New York was gnarly. Energetic. Boisterous. A heap of unrelenting chaos settled in 23 square miles. It's a slice of life that serves reality on an iron platter and I dig it for a hot minute, but you'll find me clawing my way out in just 4 days. Thank you conviction for planning a much-needed vacation from the fierce city.
For the next 5 days, we're taking you on a roadtrip through the gorgeous upper East side of America - the Hamptons, Newport, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Boston - each destination unique and inspiring in its own pleasantries. Today let's go to the Hamptons.
On me: map dress, black dress, butterfly dress all from Show Me Your Mumu. Cleobella bag. Kelsi Dagger shoes.
On Kyle: John Varvatos jacket, Azul by Moussay cardigan, Kennington shirt, Gap jeans, Cole Haan shoes.
We left NYC in our latte-hued Kia Soul for the woodsy road to Hamptons. Our dependable Soul-mate packed our 4 large suitcases much easier than we expected and left room for me to recline my passenger seat for the 2 hour drive. To all my friends, I'm a shameless passenger napper.
As the freeway became less surrounded by decaying brick buildings and more enveloped in thick, beguiling woods, it hit me for real that we are on the open road to adventure. The bountiful beauty of nature has inspired me to wander and embrace it in its limitless forms and it was welcoming to discover that our bed and breakfast for the evening, the Mill House Inn, is on the same page. Entering the property in its lush green gloriousness was a revitalizing breath of fresh air; rich foliage at every turn encouraged passersby to soak in the atmosphere and recline in a wooden lounge chair with a long book.
The Mill House Inn proved to be like a doting Aunt's home you look forward to visiting each holiday. Upon arrival, the lobby immediately greeted us with a myriad of glass jars filled with warm, homemade cookies and biscottis, fresh pressed juices, personal brewed coffee, every organic tea imaginable, and a fridge stocked with vibrant fruit and gourmet cheese plates from the resident chef. Kyle and I were originally going to walk to the nearby coffee shop for an afternoon pick-me-up, but we wouldn't have to go farther than the lobby at this point for the best offerings in town. Our charming one bedroom suite was glamorous in its warmth and modern cabin-esque retreat. Every detail was taken care of with the thought of making you feel at home, but in the best way possible. Eucalyptus-scented bath products and the softest microfiber towels left me mesmerized that a suite so perfect actually exists. And it existing so reclusively off the main road in small town East Hampton is as fitting as any treasure would be.
After an afternoon stroll past mom-and-pop boutiques in the charming village of Sag Harbor, we raced the sun to the horizon and set the finish line at Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York. The sunsets in LA are beautiful, but the fiery glow and the vast expanse of color that radiated from the sunset over the historical landmark awarded this picturesque event the most dazzling sunset of them all. The little hamlet of Montauk was quiet from the migration of summer townies back to Manhattan - seasonal establishments retired and the streets were scarily empty. But we did find the one place that beamed with light and energy, a little hole-in-the-wall taco shack that stuck out like a sore thumb between two white plastered buildings. But the overall vibe of Montauk was vaguely familiar and settling - a surfer-town parallel to my favorite spot in Orange County, Laguna Beach.
A jet bath with luxurious bath salts, champagne, and cheese was the right way to wind down the most relaxing day after a whirlwind of a trip. We yearned for ultimate relaxation and the Mill House Inn heard our desire and cradled us in their generous and devoted hospitality. The gracious B&B provided the most fulfilling and detailed experience we could ever hope for in a home away from home. And if anything else would excite you, their 5-star complimentary breakfast menu (including a delicious lobster frittata) is to DIE FOR.
To book an amazing stay for your next trip to The Hamptons, visit MillHouseInn.com
Check out Kyle's version of the story here.