A touch of East Hampton in Newport Beach

In the middle of vacation, a yummy little reminder of home.

I was at a book club meeting last month in Laguna Beach when a fellow foodie here asked me if I’d heard of Babette’s. No context given.
“There’s a well-known organic restaurant in East Hampton called Babette’s, know for its creative breakfasts and healthy, often vegetarian options,” I answered, mystified. “Why?”
“It just opened a second location here in Newport Coast.
Really? I had to check that out. Sure enough, closer to our winter abode than the original Babette’s is to A Butler’s Manor, it was too good a chance to overlook, not the least because we haven’t been able to have brunch at Babette’s since we opened A Butler’s Manor in 2002 (as of course we’re cooking and serving our own breakfast during that time),So the other day Chris and I headed up Pacific Coast Highway to the brand-new West Coast enclave of the East Hampton favorite with the most recent (forwarded) copy of the Southampton Press tucked under Chris’s arm.

Babette’s Newport Coast is quite roomy and gorgeous, in the off-white coastal California style that is 180 degrees from the small, casually beachy theme of the original on Newtown Lane. We opted for the patio, which featured a gas firepit that was lit in spite of the 60+ degree exterior temps (but ended up being extinguished at the request of a woman seated closest to it). Stellar service. The menu, I was pleased to see, was almost the same as its delicious East End counterpart, with a few nods to local specialties. I, therefore, had a Newport Omelette, and Chris opted for the Ace of Clubs sandwich, which certainly lived up to its name. And the accompanying sweet potato fries, done with a herb blend, were the best I have ever had.We were pleased that owner Barbara Layton was in town and happy to see fellow Hamptons refugees. We passed along our copy of the Press and spent some time discussing the similarities and differences between the two resort areas and the people within each. I think all of us felt a little homesick.

Now we can check in with a favorite restaurant on both coasts. What’s next — the Golden Pear?

This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered folks from back East while on our sabbatical in California. Last winter on our way down to the beach, we passed a woman walking her dog who takes yoga with me…in Southampton. In January we were dining at Nirvana Grille in Laguna Beach when we recognized Steve and Miriam, guests of A Butler’s Manor who live in NYC.

It’s a big country, but a small world. (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

Incidentally, we’ll reopen for the 2015 season on Friday, March 13. See you then!

Open for the 2014 Season!!

Anyone on the East Coast can attest that it has been a long, cold snowy winter. So last week, when Chris and I returned from vacation and prepared to reopen for the 2014 season, we were so gratified to find only this little remnant of snow left at A Butler’s Manor. Hey, we may not be out of the winter woods yet — I have pictures somewhere of snow-laden trees in early April, but I also have pictures of a freakishly warm April when we served breakfast on the patio. After the first winter where meteorologists actually named the storms, like they do hurricanes, I figure we’re due for a warm Spring. Bring it on!

We opened this past weekend to a full house of people who probably thought the same thing, and I’m wondering if the unusually high number of pre-bookings for the upcoming year reflects a lot of folks who just want to have a vacation somewhere warm and comforting to look forward to? It’s only March, but things are booking fast, so if you have a date in mind to come visit the Hamptons, check out our availability calendar today!

Spring formally arrived yesterday about 1 PM and we were cheered by bright sunny skies and crocuses peeping through the winter debris in the garden. I was greeted by a robin perched on our mailbox. Hooray!

Hamptons Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, a favorite event for both locals and visitors alike, where dozens of restaurants on both North and South Forks present three-course prix fixe menus for $27.95. It’s a great time to sample some of the restaurants that are difficult to get into once Summer arrives. (The Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert offered at The Living Room at c/o the Maidstone in East Hampton is worth the visit all on its own!)

Coming up on the calendar is the annual Parrish Art Museum Spring Fling, always a fun, well-attended party to benefit the children’s programs at the museum. This year, in addition to the food, drink, live band, and silent auction, they are featuring a scavenger hunt, advertising it as your chance to become an art detective. Fun!

In other local news, the fascia is being completed and interior work is continuing on the much-anticipated opening of a Southampton branch of Citarella Markets. Citarella is a New York City-based foodie market known for their great meats and seafood. The Southampton store will bring to three their presence in the Hamptons (they also have markets in East Hampton and Bridgehampton). Speaking as someone who visits the supermarket every day (whether I plan to or not!), this will be a welcome addition to our current grocery options. Now, if we could only get a Southampton Starbucks….

Off to start cleaning up the garden in anticipation of a bright, warm Spring!

Quote of the day: Every spring is the only spring–a perpetual astonishment. –Ellis Peters

New Restaurants: news and reviews

New season always equals a new crop of restaurants here in the Hamptons. Some may stay with us for years, others which will fade away after Labor Day, following the sun and money to Florida.

In recent weeks, Chris and I have checked out a couple of new entrants here in Southampton, both of which are literally walking distance from us, and next door to each other. It’s my hope both of these will become Southampton institutions. In one case, the restaurant is already an institution in New York City.
The Southampton Social Club is a gorgeous building with a large patio and sprawling lawn out back that is primarily known for the nightlife (beginning at around 10 PM) that remains their core business. Managing partner Ian Stone and chef Scott Kampf have upped the ante in order to introduce the rest of us non-clubbers to a lovely space with a lovely meal (and developing some positive PR by way of a decent restaurant might go a long way towards easing local mistrust and antagonism for the late night summer crowds).
I’d seen ads locally promoting the restaurant, but figured the cuisine was geared towards late night munchies. But in late April, having read several good reviews of the place on TripAdvisor and Yelp, we tried it out.
The large, classically decorated dining room is lovely and serene, and the menu offerings looked delectable…and were. The crab cake, which had been noted in several of the reviews I’d read, was wonderful…so much crab it was amazing it held together. I ordered it again when we dined at Southampton Social Club for the second time last week, this time bringing four friends. The six of us passed around each appetizer and entree for group consensus, and we loved it all. Mussels, the Caesar salad, the zucchini chips with aioli…yum.  We tried the full gamut of entrees..mahi mahi, steak, chicken, and the vegetable Napoleon, and found all absolutely delicious. Service was attentive and perhaps because we dined relatively early in the evening, the noise level was moderate. A great night, all around. We plan to be back, often, and recommend to guests.
The second and more famous addition to Southampton’s culinary lineup is Delmonico’s Southampton, which opened in the corner location on Elm Street and Railroad Plaza that for years held the restaurant Savanna’s. Chris and I were able to attend their grand opening, which those of us who have been in the trade know can be a little rocky when a restaurant is still working the bugs out of their kitchen and table service.
Impressively, this was hardly the case at Delmonico’s, which is an institution on Beaver Street downtown in NYC and has been since 1837, billing itself the oldest restaurant in America. (I’d thought Antoine’s, in New Orleans, held that title, but that venerable fixture of the French Quarter opened three years later in 1840.)
Delmonico’s is known primarily as a steakhouse, but among its fabled firsts include the invention of Eggs Benedict, Chicken a la King (originally Chicken a la Keene, after a patron), and Lobster Newberg. So I had to try the appetizer called Crab Cake Benedict. This was a single crab cake, topped with a poached quail’s egg (sweet!) and finished with a special hollandaise. Presentation was marvelous and the taste sublime.  All four of us opted for Delmonico’s Signature Steak. We’ve had steak at Smith & Wollensky, Ruth Chris’s, the Palm, Bobby Van’s, and other known steakhouses. This was the best steak I’ve ever had.
Noise level was exuberant, but I was very pleased to note that the decor now includes carpet, a feature sadly lacking when it was Savanna’s, which will help keep the noise level somewhat in check. (It’s still a challenge due to the floor to ceiling windows on the street side.)
Congrats and welcome to Delmonico’s managing directors Nicholas and Dennis…we hope for a long tenure and years of satisfied patrons, from A Butler’s Manor and beyond!
Bon appetit!
Quote of the Day:  The only time to eat diet food is while waiting for the steak to cook. –Julia Child

Restaurant comments: LT Burger (Sag Harbor)

Pardon me for being obtuse, but I just don’t get the trend in many fine dining establishments to put a hamburger on the menu. (Especially at $18.) If I’m going to a restaurant that boasts a decent wine list and doesn’t offer fries as an optional vegetable (at additional price!), I don’t expect the chef to put something as pedestrian as a burger on the menu. Especially when the point of having it there seems to be just in case you underestimated what $$$ meant in your Zagat’s guide. At a certain level of restaurant, and at a certain price point, a “hamburger”  better come with a pedigree. Example: Chris and I once dined at DB Bistro Moderne, Daniel Boulud’s more “casual” restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, where the signature dish is a hamburger made of sirloin filled with braised short ribs, stuffed with foie gras and black truffle, served on a parmesan bun…for $32. (Please note, the French fries–“pommes frites,” of course–were included.) It was a heart attack on a plate, but it WAS wonderful, but it’s an experience I don’t need to repeat.

When we crave a hamburger, we go to a place where hamburgers comprise at least 50% of the menu and you can get just about anything you can imagine on them. Such a place probably doesn’t have stellar service, it definitely doesn’t have Chateau Margaux on the wine list (if there IS a wine list) and I expect to see at least one and usually several televisions hanging in the joint. One of the best places for a really good gooey hamburger, in my opinion, is Fellingham’s in Southampton. There is nothing trendy or elegant about Fellingham’s, nor is that their intent. They are unabashedly a sports bar with a local following, but their burger is probably one of the best values in the Hamptons.

A couple of burger joints have opened in Sag Harbor over the past year or two, one on the Sag Harbor Turnpike, and one in a storefront right on Main Street. This latter one is called LT Burger and it mightily resembles the sort of soda fountain that used to be the norm for a burger and a milkshake, without quite the 1950’s kitsch of a Johnny Rocket’s chain. Oh yes, LT Burgers does the milkshakes too, yum yum yum, including a handful of options you must be over 21 to enjoy. The menu is short on options other than burgers (though they do have veggie, turkey and tuna burgers), with a few salads, half a dozen apps and several choices of fries (extra charge), including the best sweet potato fries I’ve had in years. Burgers ranged from the signature at $11 and went up to about $16 depending on accoutrements. I had one on special called a “farm burger” that came with onions and local Mecox Bay cheese and a fried egg, and Chris opted for the one with grilled onions and applewood smoked bacon.  We split a salad made with local heirloom tomatoes, grilled bacon and ricotta cheese that had a wonderful spicy dressing with maybe a hint of curry to it. The place is very casual, perfect for kids, and does take out which we’d probably enjoy if we lived in Sag Harbor. And we happened to score one of the tables in the window so we could watch the always-active foot traffic on Sag Harbor’s Main Street (which, by the way, is the only village in the Hamptons that “gets it” when it comes to being open for late night shopping, but that’s a topic for another day). It’s a pricier burger than you’d find in a soda fountain anywhere else except here in the Hamptons, but the atmosphere was right and it was tasty. We’ll be back.

Speaking of shopping, summer brings the usual batch of new stores to the Hamptons, including a few “pop-up” stores that expect to stay long enough to interest only our summer visitors. I hate this concept because it ignores our year-round population, but that too is a topic for another day. Still, occasionally we get a pop-up that is such a good fit that the store signs a year-round lease and becomes part of our village landscape. One such store that I hope will make the transistion is a fun little shop on the corner of Main Street and Job’s Lane in Southampton called C Wonder. This is a shop that sells all things summertime: bright clothes and summer shoes, bags you’d take to the beach or to a pool party, household supplies and hostess gifts for said party, even beach cruiser bicycles. The prices aren’t outrageous, and the management knows how to generate excitement: Every weekend since Memorial Day when they opened, they’ve held fun store events with lots of excitement for the whole family. Today, for example, among the activities is a village-wide scavenger hunt that offers the chance to win a $500 gift cvertificate to the store. As soon as I drop off our guests at Cooper’s Beach, I’m stopping by to play!

Sunshine, sweet potato fries, a scavenger hunt…ahhhh, summer. Maybe I’ll find a mayonnaise jar and collect some fireflies tonight…

Quote of the Day: A hamburger by any other name, costs twice as much. –Evan Esar

Restaurant comments: CowFish (Hampton Bays)

A cowfish. Not generally found in the waters off Shinnecock Bay.

Chris and I consider it our duty to try to keep abreast of the restaurants here in the Hamptons so that we can recommend them with some accuracy. One of our latest forays was to CowFish, the newest addition to Hampton Bay’s culinary scene. Owned by Chef David Hersh and his wife Rachel who also own the wildly popular (but way too small!) Rumba Rum Bar right down the street, CowFish is located right on the Shinnecock Canal where the venerable Indian Cove has been a fixture for decades. The large, airy space with multiple outdoor decks and patios now has a slightly cowboy decor, which works because as a chef, David is definitely a cowboy. We loved that most of the items on the menu you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the Hamptons…like blackened shrimp over fried green tomatoes, or lobster and crab sushi with asparagus, avocado, a slice of strawberry, and a strawberry sauce. And yeah, that actually works. That’s why it’s shown half eaten in the photo!

Lobster sushi!

Like Rumba, there is a signature dessert at CowFish, and it is well worth saving a little room for it. Okay, a lot of room for it. It’s Banana Cream Pie, and omigod is it yummy. I think the crust is made with walnuts. Then they drizzle it with a little caramel sauce and sprinkle it with a little grated chocolate. Grandma never made it this good, I promise!

Unlike Rumba, Cowfish is a big place — there is a large dining room, a patio, and two outdoor decks as well as a bar, and they’ve put up a wooden “pirate ship ” outdoor playset for the kids to play on while waiting for their dinner reservation (the parents can watch from the bar deck above). And it’s waterfront on the canal. Good food, good views, good buzz…how can you lose?

Not sure if they’ll take rezzies (Rumba doesn’t), but at A Butler’s Manor, we’ll have the map ready for anyone who wants to go!

Special occasions and seasonal rebirths

One of the truly joyous things about owning a bed and breakfast is when we get to participate, in a small way, in a special life event of our guests.

Such is the case today. Matt and Nicole are visiting from Canada, and somewhere in our fair village (or–chances are–the beach), Matt is planning to propose. So, in anticipation of a positive response, we’ve set up in their room a celebratory display of champagne, roses, and our seasonal favorite daffodils to welcome the newly affianced couple back. We’ll have the fire going just in case they feel like enjoying their champagne in front of it…We love days like this!

Speaking of the village, Spring is springing wonderfully here in the Hamptons. Here in Southampton, lots of stores and a couple restaurants are undergoing facelifts in anticipation of the summer season, including BookHampton, 75 Main, and Plaza Cafe. We visited with Chef Doug Gujila over dinner and love the cool new blue look of the main dining room…With handmade fish art by local wine merchant John Rist, it feels a little like the Caribbean.
Relocating from Water Mill, Muse has sailed over to moor on Main Street in Sag Harbor, and is now Muse In The Harbor. Chris and I went with friends to visit with Chef Matt Guffrieda and check out his shiny new digs, complete with a huge fish tank acting as a central room divider. I love Matt’s creative takes on food: my Tilapia Wienerschnitzel was scrumptious, and do not miss the Zeppole for dessert. Yum!
As usual, spring heralds the arrival of some new faces to our restaurant scene. In the old Post House location that housed Nello’s Summertimes is now Nammo’s, reportedly owned/operated by the folks who have run Trata in Water Mill these past few years. And over the canal in Hampton Bays, Chef David Hersh of Rumba fame plans to open a second, larger restaurant reportedly called Cowfish in the large, canal-front location that has housed Indian Cove for decades. I expect we’ll be one of the first in line to visit and sample his new menu.
So…waiting eagerly for the return of our young couple…will she say yes??
Quote of the Day: April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare
UPDATE!!! Matt writes: “Everything went great … she said yes!  Thanks so much for all you did to make it so special for us,  We’ve had a great stay here to say the least.”

Music and More Music


This Wednesday night, June 29, began the series of summer Concerts in the Park, a free series of concerts coordinated by the Southampton Cultural Center. I’ve written about the concerts before; it’s a summer night out that Chris and I try never to miss, and that we encourage our guests to enjoy as well. Bring a beach chair, a picnic, your bevvie of choice, the kids, the dog (on a leash) and a couple of bucks to contribute to the SCC when they pass the hat at halftime…it’s a great deal of simple small-town summer fun.

Wednesday’s band was a wonderful young jazz trio called Michael Jazz Trio: the Godfrey brothers from Central Islip, NY, who share a middle name of Michael. Matthew, on keyboard, is the eldest at the ripe old age of 17; David, on bass and sax, is 15, and little brother Jordan, on drums is all of ten years old. And these kids write most of their own material. I’m a talent junkie — gifted with a little artistic talent, but not enough to make a living at it — I so appreciate talent in others. I was blown away by these kids. Check out their website. They’re going far!

Regarding the Concerts in the Park: This year we are really putting our money where our mouth is. In conjunction with Southampton Building Services, owned by our friend Steve Lemanski, we are sponsoring the concert on July 6 featuring one of our all-time favorite bands: The Lone Sharks. The concert will be held at Cooper’s Beach. Dancing in the sand as the sun sets — I am already planning the picnic menu!!!

Dropped into red bar brasserie’s newest sibling, called little/red — a slightly more casual rendition of its big brother, located just off Agawam Park. “Slightly more casual” means that there are a couple of more pub-like options on its otherwise elegant menu, and that it does not take reservations. They have a large patio which should be open for dining in the next week or so. We enjoyed our meal (I had some yummy monkfish with sauteed summer squash, and Chris had mussels) but found wine options a little pricey and lacking in selection. However, I’m sure little/red will soon be as popular as the other siblings in the “chain” which include Fresno in East Hampton and The Beacon in Sag Harbor. I know we’ll be back.

Speaking of new additions, it’s always fun to check out some of the new shops in Southampton village that are in full swing by Fourth of July weekend. Not too surprisingly, we have a growing crop of preppie clothes shops in town, including Vineyard Vines, that perennial Cape Cod favorite that took over the large shop on Main Street where Villeroy & Boch had held court for so many years. Women’s clothing shops are always plentiful, so it’s nice to see a new shop for the guys: Peter Millar is perfect for the golf course. One shop I positively love is MacKenzie-Childs, whose fun painted enamelware and colorful accent pieces — reminiscent somehow of Alice in Wonderland — I first saw showcased in London Jeweler’s East Hampton store. Someday I am going to figure out exactly where I can add some of their creative pieces to A Butler’s Manor’s decor…

Quote of the Day: “And the night shall be filled with music,/And the cares that infest the day/Shall fold their tents like the Arabs/And as silently steal away.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done

Greening our blue pool

It seems like it’s been busier this Spring than ever, as Nature, and Chris and I, work to get everything in place before the “official” start of the summer season this weekend. One of our biggest accomplishments: Giving our beautiful pool a makeover, and converting it to saltwater!!!

Why is this a good thing? First of all, saltwater is softer and kinder to your skin than chlorine. It won’t dry skin and hair as chlorine often does. Second, using salt rather than chemicals is far more environmentally friendly. So we all win.

So the pool is open, but until we get some sunshine it won’t be very warm. Which was why, when one of guests last weekend went out in his swim togs, we were a little surprised. Okay, so he’s from England and is used to swimming in the North Sea… So Simon was our official “christener” of our new and improved pool, and he pronounced it a wonderful dip. It may be a while before I dive in myself though…

But sunshine is anticipated for this weekend, and to those of us who live here on the East End, it can’t get here soon enough. Showers have been making our plants and flowers happy, but the rest of us?  — not so much. Get your sunscreen — summer really is almost here!

The advent of the Season means that shops and restaurants and everyone else in town are also putting a final coat of polish on their establishments. Chris and I have been, ahem, doing our due diligence on the restaurants to see what’s up with some of the newcomers. (Oh yes — it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.) One we recently sampled is Race Lane, in East Hampton, where the original Laundry Restaurant held court for many years. Rowaida and Jay Jackson have really brought a new, lighter look to the space, while retaining much-loved features like the huge fireplace. I really enjoyed their Tuna Tabbouleh. We look forward to visiting again soon.

Quote of the Day: “Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” — Seneca

Ragamuffins on Parade

Yesterday was Halloween, and in the village of Southampton, the Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual “Ragamuffin Parade” of little (and not so little!) children in costume, followed by a Pumpkin Trail of local merchants who hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters. In recent years, the event has been joined by a doggie costume parade sponsored by Little Lucy’s on Job’s Lane, a boutique that features the wardrobe of clothing, costumes, and jewelry your favorite pooch never knew she wanted. Not being parents, Chris and I haven’t attended the event before, but our neighbors Lynn and Gary’s 14-month-old twin girls were planning on participating, along with their two king Charles Cavallier spaniels, so we had to see them in action! Little Pearse and the Blenheim (reddish) dog were bumblebees, while Gigi and their King Charles (black and tan) dog were ladybugs. Are they cute, or what?

And…wow! Main Street was swarming with families, more crowded than on the busiest August weekend. There was barely room on the sidewalk to stand and watch the children collect their treats from participating merchants. After a while, Chris and I repaired to Silver’s and selected a seat in the window where we could watch the action from the warmth of the restaurant while enjoying an elegant lunch …something we never have an opportunity to do in August.
The weather is currently picture-perfect Autumn, with clear, bright, chilly days and a breeze to help blow the leaves from the trees. Out in our garden, Chris spends his free time digging up the bulbs that require overwintering (e.g., acidanthus, dahlia), while I am cutting the very last of the dahlias and roses for our rooms, augmenting the arrangements with the brush heads of ornamental grasses. The leaves on the Japanese maple at the back of the pool have turned their autumnal burnished orange, but the gigantic sycamore maple still has most of its leaves, all mostly green…it’s always a late-season holdout.
There’s still lots to do in the towns…birdwatching walks, weekend entertainment at many of the vineyards on both the South and North Forks, plus Long Island Restaurant Week, which starts this Sunday (three courses, $24.95!!). This Friday, the Parrish Museum’s Business Council will host its annual Friday night jazz event, which we hope to attend, pending arrival time of our check-ins.
Autumn is my favorite season of the year. The fire is crackling in the fireplace, and the pumpkins adorn the front porch. Come enjoy it with us at A Butler’s Manor!
Quote of the Day: For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. —Edwin Way Teale

The taste of summer

Most of our guests visit A Butler’s Manor for R&R, but there are some who are on business, and we strive to be as close to “home” (without the distractions often found there!) as possible. Patrick, a recent guest, was doing a “deep breathe” between two business conferences. He still had calls to make and reports to send, but with our WiFi operational over the whole property, here’s where he made his “office.”  If you’ve got to work, this is not too shabby, eh?

It’s been a week of exceptionally congenial guests who have evidently enjoyed both their stay and each other. Each day guests have lingered over the breakfast table (okay, so the breakfast table IS in Chris’s garden), chatted with each other at the pool, sat down together in the living room after coming home from dinner…just a really simpatico crowd. It gives me such a warm feeling to see that happen.

Weather on tap for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend is supposed to be perfect — 80 degrees and clear. I’m sure the Butlermobile (a.k.a. the Buick Roadmaster) will be making lots of trips to and from Cooper’s Beach this weekend! Also perfect weather to enjoy a lobster overlooking the marina in Hampton Bays at Sunwaters Grill or Tide Runners (greedy me, I’ve done both this week). The latter has entertainment on the dock overlooking the Shinnecock Canal, and judging by the crowd on the night we went (Sunday), some of those bands have quite a following. A warm night, a breeze off the water, sweet lobster in melted butter, a tropical drink and some live music…doesn’t get much better than that!

Speaking of live music, tonight (Wednesday) begins the summer Concerts in the Park series here in Southampton Village. I’ve said before how this is one of my all-time favorite things to do in summer. Agawam Park (at the base of Job’s Lane) fills up with families out to enjoy a true small-town good time. Pack a picnic, grab a beach chair and a bottle of wine and enjoy the music and the ambiance, while the little kids dance in front of the bandstand or run off to the playground. The Southampton Cultural Center, which funds this wonderful summer activity, sends the bucket brigade around at halftime to collect a small voluntary donation to pay the bands that entertain us. Most of us locals have been attending these concerts for years, and are happy to drop a few bucks in the bucket. So (WARNING, rant ahead!) it just frosts me to see, as I did tonight, a group comprised of say, a couple of women, perhaps their husbands, four or five children, and one or two nannies (!) enjoying the evening, but who shrug and shake their heads when the bucket brigade reaches them as if to say oops, sorry, didn’t bring any money. Worse, I’ve seen people ignore these volunteers altogether, turning away from them as though they didn’t exist. Come on, folks! Southampton is, overall, a very well-to-do community. There is no excuse for not helping to preserve the little joys that contribute to making it such a great place to live and visit.

Okay, stepping off the soapbox now.

We look forward to a great weekend, and helping our guests enjoy all that the Hamptons have to offer, that they will come away loving it the way we do.

Quote of the Day: A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. — James Dent