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We recently took a family vacation to the Hamptons in New York and it was amazing. We had never been there before and when you google Hamptons NY, it’s crazy the amount of things to do that come up. My parents every year either rent a house or in this case, rented out 1/2 of a bed and breakfast as our family Christmas gift for both my family and my brother’s family. My mom decided 6 years ago that instead of buying Christmas gifts each year for everyone, they would provide a family trip.
We are very lucky and it’s always fun during Christmas Eve when the kids open up the “where we are going on vacation” gift. She is already working on this years Christmas trip surprise for next year.
So the Hamptons are pretty spectacular. We took the Cross Sounds Ferry out of New London, CT to Orient Point, NY which was so much fun for the kids. The ferry is only about an hour from our house so you literally drive to the ferry, drive your car on board and then go hang out in the restaurant portion of the ferry or sit on the deck and enjoy the one hour and ten minute boat ride.Once we arrived in NY from the Ferry, we drove an hour to the 1708 House in Southampton where we were staying.
The 1708 House is a gorgeous restored Bed & Breakfast that is run by Skip the owner and is lovely staff. I would highly recommend staying here. My parents rented out the Annex portion of the B&B which had 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a kitchen and amazing sitting/family room. The interior is stunning and this staircase which lead to our bedrooms was amazing.
It was like having your own house but you still had access to the main portion of the B&B which had breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks and a fun game room in the wine cellar.
The kids spent so much time in the wine cellar playing chess and checkers. I loved the fact that they spent hours playing good o’l fashioned games rather than being on their cell phones. Every afternoon we walked to Starbucks to get the kids a frappachino and they couldn’t wait to get back each day, play checkers and drink their “special drink.” I told them don’t get use to this frappuccino business everyday. -ha.
The B&B is directly on Main Street in Southampton and literally within walking distance to over 30 amazing restaurants and shopping boutiques.
The town is filled with gorgeous bistros and elegant restaurants.
We spent each morning at Cooper’s Beach about a mile from where we were staying and the ride to the beach was stunning. The roads are lined with perfectly manicured shrubs and beautiful sidewalks.
One of the days we took a 20 minute ride over to Sag Harbor which is another beautiful town in the Hamptons. We had lunch and did a little shopping in the quaint little town.
Most of the ocean front property in Southampton is privately owned and it was difficult to see many of the amazing homes but that didn’t stop us from stalking a few of them one day.-ha. We took a ride one afternoon and just went “house looking.”
Every single home had amazing architecture and stunning landscape.
I saw this driveway and fell in love. Certainly a dreamy driveway entrance for sure.
Coming home from vacation is never fun but it’s always good to get back home and get back into your routine.
My grandparents stay home and hold down the “fort” when we go on these trips. My grandparents are home bodies and prefer to stay home. My parents take them to Vermont once or twice a year to stay for a few nights so they can visit with relatives and friends. Both of my grandparents are from Stowe Vermont so heading there to see family is what they look forward to each year. That is actually my grandparents Christmas gift from my parents each year, a trip to Stowe. My mom is all about trips and spending quality time together. I like her way of thinking ;). I will be back in a few days sharing things to do and places to stay if you are planning a trip to the Hamptons.
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