Even though I go to school in California, I am originally from the Hamptons in New York. When I tell people I'm from the Hamptons, they think of how it's portrayed in movies and the media: fun, wealthy, and a party all the time. It may be like this during the summer, but during the winter, the shops and restaurants close earlier, and there aren't as many people bustling around.
This break, I spent most of my time catching up on sleep and relaxing but also went to good restaurants, hung out with my friends and family, and made a trip into New York City. For those coming to the Hamptons during the winter, here are some places I like to go to and activities I like to do.
I made sure that I went to my favorite restaurants: Estia's, Provisions, Sen, and Sant Ambroeus. Estia's has the best breakfast item called George's Ranch. At Provisions, I love the avocado cheddar melt and the breakfast burrito (make sure to add avocado to it). My favorite items from Sen are the crunchy rice tuna appetizer, udon noodles, and garuda roll. At Sant Ambroeus, I always order the insalata di carciofi and the linguini alle vongole.
For Christmas, my dad, stepmom Kelli, and I started off the day with a delicious brunch at Baron's Cove. The hotel was beautifully decorated with harbor-esque ornaments and
garlands made from leaves.
We also walked around empty Sag Harbor streets to look at beautiful houses and enjoy the crisp air.
My favorite activity is tennis aerobics at East Hampton Indoor Tennis (aka EHIT). It's every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30 am. The class is all about cardio, practicing your strokes through repetition, and then getting better at playing in matches. As a side note, EHIT also has the Clubhouse, which is fun for bowling, karaoke, playing games in the arcade, mini golf, and hanging out at the bar.
The funniest thing I did was float therapy at Hamptons Float with Kelli. You spend an hour and a half in a little pool filled with 1,200 lbs of epsom salt. It's supposed to help with problems such as anxiety, stress, addiction, and physical pain. I went in and fell asleep within 10 minutes, not waking up until the music started to play at the end. I felt very relaxed but also had slimy skin and dry hair from the salt.
For New Year's Eve, my family and I ate dinner at Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor. The appetizers were delicious; We ordered the Mixed Lettuces Salad and Stracciatella. My entrée was a salmon special with mustard greens and potatoes. I spent the rest of the evening with my closest friends and closed out 2019 in a delightful way.