From parties to paddleboarding

Summer Goals




Independent/Jill Clifford

I spent most of the late autumn and winter months traveling across the United States and to different countries around the world, and am now more than ready to settle in my home on the East End and get ready for the booming summer 2019 season.

My most recent destinations included the southern coast of Australia, including a two-week stay in Melbourne, Victoria in March, and to Los Angeles and Anaheim. If you follow me on Instagram @EastEndTaste, you will see a selection of images that document my travels, including recent postings of the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles as well the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne’s Central Business District.

Coming into the high season, some of the restaurants that are top on my list to visit include Bistro Ete in Water Mill, Brooklyn Chop House in Southampton, as well as the Shuko Beach pop-up at the Highway Restaurant & Bar. I also love visiting staples such as the Clam Bar, Navy Beach, and Swallow East every season.

Independent/Jill Clifford

Some of my seasonal traditions are hosting dinner parties at my family’s home in Bridgehampton, BBQs and pool parties over Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July, and backyard rosé-inspired parties with plenty of fresh flowers, steamers, and peak-season vegetables from my favorite farm stands in the Hamptons.

My summer bucket list includes taking kite boarding lessons, paddle boarding at least twice a week at Haven’s Beach in Sag Harbor or in North Haven, sailing around Shelter Island, and glamping with my husband in East Hampton. We also wish to take our two children to a variety of family friendly activities across Long Island. We recently discovered Long Island Adventure Park, with rope bridges and hiking trails, and the Vanderbilt Museum. We also told ourselves that we will finally make it out to Block Island.

My typical day in the summer includes grabbing a bag of bagels from Goldberg’s in Wainscott and/or sneaking out of my home to walk along the beach or do some exercises at the ocean just as the sun rises. If it is a weekday, I spend the morning with my two children out at our pool most of the day and cook lunch all together. If it is a weekend, my husband joins us or we spend the day out and about. We love horseback riding in Montauk, and hiking in Noyack.

Our evenings are spent at a friend’s home, hosting a get-together, or in Sag Harbor, where there is never a dull moment, with businesses open late and a variety of exceptional restaurants to choose from, including Tutto Il Giorno and Wölffer Kitchen.

I would love to hear about your dining adventures and what you love to do out east! Share your images and posts using the hashtag #EastEndTaste.