A Butler’s Manor, they shot a music video at the pool and at our favorite beach.

I Got The Sun Shining Down on Me

Usually, as we approach Labor Day, I’d be cueing up  Shotgun Wedding’s Tumbleweed Tuesday (also shot here in the Hamptons), but Life is uncertain these days and we don’t think the usual summer crowd is actually vacating after Labor Day this year. So Dave’s song is my current anthem — let’s keep Summer rolling as long as possible!

We are so grateful for all of our guests who have trusted us to provide them a safe haven during these scary times. As Autumn approaches, we believe our best times are ahead of us. While grounded for now, we will soar again, and in the meantime, may music or whatever makes you happy soothe and energize you. Come visit us and celebrate the change of seasons!

Hike the Hamptons, and Bounce Back in March!

wooden bridge into woodsIt’s been a mild winter on the East End of Long Island and though, as they say in financial advisor ads, “Past performance is not a guarantee of future returns,” we’re starting to hope that we might make it through March without the dreaded Winter’s Last Hurrah snowstorm.

As the Vernal Equinox (this year: March 19) looms in sight, I start thinking about lacing up the hiking shoes and looking for signs of Spring on the deserted hiking trails that ring the Hamptons. Because what can beat a peaceful walk in Nature with the one you love (and no one else around)?

Off-the-charts good hiking, with designated trails that range from one mile to over eight miles long, is the Mashamuet Preserve, which encompasses one-third (!) of Shelter Island, is especially comprehensive and scenic. Montauk’s Hither Hills and Walking Dunes trails are renowned especially for their contrast of woodland and dune trails that open onto spectacular ocean vistas, but Chris’s and my personal favorites are those in and around Northwest Woods in East Hampton. Want specifics? Check out a list here.

And if March conjures up imabasketball on empty outdoor courtges of basketball to you, we’ve got a new spin on the ball: MARCH MADNESS BOUNCEBACK! Join us anytime during the month of March, and for each night you stay, we’ll give you an envelope with a special prize inside which will be valid on a future visit in 2020.  Prizes include:

  • A bottle of champagne
  • Charcuterie board and wine
  • Set of 2 etched ABM wine glasses
  • ABM bathrobe
  • 20% OFF your stay
  • $100 off your stay
  • $250 off your stay
  • $500 off your stay

You’re guaranteed to win one of the prizes, but the catch is: YOU CAN’T PEEK! Bring back the unopened envelope on your next stay in 2020 and we’ll open it together to see your prize!

And finally, as to Erin Go Brach and the wearin’ of the green…if you want to get your St. Paddy’s Day on in a big way, join us the weekend of March 20-22. The Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off in that hamlet on Saturday, March 21, while the venerable Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade will celebrate on Sunday, March 22. (Hint: Leave your car at A Butler’s Manor on Sunday after check out and take the train to Montauk for the parade!)

Spring ahoy!bed of green clover for St. Patrick's Day

Valentine’s Day and Long Island Winterfest

With our house manager Deb McKay at the helm, A Butler’s Manor is open this winter and we’re pleased that guests have been enjoying the quiet beauty of the winter season with us. If you didn’t realize that you could get away to A Butler’s Manor in the offseason, I have two words for you: Valentine’s Day. It falls on a Friday this year and we look forward to helping you show that special someone a wonderfully romantic time! We’ll feature a split of champagne in your room along with a treat of petit fours and special flowers…just bring your true love. We have only a couple of rooms left for Valentine’s Day weekend, so book today!

people drinking wine at restaurant with wine barrelsAnd that’s not the only reason to visit this month. Long Island Winterfest kicks off this weekend — five full weeks of Long Island winery events, brewery tours, art shows, chef’s tasting menus, winter sunsets and live entertainment on the East End, from Greenport to Riverhead to Montauk. Hey, everyone knows the East End is great in the summer, but those on the inside track know how cool it is to enjoy all of the above without the summer crowds. A glass of Clovis Point’s Archeology while listening to the Hoodoo Loungers near the fire? Yes please!

And a taste of what we’ve got planned for March: MARCH MADNESS BOUNCE BACK! Watch this space for more information! (Or, if you can’t stand the suspense, click here to check our website for details!)

Come enjoy our “secret season” in Southampton! See you soon!

Kim, Chris, and Deb