Happiest in the Hamptons–Spring!

Backpack with "Happiest in the Hamptons" written on itEarly spring is always such a tough call. The weather may be clear and cool, as it was earlier this week, or it can be drizzly and chilly, as it was today. Or sometimes, we even get a heat wave! In our first year of operation, 2002, we were serving breakfast in the garden this week because temps had spiked to near 80 degrees.
Chair and sofa with sidetable set with whiskey glasses before a fireplace surrounded by white bookshelvesIt was the first day of the Spring Sidewalk Sale in Southampton Village, and the merchants on Main and Job’s Lane gamely battled the periodic drizzle. Thankfully, the weather seems poised to clear tonight, so that tomorrow’s Sidewalk Sale should be a warmer experience! Saw this cute display of merchandise on a recent walk down Main Street, Southampton. Bet this line will sell out fast!
In the meantime, our wood burning fireplace is creating a great place to return to after exploring the area.
Got word of an article just published in Architectural Digest that listed nine of America’s most beautiful golf coursesAt the top of the list, of course, is Augusta National in Georgia, where the annual Master’s Tournament was recently held. But how gratifying is it to learn that THREE of the remaining eight courses are located right here in the HamptonsShinnecock Hills Golf Club and National Golf Links, next door to each other here in Southampton, and The Bridge in Bridgehampton. Pretty impressive! (And no, sadly, we don’t have an in at any of them to get a tee time, alas.)

Door to guestroom with bowler hat hung on it above silver frame with room nameChris and I are busy planting, painting, and rearranging to add new touches to A Butler’s Manor. In the next few weeks, look for some tweaks in our dining room, Goose Creek, and Villefranche. Watch this space for details!

And here’s our new take on the doors to our rooms, playing up our butlering background. Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize the ubiquitous bowler worn by the venerable Mr. Carson. Make sure you take a selfie in the bowler hat when you visit! Extra credit for posting it to Instagram and or Facebook! #abutlersmanor #bowlerized 

couple preparing breakfast in a community demonstrationThis past Wednesday, I had an opportunity to demonstrate some of our signature breakfast dishes at Rogers Memorial Library. The theme I chose was entrees that can be prepared the night before and baked off in the morning. We featured one savory dish and one sweet dish, and our Raisin Bran Muffins. Chris came along to serve out the samples and charm everyone and generally play magician’s assistant. It was a lot of fun!

Speaking of creativity in the kitchen, I’ve been having some fun making some breakfasts I can only really do when the house isn’t full…menus that are just too labor-intensive for a full house. This is what was on the menu this morning: Orange Ebelskivers –a filled pancake–with fresh strawberries and Nutella…looks yummy, no? One of the perks of offseason visits!!

plate with ebelskivers (round filled pancakes) drizzled with Nutella and strawberries
Spring is a great time to explore the Hamptons and the North Fork before the crowds get here, and where you stay is an important part of your Hamptons experience. Come visit us at A Butler’s Manor, your Southampton, NY Bed & BreakfastClick here to check out our available rooms.
Hope to see you soon!

Of golfers and gardens

Half of our lovely guests this week have been members of the US Senior Golf Tournament, an event that is held here in the Hamptons each year at this time. These guys are awesome golfers playing awesome courses: Shinnecock, National, Maidstone and the newer Sebonack Golf Course. It is an especially well-organized event; the organizers have private dinner events planned for each night of the tournament, they know where each of the players are staying, and they even go to some trouble to coordinate the tee times of players staying in the same place, so to encourage carpooling. This is especially helpful when the members’ wives also golf, as they have a separate tournament for the ladies…and when he’s to play Shinnecock (in Southampton) and she’s to play Maidstone (in East Hampton), somebody is going to be without a car!

Golf events, like business travel, mean early bird breakfasts, so we’ve been doing a double breakfast seating all week. Our leisure guests this week have included a couple from Switzerland and a couple from England. Alas, the weather this week hasn’t been nice enough to serve breakfast in the garden.

The flowers are the only things loving the drizzle. Columbines are new to the garden here at A Butler’s Manor this year, and do we ever love the pretty flowers. They’re not a flower we can necessarily cut for the bedrooms, but they do, as you can see, make for great plate decorations. (Sunshine French Toast and sausage was the menu today — yum!)
Quote of the Day: I’m not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they’d come up sliced. — attributed to both Miller Barber and Lee Trevino