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Things I’ve Learned and Loved To Do While in the Hamptons πŸ–β€οΈπŸ’‘πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬βž• (steal my ideas!!!)

Life in the Hamptons is well…magical and therapeutic. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered as an antidote to the school year of stress and demands.😫 We decided to ditch sleep away camp this year (after only a year lol) and take an 8 week rental in Hamptons to focus on lots of family time ❀️🌞 consider this my farewell letter to the Hamptons documenting our love affair- first it’s a connection of my top 10 memories/things I’ve learned and second there’s a long list of thing we LOVED to do together in our 8 weeks that you should do with your family as well! βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ

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For the first time in my life as a parent I got to enjoy my kids solely in the good times. Parenting without distraction, demands, time schedules, places to be, etc…πŸ“†β²πŸ“šβœ–οΈwas literally free and uninterrupted to have fun and just love on them. We went to sleep late, like really late, after midnight…gasp…and woke up whenever our eyes would open😴…no rushing to bed for fear of what’s to come in the morning. No ending times to fun. πŸŽ‰No where to be, no activities to drive to. We ate whenever and whatever. We just played and had fun and relax with no “Times up gotta go”.

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With my husband working during the week I’ve had a lot of alone time with the kids, time to get to know them on a different level. Yes of course I have my family around and babysitters to help, but still. I caught myself several times saying to myself Gosh I LOVE THIS And never knew!πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜πŸ˜

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1. I like sleeping with my kids. We’ve slept together almost every night on vacation. Different variations and configurations. I gave up my alone time and privacy but in return I got time to cuddle, to watch their long eyelashes when they sleep, to spoon, to tuck my cold feet in between their legs and to enjoy those small warm bodies and feel their breaths rising and falling with my own…When else will I get this many days in a row ever again…makes up for the lack of a husband in bed during the week…πŸ‘§πŸ½πŸ‘§πŸ½πŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘ΈπŸ½

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2. I effin LOVE Pandora and I’m OBSESSED with heated pools and my best purchase was my big Brookstone speaker that provided us 100s of hours of entertainment this summer!πŸŽΆβž•πŸŠπŸ½ πŸ”ŠIt has been one of my biggest newfound loves of the summer. It has opened my eyes to so many genres of music and I don’t know what I would’ve done this summer without these amazing playlists. I started each day belting out tunes on the top of my lungs in the pool.🎀 It was awesome fun! πŸ“’We spend an average of 5 hours a day in the pool and sometimes a straight 8 hour run.🏊🏽🌞🌚 It was the best. Thing. Ever. Especially night swimming under the stars…

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3. Which reminds me: EDM hits and Meditteranean Nights Station were my obsession. I could not get enough. I felt them deep in my heart and soul and they could really get the ambiance going! I’ve fist pumped πŸ‘ŠπŸ½more times in the last few weeks then I did ever in my life combined! Many a nights and mornings the sounds of the Meditteranean guitar melodies 🎸transported me into another country. Beautiful. πŸ‡­πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡·

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4. Puzzle time. There was something about sitting there while finding border pieces while singing on the top of your lungs that was just so magical. And relaxing. And got your brain working. Not that I wanted my brain to be workingπŸ€”…But what to do with these finished puzzles…that is the question…😱

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5. Drum Circles at Sunset at Sagg Main Beach. A top 10 experience of my life. πŸ™‹πŸ½There was nothing like your first time. If I can bottle up my 1st time and replay it in my life everyday I would be such a happy person. πŸ’πŸ½Picture this…100s of friendly happy faces of all ages gathered together, all different instruments, blue waves crashing in the distance, 🏝warm summer evening golden sand under your toes and the beautiful reddish yellowish orangeish sun setting as your backdrop to a rainbow sky. πŸŒ…πŸŒˆAnd then it begins the clattering of all the instruments together to make a catchy Brazillian beat and then the rest is history. For an hour of your life you are transformed into a magical dimension. Drum circles will forever hold a piece of my heart that I didn’t know existed. 🎢🎢🏝

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6. Rolling Farm Fields. β›²οΈπŸšœπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ±πŸŒΏIt just doesn’t get old. I can watch these views everyday. When and where in Metropolitan New York do you get to see hundreds of acres of farm lands and every shade of green stretched out before you for as far as your eyes can see. πŸ‘€And the huge house with the worn in vintage looking faded tremendous American Flag hung on the back facade of the house by Upper Seven Ponds Road. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈI loved you. Your beauty made me happy. 😘

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7. Boredom. It is actually a good thing and we’ve really embraced it! πŸ˜†I read this quote from the book “It’s OK to go Up the Slide” and it said “Giving children the gift of free time may be the best gift you can give them. The ideas kids pursue when left to their own devices are typically the ones that most fascinate and inspire them. Other times, their play is simple, but restful. Don’t worry if your child chooses to stare at patterns on the sofa or trace lines in floorboards. Life is stimulating enough. Kids need downtime and thoughtful times in their play, too.” Sounds simple enough, but how deep it was. I’ve enjoyed watching them play with their toys, like kids should when given the time to play and be kids…πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

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8. Fishing was so freaken fun! 🎣πŸ›₯If you can get over being sea sick, or putting cut up slimey fish on your hook, or let go of the sadness of watching the fish gasp for life or can swing these ridiculous boat prices then this is a hobby I could do everyday! The excitement of the tug of the line, to the thrill of reeling in the fish and your muscles aching as you fight to turn and turn and turn the handle to the OMGGGG and squeals of excitement when you finally pull the fish you snagged out of the water!πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ It’s just nonstop entertainment! If your open minded and like to eat fish or will at least eat the fish you caught it’s a very satisfying and full circle experience. Everytime we’ve gone out on November Rain Charters in MontaukπŸ›₯ it just rains fish and we smile all day long! Then we brought the fish to Montauk Yacht Club and the kids swam in the pool while we waited for the food to come!🏊🏽🐟🐠

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9. Mopeds, riden at a safe low comfortable speed are thrilling! 🚲Nothing like your hair blowing in the wind, enjoying the sights on a warm summer day! I prefer a speed where if I fall off and crash I would be driving at a fast bicycle speed. Not that I wouldn’t get hurt, and not that I’m planning on trying it, just sayin…I’m ok with that level of risk… Worth the thrill!😜

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10. There is nothing more lovely and charming then Exploring the various beaches, farms, parks, ponds and different Hamptons towns and villages. I love seeing how each town differs, each having its own distinct personality, appeal and architecture. Nature in the Hamptons is at its best…on our very last day we were explored the Georgica Ponds area to find the Grey Gardens house from the based on real life movie with Drew Barrymore. I’ll never ever forget the view when we rode around the bend and arrived at the most breathtaking picture spot on Lily Pond!🏝 It was at that moment I turned to Craig and said “I decided that the Hamptons is my most favorite place I’ve ever been in this world”. After all our travels he turned to me and said “Wow Alethea that says a lot”…I loved it so much that I spent my last morning watching East Hampton wake up and come alive after a beautiful sunrise at 6am…πŸŒ…

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*One more for good luck…if you are 1-99 years old then you HAVE to bring your family to Buddah Berry in Sag Harbor. It’s a sight for eyes. It’s a fro-yogurt place mixed with the most incredible candy shop and sprinkled with some fun toys and trinkets. By far my kids favorite place to go we made it a several a week venture. You need to see for yourselves!🍦🍭🍫🍰🍬πŸͺπŸ‘«

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Now that I’m back home I can’t help but mourn the loss of the best summer of my life.😭😱😩 There were so many firsts that we had together as a family and so many lasts. All the stars aligned for 7 weeks for my extended family to have hands down the best summer of their! πŸ–πŸŽ‰β€οΈWe were so blessed to have been able to experience what we did together! Now I have to figure out how to bring Hamptons peace and happiness back with me to everyday life at home. So like the saying on the plaque in the window said “My heart is in the Hamptons”…..β€οΈπŸ–πŸŒž I can say that for 2 months this was my home, it wasn’t a place we rented it was a place where we LIVED!!! 🌞

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Here are some other notable MUSTS!

-East Hampton Main beach has a short walk a great concession that’s cash only and you can buy a beach parking permit during the weekday


– Boa Asian Fusion in Noyac and the mango sticky rice was possibly my fave dessert ever

-paint nights

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-flying kite on the beach

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– Long Beach Sunsets in sag

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-beautiful pic opp on the lake behind the amazing playground in Southampton that has become our yearly pic

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-Rita’s Stables for a fun horseback ride through the forest onto the beach

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-carnivals and festival…look for signs

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-Navy Beach dinner and sunset

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-Ricks Crabby Cowboy in Montauk for dinner, low flying plane watching and smores on water

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-Agawam playground in South


-concerts on the beach and parks (wed nights in South) and the one where the band did a special shoutout to our very own Larry the Duck my uncle


Trapeze Experience in Bridge

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-Bobby Vans for delicious dinner

-the Ross school has really great 1 week camp options you can even just do a morning session from 9-12

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-Children’s Museum in Bridge has some really fun exhibits

-playing mah johnng or Cards against humanity  late night at our house


-Happy Bowls for Acai bowls in Montauk
– Grey Gardens house 3 West End Rd in East Hampton (Georgica Ponds area)

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– Lily Pond views and surrounding mansions in Georgica

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– La Fontina Mexican take out restaurant eat on picnic benches and enjoy a warm summer night


-massages at Gurneys and dinner at Scarpetta overlooking the beach

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-East Hampton Airport exciting watching low flying planes and helicopters land so close u can walk right on the tarmac

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-mini golf in Montauk

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-driving range in Bridgehampton that also does morning Golf camps

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-Townline Bbq for big parties or for takeout to bring to the beach

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-Sagg Main Beach Drum Circles Monday at 7 (see other post)

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-driving around looking at mansions
-Longhouse Reserve sculpture and art gardens (picnic under the big ball)

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– Havens beach playground and sandy bay beach for kids

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-ferry to Shelter Island

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-sunset dinner at Sunset Beach where you are immediately transported to the French Riviera

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-ferry to North Fork and riding the carousel in Greenport and catching the golden ring


-Wolffer Wineries enjoying beautiful views and delicious wine

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-walking around Sag town

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-massages at the Asian massage place in Sag and East, don’t be fooled by the hole in the wall appearance it’s PACKED inside
-fresh fruit from the farm stands and fresh cheese from the best cheese store in Sag on Bay St
-Houstons French dip at East Hampton Grill

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-Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk and parking several blocks away in the neighborhood

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-Montauk Lighthouse and views from down below

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-jumpin off sand dunes into the water

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-Duryeahs in Montauk for sunset and the best dinner of the summer…interesting way to order food

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-Ruschmeyers in Montauk has an interesting campy concept for outdoor dinner
-lobster rolls at LUNCH or LOBSTER ROLL
-walking the town of East or South but beware most stores close at 6ish

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-donuts at Grindstone $4 a donut and 2500 a day when they sell out the store closes for the day…wow!

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-East Hampton library is a fun visit

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– the DUCK POND on Davis Lane in East is a must and has beautiful pic opps and cute ducks

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-drive around the Maidstone area WOW

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-ogling the megayachts in Sag

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-sunset meals in Sag- Muse, Beacon, Dopo and Dockside


-sunrise at Georgica Beach and then drive east towards Further Lane and see the mansions

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-eating anywhere and enjoying the view and company of good friends and family

HOPE THIS HELPS! ENJOY EVERYTHING THIS BEAUTIFUL SPECIAL PLACE HAS TO OFFER!
πŸ–β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸŒ…πŸŒž

PS- there are only 3 things that I will not miss when leaving the Hamptons πŸ€”πŸ˜‘πŸ˜€πŸ™„ and those 3 became our team competition names for tennis🎾🎾🎾:

DEER TICKS vs NO WIFI/INTERNET vs TRAFFIC

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What will this new school year bring???? Deep thoughts…

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