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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.

Baker House 1650  |  1770 House
American Hotel  |  The Harborfront Inn

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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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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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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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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