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Anyone can find a room in any destination, you don’t need us for that. But not everyone can find those special places with a particular charm to them. That takes time, tenacity and a special perspective. We try to find places that evoke a “wow” when you open the door to your room, places you’ll tell your friends about when you get home.

Topping Rose House  |  1770 House
Baker House 1650  |  American Hotel
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa  |  The Harborfront Inn
Montauk Yacht Club

Topping Rose House
One Bridgehampton - Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton
SPECIAL OCCASION

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The Hamptons have not been known for having a lot of lodging options. Most people who come here rent or “share” homes. There are some delightful B&B’s and a couple of resorts in Montauk have recently undergone major renovations, but there have been few “full service” properties opening until the launch of the delightful Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.

In 2005, two old friends, Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell, joined together to purchase and restore Topping Rose House, which was built in 1842 for Judge Abraham Topping Rose and his family, and transform it into a year-round luxury boutique hotel. The stunning design by architect Roger Ferris & Partners and designer Champalimaud deftly mixes the old and new and features a fantastic art collection showcasing both local and international artists and curated by Christine Wächter of Winston Wächter Fine Art.  The hotel has already earned Forbes 4 Star honors.

The main building, a Greek Revival gem and the studio and cottages adjacent, house 22 elegant guestooms. Cottages are particularly romantic, each with its own private garden or roof deck. Shades of gray are the color palette with artwork, accents and carpeting providing complimentary colors. Beds are dressed in luxury linens by Frette, bathtowels by Matouk, bathrobes by Chadsworth & Haig, and luxury bath amenities.

The restaurant is under the direction of Chef de Cuisine, Kyle Koenig, a Culinary Institute of America grad, who did stints at North Fork Table in Greenport, the Plaza’s The Oak Room, and most recently at Colicchio & Sons. A wrap-around porch, open seasonally, leads to the 25-seat Bar Room and beyond to the elegant the 50-seat dining room. The restaurant showcases produce from Topping Rose House Farm as well as other local farms, ranches and day boat fishermen. Dishes are prepared simply to let their ingredients to shine through. We enjoyed an amazing three course tasting menu expertly paired with wines where the flavors were intense and the presentation sparkling. A first course burrata was paired with snap peas, ramps and Serrano ham. The pasta course was an intensely flavored risotto with porcini mushrooms, a coddled egg and Parmesan cheese and our entrée was a fall off the bone braised lamb shank with English peas, chick peas and a goat cheese and caramelized yogurt.

The property features a fitness center, heated outdoor pool and a complimentary shuttle to the beautiful beaches and local attractions in Bridgehampton. TRH also has bicycles and helmets available for hotel guests to use.

The town of Bridgehampton has some wonderful stores, boutiques and museums and locally there are beaches, water sports, golf, tennis, hiking, fishing and lots of wineries to visit.



RATES: Weekend rates range from $395 off season



WHAT OTHERS SAY...
AAA Four Diamond Award
 

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1770 House
Main Street, East Hampton
SPECIAL OCCASION

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1770 House is a magnificently restored 200 year old white clapboard inn with black shutters, a white picket fence and lush gardens located in the heart of all the activity in East Hampton. An acclaimed restaurant, a cozy pub and luxurious rooms make this a very special weekend retreat.

The lobby area is wood paneled with a warming fireplace and comfortable antique chairs and couches. The downstairs pub has a bar and dining area with wood beamed ceilings and partially brick walls and the upstairs dining room is luxurious in beige and brown tones, wood beamed ceilings and a fireplace.

Rooms are appointed with period antiques, some with fireplaces and private entrances. All are air-conditioned and have flat screen TV’s. Beds have super soft linens and plump duvets.

My favorite room is #10, with its own private entrance, fireplace, views to the side garden and Main Street, a separate study/dressingroom, wood beamed ceilings and one of the most comfortable and luxurious beds I have ever slept in. The bathroom had reproduction bath fixtures, L’Occitane bath products and a killer shower with a pulsating/massaging shower head. Simple touches like Fuji water and fresh fruit, a simple, easy to use alarm clock, terry robes and a washcloth embroidered “make-up” help make this a very comfortable place to stay.



RATES: Weekend rates range from $150-$325 in winter, $200-$395 in Fall/Spring, $250-$495 in summer.



WHAT OTHERS SAY….
“For sheer luxury, East Hampton’s 1770 House is tough to beat—some of the eight guest rooms have fireplaces, and all have private baths.” New York Magazine



To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Baker House 1650
Main Street, East Hampton
SPECIAL OCCASION

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This is my favorite place to stay in the Hamptons. As one guest remarked on my last visit, the Baker House reminded them of an elegant farmhouse in which they had stayed in Provence.

Designed in 1910 from a 1648 farmhouse, this architectural marvel is a stunning property and unlike anything you have experienced before. Beautifully decorated in period antiques and comfortable furniture, the public rooms include a wood paneled reading room with a fireplace and a living room, also with a massive fireplace, with 3 separate sitting areas. One overlooks the rear gardens, one is in front of the fireplace and one surrounds an antique piano, a John Broadwood & Sons, from London. There are cushioned window seats throughout the cottage and in many of the rooms.

The low, beamed ceiling breakfast room with French doors to the patio also has a bar and a couch and chair fronting a wood stove. Guests gather here at cocktail hour and help themselves to an honor bar. Have what you like and just write it down on a pad. Liquor, beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks and snacks are available 24 hours a day.

In 2001 a wonderful spa was added on the lower level. The music filled oasis is a soothing and tranquil respite from the drinking and dining pleasures of your weekend. The slate floor, brick walled facility has a steam room, sauna, exercise equipment and a swim-in-place lap pool. Thick terry robes are provided and massages can be arranged by management.

There are only 5 bedrooms and with the exception of Room #15, which has twin beds, any one will do fine. My two favorites, however are Room #12, a huge room, overlooking the village green, with a king sized bed, love seat and ottoman, fireplace and Jacuzzi tub and Room #14, also overlooking the green, with dark walls, beamed ceilings, a queen bed, fireplace and claw footed tub. Other amenities include television, a sound machine, down comforters, big thick towels and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.

Coffee, juice, cereal and homemade muffins, fresh from the oven and newspapers are available at 7:30am in the breakfast room or on the patio. A full breakfast is served at 8:30am.



RATES: Currently for the summer season rates range from $750 to $995 on the weekends. Fall 2014 rates range from $520 to $685. Rates include full breakfast each morning. Rates are lower mid-week.


To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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American Hotel
Main Street, Sag Harbor
EXCELLENT

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Located in a quaint, waterfront village, with just 8 rooms, an excellent restaurant with a spectacular wine list and a bar everyone seems drawn to, the American Hotel is what I would want my hotel to be like if I owned one. This place has personality in an age of minimalist and sterile accommodations. It reminds me of the charming Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Since purchasing the property in 1972, Ted Conklin has lovingly restored and maintained this little gem while building its reputation for great food and wine. A favorite of celebrities in the know whatever the season.

The comfortable lobby with its antique check-in counter, easy chairs, couches and board games strewn about opens to the bar area with an old wood bar that has probably been there since the beginning. This is a great bar, manned by veteran bartender Vinnie, and flanked by dining tables and a fireplace. It is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike and has a “Cheers” kind of atmosphere.

The front porch has tables and chairs on which you can enjoy a glass of wine, read the paper and watch the people go by. Life doesn’t get much better.

The rooms are simple, but very comfortable. Elegantly decorated in antiques and fine fabrics, rugs and artwork, each has a character of its own. My recent room was done in Shaker furniture. All rooms have a two person Jacuzzis, a fully stocked mini-bar, imported Italian towels and bathrobes and a thick down duvet. The shower takes its place among our Hall of Fame Showers!

Plan at least one meal here. (See our Featured Restaurants below)The food is excellent and the atmosphere warm and inviting. After dinner, take a stroll through the delightful little village and stop in one of the pubs for an after dinner drink. The perfect end to a day in the Hamptons.

Conklin recently purchased a wonderfully restored 75' 1965 Trumpy that will be available for charter. It has 3 beautifully appointed staterooms. Home port will be Sag Harbor from May-September, then Newport and New York in October, the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo in November and then in Palm Beach from December-May. Take a look at trumpyamerica.com. Something for 3 couples to share for a really special occasion.


RATES: $225-$625. Two night weekend minimum, three nights in summer. $50 surcharge per room on weekends.



WHAT OTHERS SAY….
You could get "lost in time" at this 1846 hotel on Long Island's South Shore, if it wasn't for the "eclectic cast" of cutting edge "local celebrities, writers" and other "A-listers" in the bar and "fabulous restaurant" (with the best wine list"); most say it's filled with "old world" charm perfect for a "romantic" stay, but others who are put off by "snobby" service and "no facilities to speak of" insist it's "coasting". ZAGAT

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
290 Montauk Highway, Montauk
SPECIAL OCCASION

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Montauk, is a delightful little beach town at the eastern tip of Long island that has it all… without the Hampton's "attitude"….great beaches, world class deep sea fishing, excellent golf (Montauk Downs) and fantastic restaurants. The recent renovation of the Montauk Yacht Club and now Gurney's has provided accommodations worthy of the area.

Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation led by new owners George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman that has transformed the once stodgy old resort into the new hot spot at the East End. Wunderkind designer Michael Kramer has created 38 new oceanfront suites with grand terraces overlooking the ocean and 71 other rooms, suites and cottages have been refurbished.

The Beach Club has undergone a complete make-over with day beds, a new beachfront restaurant and bar and a "Beach Concierge." A new sand filtered seawater swimming pool has been added, the 30,000 square foot Seawater Spa (which has a wonderfull ocean side indoor pool) has been refreshed and the food and beverage program has been completely revamped.

The Seawater Grill serves ocean fresh and local fare in an elegant dining room with panoramic views of the ocean. An outside deck offers al fresco dining when the weather is warmer. The casual Ocean Cafe is open all day and features a raw bar and sushi bar and an outdoor patio. The seasonal Beach Club offers private cabana service, casual fare and refreshing drinks and The Market offers cold pressed juices, smoothies, fresh fruit, artisanal coffees and teas and baked goods from its own in-house bakery. Guests can enjoy beverage and food service on daybeds on the beach and can arrange private dinners on the beach.

The Spa features an authentic Thalasso Therapy program which utilizes seawater and seaweed in a marine enriched environment to deliver the purest and most effective therapeutic benefits.

The new oceanfront suites have private terraces overlooking the ocean, floor to ceiling windows, custom built furniture, wire brushed hardwood floors and state-of-the-art Bluetooth technology.

Montauk and Gurney's is obviously a great summer destination, as a couple or a family, but it is equally as attractive for a winter weekend for two. There's something wonderfully romantic about a walk on a deserted beach as you are bundled up for the cold.

RATES: From $240 off season

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The Harborfront Inn
209 Front Street, Greenport
EXCELLENT

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The historic village of Greenport, New York is the perfect base for a visit to the North Fork of Long Island. Ideally located at the eastern end of the North Fork, Greenport gives you easy access to many of the best wineries and two short ferry rides get you first to Shelter Island and then to Sag Harbor on the southern shore in The Hamptons. The best of both worlds. The quaint town, which has been a working seaport since the 18th century, is a wonderful blend of nostalgia and the modern world. You'll find a restored Art Deco movie theater, an antique carousel and many merchant signs in town are from another era. At the same time you'll enjoy trendy restaurants, contemporary boutiques and delightful art galleries. There is a real sense of community here. This is small town America at its best.

There are lots of inns and B&B's on the North Fork, but we had heard about the Harborfront Inn, the web pictures looked great and the price was very reasonable (unusual in these parts, even in Winter). We weren't disappointed. In fact, we were charmed. Set right on the water, with spectacular views of the Bay, the beautifully decorated inn is a perfect weekend refuge.

There are 35 rooms and suites, most with full or partial water views, and they are large, averaging 400 sq. feet.  They're decorated in earth tones with Berber carpets, custom cherry wood furniture in a kind of Mission style and colorful oil paintings and local photography. Our room had a comfortable leather club chair and ottoman, flat screen TV and CD player. Bed linens are high quality and luxurious. Bathrooms have limestone vanities, sinks that sit on the counter, glass enclosed showers (with multiple shower heads) and stone tiled walls and floors. They feature EO Toiletries. Rooms 201-204 have straight facing waterfront views with balconies. The sun rises right before your eyes.

The bright lobby has wonderfully comfortable chairs and couches and a warming fireplace. Great place to read the morning paper (available early around the corner at a convenience store) and enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast, especially the delicious coffee.

An 800 square foot fitness center is equipped with what you need for a good work-out and when the weather is nice, the outdoor pool overlooks the bay.

The Greenport Tea Company is a terrific lunch choice, have some oysters at the Frisky Oyster before dinner and maybe a glass of wine at VINe (April-January) then enjoy an amazing dinner at the North Fork Table & Inn. See our review.



RATES: Rates change with the season and are lower on weekdays than weekends. A 3 night minimum applies around most Holidays and in the months of July and August. Rates are $189-$349 mid-week and $199-$399 weekends in low season. Midweek rates in high season are $239-$499 and $299-$699 weekends. Our favorite room, the Premier King ranges from $259-$369 depending on season.

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Montauk Yacht Club
32 Star Island Road, Montauk
EXCELLENT

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Finding great accommodations in the Hamptons is not an easy thing as most people rent homes for their stay here. We have managed to find some wonderful places in the Hamptons and the North Fork and now have found another…The Montauk Yacht Club.

This property has been around for quite some time, (80+ years to be exact) and its distinctive lighthouse is familiar to many. An extensive 2009 renovation refreshed the property and it is now an even better destination, ideal for couples or families. During the summer of 2010, the Yacht Club was the setting for numerous fashion and celebrity photo shoots.

Montauk has a personality all its own, separate from the hectic “Hamptons” and the wine culture of the North Fork. It is a laid-back beach town, similar to what you might find at The Jersey Shore or on the Cape. The beaches are spectacular, the fishing world class, there are wonderful restaurants and the town has a unique charm. You can easily stay here and not have to travel anywhere else in the Hamptons to enjoy yourself.

The Yacht Club sits on 35 waterfront acres and offers 107 guestrooms and 23 Villa cottages. The marina has space for 232 boats and can accommodate anything from a Boston Whaler up to a mega-yacht. There is a full service spa and salon, a fitness center, a private beach, three swimming pools and Har-tru lighted tennis courts. For the kids there’s a playground, a surf camp, volleyball, horseshoes and bocce ball and complimentary paddleboats, kayaks and bicycles. During the season there are a host of planned daily activities for the children as well. Fishing, horseback riding and golf can be arranged locally.

Guestrooms are decorated in a blue and white nautical motif and are spacious and comfortable. Many have balconies or terraces and water views. Rooms are equipped with 37” LCD HD flat panel televisions; custom designed nautical window treatments; goose down pillows, duvet comforters and 300-thread count sheets; Keurig coffee makers; iHome clock radios; refrigerators; spacious bath and vanity areas with plush oversized towels and luxury bath amenities.

Gulf Coast Kitchen is the signature restaurant, overseen by celebrated chef Robbin Haas, a pioneer in the South Florida culinary scene with stints at The Four Seasons, Turnberry Isle and Noble House Hotels. The restaurant offers local seafood and produce in a living room–like space featuring bookshelves, Gulf Coast memorabilia and historic photos of the club, as well as views of Lake Montauk.

Hurricane Alley is a casual dining option and the outside Barracuda Bar and inside Turtle Lounge offer cocktails throughout the day.



RATES:
$139-$229 off-season, $499-$699 in season.

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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