The art, culture and serene beaches synonymous with the Hamptons do not hibernate in the winter. The celebrities and city crowd may have retreated, but that doesn’t mean the East End has lost its allure. The Hamptons in the winter is a time of serenity and whimsical charm. Go ahead; book a dreamy weekend getaway at a discount, take in the culture, indulge in crowd-free dinning at top local restaurants and have yourself a very Hamptons holiday.
Appreciate the Art
Arts and culture are on full display at Guild Hall in East Hampton all season long. For a dose of holiday nostalgia, check out their annual production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 at the museum’s beautiful John Drew Theater. Or enter into the mind’s eye of award-winning abstract artist William S. Heppenheimer. The East End sculptor’s unique brand of mesmerizingly kaleidoscopic pieces is on display through Dec. 31.
Make a Sweet Swap
Sample and swap holiday recipes at Southampton Historical Museum’s annual cookie exchange. Kathleen King, former owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, will be on hand to give a short talk on her love of cookies. Guests are asked to bring two to three dozen homemade cookies, copies of their recipes, display trays and containers to take goodies home. The exchange is scheduled for 4pm on Thursday, Dec. 15.
Get a Room
Snuggle up fireside with the family (and Fido, too) at The Maidstone in East Hampton. The go-to boutique hotel’s Yuletide package includes a continental breakfast, an in-room holiday surprise and a dining voucher worth 20 percent off at their Scandinavian-inspired Living Room Restaurant when you book a minimum two-night stay over Christmas.
For a relaxing Hamptons holiday closer to the beach, head to Gurney’s in Montauk. Book a three-night stay over Christmas and enjoy a $100 credit (per person) to their world-class seawater spa that offers facials, massages, beauty treatments and more. The relaxation starts at check-in with a complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival.
Can’t get away the day of Christmas? Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton is offering its A Night in the Hamptons package from the day after Thanksgiving through February. The special includes dinner for two at the hotel’s exclusive restaurant and an overnight stay at a discount that won’t be seen after the weather warms.
Award-winning boutique hotel The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton Village is also offering a festive holiday package that doesn’t conflict with the Christmas holiday. Its Holiday Respite in the Hamptons package includes a complimentary couples massage at the inn’s luxurious Baker spa when booking two or more nights. The special is available through Dec. 23 at a discounted winter rate. Mention the code “HOLIDAY” when booking for the deal.