My Perfect Day: East Hampton
I would begin my perfect day in East Hampton with a coffee and newspaper at Golden Pear. I’d sit outside on a bench on Newtown Lane and watch the cars (especially any classic convertibles) as they go by.
Next, I would take a class at Elements Fitness Studio. The studio was founded by Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger. A high-energy boutique style fitness studio, Elements offers signature classes in barre, dance cardio sculpt, HIIT fusion classes, SUP, and more. All classes are based on a signature formula developed by Hunsberger. My personal favorite is the barre class.
I’d follow up the class with some retail cardio. East Hampton has some of the best options for shopping on the East End. I would stop by Ralph Lauren since it’s an East Hampton staple (during my perfect day I also have no budget) and also head over to the LVIS thrift shop to search vintage finds. There’s also Obligato, Blue & Cream, Intermix, White’s Apothecary, Shoe-Inn, and so much more.
Lunch would be at EMP Summer House. For the second year in a row, Eleven Madison Park in New York City has set up shop with a pop-up restaurant in East Hampton. The patio a la carte menu includes highlights such as flatbreads, lobster rolls, and cheeseburgers.
After lunch, I would stop by BookHampton on Main Street. The bookstore hosts book signings each weekend. This coming weekend, Bill Hayes and Ken Auletta will be there. The following weekend, Dorothea Benton Frank and Jonathan Santlofer with Joyce Carol Oates. Visit www.bookhampton.com for a full schedule.
For an afternoon cocktail, I would head over to the Blue Parrot. Try the “Dirty Bird” margarita. Blue Parrot brings together East Hampton residents and visitors alike and offers a casual and pretense-free dining and cocktail environment.
Dinner would be at The 1770 House. When it comes to the best of food and wine in the Hamptons, it doesn’t get any better.
The restaurant, located in an 18th Century colonial home, offers a dual dining concept. Chef Michael Rozzi presents a fine dining menu of New American cuisine in the candlelit dining room and on the garden patio, as well as pub-style fare in the inn’s casual downstairs Tavern. Think local bounty, noteworthy wines, five-star service, and you might even experience a celebrity sighting.
Last year, OpenTable named The 1770 House one of the 100 Best Restaurants in America. For the past decade, the wine list, overseen by Wine Director Michael Cohen, has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, year-after-year.
After dinner, I would end the night with a stop at Scoop Du Jour on Newtown Lane for an ice cream cone. This classic ice cream shop also offers Dreesen’s donuts, which, in my opinion, are hands down the best donuts ever created.