It’s Time to Bake Cookies!

December 4th, 2018 by whitefences

What I love most about the holiday season that it’s time to bake cookies. I must admit I do get carried away with baking cookies. Each year I tell myself that next year I won’t bake as much. So here I am saying to myself “it’s time to bake cookies” and my list of cookies to bake is a little too long so I will share with you my all time favorite cookie sources.

Lemon almond biscotti dipped in white chocolate

The Joy of Baking

When “it’s time to bake cookies” I start thinking about who I will give the cookies too. There are so many memories that come back of friends and family members I have given cookies to. That could part of the reason I love to bake cookies, my friends and family look forward to receiving them each year. Another reason I never end up cutting back on the baking. I don’t know a lot of people who love to bake as much as I do. They really appreciate receiving homemade cookies. I have even added gluten free for those that can’t eat gluten.

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Where do I get my recipes from

Very often guests ask where I get my recipes from or how did you learn to bake? My grandmother was a wonderful baker and baked almost everyday. Unfortunately by the time I was old enough to realize how much I enjoyed baking she had Alzheimer’s and couldn’t remember the recipes to share. Her passion and talent for baking inspired me to learn. Food Magazines like Gourmet, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking are all where I used to get my recipes from. I would clip them out and put them in a binder. When we decided to go into the B&B the Food Network was at the height of it’s popularity and great source from recipes and lessons. Food Network has changed a lot over the years my new favorite is food blogs!

 

A few of my favorites would be:

Sally’s Baking Addiction– you will find lots of great baking idea here

King Arthur Flour – if you are a baker you already know about the great ingredients KAF make but they have great recipes too@

The Boy Who Bakes – I just recently started following Edd but love what I have tried so far

Just a Taste – Kelly has great recipes and they are not difficult

Singing Baker – Alison has great baking recipes too I think you will find most of them pretty easy to make

Elanaspantry– if you need a gluten free recipe or paleo this is usually my go. Elana also has MS and really has great tasting recipes for gluten free.

Thefeedfeed.com– too many amazing recipes, you name it’s here just take a look but make sure you have to spare because you will get lost here

 

Happy Baking!

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for the holidays

November 27th, 2018 by whitefences

Well it’s that time of year again and we are getting ready for the holidays here in the Hamptons. Thanksgiving is the “kick-off” holiday, it gets me thinking about what’s to follow in December. Owning an inn we are always looking forward to welcoming guests who are visiting family, friends or just coming to have a holiday here. We always try to have the inn feeling like a special place to visit during the holidays. People feel often comment how the inn feels just like home!

Decorating

Christmas decorations are so cheerful. I love to start getting ready for the holidays by decorating the Christmas tree. Opening each box of decorations brings so much joy. Remembering each ornament, who gave it to us, where we purchased it, who we spent past Christmas with. I love to have some Christmas music playing while decorating. If it’s a cold day I sometimes treat myself to an eggnog while decorating the tree. We have two rooms to decorate, the coffee room where we put  the tree and  the sitting room where the fireplace is. Eric bought me three tall Nutcrackers years ago that look perfect by the fireplace. Add a few poinsettias, birch logs in the fireplace and it feels very festive.  Pinterest is a great place for inspiration on decorating if you need some help.

The Hamptons during the holidays

Getting ready for the holidays here in the Hamptons kicked off last weekend. If you  would like to learn how to make a beautiful holiday wreath Marder’s is hosting a few classes. East Hampton Gardens  has a beautiful gift shop that you won’t want to miss. The villages all have their letters to Santa mailboxes out, one of my personal Christmas favorites! The streets are lined with Christmas trees. The Montauk Lighthouse had it’s Christmas lighting event last week it’s worth the drive to see it. Southampton really does the best job at Christmas it’s such a special time to visit. Wolffer Vineyards will kick off their annual Lighting of Vines this Saturday. The event sold out in 1 hour this year but the vines will stay lit all winter long so make sure to visit there while you are staying with us. December 8th is the annual Hampton Inn Tour of which we will be participating. It’s so much fun to visit the inns while they are all decorated and taste a few cookies along the way.

 

Plan a visit

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are done you must be exhausted. It’s time to come rest and relax at White Fences Inn Water Mill. Come enjoy a real B&B experience. The best three course breakfast in the Hamptons will await you each morning. Guests have told us they set their alarms just to make sure they don’t miss  breakfast. You won’t want to leave our super comfy beds but the wonderful showers with body sprays or the volcanic stone bathtubs will help get your day started. Our room amenities are all top of line and the new eucalyptus shower spray and lavender pillow sprays will help calm your mind. Make sure to plan your visit soon, we look forward to welcoming you to our inn.

 

 

Thanksgiving

November 18th, 2018 by whitefences

Thanksgiving is always such a busy time since it’s the only holiday that everyone celebrates. Holidays like Thanksgiving can be a hectic time since families and friends are much more spread out than years when I grew up. Most families both parents are working too. I wanted to share a few of my favorite  Thanksgiving recipes with you that I use year after year. Eric & I will be spending the holiday here at the inn so I will be cooking a small version of Thanksgiving dinner since it’s just the two of us.

Thanksgiving dinner

 

Let’s Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving turkey is the main attraction. I have done the brining thing and personally I do not think it’s worth all the time and plus who has the space for the brining.  There’s a great tip on Instagram from Cooks Illustrated for brining in a cooler , isn’t that was a great idea if you want to go that route. My go-to recipe is one that I found in New York Magazine in 1999! The recipe is from Waldy Malouf who co-owned the Beacon in NYC is called the How to Cook Perfect Turkey. What I love about this recipe is that it has an herb butter that goes under and on the skin. It self bastes and is so moist you won’t ever make a Thanksgiving turkey any other way!

Veggies & Dessert

One of my favorite vegetables for Thanksgiving that is healthy and delicious is Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Eatingwell.com. Locally grown vegetables like brussel sprouts make Thanksgiving so delicious. We buy them from Halsey Farms still on the stalk, doesn’t get much fresher. I wasn’t a fan of this Thanksgiving vegetable until a few years ago, there are so many ways to cook them. I still haven’t decided which recipe I will use this year, Taste of Home has 30 different ways I am sure there is one you will like. You know that dessert is always my favorite and most people depend on me to bake. What would Thanksgiving be without an apple dessert! We always get our apples fresh picked from Milk Pail orchards.  I am debating this year between apple crisp or an apple cranberry pie.

Cranberry Apple Crumb pie

 

Thankful

Do you ever take the time to really reflect on being thankful, especially on Thanksgiving? This year I was battling two health issues as well as my 86 year old mother was having health issues. There aren’t enough words to express how thankful I am that we are both feeling better and on the road to recovery. Thanksgiving is a great time to really take a moment and think about others who may not have a lot to celebrate this year.

Giving back

California Fires

I have found a few ways to give back to those who are in need of help this Thanksgiving. How about helping hundreds families that have been left homeless from the fires in California. Katie Couric posted a list of charities on Instagram that need our support. I chose mine, I hope you will choose one to donate to.

Veteran’s

Wreaths Across America is a wonderful charity at the holiday season.  What a nice way to honor the service of a loved one. You can remember their sacrifice by sponsoring a wreath in their honor or in their memory.

Wreaths Across America

 

 

Stay Local

Most people that visit the Hamptons never realize how many people are in need of help to get by everyday. Heart of the Hamptons has 250 families registered just here in Southampton. This year they will provide each family with a complete turkey dinner, one toy for each child up to age 10 and a gift card for 13-18 year olds. The pantry is supported by a number of generous donations from local businesses, civic groups, community food drives and private donations. One donor makes an annual gift to purchase frozen meat. Another pays to provide potatoes and fresh produce from local farms from the Spring through the Fall. Local businesses including Tate’s Bake Shop and The Blue Duck Bakery donate day-old bread and cookies.

Food Pantry

 

 

 

 

 

A Hampton Thanksgiving

November 13th, 2018 by whitefences

 

A Hampton Thanksgiving might be just what you need this year. It’s hard to believe it’s only 10 days away but don’t worry there is still time to plan.

The Hamptons offer so many options for the holiday. Have you ever considered booking the inn for your family and then having dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants here. The first year we owned our first inn we had a family “take over” the entire inn so they could spend time relaxing with each other. No one had to shop, cook or clean. They just relaxed and really enjoyed each others company, left their hectic lives at home. Doesn’t that sound appealing? Wake to our scrumptious breakfast after a restful night’s sleep in our comfy beds, all rooms also have gas fireplaces for the ultimate relaxation. After breakfast watch the parade and then a beach walk before your Thanksgiving dinner.

Let us help make your dinner reservation at Jean George, American Hotel, 1770 House, or Stone Creek Inn.

A Hampton Thanksgiving just might be the best Thanksgiving ever!

Do you prefer to cook?

Perhaps you just love entertaining and Thanksgiving is your favorite time to cook. You might love planning a visit the weekend before Thanksgiving to do your shopping at the local Hampton farms for all you need to prepare your dinner.  You can order your turkey from  North Sea Farm where they raise turkeys and eggs. Next stop at Halsey Farms, Green Thumb Organic Farm, or a County Place for your potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, herbs, butternut squash, beets, onions, kale, all locally grown.

 

Dessert – no worries if you don’t like to bake you can stop by Tate’s. You know you love her cookies almost as much as mine but have you had the pies?  If you like baking like I do, then you can get all the apples for your pies and crisps you need at Milk Pail

 

 

Of course you will need wine & cheese, we have you covered on that too. A Hampton Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without our locally made cheese. Your cheese plate wouldn’t be complete without artisanal cheese from Mecox Bay Dairy.Wolffer Estate Vineyard has so many wonderful reds, whites, rose, hard ciders (made from apples from Milk Pail Orchards) or perhaps you might like to have their sparkling wine which by the way has been served at the White House.

 

 

Give us a call and we will be happy to assist with booking a room and any dining reservations you need.

A Fall in Hamptons

November 4th, 2018 by whitefences

Many guests only think of visiting the Hamptons on weekends during summer months. But fall weekends in the Hamptons  are my favorite time of year here. In fact when we moved to Maine I would constantly tell people how special fall in the Hamptons was but many people didn’t realize that.

My recommendation would be to plan three days so you can get to enjoy both the Hamptons (Southfork) and the North Fork. There  are over 30 vineyards, breweries and farms to visit.

The Northfork

Fall weekends on the NF can be very busy, it’s harvest time. The vineyards are busy and so beautiful. In case you didn’t know it but the leaves on the vines change color too! My suggestion is plan about three tasting visits. It might not sound like enough but it will be. If you are a lover of oysters then you MUST plan time to visit Widow’s Hole Oyster farm. The owners Mike & Isabel will give you an educational tour and a tasting. Feel free to bring your own wine and sit outside by the bay and enjoy your tasting.

There is also a goat cheese farm (voted the best goat cheese in the US) on the Northfork if you prefer cheese to oysters or perhaps both if you were me.

The Hamptons – the other “fork”

As I mentioned previously fall is my favorite time of the year here. Fall weekends are busy because it’s when the apple orchards and pumpkin farms are open for U-Pick. If you are a cheese lover than you will want to stop at Mecox Bay Dairy for some artisanal cheese to go with the wine you probably purchased. There are also three vineyards on this “fork” and you won’t want to miss visiting Wolffer Estate Vineyard. Candlelight Fridays have already start and The Lighting of the Vines is December 1st. Have you ever seen a vineyard light all the vines in white Christmas lights?

 

Fall is also the perfect time to visit all the small villages for shopping and dining without all the summer crowds. Each village has it’s own style so there a reason to visit each. Your weekend wouldn’t be complete without a walk on the beach. It’s such a perfect time of year to enjoy a beach walk before you head back to your hectic life.

 You will leave here saying you had no idea the Hamptons was a fall destination!

We hope you will plan your visit soon.

 

Pumpkin spice & everything nice

October 28th, 2018 by whitefences

Pumpkin spice is certainly the rage this season, in fact it seems to get bigger every year. It amazes me all the recipes and commercial food items that pop up with pumpkin spice each year. Halloween is Wednesday which means we say good-bye to October. The pumpkin patches will all be closing this week which always makes me sad but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy pumpkin spice. I didn’t always like pumpkin as much as I do now.  Are you a fan of pumpkin? It is so healthy, the pumpkin health benefits are numerous. Lots of vitamin A, fiber and beta-carotene, so if haven’t added pumpkin to your autumn food list give it a try you might be surprised. It’s also great for dogs and happens to be a favorite of Bailey. I mix some in his meals and he is fast to eat every morsel.

I thought it would be nice to share a few of my favorite pumpkin spice recipes with you. Hopefully  you will enjoy making them and of course eating them!

My #1 all time FAVORITE pumpkin recipe is Pumpkin Streusel Coffee cake. I found this recipe last year on King Arthur Flour website. I have yet to have a guest not love it.  It’s worth every minute it takes to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next would be Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins  from Popsugar.com. I actually served these this morning, guests were asking for the recipe so they could make them at home. What more could I ask for! All you need is a pumpkin spice latte to go with your muffin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now if you have never tried pumpkin butter, what have you been waiting for? I prefer the healthy recipe and I play around with the spices since I love all the autumn spices, especially while they are cooking. This recipe is so easy you make it in a slow cooker, how easy is that!

 

 

Fall, Discover the best of the Hamptons

October 16th, 2018 by whitefences

October is the perfect time to discover how beautiful fall is in the Hamptons. Most people think of the Hamptons only as a summer destination. Fall is actually quite a spectacular time of the year here. The harvest season is the perfect time to visit the vineyards, orchards, and pumpkin patches as the vines and foliage turn into the autumnal hues. Guests resist going to pick apples and getting lost in the corn mazes. When they return to the inn they are full of laughs and giggles along with apples and cider. They can’t believe how much fun they just had. Sometimes you just have to let it all go and be a kid again!

There are four orchards/pumpkin patches within two miles of our inn. Each offer a completely different experience so you can pick which you want to try or try them all!

  1. Hank’s Pumpkintown – the closest and walkable, just across the street has apple picking, one of the largest pumpkin patches, and a corn maze. (this farm attracts a lot families with small children)
  2. Seven Ponds Orchards – located about one mile from the has a little bit of everything and less crowded.
  3. Milk Pail U Pick – my personal favorite, this is the largest orchard that grows over 23 types of apples some are unnamed an just numbered. Milk Pail works with Cornell University in growing new varieties of apples. This farm is 11th & 12th generation carrying on the family farming tradition for over 350 years! I always suggest just going for a visit, it’s worth the trip! The apples are so delicious and with so many choices probably won’t be able to pick a favorite.
  4. Fairview Farm- this year Fairview has created a very special maze celebrating Marjorie R Ludlow’s 100th birthday and their farmhouse which was moved to it’s present location 100 years ago. You won’t want to leave without a visit to the farm stand to pick up a fresh baked pie!

Besides all the orchards, farms, and vineyards we can’t forget the beaches. If you prefer serenity, then a beach walk will be perfect for you. Getting back in touch with nature and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Hamptons in the fall are just what the doctor ordered. 

 

 

The Hamptons Farm to Table Experience — Local Farm Stands

August 29th, 2018 by whitefences

Ah, the summer bounty of the Hamptons. As many of you know,

Photo: Green Thumb Organic Farm

I love using local ingredients in my cooking at the inn to give our guests the best of what our area has to offer. The following farms are all with 1-2 miles of the inn. Stop by and pick up some fresh, mouthwatering ingredients for your Labor Day weekend festivities before the summer comes to a close!

Hank’s Farmstand & Pumpkintown – both walkable from the inn. Bailey and I often take an afternoon walk to pick up veggies & fruits for dinner and next day breakfast. Halsey Farm has the most beautiful selection of veggies and flowers. They also have local seasonal fruit from other local farmers. Green Thumb offers organic veggies.

If you would like to get into the fields or the orchards,

Photo: The Milk Pail Farm

then you can pick berries at Hank’s Farmstand. Seven Ponds Orchard has berries and apple picking, and our favorite activity, starting in September, is apple picking at The Milk Pail Orchard, where they grow over 23 varieties of apples. Come September, Hank’s Pumpkintown will be the main attraction.

White Fences Inn is conveniently located close to so many great farm stands — I am sure you will find one that will become your favorite! Guests always make sure to visit the farm stands before heading home so they can bring a taste of the Hamptons with them wherever they go!

 

Summer Delicious — Staples of the Inn’s Summer Menus

August 16th, 2018 by whitefences

During the summer, I like to focus on all the beautiful local fruits and veggies in my cooking. We love to treat our guests to only the best of the best! Some of our summer staples include:

Nutella Muffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Spicy Honey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucchini Frittata

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado Asparagus Egg Sandwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Tart with Roasted Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berry Baked Oatmeal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay with us at White Fences Inn to try some of our favorite dishes! Book your next visit!

B & B; Breakfast and Beaches — Breakfast food and local beach spots

August 7th, 2018 by whitefences

Breakfast Food

When we decided to throw in the towel with our careers in the garment business and pursue becoming innkeepers, my first reaction was “I better learn to cook breakfast!” I am really not a breakfast person, and that hasn’t changed much. I have always loved cooking and baking, but breakfast was never part of my focus.

Thankfully, I always read lots of cooking magazines, and then there was the Food Network — blogs were just getting popular back in 2010.

Now, after owning two inns, our first was in Maine and now we have White Fences Water Mill here in the Hamptons, I would have to say my go-to all-time guest favorite is the “cheesy egg open-face breakfast sandwich.”

It’s very simple to make and everyone loves it: Whole grain toast, a little smear of mayo, bacon, a slice of tomato (it’s great now that local tomatoes are in season), cheese. All goes into the oven until the cheese is melted and then I add a fried egg on top!

 

Local Beach Spots

Come for the beach, stay for the bed & breakfast! My favorite beach tip for my guests: Go to Flying Point Beach, which is less than two miles from White Fences Water Mill (it’s walkable)! Flying Point beach is special because it’s never too crowded. Although Cooper’s Beach is more well known, Flying Point is just as nice. At White Fences Water Mill, we have parking passes, beach chairs, umbrellas, and beach towels for our guests to ensure your getaway by the beach is a seamless one!

We’re so excited!

May 14th, 2017 by whitefences

Have you ever wanted to attend a food styling/photography workshop/retreat? We are very excited to welcome fhelene dujardinood and lifestyle photographer Helene DuJardin to our inn this fall for an exclusive 3 day food photography & styling workshop/retreat from October 18th-22nd 2017.

The workshop is for all levels, whether you are a blogger, photographer, recipe developer, foodie, working from home, or someone who just wants to broaden their horizon with like minded people in a relaxed atmosphere over practical hands on food photography & styling demos, casual Q&As where nothing is off limit. The workshop will include 3 days of photo/styling sessions with Helene  wine tasting, dairy farm visit, art museum visit and of course the beautiful beaches. Lunches, refreshments and snacks.
Dinner at a local restaurant one evening.

Fall in the Hampton’s is a magical time of year.  This will be a very special event, it might be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!  Space is very limited and we are offering an early booking discount of 15% for any room reservation made by June 30th. Rooms can only be reserved by phone  631-500-9013 for this event.

 

Some more exciting news is that we are now travel partners with Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels, Select Registry and Inspirato. White Fences Inn is the only property in the Hampton’s to have been selected to be members of Select Registry and Inspirato.  All three of these travel groups have wonderful properties, exciting destinations and great benefits for their members.  Start packing your bags!

 

Have you planned your summer visit yet? We only have one room left for Memorial Day weekend, July Fourth is sold out and there are two rooms remaining for Labor Day. Don’t delay reserving your room.

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Spring in the Hamptons

April 18th, 2017 by whitefences

Spring  has arrived in the Hamptons! Spring is all about newness; we are pleased to announce three new luxury travel clubs to you that we are now members with.  We look forward to welcoming their members to our inn. Maybe you will want to join one of these fabulous clubs and enjoy some of their wonderful benefits.

Inspirato logo travel partnerInspirato is “the” luxury destination club of American Express.  Their first property to be selected in the Hamptons is White Fences Inn.  Inspirato can help arrange travel for special events like The Masters, The Final Four, Kentucky Derby and the US Golf Open, which will be held right here in Southampton next June (2018) this is all part of their membership as well as  creating exciting vacations worldwide. Personalized attention is what makes this club so special for the travel member.Take a moment to explore all the exciting destinations and benefits Inspirato has to offer.

 

 

Select Registry logo travel partnerIn addition to our Inspirato partnership, Select Registry chose us to be their first property in the Hampton’s.  Select Registry has one of highest standards for excellence in personalized hospitality at privately owned inns located in North America and Europe.  A membership with Select Registry is free! Best of all if you stay twelve nights at Select Registry properties within a two year period you will receive a complementary gift certificate for $100 that you can use here at White Fences Inn or any Select Registry property.

 

MMSlogoMr & Mrs Smith is a fairly new travel club to the US. We were one of the first properties to partner with them when we owned our inn in Maine. You won’t be able to choose between all the wonderful worldwide properties they have selected to be part of their collection. Next time you stay with us be sure to ask to see their travel book on Italy we have. It should be a coffee table book, there are so many gorgeous inn’s to dream about staying at.

 

What’s New in Hampton’s for Spring you ask?

Liz & Eric at Wolffer Estate party - spring in the hamptons

summer in a bottle wall

Spring was the perfect time for Wolffer Estate Vineyards to reopen their tasting room after being closed for renovations this winter. Wait until  you to see what a great job they did. The tasting room is more spacious and has more seating. Most note worthy and my favorite addition was the wall they painted like the “Summer in a bottle” label. It’s great for photo op’s. (this was Eric’s first night out after his second surgery this winter) The famous Candlelight Fridays have started again too. What a great way to jumpstart your weekend. Come listen to some great local musicians while enjoying a great glass of wine.

 

 

 

Let’s not forget one of our favorite Spring events in the Hamptons, the Salon Series at the Parrish Art Museum. This intimate music series on Fridays starting in April running for four weeks is a guest favorite.  Because of our special relationship with the museum we are happy to offer this complimentary to our guests. Clarinetist Yoonah Kim will kick off the series this Spring. She is a winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition; the first solo clarinetist to win CAG in nearly 30 years.

Yoonah Kim clarinetist, spring in the Hamptons

Parrish Art Museum Salon Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mecox Bay DiarySpring is also a great time to visit Mecox Bay Diary it’s only three miles from the inn. If you are a cheese lover why not enjoy some local award winning cheese and meet the cows who help produce the cheese. A real farm to table experience – At Mecox Bay Dairy, we believe that ‘Happy Cows Make Happy Cheese!’

Let us arrange a tour for your next visit.

We’ve renovated

July 7th, 2015 by whitefences

Come see what we’ve done to the inn.  Updated rooms and amenities await you at our Water Mill, NY B&B.

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