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No Fooling Around

April 1, 2019 by whitefences

It’s April 1st, April Fool’s Day but there’s no fooling around here when it come to summer reservations. It’s time to get serious about your summer plans for the Hamptons. I have found that in the last couple of years guests seem to procrastinate more and more when it comes to planning their vacations. If you don’t get serious now you surely will be disappointed that you didn’t book earlier. There’s really no fooling around when it comes time to finding a place to stay during the summer.

Calling All Foodies

Were you waiting for Dan’s Taste of Summer events to be posted? Well then today was your day, hot of the press we have the list of foodie events. Starting with The Rose’ Sioree’, Grill Hampton, Taste of Two Forks, Mon Taco, and if that wasn’t enough there will be two new events. Chef’s of the Hamptons (which will be supporting Guild Hall) and a special Dan’s 60 Summers Gala. If your a foodie it will be hard deciding which to go and you better start the diet now!

 

 

What are you doing this weekend?

Today certainly doesn’t feel like Spring. The weatherman says the temperature will get back to normal midweek. Why not join us this weekend we have several specials you can take advantage of. Marder’s is hosting a Herbal Soap making class for adults this weekend. Everything Marder’s does is amazing and I am sure this class will be a lot fun. This could be a great class for future gift giving, perhaps Mother’s Day!

 

 

Spring Fling!

There’s no fooling around when it come to reserving your room for all the great events in the Hamptons.

The Parrish Art Museum will be hosting their annual Spring Fling on April 13th which is a great time to do some fooling around!

Not only have we put together a great Spring Fever package for you we have also put together a Spring -cation for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Time is flying

March 17, 2019 by whitefences

It is so hard to believe that I haven’t posted in one month, yikes! Time is flying by, spring starts this Wednesday. Can you believe it’s spring already!

I can’t believe I was just saying that time was flying by to Eric about February with Valentines Day and Presidents Day. Here I am half way thru March. March has been eventful month so far and it’s not even over yet.

March kept me busy

Bedside Reading Authors

Our very first Hamptons Bedside Reading Authors weekend was so much fun. People who couldn’t make the event have already inquired about another event. Those that did attend can’t wait for the next Bedside Reading Authors weekend. Not to worry we are working on creating a special summer reading bookclub/authors event. Being a board member at the Parrish Art Museum Business Council I was very proud at the success of our first food & wine event this month. The event exceed our expectations, hard work and team work do pay off. I took the lead with both of these events which is not typical of me. Living in a small community, it frustrated me greatly that business people did not work together. People were stunned when I reached out and asked for their participation. Thankfully with both events people really welcomed the idea of working together as a community and that is why both events were a success. It is also why for me time flew by.

Winterfest continues

 

The Hamptons Art Weekend

Next weekend is the last weekend for Long Island Winterfest.  Yes time is flying by it’s already 3 weeks since Winterfest began! There is still time to enjoy some very special events.

THAW will take place at 19 different art venues here in the Hamptons. Did you know that the Hamptons has the largest arts community on Long Island? This year there will be a complimentary trolly to take visitors to the events, so need to get frustrated with parking. Most events are complimentary or at a low cost. The Southampton Cultural center is the placed to be this March, Mama Mia has been the talk of the town!

 

 

   Looking forward to spring

Our new neighbor Shou Sugi Ban House

 

What I dislike most about winter is the lack of interaction with guests. I also dislike the cold weather but it gets lonely and yes boring without guests. When you are an innkeeper you really need to be a people person and I really am. I didn’t always know that but being in the hospitality business I have learned that about myself. So I am most looking forward to seeing more guests and yes warmer weather. The Parrish Art Museum will be hosting their annual Spring Fling fundraiser which is the first sign of things to come. We will welcome a new neighbor in just a few weeks. If you have stayed with us you have been watching the construction of the new wellness center. Shou Sugi Ban House will finally be opening after four years in planning and construction. I am sure the owner is feeling like time is flying by as they are working to complete all the final touches. The exciting news is that our guests will be able to enjoy half and full day packages. I can’t think of a better way to welcome spring than with some wellness. More details to follow on the package offerings.

 

Happening in the Hamptons

February 19, 2019 by whitefences

What’s Happening in the Hamptons in March? We could be more excited about all what’s happening here. March can be such a boring month well maybe except for St Patty’s Day. There are so many events taking place you will have a hard time choosing which one to attend.

Are you a lover of books?

Hamptons Bedside Reading Authors Weekend

Well then make sure to be here March 1st-3rd. Five of the top luxury inns have join forces and created the first Hamptons Bedside Reading Authors Weekend. The weekend will kick off at Topping Rose with the first book signing and cocktail welcome. Amy Impellizzeri will be on hand to sign and talk her book Why We Lie, sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Head on over to my inn White Fences Inn Saturday to meet Kristy Woodson Harvey and her book The Secret to Southern Charm. Our own local tea company, Plain-T based right here in Southampton will be on hand to offer a “tea tasting” of some of the amazing teas. You have tasted tea until you have tried Plain-T. Next stop will be 1770 House in East Hampton where Amy Reichert will be waiting to have a “Hampton Coffee Break” with you while she signs here book The Optimist Guide to Letting Go. Take a short walk over to The Baker House 1650 for Pop for the Cork. Why not end the day with a sip of champagne and meet Kelly Simmons while she signs her book The Fifth of July (sure wish it was July already). There’s one more book signing on Sunday with Sandra Block who will be signing her book What Happened That Night at The Maidstone Hotel. Lite bits served before you have to hit the road.

This book signing package includes all five books, admission to all five book signings, a gift bag filled with goodies. A $100 dining credit to one of our favorite local restaurants all for $150 plus the cost of your room. Make sure to book soon there are limited rooms left.

How about a food & wine event

March 9th the Parrish Art Museum will host Two Forks and a Cork – a local food and wine event. It’s a great opportunity to visit the amazing Parrish Art Museum, located right next door. Then enjoy a fun and tasty celebration of the East End wineries with live music, hor d’oeuvres. Any guest of White Fences Inn who books a two night stay will receive two complimentary tickets with their booking.

Long Island Winterfest

 

February 22 – March 31st is five weeks filled with too many events to share in this post. There will be events on both the North and South Forks so take a minute to review all that’s happening and plan you visit.

 

 

So much to love about February

February 3, 2019 by whitefences

.Welcome to February…there’s so much to love about February. Feb 2nd Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow so that means an early spring, now that’s a great way to start the month! There are only 35 days until Day Light Savings and 45 days until Spring. It’s great that February only has 28 days so just think Valentine’s Day is the half way mark of the month.

There are three holidays to celebrate in February

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese New Year begins Tuesday the 5th. Eric always like to celebrate CNY. After spending over 40 years traveling to Asia for business he learned so much about their culture. This year is the year of the Pig. In the Chinese culture pigs are a symbol of wealth so here’s hoping we all have a very prosperous year! Did you know that red is a good luck color in the Chinese culture? Valentine’s Day is just eleven days away and whether you are a romantic or not, it is a fun day. Have you ever thought about an escape to the Hamptons? We have a complimentary Valentine’s -Be Mine special to show our love and if you stay three night we will add a $100 dining credit. Presidents Day is just four days after Valentines Day you could combine both and have a long weekend at White Fences Inn.

 

February is a great time to plan your vacation

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about your summer plans while the room selection is the best. The closer we get to the season the harder it will be to find exactly what you want. Some guests like to wait for the weather to change. Last year we had several guests that were disappointed they didn’t book earlier, don’t be that guest this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday!

January 20, 2019 by whitefences

Tomorrow is my birthday! Happy Birthday to me and my sister, no twin but same birthday five years apart.

Nine years ago

That is when this journey into the inn-keeping world was just about to start. As friends and family were wishing me a Happy Birthday. I was wishing (and praying) that this new life journey would turn out well. I can tell you now nine years later that those Happy Birthday wishes all came true! Nine years ago while trying to celebrate my “0” birthday (and packing) I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to moving to Maine.  I was looking forward to our new business! There was such much unknown but we never really had any doubt we couldn’t make owning The Inn at English Meadows a success. It’s hard to believe that nine years later we sold our first B&B and took on White Fences Inn. When I was younger, in my thirties, I always dreamed of living in the Hamptons but never imagined that would mean owning a bedandbreakfast. Dreams do come true.

How fast nine years has gone

This year I will turn fifty nine, where have the years gone…. Fifty nine!!! I am not someone who likes people to make a big deal about my birthday. I do enjoy seeing all those Facebook Happy Birthday wishes from friends I don’t get to stay in touch with on a regular basis. What tomorrow will bring? It’s going to quite cold here and I hate the cold so staying warm will make me happy! There’s a new pizza restaurant in Sag Harbor. If it’s not too cold maybe a lunch date with Eric. Simple pleasures are always good and pizza is a favorite, maybe a glass of champagne and some chocolate cake….

 

Welcome 2019

January 2, 2019 by whitefences

And just like that we welcome 2019. Can you believe we just rang in the new year? I find each year is going faster and faster well, at least the summers are. There is so much anticipation for the holiday season and in a flash they are over and it’s the new year. How was your 2018? What did you learn? Are you ready to welcome 2019?

As the 2018 came to and end I took some time to really reflect on the year. What was good and what was bad. What happened that I wanted to leave behind and what did I learn that I hope to grow from as I welcome 2019. For me health was a big issue.

I started 2018 not feeling well, thinking I had a stomach bug.

I spent weeks going from doctor to doctor, blood tests too many to count. Two colonoscopies, an endoscopy, new diets and no diagnosis until I remembered a guest who stayed with us when we owned our B&B in Maine. He is a gastroenterologist in NYC so off I went with all my test results and without doing anything except reading my reports he had 3 ideas of what my problem was and bingo he was right. SIBO – small intestine bacteria over growth is not easy to cure and took me about 9 months to manage it. You never who you will meet when you own a B&B and I am very thankfully for knowing Dr Kavaler. At the same time as the SIBO diagnosis I also found out that I lost 13% of my bone density in one year, not good. They believe that this was caused by SIBO.  My next health issue was being diagnosed with a melanoma in November. I have body checks twice a year after having my first melanoma when I was 16.. Thankfully my dermatologist found the “surface” melanoma during my routine body check. Needless to say I am so grateful to be in good health today!

What I learned from my illnesses in 2018 as I focus on welcoming 2019

I need to find more time to reduce the stress in my life first and foremost. Second was to never take for granted good health and good health insurance! So as I welcome 2019 I am trying to plan how to take better care of me! This will not be easy for me especially during the summer months when my like is most hectic but I am hoping to find a routine I can stick to.

Front of White Fences Water Mill

As I reflect on owning White Fences Inn for three years

I am most grateful for how many returning guests we have each year. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing familiar faces return each year. I can honestly say we look forward to summer most of all because of the amount of guests that return. We will welcome 2019 with guests returning from Liverpool, English (3rd summer with us), New Zealand (2nd summer with us), Kuwait (this guest comes 2x a year) plus all the local guests that will be joining us for their forth summer with us! It would be nice if mother nature would bring us more sunshine this summer. 2018 turned out to be 5th wettest year for New York. We like rain for our beautiful hydrangeas but don’t need to be the 5th wettest year in history.

 

Celebrate the New Year in the Hamptons

December 18, 2018 by whitefences

Celebrate the New Year in the Hamptons while you rest and relax at White Fences Inn. There is  no better way to start the New Year!  We can help you plan a quiet evening or a night on the town, your choice.

Tasting room at Wolffer Estate Vineyard

 

Start your weekend on Friday with a visit to Wolffer Estate for Candlelight Fridays. You won’t want to miss seeing just how beautiful the vineyard looks with all the holiday lights. During your visit you can have a tasting flight, nibble on a cheese plate and listening to the music of Charles Certain.

Wake each morning to our scrumptious three course breakfast, guests set their alarms to make sure they don’t miss it. It’s the perfect way to start your day!

Riverhead Ciderhouse

Saturday would be the perfect day to take a drive to the North Fork.

There are so many reasons to spend a day visiting the North Fork. Above all there are over thirty vineyards to visit on the North Fork. In addition there is  Riverhead Ciderhouse  which has been the talk of town. Enjoy tasting the hard ciders, have a bite to eat all while listening to some live music. Next stop is the award winning Catapano’s Dairy Farm. It has won awards for the best goat cheese in the USA! Have never visited an oyster farm?  Widow’s Hole Oyster is one of our favorites! It’s an amazing place to visit you can learn from Mike what’s it’s like to be an oyster farmer and taste the freshest oysters.  Return to the inn for a little nap in our comfy beds before you head out to dinner and after dinner head over to the 70’s & 80’s dance party at the Southampton Art Center.

 

Southampton Ice Rink

Sunday funday!

I bet you didn’t know we had two ice skating rinks here! Have some fun with an afternoon skate. You choose inside or outside skating either one either one will be fun! Come back to inn and enjoy Liz’s homemade hot cocoa & cookies – you deserve it after the ice skating.

 

 

Monday is time to rest and relax before the big night.

Time to rest and relax before it’s time to celebrate the New Year.  We would be happy to arrange a couples massage in your room or perhaps a visit to Onda Beauty for a facial & massage. If you would like to get and mani & pedi, blow out just let us know and we will be happy to assist scheduling the appointments for you.

Join us first for a New Year’s Eve social in the evening. We will serve some light bites with a little bubbly. There are so many choices to Celebrate the New Year in the Hamptons. Whether you prefer a romantic dinner or a night on the town. Our favorites for a cozy romantic dinner would be 1770 House or The American Hotel, you won’t be disappointed with either choice. Veuve Clicquot will be hosting A Hampton New Year masquerade party at Topping Rose House. A four course dinner is also available at the Jean George restaurant at Topping Rose House. The Southampton Social Club has several packages to ring in New Year.

Tuesday – New Year’s Day

Sleep in a little after you night out celebrating. On New Year’s Day we will serve a late breakfast  from 10-11:30 that will include mimosa or holiday bellini.

We would like to wish everyone the most joyous New Year! Thank you for being a loyal friend of ours.

 

It’s Time to Bake Cookies!

December 4, 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.

Food Blogging

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 27, 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 18, 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 13, 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 4, 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.

 

The Hamptons Farm to Table Experience — Local Farm Stands

August 29, 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 16, 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!

We’re so excited!

May 14, 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 18, 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.

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