Thinking about that much needed weekend getaway? Venture over to the South Fork, where there are plenty of holiday season specials — from dining and lodging to in-person activities and events happening this December. Start this two-day road trip in Hampton Bays and head east to Amagansett — making some or all of these stops in between.
Day 1: Hampton Bays to Wainscott
For an extra special treat, begin at Sundae Donuts within Salvatore’s of the Hamptons in Hampton Bays. Treat yourself and your friends freshly, Instagram-worthy baked donuts, donut infused ice cream sundaes and milkshakes. Grab their DIY decorating kits, which make for great, fun interactive gifts for the holidays.
The Southampton Inn is located within the village, perfect for leisurely shopping and dining excursions. Afterward, get toasty wire by the fire put with a hot toddy at the inn’s restaurant, Claude’s. With fire pit and lounges in their cozy courtyard, it is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor winter afternoon brunch and special Hot Toddy cocktail. Brunch is served Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-2pm. Plus, the pet-friendly inn is offering a BOGO with connecting rooms half off for family excursions until December 30.
Let this road trip be all about you with a treatment at Organic Edge in Water Mill just off of Montauk Highway. The wellness center is currently offering a Fire and Ice Holiday Special that is a ten-week program including cryo slimming, and wellness pod sessions. Or, clients can get free treatments with gift card purchases over $500.
For the convenience of lodging with many local shops within walking distance, make a stop at the Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant. The on-site restaurant is a must visit. The dinner menu changes monthly and the craft cocktails are perfect for sipping after a day of shopping and sightseeing. Currently, the Bridgehampton Inn is offering 15% off of dinner with the booking of a room.
In Sag Harbor Village, Baron’s Cove always has some of the most festive decorations around, including the many Santas climbing about the hotel’s restaurant and lobby exterior. To celebrate the season, their on-site restaurant is offering an all-inclusive Chef’s Table experience throughout weekends in December. The Chef’s Table is part of their all-inclusive weekend dining experience. In addition to breakfast and lunch, the series features a multi-course menu using ingredients from their own farm, and artisan partnerships across the East End. The restaurant is also open for private parties up to 10.
Another dinner option: Visit a longtime South Fork favorite, Highway Restaurant & Bar in Wainscott. For those looking to elevate their takeout orders this winter (or for limited indoor dining), choose from popular choices like the Roasted Chicken, Farro Salad and Milk Pail Apple Crumble that is especially delightful for dessert. A must is their “Thai Night” with dishes like Papaya & Crab Salad, and Roasted Peking Duck.
Day 2: East Hampton to Amagansett
Care for some fresh air? The Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton is one of the largest ice rinks on the South Fork. The rink’s anticipated opening date is Saturday, December 19. Classes for adults and children are available, as are private lessons and open skate hours. Warm up inside the clubhouse in between sessions and sit by their open fire with a cup of piping hot soup and European hot chocolate.
Next up, some last minute gift shopping: Destination Haus in East Hampton sells hand selected goods from around the globe like champagne glasses and beaded boxes from Morocco, and woven baskets and abstract bowls from Africa. The storefront also provides unique dining experiences and tablescape designs for a special dinner at your hotel or rental.
Also in East Hampton, Nick & Toni’s features outdoor patio dining with heaters. They recently welcomed back their wood-burning oven pizzas, perfect for a post-shopping snack.
Looking for a great bar menu for some drinks and appetizers? Main Street Tavern in Amagansett (sister restaurant of the Highway) has an all-day bar menu on Saturdays and Sundays for sports fans to enjoy while catching their favorite game. Standout comfort dishes include the tavern burger and chicken Parmesan. Weather permitting, bundle up and sit in their outdoor garden.
If you want to stay overnight, book at The Reform Club. They offer a collection of seven suites, three cottages, and the coveted four-bedroom 21 House, each with its own unique personality for optimal rest and relaxation. Each accommodation has its own wood-burning fireplace, perfect for toasting the New Year with a glass of wine. Amenities included are a common room with a pool table and snacks, a fitness center, luxury SUV service, meal delivery, and much more.