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Postcards from Spring 2020 in Southampton, NY, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Coopers Beach - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
During these trying days of the coronavirus 2020, we thought readers might like to do a little "armchair traveling" to Southampton, New York to cheer the spirit and plan for future trips. While you may know that Southampton, New York is part of the chic and wealthy towns that comprise The Hamptons, did you that it is also a very historic town that was founded in 1646? Whether you wish to explore its pristine beaches, dine at world-class restaurants, do some retail therapy, or discover its cultural and historical offerings, Southampton, New York is a perfect escape in any season!

Where to Stay - Southampton Inn

Southampton Inn - Library - photo by Luxury Experience
Southampton Inn

We stayed at the luxurious 90-room Southampton Inn in the beginning of March 2020. Nestled on 5 stunning acres in the heart of Southampton within walking distance of a movie theater, boutique shops, upscale restaurants, museums, cultural and historical venues, owner Dede Gotthelf and her exceptional team have created a charming and comfortable respite in The Hamptons. 

Southampton Inn - Guest Room - Southampton, NYC
Guestroom

Bells and whistles include sumptuous guestrooms with Tempur-Pedic® beds and a plethora of amenities including their excellent restaurant Claude's, where we had a wonderful dinner, a large outdoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis and shuffleboard courts, croquet on the lawn, games room, bicycles, and a library filled with books and games for guests' enjoyment. Summertime guests will especially enjoy the complimentary shuttle to nearby Cooper's Beach. A lovely inn with impeccable service, a desirous location, and wonderful amenities make the Southampton Inn a repeat favorite of guests. 

Southampton Inn pool - Southampton, NYC

Read more about our stay at the Southampton Inn in the Hotels and Resorts and Restaurants sections. 

Southampton Inn - Southampton, NYC

Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street
Southampton, NY 11968
United States
Telephone: +1-631-283-6500
Fax: +1631-283-6559
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Website: www.Southamptoninn.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SouthamptonInn 

Things to Do in Southampton 

Pelletreau Silver Shop 

Pelletreau Silver Shop - Southampton, NYC
Pelletreau Silver Shop

Talk about a Luxury Experience! We had the incredible experience of learning the art of handcrafting silver jewelry by taking a class with Master Jeweler Eric Messin in the historic 1686 Pelletreau Silver Shop, offered in conjunction with the Southampton History Museum. Interesting to note is that the Pelletreau Silver Shop is the "oldest continuously open trade shop in the Americas," so we felt as if we were continuing the exquisite tradition of silver craftsmanship. 

Debra C. Argen, Edward F. Nesta - Silver making - Pelletreau Silver Shop - photo by Luxury Experience
Adventure Kids - Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta

During our 2-hour class we learned how to craft exceptionally beautiful stud earrings. Under Eric's careful tutelage we learned the art and proper techniques of cutting, filing, heating, shaping, acid washing, and polishing the silver earrings to create jewelry that made us proud to bring home and (for Debra) to wear. 

Eric Messin, Edward F. Nesta - Silver making - Pelletreau Silver Shop - photo by Luxury Experience
Eric Messin and Edward F. Nesta

The Pelletreau Silver Shop is open year-round from Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. There is no admission fee. Classes are offered as a single class, four classes, or eight classes.  

Read more about adventure of hand-crafting silver jewelry making at Pelletreau Silver Shop in the Adventures section. 

Debra C. Argen - Silver making - Pelletreau Silver Shop - photo by Luxury Experience
The Finished Product

For information on Pelletreau Silver Shop or custom jewelry hand-crafted by Eric Messin, please email him or call him at +1-631-259-1321. 

Pelletreau Silver Shop - Southampton, NYC

Pelletreau Silver Shop
80 Main Street
Southampton, NY 11968
United States
Telephone: +1-631-259-1321
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Website:  www.SouthamptonHistory.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eric-Messin-Jewelry 

Rogers Mansion

Rogers Mansion - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Rogers Mansion

We took a step back in time to the Gilded Age by visiting the sumptuous 20-room Rogers Mansion built in 1843 for whaling captain Albert Rogers during their Candlelight Tour package which began with a candlelight tour of the mansion followed by a lovely dinner at Claude's restaurant at the Southampton Inn 

1880s Formal Afternoon Dress - Rogers Mansion - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
1880s Formal Afternoon Dress

Downton Abbey followers would love the collection of dresses, gowns, and elaborate hats in the collection. Of particular interest was the opportunity to see a collection of lavish ball gowns from their exhibit "High Style in the Gilded Age" Southampton 1870-1930" worn by women of Southampton. One of the exceptional fashions on display was an 1880s teal green formal afternoon dress with bustle and intricate beading detail on the bodice and on the sleeves.  

Rose Silk Moire - Rogers Mansion - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Rose Silk Moiré Evening Gown

Also, of interest was a rose silk moiré evening gown (1900-1915) that featured a high collar, puffed sleeves with exquisite detail of aubergine velvet on the collar, bodice, and lower sleeves, worn with a black hat with ostrich plumes. Another wonderful example of the fashions of the day included a full-length formal dress from 1910, which featured a V-neck, elbow-length sleeves, embellished with elaborate beading and black lace over aubergine silk, accessorized with a large rose. 

Rogers Mansion is open March through December from Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults: $5, free for children under 17 and members.  

For information on Rogers Mansion and their upcoming programs please visit their website: www.southamptonhistory.org 

Southampton History Museum - Southampton, NYC

Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
United States
Telephone: +1-631-283-2494
Website: www.southamptonhistory.org 

Southampton Arts Center 

The Southampton Arts Center (SAC) always has something wonderful going whether it be art exhibitions, films, lectures, concerts, and more. During a prior visit to Southampton, we had the pleasure of attending a concert featuring 2017 Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy-nominee Brazilian Jazz group, Nilton Matta and his Brazilian Voyage, which speaks to the exceptional quality of what SAC offers. 

Southampton Arts Center - Edward F. Nesta - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience

During this visit, we experienced, Takeover! 2020: Artists in Residence conceived and curated by Amy Kirwin, where we had the opportunity to watch exceptional artists in residence creating art in a variety of art forms at SAC. Artists included Jodi Bentivegna, Michael Butler, Isadoro Capararo, Franco Cuttica, Esly Escobar, Melinda Hackett, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Dinah Maxwell Smith, Miles Partington, and Kerry Sharkey-Miller 

Artist Kerry Sharkery-Miller - Southampton Arts Center - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Artist Kerry Sharkey-Miller

For information on Southampton Arts Center and their upcoming programs please visit their website: www.SouthamptonArtsCenter.org 

Southampton Arts Center - Southampton, NYC

Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane
Southampton, NY
United States
Telephone: +1631-283-0967
Website: www.SouthamptonArtsCenter.org
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SouthamptonArtsCenter 

Things to do in nearby East Hampton 

Guild Hall

Located a short distance from Southampton, Guild Hall located in East Hampton, is another cultural gem in the Hamptons that always has something interesting happening whether it be a film festival hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, the annual Artist Members Reception, or any of their other fabulous programs. 

During our visit to Guild Hall we had the pleasure of attending the annual Artist Members Reception and experience the wealth of talent on display in the collection, as well as mix and mingle and discuss the works with the artists over glasses of wine, including artist Roz Dimon 

Artist Roz Dimon - Guild Hall - East Hampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Artist Roz Dimon

Museum Hours are Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The museum is closed Tuesday through Thursday. The Box Office is open from 2 hours prior to any ticketed event until 30 minutes after curtain. 

For information on Guild Hall and their upcoming programs please visit their website: www.guildhall.org. 

Guild Hall - East Hampton, NYC

Guild Hall
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
United States
Telephone: +1-631-324-0806
Box Office: +1-631-324-4050
Fax: +1-631-324-2722
Website: www.guildhall.org
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GuildHall
 

Where to Dine in Southampton 

Claude's Restaurant at Southampton Inn

Claude's Restaurant - Southampton, NYC
Claude's Restaurant at Southampton Inn

Claude's restaurant at the Southampton Inn has a glamourous ivory piano for live music on the weekends, tables are nautically dressed in dark blue linens and white napkins, and owner Dede Gotthelf's beautiful paintings grace the walls. The ambience is at once comfortable and the epitome of Hamptons chic. 

Eggplant Rollatini - Claude's Restaurant - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Eggplant Rollatini

We had a lovely dinner at the restaurant where two of the many highlights included the Eggplant Rollatini, which was thinly sliced eggplant, lightly breaded, covered in ricotta, herbs and spinach, rolled and baked in a rich tomato sauce, and garnished with microgreens, and the Double Cut Veal Chop topped with truffle butter, and accompanied by rosemary roasted potatoes, sautéed brussels sprouts, haricot verts, carrots, yellow squash, and zucchini. Delectable cuisine, excellent service, and its Hamptons chic ambience made dinner at Claude's a memorable experience. 

Double Veal Chop - Claude's Restaurant - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Double Cut Veal Chop

Claude's is open for Breakfast Monday through Saturday, Dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and they serve their Signature Brunch on Sundays. Start celebrating the weekend with their Friday Happy Hour with live music, and half-priced drinks and appetizers. 

Read more about our dining experience at Claude's at the Southampton Inn in the Restaurants sections. 

For information on Claude's at Southampton Inn or to make a reservation, please visit their website www.SouthamptonInn.com  or call them at: +1-631-283-6500. 

Southampton Inn - Southampton, NYC

Claude's at Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street
Southampton, NY 11968
United States
Telephone: +1-631-283-6500
Website: www.SouthamptonInn.com 

75 Main in Southampton

75 Main Restaurant - Southampton, NYC
75 Main in Southampton

We spent a delightful Sunday afternoon having lunch at 75 Main. Located in the heart of Southampton, owner Zach Erdem's restaurant has been a Hamptons favorite among locals and visitors since it opened in 2010. Creative cocktails and a diverse Brunch/Lunch menu provided us with very tasty options. Forgoing the usual Brunch cocktails of a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary, we opted for their Old & Spicy BB cocktail made with Bulleit Bourbon, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Aperol, lime juice, and jalapeno syrup, which was perfectly balanced with a nice level of spice without being overpowering. 

Old & Spicy BB Cocktails  - 75 Main Restaurant - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Old & Spicy BB Cocktails

Our lunch selection included one of their specials, Roast Beef Hash, which was fork tender pieces of beef folded into roasted potatoes, carrots, onions, and peppers, topped with 2 poached eggs, and served with a Hollandaise sauce. Appealing to the eye as well as the palate, the Beef Hash was hearty and rich in flavor. For our other entrée, we had the Traditional Maine Lobster Roll, which was a generous amount of succulently sweet lobster meat tossed with light mayonnaise and celery and nestled in a brioche pull-apart toasted roll. Paired with a side order of Truffle Parmesan Fries, it would be worth another trip to Southampton to enjoy them again. 

Lobster Roll  - 75 Main Restaurant - Southampton, NYC - photo by Luxury Experience
Lobster Roll with Truffle Parmesan Fries

75 Main is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm, Friday from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am until midnight, and Sunday from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm. 

Read about our dining experience at 75 Main in the Restaurants section. 

Chef Mark Militello and Owner Zach Erdem graciously share their recipe for Black Bean Corn & Quinoa Burgers and Roasted Honey, Balsamic, Mustard Salmon in the Chefs' Recipes section. 

For information on 75 Main or to make a reservation, please visit their website www.75Main.com or call them +1-631-283-7575.

75 Main Restaurant - Southampton, NYC

75 Main
75 Main Street
Southampton, NY 11968
United States
Telephone: +1-631-283-7575
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Website: www.75Main.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/75MainSouthampton
Twitter: @75MainOfficial
 

Bringing Home the Hamptons 

Whenever we visit the Hamptons, we always wish we could bring its essence back with us to recreate the island spirit at home. On this trip, we found two excellent female-founded family companies with excellent, luxury products, Hamptons Handpoured candles and Plain-T high-quality teas. 

Hamptons Handpoured 

Hamptons native Brittany Torres founded her company Hamptons Handpoured in 2015. She specializes in hand pouring candles made with love from 100% American grown natural soy and high-quality, plant-based fragrance oils, with cotton wicks, zero additives, that are phthalate free, vegan, and have 40-hour burn time. 

Brittany Torres - Hamptons Handpoured - Southampton, NYC
Brittany Torres - Hamptons Handpoured

With candles representing various towns in the Hamptons, each with their own unique scents, you can truly bring home the experience of your favorite place with Brittany's inspired collection of Hamptons Handpoured candles. Love East Hampton? Hamptons Handpoured East Hampton candle's special scent is a blend of cashmere, fig, and strawberry. Is Southampton more your style? The Southampton candle has the essence of cotton, gardenia, and white tea. So many wonderful towns, scents, and memories comprise The Hamptons, and Hamptons Handpoured has deftly captured the essence of each of them. The candles make a perfect gift for yourself or for a special someone, or to remember a very memorable trip. Hamptons Handpoured candles are available for purchase online as well as at upscale retail shops located throughout the Hamptons. 

East Hampton- Hamptons Handpoured - Southampton, NYC
East Hampton - Hamptons Handpoured

To learn more about Hamptons Handpoured or purchase their products, please visit their website: www.HamptonsHandpoured.com or call them at +1-631-374-1587. 

Read more about Hamptons Handpoured in the Luxury Experience - Gifts section.

Hamptons Handpoured - Southampton, NYC

Hamptons Handpoured
East Hampton, New York
Telephone: +1-631-374-1587
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Website: www.HamptonsHandpoured.com
Instagram: @hamptonshandpoured
#HamptonsHandpoured 

Plain-T and The T Loft 

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The T Loft and learning about Plain-T high-quality teas created by Tathiana Teixeira and her husband Alessandro Teixeira. Meeting with Tathiana Teixeira at The T Loft in Southampton, New York was like getting a PhD in tea! Passionate about her high-quality tea products, she shared her vast tea knowledge and told us about their diverse tea line of 85 teas. There is a tea for every palate and Tathiana is a perfect tea sommelier to find the right tea for you. 

Alex & Tathiana Teixeira - Plain-T - Southampton, NYC
Alex and Tathiana Teixeira - Plain-T

We learned many interesting facts about tea during our tea experience. Black, Oolong, Green, White, and Pu-erh Tea all come from the same plant species, the Camellia Sinensis, what makes them different is the oxidation process. With White Tea, they only pick 2 leaves and can only pick the leaves at a special time of the year. Green Tea has many health benefits, however did you know that you can reuse green tea for a second or third time and still receive many health benefits only with reduced caffeine with each use? Reduced caffeine with each subsequent "steeping" make it a perfect beverage to consume all day. Did you know that coffee and tea do not have the same amount of caffeine? A 6-8-ounce cup of coffee has 200 mg of caffeine whereas black tea has 100 mg, oolong has 50 mg, green has 30 mg, and white has 10 mg. Also, with oolong, green, and white you can steep 2-3 times and still receive health benefits with lower levels of caffeine. Learning about their diverse teas and their healthful benefits was a delectable eye-opening and very tasty experience.

Plain-T - Southampton, NYC  - photo by Luxury Experience

While you may not be able to travel to Southampton to experience Plain-T and The T Loft, you can purchase their products online and also participate in their "Virtual Pop Up's at the T LOFT" where the focus is on Health - Wellness - Nutrition - Inspiration, provided by invited special guests who cover a range of subjects to foster learning and inspiration. 

Tathiana Teixeira, Debra C. Argen -  - Plain-T - Southampton, NYC  - photo by Luxury Experience
Debra C. Argen and Tathiana Teixeira

 Plain-T - Southampton, NYC To learn more about Plain-T, purchase their products, or arrange for a tea experience at The T Loft, please visit their website: www.plain-t.com or call them at: +1-631-251-6316. 

Read more about Plain-T in the Luxury Experience - Gifts section. 

Plain-T and The T Loft
87 Powell Avenue
Southampton, NY 11968
United States
Telephone: +1-631-251-6316
Fax: +1-212-758-2413
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Website: www.plain-t.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/plainteany/
Instagram: @plainteany 

We hope you enjoyed your travel experience to Southampton, New York with Luxury Experience. 

We sign our postcard from Southampton with, Love from Luxury Experience. The Hamptons are a perfect escape any time of the year! Come explore. 

Coppers Beach - Southampton, NYC - photo By Luxury Experience
Come Explore Southampton!

Until next time, keep enjoying travel with Luxury Experience! 

Read more about Southampton in the Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes, Adventures, and Luxury Products - Gift sections. 

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